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19 Evgeni Malkin = Monster

There, I took your suggestion for a headline, CCCP. We aim to please here at the Festivus Blog. In other news, Josh Thomson (photo on the right side of the page) is no longer 26. Finally, don’t forget — you ballot-box stuffers — that today at noon is the deadline…

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147 Ryan Getzlaf = monster (updated)

The headline has nothing to do with the post. I just wanted to write that. —————————– In case you missed it, the Phoenix Coyotes have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Gee, how did we not see that coming? Hockey didn’t make it in Glendale, Ariz.? Anyway, here’s the statement from…

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203 Gotta have Hart (updated)

I was wondering what the mighty Canadian media, especially that redneck Don Cherry, thought about the three finalists for the Hart Trophy (MVP) being Alex Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk and Evgeni Malkin? What do those three have in common? Hmmmm. Well, all three are still playing in the playoffs. Anything else?…

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161 Rock the beard vote (updated)

OK, folks. Time to vote for the inaugural (unofficially named for Paul Mara) Rangers Report Playoff Beard contest winners. You can click here to vote, or go to this link: http://www.polldaddy.com/p/1593076/ Let’s put a time limit on this. So we’ll say Thursday at noon will be the cutoff. OK? Anybody…

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55 A Messier moment

I was watching the Blackhawks the other night and their pest Martin Havlat — pretty darn good player, but annoying — reminded me of an incident when he was first up with Ottawa. A game against the Rangers had been decided and in the third period Mark Messier found himself…

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137 Naslund’s done

We had heard the rumor a couple of days ago, now Larry Brooks is writing in the Post that Markus Naslund will retire from the Rangers — saving them some cap money and avoiding an inevitable buyout by doing so. So the parade of change has begun. Meanwhile, you keep…

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106 The guy who makes it happen

Here’s my column from The Journal News and LoHud.com today, about Joe Devenney of Mahopac, who is retiring after 37 years with the Rangers as an equipment guy. Tom Horvath, the legendary NYC hockey coach who developed the Mullen brothers, has been in the organization about 52 years as an…

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112 A question for you guys

Hi. I’m having a hard time not posting today, so I thought I’d throw a couple of things out there. 1) We should have the beard contest polling up and running by late Monday or Tuesday. 2) Do you guys — the Boneheads, the Festivus Bloggers, all of you –…

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234 The players as they head out the door

I don’t remember if I mentioned this before, but John Tortorella couldn’t comment on his staff next year, at least where it concerns Mike Sullivan, because of tampering rules. Sullivan, his associate coach in Tampa, is expected to be named Tortorella’s assistant here when his contract expires during the summer.…

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23 More from Torts:

Will have player quotes in a bit. For now, you should know that Sean Avery’s injury at the end of Game 7 was just a charley horse. Blair Betts rode a stationary bike today, which is a good sign for a concussion victim. He had some things to say about…

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110 Live from breakup day

Here’s some early stuff from John Tortorella. Can’t put it all up because the lockerroom is opening in a few minutes. On Game 7 in review: “I looked at our Game 7 and that’s the way we need to play through the series, I thought. I thought we had more…

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59 OK, manly beard men …

I’ve already gotten a whole bunch of “after” beard shots … even without asking. That’s OK. That’s OK. So the rest of you who entered by sending your “before” shots, now is the time to send in the “afters.” email them directly to me at rcarpini@lohud.com. If you haven’t sent…

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329 Analysis doesn’t go deep (updated)

I’m just working on my column for tomorrow, trying to analyze the Rangers’ season, and to me it’s just so simple … I have said it all season long, and especially so since inheriting this blog from Sam Weinman, and I am certainly not even close to being the only…

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1288 Game 7: Says it all

I had the pleasure of sitting in Scotty Bowman’s office during the playoffs a couple of times when he was in Pittsburgh. And he said this to me one day, although he probably said it a bunch of times: “This is the only business where the worse job you do,…

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341 Boston or Bust

Sorry so late with this post, everybody. I am sick as a dog today. Feel like I’ve got hockey pucks inside my sinuses and Donald Brashear sitting on my lungs. But this is the biggest day of the season — and it will be the best day of the season…

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23 Can they pull it off?

Hi, folks. It’s Joe Erwin getting things started today. Carp will be checking in later and will be posting throughout the game tonight. By now you know the numbers: The Rangers have never won a Game 7 on the road, going 0-4. Their last Game 7 on the road was…

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336 Brashear takes a seat

The word I’m getting is that Donald Brashear is going to be suspended any minute and that it will be severe. Ooops … here it is, from NHL.com Caps’ Brashear suspended for a total of six games Monday, 04.27.2009 / 3:45 PM / 2009 Playoffs Conference Quarterfinals NHL.com TORONTO – Washington Capitals forward Donald Brashear has…

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314 Bites, broken bones, no apologies (updated)

It is actually unbelievable, isn’t it, that John Tortorella hasn’t issued a public apology, a mea culpa, for A) hitting a woman in the head with a water bottle and B) being suspended for Game 6 of a playoff series after talking about discipline? That he feels no need to…

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174 The day after (updated)

Today’s practice should be interesting: Tortorella will speak for the first time since his suspension. He hasn’t apologized yet that I know of. Blair Betts will surely be reexamined, and if he sustained a concussion he’s probably done for quite a while. The Rangers will try to make everybody believe…

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259 Some post-game stuff

First some Game 7 numbers: The Rangers haven’t played one since June 14, 1994, when they blew a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup final and then beat Vancouver at MSG. They have won three Game 7s in a row — 1992 and 1994 against the Devils, both at home,…

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