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120 To boo or not to boo (Updated)

In tribute to our old friend Marek Malik, who will be returning to the Garden tonight, a familiar topic: If you felt the desire to boo Michal Rozsival after his role in the two Islanders shorthanded goals on Tuesday night, that’s certainly your right. The game was probably out of…

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101 Let the handwringing begin (Updated)

People who come to this blog expecting to read about grand scale changes the morning after a big loss are often disappointed. Tom Renney isn’t one for grand scale changes, and when he is, the circumstances have to be a lot more dire than they are now. And so when…

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130 A night of historic proportions

Who’d have ever thought we’d see the day…..that the Islanders would score two shorthanded goals in the third period? Apparently the election “was sort of a big deal, too”:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/05/us/politics/05elect.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin. In fact, when Barack Obama promises that “change is coming,” is it possible he’s referring to the Rangers power play? Probably…

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47 Hold that thought

A strange scene tonight, when Tom Renney had the door closed to the locker room for 10 minutes after the final buzzer. When the doors opened for the media, we cascaded through, only to have Markus Naslund ask if the team could still have a few minutes to itself. It…

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34 I take it all back

Loyal readers of the blog may recall me bashing my friend Katie for leaving that Oct. 25 Pittsburgh game after the second period with the Rangers down 2-0. Well, here’s proof she stayed until the end. Props for the quality photo off her iPhone (presumably of Nigel Dawes) and the…

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120 So let’s try this… (Updated)

There was no sense of panic from the Rangers after their blown two-goal lead in Toronto on Saturday night, and really if there was, you would have to wonder if they were cut out for this line of work. But what also doesn’t hurt is that many of the same…

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49 Shanahan weighs interest from Blues

Does anything pertaining to Brendan Shanahan still count as news when the winger definitely isn’t coming back to the Rangers? I say yes, otherwise I wouldn’t have posted this. The 39-year-old free agent “apparently has some interest from John Davidson in St. Louis”:http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/stories.nsf/sports/blues/story/1eaa935bf7806a5a862574f600227fc4?OpenDocument but is taking his time making a…

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60 So this is why

If there’s a reason why teams don’t normally win at the clip the Rangers have been winning at, it’s because a) other teams start gearing up for you more than usual; or b) there is a chance that even subconsciously you start to get ahead of yourself. It’s hard to…

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78 Shoot the puck, Rosie!

At times it seems like asking Michal Rozsival to talk about the importance of shooting is like asking a third-grader to expound on the virtues of broccoli. He might know it’s good for him, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to do anything about it. And so it was today…

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77 On this Halloween

On this Halloween, you have the right to be superstitious. As in, “There’s no way they can keep this up.” It’s probably true. At this rate, the Rangers would finish with 63 wins and 132 points, which I believe would be some sort of record* (*actually, the  wins would be…

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59 All in a night’s work

 So what was more impressive by Nikolai Zherdev tonight — the ridiculous, water-bottle-lifting goal, the game-winning assist, or the hustle to catch Todd White from behind on the breakaway? Call me a purist, but I actually vote for the backcheck. You heard it here first, Zherdev for the Selke. “It…

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98 Jessiman grateful for the opportunity

Calling from the airport, where he was awaiting a flight to Milwaukee of the AHL, Hugh Jessiman could have been bitter. The player was anything but. “I have nothing but gratitude for the New York Rangers and the Hartford Wolf Pack,” said the 24-year-old wing. “They molded me into a…

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40 Rangers trade Hugh Jessiman

The Rangers have given up on the Hugh Jessiman Experiment, trading the first round draft pick from 2003 to Nashville for future considerations. Needless to say, given how high Jessiman was picked (12th overall) and how little they’re getting in return, this is an admission on the Rangers’ part that…

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104 Back to the drawing board again (Updated)

Three straight wins are apparently not enough to lock into anything at this early juncture, which explains why Tom Renney was toying with new lines for tonight against Atlanta. Note the return of Chris Drury to wing alongside Scott Gomez and Markus Naslund’ a reunion of the Playstation line; and…

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105 Breaking news: Shanahan turns the page (Updated)

Since the start of training camp, there was never more than an outside chance that Brendan Shanahan was going to return to the Rangers. Now there’s not even that. Larry Brooks gets the story “this afternoon from No. 14″:http://www.nypost.com/seven/10292008/sports/rangers/shanahan_wont_wait_for_rangers_135879.htm, who says he is done waiting for Glen Sather and will…

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