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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.

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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.

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The Rangers Scoring Machine

from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NY Times, .

..if you look at Gaborik’s 24 goals as a percentage of the total goals the Rangers have scored so far this season. When you subtract the bookkeeping goals the league awards to teams that win shootouts (in the Rangers’ case, two) and use only those goals scored during regulation and overtime, the Slovakian wingman has accounted for 25.5 percent of all the Rangers’ goals. That is the highest percentage in the N.H.L., and only Steven Stamkos of Tampa Bay comes close.

Below, the league’s top 10 through Sunday:

read on

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Redden Gets Another Chance & Maybe His Last One

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Wade Redden’s last chance to make a positive impression on coach John Tortorella and thus avoid exile to the AHL Wolf Pack begins tonight in Raleigh.

Tortorella, who is reinserting Redden into the lineup for tonight’s match against the Hurricanes after scratching the veteran defenseman the previous two games, will expect to see No. 6 bring the same emotion onto the ice as he brought into the coach’s office Thursday morning at Nassau Coliseum, where he complained about being benched.

At the same time, the coach will review whether 10 days and five games in Hartford taught Matt Gilroy how to compete at a consistent level, for the Hobey Baker winner also will be reinserted into the Blueshirts’ lineup following his recall yesterday morning.

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Tortorella Sends Out Notices

from Dan Martin of the NY Post, J

ohn Tortorella benched a pair of Rangers veterans last night, and don’t expect them to be the last moves he makes. Today, the coach blasted the “entitlement” that surrounded the team.

“There’s gonna be no entitlement around here,” Tortorella said. “And I think that’s what kind of stinks… around here.”

He put just about everyone on notice, especially “underachieving veterans.”

“To me it just doesn’t matter how long you’ve played, how much money you make, what draft pick you were,” Tortorella said after a short practice. “We need to shift a little bit and we’re going to.”

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The Tortorella Video Soundboard

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Redden Shows Passion Off The Ice

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Redden, utterly devoid of passion through the first 109 games of his Ranger career, finally showed some emotion upon hearing the news oh boy about the scratch by confronting and shouting at Tortorella in the visiting coach’s office prior to the morning skate.

Later, the defenseman who represented himself as worthy of a $39M investment over six years upon reaching free agency on July 1, 2008, complained to the press that he was being “singled out” and being made an “example.”

How absurd. How outrageous. But how typical. Though, in a sense, Redden was correct. He is an example ... of what happens when players are not held accountable. Management shares the responsibility for Redden’s sense of entitlement.

more on the Rangers

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Tortorella Takes Action

from the Twitter of Larry Brooks,

Redden Kotalik scratched

added 1:21pm, Tortorella post-game conference after the loss to the Islanders last night.

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It Is Tortorella Time

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Now is the time for Tortorella to personally embrace the “Safe is Death,” philosophy he espoused in Tampa and have the nerve to tell Glen Sather, his boss, that the millions he spent on Wade Redden and Michal Rozsival would have been better invested with Bernie Madoff.

Now is the time for the head coach to justify the badge on his chest by figuring out how to reduce Chris Drury’s minutes and responsibility without embarrassing the earnest but painfully ineffective captain, no easy task at all.

Tortorella was furious in the wake of last night’s no-show in which the Rangers were limited to two goals or fewer for the seventh straight time and 17th time in their last 21 games. They hadn’t sunk to such levels of impotence since December of 2002 when they also went seven in a row during some of the darkest days of the seven-year playoff drought that preceded the lockout.

In other words, these are the Bad Old Days.

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Rangers Talk About The Loss To The Islanders Tonight

Chris Drury, Henrik Lundqvist and Marc Staal of the NY Rangers react to the loss to the Islanders tonight.

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