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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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Rangers Chances For The Playoffs - Very Slim

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Slim just rode out of town.

There are three games to go and beginning tonight at the Garden against Toronto, the Rangers will play them without a margin for error in their quest to make the playoffs after last night’s 5-2 debacle of a defeat to a Sabres team that was a step up in class.

These weren’t the deficient Islanders, the lousy Lightning or the inept Panthers, the victims in the three-game winning streak the Blueshirts carried into the match. These, rather, were the Northeast champions clinching their division, even without the injured Thomas Vanek, Tim Connolly, Patrick Kaleta and Craig Rivet.

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Tortorella Meets The Media After The Rangers Loss Tonight

Watch the save by Miller on Gaborik below that Torts discusses in the video,....

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Stamkos & Pronger Talk

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

• The deal, according to Sather, was struck. The Rangers would be getting Stamkos, who has scored 46 goals thus far this season, tied for second in the NHL with Alex Ovechkin and just one behind Sidney Crosby in the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy….

“How close did we come?” Sather asked rhetorically, repeating the question we posed to him as the Rangers practiced in Tampa on Thursday. “We shook hands on it, that’s how close….

• There is something foul in Philadelphia far beyond the goaltending fiasco that has become the focal point of the NHL’s most disappointing team.

We’re not there on a day-to-day basis, so we can’t claim first-hand knowledge, but when two league GMs were asked what they perceived to be the problem, neither hesitated.

“Pronger,” each said, referring to Chris Pronger, the defenseman who has a reputation for splitting locker rooms as well as heads….

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Evening Line

There are many different levels of fandom. I’m extreme! I’m one of those Rangers fans who doesn’t take defeat well. For example, if the Rangers fail to make the playoffs in a given season, I make it my mission—as do many other hard-core Rangers fans—to root against their most hated rival, the New Jersey Devils.

-Linda Cohn at ESPN New York.  Read more about Linda’s love for the Rangers.

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Gaborik Needs To Show Up

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Where’s Gabby?

It’s difficult to know what is more troubling, that Marian Gaborik played poorly enough (again) to merit benching for the final 8:15 of the second period in the Rangers’ 3-2 overtime loss in Toronto on Saturday night, or that coach John Tortorella believed that benching the team’s lone marquee forward was the only way to jump-start him.

Seriously, with all of the issues the Rangers must surmount over the final seven games that after a season of good health now include knee injuries to top-six forwards Ryan Callahan and Sean Avery, the most perplexing is Gaborik’s recent penchant for disappearing at both ends of the ice for shifts at a time.

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Lundqvist Not Happy With A Goal He Gave Up Tonight

May be considered vulgar.

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With Lundqvist In Goal, Rangers Still In The Game

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It’s a good thing that Tortorella recognized that The King is as indispensable as it gets in this league, as important to his team as any player in the NHL, and that includes fellow royal court members Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.

You know, it’s strange. Tortorella came to New York with a reputation for chewing up and spitting out goaltenders. But he’s been a softie with Lundqvist, careful with his words in appraising the goaltender’s play as if he recognizes that alienating The King is the last thing he could afford.

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Rangers Future Is Nothing To Get Excited About

from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

Just how many of these Rangers, after Gaborik, Henrik Lundqvist, Staal, Michael Del Zotto, Callahan, and probably young Artem Anisimov, should they want to go forward with?

Of course they will stick with Drury and Sean Avery, who will be paid for their character, if not point production commensurate with their salaries. Brandon Dubinsky is signed for next season, when he’s going to have to play consistently harder than he did in this one.

The Rangers, who will have to spend on role players to replace the ones they will let go, could use an influx of young, cheap, rising talent while big-tickets run out. They probably have one prospect, Hartford winger Evgeny Grachev, who has a chance to step into their lineup next season.

One game at a time, the players said last night, after so far playing exactly just one game. Still down five points to Boston, which has a game in hand, the Rangers don’t dare look too far ahead.

Meanwhile, it was less painful for the fans enjoying a rout of the Islanders to do exactly the same.

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