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87 Much to discuss

In the absence of penalties that weren’t called last night in Philadelphia — and yes, we’re talking about you, Derian Hatcher — I’ll go ahead and give myself two minutes for failure to dash off a quick post-game correspondence. My excuse? No lie: there was some beer league hockey game…

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115 “I’m friggin’ nervous”

There may be only one thing more dangerous than a team at the top of its game, and that is a team at the bottom. Hence this quote from Tom Renney about facing the struggling Flyers tonight: “I’m friggin’ nervous. I’m nervous,” Renney said. “I don’t know exactly why but…

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31 Where’d everybody go?

Greetings from the bowels of the Wachovia Center, where the estimable Steve Zipay and I finally arrived after taking what can be generously described as the scenic route to Philadelphia. Note to self: next time you miss an exit for the N.J. Turnpike, turn back around and get it. Leave…

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50 Count your blessings

*UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Moments after this post came word that Thomas Pock has accepted a two-week conditioning assignment in Hartford. This seems to make sense given Pock’s lack of playing time, but it’ll be interesting to see what happens once he’s done.* I suppose in this holiday season, the emphasis…

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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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