Ranger fans stage small Sather protest

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Chanting slogans and waving handmade signs, about 100 jersey-wearing fans gathered across the street from the Garden entrance to call for the ouster of Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather. The rally, organized more than a month ago on the Internet, lasted less than an hour.

"It's a start," said Margaret Hurley of Brentwood, whose sign listed some of the players passed over in the first round of the 2003 draft when the Rangers - who are owned by Cablevision, which also owns Newsday - chose Hugh Jessiman. "At least we're having our voices heard."

Sather wasn't in town; he is attending the GM meetings in Florida.

Hike in playoff prices

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Invoices for playoff tickets have been mailed. As usual, prices for season-ticket holders increase by rounds. The cost for some seats in the 400s for the first round, for example, has risen by 8 percent over last year's postseason, the second round by 14 percent and the third and fourth rounds by 10 percent each.

Blue notes

Michael Del Zotto's assist on Brandon Dubinsky's goal was his 22nd and second in three games since returning from the 50-stitch gash in the chest on Feb. 12 . . . Olli Jokinen, who was one of the players singled out by John Tortorella before the game as having to play better, had four shots and also earned an assist, his 30th. Ryan Callahan led the Rangers in shots with six . . . Michal Rozsival led all Rangers in ice time with 24:48, and was on the ice for Adam Mair's goal . . . A night after being benched in the third period for all but two shifts, Wade Redden played seven shifts and 4:41 in the third.

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