Browsing: John Tortorella

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44 Breakfast with the Blueshirts

Because of the early start, and because there couldn’t possibly be anything John Tortorella could say at this hour that will still be relevant after the game, or question that couldn’t be asked after the game, there won’t be a pre-game press conference today. Fine by me. More time for…

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367 It’s Go Time!

Lundqvist back in goal, looking to pass John Vanbiesbrouck on the Rangers’ wins list. Kris Newbury was returned to Connecticut this morning, meaning the Rangers have one extra player around. So Steve Eminger is expected to be prucha’d as the Rangers go with the same lineup tonight. You all know…

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171 Rangers-Kings in review

Just when I start to think the East is closing the gap on the West, another Western team on the bubble comes along and pops my eyes wide open. L.A. is a pretty solid team, big and fast and talented, and was only ninth in the West coming into the…

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23 Tortorella post-game

John Tortorella: “We make it exciting, don’t we?” “I just think we’ve got some balls. We’ve been like that all year long. I like that about our club. Are we playing our best hockey now? No. Did we make some mistakes? Yes. But we do. We’ve got some balls. I…

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51 Tortorella pre-game

Will have more in a moment. The only news: Wojtek Wolski will skate in warmup. He wants to play. If he can’t, Kris Newbury will. Back with Tortorella quotes in a few. The most interesting stuff was about how he doesn’t want Prust fighting the heavyweights, and how he takes…

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160 Practice, practice, practice

You know, the Rangers were good when they were playing a lot (14 games from Jan. 1-25). But I have this theory about stretches like that. Things kind of get lost a little bit because a team isn’t able to practice due to the games, the travel and the need…

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351 Tortorella wants Kreider soon

Chris Kreider, an ’09 Rangers first-round draft pick (19th overall), won the MVP at the Beanpot Tournament in Boston, for Boston College last night. John Tortorella: “I didn’t see any of it. Sully (Mike Sullivan) came in and told me today and I wish that kid turned pro last year.…

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31 Live from practice

… if you can call this live. The team had a two-session workout, the second half spent on the power play. Now it’s in a team meeting, so we’re awaiting John Tortorella. Could be a while. News? Well, Wojtek Wolski (ribcage) did not skate today, but expects to skate tomorrow.…

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302 Rangers-Penguins in review

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m back. Did I miss anything? Seriously, is there anything I need to know? I mean, I watched all the games, but I really didn’t check in here too much. So, anything going on here? Before I get back to work, special Thank Youse to Sean Mayer…

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49 An appreciation of Kenny G

How’s that for an intro? I’m not talking about the frizzy-haired musician. I’m talking about Ken Gernander, coach of the Connecticut Whale. Four score and seven years ago — well, at least it feels as if it were that long ago — I covered the Rangers’ AHL affiliate when it…

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246 Red Wings-Rangers in review … by cwgatti

Same old story for the NY Rangers. Keep it close for 55 minutes, and then turn it on. That scenario didn’t bode well for our boys: On the road against a superior team that has been shut out two games in a row. I wasn’t betting on tonight being the end…

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239 Devils-Rangers in review

As I’ve told youse guys, I’m going away from here for a week. Not my choice. I’ll schedule some blank canvas posts, and my sports editor, Sean Mayer (Rangers fan), will put up some of the pre-game and post-game notes the Rangers send along and any news that breaks, and…

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47 Tortorella post-game

John Tortorella: “Had a chance to win it, or had a chance to tie it up, and we didn’t. I thought we had some scoring chances; we didn’t score. They had a couple of scoring chances; they scored.” “I thought throughout the game, I thought we weren’t great, but we…

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29 Post-game quotes

I guess you guys all heard John Tortorella calling out Henrik Lundqvist  in the post-game while saying “I’m not calling him out.” So I’ll post those quotes later. Here’s Henrik Lundqvist: “Obviously, we are not going to win hockey games if I don’t play better. I know that I have…

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35 Tortorella pre-game

The news first: Lundqvist in goal. Prospal to play LW with Gaborik and Stepan, Del Zotto on defense, Eminger prucha’d. Other lines: Wolski-Drury-Avery Dubinsky-Anisimov-Callahan Zuccarello-Boyle-Prust.  Will have quotes shortly. ——– John Tortorella: “Same pairs on defense. I thought (Sauer and McDonagh) were our best pair the other night. I thought…

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80 Devils at Rangers tonight

Vinny Prospal is scheduled to make his season debut after knee surgery. John Tortorella said yesterday that Marc Staal will keep the alternate captaincy he was given in Prospal’s absence. I imagine that Kris Newbury will be scratched to make room for Prospal … but maybe we’ll be surprised? I’m…

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98 Pre-game stuff

Hi kids. I didn’t make it down to MSG tonight for a variety of reasons, so I’ll be in the chair watching our good friends at Versus and, despite that, trying to watch the game with youse tonight. Maybe listening to the great Kenny Albert and Dave Maloney. Anyway, I…

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378 Three words sum up the season so far

Here’s my column from The Journal News and LoHud.com today: NEW YORK — It is the quote of the season for the Rangers, because it is everything they are about. Brandon Prust, the tough-as-shoe-leather winger, had been playing with at least two bad injuries — a bum shoulder and a…

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25 Tortorella post-game

John Tortorella: “We did a lot of good things. Fluky goals and we weren’t able to overcome it. I thought we were, even when we were down 4-3. I still thought we were going to come back, but we weren’t able to get it done tonight. As I said, I…

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27 Tortorella pre-game

First the news. Girardi still out. Same lineup as last night, only with Lundqvist in goal. Just saw one of the good guys in the game, Radek Dvorak.  Back with Tortorella quotes soon. —————- John Tortorella: On Girardi (who showed no improvement and is out tonight). “He’ll be ready to…

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