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25 Time for second guessing

You wouldn’t be fans and I wouldn’t be a reporter if our own doubts didn’t come to surface on occasion. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m still willing to believe what happened in Montreal was an inevitable setback given the level the Rangers were enjoying. But it still may be time…

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42 Thanks to reader LI Joe…

…for compiling the remaining schedules of the other teams vying for the final three playoff spots. Joe posted them in a comment to the previous post, but I think they’re worth seeing up top. First impression: There are no easy roads in there. Based on the standings, Tampa Bay has…

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32 A needed bogey?

Drawing on my other supposed area of expertise, I’ll give you a golf analogy to explain what may have happened to the Rangers last night against the Canadiens: There are times, be it in tournament play or even in a recreational round, when a player will go on a particularly…

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132 Big with a capital “B”

If you read one of my counterparts’ “blog entries from yesterday”:http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/rangers/2007/03/montreal_game_even_bigger_than.php he gives you a fairly thorough explanation as to why tonight against the Canadiens is huge. The writer in question is admittedly smarter than I am — be it in areas of hockey or mathematics — but I can…

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54 And the hits just keep on coming…

Brad Isbister will again be a scratch tonight against the Canadiens, with the same lines expected as well. Meanwhile, as many of you have already noted, the Islanders may have suffered a crushing blow with the loss of Rick DiPietro to what looks like post-concussion syndrome. The goalie is definitely…

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18 NBC Sticks Around

The NHL and NBC announced an extension of their partnership through next season, with the addition of a new flex scheduling option that will allow the network to pick up more appealing games as the season goes on. I’ve already been on record saying hockey needs a network presence in…

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26 Ahead of the curve

As a life-long forward, my half-serious take on defensemen is I don’t notice them unless A) they make a sharp offensive play; or B) they make an egregious mistake. With that in mind, I’ve seen A LOT of Marek Malik (a.k.a. “my boy Malik”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2007/03/01/malik-doesnt-get-the-boos-and-neither-do-i/) this year. But by that measure,…

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24 Apologies are in order

Something strange happened with my previous post, which merits explanation: Believe it or not, there actually was useful information included about Tyutin, Rachunek, Hossa, and Weekes, but it was all somehow erased. Maybe if I actually looked it all over before I posted it, this all could have been avoided.…

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25 You should see the other guy

You may recall I mentioned my adventures with the dresser I hastily unloaded out of my car and then cracked by dropping on the ground. Well, that dresser survived enough for me to spend most of my free time over the past few days applying two coats of stain to,…

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50 On Shanny

If his name were not Brendan Shanahan — if he were, say, Brandon Shaughnessy — I’m not sure you’d be seeing No. 14 on the power play, or even in the lineup the last two games. Shanahan admits his timing is a tad off, and his legs are not quite…

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28 Sixth place…

Raise your hand if you thought this was where the Rangers would be when they were blowing that two-goal lead against Columbus. Anyone? Hello? There is, mind you, a lot of hockey left, and given some of the sloppy play today, the Rangers should be worshipping at the feet of…

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85 Bird watching on the Island

Believe it or not, this is actually my first trip to the Coliseum since the sluggish days of the preseason, having been derailed first by vacation, and then by jury duty. I have to be honest: I haven’t really missed it. Case in point, there is a bird literally flying…

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16 Miami (Ohio) 2, UNH 1

The Blog is officially in mourning. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the “I Need A New Alma Mater Fund.” In fact, just for this I am cutting off my annual gift of a box of paper clips to the school. Let’s see if that doesn’t get their…

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32 Some quick thoughts

I’m beginning to think I could be at center for the Rangers and they’d still have a chance with Henrik Lundqvist in net. That’s how good the goalie has been of late, never more than so on the “I-have-no-business-stopping-this” kick save on Aaron Ward that staved off a potential second…

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107 If only it were always that easy

Unlikely today: The Rangers steamrolling over the Bruins as easily as they did last week at home. More likely: The B’s, with a humbling loss fresh in their minds, coming after the Rangers with everything they have left in them — which, mind you, still isn’t that much. One of…

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30 Quick responses

Very quick: Sean Avery is a restricted free agent at the end of this season, so count on the Rangers locking him up this summer. The Rangers don’t travel to Boston until this afternoon, and since they already skated in Westchester today, they won’t skate again before tomorrow afternoon’s game.…

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17 Please stand by

I’m assuming you’re all having trouble posting comments. I just checked my buddy and colleague Peter Abraham’s Yankees blog and he doesn’t have any comments there, either, and he could get 75 responses just for typing the word, “A-Rod.” I’ll look into it. Meanwhile, Martin Straka was indeed back with…

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7 Hanging around?

The Post is reporting this morning that the Rangers are immersed in contract extension talks with Michael Nylander, which makes sense on a number of levels. One, Jaromir Jagr and Martin Straka are on board for at least next season as well, so there’s enough incentive right there to stick…

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24 Meanwhile, some other news

In the interest of steering the topic away from fighting (at least temporarily): the Rangers had their team photo today, which made for a curious sight. The players were all dressed in their home blues, with the assorted executives and coaches all wearing dark suits and red ties. Naturally, Glen…

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96 “You wanna go?”

Apparently my last post on the Colton Orr/Todd Fedoruk tilt last night struck a nerve with some of you, which is fine, because some of the comments in return struck a nerve with me. Here’s what I know: I know hockey is still about scoring more goals than the other…

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