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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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270 We’re live at noon

There’s a lot to discuss today regarding last night’s debacle and the sudden turning of this series, so we’ll start it here, and then at noon Jane and I will host a live video chat. Hope you can join us with questions and comments. I was headed from the pressbox…

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111 About those rally sticks…

a) Apparently they were ineffective in actually “rallying” the Rangers and b) The cool little blue lighting element can be extracted from the sticks and c) Thrown onto the ice when you are really upset at the end of a 4-0 shutout in the first home game of the playoff…

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1040 Game 3 … next (updated)

Not much new here at MSG, where I can already hear John Amirante rehearsing his national anthem at 4:45 p.m. I’m sure I won’t be able to hear it very well at 7:05 or so, when the balloons start falling from the “Blue Seats.” ———————————- On Saturday I stepped out…

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205 Alex the Grate (updated)

Tiny tempest at the morning skate today, although nothing is minor during a playoff series. Here’s the entire take (and the photo) from the D.C. Sports Bog written by Dan Steinberg: “A few minutes ago, all the media members buzzed quietly when Alex Ovechkin came out to watch the Rangers’…

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194 Update from (barely) practice

First things first: Chris Drury was one of four Rangers on the ice during an optional practice (with Blair Betts, Colton Orr and Aaron Voros). He skated fine. It’s obviously a hand/wrist/arm injury, and he should play Game 3. ————————– John Tortorella talked for a while. Some highlights: “You’ve got…

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136 Block The Red (updated)

Sort of ripping off the Capitals’ slogan with that headline, but that is what the Rangers did in Game 2. They blocked everything. OK, Alex Ovechkin hit the crossbar and went away cursing, but everything else was stopped before it got to King Henrik Lundqvist or it was gobbled up…

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130 About that 2-0 lead

I didn’t want to put up a new post until we topped 1,000 comments on the game thread … but it was slowing down, and anyway, this will give us a chance to break 1,000 later in the series, or in the next series, or in the Conference finals or…

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983 Game 2 and a giant opportunity (updated)

Get ready for the AO love-fest. And, if you’re honest, Alex Ovechkin deserves all the attention. Even most of you guys here were praising him … until he became the playoff enemy. The update on Chris Drury is that there is no update. He’s a gametime decision, which means he’ll…

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117 I’ll be on WFAN later

My interview with WFAN overnight host Marc Malusis, a Rangers fan, will be played in the 2 a.m. hour for those nightowls among you. ——————————– It did my heart good to see Sam Weinman here today. I wonder if we could get him back. Anyway, I was out damaging the…

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121 Guest blogger: Sam Weinman

Jane here to introduce our special guest blogger, a (former) hockey writer who looms large over this blog even though he doesn’t live here anymore. Ladies and gentleman, the Great Sam Weinman: I am grateful to Carpie and Jane for letting me swing back by the old blog, a corner…

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