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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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673 And on and on it goes (updated)

Because it seems we will never actually get to hockey today, here’s a letter Glen Sather and the Rangers sent to Gary Bettman’s office today or Saturday. Seriously: Subject: Washington vs. New York, Game 5 Dear Gary: In addition to your suspension of Coach Tortorella for his actions during last…

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108 Game 6 circus (updated)

A couple of quick things and I’ll come right back with some quotes from Jim Schoenfeld: 1) John Tortorella is in the building and is allowed in the building. He had to leave the lockerroom two hours before gametime (noon) according to the rules of his one-game suspension, and could…

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218 Tortorella suspended (updated)

Rangers coach John Tortorella was suspended for a game for throwing water on a fan, etc. in the Friday night game in Washington. Here is what the league had to say in its release: NHL SUSPENDS NY RANGERS’ TORTORELLA FOR ONE GAME NEW YORK (Apr. 25, 2009) – The National…

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37 Tortorella not in the clear yet

I’ve just been told by somebody very plugged-in that it remains possible that John Tortorella will still be suspended for tomorrow’s Game 6. And this is my speculation: That he might be allowed to coach tomorrow and be suspended for a game later on. Again, this is all my imagination…

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153 Did I mention Iron Mike?

When John Tortorella was hired as Rangers coach, I spoke about the comparisons to Mike Keenan. In short, I said the similarities were his tough-guy, no-friends-needed approach, his aggressive style of play, and the way he would hold players accountable. Where he didn’t compare was in the nutty department. Not…

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109 Torts talks discipline, then loses his

Here is a story from Yahoo.com, with video of John Tortorella winging a water bottle at a fan in Washington during Game 5 last night. And here is TSN’s video from the incident. Could Tortorella — who scratched Sean Avery for lack of discipline — be suspended of fined by…

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863 Game 5: Handshake time?

John Tortorella wouldn’t say today what his lineup tonight will be. But it’s crazy to think he might sit Sean Avery, isn’t it? He won’t. Or, I’ll be shocked if he does. Thanks to reader “mosesjd”  who notified us of this alleged minor incident between Sean Avery and Ray Ferraro,…

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214 Temper, temper (updated)

Seeing Marty Brodeur’s tantrum the other night (I know you guys liked that one) and Sean Avery’s meltdown Wednesday got some of us to talking about players famously losing it. And it immediately transported me to one incident. In the 1980s, Tony Granato was one of the great pests in…

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310 Just a game

That’s what the Rangers are saying, pretty much — that Game 5 has to be treated as just the next game in the series, not a potential clincher, no what-ifs, none of that. Killer instinct? Yeah, you need that. And, yes, historically there are many cases where if you don’t…

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165 A chance to clinch

See. There is no momentum from game to game in a playoff series. None. If there was, the Rangers would have lost Game 4.  That’s why I’m not ready to put this series in the books yet, especially since Washington was such a dangerous opponent last night. The Rangers played…

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88 Up 3-1 and going to D.C.

First the numbers:  In the history of the Stanley Cup playoffs, 229 teams have gone up 3-1 in a best-of-seven series, and they have closed it out 91.3 percent of the time. Twenty teams have come back from 1-3 — although it has happened 18 times in the last 22…

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1090 Game On, Game 4 (updated)

Don’t know what else to say, except this: I keep hearing “the winner of Game 4 wins the series.” And I may have even agreed to some degree with that on our video chat yesterday. But I’m not convinced that’s true. Let’s put it this way. If the Rangers win…

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244 Game 4 day (updated)

These are long days for you guys, and I apologize that there’s not much to report other than this: 1) Chris Drury will play tonight. He may play the wing, or he might play limited minutes with Brandon Dubinsky centering the second line. Dubinsky played a great game there in…

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259 From late-day practice (updated)

First well get the news out of the way, and come back in a little while with some John Tortorella quotes. Chris Drury skated in practice and the Rangers did not recall anybody from Hartford, so it looks as if either he will play Game 4, or Aaron Voros will…

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