NYR/NYI 4/9 Review: “The Dragon Slayer” Alexandar Georgiev Beheads NYI Again; Rangers Down Islanders, Great Night For The Young Guns; Mika Having No Fun, The Bizarre and Disgusting MSGN Broadcast Featuring a Traitorous NYR Fan, Blackwell Keeps Hammering; DQ’s Decisions Paying Off, Razor Ramon, Porto Potties, Looking Ahead & More

Behind “The Dragon Slayer” Alexandar Georgiev, the Rangers rebounded on Friday night, beheading “Sparky The Dragon” and the New York Islanders. In a game that wasn’t decided until the final stages of the third period, the Rangers held on and knocked off the Islanders by a final of 4-1.

“We just looked like a different team tonight, we played with a lot more energy, and pace to our game. I thought it was a true team effort from our goalie to our D to our forwards. Everybody did what they needed to do and obviously this was a huge win for us.” – Rangers head coach David Quinn, on 4/9/21, when comparing tonight’s 4-1 win over the Islanders to Thursday night’s 5-2 loss to the Penguins.

“Maybe that could be it, but to me, it’s not just the young players when we are inconsistent, it’s everybody. I think it’s more of a group thing than a young guy thing.” – DQ, once again on 4/9/21, when talking about the inconsistency issues surrounding his group.

“I do not care to tell you that. [Regarding on who will take the net on Sunday.] I liked a lot about his [Georgiev’s] game tonight. I thought Georgie was sharp, like he usually is against the Islanders. It’s not easy to sit as long as he has and come out and play the way he did. I really liked his game.” – DQ, one more time on 4/9/21, as DQ wouldn’t tip his hand on who would be the Rangers starting goaltender on Sunday night. For my money, and as I’ll explain later on during this blog, I’d go right back to Georgiev. Igor is the starter, but Georgiev just has the number of these greasy Islander Father Finks!

Prior to tonight, in seven career starts against the Islanders, Georgiev’s numbers against the Rangers arch-rivals featured a win/loss record of 6-1, a 1.73 GAA and a .944 save percentage. All of those numbers got a boost after this win tonight. In addition, Georgiev also has two career shut-outs against the Islanders as well.

Greetings and salutations everyone and welcome to another blog here on BlueCollarBlueShirts.com. The Rangers took one step forward tonight, but what direction will they go in on Sunday night?

Sorry if I so sound so jaded while beginning tonight’s manifesto, because after all, a win over the Islanders is always a great cause for celebration. However, with the way this Rangers season has gone, will it shock anyone if the Rangers lose on Sunday night and then split their upcoming four-game set with the stripped down New Jersey Devils? Sadly, I somewhat expect that to happen.

For now, you can only take one game at a time and live in the moment, and a 4-1 victory over the division leading New York Islanders is as good of a win as any. That said, I’d be lying to you if I said this victory wasn’t frustrating.

As the Rangers have done multiple times throughout the course of this season, on Friday night, the Rangers defeated another top team in the division, where after the game, you’re left wondering – “why can’t these guys play like this all the time?” And replying with “it’s the kids” isn’t the right answer, because more times than not, it are the fat cats that are not performing to expectations.

While it’s impossible to go undefeated during a season, what is possible is to be somewhat consistent. The Rangers have been anything but, as they are one of the most inconsistent teams in all of the NHL, if not the most inconsistent.

With tonight’s win, the Rangers jump back into fifth place in the division, but still remain five points away from a playoff berth and with 16 games remaining in this 2021 season. The fourth seed in the division, in the Boston Bruins, still have three games in hand over the Rangers. Even worse, the Bruins still have six games remaining with the Buffalo Sabres. For the Rangers, whose playoff hopes may have already been dashed long ago, they’ll need to keep winning in order to have any chance at the playoffs. They can no longer afford to alternate wins and losses with each game played. If there was ever a time for a major winning streak, it’s right now.

Like a specialist reliever in baseball, prior to MLB killing tradition and altering their rules; Georgiev is the Rangers specialist goaltender against the Islanders. As DQ said before the game, no one knows why Georgiev has career success against the Islanders, but everyone knows that he does. I’d give Georgiev the net on Sunday and give Igor the weekend off. After that, I’d go right back to Igor for the four games with the Devils.

I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining or that I am sore after a loss. Far from it. However, I just want to see this team make it interesting, as we hit these last “Sweet Sixteen” of games here. This “wax on, wax off” Rangers, where they win one and then lose one, needs to come to an end.

There’s a lot of good stuff to talk about tonight, away from Alexandar Georgiev. There’s also some bad stuff to talk about too. Despite Mika Zibanejad scoring a late empty net goal in this game, once again, he was horrid. You know it’s bad when HEEL MICHELETTI has his fangs and claws out right away at the top of a broadcast, as Micheletti did tonight. Even in the final seconds of this game, Micheletti was trashing the Rangers first line of Kreider/Mika/Buchnevich for having another poor showing.

Fortunately, the Rangers didn’t need anything out of their first line tonight. Colin Blackwell, for the third time in as many games, which coincides with his promotion to the Rangers second line where he now plays with Ryan Strome and Artemi Panarin; scored again tonight. In fact, Blackwell had the game winning goal tonight.

In something that sent off fireworks around Rangerstown, USA, the reunited Kids Line had another strong game, where after 3-4 whacks at a loose puck in front of Isles goaltender Seymon Varlamov, Alexis Lafreniere cashed in, which put the Rangers on the board first. With Chytil and Kakko assisting on this Lafreniere goal, this was a pure line-wide goal for the Rangers third line.

Vitali Kravtsov, who is still looking for his first NHL point, had another “FABULOUS” game, where you really noticed him on every shift. For a young player that’s new to this league, Kravtsov is not shy of contact, getting into dirty areas and even better – he isn’t scared of shooting the puck either, which is a problem for a bunch of these Rangers.

“The Praying Mantis” K’Andre Miller had another strong game, as he continued his strong rookie campaign, where he gave the Rangers a huge insurance goal, late in the third period, after a “DOWNTOWN JULIE BROWN” goal.

Jacob Trouba, who hasn’t been exactly inspiring this season, picked up an assist on the Miller goal and also finished tonight’s affair with a plus/minus stat of +3, which I believe is a season high for him.

If there was anything truly “unfortunate” about tonight’s game, even if it’s trivial, it’s the fact that Fox had his point/assist streak of twelve straight games snapped tonight. However, and really, more importantly, and as you know; not only did the Rangers win this game, but Fox continued to impress behind his own blue-line, as Fox broke up numerous Islander chances throughout this sixty minute contest. Fox may have not logged a point tonight, but he prevented several Islanders of recording points. And really, that’s the job of any elite NHL defenseman, which Fox most certainly is.

If the Rangers had lost this game, Mika would’ve been buried everywhere and anywhere you went in Rangerstown, USA. Hell, even with the win, as mentioned, Micheletti was burying him in the final seconds of the broadcast. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Last night’s blog covered a wide array of topics and news items. In turn, there’s not any real news to get into tonight, outside of the line-up. I’ll cover the line-up on the other side of this PLUGS segment.

Here are my last few blogs, in case you missed them:

NYR/PIT 4/8 Review: NYR Get Jabbed; Playoff Hopes Get Stabbed, “Shots on Arms” Top Talk of Rangerstown, Miserable Mika Returns, Henrik Lundqvist Speaks Out; Exploring a Possible NYR Return (And Why It Would Work), Ron Duguay’s “Up in the Blue Seats” Podcast Recap, Steven McDonald Voting, Lundkvist vs Trouba, Georgiev’s Contract, Jersey Fouls, Gambling & More From an “At Least Fox Extended His Streak” Game

NYR/PIT 4/6 Review: Rangers Pummel Pooish Penguins in Arguably NYR’s Best Complete Team Win of the Season Yet; Every Top 9 Forward Scores & Multi-Point Games Galore! “FIRE DQ” Crew Forced To Eat Crow For One Night, Fox Looking To Behead Hedman For the Norris, Panarin’s Four-Pointer, Reunited Kid Line’s Best Game Ever, Special Teams Shine, Problems That Need Fixin’, MSGN Further Dives into the Gambling World, “Only One Game”, Another 40+ Saves for Igor & More

BCBS For 4/6: A Complete Look and Examination of Jeff Gorton’s Entire Tenure as General Manager of The New York Rangers – Every Draft, Signing and Trade Explored & More. Plus: DQ’s Latest (And Perhaps Hypocritical) Roster Moves Drives Rangerstown, USA Batty and the Tragic Ending of the Life of Mark Pavelich

In tonight’s game, DQ used the same line-up from Thursday night, where the only change was Georgiev in net for CZAR IGOR. Photo Credit: MSGN

I will say, I was shocked that DQ didn’t tinker with his line-up tonight, as DQ usually alters something in his line-up after a loss. With the lines and defensive pairings staying the same, the only thing to note about tonight’s lines, was that Kravtsov and Blackwell didn’t flip-flop from the second-to-fourth lines as they did on Thursday. And really, this was the right decision. Not only did Blackwell score in this game, but you could see the patch-work Rangers fourth line having a little more pep in their step with Kratvsov there. While Rooney and Howden are usually pretty solid defensively and at the dot too; with Kravtsov on this line, Kravtsov gave this line more offensive zone time. Kravtsov on this line seems to be more valuable than someone like a Phillip Di Giuseppe.

It should also be mentioned, that it looks like Julien Gauthier’s minutes and games have been slashed now as well, with the arrival of Kravtsov. It’s a tricky slope for DQ to navigate. For as much as people bellyache about Brett Howden, you need Howden and/or Rooney out there, for the PK and to take face-offs. With this roster, where Gauthier should really be on the third line, it’s just hard to break through. The career season out of Colin Blackwell just complicates matters, especially since Blackwell is more versatile than Gauthier.

And since it was a topic of discussion last night, the Rangers looked much better tonight than they did on Thursday, that is, except for Mika Zibanejad. As mentioned last night, there’s no way of knowing how the vaccine effected these guys. In addition, we don’t know who was vaccinated and who wasn’t vaccinated. However, if you believed that Mika had a “Corona Hangover” in the first half of the season, then you have to believe that the vaccine has now effected him a bit too. There’s just no other explanation to explain his poor play, unless he’s on the take and trying to throw games – a scenario that no one would ever buy and nor should they. These refs on the take though? That’s a different story!

The bathroom situation at the Nassau Coliseum

Before jumping into the game recap and review, I have to bring up the ticketing situation for tonight’s game. This game wound up selling out and it was a great night for the scalpers. While I understand that the Islanders are good, the rivalry, only 10% capacity and everything else, I was shocked to see a walk-in/get-in price of $200:

Imagine paying $200+ to sit in an asbestos filled rat trap with a leaky ceiling, where you have to use a porto potty to take a piss in-between periods? And you also have to take a worthless PCR test to get in too! Photo Credit: Stubhub

If you don’t get the porto potty reference, check out my previous blogs about the Nassau Coliseum. In short, due to a tight and lone rotunda, the Coliseum encourages male fans to go outside in-between periods, in order to drain the main vein. In addition, nothing says pure class, then taking a dump, at a dump, inside of a shit and flea infested porto potty! That’s the Islander way! It will get even better next season, when you will have the sweet aroma of horse shit lingering in the Belmont air.

GAMBLING segment time.

Here’s what I said before the game:

Ugh, I should’ve trusted my initial instinct and took the under! However, as I always say here, as long as the Rangers win, I don’t care if I’m wrong on the over-under! And really if it weren’t for the Islanders hitting three posts in this game and Mika absolutely choking on a breakaway, the over would’ve hit! Coulda, woulda, shoulda! (And yes, that’s way too many exclamation points in one paragraph!)

My over-under record now drops to 17-21-2 on the season.


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If you know who this guy is, that means you attended Rangers @ Islanders games in the late 1990’s-early 2000’s. After watching tonight’s pregame show, I was hoping that the Razor Ramon doppleganger security guard from the Nassau Coliseum would do a run-in, and give Vally a “Razor’s Edge!”

While there have been many bad MSGN pregame shows this season, tonight’s pregame show was easily the worst. If you don’t agree with that statement, then at the very least, this one was the strangest.

Where to begin? How about from the start?

After using clips from Ranger/Islander games from three months ago (DeAngelo was playing for the Rangers at that time!) to predict what was going to happen in this game, Vally then explained that Fox is a good hockey player. This was inoffensive, but pedestrian stuff here.

I know I’ve explained this stuff in-depth in the past before, but this blog/site consistently gets new readers. I just want to say and reiterate here, that I don’t care what you do, who you do it with and how you do it. I don’t care what you stick into what, what you do in your personal life or anything else. What you do is what you do and no one should ever interfere with that. Whatever you do sexually is none of my business, and as long as it’s legal, that doesn’t make you lesser than anyone else. Gay, straight, bi, whatever; everyone is all the same and should always be able to do whatever comes natural to them.

That being said, Vally was really pushing the homoerotic overtones on the broadcast, where I wondered if this was a “Pride Night” game. And if you don’t find this stuff funny and/or questionable, then you just don’t have the same sense of humor as me. As my buddy Danielle aka YELLS would say – “YOUR LOSS!” (And to be clear, I’m not assuming anything about Valiquette, I’m just having fun here and talking about what he said. Feel free to relax and laugh!)

No joke, Vally said Kakko had a “nice trunk” and a “great backside.” WTF is this guy talking about? He was talking here, as if he was enjoying a few “Bahama Mama’s” at the “Ramrod”. After saying these eyebrow raising comments, Vally said he was “checking out Mat Barzal all day.” Again, I don’t care what anyone does and who they do it with, but all of this commentary just seemed bizarre. I’ve never heard any broadcaster, analyst or ex-player ever talk about the “trunk” of a player, outside of the Sean Avery book, where Avery commented on Lundqvist’s manhood.

I know I’ve always asked Vally to stop with the ANALytic charts and try to do the eye-test stuff, but if his eye-test leads him to talking about the “trunks” of the players, maybe he should just go back to the charts, graphs and hieroglyphics. I care about what goes down on the ice and not the trunks or the butts of the players. I don’t know, maybe Vally is trying to entice more female and male homosexual viewers to watch these games. Again, I have never heard any hockey person on TV talk about the trunk sizes of players before.

At this rate, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear Vally talk about what goes on in the backsides of players.

Vally’s comments were just odd, even odd for him. What happened next was just disgusting.

For some reason, Steve Valiquette was tasked by John Giannone to break down the historic New York Rangers vs New York Islanders rivalry. Out of anyone you could get to talk about this rivalry, including Ryan Callahan, MSGN went to the legendary goalie with the 46 game career. This would be like asking the popcorn vendor at Yankee Stadium to break down the Yankees vs Red Sox rivalry. At least the popcorn vendor was on his feet for those games, rather than sitting on his ass! I’m not making this up – Vally’s greatest memory of this feud was watching a fight from the bench.

If anything, if you were going to get a back-up goalie to talk about the Rangers vs Islanders feud, M$GN should’ve placed a call to Dan Cloutier. At least he’s a figure that had a prominent moment in this near 50 year rivalry!

I am not above boorish or immature behavior, as you may have figured out!

But wait, it gets worse.

I don’t want to post a picture of this girl or even use her name, but for Islander and Ranger fans, both fan bases are probably aware of the die-hard Islander fan with the orange and blue lipstick. (Not Valiquette.) In the past, on her Twitter account, she released a video where she was cursing out Sam Rosen and made fun of the CZAR IGOR/Buchnevich car accident.

Listen, I’m no saint, and I get being over-the-top and trying to get a reaction with opinions rooted in the hatred of a rival. After all, I always go over-the-top on this site for laughs. (Need evidence, just read the previous bit!) That said, I doubt the Islanders broadcasters are going to be giving my phone a ring anytime soon either. (And to be clear here, I’m not using this female’s name or picture, because it wouldn’t be fair to her and she’s really not the story here either. And from what I know, she’s never said anything negative about me, and I try to treat everyone as how they treat me. Additionally, despite this on-camera appearance, she’s not really a public figure.)

In MSGN’s never-ending love affair with a Rangers opponent, the final half of this broadcast was pro-Islanders. It was downright hideous and treacherous.

In one SEGMENT (not a commercial) MSGN had a piece on that girl with the orange and blue lipstick and her boyfriend, who is a Rangers fan. No mention of this girl cursing out Rosen or her comments on the car accident from last season. (Again I’m not faulting her for actions/comments, I’m just saying she doesn’t belong on a Rangers broadcast. After all, I doubt she pleaded with MSGN to be featured on a Rangers broadcast.)

During this segment, MSGN focused on the cuck boyfriend of this girl. (I keep saying girl because she looks young, but I guess she is a woman. Based on this segment, she looks anywhere from 21-25 years old.) This woman’s boyfriend was then shown wearing an Islander jersey, in an attempt to get a slice at the pie. I’m sorry, but a Ranger fan wearing an Islanders jersey? That’s sacrilege! That’s blasphemous! That’s a one-way ticket out of Rangerstown! Even this girl wouldn’t dare be caught in Rangers blue!

To add salt in the wound, the MSGN broadcast would feature this couple watching the game from her Islander fan’s “woman cave”. Put this shit on the Islanders broadcast! Why is this on the Rangers broadcast? And really, if you’re over the age of 30, you probably didn’t give one damn about any of this, just like the segment from a few games ago, where Vally and Giannone broke down and painstakingly deciphered Keith Kinkaid’s emojis. (Of note and even worse – when the Rangers won this game, we didn’t get her reaction, after having to suffer through three different segments with her rooting on the Islanders. We didn’t get the “happy ending” here!)

To recap, during the official broadcast of the New York Rangers, the Rangers showed some cuck boyfriend tossing away his Rangers jersey, in favor of an Islanders jersey. Ten minutes later, on the same broadcast, as MSGN were showing B-roll of some Ranger and Islander fans going to the Coliseum, Micheletti wondered out loud – “Do you think they get along?” You just Father Finking showed us some traitor giving up his Rangers jersey for an Islanders jersey!

Maybe I’m making too much of this, but this all felt slimy and unwarranted.

To close out the pregame show, John Giannone said Chris Kreider scoring a goal in this game would be “an off the board pick”, during the new MSGN gambling segment. That tells you how Kreider’s season is going. Right after, Giannone and Vally were pondering about which Islanders would beat Georgiev tonight. So much for Vally giving Georgiev some fraternal love here, and predicting a shut-out.

I HAVE NEVER SEEN A HOMETOWN BROADCAST NOT ONLY ROOT FOR THE OTHER TEAM, BUT SHIT ON THEIR OWN TEAM. I get that not everything is rainbows and lollipops here, but all of this Islander love displayed tonight should’ve got everyone involved a jail sentence.

Anyway, how about I get into this game now?

“The King of Kings” really needed a great game tonight, especially after a three week layoff. Georgiev delivered, although admittedly, he did get some help from his trusty iron.

After Micheletti said FABULOUS four times before the puck was even dropped, (I’m not making this up) the Strome line, as opposed to the Mika line, started the game, where Strome promptly lost the opening face-off. This was another bad night for the top two centers of this team at the dot tonight, as Strome won 8 out of 18 face-offs, while Mika won only 5 out of 13 face-offs. It’s probably too late in the season now, but it might be a good idea next season to bring in a face-off specialist for these guys.

In the Rangers first possession of the game, Strome and Blackwell went on a two-on-one odd-man rush. Rather than shooting the puck, Strome passed backwards to the trailing Panarin, where the puck was promptly turned over. Micheletti nearly blew a gasket, as like many of us were saying after this play; Micheletti said that Strome should’ve shot the puck. This would be a common theme for the majority of this game, as the Rangers just kept over-passing themselves to nowhere, rather than putting pucks on net.

I should also note here, that unlike M$G, it looks like the Nassau Coliseum has the entire lower bowl curtained/tarped off. Hell, the old SUV from the Barclay’s wasn’t even in the lower bowl either. I don’t know why M$G and the Coliseum have different approaches here, but it was noticeable.

The Isles had control of this game early, and in turn, Georgiev was tested and aced each test. While the Islanders only had six SOG in this period, each shot was point blank or from Georgiev’s paint. In his first test, Georgiev made a save on new Islander Travis Zajac, while screened. Speaking of Zajac and Kyle Palmieri, the two latest ex-Devils to join the Islanders, Sam and Joe must’ve brought this trade up about ten times tonight. I don’t know what was mentioned more during this broadcast – the trade, the fact that Adam Fox grew up in Jericho or the word “FABULOUS”.

Between Vally’s weirdo commentary and Micheletti always saying the word “fabulous”, these broadcasts come off as if you’re watching the Halloween parade in NYC. Photo Credit: MSGN

Adam Fox, who as mentioned, was great defensively tonight, would force a turnover about four minutes into this period, which in turn, he followed up on by logging the first Rangers SOG of the game. With the jerk-off known as Wes McCauley calling this game, a McCauley who took off his Penguins jersey for this game, McCauley ignored a blatant Islander trip on Kevin Rooney. In fact, the Rangers didn’t get one power-play in this game. I’d love to see the stats of calls from McCauley during Ranger games.

Vitali Kravtsov, in his first shift, and really, as he’s been doing ever since he joined the team; was noticeable right away in this game, as he was putting pucks on net and fighting for pucks on the boards. Kravtsov really is living up to the hype, where you know the goals and points will eventually come. Put it this way, Kravtsov has had a better start to his Rangers career than both Kakko and Lafreniere. That’s not a shot at those two, it’s just a fact. Kravtsov has also looked better than Lias Andersson, but the less said about Andersson the better.

After Varly made a great stop on Strome, after a pass from Panarin; Georgiev would make two huge saves, including a save on Brock Nelson after a Rangers turnover. This may have been the save of the game, as Nelson was all alone in the slot, ripped a shot and Georgiev smothered it. Not bad for a goalie who hadn’t played during the last three weeks.

With the Rangers doing the pass-pass-pass-pass-puck goes to the blue line act, Trouba turned over the puck. Then, at the 9:04 mark of the period, Zibanejad was boxed for boarding the Henrik Lundqvist killer, in a one Jean-Gabriel Pageau. That 2017 second round playoff series still irks me! Of note, this would be the only power-play of the game for either team.

As Sam and Joe did their verbal fellatio act on an opponent, with Brock Nelson having the apple of their eye here, Georgiev and the Rangers got a break when Nick Leddy rang a puck off of the iron, hitting the spot where the post connects with the crossbar. This would be the lone threat of the Islanders power-play.

With Mika now out of the box, this happened:

You can’t make this shit up. After missing a wide open net last night, Mika followed up his terrible performance from Thursday by losing the puck on a crystal clear breakaway. First half of the season Mika has returned. Too bad he can’t play the Flyers every night of the season. Instead of going up 1-0 after killing an Islander power-play, Mika is now on all the highlight shows for this gaffe. It’s been a rough season for Mika, despite the several good games he’s had. No joke, with all the chances he’s had, Mika could’ve had a 40 goal season this year.

After Mika’s misery, Fox would force another great turnover, breaking up what could’ve been an Islander odd-man rush.

Chris Kreider, who also received disdain out of HEEL MICHELETTI tonight, would have a chance to score, but crapped out on a rebound. These last two games will soon earn Kreider the nickname of “NO HANDS”.

After Sam Rosen plugged the girl who cursed him out on Twitter, Varly made two saves on Panarin. Ultimately, Panarin finished with two assists tonight, but Varly denied all four of Panarin’s SOG in this game.

As the horn went off to signal the end of the period, we remained scoreless. In what didn’t exactly tell the whole story, the SOG stat read NYR 13 – NYI 6. To me, Georgiev’s saves were much more difficult than the workload Varly was tasked with.

It was a great night for the former roommates of K’Andre Miller and Alexis Lafreniere. Photo Credit: NYR

After our regular comment of “SECOND PERIOD, WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR HERE JOE?” <A breath mint for you Sam!>, as he did at the top of this game, Strome lost the opening face-off of this period. In perhaps in what was the best scoring chance for the Rangers first line in this game, Kreider put too much on a pass to Buchnevich, but Buchnevich handled it and put a one-handed shot on Varly. This puck almost went in and it would’ve been something had it went in. Good save for Varly.

In the other end, Brendan Smith made a bad pass for a turnover, which led to a point blank shot for Andy Greene. Georgiev stoned Greene, as he also bailed out Smith here too. You could also see Georgiev’s confidence level rising a bit too, as he started coming out of his net more and more to play pucks, which during previous games this season, has come back to bite him in the ass. Georgiev would then stop Barzal on a big one-timer attempt.

In a game where you felt had the Islanders scored first, the Rangers would be doomed, 6:05 into the period, Lafreniere broke the nil-nil tie:


This was a true blue collar/lunch pail/hard-working goal here, as all three members of the Kids Line made a mad dash to Varlamov. At the end of it, Lafreniere cashed in the loose change for a goal. This is what you love to see.

After Georgiev made a clean “child please” glove save on JGP, at the 10:01 mark of the period, Blackwell fought his way to Varly’s net, got a puck from Panarin, shook off a defender and buried the puck. 2-0, GOOD GUYS! WOW!

Here’s what’s great about these two goals, and in no order of importance:

— DQ’s line changes worked out, as Blackwell continues to score on the second line.

— The Kid Line scored too, so they are starting to get some momentum.

— After allowing the Penguins to score four goals within two minutes of the Rangers scoring, the Rangers continued to play tight and didn’t give up an equalizer immediately after scoring.

With 5:53 to go, Pelech took a shot from the blue line near the side-boards to the right of Georgiev. The puck deflected off of Brock Nelson’s stick and went into the net. However, Nelson’s stick was above the cross-bar, so NO GOAL! We did have a brief pause for a replay here, but Toronto got this call correct within seconds, allegedly to the chagrin of McCauley.

However, just 46 seconds later, Andy Greene bombed a shot from the blue line, where the puck deflected off of Kravtsov. Despite the deflection taking place from nearly 50 feet out, the puck found a way to make it behind Georgiev. 2-1, good guys. Ass-clenching time again. (And there was plenty of traffic in front of Georgiev here, so I don’t think he even saw the puck coming.)

The final minutes of this period was whistle after whistle. It felt like the end of an NBA game here, as you had non-stop whistles and stoppages for icings, offside calls, hand-passes and other slight infractions.

Once we finally got to the end of the period, the Rangers maintained their razor-thin one-goal lead. It was now up to the Rangers to do something that they’ve had a lot of trouble with this season – “MORTAL KOMBAT” the opposition in a one-goal game and FINISH THEM.

Georgiev had a “two thumbs up” game for sure. Photo Credit: Alexandar Georgiev

Until K’Andre Miller scored at the 11:48 mark of the period, which gave the Rangers their insurance goal, most of this period was nail-biting time.

Just 20 seconds into the period, Clutterbuck hit a post. On the next Isles possession, Lindgren would break up another Isles odd-man rush. Crisis averted.

With the Rangers looking for another goal, Panarin fell down, but still dished the puck to Strome, where Varly then denied Strome. Back on the other end, the Isles made a mad dash to Georgiev’s net, similar to the Lafreniere goal, and Georgiev coughed up a rebound. Thankfully, the Rangers got some puck luck here and were able to get the puck out, thus denying the Islanders of tying the game.

As Rangers and Islanders were slipping and sliding all over the place, as a result of the bad ice at the Coliseum, Leo Komarov blatantly tripped Georgiev. No call here. More bad officiating out of McCauley and his crew. Put it this way, if Sam Rosen can see something than these referees should see it too.

With 8:40 left in the period, both Varly and Georgiev continued to rack up saves. Then, with 8:12 remaining, Miller scored:



No joke, this rip from K’Andre Miller was powerfully ripped like a booming drunken White Castle fart, and as @njtiob on Twitter said, this shot was just as nasty as that White Castle fart!

Not only did Miller one-time this puck from Trouba with precision and power, Varly didn’t have a shot in hell of making the save here. As Micheletti says, no joke, this was FABULOUS!

Up 3-1 and now with under seven minutes to go, Mika had a chance to make this game 4-1, but you know the rest. Really, outside of the Rangers protecting the lead, I was hoping for a point for Fox, but it wasn’t meant to be. Leetch’s record remains safe for the time being.

The Rangers, to their credit, didn’t sit back on this lead either. As we approached the FOXWOODS part of the game, Kravtsov made a great pass to Rooney, but Varly made a good save here to keep the Isles alive.

With 4:33 to go, Lafreniere almost had goal number two, but his goal here was quickly waved off for a high stick. It was the right call. A minute later, the Islanders hit iron again, for the third time in this game. For Georgiev, he may owe his iron a steak dinner, as he got three helpers from the iron tonight. That said, these shots hit iron because Georgiev was in the right position and the Islanders were forced to try to pick corners.

With 3:14 to go, Isles coach Barry Trotz pulled Varlamov for the extra attacker. The Isles pressed the issue for about two minutes here, with Mika Zibanejad of all people, getting the empty net goal as the result of flipping the puck up from behind the Rangers blue line and with the puck somehow finding the empty net. 4-1, good guys.

I mean go figure, Mika couldn’t hit an empty net from two feet away last night and lost the puck on a breakaway tonight. In turn, Mika scores a near 180′ goal off of a simple flip/clear. That’s hockey Suzyn.

As the final horn went off, we remained 4-1, GOOD GUYS, and a big win for the Rangers. Now follow up on it.

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  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUxE4a_LHuw This never fails to make me laugh. So this woman and her husband in the midst of a playoff game were ovetaken by their carnal desires to seek romance in that crumbling urine-reeking weed-strewn parking lot. WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE ARE THESE?

    I’m cutting this lad some slack. He probably had hopes for a fun ending to his evening involving that young lady and her blue&orange lipstick. Not the first time a boy did something silly to get a little.

    Good win. But need a whole bunch more of this instead of one step up, 2 steps back. Bruins have a Sabres-laden schedule and games in hand.

    Mika’s goal is the oddest goal I have ever seen; Trouba flops on top of Barzal, and Z’jad simply flings the puck blindly…into the net. He seemed embarrassed.

    1. Bugg
      Yea I remember that gal in the video, Reijo Ruotsalainen hit her in the head with an errant slap shot…….a couple of times.


    2. Lol, the good old Joy Rosen video!

      If this chap was trying to get some sexy time with this woman, he should’ve made sure no cameras were around when he put on that Islander jersey!

      Mika definitely looked like he was caught off guard. What a bizarre season for him.

  2. Hard to blame Mika for losing the puck on that breakaway as the puck hit a rut and jumped over his stick right at the worst moment.

    Mika needs an exorcist, he has had the worst luck this year.

    Who made the stretch pass on that “jack in the box” play anyway?

    Sam and Joe never did say.

    Is Georgy back or are we still going with a 3 goaltender soap opera?

    Stay tuned and find out………As The World Turns.

    Good game, good win, good Georgy but likely too little too late.

    It looks like we would need Boston to collapse the rest of the way and I don’t see that happening.

    Kravtsov made some of those edge of your seat plays that I have been hoping to see with Lafreniere since he got here, they should have had a goal on one of those 2 passes for dead on shots late in the game.

    Kravtsov seems to do everything you could hope for well, he forechecks, he backchecks, he handles the puck and passes well, he shoots, goes to the corners and in front of the net, he checks and he skates well.

    This is how you earn TOI in the NHL.

    I must admit Kravtsov is a different player than I imagined he would be and I may have lowered my expectations too much.

    Kakko, Lafreniere and Chytil have been working to do those things too lately and with some success they just need to do them more often and on a more consistent basis.

    This has been one Father Finked Up season and if the Ranger’s don’t make the playoff’s there will be so many….if only’s……if only Panarin had not taken that time off…..if only Mika had not slumped so badly….if only……if only……etc etc etc

    The rebuild is over so screw the “play da kids” even if it means better luck next year attitude, the Rangers need to play to win from here on out.

    1. Bruins play the Flyers today at 2. Have absolutely no hope AV’s squad does anything other than getting run over.

      1. Bugg
        Well the Bruin’s are playing a rookie goaltender, unfortunately he is playing lights out with a .942% SP and already is 2-0.

        Let us hope those 2 games were more luck than skill and he folds under the pressure.

    2. I think Smith made the pass, I’d have to go back and watch it again.

      Yea we need an epic collapse out of the Bruins and you have to assume they’ll get better by the deadline.

      I’m in the same boat as you with Kravtsov. I thought he’d be one of these figure skating Euros, but he’s been the complete opposite. A very pleasant surprise.

      Right, this season has so many “what if’s?” I think I wrote about this a month ago.

      Monday will be telling. If they keep Blackwell, it tells you that winning is what’s most important.

  3. I really like the team chemistry even if they are struggling for a playoff berth. The guys are playing for each other. It is always a good night to beat the Isles. This is really a good team going places and I hope management sees that.

    1. It’s always going to be about consistency with them and once they can figure out how to stay consistent, then they’ll be dangerous.

  4. David’s comments are spot on. They don’t always play the full 60 minutes. They can’t seem to string together a 4 or 5 game winning streak but man, this team constantly reminds you just how good they can and will be. We have 19 and 20 year olds who are still learning how to play at the NHL level and yet they seem to make a statement every game. Miller plays against the league’s best every night. Fox is a superstar. Kakko and Lafreniere are just starting to find their footing. The prospect pool is flush. There’s no telling how good this team will be. Yes this is a really good team that’s going places and I’m sure management sees that.
    Unfair to compare career starts of Kravtsov to Kakko and Lafreniere. Laf is 19; Kakko was 19 last year. Kravtsov is 21. Those two years of development at that age are big. Plus Kakko had a language issue and Lafreniere has probably faced the most challenging circumstances of any 19 year old #1 pick ever.
    You can label the Rangers inconsistent because they fall into trap games and usually play up or down to the level of competition. But where they are consistent is that they are always in every game. I can remember only a couple of games where I wanted to turn off the TV. One was the last Pittsburgh game. One was the Washington game where I was glad I didn’t because the Rangers rallied when everyone, me included, thought they were dead. Even the best teams have off nights. Sometimes the best teams even get blown out. We never seem to get blown out. The Rangers lose too many one goal games and will beat themselves by losing faceoffs, overpassing and a predictable power play but just about every game the effort is there. They compete. That’s pretty impressive considering they’re the youngest team in the NHL.

    1. They are consistently inconsistent as we all know.

      I get your argument on why it may be “unfair” to compare starts, but I’m just commenting about first round draft picks within the top ten. And like I said, it wasn’t a shot at KK and AL, it was praise for VK.

      That loss to the Devils after their corona issues remains the worst loss of the season to me.

      Yep all those one-goal games and bad power-play games will bite them. Completely mishandling the TDA situation is another black mark. By burying TDA to the media and telling everyone that you’re done with him, this was the biggest case of a “worst asset management ever.” At least pretend he’s part of the team then try to deal him.

  5. Last year with TDA the Rangers averaged 3.14 GA per game (70 games)
    This year without TDA the Rangers averaged 2.68 GA per game (40 games)
    Last year with TDA the Rangers averaged 3.33 GF per game (70 games)
    This year without TDA the Rangers averaged 3.25 GF per game (40 games)
    It’s a smaller sample size but clearly we’re better defensively this year sacrificing just a tick in offense. And given how Zib & co. couldn’t score at all early in the season, I’m sure that 3.25 number will come up. TDA probably didn’t or wouldn’t adjust to J. Martin’s system. Implementing younger, more coachable d-men has certainly paid dividends. A unified locker room is far more important than a few PP goals. Sorry to go down this road again but I just don’t understand the love this guy gets from everyone on this site. A guy who poisoned the room; who put his political bullshit and his podcasts and his anger issues and who knows what else before the good of the team. Sorry to disagree but they couldn’t allow this situation to fester so they could try and fool a team to trade for him. GM’s have known about this guy for years.

    1. Who said TDA “poisoned the room?”

      You mean TDA poisoned your room because you don’t like his politics.

      All the criticism of TDA was nothing more than innuendo and hyperbole based on his political opinions.

      TDA is a good example of how the establishment treats every single political issue that is part of their agenda these days.

      They straw man and ad hom them up, the media comes down on them with a vengeance and then they ban them, censor them on social media and kick them out

      You get a straw man, an ad hom and an editorial in the headline of every article that tells you what you should think before you even get to the very first paragraph of the text.

      The reader is then supposed to close their minds and agree uncritically…… Trump Trump Trump!!….alt right!!!……ism’s!!!….ist’s!!!……phobia’s……burn the witch!!….burn the witch!!!…..kill it dead!!!

      Nobody said Tony D poisoned the room, Tony D was not at the Capitol waving a gun around, Tony D did nothing to K’Andre Miller, Tony D did not make any racist comments to a team mate in juniors, Tony D did not spread dangerous “misinformation” about C19 and all of the hype surrounding Tony D was strictly based on the “woke” politics of the hockey beat writers and bloggers who IMPLIED that he did.

      Tony D too vocally supported Trump and that is all Tony D needed to do to be deemed worthy of “cancellation” by these political hacks masquerading as hockey journalists.

      By the way I am not a supporter of Trump and would not vote for him or Biden either or Obama, Bush, Clinton, Carter, Ford, Nixon or any of them for the same reason I would not vote for Jeffrey Epstein.

      The only good thing to come out of the situation with Tony D was that at least that little eunuch Adamn Hymyn managed to cancel himself as sometimes happens to hate crime hoaxer’s.

      You know why Herman is not back on Twitter and never even gets a mention anymore on BSB?

      Because he had no sources and strictly concocted and imagined that whole incident in his head.

      Does BSB ever clear the air and vindicate Tony D by confirming that Herman completely fabricated that story?

      No because they like Herman believe Tony is worthy of cancellation.

      By the way how do you know where the defense would be at if Tony D was still on the team?

      Oh wait…..I see……it is because………”TDA probably didn’t or wouldn’t adjust to J. Martin’s system”……….which is exactly like all your other assertions about Tony D it’s strictly based on your opinion and speculation.

    2. Who knows how TDA would’ve been defensively had he stayed? I do think the offensive numbers would’ve seen a slight uptick tho.

      Zib and co seem to have found their first have mojo lately.

      I don’t think TDA’s battle was with Martin. In fact, I can tell you that I know it wasn’t.

      I don’t know where you get the “poisoned the room” stuff. Every teammate has said the complete opposite.

      Did you listen to one podcast? I defy you to show me where he said one political statement on that podcast, except for once when he laughed about how bad Deblasio was when someone brought it up.

      There wasn’t a situation with him and his teammates, it was with him and Quinn.

      Either way, Gorton and DQ should’ve kept their mouths shut, and then tried to trade him. By making him a pariah and out to be Satan, they just destroyed his value to a potential trading partner. That’s the takeaway here. And if he was so evil as you portray him to be, why did they re-sign him in the first place and for big money?

      1. Maybe I shouldn’t have used the word “poison .” I have no proof or knowledge of that and I apologize. If I get a do over I’d use the word distraction. But really, aren’t we all just speculating? Do any of us have a contact on the inside? I gather whatever information is available and try to form an assumption. And that’s all it is – an assumption. What sways me the most is this: the Rangers are running a business. Eating a 4.5 – 5 million dollar contract is not good business. I just have to believe he had to have done something that management couldn’t tolerate. I’m assuming it was insubordination. Gorton and Quinn had to convince Dolan, you know, the guy who’s taking the hit on this that the situation was intolerable. Obviously Dolan agreed. I factor in TDA’s track record of conflicts at every level and that’s how I come to my assumption. I don’t think it’s about his politics. I don’t think he’s a bad teammate. I was merely listing the “distractions” that I believe deters TDA from giving his all to the team. I’m not on social media so maybe you guys know stuff that I don’t. I certainly didn’t think that there was a deep state of hockey writers out to destroy the kid’s career.

        1. No need to apologize, we’re just talking here. You should know by now that nothing you say is off-limits and all is well.

          I can suggest to you that perhaps I have talked to someone very close to the situation, but I don’t betray anyone’s trust in private conversations that I have. There have been many stories or scoops relayed to me over the years, but I never run them unless I’m given the okay and/or permission. (For example, the Duguay leaving the MSGN story.)

          If TDA was “poison” and/or a “distraction”, why was he the commissioner of the team’s fantasy football league? Why was he in the old Derek Stepan role during team media events? Why did many of his teammates do his podcast? Why are there pictures out there of him golfing with his teammates?

          If there’s any point I’m trying to stress here – I don’t buy the locker room crap for one minute. I believe this is all a TDA vs DQ thing, and eventually it turned into TDA vs Gorton, where Gorton made a declaration and couldn’t go back on it. I do think TDA is a hot head and it hurts him. He may also be a product of his generation, where he grew up with social media, cell phones, and all that stuff, and he acts like any other normal young male. However, he’s not a normal young male, as he is a celebrity, even as minor as his celebrity may be.

          As far as the Dolan factor, I don’t have any way of knowing this and 100% speculating, but I doubt he cares too much about what the Rangers do as long as they make money. The Knicks and MSGN have always been his babies, with the Rangers being his red-headed step child. It’s why Sather was given a free pass for so long. As far as taking something like to this top, I doubt DQ is involved directly. I’m sure it’s JD who talks to Dolan.

          You’re 100% wrong on the last sentence, albeit with an asterisk. There are many other bloggers that made TDA a target from day one. (Zap can confirm this here too.) Just look at the Adam Herman stuff, where he made up lies about Deangelo, lies so bad, that JD and Gorton addressed them publicly and shut them down. Once a story makes the internet, even if it’s proven false, it lives on in infamy and forever in a google search. That’s why if you notice, I rarely use last names of fans/readers/sources on this site, just in case they have something going on in their real life, whether it be a job interview or something else, and whatever they said, even as harmless as it may be, can’t be tracked to them through google.

          1. Sean
            Tony D had a dark cloud following him from the very start with woke hockey journalists hyperventilating over him because he either called someone a f#g in juniors or called them some racial slur, we never heard witch, but that was nothing compared to what happened after Tony D came out in support of Trump.

            That was when the shite really hut the fan and the knives really came out for Tony.

            Hell look at those ridiculous articles about Tony D’s supposed “burner account” that were written by so called actual with a job and an editor “journalist’s” which were all based on nothing but the fact that it was an account from somewhere in Pennsylvania!!……..and they drummed that up with a sneering sort of glee that would be funny if it weren’t so sickening.

            Hey some guy in Philly is supporting Tony D!!!…….it MUST be Tony’s own burner account……….film at 11!!!


            There is no such thing as “journalistic integrity” anymore and the media is `100% propaganda of one sort or another

          2. TDA may have called someone a f@g, but three teams all signed him afterwards. That word is blown out of proportion from the woke people, as everyone knows that’s it’s not always a homophobic slur as much as it is the equivalent of calling someone a d-bag or an a$$hole.

            You’re so right about journalistic integrity. Seeing how Yahoo covered the story was horrendous. It took Larry Brooks nearly three years to put out a story correcting all the false information too.

      2. Heard from 2 people I know and trust who in one case worked in a very peripheral capacity with the Rangers, in the apst and still knows people there, and another who is friendly with a staff member. TDA has every stop in his career had his mouth get him in trouble. He will not shut the fuck up. He was told over and over by everyone in the Rangers organization in ways great and small that he needed to keep his mouth shut, play hard and then things would take care of themselves . Instead he kpet running his mouth, in games, in practices, at coaches,a t other players. And it wasn’t about politics in the sense some NYR employees hold many of the same political views, even if they aren’t as open in social media as TDA is. It still may be fair to criticize NYR for how they dealt with this, but looks like TDA made the situation way worse by his own stupidity. There are lots of workplaces that require you to mind your own business at work, or share your thoughts privately rather than openly constantly engaging in outbursts. This was no different. Grant you the NYR have damaged an asset here.

        1. What does “apst” stand for?

          Yeah, the common consensus is he can’t control his temper and/or his mouth. I heard the same stuff, that none of this was politically rooted.

          As I said when the Staal trade first happened, I thought losing Staal was going to hurt him, as TDA always praised Staal on his podcast, and at one point called Staal a “calming influence” for him. Of course, at this stage, he has to know better on his own.

          I think I said this before – you can tell the difference between a Harvard education and a high school education. After the TDA stuff happened, Fox pulled every social media posting that had political views and “unliked” a bunch of pro-Trump tweets too.

        2. Bugg
          There is more to what went on with TDA than what he was doing on the team or his behavior with the coaching staff.

          I believe TDA was “canceled” due to his outspoken support of Trump and conservative politics in general just as many other people are routinely being censored, banned and cancelled these day’s.

          I will make a prediction about TDA that most people will find extremely far fetched.

          TDA will not be picked up by another team after the Rangers buy out his contract and TDA will then be forced to join a KHL team in order to have a career in hockey.

          The reason I say this is because I believe TDA will be or has already been blackballed league wide by NHL management in Toronto.

          Of course they will never admit this and the opinion will be that TDA was too “toxic” to sign to a contract.

          I hope this does not happen to TDA but I suspect it is likely

          Remember this “cancel culture” movement is a top down movement by which I mean it is an establishment agenda and it is damn near universal at this point

          When nearly every major corporation support every single aspect of a movement up to and including forcing their employees to attend what could easily be classified as Maoist cultural revolutionary era “struggle sessions” it is a top down movement.

          Tony D is not that important in the grand scheme of things but he does have a voice and his cancellation like all of these other cancellations send a message and the message is that if you have political view points that do not conform 100% to the establishment agenda and the party line then you had better keep those views to yourself!

          And if you don’t believe that coaching staffs and managements around the league wont go along with such an edict banning TDA from the NHL front office I give you the recent situation concerning Mark Pavelich and the deafening silence from Ranger management including from his friend and former team mate John Davidson which made it blatantly obvious that there is a league wide mandate NOT to discuss anything that could be connected to CTE……..and they OBEY that mandate.

          1. “apst” is past badly spelled. Perhaps are humble host can accomodate an edit function.

            Personally I am much inclined to agree with TDA’s political beliefs. And as per my 2 contacts, some of the people in the Rangers’ organization are too. But the problem was insubordination, not politics.

            These 2 things can be true without contradicting each other; TDA so far does not have the ability to be quiet, and the Rangers as an organization handled this situation poorly.

          2. I think there is an edit button, I’m such a horrible webmaster. The technical stuff is not my forte, writing these 10k word missives are lol

            I agree with what you’re saying here. At the end of the day, someone needed to be level-headed and be a mediator and that never happened.

  6. I don’t believe Buffalo won that game!!

    I tuned in when it was 2 – 2 then Philly scored and after a while I thought Buffalo was never going to come back because they were playing so weak so I tuned out.

    Then I saw the final score on Yahoo and thought at first Philly won, then I looked again and was shocked.

    Well that is good but the Rangers need to win and we really need Boston to hit the skids.

  7. How about going with Fox, Lafreniere and Kravtsov or with Chytil and Kaako or some combination of those guys for the first shift in the OT?

    Panarin and Zibanedjad were not having an on game tonight and at least those other guys were playing with a jump and a great deal of passion in their games tonight.

    Quinn is either endlessly juggling lines like he cannot make his mind up or endlessly doing everything by rote

    I don’t want to be an armchair coach but pressure has to be applied both ways……..when the veterans see Quinn going with those guys the have to think………ok we have not been getting it done tonight…….and the players going over the boards in OT have to think OK we have been playing well

    I don’t think there has been any reason to bitch and moan about Chytil. Lafreniere and Kakko’s TOI until now but now they are deserving of the ice time and although they have been making progress lately in that direction on their own Kravtsov seems to have sparked something in all of them

    It is way early but this guy Kravtsov like something special…….the kind of player that just makes everyone he platys with better

    Kravtsov looks like everything we hoped for in Lafreniere and Lafreniere playing with Kravtsov looks like everything we hoped for in Lafreniere!!?…. and who the hell is this new guy Kravtsov!!?…Kakko and Chytil doing the same things too……jump in their games……..cycling in the O zone………recovering the puck and keeping the play going the O zone…..driving everything then towards the middle and getting scoring chances……..and best of all they are playing old fashion grind it out along the boards hockey

    Ok lets not go crazy but I am sure you are thinking the same thing

    Maybe we don’t make the playoffs this year but God willing the Rangers look like they will be the team to beat in the future!!

    The rebuild is OVER and if Krav, Chytil, Kakko, Lafreniere keep playing this way then they gotta get the ice time they are earning


    1. I agree with what you’re saying. Kravtsov has been a pro for a while and is older, so he should be playing a bit better. That said, he’s definitely been a nice surprise and smashing expectation levels.

      I still think this team needs a grizzled veteran.

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