Found January 08, 2012 on The Rangers Tribune:
Defenseman Marc Staal knew he was up for a challenge when returning to the Rangers lineup for the first time since last April on Monday during the 2012 NHL Winter  Classic in Philadelphia. As a professional hockey player, you can do everything in the world to get yourself mentally and physically prepared in practice and in the weight room, but nothing compares to the feel of a game or the stress it will put your body through. Staal understood and while there is still much work to be done, he's made exceptional progress in his first three games of the season.  It was obvious that in the game against Philadelphia, Staal clearly was not the same shutdown defenseman the team relied so heavily on all throughout last season - which is why he played through a concussion for most of 2011 in the first place. Marc's timing on many plays was off, he wasn't keeping up with the opposition's top forwards and he definitely was slightly hesitant to get involved physically. That, t...

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Whale Fall To Springfield In Shootout, Drop Third In A Row

Springfield Falcons 5, Connecticut Whale 4 (SO) By Brian Ring Hartford, CT, January 7, 2012 - The Connecticut Whale were defeated, 5-4, by the Springfield Falcons in a shootout before a crowd of 7,159 at the XL Center Saturday night in Hartford. Matt Calvert had a goal and an assist for Springfield and then registered the shootout winner. Kris Newbury (2-1-3) and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault...

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“It looked early on like we were a team that was saying, `Uh, oh, we’re tired, we’ve won a lot of games here lately, this may be just our bad night,’ ” John Tortorella has such an unbelievable feel for the game. His in game adjustments, his foresight, and his ability to get the most out of his players are just a few of the many, many reasons I love this coach. It...

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Is it possible to silently be amongst the league leaders in goals scored? If it is, consider Marian Gaborik Exhibit A. Marian Gaborik doesn’t get quite the attention of Steven Stamkos, Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Alex Ovechkin or any of the other elite goal-scorers in the league, but so far this season he’s certainly deserved [...]

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Bad Dive - Rangers 3, Penguins 1

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Lundqvist’s 37 Pitt stops lift Rangers

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