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Same Team, Different Day

Much like the team did on Wednesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the New York Rangers dominated the first two periods of their game against the Florida Panthers and still managed to find a way to lose 2-1 in regulation.

The Blueshirts outshot the Cats’ 41-22 and yet, only got one past Panthers’ netminder Craig Anderson. Though, Brandon Dubinsky had a goal waved off early in the first period and after reviewing the play over and over, it’s clear that Dubinsky’s stick was below the crossbar so once again, the Blueshirts caught a tough break.

It really is amazing how this team can’t score. Last night, they had trouble lifting the puck, they missed open notes, they shot right into Anderson, etc. They did all the things that’s been killing them this season and got a typical Blueshirt result over the past couple of months: a loss.

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Just Wondering Department

With New Jersey Devils netminder Martin Brodeur set to return tonight against the Colorado Avalanche, I am wondering just how much of a difference he will make.

Without their star netminder this season, the team is 32-17-1 and is coming off with some great play from Scott Clemmenssen, who was sent down to the AHL yesterday.

What do you folks think?

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Give It Some Time

I hope New York Rangers fans weren’t expecting the team to come out and fire in four or five goals last night against the Toronto Maple Leafs because if they were, they had to be disappointed.

In last night’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Leafs, the Rangers dominated the first 40 minutes of the game as they got to loose pucks, put pucks on goal, crashed the net for rebounds and played tight defense. However, due to John Tortorella’s attacking style, the team got tired and simply ran out of gas in the third period and the OT. This is obviously something that the team will need to adjust to if they want ot have any kind of success going forward.

As Tortorella mentioned in his post-game press conference, this team obviously has trouble finishing and it’s definitely hurting their confidence right now. When they get the chance to shoot it, it either gets blocked or they pass it off. They have pucks bouncing over sticks in front of the net, they’re hitting posts and they’re making every goalie look like the second coming of Patrick Roy.

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  Tags: eastern+conference, florida+panthers, john+tortorella, montreal+canadiens, new+york+rangers, toronto+maple+leafs

An Interview with James Murphy of The Inside Hockey Radio Show

Almost every Friday or Saturday on Kukla’s Korner, our very own Alanah will post an advertisement for the Inside Hockey Radio Show, which can be heard on XM NHL Home Ice, Team 990, and AM 1120 in Boston.

Since their ad is constantly on our site and because I am a big fan, I figured that this would be the perfect opportunity to interview the host of the show, James Murphy. Murphy is a hockey journalist and his musings can be read on NHL.com, InsideHockey.com, NESN.com and Le Magazine and heard on XM Home Ice, Team 990 and AM 1120.

Read below to learn more about a great hockey personality!

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Change on the Way?

With John Tortorella making his season debut as the New York Rangers head coach tonight against the Toronto Maple leafs, many fans are hoping that this will signal lots of positive changes.

Based on what Tortorella told the press corps yesterday, he wants to instill confidence in his troops and give them the creativity that they need to play effectively. At the same time, however, he also mentioned that he does not want to fall into the same trap he did last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning, where his team went all out on offense and suffered on the defensive end.

With that said, Tortorealla is going to do everything he can to get some offensive chemistry into this lineup. For one thing, expect to see a lot less of the fourth line and more of the top three lines as Tortorella believes in playing his best players as much as possible in order to give the team the best chance to win a hockey game.

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  Tags: john+tortorella, kalinin, michal+rozsival, new+york+rangers, rietz, steve+zipay, tampa+bay+lightning, toronto+maple+leafs, wade+redden

A Promising Career on Shattenkirk’s Plate

It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to interview an NHL prospect who played for Team USA in the World Juniors and is one of the top college hockey players for the Boston University Terriers.

I was lucky to have the opportunity to do an e-mail interview with Kevin Shattenkirk, a 19-year-old defenseman who was selected 14th overall by the Colorado Avalanche. Shattenkirk is one of the club’s top prospects who skates extremely well and knows how to move the puck.

Hopefully, the Avalanche will get to see Shattenkirk up close in the near future. Enjoy:

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  Tags: beanpot, boston+university+terriers, colorado+avalanche, john+michael+liles, jordan+leopold, kevin+shattenkirk, nhl, team+usa

Sather Speaks!

For a great look at what New York Rangers General Manager Glen Sather had to say about the firing of Tom Renney and the hiring of John Tortorella, I would suggest reading Rick Carpiniello’s Rangers Report blogs here and here.

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Not a Surprise

If you are a New York Rangers fan or had been watching the team the past month and a half or so, you knew that the team was going to make a change whether it was with management, acquiring/trading a player or firing the coach.

As it turns out, it was the third option as the team let go of head coach Tom Renney and replaced him with John Tortorella. While many people will feel for Renney and believe that it really wasn’t his fault, this move had to be made and Tortorella will come in, hold players accountable and may be just the guy that the team needs going forward.

For more reaction regarding the move, please check out the following links:

- Rangers Report
- Blue Notes
- Rangers Rant
- Blueshirt Bulletin
- Scotty Hockey

What do you folks think?

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A New Season

When the New York Rangers beat the New York Islanders on Wednesday night, Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist said it was a good start to the new season.

It’s a good thing that the Blueshirts are looking at this as a new season since more than halfway through this 2008-09 campaign, a season that has been mired with a lack of scoring, a lack of finish, a terrible power play and overall, inconsistency.

This weekend, the team looks to continue its perfect new season with games against the Buffalo Sabres (tomorrow night in Buffalo) and Toronto Maple Leafs (Sunday night at the Garden). To pick up four points, the team will need to do the following:

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Why the Panthers Deserve to be Where they Are Now

The last time the Florida Panthers made the playoffs, they had some guy named Pavel Bure and had Mike Vernon as their goaltender. This happened during the 1999-2000 season when they were swept by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils.

Nine years later, the Panthers find themselves in unfamiliar territory as March approaches: a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Since the new year, the team is 13-4-2 and is sixth in the Eastern Conference with 66 points, just three points behind the fourth-place Philadelphia Flyers. So, you might ask, how are they doing this?

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About Goal Line Report

Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.

Prior to writing for the above mentioned outlets, you could find Patrick's musings at hockey web sites/outlets such as TheHockeyNews.com, TheFourthPeriod.com, Spector's Hockey, Hokeja Vestnesis, Blueshirt Bulletin, SNYRangersBlog.com and many more.

For questions, comments and hip checks, feel free to e-mail Patrick at patrickhoffman3530@gmail.com.

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