Monthly Archives: December, 2010

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32 Team USA roster finalized (updated)

Chris Kreider and Ryan Bourque, no surprise, are on the defending champion U.S. national junior team, which begins play in the World Juniors Sunday in the Buffalo area. Here’s the final roster. Team USA is 0-2 in the first two of its three warmup games, losing in shootouts (ugh!) both…

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23 It’s Festivus Eve!

We will begin airing grievances tomorrow. OK, here’s my Ulf Samuelsson story. Or stories. I personally loved his habit of pushing an opponent’s helmet from behind, so it would cover his eyes. It was also Ulf who checked a player into the glass, which then fell on top of Janet…

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23 Team USA on NHL Network

USA Hockey today announced that the NHL Network will broadcast all of Team USA’s games in the World Junior Championships. The tournament begins Sunday, Dec. 26 in the Buffalo area. Here’s the link for the tournament’s official site: http://www.buffaloworldjuniors.com/ Team USA is the defending champion.

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26 One more story …

I was thinking that I could probably tell a story about every player from, say, the mid-1980s through 2001. And since the Rangers got the day off today (no practice), and don’t play again until Festivus, why not keep telling them? Well, this one I thought of last week, when…

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166 Some hockey stories

… just because, when I see certain people it reminds me of stories. George McPhee: He was playing for the Rangers and living in Rye. One night he heard some noise in his driveway and saw a large fellow with a flashlight in his car, attempting to remove the stereo.…

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125 Flyers-Rangers in review

Gotta confess, I didn’t see the whole thing … saw the first period, then Rangers in 60, so feel free to correct me if I’m wrong (for the first time ever). Thoughts: 1) I didn’t mind Dale Weise one bit. In fact, I liked the size he brought, I liked…

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56 Post-game notes

You probably know that Dale Weise was assigned to Hartford after the game. From the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES December 18, 2010 – New York Rangers 1, Philadelphia Flyers 4 (Game No. 35, Away No. 18) * The Rangers were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1, today at…

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586 It’s Go Time!

No Pronger for the Flys, no Callahan for the Rangers. That sounds about even. Lundqvist starts in goal (not sure which of the three Flyers goalies starts, or if it even matters). Derek Stepan is moving to the wing, and Chris Drury dropping down to the fourth line, according to…

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54 Rangers at Flyers today

Matinee at the Arena That Changes Names Every Five Minutes. Big game in this regard: If the Rangers can win this and get out of a week of Washington-Pitt-Phoenix-Philly 4-0, or even 3-0-1, that’s a really spectacular roll into a bit of a break. The Flys are good, though. Really…

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157 Weise is called up

Here’s the official announcement from NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS TRANSACTION UPDATE New York, December 17, 2010 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that forward Dale Weise has been recalled from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL). Weise, 22, has registered a…

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51 Rangers-Yotes in review

Another one of those see-what-you’re-made-of wins last night. I won’t repeat all the stuff about resilience, and about playing to the end, and sticking to the system, and all that. Even though, it seems, every time they win and even most of the time when they lose, they are all…

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49 More post-game quotes

John Tortorella: On these games being as important as wins over Washington and Pittsburgh: “Absolutely. You’re not going to play error-free or disciplined or just dead-on games. The amount of games you play in this league, it just doesn’t happen. So you’ve got to find a way to win these…

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7 Post-game quotes

Martin Biron: On waiting out Belanger on the deciding shot in the shootout. “I wasn’t happy because I played two and a half years of juniors with him and I knew him really well. We had the same agent, we skated together in the summer. I know he’s confident enough…

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4 Post-game notes, quotes

From the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES December 16, 2010 – New York Rangers 4, Phoenix Coyotes 3 SO (Game No. 34, Home No. 17) • The Rangers defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-3, in a shootout tonight at Madison Square Garden, to improve to 20-13-1 overall and…

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547 It’s Go Time!

And here’s what I know about the backup goalie: Tom Fenton of Purchase, who works at Manhattanville college and is an assistant hockey coach at the school, found himself as an NHL goalie Thursday night. Or, at least, a backup goalie. Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov became ill during the day…

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14 Tortorella pre-game

John Tortorella: On the technique for blocking shots, if there’s a way to do it and protect your arms or hands: “That’s what gloves are supposed to do. (Mike Keenan piped up from the back to suggest they wear kevlar). I look at Chris Drury, his first shot, he’s as…

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17 Tortorella pre-game in a minute

Hey, this is how my day is going. Caught an earlier train than usual, but it was slow and completely packed, including idiots on the phone. No prob. Still plenty of time for a brisk walk to the Garden. But I get there, still early, and the World’s Most Terrible…

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151 Coyotes-Rangers tonight

I’m headed to MSG. Here are tonight’s pre-game notes, from the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PHOENIX COYOTES Thursday, Dec. 16, 7:00 p.m. Madison Square Garden • New York, NY Rangers: 19-13-1 (39 pts) Coyotes: 14-9-6 (34 pts) * All information through NHL games on Dec. 15 TONIGHT’S GAME: The…

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123 Rangers-Pens in review

Take the win, run to the airport. Because for two periods, it was men vs. boys. Not domination, but did the Pittsburgh goalie make a single important save until several minutes into the third? But these boys don’t care if they’re playing men. They don’t care if they’re down. They…