Monthly Archives: April, 2011

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123 Waiting and waiting for Game 4

Thanks, NBC, for these extra days between games. They really stink. I mean, I’m sure Marc Staal and Dan (Joe) Girardi (the Block Ness Monster) are glad they’ve got an extra day to pack on the ice and not get 30 minutes of vicious hockey against one of the more…

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181 Zuccarello demoted; Another Gretzky anniversary

You guys know me. I’m big on anniversaries. Is it really 12 years since The Great One’s farewell game at Madison Square Garden, April 18, 1999? Holy smokes. ————————— Here’s the official announcement on Zuccarello: NEW YORK RANGERS TRANSACTION UPDATE New York, April 18, 2011 – New York Rangers President…

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33 Off-day player quotes

Belated Happy Passover. First, Brian Boyle wants and deserves credit for setting the playoff moustache trend. He started his because his beard wouldn’t come in. Brandon Dubinsky followed. “I have to get more guys on board,” Boyle said. Asked if he was going for a look, Boyle said, “We’re doing…

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41 Tortorella post-practice

John Tortorella: What was better about the power play, other than that it scored? “What was better? Not much. We score a goal. That’s what’s better.” On Dan Girardi’s growth: “When I first came here, I was calling him Joe Girardi, no lie, for a whole meeting. … but he…

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254 Rangers 3, Capitals 2: Game 3 in review

I just wonder what we’d all be saying today if the Rangers hadn’t gotten two fluky goals. I’m just saying, sometimes we judge a game and how it’s played only by the score. More to the point, I’m not taking anything away from the way the Rangers played yesterday. I…

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114 Game 3: Tortorella post-game

Sorry for the delay. Had a lot of work to do. First, it was learned that referee Chris Rooney, who left the game early in the second period, suffered a broken ankle. John Tortorella: “We scored some goals. I don’t think we did much different. I thought we got to…

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45 Game 3: Post-game notes, quotes

From the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Game Three Madison Square Garden, April 17, 2011 Team Notes: -The Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 3-2, today at Madison Square Garden, in Game Three of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal match-up.  New York trails in the series 2-1.…

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11 Game 3: Post-game quotes

Brandon Dubinsky: “We just battled in the corner there and we converged there and I just was able to get the puck to myself. I was trying to bring it hard to the net and I saw Danny coming in the back door. I just thought if I jammed, he’d…

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858 It’s Go Time!

We’ve got a 3:21 p.m. puck drop. If this place isn’t rocking today, they should raze it. Eminger and Zuccarello are prucha’d. Not much else to say.

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86 Bruce Boudreau pre-game

Bruce Boudreau: On the first goal, first period: “It probably is really important but we’ve been able to come back if they get it, and I’ve seen them come back, too. It’s nice to set the tone, but at the same time, if it’s in the first period, there’s a…

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23 Tortorella pre-game

Not much news. Same lineup. Eminger and Zuccarello prucha’d. Quotes from the coach in a bit, and some from Bruce Boudreau as well. John Tortorella: “Same personnel. Emmy and Zucc will be out.” On whether the Capitals have taken runs at Staal: “Oh, well, I’d do it. That’s part of…

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61 Game 3: Capitals at Rangers today

It’s a 3 p.m. NBC game, Edzos. I’m headed to MSG for the whole nine yards. Maybe some of those casual fans can put down their iPhones, stop ordering their chicken fingers and trying to catch flying T-shirts, and make  a little noise today? Or not. Until then, here are…

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247 Tortorella post-practice

John Tortorella: “Going in today, I know that they don’t have any doubt. They’re fine there.  Today was just move the blood and get ready to play. It’s a quick turn here, playing a 3 o’clock game tomorrow and we go right back at it.” “We hope (the home crowd)…

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70 Post-practice quotes

John Tortorella said he doesn’t anticipate lineup changes in terms of the 18 skaters … but that he’s contemplating his lines and his power-play personnel. If I don’t have time to transcribe his presser I’ll link to video from it. From a room with far, far too many empty lockers…

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151 Capitals 2, Rangers 0: Game 2 in review

Two-nothing and two-nothing. Nothing being the important word. Are the Rangers done? No. Not yet. In the playoffs, what happened yesterday doesn’t matter one lick today, and we saw evidence of that in the first period of Game 2, after the Rangers lost in OT in Game 1. They were,…

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132 Game 2: Post-game notes

Courtesy of the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two April 15, 2011 – New York Rangers 0, Washington Capitals 2 Click here for the Official Game Summary. Click here for the Official Event Summary. *       The Rangers were defeated by the Washington Capitals, 2-0, tonight…

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855 It’s Go Time!

All those who wanted Sean Avery in the lineup get their wish (FYI, I suggested he should play after Game 1, too). Game 2. I don’t think much else needs to be said. So I won’t.

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396 Game 2: Rangers at Capitals tonight

Happy Tax Day! The crooks. Some good stuff last night. I like it when guys fight during the playoffs (not the staged fights, or the message-sending in lopsided games). Somebody, years ago, decided “oooh, you can’t fight during the playoffs … you have to be disciplined.” It’s ridiculous, isn’t it?…

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181 Lots of eyeballs on Game 1 on MSG Plus

Just in the nick of time, when we needed a new thread because the last one was getting too long, comes this from MSG Network: MSG PLUS SCORES WITH RANGERS GAME 1 RATINGS Household Rating of 3.45 is Highest-Rated Rangers Game Since 1997 New York, NY – April 14, 2011…

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475 Capitals 2, Rangers 1 (OT): Game 1 in review

Wow. Pretty good Game 1. I’m sure you weren’t thrilled with the outcome, and sure you weren’t thrilled with the play that decided it. Thoughts: 1) I thought Marc Staal and Dan Girardi had some strong game, with loads of minutes, taking and doling out lots of punishment. Alex Ovechkin…