Browsing: John Tortorella

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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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719 It’s Go Time!

Lundqvist back in. Boogaard’s out with a bruised hand after his two heavyweight bouts last night. White back in, too. No pruchas, then. Our buddy Andrew Gross has some quotes, though only “no comment” type of quotes, regarding Erik Christensen saying that Sean Avery sucker punched Ladislav Smid Sunday. In…

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158 Rangers-Oilers in review

Some thoughts: 1) Just when I was thinking that Sean Avery was having a quiet day … largely because he was on a line with Derek Boogaard, who had two fights, and because that line doesn’t get a lot of minutes (though John Tortorella double-shifted Marian Gaborik in Boogaard’s spot…

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158 Rangers-Sabres in review

Big day for the Organ-eye-zation today as they unveil their new Heritage jersey, which will be worn Wednesday and a few other games … and which, of course, will be available for sale immediately … and not cheap, I’m going to go way out on a limb and guess. 1)…

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4 More post-game quotes

John Tortorella: On Biron: “He kind of gets thrown in. He was at the (morning) skate this morning and I don’t think he had the day to prepare for a game. We found out about Hank this evening. And I thought he made some huge saves. So that’s what I…

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30 Tortorella’s pre-gamer

John Tortorella: On getting Gaborik back: “I think he can make a big offensive play. Like I said the other night, we’re a play, maybe a defensive play, an offensive play, a big play from winning a game for us. We didn’t get it done. I think Gabby’s going to…

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43 Caps-Rangers in review

Thoughts at the crack of noon: 1) I think it was good that John Tortorella was a little testy after this one. He should be. His team played well enough to win, and a couple of very soft plays (by some soft players in a few instances) cost them what…

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20 Post-game quotes

No MSG tonight, so no John Tortorella press conference. So you guys missed the first one this season where he was a little testy: Is this one particularly frustrating, when you get three goals from guys you normally don’t expect goals from, and have three one-goal leads? “Yeah. It is.…

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43 Tortorella pre-game

First the minor news, quotes to follow: Rangers are down to 12 forwards with Boogaard playing sick, so everybody’s in up front, and Gilroy is prucha’d on defense. Gaborik continues to make progress. He thinks he may play by Sunday. Some speculation about Thursday. Tortorella said he’s not sure about…

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521 It’s Go Time!

To repeat today’s reports from other sites: Mike Sauer goes back into the lineup tonight, as does Todd White. Evgeny Grachev gets another look, too. That means Derek Boogaard and Matt Gilroy are prucha’d. Coach John Tortorella told reporters that the prucha-ing of Gilroy has nothing to do with Gilroy’s…

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105 Rangers-Leaves tonight

I like these quick turnarounds. Of course, I didn’t have to catch a flight early this morning, then go through customs, and arrive at my hotel too early for check-in, etc. as I did in the good ol’ days. Below is an abbreviated version of tonight’s notes (to read more,…

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33 Tortorella post-game

John Tortorella:  “We fought back a couple of times. I thought we did a lot of good things underneath the hashmark offensively. We just couldn’t get the lead. And it’s frustrating.” On the PK and d-zone coverage: “You look at the goal in the second period where they go up…

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23 John Tortorella pre-game

(Before I transcribe, tonight was the fourth or fifth time that I’ve been around this season where Tortorella began his session with a good, old, joking-around with the assembled media, then he patiently answered every question in detail. I’m telling you, this is how he was the last time he…

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24 Some shuffling at MSG:

Will have John Tortorella’s presser shortly. First, he said that Grachev will play, starting on right wing on a fourth line with Christensen on the left and White in the middle. (Markus Naslund, unofficially, is the only Ranger ever to wear No. 91, which Grachev will wear in his NHL…

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