Monthly Archives: December, 2009

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86 Thrashers-Rangers in review

You know, they’re not completely blinded by the blue-colored glasses when they say that some of these losses haven’t been bad. And they’re not off-base when they say that effort is not the problem. I thought the Rangers played a really strong game, lots of jam, not many passengers (pick…

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104 Post-game notes, quotes

From the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES December 14, 2009 – New York Rangers 2, Atlanta Thrashers 3 SO (Game #32, Home #16) The Rangers were defeated by the Atlanta Thrashers, 3-2, in a shootout in front of a sold-out crowd (18,200) at Madison Square Garden; the…

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431 Thrashers-Rangers

It’s go time. Barring something in the warmup, Dubinsky’s in — between Higgins and Gaborik, with Prospal dropping down to the left of Drury and Callahan. All of which means Sean Avery gets fewer minutes. The one guy other than Gaborik and Higgins who’s getting anything at all done, getting…

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148 Dubinsky to return?

It’s still officially going to be a gametime decision, but according to Andrew Gross, Brandon Dubinsky will skate in the pregame warmup tonight, and he did practice this morning with a protective cast, and all signs now point to his return tonight. Enver Lisin is expected to be de-prucha’d ……

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51 Dubi do, or Dubi don’t?

Sounds like Brandon Dubinsky may not return from a broken hand tonight against Atlanta. The question remains, when he does return, where does he fit and how does the lineup get juggled? I’m sure it would depend on how game-ready he looks in practice — his conditioning, his ability to…

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118 Bye-bye, P.A.

According to Arthur Staple, filling in over at Zipay’s blog, P.A. Parenteau has been reassigned to Hartford. In truth, he hadn’t done much, if anything, the last couple of weeks. Brandon Dubinsky is just about ready to return … although Staple reports he may not play tomorrow. So Lisin or…

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123 Another dark day-after

You just can’t have this kind of stuff when you can’t buy goals. On Wednesday in Chicago, Matt Gilroy, Wade Redden and Brian Boyle stood around like the Three Stooges, fishing for the puck with their sticks as two Blackhawks scored the tying third-period goal in what would be a…

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90 Post-game notes, quotes

From the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES December 12, 2009 – New York Rangers 2, Buffalo Sabres 3 (Game #31, Home #15) The Rangers were defeated by the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, in front of a sold-out crowd (18,200) at Madison Square Garden, and are now 14-15-1 (29…

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217 Sabres at Rangers

Here’s your new game thread. And here are the pregame notes. Dubinsky will not play tonight, but maybe Monday. Lisin and Voros are expected to be prucha’d. Lundqvist in goal, backed up by Ocho Cinco (Chad Johnson). Heikkinen replaces Gilroy, who’s in Hartford. Everything else remains the same. And I…

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67 Ocho’s back

As expected, goalie Chad Johnson was recalled to back up Henrik Lundqvist tonight and probably play at least one game this week, and Matt Zaba was sent back to Hartford. Zaba was just here for practice, while Ocho went down to get some game work (he allowed four goals in…

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30 The start of a busy stretch

Enough. ENOUGH! Or as a famous Rangers GM (Phil Esposito) once said (about his franchise’s failures): Enough waiting! Well, we won’t even get into big picture stuff today, because, well, we did that all week, and there’s going to be a lot more in the coming weeks, months (who knows,…

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191 It could be worse

This e-mail has been going around. Supposedly this guy decorated his house like this. That’s a fake person, with the lights dangling from the roof and the ladder in the bushes. He claims he was told by police to take it down because it was causing accidents, and also said…

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128 Ocho Cinco joins Gilroy in Hartford

Obviously this is a move to get Chad Johnson some playing time with Henrik Lundqvist expected to play again Saturday. Matt Zaba is called up, temporarily I’m sure. And not Steve (0-2, 8.32 GAA, 0.787 save pct.) Valiquette. Here are the official announcements of the Gilroy/Johnson/Zaba moves from the Rangers:…

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140 Gilroy gonzo

He played terribly last night, and truthfully he’s played poorly for a while, but to make Matt Gilroy a scapegoat kind of seems ridiculous. He was sent to Hartford today. OK, maybe he needs more time to learn the pro game, and even he admitted that it was difficult since…

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28 Rangers-Hawks in review

I know, I know. I should be really scathing today. But you know what? My expectations for the Rangers are a bit lower these days. I looked at the matchup in Chicago before the game and thought, if they get a win out of there it would be a miracle,…

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96 Post-game notes

NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES December 9, 2009 – New York Rangers 1, Chicago Blackhawks 2 OT (Game #30, Road #16) • The Blueshirts were defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1, in overtime tonight at United Center, in an Original Six matchup. • The Rangers are now 14-14-2 overall, including…

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404 Gamer, Rangers-Blackhawks

God, I miss Chicago Stadium. The noise, the small rink, the organ, the best anthem in sports, the goal horn that knocked you out of your seat, the vermin and roaches. The only meeting of the season between these two Original Sixes. Sad that the rivalry is a victim of…

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144 Good game morning

I want to thank Walt MacPeek for his guest blog yesterday, and I think he enjoyed getting back behind the keyboard, and that he will visit us again. Hope so. I have to tell you … and I don’t want to belabor the point … but we used to argue…

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170 Guest blogger: Walt MacPeek

Hi, my name is Walt MacPeek and Carp asked me to limber up these over-65 year-old fingers and do a guest blog and so here goes … I covered the Rangers for the Newark Star-Ledger from 1969-70 through 1994-95 and then yielded to some inner ear problems and tumbled off…

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38 Special guest tomorrow

Walt MacPeek, the opinionated, always-interesting former Rangers/NHL beat writer for the Newark Star-Ledger, will drop by tomorrow with a guest blog. Maybe the first of several. We can only hope. This guy goes way back, farther than me. He covered the team in the 1960s and right through the Stanley…