Browsing: Marian Gaborik

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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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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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152 Rangers-Isles in review/preview

There was a lot of bad about that game last night, but bad/unsightly/grotesque victories beat the living daylights out of good/artistic/glamorous losses. Right? I mean, a year ago, they’d have lost this game 5-2. Thoughts: 1) Sean Avery=difference maker for one of the few times this season, but a lot…

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480 It’s Go Time!

You might want to watch the pre-game show in case there are any warmup shenanigans like last time the Rangers visited. Otherwise, you probably saw the Rick DiPietro quote in Jesse Spector’s blog today: “I truly don’t like the Rangers,” DiPietro said. “There’s nothing better in the world than beating…

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134 Rangers-Islanders, home and home

Here it is. Another test. This one of a completely different variety than Monday’s. That was a barometer game, against a very good team on an absolute roll. The Rangers failed that one, because they lost. This is a new sort of test. Two games against a rival (you can’t…

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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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514 It’s Go Time!

Still no official word on Gaborik (flu), but he skated in warmup and probably will play. Derek Boogaard remains out with a shoulder injury. The red-hot Penguins  haven’t lost since the Rangers beat them two weeks ago. Henrik Lundqvist opposes Marc-Andre Fleury. —————— By the way, did you see that…

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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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158 Penguins at Rangers tonight

Hockey seasons are loaded with nights like this, and the Rangers’ season so far has been almost nothing but. Tests. Barometers. The Minnesota game after the Colorado game was a test. The Florida game after the Tampa Bay game was a test. How would they react? And these Rangers have…

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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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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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2 Post-game quotes

First, I saw Dylan McIlrath after the game. He was in town having his knee injury examined. He said it’s not serious, which is good news. The first-rounder was injured over the weekend in a junior game. Henrik Lundqvist: On the Recchi goal: “It was just a terrible goal. “I…

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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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6 Post-game quotes

First I have to tell you this. Lundqvist was in about half his uniform the whole game, just in case Biron got hurt. And during warmups, Artem Anisimov fired one off Biron’s sternum, and it stung and Biron went and told Lundqvist he might have to put on the full…

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198 Gaborik’s in tomorrow; new all-star format

According to several reports out of practice today, Marian Gaborik will play tomorrow vs. Buffalo, after missing 12 games with a shoulder injury. Which means, in my opinion, it’s put-up or get-out time for Alex Frolov. If he’s playing with Gaborik, he better produce. Or we can start calling him…

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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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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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