Browsing: Derek Boogaard

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43 Caps-Rangers in review

Thoughts at the crack of noon: 1) I think it was good that John Tortorella was a little testy after this one. He should be. His team played well enough to win, and a couple of very soft plays (by some soft players in a few instances) cost them what…

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10 More post-game quotes

Brandon Dubinsky: “We played the ideal game. Obviously we had a couple of breakdowns that ended up in the back of our net. Those are tough. I think we’ve still got to generate some more. I think we’re cycling, but we’re just not getting enough off those cycles. We’re cycling…

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20 Post-game quotes

No MSG tonight, so no John Tortorella press conference. So you guys missed the first one this season where he was a little testy: Is this one particularly frustrating, when you get three goals from guys you normally don’t expect goals from, and have three one-goal leads? “Yeah. It is.…

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747 It’s Go Time!

Half an hour late. I see Versus is actually paying a little attention to the Rangers, actually acknowledging that there is another team playing against Ovechkin, er, I mean, Washington tonight. Though it did have to show us Ovechkin getting dressed. I trust Eddie O to not make this the…

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43 Tortorella pre-game

First the minor news, quotes to follow: Rangers are down to 12 forwards with Boogaard playing sick, so everybody’s in up front, and Gilroy is prucha’d on defense. Gaborik continues to make progress. He thinks he may play by Sunday. Some speculation about Thursday. Tortorella said he’s not sure about…

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108 Grachev demoted to Reddenville

Because, I guess, he was taking up too much ice time from the productive Erik Christensen and Todd White. Seriously, it’s probably best that he goes down and plays a lot of pro minutes instead of rotting on a vine with Boogaard. Here’s the announcement: NEW YORK RANGERS TRANSACTION UPDATE…

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52 Blues-Blueshirts in review

Thoughts on a game that really could have used a little more action: 1) My head nearly exploded over the huge deal that was made of the disallowed goal. The most critical point was not made (on TV) until Dave Maloney left the radio booth and got onto the post-game…

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193 Rangers-Flys in review

1) Bottom line: The Rangers didn’t accomplish anything with their forecheck. Nothing at all. And the Flyers gave them nothing at all. The Rangers had 21 shots, and the post by Brandon Prust. It seemed like they had three until late in the third. 2) Jody Shelley is sure game,…

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116 The homeless Rangers

I’m surprised there wasn’t more discussion about this yesterday. The World’s Oldest NHL Arena had to postpone an NBA game because of falling debris and an asbestos scare … and now we’re seeing reports that  the Garden has contacted other arenas — Nassau, Prudential — about availability the rest of…

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173 Rangers-Hawks in review

Wow, that was a nice win over the champs. And at this point, any home win is pretty important. Thoughts: 1) I’m sure this has crossed your minds, too. It’s all great and good that the Rangers have become this shot-blocking team. It does, indeed, show a courage, and a…

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521 It’s Go Time!

To repeat today’s reports from other sites: Mike Sauer goes back into the lineup tonight, as does Todd White. Evgeny Grachev gets another look, too. That means Derek Boogaard and Matt Gilroy are prucha’d. Coach John Tortorella told reporters that the prucha-ing of Gilroy has nothing to do with Gilroy’s…

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105 Rangers-Leaves tonight

I like these quick turnarounds. Of course, I didn’t have to catch a flight early this morning, then go through customs, and arrive at my hotel too early for check-in, etc. as I did in the good ol’ days. Below is an abbreviated version of tonight’s notes (to read more,…

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24 Some shuffling at MSG:

Will have John Tortorella’s presser shortly. First, he said that Grachev will play, starting on right wing on a fourth line with Christensen on the left and White in the middle. (Markus Naslund, unofficially, is the only Ranger ever to wear No. 91, which Grachev will wear in his NHL…

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126 Rangers recall Grachev

Guess I should have led with the update, so here goes. According to all the reporters who, you know, go to practice, Artem Anisimov’s right ankle MRI came up negative, so he is expected to play tomorrow, as is Michal Rozsival (hyperextended knee), though Rozsival said he wants to see…

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88 Thrashers-Rangers in review

Some thoughts: 1) I saw Artem Anisimov after the game. He was standing, talking to one of the Thrashees, no boot, no crutches, no cane. I didn’t see if he was limping, but I imagine he was. He didn’t sound terribly worried. That doesn’t mean that it’s good or bad…

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95 Reason for optimism

Hey, sorry I’m late again. Had an unexpected situation here at Blog HQ. Nothing major. ——————– As I said yesterday, the three wins in four nights reinforced my belief that this team is better than last year, and should make the playoffs — no guarantee, obviously, with so many teams…

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188 Rangers-Leaves in review

Some thoughts: 1) Ryan Callahan didn’t score again. He did everything but score. He created chances, had chances, and did all those Callahan things he always does, too.His best game of the season. Easily. 2) Brandon Dubinsky’s played some good games since the season began. I thought this was his…

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99 Rangers back on the ice …

… well, what’s left of them is back on the ice. And while I’m off today, others work. I know, I feel terrible about that. Our buddy Andrew Gross has all the news from practice, including that Sean Avery will not be suspended for chopping down Mike Komisarek like George…

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51 Finally a game, finally a home game

Had a chance to play at Colton Orr’s favorite golf course yesterday — Centennial in Carmel. Wow, was it in fabulous condition. Greens ate my lunch. Speaking of Orr, he got knocked down the other night, but not out, apparently. We’ll see if he plays tonight, and if he obliges…

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435 It’s Go Time!

Some pre-game warmup action. Boyle had words with Jon Sim … I’m told that happens every single time they play … Avery yapping at Zenon Konopka, who shoved him. Avery responded with a jab. Every time Boogaard stepped in it broke up. And ex-Isle Marty Biron played peacekeeper. Same lineup…