Browsing: John Tortorella

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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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888 It’s Go Time!

Could be interesting tonight. I forgot that Village People Gillies is back from his perpetual suspension. Maybe he goes back out after his meeting with NHL HQ tomorrow. But Haley, the mini-brawler, is in the lineup, and Avery already had pleasantries with Konopka during warmups. Then there’s Matt Martin, who’s…

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43 Tortorella pre-game

You got the news already, but to repeat: Henrik Lundqvist will play tonight, his 22nd straight start, despite a bruise around his right knee. Goalie Cam Talbot had been recalled from Connecticut as a precautionary measure. Wojtek Wolski will be prucha’d and Mats Zuccarello goes back into the lineup. Everything…

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202 Sabres-Rangers in review

John Tortorella was not happy after this one, and who could blame him? Because while the effort wasn’t good enough, as he put it, for Game 77, neither was the concentration. I mean, there’s a kid goalie thrown in under emergency circumstances, and yet the Rangers insisted on passing up…

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54 Some homestretch thoughts

1) As much as youse probably, ahem, dislike the filthy cooke-riddled Penguins, you have to be impressed that here they are battling not only for the Patrick Division crown but also for the conference title and home-ice (for what that’s worth, which isn’t much) in the final weeks of the…

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152 Rangers-Bruins in review, by guest blogger Adam Z.

What a difference a year makes. A season ago, 87 points meant failure. Today, by contrast, 87 points means the following: One regulation loss in our last 10 games. Tied points-wise with Montreal for sixth. Seven points clear of Carolina. The magic number down to eight. And three days off…

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343 Senators-Rangers in review

Awful. Just awful. Maybe you could have seen this coming. Maybe. But, really, the Rangers have given us reason to think they won’t succumb to the set-up, to playing down to the opponent. They did, although I’m giving Ottawa a little bit of credit for lulling them to sleep, and…

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399 Rangers-Panthers in review

OK, it was unwatchable. And the Garden crowd was dreadfully quiet — that’s what happens when people buy season tickets and have to sell a lot of them because of the cost, and then cherry-pick which games they’ll attend; but also when the Garden insists on making hockey games in…

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45 Tortorella post-game

John Tortorella: “I thought it was very important to win a game like that this time of year. That’s what I was most happy about. We end up scoring some goals the last little while, winning games that way. You could see it right from the start — I thought…

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73 Tortorella pre-game

First the news. Nothing new on Staal, except that Tortorella did allow that “he’s day to day.” No further explanation of what the injury is or how long he’s expected to be out, or even — as he was asked — if Staal could play today if this was Game…

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767 It’s Go Time!

Better late than never. As you know by now, Lundqvist is expected to start against Marc-Andre Fleury. Rest of the lineup remains the same. That means Avery is prucha’d. There’s some intrigue about what’s wrong with Marc Staal. He didn’t skate yesterday and was a surprise scratch today, but nobody’s…

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278 Rangers-Canadiens in review

Ten to go. If your heroes get 10 of a possible 20 points, that’s 90, and that should be plenty. Scoreboard watching tonight: Kansas City-bound Thrashers at Bison Baby Buffaloes. Boston at Air Canada Leaves. Thoughts: 1) I still think staged fights, or fights for no reason, accomplish little or…

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225 Rangers-Islanders in review

I’ll link later to my game story … which was about how there’s always these goofy swings in Rangers-Isles games, and how the Rangers survived the lows by going back to basics — down low, straight-ahead play. They do it after bad periods. They do it after bad games (see:…

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36 Tortorella post-game

John Tortorella: “I thought Hank, especially in the first period, made some really key saves. We got into trading chances with them a little bit. I thought we played better as we went on. But we can’t trade chances. We’ve got to continue to work at playing the proper defense.…

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20 Post-game quotes

Marian Gaborik: “The first period was good and the second period we kind of had a little hiccup there. So, big goal by Cally there and we kept rolling from there.” “It’s always nice to score, definitely. But big win. We didn’t have a lot of games lately. But we’ve…

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