Found October 29, 2011 on
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The pathetic effort from the Rangers in their home opener against the Maple Leafs on Thursday was one thing. Tonight's collapse against the Ottawa Senators? A whole different level of disappointment. The Rangers had this game in the palms of their hands, up 4-1 in the third period with the crowd on their side, but once Jason Spezza scored for the Senators to cut the deficit to 4-2, New York deflated and things quickly went downhill from there. At that point, they were destined to lose.
John Tortorella's squad picked up where they left off on Thursday in the first period of this one, playing dismal hockey and being outshot badly. The Rangers were a step slower than their opponent in the first 20 minutes, forcing the crowd to get on them early and bring out the "We Want Avery" chants. Chris Neil scored late in the period to give Ottawa a 1-0 lead, leaving the Blueshirts to get boo'd off the ice.
The team came out with more energy in the second period, a...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
… Torts hits the nail on the head. The whole team struggled. The 1st period was a hot one and the Rangers just lost all their energy and skill set during the 2nd and 3rd letting the Leafs take over the game on both ends of the ice and dominate.
Here are the highlights about why the Rangers decided to re-call Sean Avery (or at least, put him on re-entry waivers). Will have audio in a few minutes right below this:
Why Avery now?
“Rupper. Rupper has a lot to do with this. We’re concerned about this. So we have to be careful there. Not sure what’s going to happen. There’s a couple other things...
After the New York Rangers demoralizing loss last night, coach John Tortorella juggled the lines again in practice, and the final product looked like this:
Wojtek Wolski-Erik Christensen-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
Derek Stepan-Artem Anisimov-Kris Newbury
These will sure to rile up some people, especially...
First, he did not give out his lineup, or his lines, saying he wasn’t sure. (Andrew Gross loves when he says that, LOL). But he said it will probably be the same lineup as the home opener.
He did say that Mike Rupp (knee) remains out.
I asked him a few questions about the possible breaking-up of Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik—at practice yesterday Gaborik played with Erik...
The New York Rangers are known for their consistently inconsistent
offense. One thing you can always count
on when the team fails to score is that coach John Tortorella will put the
lines in the blender and start over again, which he did today at practice. Katie
Strang of ESPN New York tweeted the lines:
Sadly, this is not a joke.
Head coach John Tortorella switched the offensive lines up in practice again today (insert joke here), and in the process moved Erik Christensen up to the first line, where he centered Marian Gaborik and Wojtek Wolski. So, in place of the All-Star center in Brad Richards that was signed for an arm and a leg this summer, $925,000 Erik Christensen finds...
The Blueshirt faithful entered the newly transformed Madison Square Garden with heads held high this evening, proud of the beautiful facility they were walking into for their beloved team's home opener. Three hours later, though, they left with their heads hung low realizing their club just dropped their fifth of eight games this season. The hope was that coming home after...
You can bet that John Tortorella never told Jim Dolan, “I can’t say we definitely want [a Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik combination] to happen,” when lobbying the Garden CEO in May and June to invest $60 million over nine years to sign the blue-chip free agent center specifically to combine...
The Rangers' effort in their 2011-12 home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday was disgraceful. Actually, maybe I am wrong in using the word "effort" to describe what happened that night because there simply was no effort beyond the first period of play. From top to bottom, everything with the Blueshirts' game was ugly, even the goaltending, which...
John Tortorella may be impatient over Brad Richards’ lack of chemistry with Marian Gaborik, but as Saturday’s 5-4 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators demonstrated, the Rangers have bigger problems.
John Tortorella believes so much in Brad Richards that he uses the veteran center as a barometer for younger Rangers. When second-year forward Derek Stepan earned his way onto the top line after two games, Tortorella said the 21-year-old was receiving the opportunity because he "gets it," because he understands how to play and carry himself as a professional at a young age.
While 20-year-old rookie defenseman Tim Erixon returned to the AHL following the Rangers' 5-4 shootout loss to the Senators on Saturday as part of the grand plan, the Blueshirts apparently can't fit Mats Zuccarello into the plan as they are currently constructed.
Coach John Tortorella admitted "Zuccarello was the...
The New York Rangers signed forward Mike Rupp this summer hoping to add some
grit, a little offense down the roster and someone to take a little of the
fighting burden off Brandon Prust. Rupp
has been unable to get much going early in the season dealing with a “cranky”
knee that has caused him to miss the last two games and the concern over that
knee is only growing by...