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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 hopeful of "kicking ---"; AV changes lineup

Dueling pressers...

In the hallway at MSG, Torts went on for awhile, past the schedule time for AV at the podium upstairs. With no audience, he left and retunred when the huddled masses arrived after Torts. 

Torts still feels that it is hard to sever all the ties here, but in his headline quote, he says: with all due respect,  "I'm going to coach this game, hopefully kick...

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The Bs---beasts of the East---wear down NYR, rally for 3-2 win


The Bs are the Beast of the East for a reason. They rebounded a from a 6-1 loss Wednesday, and down 2-1 in the third today, used their depth and skill to edge the Rangers 3-2 in TD Garden.

Here's some extra quotes, stats and thoughts you won't find in my game story or notes online and in the paper.


I'm thinking Cam Talbot get the start against the Canucks and Henrik...

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What $5 billion Canadian TV rights deal means to Rangers, others

1. For U.S. viewers, nothing different.  NBC in second year of 10-year deal worth $2 billion. You may see some changes in online coverage outta the North.

2. For NYR, Isles, Devs, other U.S.-based teams, the dough is split evenly, though the seven Canadiens teams get a tad more. So about $15 mil per season, over 12 years, starting next year.

3. Cap will rise, some say to $80 million...

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AV: "St. Louis lovefest...a no-hitter."


What went wrong with the Rangers in the 5-0 whippin' by the Lightning?


Oh for 6 on the PP, including a 5 on 3 for a minute.

Turnovers by Brassard, Staal, Dorsett led to goals.

Lundqvist wasn't sharp.

Wrote two days again that who ever scored first had an excellent chance of winning. Trouble came early.

And boy, were they soft.  Could...

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For me, a different view of Rangers in Florida

             Having covered the entire pre-season, starting in Banff, all 23 regular-season games and virtually every practice and morning skate, it’s an understatement to say I’m thankful to be home for a Thanksgiving break. Hope everyone has a swell holiday with family and friends.


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Talbot post 2nd straight shutout; McDonagh, Stepan score


             Still waiting to find out if two consecutive shutouts is a record for by a first-year goalie for the Rangers. I’d be surprised if it wasn’t.

             “You have to stay focused, you can’t take a...

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Thoughts from Texas: Del Zotto back, Pyatt home for now


Howdy from the Lone Star State, where the Rangers visit the Stars tomorrow in the first match of a five-game road trip.

I'm just here for the barbecue.

Kidding, of course; I consider Dallas just a stopover on the way to Music Row in Nashville.

Not really kidding on that.

Anyhow, encamped not far from American Airlines Arena and can report that head coach Alain...

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NYR have 44 shots, but fall to Bruins 2-1 in Nash's return

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist put on his mask

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Just not quite good enough.

That has been the mantra for two of the last three games. The Blueshirts scored only once again, on a power play, as in Montreal. They came away with no points this time, and horrors, allowed a shorthanded goal.

Oh, those special teams.

My post-game story and a notebook is on and here's the release from the team. I'm running out for some...

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Smoke signal? Brandon Mashinter returned to Hartford

The Rangers were off today, including Rick Nash (concussion), who had skated or practiced for nine straight days and said he was hopeful to return Tuesday against the Bruins or Thursday in Dallas.

But the Mashinter transaction is not a definitive sign that the elite right wing will dress for Tuesday's game at MSG. As you have read here and in Newsday, the print edition, Nash has said he wanted...

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Lundqvist vs. Scrivens; Del Zotto out; NY/L.A. projected lineups


Same lineup for Rangers, except Henrik Lundqvist in for Talbot. So Falk in, Del Zotto scratched again. Not a surprise that there's no switches after a solid effort. Rick Nash, Del Zotto, Talbot, Mashinter were only players at optional AM skate. 


Kings projected lineup, courtesy of the team’s web site





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