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SLY WILLIAMS
10-09-2010, 10:10 AM
http://a.espncdn.com/i/teamlogos/nhl/sml/nyr.gif NY Rangers vs http://a.espncdn.com/i/teamlogos/nhl/sml/buf.gif Buffalo Sabres

7:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 9

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Sat 10/09/2010 7:00 PM


By Jim Cerny, newyorkrangers.com

As the 2010-11 regular season gets under way tonight with a game against the Sabres at Buffalo’s HSBC Center, the Rangers will begin to get a feel for what type of team they will be this year. And from what he has seen throughout training camp, Rangers head coach John Tortorella already has a good feeling about where the team is headed this season.

“In the pit of my stomach that’s what I like, I just see our group more together as we’ve gone through these past few weeks, and I think that’s important,” said Tortorella, who enters his second full season as head coach of the Rangers. “It’s a closer group, and from a coaching point of view, the intangibles are very important. And I think expectations are understood, as far as coaches to players and players to coaches.”

Since the Rangers missed the playoffs by one point last April, Tortorella has stressed throughout the long off-season and during training camp that the team needs to be much more consistent this year. Last season, the Rangers had a very strong start and finish that bookended an uneven few months in the middle of the year.

All throughout camp, the 16 players who return this season from last year’s Rangers roster have been in lockstep with the coach’s mantra about being more consistent this time around.

“We had stretches last year where we played real well, so this year it’s not about being better, it’s more about being consistent,” said goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who is scheduled to start hs fifth consecutive season-opener for the Blueshirts this evening. “Consistency is how you get into the playoffs or don’t get into the playoffs. That’s going to be our biggest challenge, as I think it is for every team.”

Many of the returning players believe the big lesson learned last season was that each and every game and standings point is vitally important. Missing the playoffs by a single point was a bitter pill to swallow for the Rangers, but it seems to be a rallying point for this season, as well.

“I don’t ever want to feel that way again,” said forward Brandon Dubinsky, who recorded 20 goals for the first time in his NHL career last season. “It’s our job as a team to make sure that never happens to us again, that we have learned from our mistakes.”

Dubinsky is part of a young core of Rangers of which much is expected this season, along with forwards Ryan Callahan, Artem Anisimov, and rookie Derek Stepan, and defensemen Michael Del Zotto, Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, and Matt Gilroy.

Tortorella and Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather have spoken repeatedly for months about the importance of the team’s young core and how imperative it has been to grow this group together.

Now, after a promising 4-2-0 preseason in which many of the younger players stood out with their solid and improved play, it is time for them to play major roles in helping the Blueshirts return to the postseason.

“It wasn’t necessarily a very active summer, but I thought it was a good summer for the New York Rangers because the kids are here,” said Tortorella. “By them staying together and being familiar with our team concept, that’s where your team starts getting better.”

To further that point, Tortorella plans to start the season with a second line centered by Anisimov, 22, with Dubinsky, 24, and Callahan, 25, on the wings. And the 20-year-old Stepan has earned a spot centering the third line between veterans Sean Avery and Ruslan Fedotenko by scoring five points (3-2-5) in five pre-season games.

If those two seemingly balanced lines can provide more scoring depth than what the Rangers had a year ago, then the opposition will have to concern itself with more than just shutting down Marian Gaborik -- who scored 42 goals in 2009-10 -- on the Rangers top line.

That and the fact that Alexander Frolov -- twice a 30-goal scorer while with the Los Angeles Kings -- is going to play on the top line with Gaborik, give the Rangers confidence in their overall offensive game.

“You can only go on the feeling you have because it is still so early, but it feels like we have a better team than we had last year, there’s more skilled guys,” said Lundqvist. “But it’s up to us to prove that we are better.”

Frolov is one of nine newcomers on the Rangers’ opening-night roster, one that currently includes two key veterans on the Injured Reserve list. Team captain Chris Drury will not be able to play this evening due to a broken left index finger, although his return to the lineup is expected in the not-too-distant future. Alternate captain Vinny Prospal, sidelined with a knee injury, is expected to miss more game action than Drury.

Despite missing two veteran leaders, the Rangers will drop the puck on their 85th Anniversary Season this evening, looking to get off to a strong start, one that could set the tone for a successful campaign.

“We want a good start, but it means nothing unless we can stay consistent, which is what we have to do,” said Tortorella.Link (http://rangers.nhl.com/club/preview.htm?id=2010020013&navid=DL|NYR|home)

jEtS60
10-09-2010, 11:10 AM
YES!!!!!! the first gamethread of the 10-11 season!

bsi
10-09-2010, 11:42 AM
Woooooooooooooooooohooooooooooooo!!! Sad to say I'm gonna miss the game, on the ice myself tonight, GO RANGERS!! Frolov with goal and an assist, Avery and Gabs with the others...my prediction!! lol

nysportsfan02
10-09-2010, 12:03 PM
YES! NYR hockey is back!

Excited to see that 2nd line.

SLY WILLIAMS
10-09-2010, 12:23 PM
Woooooooooooooooooohooooooooooooo!!! Sad to say I'm gonna miss the game, on the ice myself tonight, GO RANGERS!! Frolov with goal and an assist, Avery and Gabs with the others...my prediction!! lol

Just record it and make sure you dont sign on till you watch it. :)

SLY WILLIAMS
10-09-2010, 02:18 PM
AGrossRecord Andrew Gross

Torts confirms Gilroy, White, Kennedy are scratches, not sure on Drury's return.

raps14
10-09-2010, 06:31 PM
Please go to a shoot out tonight....my bet is in your hands! :P

IU Hoosiers 3
10-09-2010, 06:45 PM
sly i'm up and ready to go..not missin any of this one haha

SLY WILLIAMS
10-09-2010, 06:51 PM
sly i'm up and ready to go..not missin any of this one haha

LOL that is good to hear. Rangers first and then MMA later tonight for me. :)

jEtS60
10-09-2010, 07:05 PM
Woooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

notoriousbig21
10-09-2010, 07:18 PM
why they sing o canada ? lol

zomgitsdeja
10-09-2010, 07:23 PM
i dont know what im more jacked about this or the yankees game.

zomgitsdeja
10-09-2010, 07:24 PM
why they sing o canada ? lol

cause buffalo is pretty much canada...well everything above westchester county in new york is canada lol

letsgorangers27
10-09-2010, 07:34 PM
eminger over gilroy :confused:

zomgitsdeja
10-09-2010, 07:36 PM
i feel like eminger is going to be this years whipping boy like maliek and redden of years past

avery!!!

notoriousbig21
10-09-2010, 07:36 PM
lol thats what i figured...i know great night for sports but sucks we gonna have to miss the 3rd pd of rangers...YA BABY

zomgitsdeja
10-09-2010, 07:40 PM
lol thats what i figured...i know great night for sports but sucks we gonna have to miss the 3rd pd of rangers...YA BABY

hopefully it will be a blow out by then so we dont have to worry.

notoriousbig21
10-09-2010, 07:40 PM
stepans goal!! nice

nyanks79
10-09-2010, 07:41 PM
Derek Stephan first NHL goal.

zomgitsdeja
10-09-2010, 07:41 PM
this is gonna be a great year stepan gets the goal

SLY WILLIAMS
10-09-2010, 07:42 PM
LOL 10 years from now that 1st goal may be a breakaway.

Congrats to Stepan!! :)

I have a feeling Staal may do more offensively this season. :)

zomgitsdeja
10-09-2010, 07:45 PM
what a great feed from AA

SLY WILLIAMS
10-09-2010, 07:46 PM
Duby from AA. Nice play!

Isca92
10-09-2010, 07:46 PM
AA is looking good tonight.

zomgitsdeja
10-09-2010, 07:48 PM
wow Stepans mom is pretty hot

zomgitsdeja
10-09-2010, 07:52 PM
wow nissy is really working his butt off tonight

zomgitsdeja
10-09-2010, 07:55 PM
stepan first rangers rookie to score in first game since jarkko immonen...sigh i miss brian leetch

nysportsfan02
10-09-2010, 08:03 PM
wow Stepans mom is pretty hot

LOL....said the same thing when she was speaking.

AA looks great. That whole line seems to going well.

zomgitsdeja
10-09-2010, 08:07 PM
i really hope they haze him with a parody of stacys mom by fountains of wayne

"stepan's mom has got it going on"

zomgitsdeja
10-09-2010, 08:11 PM
10 minutes and 28 seconds since buffalo has had a shot on goal good job boys

zomgitsdeja
10-09-2010, 08:29 PM
guess nobodys getting a bottle of wine tonight. 2-1

jetsfan89
10-09-2010, 08:38 PM
STEPAN!!!!

holy **** his mom is hot

SLY WILLIAMS
10-09-2010, 08:39 PM
Holy cow Stepan again. 3-1

jpfunk86
10-09-2010, 08:39 PM
Stephan looks amazing... Isnt this emingers second penalty?

jpfunk86
10-09-2010, 08:44 PM
Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat trickkkkkkkkkkk

zomgitsdeja
10-09-2010, 08:45 PM
Hat Trick baby!!!

jetsfan89
10-09-2010, 08:45 PM
Hat trickkkkkkkk

zomgitsdeja
10-09-2010, 08:45 PM
Stephan looks amazing... Isnt this emingers second penalty?

the boys are most exciting rookie in years learn his name lol STEPAN

SLY WILLIAMS
10-09-2010, 08:46 PM
I was just going to say wouldnt it be amazing for Stepan to get the hat trick. He hasnt even been a huge goal scorer in the past. Congrats!!!

NYR_NYJ
10-09-2010, 08:48 PM
Wow great start.

Wish I could watch it.

RangersFan14
10-09-2010, 08:48 PM
Way to go Stepan. He looks like he has been playing for years

jetsfan89
10-09-2010, 08:48 PM
he's not even a goal scorer :laugh2:

RangersMets
10-09-2010, 08:51 PM
he's not even a goal scorer :laugh2:

He's just pretending he's in the WJC, for like, his whole NHL career..starting tonight..

jetsfan89
10-09-2010, 08:51 PM
i wonder if stepan's sister is available.

zomgitsdeja
10-09-2010, 08:55 PM
http://www.youtube.com/user/Zomgitsdeja?feature=mhum#p/a/u/0/yMBsBVw1V4Q

video of Dubi kissing Stepan lol

Isca92
10-09-2010, 09:07 PM
LTP told us that Stepan is that good.

jetsfan89
10-09-2010, 09:10 PM
sauer has played a nice game. especially considering eminger is playing next to him.

SLY WILLIAMS
10-09-2010, 09:15 PM
LTP told us that Stepan is that good.

LTP spoke highly of Stepan over a year ago. Nice to see Stepan having some good fortune so early. :)

SLY WILLIAMS
10-09-2010, 09:20 PM
Stepan 4th player to score a hat trick in his 1st game. Real Cloutier was one of them. That guy could score. Anyone remember him?

Foge7
10-09-2010, 09:34 PM
Stepan 4th player to score a hat trick in his 1st game. Real Cloutier was one of them. That guy could score. Anyone remember him?

One of many great players from the Quebec organization!

SLY WILLIAMS
10-09-2010, 09:45 PM
One of many great players from the Quebec organization!

I was a kid when he was playing. Too bad he had to retire so young. He was an explosive scorer. Would be cool for Stepan to be as good as Real Cloutier was back in those days. :)

nysportsfan02
10-09-2010, 09:48 PM
Great way to start the season.

Too early to campaign for Stepan for Calder? :p

zomgitsdeja
10-09-2010, 10:42 PM
Great way to start the season.

Too early to campaign for Stepan ROY? :p

i hope not i tweeted stepan for calder after the first goal.

zomgitsdeja
10-09-2010, 11:02 PM
swish beats <3

SLY WILLIAMS
10-10-2010, 10:48 AM
We are undefeated!!!

mmmrevolver93
10-10-2010, 01:24 PM
i felt hank let some sof.t ones in but its good to know that w.e can win when he does

liltedspop
10-10-2010, 01:33 PM
Stepan could have easily had 5 goals last night, I am so pleased to see this kid playing major minutes & being a top contributor even though this is only 1 game, this kid has a style about him & has incredible vision. He's sneaky fast too & what i like the most & what impressed me throughout his collegiate career is the fact that he is always moving. IMO I say that you need to be careful with kids & ice time & then every now & then you find a special gem who just works hard & is willing to do what ever is necessary to help the team & this kid is just that & will be a mainstay on this team for the next 15 years. I like the fact that he's playing with Avery too, Avery will no doubt be in front of the net creating space in & around the slot for this kid to thrive & Fedotenko has the skill to swoop in & bang at the rebounds this could be an excellent combination.

bsi
10-10-2010, 01:49 PM
I knew that line would be dynamite, avery and Feds are great in the corners, Stepan has the hands. Lost in all of this was Dubinsky's performance with 2 goals, and Christensen was the only guy on the top line to score.

hughest4
10-11-2010, 12:17 PM
Finally got to a computer after watching that game the other night...very nice performance.

I have always been a fan of any young guys playing, and the fact that Stepan rocks #21 makes me even more of a fan.