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201 Flys-Rangers in review

Where to start? OK, let’s start with the  line brawl. Why? Because the game was pretty bad, because the Flyers were all yapping about wanting to get back at Sean Avery, etc., and how they had to show restraint because they didn’t want to take a penalty. 1) Normally, I’d…

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16 Post-game quotes

Marian Gaborik: On being benched for a stretch of the second and third periods: “Yeah (was surprised). At times, I think last year, once it happened (vs. Atlanta).” “Obviously I haven’t produced much lately (no goals in eight games), obviously in these type of games where it’s a big game.…

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26 Tortorella pre-game

First, let me say that the renovation of MSG has really begun now. You’ll see it when you walk in. The foodcourt on the sixth floor directly behind the visitors bench is completely walled off. There’s stuff happening everywhere. Going to be very interesting to watch how they do this…

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112 Habs-Rangers in review

I’ll get to the pre-game notes later, and I’ll be headed for MSG this afternoon. Until then, I’ve got one word for you: CONCENTRATION. 1) I believe concentration is at the root of being good or bad on faceoffs. I really do. Some are naturally better than others, and some…

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235 Rangers-Canucks in review

This is some nice little run here by your New York Rangers. OK, they lost to Montreal, and didn’t play their usual grind-it-out game that night. Imagine if they had. Imagine what this would-be five-game winning streak might look like? So now the Rangers have Western pelts of Vancouver, Dallas,…

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470 It’s Go Time!

I understand that John Tortorella doesn’t want to label one game more important than another — especially a non-conference game — and he doesn’t like the term “barometer” game, etc. But this is a pretty good test for your boys … and they’ve done pretty darn well against some of…

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253 Canadiens-Rangers in review

Is it possible? Can the Rangers miss Michal Rozsival that much? Maybe it was a bit surprising that the Rangers were so comfortable going up and down the ice with the speedy Canadiens early on, but then again, maybe that got them away from their grinding game a bit. Because,…

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31 Blues-Blueshirts in review

Hi kids. My story on John Tortorella ran in The Journal News and on LoHud.com today. But as I typed this, the link had not yet been posted. So if any of youse want to go to LoHud.com and find it and put it up before I awaken, please do…

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160 Rangers at Blues tonight

And we get to see the Big Man, maybe! That always makes me happy. I’m going to be very interested to see how guys who logged so much tough ice time last night — Staal, Girardi, Dubinsky — do against a young, rugged team in a different city, in the…

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132 Stars-Rangers in review

How many times, in how many ways, can we keep saying the same things about this Rangers team and the way it gets points, especially tough points, especially on the road? That’s some kind of win, and in the old days that would have been some kind of tie. Thoughts:…

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113 Rangers-Canes in review

It says a lot about a team when it has lost its way a little bit and vows to fix that, against a good team on a roll, and actually pulls it off. Now, our view today might be a bit fuzzier if the Hurricanes and not the Hobbit had…

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51 More post-game quotes

John Tortorella: On what he wanted to see tonight: “I think we got a little bit of our personality back, and the style that we wanted to play. To score a goal, I thought Ward was outstanding. The good thing about our club, we didn’t get frustrated. We didn’t turn…

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7 Post-game quotes

Ryan Callahan’s hand examination revealed some healing, and the plan is for him to skate at the team’s practice facility Sunday. Now, these are the best quotes of the night: Mats Zuccarello, asked about the difficulty of being so small: “I’ve been like this for 23 years so I got…

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139 Panthers-Rangers in review

This one was bad. The Rangers played a stinker. Again, you can’t argue with the effort, but there were errors in all three zones. So home they go with one goal and a single point in two games in Florida. Thoughts: 1) This may have been the worst game of…

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52 Lightnings-Rangers in review

Don’t want to be a broken record, and I really don’t believe in moral victories, but I thought the Rangers played pretty darn well in this loss, better than they’d played in their previous two games (which were wins). And that’s a darn good point, despite the one that got…

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124 Lightnings-Rangers in review

As we go into the Christmas break, some thoughts: 1) The NHL gets it right by shutting down for two days. What a disgrace it is that the NBA makes all those people go to work on Christmas Day. 2) I know I’ve said it before in games they failed…

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507 It’s Go Time!

… and time for the feats of strength. Not to be confused with Rex Ryan’s feets of strength. Yamahama. It’s a special Festivus night Rangers game at MSG, vs. the Lightnings. Mats Zuccarello makes his NHL debut in place of Marian Gaborik (groin). Derek Boogaard (shoulder/headaches) remains out, along with…

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17 Tortorella pre-game in a minute

Hey, this is how my day is going. Caught an earlier train than usual, but it was slow and completely packed, including idiots on the phone. No prob. Still plenty of time for a brisk walk to the Garden. But I get there, still early, and the World’s Most Terrible…

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185 Rangers at Penguins tonight

Now that the Penguins’ 12-game winning streak is over (they hadn’t lost since the Rangers beat them a month ago, until last night’s game in Philly) I wonder if the mustachioed noted slew-footer, Sid “The Skid” Crosby, on a 19-game point streak, goes to the razor. There’s a fair amount…

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272 The Captain is back

We expect Chris Drury to play tomorrow in Pittsburgh, and I’m sure those guys who are at practice today will be talking to the captain about his return. But I want to get the discussion going ahead of the pack. Here’s my take: I know he’s not the most popular…

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