Browsing: John Tortorella

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188 Rangers-Senators in review

In the previous thread, we discussed the Matt Carkner blood-flicking allegation. As for last night’s game, the guys on TV were right. This is a game the Rangers probably lose last year. And the Rangers don’t stop playing. They might stink it up once in a while. But they play…

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20 Did Carkner flick blood at NYR?

That was part of the discussion in the aftermath of the Rangers-Senators game. The question was whether Matt Carkner, after a bloody fight in which Derek Boogaard broke his nose and Carkner may have been cut also — both men landed simultaneous haymakers — flicked blood at the Rangers bench…

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509 It’s Go Time!

Don’t forget, 7:30 p.m. start. Michael Del Zotto is prucha’d for the first time in his career, along with Todd White, we expect. “He needed to watch,” John Tortorella said, according to our friend Andrew Gross. Matt Gilroy goes back in to play the left side with Michael Sauer, while…

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106 Rangers-Senators tonight

Finally, a hockey game. It’s in Kanata, Ont., though, so a 7:30 start for the home-and-home rematch (and an almost certain meeting between Mr. Carkner and Mr. Boogaard). No worries. MSG Network has some extra programming tonight. At 6:30, MSG will show the latest edition of “Behind the Bench” –…

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14 Post-game quotes

John Tortorella: How do you figure this game? “I don’t.” Did the early timeout help? “Nope, nope. Why? If I had the answer … I thought the second and third periods we played better … but it certainly didn’t help us in the first period. We were still awful. “Our…

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29 Tortorella pre-game

The coach was pretty good this afternoon, talking about where his team is after 28 games. Those quotes will follow. Same lineup against Ottawa for the 5 p.m. start. Lundqvist in goal. Denis Potvin is in the building; I believe he’s working for the Senators now. More in a few…

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112 Rangers-Islanders in review

Thoughts: 1) It’s funny how we critique these games sometimes, that we pick at how well or poorly played they might be, and always with the caveat that “it’s the Islanders.” I think John Tortorella said it right last night, that when the Rangers and Islanders play, it’s always a…

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31 More post-game quotes

John Tortorella: “Tonight’s game is such a grind, totally different from (Thursday) night’s game, and I thought as the game wore on, especially in the second period, I thought we started taking control of it. We still didin’t develop a lot of offense, but I thought we started taking control…

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27 Tortorella pre-game

First the news, then some quotes to follow: Same lineup tonight, with Lundqvist starting in goal. Prust is expected to play with a shoulder that’s been sore from fighting, and if he can’t, then White will be de-prucha’d. Drury is now skating and stick-handling, but still can’t shoot. Prospal is…

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108 Happy December, Happy Chanukah!

Here we are again, the dreaded December home-and-home with the Islanders. Not exactly an anniversary, because last year it was Dec. 16-17. But close enough. You may recall last December, the Rangers’ fast start having evaporated into two months of mediocrity when the Islanders came to MSG and rocked the…

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136 Penguins-Rangers in review

Thoughts as we approach the crack of noon: 1) Way, way too much is being made of Sausage Lips’ slew foots. Yes, he should have gotten a penalty vs. Callahan. No doubt. And I imagine that if Callahan hadn’t been called for interference he might have gotten up and slugged…

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48 More post-game quotes

John Tortorella: “I thought we played a really good first period; unlucky goal. Really, for about 8-10 minutes of that second period, that’s where we struggled and they’re a good enough team to capitalize on those situations. We gave up some odd-man rushes. A bad change cost us a goal.…

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25 Eye on the officials

As you surely recall, the Rangers did not get a single power play in the game the last time they played the Penguins, the first time in almost two years that occurred. As you also recall, Henrik Lundqvist put the Rangers short-handed late in the game by destroying his stick…

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380 It’s Go Time!

A bit premature for a game thread … but several reports from Nashville have Gaborik missing tonight’s game with the flu. He’s not even at the arena tonight. So the Rangers will use seven defensemen and 11 forwards, since Boogaard’s shoulder is still bothering him, and Michal Rozsival is ready…

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139 Lightnings-Rangers in review

Happy Thanksgiving, Boneheads! We all have a lot for which to be thankful. Hope you spend today with family and friends and count those blessings. Now, as for hockey: be thankful the Rangers don’t always play like a bunch of turkeys, as they did in the first two periods last…

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160 Rangers at Lightnings tonight

Before we get to the game … I kind of kept silent about the Marc Staal hit the other night, because I am kind of in the middle about it. I thought the hit was perfectly clean and legal. I thought Staal even got down low and came up to…

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272 It’s Go Time!

Me, I’m freezing my tail off at a state football semifinal double-header. According to our buddy Andrew Gross, Lundqvist starts in goal tonight, and Derek Stepan starts at center on the No. 1 line with Marian Gaborik and Alex Frolov, where he was effective in the third period against Boston…

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67 Bruins-Rangers in review

Thoughts as we approach the crack of noon: 1) I know this is the repetitive theme of the season, but this is how it’s going to be. This Rangers team will play hard, will compete physically and with passion all night, not give up, rarely be out of a game.…

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56 Tortorella post-game

John Tortorella: On Tim Thomas: “He was the difference. We have a chance at the end on the 5-on-3 and we don’t get it done. But he certainly was the difference.” On the 5-on-3: “The low play was there and Dubi shoots it wide. It was a great pass by…

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14 Tortorella pre-game

First the news. Will follow with quotes shortly. Boogaard’s back in. White is prucha’d. Lundqvist in goal. Drury skated today, but Tortorella said he “still a distance away” from returning. So is Prospal, who hasn’t skated. He said that Rozsival will not make the trip and sounded doubtful that he’d…

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