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Gettin' late early: NYR four points from playoffs

            Tenth place.

            And headed to the Steel City, where they haven't won since 1978 or so.

            Gut-check time.

            Even the optimists are lining up on the ledge.

             The coach is beyond frazzled. Sean Avery is reluctant to say anything after games. The goalie says it's "painful" to see his buds fail to score. Without Marian Gaborik, as we've said for months, this team doesn' have another answer. Oh, Vinny Prospal tries. So does Ryan Callahan and Chris Drury and Artem Anismov and Olli Jokinen, who gathered his mates around him near the bench for a chalk talk in the final minutes of the 2-1 loss to the Predators. 

           But they are under a spell. The net is as small as a basketball hoop.

           Tortorella preaches patience. Last night, he talked about blown coverage and lack of structure, said they weren't good enough to lose that aspect of the game and win. Oh boy. 

           Gaborik could be back Friday. But more and more, you get the sense that this collection of Rangers just isn't good enough. They have to prove otherwise, ASAP.

 

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