Some notes from practice:
<li>A lot of questions about Tuesday night’s meltdown in Montreal, but players and coaches didn’t have much interest in dwelling on the subject long.
“You can’t beat yourself up over it,” Henrik Lundqvist said.
“We’ve had longer video sessions after wins,” Tom Renney said.
So there. The Montreal game never happened! You hear that? IT NEVER HAPPENED!
(We’ll see if that holds up if the Rangers miss the playoffs by a point).
<li>Petr Prucha skated and was subjected to contact. Whether he’s available for Saturday remains to be seen.
“It’s still sore,” Prucha said. “I can’t shoot 100 percent but the last few days it’s gotten much better. I wish I could play on Saturday, but I don’t know yet.”
<li>Sean Avery’s efforts to not talk to the media are at least getting creative. Today came a claim that he has laryngitis, with the left wing even summoning Rangers PR chief John Rosasco to relay as much. Later, when I passed Avery in the hallway, he merely pointed to his throat and shook his head.
Miraculously, Avery has had no problem speaking to his teammates, so it must be a very rare form of the ailment induced by tape recorders and notebooks.
<li>You’ve heard how Brendan Shanahan is good in the dressing room. Today was clear proof, with the right wing standing and offering Nigel Dawes shooting tips in the center of the room.
<li>The Rangers have their annual Casino Night in the city tonight, so players and coaches were busy arranging rides for one another. If any of you out there are going, shoot me an e-mail at Sweinman@Lohud.com if you want to pass along the highlights, and maybe I’ll post something tomorrow.