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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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236 Rangers-Capitals in review

Thoughts: 1) I know it was a little thing, but I thought it was an important piece of the game. With 4.8 seconds left in the first, Rangers up 1-0, Lundqvist was forced to cover a puck in the crease. Faceoff in the right dot. Ovechkin in the trigger position…

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11 Post-game quotes

Players first, then Tortorella: Dan Girardi: “I thought we played really well in Columbus. We just didn’t get the result. We pretty much had the same effort, same gameplan, and we came out on top. “I think our game was pretty much summed up by Brian Boyle blocking shots with…

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188 Rangers-Senators in review

In the previous thread, we discussed the Matt Carkner blood-flicking allegation. As for last night’s game, the guys on TV were right. This is a game the Rangers probably lose last year. And the Rangers don’t stop playing. They might stink it up once in a while. But they play…

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148 Avery climbs all-star vote

From the “credit where credit is due” department, The New York Rangers Blog is the driving force behind the Sean Avery write-in (e-ballot box stuffing) campaign, and Avery is up to 20th among forwards with, at last count, some 64,000 type-in votes. That’s not going to be enough, not when…

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51 More post-game quotes

Brandon Dubinsky: “We’ve just got to make sure we prepare better next game. I don’t know if it’s because we played a team like the Islanders before and we weren’t ready to go because this is a much better team we played against tonight, but either way, every night’s tough…

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29 Tortorella pre-game

The coach was pretty good this afternoon, talking about where his team is after 28 games. Those quotes will follow. Same lineup against Ottawa for the 5 p.m. start. Lundqvist in goal. Denis Potvin is in the building; I believe he’s working for the Senators now. More in a few…

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112 Rangers-Islanders in review

Thoughts: 1) It’s funny how we critique these games sometimes, that we pick at how well or poorly played they might be, and always with the caveat that “it’s the Islanders.” I think John Tortorella said it right last night, that when the Rangers and Islanders play, it’s always a…

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152 Rangers-Isles in review/preview

There was a lot of bad about that game last night, but bad/unsightly/grotesque victories beat the living daylights out of good/artistic/glamorous losses. Right? I mean, a year ago, they’d have lost this game 5-2. Thoughts: 1) Sean Avery=difference maker for one of the few times this season, but a lot…

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480 It’s Go Time!

You might want to watch the pre-game show in case there are any warmup shenanigans like last time the Rangers visited. Otherwise, you probably saw the Rick DiPietro quote in Jesse Spector’s blog today: “I truly don’t like the Rangers,” DiPietro said. “There’s nothing better in the world than beating…

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134 Rangers-Islanders, home and home

Here it is. Another test. This one of a completely different variety than Monday’s. That was a barometer game, against a very good team on an absolute roll. The Rangers failed that one, because they lost. This is a new sort of test. Two games against a rival (you can’t…

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16 Post-game quotes

Players first, then Tortorella. Marc Staal: “We weren’t great at the start, but that goal hurts a little bit, obviously. I mean, it takes a bounce off Feds’ glove, I didn’t know where it was, and I don’t think he could have played it (because) it was in my feet.…

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158 Penguins at Rangers tonight

Hockey seasons are loaded with nights like this, and the Rangers’ season so far has been almost nothing but. Tests. Barometers. The Minnesota game after the Colorado game was a test. The Florida game after the Tampa Bay game was a test. How would they react? And these Rangers have…

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136 Rangers-Preds in review

1) I’m not saying Erik Christensen’s disallowed goal should have counted, but it looked to me that the defenseman, Suter, kicked Christensen’s skate, which may have caused the kicking motion. 2) But then Christensen admitted, twice, on TV, that he kicked it in. 3) Good for the kid to go…

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67 Bruins-Rangers in review

Thoughts as we approach the crack of noon: 1) I know this is the repetitive theme of the season, but this is how it’s going to be. This Rangers team will play hard, will compete physically and with passion all night, not give up, rarely be out of a game.…

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2 Post-game quotes

First, I saw Dylan McIlrath after the game. He was in town having his knee injury examined. He said it’s not serious, which is good news. The first-rounder was injured over the weekend in a junior game. Henrik Lundqvist: On the Recchi goal: “It was just a terrible goal. “I…

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