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154 Avery and the Rangers

Full disclosure, I’m not crazy about focusing on the designated matinee idol. So when NBC put a camera on Sean Avery and called it the “Star Cam,” well, let’s just say Avery would have had to do a lot in order to make me want to write about him. He…

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384 Rangers host Flyers

Forget the almost goals in the loss to Philadelphia yesterday, the Rangers have another chance at the Flyers today at Madison Square Garden. Every game from here on out has playoff implications. Had they won yesterday, the Rangers could have been tied for fifth, but right now sit in eighth…

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391 Let’s do this now, and again later

Fourteen games left. Home-and-home against the Flyers today and tomorrow. Home-and-home against the Flyers April 9-12. And 10 games in between. I think it’s safe to say that these four against the Flyers are going to go a long, long way in determining the Rangers’ fate. In between: at Montreal…

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31 Ooh, La, La

Maybe you’ve seen this already: NEW YORK (AP) — Former NHL player Ron Duguay plans to play a game each next weekend for the Jersey Rockhoppers and Brooklyn Aces in the first-year Eastern Professional Hockey League. The 51-year-old Duguay, a 40-goal scorer for the New York Rangers in 1981-82, signed…

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48 Torts and Avery

Here’s something that LA Times NHL writer Lisa Dillman wrote about the relationship between John Tortorella and Sean Avery. Torts had some not-so-kind words for Avery when he was a commentator for TSN, and has of course backed off of them now that he is coaching Avery. They seem to…

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449 Another backup goalie

Hey, we know the Rangers haven’t had a lot of luck with understudies this year, but this is an opportunity. Backup goalie Dan Ellis starts in place of 6-foot-5 Pekka Rinne, who I am pretty sure the Rangers have never seen before and who is pulling a Lundqvist and sitting…

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124 Hello strangers

I don’t even have a memory from a game at Music City. I think I was only there once. The Predators were barely in the league when I left the beat, and it’s not even like the Rangers have gone there a bunch of times since then. Oh, Tennessee. Such…

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108 That queasy feeling

Henrik Lundqvist has been fighting a stomach ailment. It’s why he didn’t play on Monday and why he missed the post-game interviews after a win over Boston on Sunday, when he was getting intravenous fluid. Hear the gruesome details and we fumble to understand the ailment. 0311lundy He still doesn’t…

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59 Fighting fighting

This is something we’ve discussed to a degree here before, and now NHL general managers appear ready to do something about it, too. The staged fights in hockey. I think they serve little purpose except to get a home crowd into a game. I think it’s stupid that one team’s…

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187 Ninth place

Last night’s 3-0 loss in Raleigh was a good example of what I was talking about yesterday. Sometimes the goals scored or allowed don’t add up to the quality of play,or lack thereof. I thought the Rangers were better in Carolina than they were at home against Boston Sunday. They…

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504 Dry pants

At least they’re dry now. Maybe they will remain that way for three periods. Just wanted to put up a separate pre-game post so you guys have a clean slate for the game.  The Rangers are 6-4-2 in the second game of back-to-backs this season, but have lost four in…

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238 On the road again (updated)

I really wrestled with how I wanted to analyze yesterday’s game. You know why. It was a good win over a good opponent (although Boston has been struggling) in which the Rangers scored four goals, which used to be a week’s worth. But, you know …  If John Tortorella thought the…

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122 Rangers 4-3 over Boston

Welcome to New York Sean, Nik and Derek. Each of them had a hand in that impressive 4-3 win over the top team in the NHL, the Boston Bruins. But no one was getting cocky about the win. That doesn’t fall into the “right kind of arrogance” attitude being cultivated…

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279 Must See TV

There were plenty of chants for Sean Avery last Thursday at Nassau Coliseum, but none of them were very friendly. Now he’s returning to Madison Square Garden, where he says he feels at home. We’ll hear if the Rangers fans show him they feel the same way. Since the game…

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44 Brunch on ice

Couple of reasons why the Bruins game matters. The Rangers have won their last two against teams that weren’t really good barometers. After such a long drought, being able to actually score again was a good sign, but the Bruins represent the kind of challenge John Tortorella said he welcomes.…

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134 Rozsival’s done that

Torn labrum in the hip? Michal Rozsival is one player who can relate to Alex Rodriguez and the decision he faces on whether to have surgery for the injury. The Rangers defenseman played with the issue last season and had surgery in the offseason. “I’m not really into baseball,” Rozsival…

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159 Rangers 4, Bridgeport 2

I don’t want to totally discredit last night’s victory, but this was a pretty bad Islanders team that was so decimated it needed four minor-leaguers who just showed up a couple of hours before game time. Yes, at this point a win is a win is a win. It is.…

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85 Two in a row…

I know you all are perfectly capable of picking out the pertinent stats from tonight’s 4-2 win over the Islanders on the Island, but I just can’t help myself. The Rangers had the main offensive players scoring again — Nikolai Zherdev, Markus Naslund, Scott Gomez and Chris Drury. Two goals…

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326 Tonight at Isles

You can expect to see the three new Rangers — Nik Antropov, Sean Avery and Derek Morris — on the ice tonight when the Rangers play the Isles. I thought it was a little odd that coach John Tortorella wasn’t out there for the optional practice today, since he’ll be…

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