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169 Rangers-Leaves in review

Shut the front door. That’s how you smother a good team, how you make their night miserable, how you bounce back from a loss. Fact: The Rangers are quickly becoming the team you don’t want to play, because they will make you absorb a beating, fight for every inch and…

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560 Rangers-Penguins in review

Maybe we’ve underestimated the Rangers to this point. When we talk about how they find a way to win, maybe that makes it sound like they didn’t deserve to win. Does that make sense? Bottom line is that, when this Rangers team plays the way it knows how to play,…

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195 Rangers-Panthers in review

For all the complaining we (I) did about the outdoor game, it was a downer going back indoors, especially at the World’s Quietest Arena. What a shame. Could you imagine a first-place team in the middle of a season in the 1970s or ’80s and the kind of intimidation MSG…

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344 Winter Classic: Rangers-Flyers in review

Glad that’s over. The NHL will be thrilled — and Gary Bettman clearly was, bogarting the stage as NHL Network’s first interview on the never-ending post-game show — because it made a ton of money, got a zillion eyeballs to watch, sold a gazillion pieces of merchandise. But the all-Philadelphia…

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89 Rangers-Panthers in review

This is what’s special about this team. The most hyped game they have played in years, if not decades, coming up next, a bad loss in the game previous. I know some of you guys worried about this being a trap game during the live chat yesterday and we talked…

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300 Rangers-Capitals in review

This is what happens when you play well for an extended period of a season and people take notice … teams that might not be so good, or not playing so great, find another gear when they play you. It becomes a big game for them. And that really hasn’t…

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354 Rangers-Islanders in review

First place in the East. Five straight wins. Top two or three in team defense. Fewest losses in the whole freakin’ National Hockey League. And your New York Rangers really haven’t nearly hit their stride or been nearly 100 percent healthy yet. ‘Nuff  said. Thoughts: 1) Seven goals allowed in…

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220 Rangers-Islanders in review

Happy Festivus, everyone! Tonight, with the Flyers in town, we will air grievances and have feats of strength. Get the pole. Kruger, you couldn’t smooth a silk sheet if you had a date with a hot babe … “I lost my train of thought.” –Frank Costanza ——————– Thoughts: 1) I…

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564 Rangers-Devils in review

Thoughts: 1) Another staged fight to start the game. Whatever floats your boat, I guess. Maybe it’s hypocritical, but to me they don’t seem as senseless when it’s archrivals playing. I did think Rupp had some good, solid hits, though he wasn’t credited with any, officially. 2) I liked the…

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394 Rangers-Blues in review

Thoughts: 1) The Rangers don’t usually get out hit and outmuscled, but they sure did in the first period and they definitely did on the first goal … even if there was an illegal pick there. I thought they lost about four physical battles on that shift. 2) And from…

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52 Post-game interviews

John Tortorella and Brad Richards both noted the lack of passion in this game. Tortorella said the call against Hagelin should have been a non-call, and said he told Hagelin “to do it again.” Henrik Lundqvist said he’s OK after that shot off the collarbone and that it shouldn’t affect…

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172 Rangers-Panthers in review

Not going to get all wrapped up in who did what on a lopsided scoresheet, though I’m sure you all enjoyed the heck out of it, and you should have. Instead, how about numbers?: 17-6-4, second best record in the improving East and fewest regulation losses in the NHL; 8-2-2…

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139 Rangers-Lightnings in review

I do not condone what Artem Anisimov did after that beauty of a short-handed goal put the Rangers up 2-1. You know by now that he went down to a knee, aimed his stick like a rifle toward goalie Mathieu Garon and pumped a few shots. Certainly not the end…

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221 Rangers-Lightnings in review

So, I guess we can say this streak isn’t a fluke, right? I mean, the Rangers have won games by dominating, won games when they were less than dominating, won games protecting leads, won games by coming from behind. They have gotten up for the big teams, haven’t let down…

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517 Rangers-Hurricanes in review

You know what? That was an imperfect game against a struggling team. OK, given. But that’s a good, good win. That’s a tough game to be the road team, with the coaching change and the feelings of getting the popular coach fired, and the new coaches on the bench. And…

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421 Rangers-Flyers in review

Thoughts: 1) I don’t believe most staged fights serve any purpose. But when two rival teams get together, or when there is an axe to grind, and two guys go at it right off the first draw, well, that does set a tone. 2) Brandon Prust is certainly willing, and…

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66 Rangers-Capitals in review

Temper the giddiness over the six goals for a moment, because, well, you have to realistically say that some of that was on Michal Neuvirth and some of that was on a Washington team that wasn’t great in its own end. But the truth is, the Rangers had the puck…

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