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3 Post-game musings….

In a fitting book-end to the evening, the Islanders Ice Dancers are back on the ice practicing their routines before an empty arena. You see, that’s what makes them the Ice Dancers that they are. They’re never satisfied. Either that, or no one has told them they can leave… On…

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4 Through two…

There is something going on on the ice right now involving a golf cart and a girl with a microphone. Hey, I just report what I see. Anyway, we’re at 1-1 after an eventful second. Including: * Remember what I said about Karel Rachunek? Maybe I should say the same…

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2 Looks like he remembers how to play

No score at the end of one from the Island, but plenty to discuss. For instance: * Jagr looked like you’d expect someone like him to look in the first game of the season, brilliant one second, a bit sloppy the next. He, Shanahan, and Nylander had a few opportunities…

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11 Jagr a go…

Not sure what’s more intriguing — that Jaromir Jagr will be making his preseason debut tonight on Strong Island, or that he’ll be doing it alongside Brendan Shanahan. Naturally, there are plusses and minuses to putting two superstars on the same line. The positives are apparent: it makes for a…

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19 Enigma wrapped in a blue jersey

Our European correspondent has posed a worthwhile question about Marcel Hossa, and I’ll pass along an observation from someone who knows more about this team than I do. It goes something like this: if Hossa’s last name was not Hossa — meaning he was not somehow linked to his more…

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9 These guys are good

Already this year, a recurrent theme around the Rangers has to do with expectations. As in, last year there were none. And now there are plenty. It seems to apply to everyone, too: to Henrik Lundqvist, “who is expected to revert to the form he had for most of last…

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10 Two more gone…

Looks like the Greg Moore-Daniel Girardi era in New York is going to have to wait. The Rangers haven’t made an official announcement, but neither are on the ice right now for practice. I don’t think that’s much of a surprise, although it sounds like some of you had already…

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5 Post-game musings….

— Kids, here’s hoping you saw Adam Hall’s goal in the second period. There’s a reason why hockey coaches implore their players to go hard to the net and Hall showed why, digging up his own rebound and then stuffing it in for the game’s only goal. It was textbook…

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8 I’m freezing, and you’re to blame…

If there were more of you at this game tonight, maybe the Garden wouldn’t be so cold and I’d actually be able to feel my toes. Note to self: gain at least 10 pounds for the hockey season. Anyway, a couple of thoughts as I regain circulation: — Good first…

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3 Pre-game thoughts

A few morsels to chew on before the puck drops: — Henrik Lundqvist said today that he’s moving into Manhattan in part because there wasn’t enough to do in White Plains. As a Westchester native, I find myself offended, outraged, and, of course, in complete agreement with him…. — Apparently…

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1 And the winner is…..

Greetings from the Garden. Since I know you won’t sleep until you have the results, it turns out Nigel Dawes and Brandon Dubinsky tied for the Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award as the top rookie in camp. The award is named after the former Winnipeg Jet captain who later became a Rangers…

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5 Three more to go before it counts…

First, thanks to all for the quick responses to my query about the state of hockey. Please keep them coming. Next up, anyone available to clean my gutters? But seriously, here’s a quick look at tonight’s lineup. Henrik Lundqvist gets the nod in goal and is expected to play the…

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6 In need of your help

As we approach the start of the regular season, I’m going to be working on a story about where hockey is a year after the end of the lockout. Is the game in better shape than it was? Is it still struggling to work its way back into the mainstream?…

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4 You hit him. No, YOU hit him….

Perhaps it was an encouraging sign that Jaromir Jagr was back taking part in a full practice this morning, even looking a bit like his old self in the process. The problem is, for a player still looking to see how his left shoulder will withstand contact five months after…

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5 Looking for Moore

Today’s “story looks at Greg Moore”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060926/SPORTS01/609260357/1046/SPORTS, who threw himself into contention for a forward spot with a strong preseason effort last week, and who survived another round of cuts this morning. Hartford Wolf Pack You may notice I’ve been spending a fair amount of time talking about prospects of late,…

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2 Jagr cleared…

Tom Renney announced after tonight’s 5-2 loss to the Islanders that team doctors have cleared Jaromir Jagr to begin full practices with the team immediately. Granted, it’s still a question of when the right wing can play in an actual game, but since the clearance from doctors was the major…

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2 At the end of one…

Tough to say who’s getting more boos: Tom Poti, who is new to the Islanders after an underwhelming tenure with the Rangers; or Rick DiPietro, who is fresh off signing his head-scratching 15-year-contract. As far as the loudest cheers,the clear winner was Diane Lozada, who sang the national anthem. The…

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1 Big Brother is watching…

In the “Whatever you do, don’t trip over the red line” department, Tom Renney will be eschewing his coaching duties tonight so he can watch his team ominously from above the ice surface. No pressure for the handful of prospects he’ll be scouting, of course. It’s only their season, their…