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22 Post-game musings

In the “You Wish Department”, MSG P.A. announcer Joe Tolleson accidentally introduced Marcel Hossa as his brother Marian for tonight’s starting lineup. It’s an honest mistake, really. The two are almost identical players when you think about it — you know, give or take 40 points. Some quick thoughts: As…

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22 Speaking of Henrik Lundqvist standing on his head..

…the Rangers goaltender walked into Madison Square Garden wearing a black fedora you probably haven’t seen since Sinatra last played the Golden Nugget. Whether that alone is Tom Renney’s reason for giving his No. 1 netminder the night off is doubtful. But let’s put it this way: there aren’t many…

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11 More from the Garden later, but in the meantime…

Turns out the Mystery Linemate took part in a historic reunion game in Red Square yesterday to “celebrate the 60th anniversary of hockey in Russia”:http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/10/sports/hockey/10hockey.html?_r=1&ref=hockey&oref=slogin, this just four days after “skating alongside yours truly in a late-night pickup game”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/12/06/the-mystery-linemate-returns/. No word yet on how he fared, but let’s just say…

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73 Character test

*UPDATE, 1:45: Same lineup in place as the Pittsburgh game, including Henrik Lundqvist back in net. The one variable is Fedor Tyutin, who will test out his twisted ankle during warm-ups and would be replaced by Sandis Ozolinsh if he can’t go.* If you subscribe to the belief that the…

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38 Rangers Blog: Feel good edition

Fatherhood has made me soft, so rather than dwell on the Rangers’ sloppy defensive play, their maddening reluctance to take wide open shots, or the fact that Henrik Lundqvist might have been “the only thing standing between the team and a fifth straight loss”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061208/SPORTS01/612080404/1034/SPORTS, I instead spent most of my…

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30 Post-game musings: Baby Nylander edition

It’s all about karma these days for the Rangers, or at least that’s one way to explain their come-from-behind win after two mostly forgettable periods against the Penguins. According to Brendan Shanahan, Michael Nylander was torn over whether to leave the game to be present for the birth of his…

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26 Another day, another pair of wrinkled pants

When and if I get around to writing my autobiography, that would be on the short list of potential titles. (Another possibility: “What I Lack In Intelligence I Make Up For With Above Average Typing Skills”). Anyway, it’s becoming increasingly clear that my attempts at ironing are not unlike a…

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32 Must win?

No, I’m not sure you can say that about any game at this point. However…..take a look at the Eastern Conference after the Devils’ come-from-behind win last night against Montreal, and the Rangers are now squarely outside the playoff picture with 30 points. With that in mind, you don’t want…

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30 Immonen up

Jarkko Immonen is up with the Rangers and is currently on the ice for practice. It doesn’t look like anyone was sent down. In other news, the Rangers are testing out the new form-fitting jerseys that will be standard next season. First impression: What was wrong with the old ones?…

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14 The Mystery Linemate Returns

One other question that I failed to include from before: *Q: Have you been drinking? — Valeri Kamensky, NHL All-Star 1997-98* A: Granted, the soft-spoken Russian was more tactful than that. But after another outing together tonight, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Mystery Linemate’s on the phone with his…

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13 On to more pressing matters

If you hadn’t guessed it already, the Rangers are off today since they don’t play again until Thursday. This is part of the reason why any roster changes suggested on Monday might be forgotten three days later (“I never said that. Pock and Kasparaitis? Are you kidding me?”) In the…

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14 Questions that deserve answers

I spend a lot of time responding to your questions, comments, and concerns. But I’m hardly complaining. In fact, I feel I’ve become so proficient at this racket I can now even anticipate questions before they’re asked. And with that, I bring you the first installment of “Questions That Haven’t…

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69 Team in crisis?

Hardly. I’m not sure what I expected when I showed up at the practice rink this morning, but I figured there would be some overt residual effects from “last night’s dispiriting loss”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061204/SPORTS01/612040343/1046/SPORTS to the Islanders. Players dressed in black. Half the roster shipped to Hartford. Some sort of cruel and…

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36 Post-game musings

I’m already back home, having taken advantage of the early start time to get out of the Garden at a decent hour. This just in: Giants lose, Michigan gets jobbed out of the BCS title game, and the Rangers are in something resembling disarray. With that, a few discussion topics:…

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27 Straka and Ward in; Callahan gone

So long Ryan Callahan, we hardly knew ye. Maybe it’s for the best that the right wing was shipped to Hartford now that both Jason Ward and Martin Straka will be back in the lineup tonight. Given the pressure cooker that is likely to be Rangers-Islanders, the 21-year-old rookie might…

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