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Is A Princess Fit For A ‘King’?

from Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star,

Apparently, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has to wait until the off-season to score.

Sorry.

Swedish tabloids are linking Lundqvist, a Swede, with his home country’s fetching young royal, Princess Madeleine. Or, as her friends know her, the Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland.

The 27-year-old princess is embroiled in a tabloid disaster, after her long-time fiancé, lawyer Jonas Bergstrom, was outed after a one-nighter with a college student.

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Fixing The Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

I regret that I have become so personally entwined with this coach that I’m compelled to stipulate that I am not engaged in a vendetta against him. I have neither written about nor spoken of the breakdown in our relationship and have no interest in doing so.

But I must state that my relentless criticism of Tortorella—whom, by the way, I enthusiastically endorsed for the job a week before he replaced Tom Renney—is the cause of the rift and not its effect.

I do not believe a coach can win in this league by creating an environment of underlying tension, or by constantly screaming at players, or by changing line combinations every five minutes, or by obsessing over players staying out of the penalty box at the expense of protecting teammates, or by trying to win with two forward lines.

It does not, though, on the day after the Rangers’ playoff dream died, appear that either Sather or Tortorella is going anywhere, unless the GM decides on his own to step away from the operation.

So what should the Rangers do, assuming that Sather and Tortorella remain?

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Lundqvist Deserved Better

from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

For a team that had lost most of the races and one-on-one battles, that had been hanging onto a cliff by practically the last ounce of strength in Henrik Lundqvist’s grip, the Rangers yesterday still, at the end of 65 minutes, had the Flyers where they wanted them.

“[Coach] John [Tortorella] even said [before the overtime], ‘Don’t totally sit back, but don’t let it end here, because we have a big advantage in goal in the shootout,’ ” said Erik Christensen.

The Rangers, 7-1-1 just to get to one game for eighth place, had kept borrowing time, and Lundqvist was stealing them another two weeks. Apprehension filled the house down to the Flyers’ bench.

“It’s a little bit ironic, how this happens, Lundqvist being probably the best shootout goalie in the league, along with Ryan Miller,” Danny Briere would say later. “The Rangers have been pretty successful and the Flyers haven’t in shootouts.”

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“It’s So Empty And Disappointing Right Now”

The words of Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist after the game.

Lundqvist is followed by Gaborik and Drury in the video.

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Tortorella After The Loss To Philadelphia

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One More Win Needed

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It took essentially all season for the Rangers to establish an identity, but they have now, they sure have now—better late than never and not too late at all, after all.

These are the Rangers who would not give up on themselves or their season. These are the Rangers who are one win away from the playoffs with one game to go, tomorrow afternoon in Philadelphia. These are the Rangers who are one win away from the greatest stretch drive to the playoffs in franchise history.

One win away. Only one win away. Still one win away.

There are other permutations featuring Boston and Montreal that might apply following the Blueshirts’ electric 4-3 victory over the Flyers last night at the Garden, but it is finally this simple: If the Rangers get their sweep of the home-and-home, they will have come all the way back from a seven-point hole with 10 games remaining to gain a fifth straight playoff berth.

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Rangers Must Win Two

from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

So now that the Rangers have defied the odds and their own limitations to fight back to the equivalent of a must-win Game 6, the most important guy on the team says they, like their wired fans at Madison Square Garden tonight, will enjoy every minute of the unexpected opportunity that begins tonight with a home-and-home against the Flyers.

“We’re happy and excited to be in this position,” said goalie Henrik Lundqvist. “Both teams are pretty excited I’m sure, but the difference is we have been on the outside [of the playoffs] the whole time and [the Flyers] have been on the inside, so hopefully they feel more pressure than we do.”

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Empty Dates At MSG Means Loss Of Income

from Ken Belson of the New York Times,

With two games left on their schedule, the Rangers are in danger of missing the N.H.L. playoffs for the first time in five years. That possibility would certainly be a disappointment for the team’s fans. But it would also sting the Rangers’ front office, which would forgo several million dollars for each playoff game missed.

Madison Square Garden Inc., which owns the Rangers, will certainly survive if the team misses the playoffs because the Rangers are only one part of a $1 billion enterprise that includes the Knicks, the Liberty and other sports properties; Radio City Music Hall and other theaters; and the MSG Network.

But because all N.B.A. and N.H.L. teams must keep dates open at their arenas in case they make the playoffs, the elimination of the Knicks and the Rangers from the postseason means the Garden would remain empty for many more nights in April and May.

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Morning Line- Part 2

“So I just needed a kick in the butt. I talked to Schoeny on the ice in practice the day before the Buffalo game. And Torts challenged a few guys. And I was one of the guys. He looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘You have to be better.’ It’s not always fun, but it’s happened to me a few times. I’ve had some tough coaches. You’ve just got to suck it up.

And if I want to be in this situation where I’m playing with Gabby on the first line, I have to play well….”

-Erik Christensen of the New York Rangers.  More from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NY Times.

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The Weekend Could Belong To Lundqvist

from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

...That race is three horses for two places, but the Rangers don’t have to worry about Boston getting only one point in their three remaining games if they win both games this weekend against a Philadelphia team that, playing with a third-string goalie and without leading goal scorer Jeff Carter, also believes it has gotten its act together in the nick of time.

“We know we have to win both, but it’s one at a time,” said Lundqvist.

And if it gets down to just one, who would you want in your net in that one: Brian Boucher or Henrik Lundqvist?

Of all the questions asked about the Rangers’ ability to pull this off, that one is ridiculous.

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