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79 White out

On a snowy Sunday morning, with the driveway and front walk still to be shoveled and plowed here at Festivus Blog HQ: I’m sure a lot of you guys are back off the ledges, and some are still not convinced, and there should be much confusion still about your favorite…

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69 Post-game notes (updated)

From the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES December 19, 2009 – New York Rangers 2, Philadelphia Flyers 1 (Game #35, Road #18) • The Blueshirts defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1, today at the Wachovia Center to improve to 16-16-3 (35 pts.) overall and 9-7-2 (18 pts.) on the road.…

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249 Rangers at Flyers

Thursday night, I had a couple of scenarios that I thought could play out for the Rangers, but I ultimately felt, and wrote, that I thought the Rangers would have a bounce-back win. Today? I don’t have any feel for this game at all. I have very little confidence that…

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217 Rangers-Isles in review

Oz has spoken! Glen Sather was caught being quoted in the Post this morning, in Larry Brooks’ column, in which Brooks also correctly called out Wade Redden for complaining that he was singled out as a healthy scratch (a prucha, as we like to call it here) last night. Although,…

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70 Post-game notes

From the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES December 17, 2009 – New York Rangers 5, New York Islanders 2 (Game #34, Road #17) • The Blueshirts defeated the New York Islanders, 5-2, tonight at Nassau Coliseum to improve to 15-16-3 (33 pts.) overall and 8-7-2 (18 pts.) on the…

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292 Rangers at Islanders

First things first. Sather isn’t getting fired tonight or tomorrow or any time soon. I will be flabbergasted if he does. Next, for those just joining the Festivus universe for the first time today, Tortorella’s tough-guy action was wishy-washy at best. He is prucha-ing Redden and Kotalik tonight, and inserting…

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60 Predictions?

These things have a funny way of working out. Sometimes a move like benching Redden will work out. Sometimes it’s the tirade from the night before. Sometimes there is no hope. Sometimes no matter what you did or what you said, all is lost. So given last night’s embarrassment, Tortorella’s…

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303 W.W.T.D.?

What will Tortorella do? What can he do? Well, he can go the easy route and bench Ales Kotalik, who again made a dreadful play on the power play point (and got bailed out by Henrik Lundqvist) but who, if he can’t play the point, really doesn’t have a job…

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208 Post-game tirade, notes

As promised, here’s the Tortorella transcript from his f- and s-bomb-laden post-game press conference: First question was whether the first period was unacceptable: “Absolutely (unacceptable). More similar questions: “I have no explanation for how we started. I wish I could give you one.” I asked him about the Islanders getting…

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417 Game 33: Islanders-Rangers

Sorry I’m late. Had a lot of catching up to do here at MSG. The lineup has not changed, which means Sanguinetti is not playing, and Voros and Christensen get prucha’d. Lundqvist in goal against Roloson. Fair number of Islanders fans in the building. I’m going to be on the…

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147 Sanguinetti’s back (updated)

Here’s the official word from the Rangers: New York, December 16, 2009 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti has been recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). Sanguinetti, 21, has skated in three games with…

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102 Potvin … well, you know

There is no such thing as a must-win in December of a hockey season. There just isn’t. But there are crucial junctures to seasons, and they can pop up at any time, and for the Rangers this might be one of them. A home-and-home against the Islanders, tonight at MSG,…

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145 Parenteau clears waivers

The Rangers just announced what everybody knew yesterday … that P.A. Parenteau was assigned to Hartford (AHL). Too bad he wasn’t in uniform for the skills competition last night — he has the winners in both of the Rangers’ slow-motion, practice-breakaway contest (a/k/a shootout) wins this season. Anyway, apparently, P.A.P.…

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86 Thrashers-Rangers in review

You know, they’re not completely blinded by the blue-colored glasses when they say that some of these losses haven’t been bad. And they’re not off-base when they say that effort is not the problem. I thought the Rangers played a really strong game, lots of jam, not many passengers (pick…

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104 Post-game notes, quotes

From the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES December 14, 2009 – New York Rangers 2, Atlanta Thrashers 3 SO (Game #32, Home #16) The Rangers were defeated by the Atlanta Thrashers, 3-2, in a shootout in front of a sold-out crowd (18,200) at Madison Square Garden; the…

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431 Thrashers-Rangers

It’s go time. Barring something in the warmup, Dubinsky’s in — between Higgins and Gaborik, with Prospal dropping down to the left of Drury and Callahan. All of which means Sean Avery gets fewer minutes. The one guy other than Gaborik and Higgins who’s getting anything at all done, getting…

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148 Dubinsky to return?

It’s still officially going to be a gametime decision, but according to Andrew Gross, Brandon Dubinsky will skate in the pregame warmup tonight, and he did practice this morning with a protective cast, and all signs now point to his return tonight. Enver Lisin is expected to be de-prucha’d ……

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51 Dubi do, or Dubi don’t?

Sounds like Brandon Dubinsky may not return from a broken hand tonight against Atlanta. The question remains, when he does return, where does he fit and how does the lineup get juggled? I’m sure it would depend on how game-ready he looks in practice — his conditioning, his ability to…

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118 Bye-bye, P.A.

According to Arthur Staple, filling in over at Zipay’s blog, P.A. Parenteau has been reassigned to Hartford. In truth, he hadn’t done much, if anything, the last couple of weeks. Brandon Dubinsky is just about ready to return … although Staple reports he may not play tomorrow. So Lisin or…

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123 Another dark day-after

You just can’t have this kind of stuff when you can’t buy goals. On Wednesday in Chicago, Matt Gilroy, Wade Redden and Brian Boyle stood around like the Three Stooges, fishing for the puck with their sticks as two Blackhawks scored the tying third-period goal in what would be a…

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