Browsing: Brad Richards

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421 Rangers-Flyers in review

Thoughts: 1) I don’t believe most staged fights serve any purpose. But when two rival teams get together, or when there is an axe to grind, and two guys go at it right off the first draw, well, that does set a tone. 2) Brandon Prust is certainly willing, and…

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66 Rangers-Capitals in review

Temper the giddiness over the six goals for a moment, because, well, you have to realistically say that some of that was on Michal Neuvirth and some of that was on a Washington team that wasn’t great in its own end. But the truth is, the Rangers had the puck…

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94 Tortorella post-practice

Don’t have a lot of interviews for you today because A) I spent a lot of time working on a story I’m doing next week and B) What else is there for the boys to say after that Montreal game and a day off? For the same reason, John Tortorella’s…

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246 Rangers-Canadiens in review

The Rangers didn’t lose because they’ve had all this time off. They didn’t lose because it’s Hockey Night in Canada in Montreal. They didn’t lose because of the ridiculous pansification rules and penalty calls. They didn’t lose because of a bad goal given up by Martin Biron. They didn’t lose…

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360 Rangers-Islanders in review

Last night’s game shows how much parity there is in the league, and how difficult it is to win on any given night. Here were the Islanders, skidding to oblivion, unable to score, exhausted from a one-game trip to the Pacific Northwest (Seinfeld reference), and not playing particularly well in…

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278 Rangers-Canes in review

I was on a plane while this game was being played … but a cool thing about JetBlue — not only do they have TVs on the plane (no MSG) but they also have satellite radio. So I was able to listen to Dave Maloney and Don LaGreca in the…

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370 Rangers-Mighties in review

Thoughts: 1) Just because it tends to get so hysterical (and I don’t mean funny, though it can be that, too) here, I wondered in the comments last night, at 1-1, were you willing to say this was a good effort or if it sucked from head to toe, had the…

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115 Rangers-Sharks in review

I don’t know which game was the Rangers’ second best of the season, but it wasn’t even close to this one. And not just because of the score … if they played the exact same game and, say, lost in a shootout, this still was their best of the year…

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733 Rangers-Senators in review

Holy cow, what an ordeal getting home. Never thought 4-6 inches of snow could create such problems, but roads froze, trees fell, power went out. Yikes. October byfuglien 29th. Well, at least ya boys are still NHL-.500, even though they’ve won three and lost six. Thoughts: 1) Marian Gaborik=Beast. Bet…

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55 Tortorella pre-game

First, he did not give out his lineup, or his lines, saying he wasn’t sure. (Andrew Gross loves when he says that, LOL). But he said it will probably be the same lineup as the home opener. He did say that Mike Rupp (knee) remains out. I asked him a…

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324 Rangers-Maple Leaves in review

I missed Beavis & Butt-head’s return and that  World Series Game 6 for this? Are you kidding me? I’m going to break this review into three parts. First, about the game. Second, about the new building. Third, a mea culpa. Thoughts: 1) For years … for decades … maybe a…

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107 Post-game interviews

A few interesting things post-game. First, John Tortorella said he was told Brandon Dubinsky’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the third period was for throwing snow on the goalie. He and Ryan Callahan both said the calls on the disallowed goals were correct. Henrik Lundqvist said he was distracted, ahead of…

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597 It’s Go Time!

Game 8. First homer of 41. First after that ridiculous world-wide journey. First game of the renovation. First game for Ryan Callahan as Captain. First home games at MSG for Brad Richards and Tim Erixon, and Mike Rupp (assuming he plays) and maybe Jeff Woywitka (if he plays, but I…

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181 First day in the new digs

Needless to say, the Rangers would have been perfectly happy coming home to the old arena after the trek they’d just completed. But to come home to the new lockerroom, new benches, and a one-third renovated Madison Square Garden for the home opener tomorrow, and for Brad Richards to be…

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358 Rangers-Thrashers, er, Jets in review

“It’s pretty ugly everywhere at times now.” That was the quote from Brad Richards (on MSG Network), who said several times several different ways that the Rangers: A) survived themselves and a brutal opening schedule and B) are not playing particularly well, even if they are playing hard most of…

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435 It’s Go Time!

Game 6. The third of a four-game tour of Western Canada. The sixth of a seven-game odyssey to begin the season. Get ready to be inundated with Tom Renney stuff tonight. Wojtek Wolski (groin) is ready to return, but he will not play and be a prucha, as Erik Christensen…

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96 Rangers-Flames in review

Gotta go quickly today. Got a football game to cover tonight, so I’m going to attend a meeting with Mr. T at Mr. Green’s office this morning. Thoughts: 1) I’m going to invoke the name Brian Leetch again. Because Leetch always had a clock in his head, and he knew…

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352 A few more thoughts on this Rangers’ start

You know, some of the negativity is absolutely crazy. I say that a lot around here. It’s kind of like the NFL, where every loss is Armageddon and every win means Super Bowl. Just look at the coverage of the Giants and Jets in this town, and listen to some…

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272 Rangers-Islanders in review

Told ya. This game was exactly what I expected … except that it really wasn’t very nasty. Come to think of it, other than the fights in the stands, it wasn’t nasty at all; and as I recall, last year the Rangers played better and played tougher in games that…

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191 The Nassau sandwich: Big game for the Rangers Saturday

The Rangers began their season with six games — an unnecessary four preseason games and two regular-season games — in Europe. After tomorrow they trek to Western Canada for four games. So Saturday’s game is their only close-to-home tilt in the first seven. And I think, of all these games…

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