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Gilroy Signs With Rangers

from Larry Brooks,

The Rangers have signed Boston University free agent defenseman Matt Gilroy, winner of the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s best player, The Post has learned.

Gilroy, the 24-year-old who led the Terriers to the NCAA title last week, received serious bids from a half-dozen teams, notably including the Devils, Maple Leafs and Lightning.

It’s believed the Long Island native, whose father, Frank, played basketball for St. John’s from 1997-81, signed a two-year deal for between $4-5 million.

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Redden Playing For Wins

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

So yesterday, after a night on which he and partner Michal Rozsival were called on in relief of Marc Staal and Dan Girardi to contain the essentially uncontainable Alex Ovechkin in Game 1 against the Caps, Redden chuckled when I asked him whether he not only considered the playoffs as a clean slate, but whether he believed he was in need of one.

The question could have been the opening of a cross-examination had Redden been in a courtroom witness chair rather than a hockey locker room.

“Whether it was a good or bad regular season doesn’t matter at this point,” Redden said a day after his 27:35 of work contributed to the Rangers getting the series jump, 4-3.

“All that matters is we win every night, and that’s where my focus is, helping the team out.”

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Capitals Have Defensive Zone Issues

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Bragging is not The Maven’s forte.

With that in mind I’m not suggesting that my prediction of a Rangers opening series victory over Washington was underlined by their stirring win in Game One.

But looking ahead to the second game in our nation’s capital on Saturday, it is apparent that the Capitals may very well be a paper tiger and not necessarily a playoff scoring machine.

As I told you over and over again in my previews of this fascinating match-up, the Caps are so weak in goal and so deficient on defense that all the Ovechkins and Semins and Greens cannot compensate for a goalie so riddled with doubts — and deficiencies — as Jose Theodore.

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How To Handle Avery

from Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post,

The Capitals are expecting some antics from Avery, prepared for it, actually. “Wouldn’t you do what you do best?” asked Coach Bruce Boudreau. Avery’s role in the first-round series between the Capitals and the New York Rangers will be to agitate Ovechkin if he can, and in general to be “a really good thorn in our side,” Boudreau predicts. They’re braced for his irritating act, the swaggering belligerence clad in a high-fashion wardrobe—will he wear Dries van Noten to the game, or Alexander McQueen?—and the combination of raw knuckles and condescension.

Avery’s tactics are all about control; it’s as if his hand is on a dial manipulating the temperatures of others. He upsets his victims with crudeness, but what should bother them most is his calculation. It’s all a set-up, he goads others by questioning their toughness, gets the best of them by honing in on their insecurities, then leaves them regretting the loss of self-control, and often walks away the winner.

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How To Beat The Capitals

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

I’m sitting in the barber chair getting my locks clipped, while reading the latest issue of Sports Illustrated. Lo and behold, my eyes drifted down to the Eastern Conference predictions made by Pierre (What Doesn’t He Know) McGuire. Alas and alack,  Pierre selected Washington over New York in six games. Poof! Just like that; my doubts about the Rangers were erased.

Since Sports Illustrated’s predictions are always right, about 20 percent of the time, I immediately knew that everything will be just hunky-dory with the Blueshirts. If Sports Illustrated picks them to lose, it automatically means that the Rangers will win.

But I also know that my loyal and intelligent readership wants more than that little SI snippet to prove my point, so I’ll move on to The Fischler Guaranteed to Work Game Plan.

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Rangers Need A Top-Notch Gomez

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Gomez was a significant disappointment this season. The Blueshirts’ putative first-line pivot played only slightly better hockey for John Tortorella than he did for Tom Renney, finishing a 58-point season (16-42) by collecting four points (0-4) in the final eight games and 10 points (1-9) in the final 16.

“It was a hard year, not that I didn’t make it hard on myself,” Gomez said. “I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to the playoffs and the chance to make things right, not for myself, but for the team.”

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Ranger Observations

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

• One of my best John Tortorella “insiders” suggests that we should not be surprised if the underdog Blueshirts pull a first round upset. “Nobody,” my Tampa Bay tipster advises, “is a better playoff planner than Torts. Say what you will about any other part of his style but, when it comes to the post-season, there isn’t a better coach.”

• Henny Lundqvist’s learning curve suggests that — hard to believe — his BEST is yet to come. The Maven predicts that THIS will prove to be his best playoff since he arrived on Seventh Avenue.

• Nik Zherdev is SO skilled that he always manages to pull off a deluxe move just when half the house is about to give him The Bronx Cheer.

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Rangers Get To Price

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

And so the Rangers need just one more, need just one more victory in their final two games to clinch a playoff spot after taking advantage of Carey Price’s slipshod night in nets to defeat the Canadiens 3-1 at the Garden last night while the Panthers were being beaten 2-1 in Philadelphia….

The Blueshirts inexorably took the game away from the Canadiens over the final 40 minutes with a combination of smart work in the neutral zone, a five-in-the-picture look in the defensive zone and sustained forecheck work and down-low pressure in the offensive end. But they received an immeasurable boost from Price’s inability to keep his balance (and poise) or play his angles.

He was terrible when it mattered, which was in the first and early in the second, when the Blueshirts seemed both tentative and as if they were waiting for something bad to happen.

But when something bad happened, it was to Price, who surrendered a horrid short-side goal to Chris Drury at 13:14 of the first and then lost the puck behind the net to Sean Avery, who got it in front so that a headlong-diving Nik Antropov could chip it in for the eventual winner at 2:37 of the second.

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Rangers Must Win To Control Their Destiny

from Larry Brooks of the Ny Post,

The only way for the Rangers to ensure that they maintain control over their destiny is to defeat the Canadiens tonight at the Garden in the franchise’s most critical regular-season game since the lockout.

Leading Florida by only the victory tiebreaker (40-39) in the contest for the East’s final playoff spot with three games remaining for each team, the Blueshirts’ magic number for clinching a fourth straight playoff berth stands at six points.

If the Rangers run the table with victories tonight, on Thursday in the home finale against the Flyers and then on Sunday in the season finale in Philadelphia, they’re in, regardless of how the Panthers fare tonight in Philadelphia, Thursday in Atlanta and at home on Saturday in their finale against the Caps.

But one slip, one defeat in either regulation or extra time, and control would be ceded to Florida.

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Rangers Fans Deserve Better

from Steve Soldwedel of the Blue Seats at the NY Post,

Even if they squeak into the playoffs this year, does anyone—even the most starry-eyed idealist among the Garden Faithful—believe the Rangers can compete for the Stanley Cup? Measuring them against potential opponents that have put on far better performances, and against rivals of equal quality like the Panthers, to favor the Blueshirts in any series is either great hope or boundless delusion.

Negative critiques are often met with the harshest criticism, but it’s about time the fans lobbed some harsh criticism of their own at the Rangers franchise. Put pride and loyalty aside for a moment to see how people like James Dolan and Glen Sather have hoodwinked the fans, proving P.T. Barnum right year after year. The only reason the Rangers continue to be a poor performer is because the fans enable it. So long as fans continue to shell out money and throw their support behind a disappointing team, the people counting the cash will have no reason to change their tactics.

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