Monthly Archives: October, 2010

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160 Happy Halloween!

First, my favorite NHL Halloween story ever. Stop me if I’ve told you this (oh, wait, you can’t stop me). In 1998, the Rangers signed free agent Scott Fraser from Edmonton for mega bucks (yeah, that Smith-Muckler tandem sure produced some beauties). Fast as lightning. But another Lisin, Kotalik, Higgins,…

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42 Post-game notes

From the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES October 30, 2010 – New York Rangers 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 0 (Game No. 10, Away No. 5) *       The Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-0, tonight at Air Canada Centre to improve to 5-4-1 overall, including a 4-1-0…

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405 It’s Go Time!

The Rangers and Maple Leaves (correct spelling) see each other for the third time already this season, each winning on the road.  As for lineup changes, I have no idea. I’m at a football game, not in Toronto.  So I don’t know of Boogaard (hand infection) can play … this…

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105 Rangers-Leaves tonight

I like these quick turnarounds. Of course, I didn’t have to catch a flight early this morning, then go through customs, and arrive at my hotel too early for check-in, etc. as I did in the good ol’ days. Below is an abbreviated version of tonight’s notes (to read more,…

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33 Tortorella post-game

John Tortorella:  “We fought back a couple of times. I thought we did a lot of good things underneath the hashmark offensively. We just couldn’t get the lead. And it’s frustrating.” On the PK and d-zone coverage: “You look at the goal in the second period where they go up…

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10 Post-game notes and quotes

From the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES October 29, 2010 – New York Rangers 3, Carolina Hurricanes 4 (Game No. 9, Home No. 5) • The Rangers were defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to conclude their three-game homestand (1-2-0).  New York…

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4 Post-game quotes

Ryan Callahan: “I’m happy that I’m starting to put away my chances, but unfortunately we’ve got to get the win there. Maybe if I bury that 2-on-1 we have a better chance at it.” “I looked at Dubi. The defenseman looked like he was playing him pretty hard, so I…

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449 It’s Go Time!

To repeat: Boogaard is out with an infected hand. Evgeny Grachev makes his NHL debut, wearing No. 91 and playing on a fourth line. Here’s the probable lineup: Frolov-Stepan-Prust Dubinsky-Anisimov-Callahan Avery-Boyle-Fedotenko Christensen-White-Grachev Staal-Rozsival Del Zotto-Girardi Gilroy-Eminger Lundqvist/Biron Sauer is prucha’d.

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23 John Tortorella pre-game

(Before I transcribe, tonight was the fourth or fifth time that I’ve been around this season where Tortorella began his session with a good, old, joking-around with the assembled media, then he patiently answered every question in detail. I’m telling you, this is how he was the last time he…

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24 Some shuffling at MSG:

Will have John Tortorella’s presser shortly. First, he said that Grachev will play, starting on right wing on a fourth line with Christensen on the left and White in the middle. (Markus Naslund, unofficially, is the only Ranger ever to wear No. 91, which Grachev will wear in his NHL…

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100 Hurricanes-Rangers tonight

The end of a three-game homestand, the first of back-to-backs (at Toronto tomorrow) and the second of four in six nights. The Rangers have won one of their first four home games. Here are tonight’s pre-game notes from the Rangers for the game against the former Whalers. To read more,…

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126 Rangers recall Grachev

Guess I should have led with the update, so here goes. According to all the reporters who, you know, go to practice, Artem Anisimov’s right ankle MRI came up negative, so he is expected to play tomorrow, as is Michal Rozsival (hyperextended knee), though Rozsival said he wants to see…

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88 Thrashers-Rangers in review

Some thoughts: 1) I saw Artem Anisimov after the game. He was standing, talking to one of the Thrashees, no boot, no crutches, no cane. I didn’t see if he was limping, but I imagine he was. He didn’t sound terribly worried. That doesn’t mean that it’s good or bad…

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47 A few more post-game quotes

Marc Staal: On the lost puck on the 3-2 goal. “It was along the when it came around. All of a sudden it started bouncing. Obviously, looking back, I would have stopped it with my skate against the boards and made sure I had it, but it just bounced over…

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11 Tortorella post-game

To repeat the news: Artem Anisimov blocked a shot in the second and injured his right ankle. He will have an MRI today. He said he knew it was pretty bad “right away” when he didn’t feel any “relief” after a few minutes. Michal Rozsival hyperextended a knee, and John…

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12 Post-game notes, quotes

From the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES October 27, 2010 – New York Rangers 4, Atlanta Thrashers 6 (Game No. 8, Home No. 4) • The Rangers were defeated by the Atlanta Thrashers, 6-4, tonight at Madison Square Garden to end their winning streak at three games. …

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521 It’s Go Time!

To repeat: Biron in goal, Eminger stays in on defense, White in for Williams, who was Reddened. Sauer is prucha’d. So the lineup, at least to start: Frolov-Christensen-Prust Dubinsky-Anisimov-Callahan Avery-Stepan-Fedotenko Boogaard-White-Boyle Staal-Rozsival Del Zotto-Girardi Gilroy-Eminger Biron/Lundqvist

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27 Tortorella pre-game

John Tortorella: (By the way, tonight is the first time in over a year, Oct. 19, 2009, that Lundqvist did not start a home game. In that game, he relieved Steve Valiquette.) On Biron starting: “He played good (in Toronto). Our plan with him is trying to get him, each…

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27 Biron in goal tonight

Martin Biron gets his first Garden start as a Ranger. Todd White is back in the lineup. The rest stays the same. Back with pregame quotes from Tortorella shortly.

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91 Thrashers-Rangers tonight

Hi guys. I have a heavy heart today. I don’t know if you heard about Bill Shannon, who was a highly-respected baseball official scorer in New York, an author, and a reporter. He died in a house fire yesterday at age 69. This is a man who, in the 34…

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