Monthly Archives: January, 2010

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148 A visit to JD’s boys (updated)

The Rangers take their blank-shooting show to St. Louis tonight for the first of back-to-backs and the middle of three in four nights, against John Davidson’s Blues. Appropriately, JD once wore double-zeroes on his back for the Blueshirts. For those who don’t live in or around NYC, be aware that…

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500 Live video chat today at noon

Just a final reminder, we’ll have a live video chat at noon today. Hope you can stop in. Bring some questions or comments. Access it by clicking here, or pasting this into your browser: www.lohud.com/protalklive ————————– Thoughts on another goose egg: 1) Chris Neil was an unrestricted free agent last…

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95 Post-game notes, quotes

From the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES January 14, 2010 – New York Rangers 0, Ottawa Senators 2 (Game #47, Home #25) ·         The Rangers were defeated by the Ottawa Senators, 2-0, tonight at Madison Square Garden, and have now posted a record of 22-18-7 (51 pts.) overall and…

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378 It’s O (as in Ottawa) time!

Same lineup for the Rangers, now 100 percent healthy (or at least, everybody available). That means Voros and Lisin get prucha’d, Lundqvist in goal. The Rangers go from one Brodeur (Marty, with the shootout shutout after 51 saves on Tuesday) to another (Mike, who has had one NHL start and…

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129 Avery update (updated)

Just got word from the Rangers that Avery is “good to go” tonight. So for the second game in a row, the Rangers will have their entire roster available. No morning skate today. Avery will be able to play with a bruised left foot he suffered when he blocked a…

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303 Take the point, move on

Because that was about as good a point as you’re ever going to get. I am not going to go on and on again about the silly skills competition that John Tortorella called a gimmick (and he’s right). But here’s my column from The Journal News and LoHud.com today. (in…

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123 Post-game notes, bonus quotes

Some quotes before I get into the official Rangers post-game notes: (apologies for the spacing on this idiot Mac laptop). Ryan Callahan: “One of the more fun games I’ve played in in a long time. It had a playoff type atmosphere out there. I felt right from the get-go both teams…

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469 It’s d’oh time! (in honor of the Simpsons milestone)

… even though I’m not much of a Simpsons fan. Not much new to report from here. As we said earlier, Voros and Lisin are prucha’d. Prospal is back. The lines, to start: Prospal-Christensen-Gaborik Dubinsky-Drury-Callahan Higgins-Anisimov-Avery (avery on the right during warmups). Kotalik-Boyle-Brashear See youse during the game.

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92 Some pre-game stuff

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…

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148 Devils cross the Hudson

… So, Jim Dolan, get somebody to check and be sure that the electric bill has been paid. We don’t want the lights going out. Although, if all the electricity goes out, we are spared from the Versus broadcast. Versus, where you have a better chance of seeing a good…

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153 Ocho’s back, Zaba’s out

I’m not going to keep posting the whole press release every time they do this … you know, Johnson had an assist in his first NHL start … Zaba’s record with the Wolf Pack, etc., etc., etc. Because it looks as if this will go on for a while. Ocho…

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116 A slow off-day (updated)

Not much happening with the Rangers today … or at least we don’t think so. So we wait for tomorrow’s game against the Devils. From now (actually starting Jan 2.) this is the only two-day break the Rangers get until Jan. 28-29, when they go west for three in four…

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48 Coach Smith, the former Cup-builder

Don’t know if you saw this, but the only GM to win a Stanley Cup for the Rangers in the last, oh, 70 years, is now a coach. Neil Smith, who owns the Johnstown Chiefs, went behind the bench after firing the coach. You can read that story here.

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47 Ocho’s out, Zaba’s in

This is just a wordy way of saying that Chad Johnson is not going to get any starts for the next few days, so he’s going to Hartford to play some games while Matt Zaba (zaba-doo) backs up Henrik Lundqvist here. Ocho will be back, I’d think, before the back-to-backs…

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50 Dirty dozen

At this point, maybe we can throw out that 6-0 game against the Flyers as the aberration.  Because it’s 12 games now, with that being the only regulation loss. And why? Because John Tortorella scratched Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik, demoted Chris Drury to the fourth line and later even…

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65 Jagr’s KHL team brawls

Wild one in the KHL today, a game involving Jaromir Jagr’s team was called after four minutes, and 637 penalty minutes, featuring a few line brawls and then an all-out bench-clearing, penalty-box-clearing riot. Check out the two videos here.

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58 Belated post-game notes

From the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES January 9, 2010 – New York Rangers 3, Boston Bruins 1 (Game #45, Road #22) • The Blueshirts defeated the Boston Bruins, 3-1, today at TD Garden, and have now recorded a point in 11 of their last 12 games (8-1-3). •…

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279 It’s Bo (as in Boston) time!

In the old days, this would have been a classic matchup. It always was when the Rangers went to Boston, usually for a Saturday matinee, back when they played at the old, rat-and-roach infested Boston Garden. The Garden rink was smaller than regulation, and while plenty of people complained about…

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215 Good loss? Bad loss?

Is there ever a differentiation? Is every loss the end of the world: trade everybody, fire everybody, shoot/stab/tattoo/scalp everybody? I appreciate the emotional attachment you guys have, and the investment you make in these games, but seriously, that last night was not a loss. It was a tie. And not…