Opening night at MSG


John Tortorella thought there might be some confusion on the way he wants the Rangers to play, when he heard one of his unnamed players say on TV that it was run-and-gun.

“This isn’t run-and-gun,” he said. “This is pressure defense, pressuring the puck, defense first with support, allowing us to be aggressive. It’s not run-and-gun. These are the things we have to curb and make our team understand, because we gave up too many odd-man rushes. Some was due to that. Some was due to us just blowing up with the puck, losing the puck.

“It’s not run-and-gun. There is some defensive responsibility, and you have to play defense in this league if you’re going to win.”

On playing a 19-year-old defenseman, Mike Del Zotto: “Patience. Patience. It’s a very important thing. Michael’s going to be a very good player. We’re going to have some bumps with him, but he’s going to be a very good player.”

Tortorella said that  Sean Avery will not play tonight, and that Henrik Lundqvist will be in goal again. No lineup changes because there are no other healthy bodies around. Nothing new on trying to find a seventh defenseman.


The opening-night ceremony, which starts shortly after 7 p.m., should be relatively quick, with the puck drop scheduled for about 7:15 p.m (including time for two John Amirante anthems). Got a couple of tips: I don’t think the whole lineup is going to be introduced. Coldplay’s Viva La Vida will be playing when they hit the ice, or during a video presentation. Blue Man Group is going to be involved, live, somehow.

If there aren’t two players wearing the “A” tonight, then I’m going to go ahead and assume the second alternate captain will be Avery when he returns.


Again, here are the pregame notes for tonight’s game.

Don’t know if I mentioned this earlier in the week, the Nov. 14 game at Ottawa has been changed from a 7 p.m. start to 2 p.m., on MSG Network. In case you’re making that easy trip to Kanata, Ont.

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    Long time reader-first time posting. I have been a Rangers fan all my life. My dad and I try go get to a game once a year. I so wish I was going to the home opener tonight!! The team looked good last night, but needs a little bit of work. They will be fine after they get a few games under their belt. Much look much better than last year. I was impressed DelZotto’s interview after the game. He seemed very composed for his age. Anyway, LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!! Get us a win tonight!!! I’ll be watching from home screaming and yelling when I need to!

  2. I like Coldplay, but Viva La Vida ???? C’mon, are you serious ? We’re gonna look like a bunch of pussies.

    Come out to Ted Nugent’s “Stranglehold” for the love of god.

    It sucks that Aves is out of the lineup again. Crappy start to the season, 0-1, no Aves. And Rozi is still here. Hopefully we make it 1-1, Aves plays the next game, and Rozi just realizes he’d rather play for the Czech Curling team instead of hockey.

    Go Rangers, get the fuggin win !

    And how aboot the Avs ?? 2-0, both wins against arguable two top five teams in the NHL. That’s pretty crazy. And that Duschene kid is pretty damn good, no wonder why people thought he could have gone number 1. They don’t look as bad as i thought they would.

  3. We’re gonna give Ottawa a good old -fashioned ass-shippin tonight. Look for Brashear to win the crowd over!

  4. Dopplerbob October 3rd, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Oh well looks like Avery will not play tonight.

    Just got back from the Yale football game after meeting many Yale hockey players. They are all rooting for our man Higgins who of course played for Yale.
    Great group of guys.
    Lets go Rangers!!!!!!!!!!

    Good to hear from you Carp…
    Great job here as always

  5. Eighth!

    Duker, in case you don’t see the comment I left in the prior post, I’ve got Center Ice and the it’s on GAME4 tonight. Of course the freaking ISLANDERS are in HD.. I’m sure only because they’re playing the Pens. :P

  6. Stow, thanks.

    When I check Channel 4 it doesn’t list the Rangers/Ottawa game. It says MLB Extra Innings the entire night.

    I’m calling Comcast now to make sure I get the game.

  7. Is there anybody alive out there!!….Man, I love this blog, you all crack me up.

    For those who asked, Bruce was amazing as usual. If you can grab a ticket, I highly recommend it. I’ll be there again for the last last stand on Friday.

    TR….we gotta set a Warren date on a game night when you’re not at MSG.

    I hope for a win tonight cause I always hate a loss at home opener.

    I won’t be on here pre-dawn like last night (boy oh boy, did I sleep in today, even missed class with Diane and seeing Spike) but let’s see if you all can break the comments number….the goal is more than 451 (my last comment doesn’t count)….LGR!!!

  8. Whopper, that link from the previous post was outstanding!!!

    Here’s hoping we hockeystreamers are getting the MSG feed. If not I might have to upgrade tonight and I really need the money for the concert tomorrow!

    Ready for some winning Rangers hockey kids!!!

  9. tomb,

    that’s something i wish center ice had, as well. no pre/post game stuff to watch, which is unfortunate.

  10. So many matches to watch tonight! Ah yes, hockey finally, the ONLY reason I tolerate the winter.

  11. HERE WE GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " I love Ranger hockey!!! " ...says Greg L. on

    Whooohoooo GAMETIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let’s do it boys !!!! SATURDAY!!!! SATURDAY!!!!!! GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. This is already much better than that crap opener Pittsburgh put on.. and I’m not even a big fan of Blue Man Group

  14. i want hockey not this Blue man… Intorduce the players and drop the puck. LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Blue Man Group is awesome! You youngsters should try something different once in a while. Enough of that hip-hop and Green Day crap.


  17. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " I love Ranger hockey!!! " ...says Greg L. on

    Delzotto and Gilroy make our team alot more exciting. Gotta love youth!!

  18. hahah… my cat just let out a loud meow in perfect time with John Amirante. Guess he’s happy it’s hockey @ MSG time

  19. Yorktown Ranger on

    Ah! Good things are in the air. The Coast Guard Color Guard at tonights game, stationed at my birth place. Good omens ;-)

  20. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " I love Ranger hockey!!! " ...says Greg L. on

    This game is gonna be EXPLOSIVE!!! Time to shine and run this Ottawa team back into the ground!!

  21. Anyone other than me worried that John Amorante was’t going to make it all the way through oh Canada? Blue man group is a distraction – let’s play some hockey!!!!

  22. Rosival looks like he is trying to get traded/waived

    Redden looks better than last year for sure

  23. lmao, i thought he was gonna pass out during ‘land of the frrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee’…he was quivering there ;-)

  24. Uhm…. MDZ said he’s always laughing and smiling…. and he said that with about as non-smiling a face as he could probably make

  25. MDZ kinda looked like a doofus in his introduction.. but I’ll pass judgement until we get to see a better idea of his hockey playing.. :D

  26. Ok, seriously, Lisin looked like he could barely be bothered to go after that puck. Where’s the effort, man?

  27. can’t stick around for the entire game
    but just want to chime in with a good luck to everyone
    GO RANGERS!!!!!

  28. Yeah Mike, seriously. Lots of chances, but still nothing in the net after five minutes of PP.

  29. Leclaire is having an unbelievable game though. Ruutuu needs to get an up close view of the boards and glass.

  30. Ok, so, the power play looks a lot better than last year. But after spending one-third of the period on it, something should have gone in by now. How many of those freaking shots went wide?

  31. Thanks Chuck. I tried it before. All I get is a dtv symbol. Ugh I guess I gotta call durin the intermission

  32. shooting accuracy wasnt practiced lately. also, great saves by leclaire. hes a good goalie. hank has been great too. i see prospal, kotalik and duby missing the net bigtime. should be up 2-0 right now.

  33. They don’t stop play if the other team is in control of the puck. They get one period of grace for shaking off their nerves, but from now on there is no excuse for not scoring with six minutes of PP.

  34. The injured player’s team needs to gain possession of the puck to call a play dead. That caused a controversy with Kovalev against Quebec a number of years ago.

  35. Let me get this straight, the NHL is looking to attract fans & build their fan base.

    So… millions of NHL fans can’t watch their weekly headliner games on Versus, AND for the second straight season, games emanating from the NY market (Rangers, Isles, Devils & Sabres) are BLACKED OUT of HD coverage on the Center Ice package.


  36. Olga Folkyerself on

    Messier on during the intermission- the bald headed fart..Only thing worse would be Keenan.

  37. Olga Folkyerself on

    Joe- yeah, it sucks, I’m in Western NY and I get blacked out of Rangers every time Buffalo plays at home. Center Ice isn’t getting any of my moolah…

  38. Doodie machetto 231 on

    Someone correct me if I’m wrong. The powerplay still can’t score. Everyone here is cheering it, but what are they now, 0-7? Hooray! Lower success rate than last year!

    I know it’s still early and it has had some good chances but cmon. Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

    Del zotto has not looked good tonight.

    Any word on reddens injury?

  39. At the game. Lisin is effin fast! Good pressure by them & Even though they haven’t scored on the pp it still looks alot better than last years!

  40. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Welcome to the Gaborik show!!! " ...says Greg L. on

    …Gaborik is on the ice all the time, shoots alot , he is all over the place. Kinda sounds like Ovechkin …hmmm. The season is gonna be quite interesting.

  41. woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo FANKIST!!!


    I just put the game on the radio. Anybody know who’s doing the game? It’s not Kenny and Dave.

  43. Ah, Darien, CT that’s where I’m moving to. Maybe my future kid will get to play at MSG.

  44. three stooges face wash!!!! a whole lotta nothing going on there. Would love to see SOMEONE level neil

  45. Oh yeah, I can see why baseball is so popular. It’s so much more exciting than hockey.

  46. Olga Folkyerself on

    Darien, CT, by the way … home of Huge Jessiman.

    I think Sather is a Huge Yessman….

  47. i swear if he stays healthy Gabbys gonna get close to 50. So many chances, they’re gonna start going in!

  48. I love Brashear..he fights Godard yesterday for no reason, and now that Ruutu’s running at people he’s not fighting him. STOP BEING A PUSSBAG and KNOW WHEN TO FIGHT!

  49. Ottawa is out shooting the Rangers? How is that possible with the amount of PPs they have.

  50. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MDZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. I absofreakinlutely LOVE Ryan Callahan!!!

    MDZ is gonna be a rock star here. I hope they keep him.

  52. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Welcome to the Gaborik show!!! " ...says Greg L. on

    FLUKEY GOAL!!!!!!!???? Alfreddson you idiot , Delzotto hit top corner on a small goalie..he will score that everytime Danial you moron!!!! To call Delzootos goal a fluke is another classless move by Alfredsson the dweeb.

  53. Matt Gilroy takin responsibility for the Sens goal, and then just sayin to go for the win. I love our young guys!

  54. CCCP 245th!!! YEA BABY~!

    Banj,just gave props to you on my facebook for that picture!!! awesome on so many levels!

  55. Olga Folkyerself October 3rd, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Sather deserves a box of cubans.
    Isn’t that called smuggling? I think Castro would kill you if he found out you were illegally stealing his people..

  56. genetic mishap butch goring, should be on the pens telecast for that team of frankensteins.

    OMG this center ice commercial is about to piss me off beyong mortal belief! This easily has to be the 15th times its been on so far!!

  57. omg Chuck that’s as hilarious as generalissimo!!!

    you guys seriously have me cracking up! My fiancee is tryin to do physics homework and he’s laughin at me cuz i’m laughing so hard!!


    Andrew Gross on the radio betw periods. He thought last night’s game had some good stuff in it for Rangers. he doesn’t expect them to protect the lead in the 3rd but to try to jump even further ahead.

  59. even though we’re ignoring local fan, should we just refer to it as LaGreca from now on???

  60. Doodie machetto on

    Ok, 3rd period of the 2nd game of back to back. Let’s see how torts’ conditioning training works out

  61. wow,they are really talkin up my boy callahan this period!! love it. this is what hard work gets ya!

  62. Staal can’t commit penalties..i thought all referee’s knew that

    Section 2 Paragraph B Sentence 5

    Marc Staal Cannot Commit Penalties.

    Coincidentally the Refs know Section 2 Paragraph B Sentence 6 by heart.

    Neither can Sidney Crosby. In Fact, if anyone does anything to Crosby they will be executed on the spot.

  63. Why does Sam Rosen have to tell us every time “a Let’s Go Rangers go up in the crowd”?

  64. we should just give Cally the Extra Effort Award right now.

    two games in a row and redden has not been horrid. trend trend trend!!!


  66. we actually HAVE a number one line that’ll score!!!!!!
    I pray every night that Gabby stays healthy!!! He’s a blast to watch! Dubis gonna get some nice points this year!!! And Fankist has a nose for the puck!!!

  67. UES, whats the score of the isles pens game???

    lagreca must be slittin his wrists over that score~~

  68. Goal-a-Game-Gabby.

    Isles are beating Pens. Rangers had to win to avoid having the Islanders ahead of them in the standings.

  69. Laurel Babcock October 3rd, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    P.S. Not to get off topic here, but is anyone else looking forward to Chris Christie’s ads going away…..

    We live in New York..why the hell are they showing us them?

  70. Brashear can’t even win a fight anymore. Such a freaking tool. Didn’t like him before, don’t like him now, won’t like him in the future.

  71. There are some pretty lopsided scores tonight.

    4-1 here
    5-2 Cryers
    7-2 Bruins over Canes
    6-3 Caps over Leafs…now 6-4
    6-3 Thrashers over Bolts



  73. Potvin (still) sucks!… Man I love this team and its fans…my non super computer is being a pain…off for tonight, which was fab, I think…P.S. Where’s Sally!!!

    and you’re close to breaking comments number from last night all….go for it!


  75. wow..Brashear got his ass kicked so i think Voros felt he was obliged to get his ass kicked..

  76. voros made hilary duff cry for hittin her boyfriend!

    WOOOO MDZ 3rd star!!!
    Dubi with first i bet …YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  77. Isles get a PP with just over 2 mins left. I just heard their PP has scored twice tonight :(

  78. sat next to the worst ranger fans ever. found some cool vancouver peple. they still havent lost when ive gone! off to warren 77.

  79. i think he’s gonna have a pretty nice season laurel! $300 an hour to rent ice and work on his shot should definitely pay off!

  80. tr that had to suck! i hate when ya sit with people who look like they’d rather be chewin on their toenails. why bother going if you’re not gonna be into it?

  81. Wow Fleury just robbed an Isles player at point blank. Damn you Stanley Cup giving the Fleury confidence.

  82. What a great game! It’s going to be a fun year watching Dubi and Gabby together! Go Rangers!!!!!!!!!

  83. I don’t care who scores the goals for the Rangers this year whether they come from an American, a Canadian, a Slovak or someone from Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.

  84. TR-808-

    Met 3 Vancouver (fans) today at the Yale Football game. Actually they are Yale Hockey players. One from Greenwich Ct. is the brother in law of Jonathon Quick from Hamden Ct. who now plays Goal for the LA Kings.
    They know Higgins well.
    Small world for sure.

  85. sally needs to put prospals head on an ooompah loompahs body and grace the blog with the results

  86. I don’t know, Crosby isn’t the greatest in the shoot out. And based on their games against the Rangers the Isles aren’t that bad at the skills competition.

  87. wow that was ridiculous! me and grabby are on hockeystreams yellin WTF about the baseball game

  88. where is local fan, Marty got schooled tonight for 5 goals and lost 5-2 to the Flyer’s, ouch.

  89. Ugh, sickening to watch Crosby chat with the ref after the game is done and walk away smiling. Who knows what type of pleasantries were exchanged there.

  90. UES, that kids face just sickens me, hot dog lips and all. he just looks like one of those smug kids we all knew at some point in school

  91. Olga Folkyerself on

    Preds-Dallas tied at 2 in the third.

    If you painted Trotz’s head orange you could scare kids on Halloween. I’m serious…

  92. Great win tonight. It was awesome to see Del Z get his first. He better stick around for the whole season.

    The PP looks good, but how many fuggin times can you shoot wide ? They need to put the puck on net, right now that’s the only frustrating thing aboot this team.

    But it was a pretty damn good game, and it’s great to see Dubi score, and Gabby pop in another. He really could get 50 if he stays healthy. He needs to stay away from Team Slovakia.

    And it’s great to see Martina Brodiva getting ass raped all night long. Hahaha, all those pathetic soft goals, muahaha, NYR better kill this guy on monday.

  93. OK time to go to the Kings game on Center Ice
    Lets go Kings!!
    Jon Quick is the next King Henrik
    Trust me

  94. jb lagreca was either watchin the devils get dismantled to night, or he’s punished and not allowed computer access lets not worry about him tonight..good win for us

  95. Great game tonight. I’m really liking that we’ve got a legitimate first line that is a threat whenever its on the ice. So happy MDZ scored too. Redden played decently, definitely worked hard over the summer. I cant remember hearing Rozi’s name until the third period, when are we going to get rid of that guy? Dubi with two goals is nice. Hes proving he’s worth the money they paid him. I really like Prospal too. I can’t wait for Aves to get back into the lineup. Lets go Rangers!!

  96. damnit, the fiancee decides to take a study break and took the game off the tv…what a woman!!! lmao

  97. Del Zotto reminds me a little like leetch, needs to get some weight which he will as he gets older and learn how to play defense, good offensive skills. Gilroy, what can i say. Rosival step up his game in the third period, still not sold. Dubi is the man!!!

  98. Olga Folkyerself on

    “The Icelanders will win the cup”

    The Maven

    The Maven is more like Nostradumbass

  99. not only is he nasty and rude, but he already looks embalmed! he’s the larry king of hockey ‘experts’

  100. “isles finishing 8th in the conference”

    The Maven

    yeah all 5 atlantic teams make it? 3 definitely (Us, Flyers, Pens)

    But who knows about Devils, and Isles definitely not…

  101. MAKO, i know you’re not here, but if ya check in, spreading the hot dog lips name all over facebook!

  102. if avery plays monday, that will just be freakin fantastic! first 3 games, something special each one!! I have a feeling he may not play until the end of the week, but will be ecstatic if he plays monday

  103. Anyone else having trouble loading this site? Haven’t been on since thursday.

    And where is Local Fan? Is he only half-happy tonight?

    Great game tonight, and I thought we were a little unlucky last night.

  104. TR, I think some of the Rangers are headed there now. Saw a sign in the lockerroom, “free food at warren 77.”

    Free for them, not for you.

    Hey, did you guys hear Torts swear on TV when I asked him a question? No idea why he swore. He also called me Carpy when he answered the question.

  105. TR-808

    please tell me you weren’t the guy in the blue jays hat sitting behind me with the girlfriend screaming at people for booing brashear

  106. i was in 233, row a drinking baccardi and coke all night, and disappointed i didn’t need to scream SHOOT THE PUCK BARRY on the pp

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