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Renney And Shanahan

Tom Renney and Brendan Shanahan participated in an NHL tele-confernce today.

Q. The Sabres seemed to make a bit of a deal out of a comment that you made yesterday about them maybe not being the cream of the crop. Could you characterize what you said and what your intention was?
TOM RENNEY: Well, when asked what I thought about the Sabres, I answered as, you know, I’m not sure. I wasn’t sure if they were the cream of the crop. But I do know one thing, they’re an awfully good hockey club and we’ve got a tiger by the tail.
From my point of view at least, nobody will know who the best team in the National Hockey League is till sometime in mid June.

Q. Just looking at the Sabres team, they’ve got a lot of speed. What do you think you need to do in order to contain them?
TOM RENNEY: I think a couple of things. We certainly have to match their speed if we can with our own attack and force them to have to play defense naturally. I think we have to try to keep their power play off the ice and play a real disciplined game within or game plan in general, and really stay poised and not allow frustration to be part of our game plan. This is a team that can capitalize on mistakes or miscues. They really do have a terrific transition game. We have to try to, as much as possible, eliminate that from their game.

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A Shocker

from The Maven,

By rights, I should never let emotion get the best of me when it comes to predicting Stanley Cup playoff series.
Granted, I lost it the other night, suggesting that the Rangers will sweep the Sabres.
That’s a stretch; but there’s no doubt in my mind that the Blueshirts will beat Buffalo – and I’ll make it in five games.
The Rangers have better goaltending – Henny Lundqvist over Ryan Miller – and have jelled at the right time.

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Avery Getting Psyched

from the Buffalo News,

The New York Rangers haven’t had a game in six days, so their players have had a lot of downtime to fill. Avery has been using his to visualize his opponents in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
“I’ve just secretly been making up things in my head about guys on their team that they’ve done to me so I can identify with them when we’re going in a corner,” Avery said Monday in New York. “I’ve already decided I hate all those guys, so we’re not going to have any problem with that.”
Hate is a common word when discussing Avery. His peers named him the most hated player in the NHL in a poll by the Hockey News, and he won in a landslide. Avery got 66 percent of the vote while Nashville’s Jordin Tootoo placed second with just 6 percent.

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No Shadow On Jagr

from the Buffalo News,

The Eastern Conference semifinal between the Sabres and New York Rangers will start Wednesday, and both teams have a player who fills an important niche. The Rangers have Jagr, one of the most potent offensive players of his generation. The Sabres have Chris Drury, who earned Selke Trophy votes this season as the NHL’s best defensive forward.
It would seem logical for the Sabres to make sure Drury is on the ice whenever Jagr is. But the Sabres enjoy making other teams adapt to them, so coach Lindy Ruff said Monday he will not alter his game plans just to make sure Drury and his wingers shadow Jagr and his linemates.
“No. No,” Ruff said. “We didn’t do any changing on the fly this year. We didn’t pour anybody over the boards. We’ll get matchups that we like.”

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Rangers Belong

from the New York Times,

“I don’t know if they’re the cream of the crop right now,” Rangers Coach Tom Renney said of the Sabres. “They’re certainly one of eight teams left, and a good one. I’m not going to suggest I don’t want to give them credit, but we’re where we are because we belong here, too.
“One thing I will say is we are a different team than we were three months ago. Buffalo is what they are. Maybe we’re a little less familiar to them than they are to us. They are a good team. I’m not going to take anything away from them, but I’m not going to pump their tires, either.”

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Rangers Will Test Sabres

from the Buffalo News,

“They’re a balanced attack,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Sunday. “It’s come from a lot of different places. They’ve got younger guys that have been in the scoring department, but I think it’s overall balance. They’ve played sound defensively, and their goaltender has been very good.”
The sixth-seeded Rangers are paced by Jagr, who figures to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when he hangs up his skates. The 35-year-old won back-to-back Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh during his first two seasons. Mario Lemieux did the bulk of that work, and Jagr wants to return the favor to the youngsters on his team.
“I love the players I am playing with,” Jagr said last week. “When I was young, Mario gave me the Cup. I always wanted to help the younger guys like Mario helped me.”

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Blogging The Rangers

from David Amber at ESPN,

In this week’s Facing Off, we ask Cahill how Rangers fans, like him, are different than Islanders fans, how he got ready for the role of gold-medal winning goalie Jim Craig and which team has the right stuff to hoist the Stanley Cup in June.
Question from David Amber: How did you get your own playoff blog on the NHL.com?
Answer from Eddie Cahill: I went to a couple of Rangers games at the Garden, and someone at the NHL had seen me and figured I was a fan and decided to approach me about having a blog during the playoffs. It’s very cool, being a big fan like me. It makes you feel included in a weird way. It brings you a little closer to the game, which I like.

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Trading Ward Was Turning Point For Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Just prior to the deadline, Sather made his move, sending Ward to the Bruins for Paul Mara, in whom the Blueshirts had been interested for weeks.
It was a deal that improved the Rangers on the ice, with Mara providing a second power-play-unit point option Ward did not. Beyond that, it was a trade that purified the atmosphere. And, most critically, it was a trade that solidified Jagr’s status as captain and cemented the mutual bond of trust and commitment between No. 68 and the hierarchy.
It was the fork in the road for the Rangers, who have followed their leader on the path to a sweep of Atlanta and the second round of the playoffs.

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What Went Wrong, Atlanta?

From Craig Custance at AJC,

As the Thrashers players filed out of a quiet visitors locker room, one of their owners stood outside sharing in the disappointment.
The Thrashers lost 4-2 to the New York Rangers Wednesday in front of a loud sellout Madison Square Garden crowd. The loss was the final in a 4-0 sweep in the franchise’s first playoff series.
“I’m just trying to remember the good times,” Atlanta Spirit co-owner Bruce Levenson said.
For these Thrashers, the positive memories in a year of firsts — a playoff berth and a division title — were now being threatened by new memories.
Like a packed arena chanting, “Sweep! Sweep!” in the final moments of the Rangers win.
Or Sean Avery driving nearly every Thrashers player crazy with his constant yapping and physical play. He also did a little scoring, once again assisting on a Brendan Shanahan goal that tied the game 2-2.
Or having to answer the same postgame question — What went wrong?

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Note: Over at AtlantaThrashers.com, you can find a fan appreciation video.

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Some Vindication for NY Rangers

From NY Daily News,

If at first you don’t succeed, try and try and try and try and try and try and try and try and try again.
Expectations are growing. Despite all these years of mockery, James Dolan had rightfully earned this small victory over a flawed opponent wearing earth-tone uniforms.
Dolan had stuck with his guy, Glen Sather, who had been losing for what seemed like forever. And after all the lousy seasons and flimsy alibis, both men had discovered the right formula - a calm, savvy coach, a hot goaltender in Henrik Lundqvist and a hybrid roster of grizzled veterans and young legs.

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