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2011 Compuware NHL Premiere

Tortorella pushing Rangers on the bubble

Tuesday, 09.27.2011 / 2:31 PM / 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

PRAGUE -- John Tortorella's booming voice echoed from the ice through the stands at Tesla Arena. He yelled with purpose.

Tortorella first barked at rookie defenseman Dylan McIlrath for not being crisp enough with his passes during a 2-on-0 drill. Roughly 60 seconds later, he stopped practice so he could scold his entire club. He emphatically told the players they better start concentrating and focusing on everything they're doing, because the real stuff is coming soon and they're not good enough to coast once the regular season begins.

Before letting the players head to the showers, Tortorella gave one more impassioned speech about the need to be better, and about how being a good team stuck in seventh, eighth or ninth place in the Eastern Conference all season is not nearly good enough.

Lundqvist nervous, excited to play in home country

Tuesday, 09.27.2011 / 12:25 PM / 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere

Matt Cubeta - Staff Writer

There's no place like home.

During the regular season, Henrik Lundqvist calls Madison Square Garden his home, but on Sept. 30, "King Henrik" will return to his actual homeland in Sweden, where he'll be greeted with an ovation similar , if not louder, than the one he receives from the Garden denizens.

From playing against his former team Frolunda HC -- which includes Henrik's identical twin brother Joel and several of his close friends -- to playing in front of tons of family and friends, it will certainly be an emotional experience for Lundqvist.

"(There will be) a lot of family and friends going to the game," Lundqvist told "I'm going to be a little nervous, but it's also going be pretty emotional I think. A lot of good years back in Gothenburg, a lot of great memories. It will be a very special night for me. I look forward to it a lot."

Rangers embrace daunting season-opening trip

Monday, 09.26.2011 / 5:30 PM / 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The challenges in front of the New York Rangers are like hurdles on a track that only get higher with each one you clear.
And the finish line is nowhere in sight.
First, the Rangers have this two-week European excursion, which is taking them to five cities in four countries to play a total of six games. When they return home, the Rangers get a week in New York and one game on Long Island before they get back on the plane and head west for a four-game road trip to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg.
They won't play a home game until the Toronto Maple Leafs come to the partially renovated Madison Square Garden on Oct. 27. 

Rangers European exhibition schedule includes game against HC Slovan in Bratislava, Slovakia

Wednesday, 07.20.2011 / 2:15 PM / 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere

NEW YORK/TORONTO -- The New York Rangers will play an exhibition game in Bratislava, Slovakia, against HC Slovan at SLOVNAFT Arena, on Sunday, Oct. 2, as part of the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge. Face off will be 5 p.m. local time/11 a.m. ET

"HC Slovan Bratislava is proud to welcome one of the classiest NHL organizations to our arena at the beginning of the new season," said Maros Krajci, general manager of HC Slovan. "Next season is an historic one in Bratislava, as we celebrate the 90th anniversary of playing hockey in our city."

Rangers to play exhibition game in Prague, Sept. 29 as part of 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge

Thursday, 04.28.2011 / 10:00 AM / 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere

New York/Toronto – The New York Rangers will play a special exhibition game against HC Sparta Prague at TESLA Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday, Sept. 29, as part of the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge. 

One of the most popular teams in the country, HC Sparta Prague not only has over 100 years of hockey tradition, but the club is a perennial contender in the highest levels of the Czech extraleague.  The Rangers first played in Prague when the NHL opened the 2008-09 regular season in Europe in front of capacity crowds.  The Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning played two games at the O2 Arena in Prague, with the Rangers winning each game by a 2-1 score. 

Sabres to play special exhibition game in Germany as part of 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge

Tuesday, 04.26.2011 / 12:43 PM / 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere

New York/Toronto -- The Buffalo Sabres will play an exhibition game against Adler Mannheim at SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 4, as part of the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge. Tickets for this game will go on sale to Mannheim season ticket holders on May 15 and to the general public June 1.

2011 NHL Premiere teams, locations revealed

Monday, 04.11.2011 / 1:31 AM / 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere

Four NHL teams will play in three European capital cities as part of the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere and NHL Face-Off, the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association announced Monday.

Berlin, Helsinki and Stockholm are the three cities involved in the regular-season games that will help kick off the 2011-12 NHL season and mark the fifth-straight campaign the League will play games in Europe. It will be the first NHL regular-season game in Germany, while the League is set to stage games in the Swedish capital for the fourth-straight season and the Finnish capital for a third-consecutive campaign.
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