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The Wrap: Cracks all over; post-game, closed meeting, tension mounts


               As one fan in a Brian Leetch jersey grumbled loudly in a corridor after tonight's 5-1 loss, "Get these guys outta town."             

            Yep, go West, fellas. The thread that you’re hanging by might snap in New York.


            Tension after a 5-1 loss to the Canes? Yeah, there’s some. GM Glen Sather addressed the team privately afterward, and just his presence sent a message, even if his words may have been encouraging.


            “We have a lot of negative stuff coming down on this team right now,” said Chris Drury, who also spoke about the need to “stay together…During the game, after the game, before the game, I think we have to do the best we can to stay together. We got into this little four-game skid together and we are going to get out of it together. It’s probably a good time to go on the road.”


               Here’s the coach, who also made a mysterious reference to “things swirling around the team.”  That’s not the media’s fault, is it?


            “We would like to play better at home,” Torts said. “That is something we need to work through and not get so spooked in our building when things go wrong.”


             Very true. Why are they spooked? Don't blame the fans, who are suffering and may stay away in droves in March unless this derailed train gets back on track. Stay together? Maybe it's time to remove some pieces.  


           “You have to make your own luck,” Torts said. “It’s an unforgiving week. No one is going to feel sorry for you. The best thing for us is to get out of town. We have to regroup as a hockey club. You can’t be pointing a finger at your teammates. (Is that a veiled reference to Sean Avery, who ripped the team to me and others last week) You have to grind through this. Having gone through all this, in the Eastern Conference, we are still right in the middle of it. We will get on the plane and try to regroup here. That’s the key thing, not break apart.”


            According to Marian Gaborik, who Torts said is putting pressure on himself,  “overall as a team we’ve been inconsistent, it’s not about one guy….I don’t want to talk about it (the post-game, closed door meeting).It was about the team. We just have to snap out of it. It’s gonna be huge to really stay together and gain some confidence and play how we are capable of playing. We’re better than this. “


          The 22 shots in the second period were the most since Feb. 5, 2008, in a 4-2 loss to Los Angeles…Ryan Callahan was the best Rangers forward out there, with the lone goal, six shots and six hits…Game story next up, with some self-critiques from Lundqvist, who stopped just 19 of 24 shots and is thinking too much...  






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