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Lundqvist Not At His Best In Rangers Latest Loss

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers might be able to overcome deficiencies on the power play, problems in their own end and the inability to create a sustained attack, but they simply cannot overcome an average performance from Henrik Lundqvist.

Which is exactly what the Blueshirts got last night—at best—from their elite goaltender in the 4-3 Garden defeat to St. Louis that leaves them three points behind the Bruins for the final playoff spot, with a losers’ bracket confrontation set for Boston on Sunday afternoon.

Then, too, the Thrashers are even in points with the Rangers, with the same game in hand that the Bruins hold on the 10th-place Blueshirts.

“I have to do better, I have to be better,” Lundqvist said after allowing three goals on the Blues’ first eight shots and four on the first 13 shots, including one stinker. “I tried to battle and give the team a chance to win, but the bottom line is that I have to be better.

“Personally, I [stunk]. I am really, really disappointed.”

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Tortorella In Charge

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

So now John Tortorella has made it clear he wants the title of Ranger team captain as well as the ones of head coach and travel director he already owns.

He has made it clear that he not only wants to control what the players do on and off the ice, but also wants to correct what they think.

He tells the players to claim ownership of the locker room, but then simply repossesses it when he dislikes something one of the athletes says.

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Rangers/Islanders Game In 3D

via Richard Sandomir of the New York Times,

MSG Network will show next Wednesday’s Islanders-Rangers game in 3D, the first time a hockey game has been carried in the technology, the network said. It will be available to Cablevision subscribers and offered to other providers.

The game will also be shown on a screen at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

For the game, five 3D cameras will be set up on platforms lower down in the arena than for high-definition broadcasts. “You produce 3D games differently,” said Mike Bair, the president of MSG Media. “And you have to hold shots longer and not cut as quickly.” Kenny Albert and Dave Maloney, the Rangers’ radio team, will shift to the 3D broadcast.

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Afternoon Line

“I think, as a goalie, you can’t think that you have to win.  You have to think, ‘Just play as good as you can and give your team a chance to win,’ because I can’t really effect how we play as a team or if we score or not. If I get too involved emotionally with how we do as a team, I’ll lose focus on my end, my job.”

-New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.  More on Lundqvist from Scott Burnside of ESPN.

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No Love For Avery

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Include the Flyers on the long list of NHL teams that have no respect for Sean Avery.

After seeing the trash-talking, agitating forward score two goals on Sunday to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-1 win in front of a Madison Square Garden crowd that spent much of the game chanting his name, the Flyers took a few bare-knuckled shots at Avery through the print media.

“I played with the guy and dislike the guy,” said Flyers winger Ian Laperriere, who played parts of two seasons with Avery when both were members of the Los Angeles Kings. “I think he does cross the line all the time.

“Those people (in New York) are getting fooled by his act because I know he’s the worst teammate I played with and I know they feel the same way.”

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Rangers Need To Win First, Then Watch

from David Satriano of the NY Post,

The seventh-place Canadiens visit the Garden tonight with a five-point lead on the Rangers.

“It’s really like a four-point game, and those can be a big swing,” defenseman Wade Redden said yesterday after practice. “Those are must-wins. It’s a good opportunity to get points and prevent them from getting any.”

With the logjam at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, Rangers coach John Tortorella could see his cable bill skyrocket this month. The scoreboard watching includes any games involving the Canadiens, Flyers, Bruins, Lightning, Panthers and Thrashers.

“I could sit here and tell you, ‘Oh, it’s just about us’, but I watch them, and I’m sure the players do watch,” Tortorella said. “But it really doesn’t matter, because if we don’t do our things, we aren’t gonna get in.”

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No Parents Allowed

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

In each of the previous two seasons, the Rangers took one road trip on which players were accompanied by their fathers. One of the highlights of last season, in fact, was when the fathers chanted, “Let’s Go Rangers!” in the corridor outside the locker room in Chicago on Jan. 16 during then-coach Tom Renney’s postgame press conference after their kids’ team defeated the Blackhawks in overtime.

But this year, though we’re told that preliminary planning had taken place for a trip including the players’ mothers, there was no such event. Repeated requests for an official explanation went unanswered, but several sources told Slap Shots that current head coach John Tortorella had put the kibosh on the event.

more hockey talk…

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All Kenny Albert

The radio voice of the New York Rangers, Kenny Albert, does a Q & A with Justin Terranova of the NY Post,

Q: Do you think there will be changes with coach John Tortorella and Sather if the Rangers don’t make the playoffs?

A: I think the management is in it for the long haul as far as Sather goes. And this is Tortorella’s first full year with the Rangers. And last year he inherited a team that was out of the playoffs and got them into the postseason. And they also pushed the Capitals to seven games and Washington was a team capable of winning the Stanley Cup.

more

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Tortorella Establishes His Turf

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

For his next trick, Rangers’ head coach and travel director John Tortorella will have his players take rickshaws to Atlanta for tomorrow night’s match with the Thrashers.

It’s always about something else with Tortorella, always about establishing turf and about those meaningless catch phrases the coach likes to toss out there to distract attention from the issue at large, which happens to be that his team is largely unresponsive to him and his methods.

The particular catch phrase for yesterday was, “Limos flying in all over the place,” because Tortorella had taken it upon himself to become offended that prior regimes had permitted Rangers players to travel by car service to games in New Jersey.

As such, the Rangers were not permitted to travel across the Hudson on their own for last night’s match against the Devils. Instead, the Rangers took a team bus on Tuesday evening and spent the night in a Newark hotel.

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Rangers Need The Best From Their Best

from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

While more than 100 orga nized Glen Sather haters gathered on Seventh Avenue looked about ready to slit their wrists over the mediocre state of their team, John Tortorella tried to open a vein in the Rangers’ stone.

“Honestly, let’s call a spade a spade, our top guys were no-shows and it can’t happen at this time of year,” the coach said 20 hours off a 2-0 shutout defeat in Washington, four hours from a 2-1 home overtime loss to Buffalo.

“Listen, they are good people. Erik [Christensen] is put in a spot here he hasn’t been in a long time. He’s a No. 1 center right now, and he has to try to handle that responsibility. He has had some good games for us, but it can’t be the inconsistent roller coaster.

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