Browsing: John Tortorella

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23 Tortorella pre-game

Not much news. Same lineup. Eminger and Zuccarello prucha’d. Quotes from the coach in a bit, and some from Bruce Boudreau as well. John Tortorella: “Same personnel. Emmy and Zucc will be out.” On whether the Capitals have taken runs at Staal: “Oh, well, I’d do it. That’s part of…

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247 Tortorella post-practice

John Tortorella: “Going in today, I know that they don’t have any doubt. They’re fine there.  Today was just move the blood and get ready to play. It’s a quick turn here, playing a 3 o’clock game tomorrow and we go right back at it.” “We hope (the home crowd)…

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70 Post-practice quotes

John Tortorella said he doesn’t anticipate lineup changes in terms of the 18 skaters … but that he’s contemplating his lines and his power-play personnel. If I don’t have time to transcribe his presser I’ll link to video from it. From a room with far, far too many empty lockers…

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151 Capitals 2, Rangers 0: Game 2 in review

Two-nothing and two-nothing. Nothing being the important word. Are the Rangers done? No. Not yet. In the playoffs, what happened yesterday doesn’t matter one lick today, and we saw evidence of that in the first period of Game 2, after the Rangers lost in OT in Game 1. They were,…

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475 Capitals 2, Rangers 1 (OT): Game 1 in review

Wow. Pretty good Game 1. I’m sure you weren’t thrilled with the outcome, and sure you weren’t thrilled with the play that decided it. Thoughts: 1) I thought Marc Staal and Dan Girardi had some strong game, with loads of minutes, taking and doling out lots of punishment. Alex Ovechkin…

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221 Post-practice quotes

Marc Staal: “Playoffs, special teams is always a huge component of trying to win a series. It’ll be big, coming up this week. We obviously pay attention to defense in our own zone and make sure we do those things properly to give ourselves chances to score. It’ll be interesting.”…

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43 Tortorella post-practice

Will have Tortorella quotes shortly, followed by a few player quotes. Then later on we’ll have details on two contests — the predictions contest and the Second Bi-Annual Boneheads/Paul Mara Playoff Beard Contest Extravaganza, Picnic and Parade. So bear with me. —————– John Tortorella: I asked him (for my column…

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82 Tortorella post-practice

Hey, John Tortorella quotes to follow shortly. Not much news today, other than next season beginning in Stockholm, and the Rangers signing Carl Hagelin and sending him to Connecticut (AHL), which still hasn’t been officially announced. Here’s some news, though: I think the Bi-annual Paul Mara/Boneheads Playoff Beard Contest Extravaganza,…

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290 Rangers-Devils (Lightning-Hurricanes) in review (UPDATED)

AFTERNOON UPDATE, 1:57 P.M.: Here’s the info on playoff tickets, from the Rangers: RANGERS INDIVIDUAL PLAYOFF TICKETS GO ON-SALE Monday, April 11th – 12 PM (Editor’s note: That means noon.) New York, April 10, 2011 – The New York Rangers announced today that tickets for the first two rounds of…

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5 Post-game quotes

Henrik Lundqvist: “It’s hard to be disappointed right now, or satisfied. If we’re in, I think it’s a great year. If we’re not, then absolutely you can’t be happy about the year. We’ll see.” “If we’re in, I think everybody feels that this is a pretty good year. We’ve been…

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128 Drury in, Zuccarello in; Avery out

Will have Tortorella quotes, however brief, soon. Chris Drury is back in (he’ll add some juice, the coach said). Mats Zuccarello is in, presumably in case of a shootout. That means Sean Avery — who agitates the heck out of the Devils — is prucha’d. Also, Matt Gilroy is in…

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55 Live from practice

Will have quotes soon from Prust, Dubinsky, Lundqvist, Drury and Tortorella. You’ve heard by now that Mats Zuccarello is up from Connecticut and Tortorella said that the reality that the game could come down to a shootout is a consideration in having him up. Drury skated, but he and Tortorella…

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260 Thrashers-Rangers in review … and then there was one

Looking forward before looking back: Do you know the last time all three metropolitan New York teams missed the playoffs in the same year? How about never? Do you remember 1988? That was the year the Rangers shut out Quebec at the Garden (John Vanbiesbrouck doing the honors) on the…

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75 Tortorella post-game

John Tortorella: “Flat. Not just one but a lot. Good start. I felt if you score a goal, maybe early … maybe it gives us some juice and maybe they say, ‘You know what? …’ But they stay in, they settle in, and we didn’t have many guys make plays…

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30 Tortorella pre-game

John Tortorella: (He was in a good mood, wanted to know if he finished in the top three in the voting for the Halligan Good Guy award for cooperation with the media, which was won by Callahan. Then he joked that he wanted to get nowhere near that (byfuglien) award).…

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169 Rangers-Bruins in review; Magic Number: 3

I am done. I will no longer try to convince anybody that this team is different than any Rangers team we’ve seen since, 1997, at least; more probably since 1994. That this team works harder, does more little things to win, and does it with a resolve and a resilience.…

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42 Post-game quotes

Sorry it’s a bit late … I’m on the train. Ain’t technology grand? … Prospal ripped the fans a bit for their booing early in the game. Good stuff. Vinny Prospal: “There’s no easy games left. … I was watching Carolina-Buffalo yesterday, it’s a three-point game. Everybody’s collecting points. So…

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50 Tortorella pre-game

First the news, followed by quotes in a little bit: Same lineup, unless one of the dinged-up guys (presumably Fedotenko, but not definitely) can’t play. As of now, John Tortorella expects everybody to play, and Newbury was brought up for “precautionary” reasons. Another item, which has been mis-reported (and then…

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134 Rangers-Flys in review

Has there been a game this season that better defined these Rangers, the It’s Just Paingers? In a game, let’s face it, they pretty much had to win, they played with all those characteristics we’ve seen most of the year: The shot blocking, the body checks, the PK, the struggle…

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