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06:39 AM ET 03.23 | The Rangers are on twin tracks entering the final nine matches and two weeks of the season, both attempting to capture first place in the East while honing their game for the playoffs. Still, head coach John Tortorella has made it clear time and time again that his primary focus is on the means rather than the end. This makes his decision Wednesday night to go without a checking line against the Red Wings by moving putative checking center Brian Boyle between Mats Zuccarello and Artem Anisimov while shifting one of his customary wingers, Brandon Prust, to the fourth line while scratching the other, Ruslan Fedotenko, an interesting one.

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March 23, 2012  08:32 AM ET

Complete non-story. What coach doesn't mix up the line combinations based on a given situation. Then again, this is the illustrious New York Post providing it's normal scintillating in depth journalism.

March 23, 2012  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Complete non-story. What coach doesn't mix up the line combinations based on a given situation. Then again, this is the illustrious New York Post providing it's normal scintillating in depth journalism.

and aside from the Post's usual journalistic excellence, as a New York paper that seeming has a beat guy covering this team, one of the more maddening aspects of Torts is that he is constantly shifting lines around. This is something they should probably have noticed before the 4th week of march

March 23, 2012  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

and aside from the Post's usual journalistic excellence, as a New York paper that seeming has a beat guy covering this team, one of the more maddening aspects of Torts is that he is constantly shifting lines around. This is something they should probably have noticed before the 4th week of march

exactly...like Rangers fans didn't notice this by about 5 minutes into the first game of the season with Torts behind the bench.

March 23, 2012  09:20 AM ET

So Torts was just experimenting with some new lines on the opening faceoff against New Jersey.

Oh, and Lets Go Pens! I still don't think they're going to beat out the Rangers, but it'll be fun if they make them sweat a little.

March 23, 2012  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

So Torts was just experimenting with some new lines on the opening faceoff against New Jersey. Oh, and Lets Go Pens! I still don't think they're going to beat out the Rangers, but it'll be fun if they make them sweat a little.

Let's Go Pens!!

March 23, 2012  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Let's Go Pens!!

How about a little love for the LA Kings. They seem to have found a way to come back from the dead

March 23, 2012  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

So Torts was just experimenting with some new lines on the opening faceoff against New Jersey. Oh, and Lets Go Pens! I still don't think they're going to beat out the Rangers, but it'll be fun if they make them sweat a little.

They will be up NY's tuchas for the remainder...I hope.
I am afraid they are so hot they could pass them. But at least it's not life and death every game to get in this year

March 23, 2012  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

How about a little love for the LA Kings. They seem to have found a way to come back from the dead

not until they get rid of those horrible uniforms...get some damned colour back in there please

March 23, 2012  09:55 AM ET
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not until they get rid of those horrible uniforms...get some damned colour back in there please

You want the old purple one back?

March 23, 2012  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

You want the old purple one back?

I actually always liked those, thoughI'd say some of that is "time and place". I was a kid, was a big Rogie Vachon fan....

March 23, 2012  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I actually always liked those, thoughI'd say some of that is "time and place". I was a kid, was a big Rogie Vachon fan....

Used to go to the LA Forum and watch Rogie and Goring. Dionne-Taylor-Simmer --- still have an old purple and gold jersey in the closet

March 23, 2012  10:21 AM ET

On our third date, I took my girlfirend (now wife) to Rangers-Kings playoff game. She became an instant fan and now (30+years later) watches or attends every Flyer game (now that we live in Philly).

BTW Esposito scored the winning goal in OT

March 23, 2012  10:28 AM ET

Tortorella changing Rangers lines

He's luckier than Tom Renney who's changing Oiler's diapers.

March 23, 2012  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

On our third date, I took my girlfirend (now wife) to Rangers-Kings playoff game. She became an instant fan and now (30+years later) watches or attends every Flyer game (now that we live in Philly).BTW Esposito scored the winning goal in OT

my third with my wife was her 1st hockey game. Rangers/Kings (anniv. tomorrow 21 years) Gretzky on L.A. she liked hockey before, we now watch every game....

March 23, 2012  10:47 AM ET
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Used to go to the LA Forum and watch Rogie and Goring. Dionne-Taylor-Simmer --- still have an old purple and gold jersey in the closet

am looking to get one of those....maybe even the yellow one...Have to be Rogie though
there's a site called nicenfljersies I found...jerseys are authentic and cheap. Got a Fran Tarkenton jersey (Mitchell and Ness...$300) for like $40.

March 23, 2012  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Tortorella changing Rangers linesHe's luckier than Tom Renney who's changing Oiler's diapers.

to oily in the am for this? never

March 23, 2012  10:55 AM ET

This must be Larry Brooks making something out of nothing.....Torterella knows what he's doing....I really like the Boyle, Prust , Fedetenko line but let's be honest they are not exactly fleet of foot... the Red Wings are a really good skating hockey club...Torts did what he had to do and lets not forget....it worked...the Rangers won the game...

March 23, 2012  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I actually always liked those, thoughI'd say some of that is "time and place". I was a kid, was a big Rogie Vachon fan....

He was a good goalie, but I loved the way his name just kind of rolled out. Rogatien Vachon.

March 23, 2012  11:04 AM ET

At least they have a new picture up there for Torts.

 
March 23, 2012  11:10 AM ET
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He was a good goalie, but I loved the way his name just kind of rolled out. Rogatien Vachon.

absolutely. I used to love watching games from the Forum, and the PA announcer made everyone sound like a member of Le` Resistance. Guy Lafleur, Guy LaPointe, Jacques Lemaire... even Steve Shutt sounded french when he said it.

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