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I asked coach John Tortorella, now a month and a day into his new job, where he is in terms of knowledge of the players. On his first day, he said he was at zero.

“I feel very comfortable right now in understand where some people will succeed and where they’ll struggle,” he said. “I don’t need to have my pad with the names and numbers. I understand what our lines are, where I can move people in certain situations. We’ve kind of locked in a little bit on some penalty-killing units. I’m still not happy with the power play. I still haven’t figured two groups that you live with. I think that’s going to be a game-by-game thing, as far as who’s going and more or less a gut feel on the bench.

“But individually, I think I’m beginning to understand what some players can do and can’t do, but it’s my job right now, if there are some deficiencies, we need to teach and try to get them into another level. But I feel pretty comfortable now in understanding them as players.

“I don’t hang around with them. I don’t know who they are, and maybe that will come as you go through a full year and maybe get into some conflict along the way — which I always think is a good thing. That’s when you find out about people. As far as where they sit during the game, I feel much more comfortable where I can put people.”

Some other pregame Tortorella comments:

He said he had “no” impression of Mike Sauer off the brief morning skate. Sauer’s playing with Mara just so the other pairs can remain intact. “I know nothing about him,” Tortorella said.

Tortorella discussed at length trap vs. pressure systems. Minnesota is known for trapping under coach Jacques Lemaire.

“Whether it is Jacques in Minny or whoever it may be, there is a lot of that in the league as far as the trap in the neutral zone. So during our practices we go over different things as far as trying to get through the neutral zone. I think Jacques Lemaire gets pigeon-holed where everybody thinks he’s a defensive coach. I think his — and I know, because I’ve talked to him many times about it — his philosophy is trying to get the puck back that way in transition, is the strength.

“Any team you play against, turnovers in the netural zone is a recipe for disaster. So we need to get through there clean. Sometimes it’s not going to be tape-to-tape. Sometimes it’s going to be area plays to get their D to turn and go get the puck so we don’t have those turnovers. Second period the last game we had way too many turnovers in that neutral zone, and not so much because the team was trapping. We just didn’t pass the puck well, or we didn’t do many things well in that second period, for about nine minutes or so.

“So we have to get through there. We talked about that. It not only allows us to forecheck but it keeps them away from transition.”

And a bit more:

“Again, this style vs. the trap, it’s not right or wrong. Mine may be wrong. Jacques Lemaire’s may be right. It all depends on your philosophy as a coach, so I don’t want to put down anybody else’s style. I just believe in this style. And I think it takes out a lot of the thinking. It’s pressure. The only thing you’re thinking is pressure. And angling is a big part of the game of hockey, and I’ve tried to take some of that out, where you start angling and thinking about that, I think you’re thinking too much. A coach, if you dont’ believe in how you’re going to play, (the players) are going to rip you apart. They’ll pick you apart because you’re not teaching it the correct way, because if you don’t have a true belief you can’t (teach it). Just like a school teacher.

“I believe in this. We will have some breakdowns, but I still think you reap the benefit in the other end, and I just have a strong belief in it. So I hope they buy into it.”

He was asked if he is showing more video to the players than he would at this time of year if he had been coaching from the start of the season.

“The way I approach it, those first three months of the season … your schedule is more spread out, you have more days where you can really develop your team concept and when December comes along, your team concept needs to be nailed down and it needs to be an instinctive way of playing. I think you develop your identity and I think you start backing off the tape. Since we started here, we have shown a lot more tape than I would at this time of year than I would if I were here at the start of the year.

“We brought them in yesterday. I had probably 50-60 clips that I’d probably take 30-35 out and show them. But I sat through the night thinking about it and into the morning and I just felt we’re kind of beating a dead horse at that time. Can I say that? That isn’t too bad to say. I’ve said worse, I guess.

“My gut told me, leave them alone. Leave them alone. So we got them out of the rink. They know. They were disappointed they didn’t get the job done. I don’t think they played as bad as a lot of people think they did. You have to give a little bit of credit to Ottawa.

“But I’ve definitely done more at this time of year than I ever have, just because of just changing a little bit within a team concept.”

Tortorella on where his team is in terms of developing the identity he wants:

“I wouldn’t say way off, and I definitely wouldn’t say dead-on. It depends on the period that you talk to me. And that’s my concern, our consistency. It’s not consistency of the scoreboard or Xs and Os. It’s the consistency of a mindset. I still think we have work to do there, and for our team to feel they can step on that ice and feel good that they’re going to get it done, not hope to get it done. And that’s going to take some time. I know it’s going to take some time. It’s easy, you know, you win a couple of games and you get on a bit of a roll. But I know we have work to do there.

“I think we’ve improved, but we have a ways to go.

“I think it’s fluctuated. I think they’ve picked up the Xs and Os. Sometimes you look back at a game … I mean, we ran all over the place in that first (of back-to-back) Philly game. To me that was a great opportunity to teach, and I think they really found themselves in correcting themselves in the second Philly game, and I think we played two pretty good games after that. 

“So as a coach you look at those opportunities to teach.

“That mindset and identity as a player and, then combined, as a team, I think we have some work to do.”

Enjoy the game.

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For those who missed it, you can still view our video chat from this afternoon by clicking here, and then going to On Demand and selecting today’s (or past) videos, including those with the great Sam Weinman.

We hope to do it again at least once before the playoffs, in a couple of weeks.

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  1. ZzZz 13 ZzZz Rules !! says Greg L. on

    Let’s show THE NORTH STARS , whos who tonight!!!! No mercey for the weak even if they want it!!!

  2. ZzZz 13 ZzZz Rules !! says Greg L. on

    Tankz Rick , I’ll let others post here too if they want , Hahaha.

    “the wild” Sucks!!! Go boys …go go go go!!

  3. hey guys if any of you can post video of the game tonight that would be great, im going to be in my philosophy class talking about god, so if i cant watch this game i might jump out the window and i know u dont want that on your conscience ha. thanks

  4. Greg, you’re putting me to sleep. Take off the huggies and put on big boy underwear, thanks.

    Carp, thank you for this little transcript. I really enjoy the work you do and I love what Torts is doing as a coach.

    A friend and I debated whether Renney would coach in the NHL soon. He thinks there’s no chance. But I could see someone like Toronto giving him a chance. What you all think?

  5. Wow Rick !

    We just learned at the chat that Torts doesn´t like to talk too much with the media ! But that is a lot of talking from him explaining his team concept !

    How did you manage that out of him ??? And when did you talk to him ? probably not today ???

  6. Orr, thanks for the compliment.

    I think Tom Renney will coach again. He is still very well liked and very highly respected within the NHL. There are a lot worse coaches than him getting second and third chances.

    Plus, bottom line, he had five playoff series the last three years. A lot of owners would sign for that. And he’s a highly-regarded player personnel guy, to boot.

    So, despite all the haters here, yes I think he will have another job and probably sooner than later.

  7. ZzZz 13 ZzZz Rules !! says Greg L. on

    True fans , ummm St.patricks day is over…you idiot . Just do all of us a favor and take your sad sorry azz outta here.
    I CHEER everytime before gametime…go blow, I bet you bleed philly Orange!

  8. the haters have not been ranger fams for over 30 years.. sorry to say but these are the good times….

    not as good as the run against the canadiens in about 86(bad with dates) but davidson, greschner, murdoch and others gave us a nice run back then.

  9. ZzZz 13 ZzZz Rules !! says Greg L. on

    Neal Broten and a rookie named Mike modano , yeah North Stars finnally turned cool but then moved to Dallas…Kinda like when a up comming Quebec team moved to Colorado.

  10. stuart. Nice job with Goldsworthy and Nanne. How about Curt Giles

    Buff, yes, this was just a short while ago. It wasn’t just me, but a bunch of other writers, too. And this was the Tortorella I remember from his time here as an assistant and as a head coach in Tampa Bay (pre-Cup, anyway). He was always a good guy to talk to … he’s just been a little bit snippy in postgames so far, and he’s put some limits on access to the players, thus the idea that he wasn’t media friendly his first few weeks.

    I’m pretty pumped. I hear Messier and Graves are in the house.

  11. First off, great video chat, too bad I missed it when it was live. Secondly, this game is a true test for this team. Let see how they perform after playing a lackluster game against the Sens.

    Go Rangers!!

  12. hey Carp and Jane
    watched most of the chat on replay. nice job!!
    reason i say ‘most’ is that around the 18 minute
    mark the stream stopped.
    did that happen to anyone else? tried it again
    and it was going to start from the beginning
    and i had work to do before tonight’s game.

  13. Rick !

    Why do you think is really the reason that Tortorella has changed his way to treat the media people ?

    Was he more sucessful in the Tampa run to the Cup when he talked less to media ????

  14. Ol’ True, sorry. I answered you, but I put Orr in front of it instead of Ol’ True. My apologies.

    Buff, I just think he’s “marking his territory” as the tough new sheriff in town. But deep down I know he’s a good guy who happens to be a (sometimes) butt-kicker coach.

    Or maybe he had a bad experience with the media (he actually did) during the Cup run.

    jpg, I’ll ask about that. But I’m no tech wiz.

  15. okay game starts in …12 to 15 minutes..enjoy everybody and let´s hope the Rangers can beat the trap early with a huge goal in the opening minutes…;)

    it is ten to midnight here so I hope to have a good and eventful game..!!!

  16. hey guys if any of you can post video of the game tonight that would be great, im going to be in my philosophy class talking about god, so if i cant watch this game i might jump out the window and i know u dont want that on your conscience ha

  17. i don’t get versus! i hope y’all are chatty tonight. i’m watching vicariously through you.

  18. I am sittin´here good old Germany only a couple of miles northeast of Frankfurt(Main) in a small place, which no one on this board never heard of !!!:)

    VERSUS coverage..oh yeah, okay we will get it ;)

  19. Carp great read, and yeah I have 3 Rangers jerseys (Staal, Mess, Jagz) and a blank Northstars jersey because I think it looks too good… I usually wear it out to bars or house parties.

  20. I ran out of lucky beer on Sunday, so sorry for that loss guys.

    Also, I want to thank that guy behind me at the Garden last Saturday for providing constant entertainment with his “Antropov is soooo big! He replaces Jagr 100%! I have a boner for Antro” line.

    Can I still write “boner” here?

  21. True Fans, Brian Burke would hire me to coach before Tom Renney. Too passive, too little emphasis on the physical element essential to winning in the NHL as Burke sees it.

  22. Good Luck Michael Sauer, go get a point or two or even three, Just got get the win, Lets Go Rangers!!

  23. Off topic: One of the 4th graders I work with picked on me for wearing a Rangers shirt today. He’s a “Buffalo Thyaberth” fan. Waay too cute for me to for me to retaliate!

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!

  24. and here we go… the crappy VS broadcast… time to take my “happy” medication… where is my Hennessy bottle

  25. lol @ “wade redden headmanning the puck…”

    Sounds like you had a good time at the game Sally lol!!!
    You can never again run outta lucky beer!!

  26. Linda! How’s my Lucky Beer Fund going? I’m set for tonight! Do you have some lucky 2% milk?

  27. got a full gallon of the 2 percenter…we’re going crazy tonight!!! so far, I’ve been the only one to contribute to the LBF, the guys are kinda cheap with the wallet contents!!

    did you see any of the flyers/devils game last night? I saw part of the first at the gym, surrounded by college football fans and guys wantin to watch NCAA basketball as they benched 95 lol

  28. CCCP, I was seriously worried about the guy. He was so obsessed with Antro’s size that we made up a drinking game about it…

    Take a drink everytime he says:
    “Antropov is 6’6″ and 260 lbs.!” (or whatever)
    “Antropov totally replaces Jagr!”

    Finish you drink when he says:
    “I have a boner for Antropov!”

  29. Perkins is hung over this moring and i going to work still drunk on

    versus sucks, they dont say one word about sauer. nothing. theyre coversage sucks

  30. what a game, wake me up when something happens…
    first goal decide…stop it and go diret to shootout:)

  31. Perkins is hung over this moring and i going to work still drunk on

    jcal- its a tight checking borefest so far

  32. sally, i was mistaken…living the high life with the fat free!! can i party or what?!

    Matt, i think the commercial that was just on was more awkward that femur chat!! It’s a “mans” channel, they dont care about girlie stuff!

  33. lmao mike, they just mentioned sauer being called up to replace roszi…ask and you shall receive.

  34. Perkins is hung over this moring and i going to work still drunk on

    gabby is just dyin to score another 5 tonight. hes springin past our d twice already

  35. i never thought i’d say this but that was a pretty decent play by Redden, too bad Z couldnt bury it

  36. wow this picture does suck. almost looks like it’s raining in that place.

    VS i love for hockey but i didn’t buy an HDTV to watch TV in nonHD

    NICE HIT ORR!

  37. Perkins is hung over this moring and i going to work still drunk on

    its zherdev. lol sally, cmon!!

  38. Perkins is hung over this moring and i going to work still drunk on

    ohh god i hope fritsche doesnt score on us

  39. New kid looked like he almost panicked on the forecheck but stuck with it. Good for him!

  40. there ya go again mike lmao @ “young sauer”

    Sally, of course its lucky, there’s a blue cap!!

    everytime cally is on the ice something happens…he’s gonna score tonight

  41. Perkins is hung over this moring and i going to work still drunk on

    jason- hey, he made a good play. i wanna like the guy. so the more good things maybe i will like him, and here we go aves!

  42. Cally is amazing. He is slowly turning into my favorite Ranger.

    Wow Lundqvist way to get back into position I thought that was going in for sure.

  43. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    noonan- thats because he has been letting those in lately. good save hank!!

  44. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    at least we took out one of their better guys. ohh crap wtf a penalty?

  45. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    good. 4-4 maybe the only chance we’ll see to get some good chances

  46. ok who’s dubi fighting in the 2nd?

    sauer had a pretty decent first. no glaring mistakes so thats a bonus

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    dru and z are havin themselves a good period.

  48. ZzZz 13 ZzZz Rules !! says Greg L. on

    zzzzzzzzzzzzz nice play , ya could just feeel after Orr b**ch slapped Nolan!!

  49. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    linda!!! u got so excited your wooo went out of your box. how the hell u do that??? lol

  50. Sauer Grapes on

    Sauer had a great period for his first in the NHL. Not only did he not make mistakes, he actually showed confidence with the puck to hold onto it and make some nice plays and passes in our end.

  51. Linda,

    other than a nice play by Sauer moving the puck up in the D zone, I didn’t notice him at all. Great period for him in my eyes.

  52. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    i knew it, the 4 on 4 would open up the ice for the chasnce and we cashed in

  53. what a damned crazy angle!!

    sorry about that long woooo up there…just too excited lol

    What a difference from the sens game! this one does have the chance to get pretty chippy, feisty, nasty…GOOD!!! We need one of those too!

  54. RichtersGirl on

    could these versus telecast be shoving Minnesota anymore down out throats?? my god…all this stupid minnesota talk and just a mere little mention of Sauer and how roszival is out. They are just awful.

  55. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    yes sauer did. thats a good sign, maybe hes ready to make the jump. i hope he gets at least the weekend to play too. dont rush rozy if this guys playin good.

  56. lmao @ perkins!!! reread what you wrote, it’s pretty funny!!

    thought the same thing Jason, NOT poppin fresh turnover from Sauer… and GREAT NAME Sauer Grapes!!!

  57. ZzZz 13 ZzZz Rules !! says Greg L. on

    GOTO love having the lead playing a defensive team like Minnie. Yeah Carp the game was kinda a bore fest untill Avery started the first fight!!! Kinda ironic the NHL wants to stop premeditated fights and fighting with out helmets and ya have Avery tossing down his helmet(no visor) weird and soon to be illegal. Nice to see Aves soak up the non rule change..

  58. What the fugg kind of penalty was that on Orr ? That’s BS, he threw a clean hit at Nolan, and Nolan looked like he wanted to go. Dumb move by him. He should have gotten the extra penalty for roughing when he tried to sucker punch Orr. Pretty good first though, and that was a sweet goal by Nicky Zzzzzz !

    Hank needs to step up tonight, most of all. He needs to shut the door on these losers.

    Go Rangers !

  59. ZzZz 13 ZzZz Rules !! says Greg L. on

    Rangers plain and simply ………………………………………………rule!!1

  60. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    richtersgirl- these stupid jagoffs never mentioned sauer once. at least not that i heard. they shouldve at least mentioned it, but nooo, all talk about gabby. were the home team!!! at least pay the new guy some lipservice

  61. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    orr- lets see how the 2nd and especially the 3rd go for hank tonight. so far hes on schedule

  62. ZzZz 13 ZzZz Rules !! says Greg L. on

    Yeah , (ORR) when Colton was pounding at Nolan ( Nolan is big and used to pound guys) I thought about your list of tough guys and thought to myself …hmmm Maybe hes not bias…

  63. RichtersGirl on

    they only said once that it’s Sauers first nhl game because of Roszival getting injured last game. It was inbetween breaths of worshiping gaborik and the rest of the Wild. ugh

  64. why dont they do this crap at the end of the game and talk about the teams we are watching now, ya know, show us replays of stuff you didnt show while the first period was actually being played!

  65. RichtersGirl on

    yeah Linda…don’t expect to know anything that is going on during the game…instead of showing meaningful replays they will spew out useless facts they have on paper in front of them about players we don’t care about!

  66. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    lol linda- yea now that i read it, it does sound kinda funny. woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  67. i wonder if keith and brian called each other to discuss their suits for the evening, it looks kinda….. uh odd.

    wow first period highlights on the way…i love versus!

    Sally, get that 2nd period beer ready!! PBR PBR!!!

  68. Zherdev needs a Bluto-esqe speech.

    “You could be the GREATEST player of all time, but your gonna let yourself be the worst!, Did Kobe stand down when Bo Jackson scored a hat trick on him? NO!, Did the Derek Jeter quit when Beckham scored a goal on him in the 7th game of the NBA finals! NO! Now Who’s With Me!?!?!?”

    *runs out a door screaming*

  69. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    linda, up until recently, brian engblom had the dorkiest haircut i ever saw. brian is just wierd in general. they are 2 goofy sob’s!! how are they the only 2 dorks versus could get? matt iseman should have them on his sports soup show, just watching it again with no ad-lib from him would be funny enough

  70. RichtersGirl
    March 24th, 2009 at 7:56 pm
    yeah Linda…don’t expect to know anything that is going on during the game…instead of showing meaningful replays they will spew out useless facts they have on paper in front of them about players we don’t care about!

    **********************************
    perfect synopsis of versus telecasts!

    heres that disturbing quiznos commercial again…eek

  71. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    chet chelios!!!1 now thats a hockey player name!!! i loved crank!!(
    the movie), gonna go see the new one

  72. now mike, engbloms harcore old school doncha know

    i cant wait to see this team with torts as head coach from the get go!

  73. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    sally- did sams chin jiggle and wink at you?

  74. actually its chev chelios..and i think chris stole that guys last name since Chris actually has some greek last name.

  75. I have to say that Torts might be my fav Ranger coach. I think he is perfect for NY.

  76. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    and theres hanks obligatory 2nd period goal

  77. Rick- Torts says the team knows the system, they just gotta find their identity as a team right now

  78. perkins, I *think* it did but it might have been the 50 beers I drank.

    I invited him to my Passover seder (how cool would it be to have Sam announce the whole story??) but he said he was going to be with his family the first night and working a playoff game after that. I love him.

    GOOOOOOOOOOOMEZ!

  79. damn!! sams chin jiggle and wink~

    wow naslund got leveled….maybe they’ll bring Voros back in the next game!!!

  80. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    thats cool sally. so sam didnt try the old rosen charm on ya?

  81. The MSG clock was doing the same thing the other night… I think that the FoXBOX that runs the time is linked in to the real clock somehow… the connection may not be working so no TV crews can plug in?

    Guessing.

  82. Staal fired up, goin after clusterduck!!!!!

    Told ya it’d get chippy,feisty, nasty! And speakin of nasty,, where is he tonight!

  83. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    staals really been great offensively. he deserves to score more goals. i hope he becomes that all around great d man for us. hes got the d down pat, now hes tryin to get some goals!!!

  84. Got a fun game for everyone. Every time the Chairman uses the word “investing” instead of “spending”, you drink!

  85. Is it me or does it seem like Staal is getting better every game? He keeps pulling some nice moves out of his back pocket

  86. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    pavel- im already playing that game, but instead of that, i just wait for versus to say something dumb or show a bad camera angle, im already on my way to the hospital.

  87. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    6 shots for minny? lol damn we should be up 4-0

  88. you know it mike!!! keepin it clean for our guru and guru-ette rick and jane!!!

    i dont think i’ve said it yet, i love cally and aves~!

    did this guy just say John Tortorelli????

  89. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    hanks not gettin enough work. he needs to see a shot once in awhile

  90. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    linda- good stuf.ohhhh shoe stone hands!!!! SHOULDVE BEEN 3-1

  91. rick- well a little more brief like in 20seconds brief lol

    btw- is anyone else amazed at the non call on the interference.. you know the same interference that cost us game 1 against the pens last year

  92. so far Sauer looks more steady and assertive than rozi… Hartford needs a Dman… Rozi on the bus to Hartford?

  93. Riche’, i got your joke! i’m cryin over it too

    wow, Korpi is playing?!?! i think thats the first time they said his name all night!

    Skoula….great name

  94. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    COLTON ORR IS UTTERLY USELESS UNLESS ITS A FIGHT

  95. Good for Tortorella using the 4th line for a change.. last game the other lines were out of gas and ORR WANTS HIS PLAYING TIME!!!!

  96. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    did they just say rangers only gave up 8 shortys this year? i think more like 13

  97. Pavel
    March 24th, 2009 at 8:28 pm
    I have the sudden urge to order mix Maxoderm and Enzyte. Will those turn my $@(! into Voltron?
    **********************************************

    absolutely classic!!!!

    Damn, this freakin pos laptop is so old, the keyboard is carved in stone…I HATE IT

  98. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    pavel- antro is awesome. he is almost like jagr fending off defenseman. not as good, but he shoots hard too!

  99. can they please get off gaboriks jock at some point tonight?

    edzo…also sounds like a male enhancement product.

    Sally, ANTROPOV IS HUGE~! Uses his big frame! lmao

  100. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    rangers playing very well. deserve more than 2 goals by now

  101. please dont let clusterduck nor fritsche score lol

    oooo eee another scrum!!!! hey he took my word!

  102. yea matt his own guy knocked into him and they all went after that nice boy in the blue shirt…for shame!!

    how many more ‘young sauers’ will there be??

  103. truer words were never spoken Pavel…

    sather will venture into crazy eddie territory

    intermission report, where they talk about EVERY TEAM but the 2 playing the game they are televising

    OMG THIS PERVERTED COMMERCIAL AGAIN!!!! damn the special interests!

  104. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    now if the streak continues hank gives up 2 in the 3rd. so that means we have to score at least 1 for a point. hope hank can break the streak because hes only had 10 shots against. just gotta watch gabby.

  105. lmao @ 19 goals!!!

    can someone tell me when the ‘president’ got his own weekly prime time tv show?

  106. It must be spring… the birds are singing… Tulips and daffodils punch through the dirt… the girls are talking about BIG things… it must be spring.

  107. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    lol linda- just seeing jones and engblom for anything more than 30 second and i start getting sick

  108. I just wish Slats signed only Gomez and Streit instead of Gomez/Drury/Rozsival/Redden… that’d give money for Bouwmeester and Hossa… wow that’d be a team!

  109. linda – why did you put president in quotation marks?

    I think the boys are playing very well tonight. A dubinsky goal would be the icing on the cake.

  110. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    damn why c ouldnt gabby just stay injured for 1 more game. just one. im nervous thinkin about this 3rd. its awful close despite the scoring chances

  111. ryan callahan INFLICTS offense! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THAT!

    cally gettin some recognition!

    HOLY CRAP another freakin Gomez interview!!! Thats number 250 since he’s been a Ranger! Why not talk to CALLAHAN damnit!

  112. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    linda- lol i know. hey its better than capn
    (sleepytime tea drury). better than a hot bath, 2 xanex, and a warm glass of milk

  113. Lol, Sanchez. That’s Gomer’s new nickname. Nice to see him score a goal, especially after the last game.

    This better be a perfect 20 fuggin minutes. And somebody injure Gaborik already, everyone else is doing it, why not us ? I thought for sure he tweaked his groin when he hit Nazzy.

  114. I’ll take another goal by ANYONE!!! DUBI, DRURY, CALLY, NAZY, AVERY, SJO, BETTS

    …Orr

  115. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    i bet drury doesnt have to read bedtime stories to kis kids to help them sleep. he just opens the book and theyre down for the count

  116. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    orr- lets hijack the guy who announces and plays the music and pop in a mariah carey cd, he’ll start dancing and pull his nads out of place

  117. Sally: I’m glad that when a co-worker showed me that, there were people who took a vacation day! What a scare!

  118. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    we better win tonight montreal is leading in their game. we need this win. its the easist team besides atlanta that we face till the playoffs

  119. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    haha pavel. im tellin ya. thats why he isnt playing. his singing career is really takin off.

  120. sally did you give dubi and gomez lucky catnip tonight?

    have a great 3rd boys!!!! pucks in the wild net

  121. Linda, I’m glad you asked cause I wanted to bring them up but I didn’t want to be a crazy cat lady! Dubinsky’s been going after her lucky beer bottle cap ALL GAME. Gomez is taking a nap. Figures.

    Antro, you like it slow though, right?

  122. Perkins, I just got a really great picture in my head of them dancing to Mariah Carey is all.

  123. lmao @ crazy cat lady! My cat is sittin in the window and she’s all clusterduck because of it!!!

    WOW..antro likes it slow!!! Voros slow..or a different type of slow

  124. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    why do they send it to the point constantly?? send it at the net

  125. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    damn another icing. cmon dont get tired now guys. keep attacking. we need thjat 3rd goal.

  126. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    sally i dont know if this is before your time, but when they show Redden from the side, facially he looks like a young Rick Springfield. Been drivin me crazy all season. I think Rick might possibly play better d than Redden has for most of the season! (he hasnt been too horrific lately but still not worth 6 bills)

  127. Dubinsky is playing well but he’s so damn snakebitten I hope he doesn’t develop a Prucha-Jagr syndrome mentality type stuff if he keeps working so hard with little results on the scoresheet.

  128. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    holy crap matt dillon, i see that too!!!

    i was gonna say, cally almost got decapitated there…wheres the call….

  129. Sally Crazy Cat Lady on

    Linda, when does her namesake score? (Of course I was on my way back from the city when it happened on Sunday.)

    She freaks out cause I pick her up and make her do the Dubinsky Wobbles Wiggle Dance. She hates me.

  130. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    he’s martaaaaan who??? cant understand him one bit…have another donut!

  131. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    linda- rick can play better d, but wades got a hell of a singing voice, and hes just wicked with a harmonica!

  132. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    Linda, when does her namesake score? (Of course I was on my way back from the city when it happened on Sunday.)

    She freaks out cause I pick her up and make her do the Dubinsky Wobbles Wiggle Dance. She hates me.

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    lmao @ when does he score!!! that is hilarious!

    maybe she did the dance when he scored, and you werent there to see it.

    Drury Van Winkle ….man !!!

    Come on, Hank needs another PP point!!

  133. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    lmao @ wicked with the harmonica!!!

    For as huge as Antropov is, he’d need a triple shot of 5 hour energy! (drink up sally!)

  134. the need to be less cute on the power play

    they also need to trade redden or rosival and use sauer next year

  135. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    this pp is bad. torts runs it right???? when is he gonna do somethin about it?

  136. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    i hope a reporter asks torts how come the pp is still bad. lol just to see his reaction.

  137. We’re a 2-1 team, quite honestly, at the end of the day, and by the way Prucha wears down.

  138. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    …agrees with chris

    why does versus start the enzyte commercial and then cut to ronni deutch or some debt agencies? at least it wasnt the pamprin one again!

  139. VS doesnt even bother to put up the power play clock… they keep you guessing…thinking it’ll create and extra excitement to the game! “is it a minute to go on PP…NO! its 59 seconds… 58…56.. GODDAMN IT” nothing like a great network with competent people!

  140. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    naslund needs to be f the pp. mara, i love the guy, but he sucks on the pp. we still dont have 1 good pp qb. sather has to bring sangs up next season as a 7th for the pp if this crap continues

  141. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    staal must be solid muscle cuz guys hit into him and crumble to the ice

  142. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    antro is slow as turds!!!!!! he needs to work on his skating. oh yea, i meant nazzy needs to be off the pp

  143. Sally Crazy Cat Lady on

    CCCP, but they used to have the PP clock. So were they just like, “ugh this is NOT working!”???

  144. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    lmao @ so corrupted! can you ever look at him the same way now?? you KNOW you have to get a weiner dog and name him antro, right?

  145. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    linda- im pure muscle too! im like a superhero when i visit my grandma. i help open her mayonnaise jar and i feel superstrong!!!

  146. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    pavel, you might only need 2 guys then lol

    LETS GO HANK SHUT DA DOOR!!!!

    would some nice boy on the Rangers please deposit the puck in the Wild goal in the next 40 seconds

  147. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    hank is gonna accidentally head save the puck right into the back of the net one of these days

  148. Re: whoever posted the Tom Renny thing

    yeah difference is when your playing the 3rd best defensive team in the nhl and a playoff capable team 2-1 isnt an issue

    its an issue when you lose vs atlanta 2-1 and st louis 2-1

  149. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    i sware if they tie it im personally gonna go to callys house and throw him a beatin

  150. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    you’re awesome mike! I’m just gonna call you Ahnuld!

    hey wheres the bullriding commercial…it’s not an official hockey game until we have the bullriding commercials.

    LETS GO RANGERS

  151. versus is so lolriffic…says 5-game home winning streak for the rangers..i guess the game vs ottawa didn’t count?

  152. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    5 game home win streak for rangers?? lol versus they lost 2 days ago at home!!! to ottawa!!!!! u suck versus!!!!!

  153. Chris — Amen. Even I know I suck, and it is good to know you have forgotten either.

  154. The guys on the radio just ripped Versus for the flub — said “if you are a national carrier, don’t you have a responsibility to get it right??”

  155. By my advanced calculus, six more points in whatever shape or form will do the trick.

    Bring on the Debbies!

  156. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    nice win tonight boys! much better showing, good gritty win. Yea Mike, I worry about hanks head saves. One day…boom….hopefully its not in the playoffs!

    for some reason, engblom reminds me of barney rubble.

    one question for all you regulars on here… is this blog active in the summer? I know the topix one really slows down, but you guys are all pretty hardcore, and i was just wondering if this is available to a starved for hockey talk new yorker livin in Alabammy

  157. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    tom renny mustve been in the building tonight whispering magic spells for the rangers to only score 2 goals like from harry potter

  158. who cares if the Rangers lost last game at home? Its what writen on the monitor they read off … thats what matters!

  159. Sally Crazy Cat Lady on

    Alright I’m out.

    Tonight’s nightmare: Antropov rockin Engblom’s old mullet and drinking milk while dancing to Mariah Carey? Oy.

    Goodnight everyone.

  160. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    perkins just remembered to change his name back,
    March 24th, 2009 at 9:33 pm
    gomer got slashed i thought

    ***************************************************

    damn you and you’re technical-ness!! ;-)

    wow a ranger interview that is NOT Gomez….it must be a holiday!

  161. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    yes linda!!!! barney rubble, and jones is fred!!, and yes linda, the blog is at your command all year long. it does get boring in the summer but we have the draft and free agency to look forward too. not like we’ll be signing any though

  162. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    hey i like harry potter!!!! its ok, i have a kid so im alowwed to watch kids movies

  163. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    well mike, sometimes uncle glen does something really “special” for my birthday…(which comes just after free agency begins)

    fred and barney…i guess bill patrick is mr slate?

  164. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    isnt it funny how washington is able to score that goal and it still stands after they impaled gerber? bs!!!!

  165. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    chris simpson is betty, no shes pebbles, edzo is bambam

  166. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    ya know what linda, sauer actually was invisible the whole game, which is good for d men.

  167. Tough game but they got the job done. I really liked Sauer’s game. He showed confidence with the puck, rushed up with it a few times, and was steady. If you watch the second goal, he was the one who dumped it in the zone for the forecheckers to start before he went off for a change.

  168. chuck,

    at the beginning of the broadcast they wrote 4 game home win streak. i always thought if u lose ur last game ur win streak is stopped.

    VS is the worst

  169. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    lmao @ dino!!!! antro is bambam..edzo is kazoo

    damn mines the 12th, my moms is the 15th!!

  170. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    mikeA- yep, and in his own zone, he didnt make any mistakes that i saw, so yea, i mean i hope he can replace redden or rozy next season, most likely rozy.

  171. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    hehe, yea antro is more like the brontosaurus that fred rides on in the sandpit. kazoo! good one. i havent seen that show in forever.

  172. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    why should the national broadcast partner of the nhl have to worry about gettin facts straight??

    only the casual fan is important to count bettman and his evil minions

  173. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    i love when we win!!! i usually play nhl 09 after a win. after a loss im pissed and play gears of war 2 and i picture the giant gruntilda lookin things are sidney crybaby and the little baby gruntildas are engblom and jones

  174. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    gonna be nice to see what Sauer can do over the next few games. You may be right, it could be a glimpse into next season.

  175. wild are about as offensively inept as the rangers under renney. for all the good torts has done the pp is still pretty miserable and i dont get using girardi on the pt instead of staal, to me that makes zero sense

  176. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    he was better than potter in his 1st game right? i think so. i just hope that sangs isnt a bust. how many 1st rounders can slats screw up? even korpi is kinda stinky. hes got good hustle, but no hands

  177. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    pete- yup. torts runs it, im wondering if any reporter has the balls to ask him about it

  178. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    ohh those doubleheaders!! oh no, they work soooo hard dont they!

  179. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    Kaspar
    March 24th, 2009 at 9:53 pm
    Orr is Joe Rockhead

    ********************************

    Kaspar shoots he scooooooooooooores!!! That made me laugh so loud my cat jumped about a foot in the air!!!! Joe freakin Rockhead, thats outstanding!

    Mike, how much of a crosby backlash is this:

    My daughter tells me the other night, if she had to choose between dating one of the two, she’d take Ovie and his 3 teeth over Crosby and his skirt every day!!!

    And what is with these pink jerseys and stuff??? Oh man, its almost ok for 8 year olds to wear em, but sheesh, if you’re gonna wear your teams jersey, it better be the real thing or you’re just a poser!

    WOO HOO preds score!

  180. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    lol i hear that fly sh!@ linda!! crosby has liverlips, my sis thinks hes ugly as mick jagger

  181. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    perkins just remembered to change his name back,
    March 24th, 2009 at 9:59 pm
    pete- yup. torts runs it, im wondering if any reporter has the balls to ask him about it

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    could you imagine the bloodshed? that’d be a great freakin question, and an even BETTER facial reaction from Torts! Man they have got to get that going if they want to do anything in the playoffs!!!! They are not gonna draw Atlanta this time!

  182. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    lol sports soup is pretty funny. u watchin this crap linda?

  183. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    he reminds me of one of those snobby kids in school who thought they were better than everyone else, and only had friends cuz they were ‘rich’ lol

  184. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    hey, at least they played with some intensity tonight. but yea, atlanta even at home is ridonkeylessly bad!! well, not as much lately, but still, we better win it so we can give renny “somethin to think about”

  185. If Cally doesn’t win the Stephen McDonald Award this year, they should just do away with it completely.

  186. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    crosbatch??? yea, he was like adam banks on the mighty ducks before he became a duck.

  187. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    the black kid on the team was like”yo crosbiatch, u a cake eater foo!!!!

  188. Sauer looked good in his first game…

    He will get a few more games of action that will be good for him and the Rangers…

    Take the win and be happy…

  189. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    olaf alfonso!!!!!!!!! lmao anybody watchin sport soup??? omg that guy was funny lookin

  190. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    i got my votes in for Cally Jason, he really deserves it!!
    He’s just taken his opportunity to play and made the most of it. He’s made himself useful in just about every situation, and I think he brings a lot of energy to the team!

  191. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    yea, i’ll take the win too. good thing they didnt tie it, or cally wouldve gotten some belated b day punches

  192. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    yea gotta love cally, he made a misdtake but hey, he wanted to be a good teammate. i’ll let it go this time, but next time, shoot it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! like u did last time1!!!

  193. yea i think its time torts is questioned about not giving staal a chance on the pp as he is clearly our best defenseman, and he really i bet hed be a lot better than redden/morris out there which isnt saying a lot at all.

  194. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    i def wanted to see cally get to the 20 goal mark. wouldve been great. im sure he’ll get 1 more though. i voted for him too. i also voted for mara. i also voted for redden using reddens name.lol

  195. notice how hard Minny works in the def. zone, but they don’t work hard in the off. zone. typical Lemaire hockey, try to bore the opponent to death, and wait for a break.

    Lemaire, a detriment to the entertainment value of NHL hockey.

    Renney would fit right in with that team. snooze alarm hockey

  196. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    pete, yea man, staal is rushin the puck up the ice alot now. i think hes tryin to make a statement to torts, saying hi coach, put me on the pp!!!! im good, i will score i promise!

  197. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    that was as ANTI RENNEY a 2-1 victory as there could have been!!!

    I actually was pretty confident they were gonna get the win, and never once did the phrase “shoot out” enter my mind!

    if any of you are ever in nashville during the season, you should see a game there. The arena is really nice, and they draw more people than the Isles. How is this for an apt name, there is a guy on the team named Fiddler.

  198. perkins just remembered to change his name back, on

    k guys im out. my eyes are startin to dry up and gettin a headache. later linda. later carp and everyone else

  199. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    Minny skirt
    March 24th, 2009 at 10:18 pm
    notice how hard Minny works in the def. zone, but they don’t work hard in the off. zone. typical Lemaire hockey, try to bore the opponent to death, and wait for a break.

    Lemaire, a detriment to the entertainment value of NHL hockey.

    Renney would fit right in with that team. snooze alarm hockey

    *********************

    Maybe Drury could be their captain ;-)

  200. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    not tenn, alabama.. just started our 4th year here…

    have a good one mike, see ya next game…get the lucky beer!

  201. alex b (the poster formely known as czechthemout!!!!) on

    Nice grind it out type of win!!! I thought Sauer played very well for his first game. But then I’m not surprised. This guy was by far the best dman in campt last season and even though he proved he belonged with the big club, the asshole coach sent him down to “tidy ” up his game because” he’s juuuussssst nnoootttt readddddddyyyy” He then promptly was injured by a goon who took out his knee requiring surgery just like what happened to Dane Byers this year. I’m hopefull those sad days are way behind us.

  202. Linda says MIKE SAUER on

    niters everyone!!

    keep up the good work Rick!! much appreciated! (you too Jane)

  203. I guess I’m preachin to the choir here..but anyone else noticing that Gomez no longer looks stupid making his rushes up ice anymore?

    ..and that it has everything to do with having a little company going in with him?

    Someone to dish off to so he only has to make 1 bad drop pass a game instead of 10??

    There was no bad Gomez-Jagr chemistry
    There was no bad Gomez-Z chemistry

    It was all about the Lemaire wannabee coaching the team

    Oh and by the way isnt the real Lemaire’s team exciting to watch?

  204. perkins never call Cally a dumbass you dumbass. He’s made less mistakes than anyone on the team and is the FUTURE of the Rangers.

  205. Kaspar

    ONe of the reasons is that Gomez hasn’t been rushing up to the blue line and dumping the puck in ( instead of carrying it in). That dump in practice was a killer for any attack that they hoped to mount. But last night they reverted to the old practice duing their last PP when that’s all they did – dump it in and watched Minny ice it.
    wasted the entire PP and didn’t even get a shot off ( nor even close to a shot.) In a 2-1 game that could have been deadly….and almost ..was. That late shot in close by Minny that LQ stifled at the corner was CLOSE!

    I don’t see the thinking process behind dumping the puck when you have an extra man …it’s a brain dead practice.

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