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0 Off day

Not much to report today as the Rangers rest up for a busy week ahead, with two home games and then a trip to Buffalo on Saturday night. In the meantime, here’s “my story”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061008/SPORTS01/610080350/1034/SPORTS from today’s paper on last night’s theatrics. As I said before, you’ve got to love the…

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1 Postgame musings

I have to check, but I’m pretty sure this means you can’t pick on Marcel Hossa for at least a month. Or a week. OK, at least give the guy until Tuesday. Seriously, you have to love the shootout. It’s like Hockey for Dummies. No icing. No power plays. If…

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2 Look on the bright side

No one on the Rangers is named T.O. They just showed a brief clip of the maligned ex-Eagles receiver on the video board here, and I think I even saw a 2-year-old boo. Man, by comparison, Jagr should feel like a favorite son. Meanwhile, a sloppy period for the Rangers,…

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0 Welcome to the new NHL

Seven penalties called in the first 10 minutes, including four against the Flyers. I’m not sure that’s the way to endear yourself to the crowd on your home opener. Then again, this is Philadelphia. Maybe that’s EXACTLY the way to endear yourself to the home crowd. It’s 1-1 after Peter…

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1 Look, I think I see a hockey player

The word from the other Rangers writers was that the three New York area press boxes — at the Garden, Continental Airlines, and the Mausoleum — are three of the best in the NHL. Now I know what they’re talking about. The press box here is so high, I’m pretty…

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4 Off to Philly

Between various legal thrillers on CD and the panic-stricken Yankees fans filling the airwaves, I won’t be starving for entertainment on the drive. I’ll check in pregame….

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3 And they’re nice to small animals, too

Thanks to a reader for a link “to this story from the Glens Falls Post-Star”:http://www.poststar.com/articles/2006/10/04/news/doc452389f2ac519576203678.txt about the Rangers’ random act of kindness in Lake George. I had heard the story but I’m glad someone had the good sense to remind me of it. In it, a young boy who had…

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3 And then there’s the next day

I just did some quick math. At this rate, the Rangers would finish 82-0, which, although I’m not certain, is probably a record. Also, Brendan Shanahan would finish with 164 goals. Again, I’d have to check, but I think that’s also pretty good. Seriously, as I alluded to last night,…

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10 Post-game musings

Really, if you’re a Ranger fan, what more can you ask for? Balloons from the ceilings? Exotic dancers behind the goals? The sudden reincarnation of Andy Bathgate as the team’s new third line right wing? Seriously, I want to thank the Rangers for providing such riveting material for my first…

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2 As far as I know…

Alexander Ovechkin is not currently in the Witness Protection Program. That said, he’s wearing a dark visor that completely obscures his face. Even so, pretty good player. I’d keep my eye on him. I think he’s going to make a living in this game….

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1 At the end of one…

I’m still reeling from that goal by Jagr. Talk about theatrics. You know, a mere wave to the crowd would have probably been fine, too. Other than that, a pretty good first period by the Rangers — maybe a little bit sloppy, but certainly featuring the sort of intensity you’d…

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1 Cloak and dagger

UPDATE, 6:40 p.m.: Jagr is on the ice for warm-ups but is not wearing the “C”. Maybe it’s going to Colton Orr after all! Greetings from the Garden, where the efforts to avoid divulging Jaromir Jagr will be named the team’s next captain in a pre-game ceremony have reached comical…

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3 Opening Night: Woo hoo!

I suppose that sounds fairly juvenile, but it’s at least in line with the rest of my character. Nevertheless, here we are: Game 1 of 82, and maybe beyond. I can’t believe it. It seems like only yesterday that training camp was just starting and I felt utterly clueless on…

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8 We were duped!

I never claimed to be all that bright, and today serves as the latest example. It turns out the infamous pairing of Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan that “we all debated ad nauseum yesterday”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/10/04/68/ is not going to happen after all — or at least not for tonight’s season opener…

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21 Maybe it’s the heat

In my long distinguished career on the Rangers beat — now at three weeks and counting — today might go down as the oddest. I knew something was awry when Cindy Adams, the longtime New York Post gossip columnist, meandered into the MSG Training Center, and sat down to watch…

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1 Are you sure it’s hockey season?

I just went for a run in near-80 degree temperatures, which means either: A) I am currently in Ecuador, or.. B) The hockey season is set to open in most un-hockey-like conditions. I suppose this is only fitting given that baseball is dominating the sports dialogue these days anyway, but…