Monthly Archives: December, 2010

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106 Rangers-Senators tonight

Finally, a hockey game. It’s in Kanata, Ont., though, so a 7:30 start for the home-and-home rematch (and an almost certain meeting between Mr. Carkner and Mr. Boogaard). No worries. MSG Network has some extra programming tonight. At 6:30, MSG will show the latest edition of “Behind the Bench” –…

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148 Avery climbs all-star vote

From the “credit where credit is due” department, The New York Rangers Blog is the driving force behind the Sean Avery write-in (e-ballot box stuffing) campaign, and Avery is up to 20th among forwards with, at last count, some 64,000 type-in votes. That’s not going to be enough, not when…

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142 Team USA roster

USA Hockey announced its preliminary roster for the U.S. National Junior team, which will defend its World Junior Championship in Buffalo and Niagara, N.Y., Dec. 26-Jan. 5. Here is the complete roster. For all other information regarding the tournament, click here. Here is the official announcement from USA Hockey: Preliminary…

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39 Rangers in the Christmas spirit

This is one area where you can never say a bad word about the New York Rangers: They do good deeds and they have produced some of the great deed-doers. So today is the mother of all their good-will events, Adam Graves and his annual Toys for Tots drive. If…

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139 Senators-Rangers in review

Yes, that’s right, kids. The sky is falling. This was an unsightly loss, caused by a dreadful start and a God-awful defensive-zone breakdown late in the third period. But … c’mon. Teams don’t have bad losses during 82-game seasons? Thoughts: 1) What do you do if you’re a player or…

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51 More post-game quotes

Brandon Dubinsky: “We’ve just got to make sure we prepare better next game. I don’t know if it’s because we played a team like the Islanders before and we weren’t ready to go because this is a much better team we played against tonight, but either way, every night’s tough…

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14 Post-game quotes

John Tortorella: How do you figure this game? “I don’t.” Did the early timeout help? “Nope, nope. Why? If I had the answer … I thought the second and third periods we played better … but it certainly didn’t help us in the first period. We were still awful. “Our…

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2 Post-game notes, quotes

From the Rangers … with Tortorella quotes from me right behind it. NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES December 5, 2010 – New York Rangers 1, Ottawa Senators 3 (Game No. 29, Home No. 15)   • The Rangers were defeated by the Ottawa Senators, 3-1, tonight at Madison Square…

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335 It’s Go Time!

Same lineup as the 2-0 win over the Fish … er, Islanders. Lundqvist starts in goal; White and Gilroy are the pruchas. Probable lines: Avery-Christensen-Gaborik Dubinsky-Stepan-Callahan Fedotenko-Boyle-Prust Frolov-Anisimov -Boogaard

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29 Tortorella pre-game

The coach was pretty good this afternoon, talking about where his team is after 28 games. Those quotes will follow. Same lineup against Ottawa for the 5 p.m. start. Lundqvist in goal. Denis Potvin is in the building; I believe he’s working for the Senators now. More in a few…

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62 Senators-Rangers tonight

Don’t forget that this is an early start, 5 p.m. The Rangers play another home-and-home, only this one has three days off between games. The slumping Senators played to a 0-0 tie against Buffalo last night. What’s that, there are no ties anymore? Oh, right Buffalo scored a goal in…

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112 Rangers-Islanders in review

Thoughts: 1) It’s funny how we critique these games sometimes, that we pick at how well or poorly played they might be, and always with the caveat that “it’s the Islanders.” I think John Tortorella said it right last night, that when the Rangers and Islanders play, it’s always a…

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31 More post-game quotes

John Tortorella: “Tonight’s game is such a grind, totally different from (Thursday) night’s game, and I thought as the game wore on, especially in the second period, I thought we started taking control of it. We still didin’t develop a lot of offense, but I thought we started taking control…

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6 Post-game quotes

More to follow … Marc Staal: On if he could have predicted the contrasts between the two games: “Not like that, I don’t think. Obviously the way it went (Thursday) was a little too wide open for our preference, and we were able to shut that down and be better.…

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5 Post-game notes, quotes

More to follow. These are from the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES December 3, 2010 – New York Rangers 2, New York Islanders 0 (Game No. 28, Home No. 14) • The Rangers defeated the New York Islanders, 2-0, tonight at Madison Square Garden to improve to…

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321 It’s Go Time!

So I guess now anything less than a sweep is unacceptable, right? Same lineup, same lines, Lundqvist starts: Avery-Christensen-Gaborik Dubinsky-Stepan-Callahan Fedotenko-Boyle-Prust Frolov-Anisimov -Boogaard ——— Should have mentioned earlier that Tortorella added that Drury and Prospal are doing 5-6 hours a day off-ice work. Not just going for a twirl and…

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27 Tortorella pre-game

First the news, then some quotes to follow: Same lineup tonight, with Lundqvist starting in goal. Prust is expected to play with a shoulder that’s been sore from fighting, and if he can’t, then White will be de-prucha’d. Drury is now skating and stick-handling, but still can’t shoot. Prospal is…

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152 Rangers-Isles in review/preview

There was a lot of bad about that game last night, but bad/unsightly/grotesque victories beat the living daylights out of good/artistic/glamorous losses. Right? I mean, a year ago, they’d have lost this game 5-2. Thoughts: 1) Sean Avery=difference maker for one of the few times this season, but a lot…

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26 Post-game notes

From the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES December 2, 2010 – New York Rangers 6, New York Islanders 5 (Game No. 27, Away No. 14) *       The Rangers defeated the New York Islanders, 6-5, tonight at Nassau Coliseum to improve to 15-11-1 overall, including a 10-4-0 mark on the…

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480 It’s Go Time!

You might want to watch the pre-game show in case there are any warmup shenanigans like last time the Rangers visited. Otherwise, you probably saw the Rick DiPietro quote in Jesse Spector’s blog today: “I truly don’t like the Rangers,” DiPietro said. “There’s nothing better in the world than beating…