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SLY WILLIAMS
10-21-2010, 11:22 AM
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7:00 PM ET, Thursday, October 21

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Rangers 60 minutes away from return to win column


By Jim Cerny, newyorkrangers.com

Less than a week ago, the Toronto Maple Leafs handed the Rangers a 4-3 overtime loss at Madison Square Garden. Tonight the Rangers look to return the favor in Toronto’s home building when the two Original Six teams meet up at the Air Canada Centre.

“We’re trying to win a hockey game,” said Rangers head coach John Tortorella. “We’re going to play hard and we want to be more consistent. We need a full three-period game.”

Tortorella and his players have lamented the fact that the team did not play a complete game in their home opener against the Maple Leafs last Friday night. Instead, they bookended strong first and third periods around a second period in which Toronto scored three goals, and the Rangers reeled from losing Marian Gaborik and Chris Drury to injuries.

The fact that the Rangers rallied to secure a point in the standings when Brian Boyle scored twice in the third period to help force overtime was a true rallying point, but did not mask sub-par play in the middle 20 minutes.

And if there has been a common denominator during the Rangers’ current three-game slide that has seen them collect only one standings point, it has been that the Blueshirts have not been able to put together a complete 60-minute effort yet.

“It’s something we need to work at, the consistency of it,” said Tortorella. “There have been times where we just lose ourselves for stretches. We have to remain consistent in what we do.”

No one on the Rangers is pointing to the losses of three key veterans to injury -- Gaborik, Drury, and Vinny Prospal -- as a reason for the club not putting together 60-minute efforts the past two games. But clearly the team will need to rally together for the next several weeks and fill the void created by those three injuries.

“Obviously that’s a couple big holes there, but that just means everyone’s got to be better,” said defenseman Marc Staal, who has been named an alternate captain in Prospal’s absence. “This isn’t quite a make-or-break time for us, but it’s tough to get off to a rough start early on in this league and then have to battle your way back at the end of the year. But we look at it as we have to be better the next game. If you look too far down the road, you get in trouble.”

By being named as an alternate captain, Staal will now take on more responsibility off the ice, as well as on the ice. And the coaching staff is positive that the fourth-year pro is ready to handle those challenges.

“I think it’s the right thing to do -- to put it (the ‘A’) on Marc Staal, he’s a big part of our core,” said Tortorella. “We’re asking him to accept more responsibility in a leadership role. Right now he’s going to put that ‘A’ on and hopefully thrive with it.”

While much is expected from Staal, 23, and other younger players on the roster with three key veteran players missing from the lineup, Tortorella also has challenged the players with more NHL experience to step up their game right now, as well.

Two of the players the head coach named specifically -- Alex Frolov and Erik Christensen -- will skate on the same line tonight with Brandon Prust on their right side.

“I am going to try as hard as I can to produce and score, get some offense,” said Frolov, who scored his first goal of the season in Monday’s 3-1 loss to the Avalanche at The Garden. “The most important thing, though, is to play as a team, and play a solid game. We have to do the right thing, play good defensively, strong in the neutral zone, and then try to create some offense.”

Tortorella also plans on keeping the Brandon Dubinsky-Artem Anisimov-Ryan Callahan line together this evening, while reuniting Sean Avery with Derek Stepan and Ruslan Fedotenko.

And the head coach has said in recent days that veteran Todd White, who will center the fourth line with Derek Boogaard on the left side and Boyle on the right, will likely see increased ice-time, taking defensive zone faceoffs as well as playing on the power play.

“I think it’s going to be good to get away and be together,” White said of the Rangers’ road swing through Toronto and Boston this week. “We’ve got to start playing a better 60 minutes and not have a bad period here or there. The biggest thing is these bad periods are killing us.”

Tonight’s game starts a stretch of three-games-in-four-nights for the Blueshirts. The club will travel to Boston to skate against the Bruins on Saturday night, and then will return home to host the Devils at MSG on Sunday evening.link (http://rangers.nhl.com/club/preview.htm?id=2010020083&navid=DL|NYR|home)

letsgorangers27
10-21-2010, 11:34 AM
they need to start hitting the net too many shots hit the glass

SLY WILLIAMS
10-21-2010, 11:49 AM
they need to start hitting the net too many shots hit the glass

I agree as well as they need to start hitting other teams. If you want to slow down a faster team hit hit hit and then keep possession of the puck. :)

bsi
10-21-2010, 11:54 AM
Biron gets the start tonight.

SLY WILLIAMS
10-21-2010, 12:10 PM
Biron gets the start tonight.

Biron getting the start despite the Monday to Thursday rest says something. I think Lundy is another player that has not played his best under Torts. I'm starting to wonder if Tampa won the cup despite Torts not because of Torts

bsi
10-21-2010, 12:37 PM
Callahan and Frolov need to step it up tonight IMO.

bsi
10-21-2010, 12:43 PM
Sauer is in, either Gilroy or Eminger out for tonight.

hughest4
10-21-2010, 12:47 PM
Biron gets the start tonight.

Nice. Guess its going to be a battle of the backups tonight...2 very good backups.


Callahan and Frolov need to step it up tonight IMO.

Agreed.


Sauer is in, either Gilroy or Eminger out for tonight.

Hopefully Eminger...i actually thought Gilroy played alright last game.

Isca92
10-21-2010, 02:14 PM
Biron's new mask. Not the same mask from preseason.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=445494639857&set=a.81162364857.80596.19064794857&ref=nf

Garden Faithful
10-21-2010, 02:48 PM
Nice. Guess its going to be a battle of the backups tonight...2 very good backups.



Agreed.



Hopefully Eminger...i actually thought Gilroy played alright last game.

hopefully Eminger is out and Gilroy is in Eminger has not looked that good and gilroy looked pretty decent the last game throwing the body around especially

hughest4
10-21-2010, 07:05 PM
I'm predicting a 4-2 win..goals by Duby, Frolov, Rozy, and Cally.

Anyone going to be around for the GT tonight?

hughest4
10-21-2010, 07:16 PM
As expected Boogs vs. Orr two minutes into the game.

bsi
10-21-2010, 07:44 PM
Fedotenko scores,Anisimov scores!!

hughest4
10-21-2010, 07:45 PM
Hell of a start to this game, hopefully we keep it up.

letsgorangers27
10-21-2010, 07:46 PM
we're looking good. hopefully they keep pushing forward

nysportsfan02
10-21-2010, 07:51 PM
best period so far all season.

d looks great.

hughest4
10-21-2010, 08:36 PM
Hell of a second period for Biron.

hughest4
10-21-2010, 09:03 PM
I absolutely love the way we are playing but how many times do we have to hear...

"and ... misses the net!" Just put the damn pucks on net.

nyanks79
10-21-2010, 09:11 PM
Had to be Armstrong too. Girardi has to do better there.

hughest4
10-21-2010, 09:28 PM
I wish we would have scored more because we had the chances...but i will say we ****ing hustled the entire game and i loved it.

30+ blocked shots...crazy.

Great game.

SLY WILLIAMS
10-22-2010, 09:56 AM
Very good game. Biron, Cally, Duby, AA, etc played very hard. Glad to see Sauer back in the lineup. I'd like to see Velentenko called up at some point as well. :)

bsi
10-22-2010, 09:59 AM
I'd like to see Frolov get some goals, maybe L.A was right to let him go.