Browsing: Brian Boyle

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265 Rangers-Coyotes in review

Thoughts: 1) This is one of my favorite of many stats so far through 40 games, with the mid-point of the season coming Thursday: Henrik Lundqvist, who has won seven in a row, has limited opponents to two goals or fewer 21 times in 29 starts. Holy shishkebob. Yet he…

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20 Post-game interviews

Here is the audio from the post-game lockerroom and the coach’s press conference: John Tortorella: Henrik Lundqvist: Derek Stepan: Brian Boyle:

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27 Tortorella pre-game

John Tortorella spoke about Stu Bickel’s play, about the need for Brian Boyle (and other third- and fourth-line players to score some goals), about moving Dan Girardi to the point on the PP (right-handed shot), and about the possibility that Wojtek Wolski and Erik Christensen go to Hartford for conditioning…

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254 A little break in the action

We wait until Tuesday for a game, as the Rangers get a well-deserved break and a much-needed mental-recharge day or two. Gonna tell you, I finally got to see the finale of “24/7″  and I thought that episode and the whole series were, by and large, pretty fabulous. I’m really,…

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560 Rangers-Penguins in review

Maybe we’ve underestimated the Rangers to this point. When we talk about how they find a way to win, maybe that makes it sound like they didn’t deserve to win. Does that make sense? Bottom line is that, when this Rangers team plays the way it knows how to play,…

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344 Winter Classic: Rangers-Flyers in review

Glad that’s over. The NHL will be thrilled — and Gary Bettman clearly was, bogarting the stage as NHL Network’s first interview on the never-ending post-game show — because it made a ton of money, got a zillion eyeballs to watch, sold a gazillion pieces of merchandise. But the all-Philadelphia…

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300 Rangers-Capitals in review

This is what happens when you play well for an extended period of a season and people take notice … teams that might not be so good, or not playing so great, find another gear when they play you. It becomes a big game for them. And that really hasn’t…

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354 Rangers-Islanders in review

First place in the East. Five straight wins. Top two or three in team defense. Fewest losses in the whole freakin’ National Hockey League. And your New York Rangers really haven’t nearly hit their stride or been nearly 100 percent healthy yet. ‘Nuff  said. Thoughts: 1) Seven goals allowed in…

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68 Tortorella, Boyle, Lundqvist post-game

Sorry. Had some technical difficulties with the new computer system at the paper … so I missed most of the lockerroom. Here’s a quote from Brian Boyle about his shot-blocking at the end of the second period: “That’s old news for our team. That’s what we do. That’s a big…

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135 Rangers-Flyers in review

Merry Christmas Eve! The lead to my story in The Journal News and LoHud.com today was this: “Laughing all the way.” Because the Rangers go into the holiday break dancing, off four straight wins, three fairly decisive divisional victories in four nights, and in first place in the Patrick Division.…

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220 Rangers-Islanders in review

Happy Festivus, everyone! Tonight, with the Flyers in town, we will air grievances and have feats of strength. Get the pole. Kruger, you couldn’t smooth a silk sheet if you had a date with a hot babe … “I lost my train of thought.” –Frank Costanza ——————– Thoughts: 1) I…

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128 Rangers-Stars in review

This was the lead to my story in The Journal News and on LoHud.com about last night’s game: Get ready, hockey fans. The NHL is going to shove more nights like this down your throats with realignment. More non-conference games, more games with zero playoff implications. Less passion. Quieter arenas.…

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517 Rangers-Hurricanes in review

You know what? That was an imperfect game against a struggling team. OK, given. But that’s a good, good win. That’s a tough game to be the road team, with the coaching change and the feelings of getting the popular coach fired, and the new coaches on the bench. And…

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512 Rangers-Crosby, I mean, Penguins in review

This is as well as the Rangers have played in any three-game stretch this season, includng the seven-game winning streak … all against good Eastern teams. And I still don’t think they’ve nearly hit their stride, even at 10-2 in the last 12 and 7-0 in the last seven at…

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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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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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353 Rangers-Oilers in review

Last year, “It’s Just Pain” was the defining quote from Brandon Prust, the one that said it all about the Rangers. You’d better hope that this year’s mantra isn’t John Tortorella’s “We sucked from head to toe.” I thought that was hilarious, but true. And very, very calculated. Coaches and…

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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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