Some pre-game stuff

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Good evening from MSG.

With Prospal returning to the lineup, both Lisin and Voros get prucha’d.

I asked Tortorella about the forecheck, which was really good against Boston the other day, in part as a product of necessity because the Bruins play so well in the neutral zone. The Rangers don’t like giving up the puck on dump-ins, but against teams like that you sometimes have to do that. And maybe that’s really the best way for the Rangers to forecheck, since it obviously worked so well in that game:

“It’s a similar,” Tortorella said. “Jersey’s going to wait and look for turnovers in the neutral zone. I think against Boston, even the (last) two Boston games, I thought we were pretty good a far as keeping our patience, just trying to get he puck in behind them, not trying to make too many plays in the neutral zone and it allowed us to forecheck.

“Tonight’s going to be very similar. They’re very good in the neutral zone. I think they’re a little bit more aggressive when they have a chance than Boston is. We have to be aware of that. Again, it comes down to not getting stubborm, right through our lineup. We want to try to make plays, we want to keep control of the puck, but you have to be really careful against a team like this where you may have to use some area passes, skate into it, get in behind them and forecheck from there. They’re a really good team just waiting for you to get stubborn there.”

Tortorella also talked about Christensen’s skills, and that he’s really worked at his play on the other side of the puck. He noted that for a while Lisin was playing and Christensen was sitting, and that he’s earned his stay by what he’s done without the puck, defensively.

And he was asked about playing with Gaborik:

“With Gabby, he’s one of the low-maintenance stars. I think he can play a lot of different ways. He can beat you one on one, obviously, with his speed and his ability, he can give  and go. So as far as a center and another player playing with him, it’s not really difficult because I think he can play a lot of different ways. The key thing is, and where I think Erik has done a much better job, is that he’s fought for the puck, too, offensively, in the offensive zone within the forecheck. They’ve been able to control the puck sometimes offensively. I don’t think (Gaborik) is a real difficult player to play with. I’ve seen some guys, star players, where it’s hard to find a fit. I don’t think it’s that way.”

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  1. REPOST

    Great video, Penguins announcers are so obnoxious lmao. I love when the other team scores, it sounds like he’s in one of those old war movies telling someone their brother died in WWII or something. “He..uh…. he scores.”

  2. By the way, for someone who is interested(and something tells me there will be a few lol): This song is called “The Rope”. What she is saying, briefly, is that she’s been waiting for way too long and now she’s got him finally roped and tied. No s…carp!

  3. ‘Penguins announcers are so obnoxious lmao. I love when the other team scores, it sounds like he’s in one of those old war movies telling someone their brother died in WWII or something. “He..uh…. he scores.”

    Hahahaha, you think, he’s bad, check out the Avalanche announcer. He sounds like he just walked in on his son getting it on with his best friends son. Total depression.

    But he’s a hilarious announcer, my favorite in the NHL along with Sam.

  4. True Fans Bleed RW&B
    January 12th, 2010 at 5:46 pm
    Burke: “HE’s Chris Drury, you know what he brings!”

    Really, I do? Elaborate for me a little because i’ve been thinking about it nearly 206 regular season games and haven’t come up with anything yet.

    how about blocking shots truefans? how about almost singlehandedly managed to invade this blog with drury copycats, the whole clutch thing, and giving the blog some funny material to talk about. if he was off the team, who would we make fun of??? who would be our whipping boy? wait a minute, 206 games for the rangers? u know how many clutch poke checks and clears he has had in that time? forget about blockin shots, just that alone is worth the price of admission. ur tellin me in 206 games he hasnt been a goal scorer extraordinare??? i think 25 goals, 22 goas and now a whopping 6 tallies this year!! is enough. hes proven he can score, heck, even gabby can score once in awhile. but hes been there done that. get back to me when u have a real argument. like whats the new avery record now?

  5. Shoryuken on Glen Sather

    To become a Ukrainian citizen you have to streak through the supermarket like those chicks int he video! No to take anything away from Russian girls but Ukrainian girl are so much better! Yes, there is a difference!

  6. sams awesome davy!! hes old now. cut him some slack. maybe its cuz i grew up with him n jd so im just bias but ol sammy boy is like part of the msg rat pack. trautface is definitely joey bishop, sam is sinatra, maloney is dean martin, fischler is sammy davis jr, and michelobetti is peter lawford. or maybe thats dugauy

  7. i think troutface has to be peter lawford, wasnt he the tallest one? michelobetti is joey bishop… omg i cant believe we’re having this conversation!

  8. I love how the chickens have come home to roost re:Drury.

    Sadly, I am truly obsessed with hating the guy. I would honestly enjoy life more if he never scored a goal again. Sad, but very true. I actually get knots in my stomach when he scores because I know that paves the road for another week of so of the media fluffing him.

    The guy offers almost nothing. At the end of the day, he’s not even a remotely gritty player…something even Voros can bring to the table on occasion.

    Didn’t Voros have more goals in one game last season than Drury has had all season?

  9. ooops, salty my bad. just glanced real quick and really u cant blame me for that one. they do look teh same at a glance. but cmon bro, dont get obsessed with teh guy. hes not worth it it. none of these players are. none of these guys care if we get fired from our jobs, or whatever. theyre not worth gettin worked up over. i can understand teh dislike but why hate? its just thing where he makes the most money, and does very little. so i can understand wantin the guy off the team and blaming sather for it, but hes not like a really horrible person. hes just a human. just like the rest of us. hes chris drury man. hes chis drury salty. what why when how where who huh?? its chris drury man. hes our leader. hes a clay pigeon on ice. just watch him. hes like that target u have to shoot at those shooting games at the carnival. you know the ones with teh ducks. or chickens whatever. hes like the guy they throw out on teh front ines of battle back in the dark ages and he would go out and all u see is him getting impaled by like 5 guys on horseback throwin spears at him./ hes the man, the myth the legend. hes chris drury

  10. will do ilb. i know i know, but seriously, at first glance, it looked like sally. i havent seen salty post here in a while so i just assumed. ya know what happends when u make assumptions. u usually wind up on the wrong end of a tommy gun with chris drury ready to pull the trigger

  11. I’m surprised with Lisin too. He is good with his speed getting in the zone and retrieving the puck. Devils isn’t a team with fighters, what is the use of Brashear?

  12. well, looks like its just me n u ilb. how was your day? anything fun happen? i went to the local kum n go on my lunch break and got me a few of those java monster energy drinks., drank like 3 of them, in short order. i was in desperation mode after a wild night of debauchery. i was sooo drunk still i couldnt keep my eyes from spinning at work. my boss was tryin to talk to me about some paperwork i needed filled out and i just burped a vodka n oj burp, bubbles and all, started to hiccup like crazy so went to teh little drurys room and made sweet love to mrs kohler. flushed, then got the hell out of there like a chris drury out of hell. went to kum n go, got my drinks, went back to work, somehow got out on time without causing a commotion. im never partying with 18 year olds again!!

  13. thats the 2nd time in a day ‘debauchery’ has been viewed by my eyes. Mike, you and Mako definitely have a wavelength thing also… BIZARRE

  14. actually i made that up. that did happen to me once though. and one of my co worker is the only one with knowledge of the said events. hes not talkin, but its almost like we just give each other a wink, like in fight club when the guys are at the office with broken noses, gashes over their eyes, and they just look at each other approvingly

  15. Telling Salty or True Fans not to be obsessed with hating on Drury is like telling Carp not to be obsessed over a slice of his favorite pizza… it’s just not possible! I don’t hate Drury tho…but I am not a fan either.

  16. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "LOOK OUT FATSO!!, Avery's is in Da Howse !!! " … says Greg L. on

    Rangers are playing today hurray!!!

    Saly , I understand what ya mean, really I do. Are you really gonna turn on Drury when he represents yer country next month? Im curious.

  17. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "LOOK OUT FATSO!!, Avery's is in Da Howse !!! " … says Greg L. on

    I ment Salllllty , not sally.

  18. yes, lets go rangers. very happy to see the scratches and injuries for the devils.
    —————–
    Left wing Andrew Peters, left wing Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond and defenseman Matt Corrente will be the healthy scratches for the Devils.

    Right wing David Clarkson (right leg), center Dainius Zubrus (fractured right kneecap) and defenseman Paul Martin (fractured left forearm) remain out with injuries.

    — from fire and ice blog

  19. linda- really? mako said debauchery too? wow. i mean its not that weird but yea, we are both creatures of the sea. im a great white, hes a mako. we live on teh edge babay!! we would get along but us great whites are usually rogues. and me n him are both 1 and 2 respectively in our leagues and were facing each other this week. and hey, u should take over the empty team thats available. it would awesome if u were in it. u and sally could build your dream teams of aves,dz,duby,and the sexiest one hot dog lips !!!

  20. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "LOOK OUT FATSO!!, Avery's is in Da Howse !!! " … says Greg L. on

    Greatest shut out goalie of all time and Avery calls him fatso…priceless.

  21. lmao grabby! I asked him about it but he’s not sure if theres a way for me to step in and take it over. and damn you with hot dog lips ~! May you dream of him late at night.. big puffy pouty greasy diver lips, coming closer to you!!!

  22. THE PUCK DROPS HERE on

    Linda, I did not see that earlier. That’s HILARIOUS! Thanks for re-posting it. LMAO.

  23. By the way, to all of you who were curious about Daniel Goneau, if memory serves me right; he was very immature and star struck from playing with Messier, Gretz, etc. so they sent him back to Hartford to work on his game.

    He got lost in the regime change when Carp’s favorite buddy Muckler took over and we all knew the irony of Muckler; the oldest man in hockey hated playing young kids. He was responsible for wrecking the careers of two-three legit prospects and stunting the growth of another two or three.

  24. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Olcyk: “Parise is defined by one-word, ‘Persistency'” … is that better than Persistance becuase Persistance can’t rhyme with ‘Parise.’ You’re confused, so am i.

  25. Good evening, Carp!

    Salty, we are confusing the blog! Mwahahaha!

    Linda, who is hot dog lips? Where is the nickname list?

  26. Can someone help me findthe stream on-line. I am getting jerked by directtv/versus, or whoever these moneygrubbers are

    Thanks!

  27. Oh! Today is Penguin Appreciation Day! I wanted to let everyone know so they can celebrate by going out and PUNCHING A PENGUIN IN THE FACE. They think they’re soooo cool.

    LETS GO RANGERS!

  28. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "LOOK OUT FATSO!!, Avery's is in Da Howse !!! " … says Greg L. on

    Rangersssssssssssssssssss gametime is NOW!!

  29. i never noticed on

    really could have surprised me. well maybe a little. like you hating on anyone who stands up for him even a little

    Salty
    January 12th, 2010 at 6:16 pm
    I love how the chickens have come home to roost re:Drury.

    Sadly, I am truly obsessed with hating the guy. I would honestly enjoy life more if he never scored a goal again. Sad, but very true. I actually get knots in my stomach when he scores because I know that paves the road for another week of so of the media fluffing him.

  30. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "LOOK OUT FATSO!!, Avery's is in Da Howse !!! " … says Greg L. on

    No Scoring
    No penaties
    No powerplays
    No Fights
    No problems
    No complains
    No drunks on here
    No cheering

    Wow ,can’t wait till the second period!!!

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