Guy Catches Hank’s Stick Then Takes On All Of New York

By Trapp

  
  
  
Another one in the books. The Rangers won their 6th straight last night, Nash scored a sweet fuckin goal and Hank was setting records and adding another shut out to stats. After the Rangers rejoiced because of another victory Hank was named number 1 star of the game and he tossed his stick into the crowd for a lucky fan to have as a souvenir. Then all hell broke loose. 

You would’ve thought he started World War 9.

Me and my fiancé’s brothers were watching the game and we caught this war live I thought I had heart palpitations I was laughing so hard at this. So glad it made its way onto the Internet. 
  
This guy was gonna do whatever the hell it took to leave MSG with that staff. I wonder what was going through this guy’s head at this very moment? He may have thought that this was it. 

I Spy A Legend In The ’92 US v Canada Media All Star Game 

by Trapp

Today is apparently left Handers day and the man, the myth, the legend John Giannone posted this on his Twitter:  

Here’s the full size picture:

 
His beer league look is exceptional. I feel like I’ve written several posts about my encounter with John at the Flying Puck after a ranger game in the city. Myself and my beer league team hung out with Giannone for an entire night and it was just an awesome time. The guy is a real dude and a good man. We all hung out told stories, talked hockey and he and I yelled GET IT.. Truly a remarkable time.

  
Because today is Left Handers Day, everything has to be done today your left hand. 

Johnny G With the Blunder And I’m Completely OK With It

  

By Trapp

Game 3 of the Rangers-Penguins series is in the books.

Rangers have 2-1 series lead.

MSG with the post game goin. Al Trautwig sends it along to John Giannone for closing remarks like a routine night’s work.

Johnny Boy had a bit of a slip up.

Maybe he felt he had a better line to use or maybe he wanted to scrap the whole fuckin thing and go with the logical approach in shooting it again. Well MSG fucked up and that shit aired and it’s awesome. Giannone can’t do any wrong in my book because he’s simply the fuckin man.

At least they didn’t blast audio from porn on your TV the way Nashville did during the regular season.

Doud wasn’t there this night.

Glen Sather Deserve Credit For Staying The Course

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By Doud

 

There was a time in March 2011 while in attendance at MSG for a loss to St. Louis yours truly started a chant from the old 300’s on the 7th Ave end which quickly spread like wild fire through the Garden Faithful.  It wasn’t the first time it had been heard under the famous ceiling above Penn Station; at the time an all too familiar ode to the man with perhaps the best job security on the island of Manhattan.  “Fire Sather” had a good ring to it, and given the mediocre product that had graced the ice for a third straight season with what seemed no hope to a fruitful ending any time soon, and preceded by a decade’s worth of little to no reward, the blame and vitriol be felled the broad shoulders of the smug and stealth general manager directly sitting just a couple stories above my location that evening.

 

There was a foolish movement around that time which gained steam through social media on the interweb to stage a protest outside the 9 story cylinder on the corner of 7th and 33rd, to which of course a scant few actually showed up for.  Over Glen Sther’s now 14 year run at the helm of the New York Rangers much criticism has been lobbed his way for a perceived mismanagement of a club with lofty expectations that had come to ruins in the years following it’s only championship in the past 73 years.  Ranger fans are starved for another sip from Lord Stanley’s Holy Grail, especially having to endure such greatness in recent times from a certain team from the swamp.  However, as the club on this day sits one win from reaching the Stanley Cup Finals, one must laud the cigar sucking mastermind for his diligence in crafting this club on the precipice of glory.

 

Throw it back to July/August of 1995 for a moment.  Rangers President and GM Neil Smith had just watched his team be discarded by the bigger, stronger force that was the Philadelphia Flyers.   The Rangers had lost much of their own muscle following their ’94 Cup parade, and those that remained seemed still battle wounded from said excursion.  The thought was that Smith must retool the depth and mettle on the roster to combat the broad street Bullies.  After an attempt to acquire Shayne Corson from the Blues went awry, out went Sergei Zubov and Petr Nedved for a return of Luc Robitaille and Ulf Samuelsson from Pittsburgh.  Later that season at the deadline Smith would spin the roulette wheel again as he had in ’94 dealing Mattias Nordstom, Nathan Lafayette, Ray Ferraro and Ian Laperierre to LA for Jarri Jurri, Marty McSorley and Shane Churla.  The result?  Yet another second round loss, this time at the hands of a highly skilled and speedy Penguins squad, a team he helped bolster with the likes of Nedved and Zubov.  The muscle he acquired sacrificed to the offensive flow and speed due to rash decisions to what happened against Philly a year before.

 

Glen Sather’s entire regime has been predicated by attempts to field a squad with solid offensive depth.  While that took a brief back seat in the waning years of John Tortorella, the 2013-’14 incarnation is result of a gradual process which has taken place over the past 14 years.  After being handily dispensed at the hands of the much stronger Boston Bruins last year, one might have anticipated such moves to acquiesce to that style of play, which could have become a detriment in the Conference Final series which the Rangers find themselves up 3-1 heading into game 5 tonight in Montreal.  the Canadiens play an open, quick transition game which is a match-up that favors this Rangers squad coached by the calm demeanor and offensive mastermind that is Alain Vigneault, and iced by a multitude of offensive weapons both up front and on the back end.  This team has the depth and skill to perhaps lift the chalice.

 

If one does not learn from history, he is doomed to repeat it.  All Ranger fans should thank Glen for sticking to his laurels, as well as be thankful some chants fall on deaf ears.

Kevin Bieksa and Ray Finkle Both Can’t Kick

By Trapp

After Kreider and the Rangers ruined Tortorella’s return back to the Garden, in typical Kevin Bieksa douchebaggery fashion he starts some sort of bullshit like a player of his caliber would do at the end of the game. He and Boyle drop the mits…at least Bieksa did. Boyle kept one on? Most likely didn’t wanna square off after his fight with Chara in Boston yesterday. Chara literally picked him up from a scrum and had his way wit him. What can I say it’s beyond me. Two refs stepped in between Bieksa throwing Boyle around which had zero effect on Kev, he was then on a mission to take off Boyle’s helmet. Bieksa is successful and then surprises us by punting Boyle’s helmet like 5 feet.

Yo Kev, laces out bro.

Imagine Bieksa caught up with Boyle in the hallway after the game and did this…

En Route to the Garden

By Trapp

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Currently sitting on the train as I await the final 10 minutes of this journey to Stenn Pation thanks to the lovely NJ Transit. Beer League Beauts will be in attendance at Madison Square Garden as the Rangers welcome Rick Nash back to the line up to take on big bad Boston Bruins. I’d say it was another smart decision made by me in purchasing these tickets. Doud on the otherhand…

Stay posted for live tweets and updates

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This Doesn’t Come As Much Of A Shocker

By Trapp

“New York Rangers forward Arron Asham and goaltender Martin Biron have been placed on waivers. The move was reported by The (Bergen) Record and confirmed by general manager Glen Sather. Biron, 36, is 0-1-0 in two games, but has allowed nine goals on 38 shots for a 7.61 goals-against average and .763 save percentage. He’s in his fourth season as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup. Asham, 35, has no points, a minus-3 rating and 14 penalty minutes in three games.”
-NHL.com

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So far nothing has really gone right for the Rangers since training camp. It could be worse being a Devil fan considering they are winless and worthless but they at least they didn’t get smoked two games in a row. With the long Western trip now finished the Rangers come back East to practice in New York and sleep in their own beds for a night or two before hittin the road to Washington. They’ll be travelling without Biron, guy got waived today, same wit Asham. None of this is a surprise. Biron let in and has let in a number of softies in Rangers tenure, and Asham just doesn’t bring anything to the table for this particular team. It’s not right to point fingers right now especially with a team that hasn’t played well at all since the fluke game in Los Angeles. BUT, things will get better for the Rangers.  I have a strong feeling they will turn it around. I had a couple meltdowns after the Sharks and Ducks beatdowns but, the Rangers were resilient in St. Louis the other night. So with that being said, we’ll see what the Rangers moves will be regarding the two roster holes now. Will they give Cam Talbot a shot from Hartford? Sign Johan Hedberg? Pick up a player off waivers for the fourth line spot or just work within the organization? Who knows what can I say it’s beyond me…
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Maybe they’ll pull a wildcard and just sign Brad Tolliver.

Would be pretty remarkable if this is how Sather told Biron and Asham broke the news they were being waived:

I’M GONNA LIVE FOREVER

By Trapp

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Star forwards for the Edmonton Oilers and the New York Rangers return to their lineups tonight for their first games of the season. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins return from shoulder surgery that he had in April…APRIL!

And Rangers Captain Ryan Callahan is comin back Tommy John surgery naaa I’m just playin. He had surgery in the off season to repair a torn labrum. Tonight is Callahan’s first game under Coach Alain Vigneault. He looks to add some offense to this team who dropped their first game to Phoenix 4-1. Tonight the Oilers face the Devils in Edmonton @ 9:30PM. The Rangers faceoff against the Los Angeles Kings in LA @ 10:30PM.

With these injuries now behind both Ryans better score the first goals for their teams and when they do so, they must scream this after their goal: