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4:00 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN NEW YORK — Alain Vigneault stood before his disheartened New York Rangers players, who are on a 1-5-2 skid to start the 2017-18 season. Away from the frustrated fans and the critical questions from the media. Just a coach and his charges, trying to find a way to dig their
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4:00 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN The glow puck was a special kind of terrible when it debuted more than 20 years ago. But that was a different time, and now we have different technology: high-def and 4K video that’s so vivid you can see the spit flying out of coach Joel Quenneville’s angry maw. So
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Tuesday night’s overtime loss at home to the Pittsburgh Penguins dropped the New York Rangers to an uncharacteristically poor 1-5-1 on the season — dead last in the Eastern Conference’s Metropolitan Division. There’s plenty of blame to go around, between coaching and inefficient play in all three areas of the ice, but solving the Rangers’
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What’s the best rivalry in the NHL right now? Greg Wyshynski: Is it completely and utterly lopsided? Yes. Has its intensity been inflated by a decade of media-driven narratives? Certainly. But are the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins still the gold standard for hate-fueled hockey rivalries in 2017? Absolutely. At this point, the Penguins
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TORONTO — Gord Downie, who made himself part of Canada’s national identity with songs about hockey and small towns as lead singer and songwriter of iconic rock band The Tragically Hip, has died at age 53 after a battle with brain cancer. A statement on the band’s website said he died Tuesday night “with his
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What has been the biggest surprise so far? Greg Wyshynski: “Plan the parade” has, over the years, become a running joke between Toronto Maple Leafs fans and the rest of the hockey universe — a shared laugh over the delusional hubris that’s inherent to Leafs fandom, and really the only thing that’s spared them from
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