Monthly Archives: October, 2011

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55 The day between the odyssey and the home opener

I’m going to attempt to get into NYC for the Rangers practice at the partially renovated Garden this morning. Can’t promise I will actually get there, but I will try. And if I do, I’ll have some sound from there. ——————– MSG Network has a whole lineup for tomorrow’s big…

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358 Rangers-Thrashers, er, Jets in review

“It’s pretty ugly everywhere at times now.” That was the quote from Brad Richards (on MSG Network), who said several times several different ways that the Rangers: A) survived themselves and a brutal opening schedule and B) are not playing particularly well, even if they are playing hard most of…

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521 It’s Go Time!

Game 7. The end of the odyssey. The Rangers need a point to have gone through this ridiculous 16,500-mile schedule at NHL-.500, or a win to top that. Martin Biron gets his first start of the season in goal in place of sore-footed Henrik Lundqvist (Biron’s playing because it’s time…

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197 Rangers at Jets tonight

From the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS at WINNIPEG JETS Monday, Oct. 24, 8:30 p.m. MTS Centre – Winnipeg, Manitoba Rangers: 2-2-2 (6 pts) Jets: 2-4-1 (5 pts) TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers will face-off against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre (8:30 p.m.), in their first trip to Winnipeg since they…

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353 Rangers-Oilers in review

Last year, “It’s Just Pain” was the defining quote from Brandon Prust, the one that said it all about the Rangers. You’d better hope that this year’s mantra isn’t John Tortorella’s “We sucked from head to toe.” I thought that was hilarious, but true. And very, very calculated. Coaches and…

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25 Post-game notes

From the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES New York Rangers 0, Edmonton Oilers 2 October 22, 2011 (Game 6, Away Game 6) Rexall Place – Edmonton, Alberta Team Notes: -The Rangers were defeated by the Edmonton Oilers, 2-0, tonight at Rexall Place, and are now 2-1-0 on their current…

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435 It’s Go Time!

Game 6. The third of a four-game tour of Western Canada. The sixth of a seven-game odyssey to begin the season. Get ready to be inundated with Tom Renney stuff tonight. Wojtek Wolski (groin) is ready to return, but he will not play and be a prucha, as Erik Christensen…

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142 Rangers at Oilers tonight

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS at EDMONTON OILERS Saturday, Oct. 22, 10:00 p.m. Rexall Place – Edmonton, Alberta Rangers: 2-1-2 (6 pts) Oilers: 2-2-2 (6 pts) * All information through NHL games on Oct. 20 TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rangers will face-off against the Edmonton Oilers at…

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115 Very belated post-game notes

Got these, naturally, in the middle of the night. So, half a day late … Courtesy of the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES New York Rangers 3, Calgary Flames 2 (OT) October 20, 2011 (Game 5, Away Game 5) Scotiabank Saddledome – Calgary, Alberta Team Notes: -The Rangers defeated…

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96 Rangers-Flames in review

Gotta go quickly today. Got a football game to cover tonight, so I’m going to attend a meeting with Mr. T at Mr. Green’s office this morning. Thoughts: 1) I’m going to invoke the name Brian Leetch again. Because Leetch always had a clock in his head, and he knew…

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517 It’s Go Time!

Game 5. The fifth of a seven-game journey to start the season for your once-beaten, three-losses, NHL-.500 Rangers, who happen to be 1-0 in their last one going into the Saddledome which changes naming sponsors every five minutes. Most likely the exact same lineup that beat the Riotville Canucks two…

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280 Rangers at Flames tonight

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS at CALGARY FLAMES Thursday, Oct. 20, 9:30 p.m. Scotiabank Saddledome – Calgary, Alberta Rangers: 1-1-2 (4 pts) Flames: 2-3-0 (4 pts) * All information through NHL games on Oct. 18 TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rangers will face-off against the Calgary Flames at…

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172 No update on Staal; Torts on Avery; notes from last night

First, I’ve been told there may not be any update on Marc Staal’s condition coming today, as we anticipated. Second, several sites have reported Sean Avery’s conversation with ESPNNY, saying he doubts he will be recalled, that it’s kind of like hoping to win the lottery. The New York Daily…

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221 Rangers-Canucks in review

Thoughts: 1) I don’t need to tell you how good Henrik Lundqvist was in this game, or for that matter how good he’s been in all four games … or since he’s been here. I will say this, and again, it’s early in the year so you don’t want to…

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704 It’s Go Time!

Game 4. Winless, but only 1 game under NHL-.500 in a league where there are no ties, and having lost only once despite three losses (imagine trying to explain this to somebody who watches another sport), the Rangers take on the Stanley Cup finalists in Riotville. Sounds like the same…

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305 Rangers at Canucks tonight

Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS at VANCOUVER CANUCKS Rogers Arena – Vancouver, British Columbia October 18, 2011 – 10 p.m. TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers will face-off against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena (10 p.m.), to begin a six-game stretch against Canadian opponents including four on…

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352 A few more thoughts on this Rangers’ start

You know, some of the negativity is absolutely crazy. I say that a lot around here. It’s kind of like the NFL, where every loss is Armageddon and every win means Super Bowl. Just look at the coverage of the Giants and Jets in this town, and listen to some…

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272 Rangers-Islanders in review

Told ya. This game was exactly what I expected … except that it really wasn’t very nasty. Come to think of it, other than the fights in the stands, it wasn’t nasty at all; and as I recall, last year the Rangers played better and played tougher in games that…

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66 Post-game notes

From the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES New York Rangers 2, New York Islanders 4 October 15, 2011 (Game 3, Away Game 3) Nassau Coliseum – Uniondale, New York Team Notes: -The Rangers were defeated by the New York Islanders, 4-2, tonight at Nassau Coliseum in their first game…

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5 Post-game audio, second try

Sorry about that for those who saw the previous post before I removed the failed attempt at audio. So we try again: Hope this works. Here’s Captain Callahan: Here’s Dan Girardi: Here’s Henrik Lundqvist: Here’s Brian Boyle: And here’s John Tortorella’s post-game press conference, during which he blamed himself for…