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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.

Ryan Callahan, Carl Hagelin undergo shoulder surgeries

Ryan Callahan of the Rangers skates against the

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Rangers captain and right wing Ryan Callahan and speedy forward Carl Hagelin underwent successful surgeries in Manhattan for torn labrums of the left shoulders on Friday, the team said.  They are expected to be out at least four months, and thus will miss training camp, and possibly part of the  season.

It is unclear when the injuries occurred but Callahan finished with two goals...

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Glen Sather excerpts on dismissal of John Tortorella

Undated file photo of Rangers GM Glen Sather.

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If you’ve been working today and away from the media, here’s some excerpts what President and GM Glen Sather (who will retain both jobs, by the way) said about the somewhat sudden firing of coach John Tortorella:  

“It wasn’t the consulting group that made the decision, I made the decision,” Sather said on a conference call. “It wasn’t one situation, it wasn’t one specific thing.” ...

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Three keys for NYR as they head to Boston for Game 5

Rangers have a light practice today after gutsy, and a little bit lucky, win at MSG.

I'm told everybody who played last night was on ice, except Chris Kreider (probably maintenance day), so assume same lineup given the 5:30 p.m. puck drop tomorrow at TD Garden.

I'm en route to Boston, but the other members of Team Newsday, Anthony Rieber and Arthur Staple will be handling the news from...

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Brad Richards a healthy scratch for Game 4

Brad Richards skates up to a face off

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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,...

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Ryan Clowe at NYR practice, but no Stralman, Kreider

Even at an optional, that's a good sign for Clowe, who hasn't skated since the Washington series. And Marc Staal.

Not sure what to make of Anton Stralman's absence, but he didn't play in the third and Kreider was struck in the face with a stick at 5:05 of the third.

Darroll Powe, who said he was feeling better yesterday after missing seven games, also is on ice here at teh MSG Training...

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The Longest Odds; plus Lundqvist, Richards, the PP mess

Ryan Callahan (24) skates away as the Boston

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Remember “The Longest Yard”?   These are the longest odds:

Only three teams have come back from 0-3 to win a series: the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs (against the Red Wings), the 1975 Islanders (against the Penguins), and the 2010 Flyers (against the Bruins). These Rangers aren’t as offensively gifted as those Flyers and this edition of the Bruins is better.

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Again, as...

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Rangers confident about Game 3 at Madison Square Garden

Ryan Callahan celebrates his first period goal against

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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...

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Three rookies start on B's defense

Seems like a break for the Rangers to open the series.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said it  "doesn't look good" for defensemen Wade Redden, Andrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg, who didn't skate today.

Two rookies: Matt Bartkowski (2 playoff games) and Torey Krug (none) are stepping in. Dougie Hamilton has been playing.

And C Brad Marchand left the skate at TD Garden...

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Game Day Live: Lineups, quotes, chat all coming up

Carl Hagelin of the Rangers celebrates his second

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Greetings from Boston, where the British have come and gone, I'm told. 

Coffee in hand and settled in after the drive north last night, and along with colleagues Arthur Staple and Anthony Rieber, we'll be at the off-day practices, skates and Games 1 and 2 here as the Eastern Conference Semifinals begin tonight, so remember to swing by every few hours for updates.

Please joing the...

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Live from D.C. Game 7, Game Night. it's Go Time...

                             For either the Rangers or the Capitals, the short but bumpy road that began after the NHL lockout will end tonight.                             ...

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