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352 Game 2: Rangers-Kings in review

Thoughts: 1) I’m going to start out with that one single play. I understand, maybe the Kings come back anyway, maybe they don’t and there’s no way to know. It sure started the comeback that did happen, though. But we’ve been saying all year long how these freakin’ inconsistent calls…

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258 Game 1: Rangers-Kings in review

Thoughts: 1) I’m not sure what to make of Game 1. Why? Because I thought it was kind of what we should have expected. The Kings are a bigger, heavier team who beat the crap out of you and give up chances. The Rangers are a faster team that won’t…

Hockey
204 Alain Vigneault: Different style = loads of success

Hee’s my column on Alain Vigneault: By Rick Carpiniello Alain Vigneault doesn’t bristle often, at least not publicly. If a question is one he doesn’t care to answer directly, he will do it with a smile or a joke. For example, when one of the many video replay rulings went…

Hockey
351 Moore, St. Louis storylines make this Cup run special

Here are my stories from The Journal News and Lohud.com: By Rick Carpiniello Great teams usually have something special among them. Especially hockey teams. If player 20 doesn’t do his job, it might not matter what player 1 does. And when it’s special, when there’s a bond, there often are…

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262 Game 5: Rangers-Canadiens in review

Thoughts: 1) Dan Girardi called it a gong show. That’s as good as I’ve got. The Canadiens won, so they can be happy about it, but that’s a hideous game. Two in a row, actually, but Game 5 worse than Game 4.  Ghastly. After Game 4, after all the talk…

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247 Game 4: Rangers-Canadiens in review

Click here to read Josh Thomson, 26’s story about Martin St. Louis’ overtime heroics. Thoughts: 1) Well, now I guess you can say that Alain Vigneault is better than his predecessor, since he’s gotten one game farther … that’s sarcasm, of course. Vigneault’s done a terrific job with this team,…

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329 Game 2: Rangers-Canadiens in review

Thoughts: 1) Just please, please, please don’t expect that this is going to be easy. First of all, remember in ’96, the last time these teams played, Montreal won the first two at MSG, then the Rangers won four in a row, three in Montreal. Never saw that coming. But…

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749 Game 7: Rangers-Penguins in review

Thoughts: 1) Big as the building. Pretty much the same core group of guys, five Game 7 wins in the last seven series, 10-2 in elimination games. This is a team that never, in 16 opportunities, had come back from 3-1 to win a series, never, in four tries, had…

Hockey
138 Rangers at their best when pushed to the brink

Here’s my column from The Journal News and Lohud.com today: By Rick Carpiniello GREENBURGH – There is no way to truly understand why the Rangers are so good in these situations. Well, there is the common thread of the goalie stopping pretty much everything when everything is on the line.…

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