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Post-practice interviews

Posted By Carp On April 18, 2012 @ 12:38 pm In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 176 Comments

The news: Daniel Alfredsson did not skate, and Paul MacLean said there was no change in his condition, so you’d assume he will not play in Game 4 tonight. Again, it’s playoffs, so never say never.

MacLean would not divulge his lineup, but Matt Carkner, back from his one-game suspension for mugging Brian Boyle, said he is playing.

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Today is the 13th anniversary of Wayne Gretzky’s final NHL game in 1999. Earlier that week, right here in Kanata, Ont., the Great One played his final game in Canada. When he was applauded throughout, and then took a little twirl at the end of that night’s game, waving to the fans, was when it became apparent that Gretzky was hanging ‘em up.

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Here are some interviews from this morning. Before I could get my recorder close enough to Ruslan Fedotenko—whom John Tortorella said has raised his level again, as usual, in the playoffs after, the coach said,  he “was brutal” at the end of the regular season—Fedotenko talked about the battles he’s had with Tortorella over the years. And he said, “it’s not all flowers” that they’ve disagreed, and that it’s all been part of a learning process that has been beneficial to him.

John Tortorella:

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Ruslan Fedotenko:

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Brandon Prust:

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