Browsing: John Tortorella

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107 Post-game interviews

A few interesting things post-game. First, John Tortorella said he was told Brandon Dubinsky’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the third period was for throwing snow on the goalie. He and Ryan Callahan both said the calls on the disallowed goals were correct. Henrik Lundqvist said he was distracted, ahead of…

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181 First day in the new digs

Needless to say, the Rangers would have been perfectly happy coming home to the old arena after the trek they’d just completed. But to come home to the new lockerroom, new benches, and a one-third renovated Madison Square Garden for the home opener tomorrow, and for Brad Richards to be…

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358 Rangers-Thrashers, er, Jets in review

“It’s pretty ugly everywhere at times now.” That was the quote from Brad Richards (on MSG Network), who said several times several different ways that the Rangers: A) survived themselves and a brutal opening schedule and B) are not playing particularly well, even if they are playing hard most of…

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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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435 It’s Go Time!

Game 6. The third of a four-game tour of Western Canada. The sixth of a seven-game odyssey to begin the season. Get ready to be inundated with Tom Renney stuff tonight. Wojtek Wolski (groin) is ready to return, but he will not play and be a prucha, as Erik Christensen…

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172 No update on Staal; Torts on Avery; notes from last night

First, I’ve been told there may not be any update on Marc Staal’s condition coming today, as we anticipated. Second, several sites have reported Sean Avery’s conversation with ESPNNY, saying he doubts he will be recalled, that it’s kind of like hoping to win the lottery. The New York Daily…

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352 A few more thoughts on this Rangers’ start

You know, some of the negativity is absolutely crazy. I say that a lot around here. It’s kind of like the NFL, where every loss is Armageddon and every win means Super Bowl. Just look at the coverage of the Giants and Jets in this town, and listen to some…

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272 Rangers-Islanders in review

Told ya. This game was exactly what I expected … except that it really wasn’t very nasty. Come to think of it, other than the fights in the stands, it wasn’t nasty at all; and as I recall, last year the Rangers played better and played tougher in games that…

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5 Post-game audio, second try

Sorry about that for those who saw the previous post before I removed the failed attempt at audio. So we try again: Hope this works. Here’s Captain Callahan: Here’s Dan Girardi: Here’s Henrik Lundqvist: Here’s Brian Boyle: And here’s John Tortorella’s post-game press conference, during which he blamed himself for…

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73 Post-game sound

First the news, as you’ve probably seen/heard: Mats Zuccarello after playing 7:31 on nine shifts on a mish-mosh fourth line with no bite, was sent to the Connecticut Whale. Kris Newbury will be recalled for the Rangers trip to Vancouver tomorrow. Well, that audio experiment didn’t work … I’ll try…

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525 It’s Go Time!

Live from Nassau Coliseum … no accidents, no tickets, no roadrage incidents … First game in North America, only game in the U.S. until the home opener Oct. 27. Rangers are without Marc Staal and Michael Sauer, so the third D-pair is Steve Eminger and Jeff Woywitka, making his NYR…

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191 The Nassau sandwich: Big game for the Rangers Saturday

The Rangers began their season with six games — an unnecessary four preseason games and two regular-season games — in Europe. After tomorrow they trek to Western Canada for four games. So Saturday’s game is their only close-to-home tilt in the first seven. And I think, of all these games…

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143 Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3

Been working on this since Monday, because I want to be able to post audio for youse guys when I go to games and practices this season. So here’s a test of some old audio from John Tortorella and Henrik Lundqvist. Hope it works. Let me know if you like…

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93 Tortorella post-practice

John Tortorella: (I asked him what kind of things the Rangers can do now that they’re home): “Practice, practice. Practice, practice. Who used to say that?” Told it was Allen Iverson, then told that Iverson used it in a different vein … “Put it in the opposite vein of him.…

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15 Post-practice quotes

Sorry. I’ve been experimenting with putting audio up on the blog the way Sam and Jane used to do it, but ran into a little snag. So hope to get it worked out by Saturday’s game on Long Island … or by the home opener. Anyway, back to transcribing the…

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181 Rangers-Mighty Ducks in review

Thoughts: 1) Yay! Skills competition. Pretty serious lack of skills in this one. Brad Richards lost the puck at center ice, and the winning goal was a complete whiff. 2) The Rangers shouldn’t fight the opponent’s goons unless it’s absolutely necessary. So far they have had two staged fights, and…

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52 Rangers-Kings in review

We’re underway. Ya boys got a point on the road, blew a lead, caused way-too-early panic, took too many penalties. In other words, situation normal. Quick turnaround with a 1 p.m. road game today vs. the future Stanley Cup runnerup Mighty Ducks in Stockholm. Thoughts: 1) Time of possession in…

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41 Rangers preview Part II: Position by position

Forwards The look all changed when Brad Richards signed for $60 million over nine, years. Throw a legit No. 1 center onto any roster and it trickles down mightily. Now the Rangers have an elite playmaking center to play with Marian Gaborik, who had a terrible second season (22 goals,…

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64 Rangers preview Part I: Keys to the season

Keys to the Rangers season 1) Marian Gaborik. He has one of the top playmaking centers in the NHL now, with Brad Richards. The Rangers must get around 40 goals, or more, from Gaborik, who would also then make a previously pathetic power play go if he’s back on his…

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307 Sean, please come back, Sean

Gotta give Sean Avery credit for one thing that is absolutely for certain. He drives traffic on this blog. Holy smokes was this place buzzin’ for an off-day, preseason day, yesterday. Over 9,000 visits, probably the most since the Brad Richards signing, about 700 comments on two threads. Shut the…

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