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624 It’s go time!

First of all, same lineup, which means no Donald Brashear, and it means Ales Kotalik is prucha’d for the fourth game in a row. Matt Zaba (zaba-do) backs up Lundqvist. I don’t think they’ll need to score six or eight tonight. But they might need four. I wonder if they…

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215 This is where I came in

Game No. 51, 2009. Sam Weinman threw it to me. He handed over a playoff-bound team that was doing fine … although plenty of fans, blogsters (not yet tabbed as Boneheads) had their doubts and their worries. See, in Game 49 the Rangers won their second game in a row,…

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252 Rangers on a roll (updated)

Honest to God, yesterday before going to the Garden I was throwing a bunch of old Sports Illustrateds into the recycling bin when, completely randomly, a page opened to a tiny photo of Aaron Voros. In a little blurb, SI was touting an upcoming Rangers-Penguins game and talking about how…

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59 R.I.P. John Halligan

The first time I walked into the Garden pressroom in 1978, I was welcomed by John and Janet Halligan, the team’s public relations directors and one of the most happily-married couples I’ve ever known. I was this 20-something, bearded, long-haired, cigarette-smoking nobody in bad clothes, and yet John and Janet…

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51 Post-game notes

From the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES January 19, 2010 – New York Rangers 8, Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (Game #50, Home #27) ·         The Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 8-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden, marking the first time New York tallied six-or-more goals in back-to-back games since…

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54 Post-game stuff

Some quotes I gathered. I’ll come back with the Rangers’ post-game package tacked on at the bottom. Don’t miss the Tocchet quote. Chris Drury: “It was an emotional game against Montreal. The fans were really into it and we were energized and coming back tonight, I think it was important…

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683 It’s go time!

Same potent lineup. Brashear still nicked, apparently. Kotalik still prucha’d. Vinny L is playing for Tampa, not NY. The great Steve Zipay unearthed this stat about the 3-on-4 short-handed goal scored by Dubinsky Sunday: It was the Rangers’ first 3-on-4 goal since Adam Graves scored one against Florida, Oct. 25,…

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215 Vinny’s in the house

You guys are always a step ahead. You had the Vinny Lecavalier discussion yesterday, and it took off today with Vinny and the Lightning in town to play the Rangers on (god forbid) Versus. Here, for example, is Larry Brooks’ take on the whole situation. I would normally think, if…

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228 For a day, the sun shines on Rangers

Today they don’t have to beat their heads against a wall. They don’t even have to practice, because they got a day off in this busy schedule. The Rangers can be happy with how they played against Montreal. I would dare to say, though, that they’ve played better games in…

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75 Post-game stuff

Here are some post-game quotes. I’ll add the Rangers’ post-game package to the bottom in a little while. Ryan Callahan: “It’s a big character game for us as well, not only to score six goals, but to come back after a 2-0 lead at home where we’ve been struggling of…

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503 It’s go time!

And that’s not short for Gomez. Boo him all you want, by the way, and he did not come close to earning his money as a Ranger. But, he was better than some of the other unmovable mercenaries, and he’d be better than most of the guys who are still…

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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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