Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
Call it a tale of two coaches…
In Vancouver, Alain Vigneault confessed Thursday is that he is having trouble navigating the streets of New York and its suburbs, promising to reveal a “Lincoln Tunnel story” at another time.
He did find his way to the visiting team’s room and the podium in Rogers Arena without any trouble.
But it was an odd feeling.
“Strange could be...Read more »
Dan Girardi (along with the Isles’ John Tavares and the Devils’ Andy Greene) are throwing out the first pitches before Friday’s Yanks-Tigers series opener, and the defenseman, who played first base growing up and sometimes brought his glove to the Rangers practice complex to catch with Chris Drury in the parking lot, loosened up his arm last week with one of the equipment staffers.
The bet...Read more »
If you missed the tweets yesterday or my story in today’s Newsday, we gave you some pertinent quotes from the new sheriff in Van City.
Rather than repeat ‘em here, I’ll provide some others; and you should check out the Vancouver Sun and the Vancouver Province for their takes on Torts, who was on his absolute best behavior, offering up his most sincere side, which is but one of...Read more »
Could there be a coast-to-coast NHL coach exchange? You can’t rule it out.
Vancouver’s former bench boss Alain Vigneault was in California today being interviewed by Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather and other Blueshirt brass, and Canucks general manager Mike Gillis is having discussions with John Tortorella about succeeding Vigneault.
The clubs may be seeking a...Read more »
In what could be an elimination game at Madison Square Garden against the Bruins on Thursday night, Rangers coach John Tortorella has shaken up his lineup by benching struggling veteran Brad Richards.
Tortorella also is replacing injured defenseman Anton Stralman with Roman Hamrlik, and apparently will insert one of the little-used forwards Micheal Haley and Kris Newbury for Arron Asham.
Richards,...Read more »
With a 9-0 record since March 24 in the familiar surroundings of Madison Square Garden, the Rangers rolled into Tuesday’s Game 3 against the Bruins, who lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinals 2-0, with some degree of confidence.
“We’ve been good at home all year long,” Rangers head coach John Tortorella said today. “Some pucks go in at home, or they don’t go in, in certain situations...Read more »
Game 4 peek-ahead stats first:
The PP? 1-for-13. The PK is 8-10. Blueshirts are 39-32 all time in G4.
More in my preview along with Henrik Lundqvist's thoughts on Game 4 in tomorrah's paper. My partner on the bumpy stagecoach ride this series, Anthony Rieber, has a piece on the growth of John Moore coming up as well.
Here's a taste of what Lundqvist said after practice, then...Read more »
Some interesting stuff on the injuries, the Game One tipping points, the penalties, execution and the start of Game 2:
“I thought we generated offense; you know, we don’t score on our breakaway when its 1-nothing, they score on their breakaway; we score, we’re up 2-0; they score, they’re up 2-1. Fine line between winning and losing. So we’re just going to get prepared for...Read more »
WASHINGTON, D.C.----So judging from an optional skate at Verizon Center, some interviews and observations, it appears the Rangers will deploy the same lineup against the Capitals tonight that closed...Read more »
Forward Ryane Clowe did not practice with the team on Friday, a day after he left the Rangers’ playoff-clinching victory over Carolina with an undisclosed injury.
“I’m not sure what all falls into place as far as when playoffs start, but I’m projecting him to be a pretty important playoff player for us,” coach John Tortorella said after practice. “He has the experience, he has the heavy body...Read more »