Blue Notes

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.

Torts gets testy; Lundqvist rests; Boyle, Clowe doubtful for D.C.

            "After two days, it's enough, they want to play," declared John Tortorella in his post-practice scrum, referring to his players.

             The coach wants to move on as well, and clearly didn't want to talk long with the media, opening his presser with the statement  that he still had his skates on and wasn't sticking around long.

             To be sure, he answered some questions with civility, but couldn't resist taking another unprovoked shot at the media, who he believes mischaracterized his relationship with Marian Gaborik.

            I'll skip the play-by-play here. It'll be noted in the paper tomorrow. along with a story on the rise of Derek Stepan.

            As for news of substance:

             Henrik Lundqvist, who started 14 consecutive games and practiced Monday, was given the day off.  Cam Talbot, who played for the Connecticut Whale, filled in…Ryane Clowe, believed to have sustained a concussion against Carolina on April 25, and Brian Boyle, who injured his right knee against the Flyers on April 16, were at the training center, but unavailable for interviews, and it is extremely doubtful that they will play in Washington. Marc Staal (eye) practiced again, but Tortorella provided no update on his readiness.

             Hope you caught Newsday's 16-page playoff preview section on the Rangers and Islanders....

            I'll be heading to D.C. early tomorrow for Caps practice. Colleague Anthony Rieber,, who is writing about the penalty-kill today, will join me in Washington for the first two games of the best-of-seven, and will have tomorrow's Rangers skate covered.

 

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