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52 Some pre-game stuff

JOHN TORTORELLA PRE-GAME: Same lineup. Different lines, Dubinsky on first line for starters. On the scoring problems (from a Montreal media member): “I get asked that question every day here. It’s a tough one to answer. Last night, I think we get the better chances in the game; we don’t finish.…

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301 Ah, the crack of noon

OK, I don’t want to make anybody mad at me with a negative tone today, so before I head off to MSG for tonight’s game, I just wanted to fire off a few positive spins about last night’s game: 1) The Rangers scored. If they had scored once in each…

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142 Post-midnight, post-game notes

NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES January 16, 2010 – New York Rangers 1, St. Louis Blues 4 (Game #48, Road #23) • The Blueshirts were defeated by the St. Louis Blues, 4-1, tonight at the Scottrade Center, and have now recorded a point in 12 of their last 15 games…

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425 It’s O time! …

… as in Ocho Cinco, since Chad Johnson is starting in goal. Or as in Zero, which is the number of all the goals the Rangers have scored in the last two games, overtime and shootout included. Or as the number of goals Johnson might have to allow in order…

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148 A visit to JD’s boys (updated)

The Rangers take their blank-shooting show to St. Louis tonight for the first of back-to-backs and the middle of three in four nights, against John Davidson’s Blues. Appropriately, JD once wore double-zeroes on his back for the Blueshirts. For those who don’t live in or around NYC, be aware that…

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500 Live video chat today at noon

Just a final reminder, we’ll have a live video chat at noon today. Hope you can stop in. Bring some questions or comments. Access it by clicking here, or pasting this into your browser: www.lohud.com/protalklive ————————– Thoughts on another goose egg: 1) Chris Neil was an unrestricted free agent last…

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95 Post-game notes, quotes

From the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES January 14, 2010 – New York Rangers 0, Ottawa Senators 2 (Game #47, Home #25) ·         The Rangers were defeated by the Ottawa Senators, 2-0, tonight at Madison Square Garden, and have now posted a record of 22-18-7 (51 pts.) overall and…

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378 It’s O (as in Ottawa) time!

Same lineup for the Rangers, now 100 percent healthy (or at least, everybody available). That means Voros and Lisin get prucha’d, Lundqvist in goal. The Rangers go from one Brodeur (Marty, with the shootout shutout after 51 saves on Tuesday) to another (Mike, who has had one NHL start and…

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129 Avery update (updated)

Just got word from the Rangers that Avery is “good to go” tonight. So for the second game in a row, the Rangers will have their entire roster available. No morning skate today. Avery will be able to play with a bruised left foot he suffered when he blocked a…

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303 Take the point, move on

Because that was about as good a point as you’re ever going to get. I am not going to go on and on again about the silly skills competition that John Tortorella called a gimmick (and he’s right). But here’s my column from The Journal News and LoHud.com today. (in…

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123 Post-game notes, bonus quotes

Some quotes before I get into the official Rangers post-game notes: (apologies for the spacing on this idiot Mac laptop). Ryan Callahan: “One of the more fun games I’ve played in in a long time. It had a playoff type atmosphere out there. I felt right from the get-go both teams…

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469 It’s d’oh time! (in honor of the Simpsons milestone)

… even though I’m not much of a Simpsons fan. Not much new to report from here. As we said earlier, Voros and Lisin are prucha’d. Prospal is back. The lines, to start: Prospal-Christensen-Gaborik Dubinsky-Drury-Callahan Higgins-Anisimov-Avery (avery on the right during warmups). Kotalik-Boyle-Brashear See youse during the game.

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92 Some pre-game stuff

Good evening from MSG. With Prospal returning to the lineup, both Lisin and Voros get prucha’d. I asked Tortorella about the forecheck, which was really good against Boston the other day, in part as a product of necessity because the Bruins play so well in the neutral zone. The Rangers…

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148 Devils cross the Hudson

… So, Jim Dolan, get somebody to check and be sure that the electric bill has been paid. We don’t want the lights going out. Although, if all the electricity goes out, we are spared from the Versus broadcast. Versus, where you have a better chance of seeing a good…

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153 Ocho’s back, Zaba’s out

I’m not going to keep posting the whole press release every time they do this … you know, Johnson had an assist in his first NHL start … Zaba’s record with the Wolf Pack, etc., etc., etc. Because it looks as if this will go on for a while. Ocho…

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116 A slow off-day (updated)

Not much happening with the Rangers today … or at least we don’t think so. So we wait for tomorrow’s game against the Devils. From now (actually starting Jan 2.) this is the only two-day break the Rangers get until Jan. 28-29, when they go west for three in four…

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48 Coach Smith, the former Cup-builder

Don’t know if you saw this, but the only GM to win a Stanley Cup for the Rangers in the last, oh, 70 years, is now a coach. Neil Smith, who owns the Johnstown Chiefs, went behind the bench after firing the coach. You can read that story here.

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47 Ocho’s out, Zaba’s in

This is just a wordy way of saying that Chad Johnson is not going to get any starts for the next few days, so he’s going to Hartford to play some games while Matt Zaba (zaba-doo) backs up Henrik Lundqvist here. Ocho will be back, I’d think, before the back-to-backs…

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50 Dirty dozen

At this point, maybe we can throw out that 6-0 game against the Flyers as the aberration.  Because it’s 12 games now, with that being the only regulation loss. And why? Because John Tortorella scratched Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik, demoted Chris Drury to the fourth line and later even…

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