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28 No, this is great. Seriously.

A natural subplot of tonight’s meeting with the Red Wings is Brendan Shanahan “facing off against his old Red Wings teammates”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070205/SPORTS01/702050355/1034/SPORTS with whom he won three Stanley Cups in nine seasons. Given the dysfunctionality of the Rangers, along with the fact that the Red Wings are again cruising through their…

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76 You now officially have reason to be depressed

And to think, it’s still only February 4. That’s either a good thing given that the Rangers still have ample time to save the season. Or a troublesome thought in that they are only delaying the inevitable, and causing thousands of fans needless suffering in the process. Either way, my…

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205 Another big one. No, really, this time we mean it….

And now for our daily recitation of the obvious: You would be correct in saying tonight is another essential game, even more so given that the Rangers lost their “last essential game”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2007/01/31/as-big-as-it-gets-for-january-31/, to Toronto on Wednesday. For those of you who have already scanned the standings (and then had a…

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189 But enough about me

To start today, a broad thank you to those of you who passed along your endorsement of the work on this site. As I said earlier, I don’t take any of that lightly. But to be clear, the purpose of my previous entry was more to emphasize that dissent in…

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48 What was supposed to be a quiet day…

…actually proved to be quite eventful. And with that in mind, some follow-ups are in order. First, the Malik injury. I made a wisecrack in my previous post about fans rejoicing, and I’ve since deleted it since I realize making jokes at another man’s pain isn’t what I want to…

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61 Lampman up, Malik on injured reserve

The Rangers have called up Bryce Lampman to take the place of Marek Malik, who sustained a shoulder strain on Wednesday. No word yet on the severity of the injury, although the fact that Malik is going directly to IR says it’s not slight. More in a bit…

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12 No fine for Shanahan

Brendan Shanahan was spared a fine from the NHL for his tirade against officials on Wednesday night. “We don’t muzzle our players,” NHL vice president Colin Campbell told TSN of Canada. “We’re not happy that Brendan Shanahan chose to be critical of our officials but he is, within limits, free…

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34 Upon further review: The beauty of YouTube

In my “story in today’s Journal News”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070201/SPORTS01/702010422/1034/SPORTS, I referred to a “misread” by Thomas Pock that led to Mats Sundin’s deciding goal in last night’s loss to Toronto. I’ve since watched a clip of that goal more than a dozen times, thanks to the “magical genius of YouTube”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpKPjHWtXCk&feature=RecentlyWatched&page=1&t=t&f=b (it was…

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17 Quick hits from practice

While making it clear that he had no intention of retracting what he said, Brendan Shanahan also made it known today that he didn’t want to revisit his comments about the officiating from the night before. Still, there was Shanahan sitting cross-legged in the middle of an otherwise busy Rangers’…

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63 And now playing the main stage….

Great thing about these Rangers games at the Garden recently: Sure, you see them lose, but you’re guaranteed at least one Brendan Shanahan post-game diatribe. Before the All-Star game, it was Shanahan calling out the Rangers’ power play — and by extension, it seemed, Jaromir Jagr. Tonight it was Shanahan…

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82 As big as it gets (for January 31)

In an 82-game schedule, I’m reluctant to call anything a BIG GAME until at least March. But this is different. This is indeed a BIG GAME, and contains all the requisite elements of any BIG GAME: anxious-looking players, an anxious-looking coach, throngs of fans waiting outside the Garden in hopes…

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132 No need to look behind against Leafs

Plenty of ground to cover and not much time to do it, so let’s start right in: Colton Orr is set to return to the lineup, in large part to counter the physical Leafs (who issued a beat-down of the first order last night against Carolina). But what’s most telling…

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54 Greater sense of urgency

Just when you thought a sense of order had returned to Rangerland (OK, you never thought that) the Rangers woke up this morning to find themselves back in ninth place in the East, trailing both Pittsburgh and Tampa, and tied with Toronto. In other words, maybe tonight’s not the time…

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43 So what if they’re no longer Communists?

The great former Soviet goaltender Vladislav Tretiak is “pitching another Summit Series between Russia and Canada”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=194120&hubname=nhl. I think given who he is, if Tretiak suggested hockey switch to playing with tennis balls instead of pucks we should take it seriously. That said, what made those original matches between the best…

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180 The game within the game

Please take a moment to acknowledge there are two former UNH teammates, the Rangers’ Jason Krog and the Bruins’ Mark Mowers, facing one another tonight. I simply wouldn’t be doing my job as a UNH graduate…I mean, a journalist, if I didn’t mention that.

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65 Now or never?

*UPDATE, 5:50 p.m.: Same lineup against Bs. And that includes Thomas Pock out of the lineup for the second consecutive game. More later…* *UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Don’t order that No. 21 Liberty sweater just yet. Now comes word that Forsberg has NOT waived his no-trade clause. This is why I…

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58 Sign him up

Some early morning thoughts while the Rangers are busy locking up Jason Krog to a multi-year deal. I’m kidding, of course… Put down the defibrillator…. Apparently all is well between Brendan Shanahan and Jaromir Jagr, with the two clearing the air after “Friday’s mild theatrics”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2007/01/26/stuck-in-the-middle-between-two-hall-of-fame-wings/. I didn’t doubt that this…

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48 So long, Gump Worsley

As kids playing street hockey, we always referred to one of us playing goalie without a mask as “going Gumper.” The Hall of Famer, who was a Calder Trophy winner with the Rangers and didn’t wear a mask until the final season of his career, “died yesterday at 77”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=193916&hubname=nhl, depriving…

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