Browsing: Dan Girardi

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550 Rangers-Blue Jackets in review

Thoughts: 1) Remember when some of us were firing Alain Vigneault before the home opener? His system has now produced a lot of offensive chances, AND good defense (nine straight with two or fewer GA). Wonder where this team might be if not for the early injuries and the idiotic…

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45 Rangers 4, Blue Jackets 2 … Post-game notes

Post-game notes courtesy of the Rangers: Rangers 4, Blue Jackets 2. Click here for boxscore. Team Notes: – The Rangers defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-2, tonight at Nationwide Arena, to complete a sweep of their back-to-back set. – The Blueshirts are now 8-8-0 overall (16 pts), including a 5-6-0…

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315 Rangers-Baby Buffaloes in review

Thoughts: 1) Yeah, so they beat a bad team. That was a popular theme last night. But those are games you need to win, and earlier the Rangers weren’t winning them, so stop whining, take the win, move on. The Rangers played well. Could they have scored more? Yeah. Did…

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369 Rangers-Islanders in review

Thoughts: 1) A few things jumped out at me. For one, the tempo of this game was pretty high, much higher than the home opener. It’s very obvious that the Rangers are a much faster team with Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller here and then with Carl Hagelin coming back,…

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285 Rangers-Red Wings in review

Thoughts: 1) I really would have felt sorry for the Rangers if they had lost this game and had to go home to what is supposed to be a celebration of the renovated arena and all, only to be greeted by an angry home crowd. 2) I also don’t believe,…

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482 Rangers-Flyers in review

Thoughts: 1) That’s two good-looking hockey clubs. Twelve goals in eight games for ya boys. Doesn’t matter what they do well or not, how they compete or not, who’s in goal and who’s not. Twelve goals in eight games isn’t getting it done. They should be sending Thank Yous to…

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167 Rangers-Capitals in review

Before we get into it, a reminder. We will have a Live Chat today at noon. Be there. Or else. Thoughts: 1) The hit on Derek Stepan by Troy Brouwer. I thought the one single replay they showed wasn’t convincing that it was a dirty hit. But the Rangers sure…

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654 Rangers-Blues in review

Thoughts: 1) Martin Biron. I thought early on, when the Blues were on the Rangers a bit, he was pretty good, and he moved the puck, too, which really helps a struggling defensive team. Then, ugh. The second and third goals were all on him. It’s ridiculous to expect him…

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594 It’s Go Time! … Rangers at Mighty Ducks

Game 4. Rangers at Mighty Ducks. ICYMI: Rick Nash was sent back to New York by the team and thus will not play tonight or Saturday in St. Louis with what is almost certainly another concussion. Jesper Fast takes his place in the lineup. Brad Richards switches back to center,…

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372 Rangers-Sharks in review

Thoughts: 1) Yeah, defending is boring. This is much better. 2) The noise is already starting about the Brad Stuart hit on Rick Nash. Oooh, the replay is inconclusive. Oooh, maybe it wasn’t an elbow. Maybe the head wasn’t the initial point of contact. Whatever. This was a head shot,…

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270 Rangers-Kings in review

So Alain Vigneault has a win! And the Rangers won’t come home from this trip winless. Thoughts: 1) First and foremost, the Rangers sure look like a better team when Ryan Callahan is out there. And there’s hardly ever a game when you say, did Callahan do anything? Because he…

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392 Rangers-Coyotes in review

Thoughts: 1) The Rangers’ pace was much, much better than in past years, and will be a more enjoyable watch … if and only if it’s successful. And if they can maintain it against more gifted offensive teams. For those keeping score at home, it’s now 10 goals in seven…

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30 Coyotes 4, Rangers 1 … post-game notes & quotes

Courtesy of the New York Rangers: Coyotes 4, Rangers 1 Click here for boxscore. Team Notes: – The Rangers opened their 2013-14 regular season campaign with a 4-1 defeat against the Phoenix Coyotes tonight at Jobing.com Arena. – The Blueshirts are now 0-1-0 overall, including an 0-1-0 mark on the…

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95 Rangers preview: Position by position

Here’s my preview from The Journal News and Lohud.com (unedited version): By Rick Carpiniello FORWARDS: If, if, if, if. The Rangers’ forward group will be better – and really, it must – if Brad Richards bounces back from the worst season of his career; if Derick Brassard proves he can…

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337 Rangers-Canucks in review

Click here for my story on Derek Stepan signing a new two-year contract, from The Journal News and lohud.com. Thoughts: 1) Huge day for the Rangers Thursday. Not only did they re-sign Derek Stepan — Glen Sather, tough negotiator, wins again — but just as critical is that Ryan Callahan…

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355 It’s Go Time! … Rangers at Oilers

… or as Ed Norton would say, Erlers. Game 4 of this 15-game trip, and second of four in five nights to end the preseason. Ya boys are 1-2, and have yet to have close to their full lineup in a game, which would be impossible to do with Derek…

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120 It’s Go Time! … Rangers at Flyers

Game 2 of the 15-game road trip. Ya boys and coach Alain Vigneault in search of win No. 1. Light up the Empire State Building in orange and black to honor Mr. Snider. Martin Biron and Cam Talbot, in a battle to be Henrik Lundqvist’s understudy, split the game in…

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101 Guest blogger: Papa Bear … Over/under for 2013-14

Thanks Carp for asking to post my over/under suggestions as a Guest Blog. I guess it’s my turn to “stink”. Boneheads, here are some of my suggestions for Over/Under pools for the upcoming season: A) Ranger Point Total: 62 B) Kreider Goals: 47 (Note: If Torts was still coach over/under…

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