Browsing: John Tortorella

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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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11 Tortorella post-game

To repeat the news: Artem Anisimov blocked a shot in the second and injured his right ankle. He will have an MRI today. He said he knew it was pretty bad “right away” when he didn’t feel any “relief” after a few minutes. Michal Rozsival hyperextended a knee, and John…

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27 Tortorella pre-game

John Tortorella: (By the way, tonight is the first time in over a year, Oct. 19, 2009, that Lundqvist did not start a home game. In that game, he relieved Steve Valiquette.) On Biron starting: “He played good (in Toronto). Our plan with him is trying to get him, each…

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95 Reason for optimism

Hey, sorry I’m late again. Had an unexpected situation here at Blog HQ. Nothing major. ——————– As I said yesterday, the three wins in four nights reinforced my belief that this team is better than last year, and should make the playoffs — no guarantee, obviously, with so many teams…

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186 Devils-Rangers in review

Half a day late and several dollars short … It’s hard not to review the whole three games in four nights as one, because it really was a fabulous long weekend for your boys. Here’s my story from The Journal News and LoHud.com today. Small piece of news this morning:…

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13 Post-game quotes

John Tortorella: On what he liked best tonight. “Not one particular thing. The first two periods, I thought, throughout most of our team concept, I thought we were good. We were aggressive, again we handled the neutral zone well, our power play had some good looks — we don’t finish…

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75 Tortorella pre-game

First the news. As I tweeted earlier, Brandon Prust will play, though I can’t imagine he’ll be very attractive with that eye. Jeremy Williams may also play, in place of Todd White. Same lineup otherwise. Tortorella wouldn’t say whether Williams will play on the power play, where he excelled in…

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194 Avs-Rangers in review

If this is Life without Gaborik, the Rangers are in trouble. As I wrote in my column in The Journal News and on LoHud.com today, I don’t think that’s necessarily the case. But they’ve got to be better than that. And they should be better than that. 1) If you…

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6 Post-game quotes

John Tortorella: “I thought we played better in the second period than the first period; I thought we had the puck more. Then the third period we end up with, what, six minutes there of power-play time and we don’t get it done. And really not even … I don’t…

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40 Tortorella pre-game

First the news. Erik Christensen is playing tonight, so the Rangers will come into the game with one healthy scratch: Mike Sauer. John Tortorella: On the news on Vinny Prospal’s surgery. “I think (it was) a little better than expected. We just weren’t sure and I don’t think they were.…

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190 Leaves-Rangers in review

Watched some of Rangers Encore when I got home at 1:30 a.m. I know, get a life. But it confirmed a few things for me. Some thoughts on Leaves-Rangers. 1) Toronto might actually be much improved this year. Is 4-0 a fluke? Maybe. Do I think the Leaves are a…

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18 Post-game quotes

First the news, which I actually tweeted from Tortorella’s presser. Gosh, Tweeting is fun. Gaborik is out 2-3 weeks with a separated shoulder. Drury is out six weeks with a broken finger … the same finger, a different break. Vinny Prospal will have surgery on his knee Tuesday and is…

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