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96 Saves Combined- Brodeur (51) & Lundqvist (45) Battle It Out

Devils win 1-0 over the Rangers in a shootout.

In case you missed the game (Versus/Directv, you need to get this settled).

Game story by Dave Lozo of NHL.com.

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Rangers Should Be Sellers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers’ recent correction in which they have gone 8-1-3 since the Dec. 16 Garden defeat to the Islanders that prompted the twin two-game exiles of Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik presents a challenge for GM Glen Sather.

Because even though the Blueshirts seem to be a playoff caliber team in a conference overloaded with deficient squads, this run against a succession of terrible opponents should not and must not interfere with the real business at hand of constructing a Stanley Cup contender.

To that end, no matter the standings, no matter the “game with points streak,” no matter the revenue the Garden would stand to derive from a few playoff home dates, Sather has the responsibility to be a seller rather than a buyer as the trade deadline approaches.

continued

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Rangers Request To Practice On Fenway Ice - The Answer Is No

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Chris Drury may have lived in the shadow of Fenway Park when he attended Boston University, but the Rangers’ captain and his teammates were denied permission to practice at the old ballyard this afternoon by Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna, The Post has learned.

The Blueshirts, who face the Bruins here tomorrow afternoon, had requested about a half-hour of outdoor ice time early this afternoon, prior to the Hockey East outdoor doubleheader at Fenway commencing at 4 with a women’s game between UNH and Northeastern before the 7:30 men’s nightcap between BU and BC.

read on

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Bring Back The Old Avery

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Avery has looked lost lately. It isn’t that his hands have turned to stone around the net, or that he hasn’t been able to contribute to the breakout without first going backward with the puck, or that he hasn’t been able to cleanly receive passes.

It’s that Avery is not fulfilling the role he was born to play, the one in which he forechecks, grinds and cycles like crazy and antagonizes like he’s certifiable.

The prevailing wisdom was that Avery would become a better player if he left the extra-curricular activities behind. But that wisdom was actually ignorance in disguise. Avery needs to play with bravado, he needs to stoke emotions and he needs to skate on the edge.

more

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No Limos, Just A Bus For The Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“We’ve changed out travel into the Island and Jersey where it’s not going to be 10 freakin’ (cq) limos flying in from all over the place and come in for the morning skate,” Tortorella said. “We’re leaving the night before, on a bus, and going to Long Island and Jersey as a team from now on.”

Interestingly, the Rangers are 5-2-1 over the last three seasons taking their limos to New Jersey and 8-3-1 in their last 12 taking their limos to Long Island.

This proclamation about travel was made after Tortorella said that the way the organization treats the players is, “sometimes too good.

“That’s part of the problem, that’s something in the short time I’ve been here, I think we take too good care of them sometimes. I’ll leave it at that.”

more on the Rangers…

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Should The Rangers Bury Almost $40M In The Minors?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, I

f it is true that pride goes before the fall, then if Glen Sather is too proud to admit his mistakes in signing Wade Redden, Michal Rozsival the second time and Donald Brashear, he has no place running the Rangers any longer.

If Sather is not willing to, a) admit to his fantastic errors in judgment; and, more important, b) suck it up and inform Jim Dolan that Cablevision must be willing to send what amounts to $39M in remaining contracts to the minor leagues in order to begin cleansing the environment, then the GM’s tenure of nearly 10 years has run its course.

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Tortorella Stumped After Rangers 6-0 Thumping To Philly

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It is not one thing not to be big enough or fast enough or skilled enough. It is quite another thing not to care enough.

And it is even something else altogether not to care at all, which is the impression the Rangers left with anyone and everyone who had the misfortune of watching last night’s 6-0 defeat to the Flyers.

Something is rotten at the Garden.

continued and watch the Tortorella post-game press conference….

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The Smurf-Like Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

When was it exactly that the people making the personnel decisions for the Rangers came to the conclusion that size and strength are not necessary attributes for a team to thrive over the course of an 82-game season?

The contrast is striking every night, when the Blueshirt smurfs try to get to the front of the net against (much) larger defensemen while enemy attackers flood Henrik Lundqvist’s crease without meaningful opposition from players who are either too small to make a statement or too meek to matter.

It is imperative that GM Glen Sather acquire big bodies who will use them, even if it means sacrificing some of the skill level that coach John Tortorella covets in his athletes.

continued

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Scoring Still A Problem For Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Before getting the boot late last February, Tom Renney was criticized for suppressing the Rangers’ creativity during the seemingly endless string of 2-1 and 3-2 games they played with him behind the bench.

But you don’t hear those same complaints leveled at John Tortorella now that his Blueshirts seem to be stuck playing those very same low-scoring games a year later.

Coaches change. Personnel changes. The Rangers’ scoring problems do not, at least not significantly, even during the three-game winning streak they will bring into tonight’s Garden match against the Panthers.

continued

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It Seems Like Yesterday

from Dave Seminara of the New York Times,

When Catherine Kaptain turned on the evening news and saw her son John being struck with his own shoe in a fight with the Boston Bruins, her disdain for the sport her family loved never seemed more justified. “I screamed, ‘They’re beating up my babies!’ ” she said.

Thirty years ago, on Dec. 23, 1979, Bruins defenseman Mike Milbury whacked John Kaptain, a Rangers fan from New Jersey, with a shoe during a bizarre altercation in which all but one Bruins player went over the glass and into the stands at Madison Square Garden. The incident, after a 4-3 Bruins victory, resulted in three players being suspended, lawsuits and the installation of higher glass in the arena. It remains one of the most memorable fan-athlete confrontations in sports.

It all unfolded after Phil Esposito of the Rangers smashed his stick on the ice and skated off to the locker room after failing to convert a breakaway in the waning seconds. When the buzzer sounded, Al Secord, Boston’s rugged left wing, decked the Rangers’ Ulf Nilsson.

continued

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