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Carl Hagelin says he’s not going to change his game

Apr 22, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

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Rangers forward Carl Hagelin will get to make his return in Game 6 tomorrow night. After sitting out the last three games thanks to his suspension for elbowing Daniel Alfredsson, Hagelin might just be returning at the same time as his childhood hero.

If there’s one thing Hagelin won’t do, however, it’s change his game. Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants hears it from the young Swede about how he feels he plays a clean game despite being sat down.

Hagelin said he’s “excited to get back” and “what happened, happened.”

“I’m just going to keep playing my game,” Hagelin said. “I’m not a dirty player.”

That’s all well and good, although Hagelin’s return comes at a convenient time with Brian Boyle likely out of Game 6 with a concussion of his own thanks to a hard hit from Chris Neil. Hagelin’s speed will give the Rangers lineup a boost but they’ll need to find a way to beat Craig Anderson to make it pay off.

As for Hagelin, don’t expect to see further rough stuff from him and if the Sens take Game 6, you won’t see anything more from Hagelin until September.

  1. firemarshal1 - Apr 22, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Hey Ranger Players,

    Boy, it sure looks like the Ottawa Senators team is the harder working team then you guys (NYR Players). They show up when it really matters the most. They have more heart and dedication than you. Maybe, the starting goaltender for the NY Rangers (MR. LINDQVIST) can play like top tier (flight) player in the playoffs when it’s a true measurement of a REAL GREAT PLAYER, than a regular season great player. Maybe, he can start learning how to WIN Playoff games and series. Maybe the star players, Brad, Marion, and Ryan can finish their plays with scores. It sure looks like its going to be long summer with a bunch of chokers. Please tell me it ain’t so……. Show some heart. Ottawa doesn’t even have their best player playing. Really? You can’t even beat them, really? Wow, Torts must be disappointed.

  2. firemarshal1 - Apr 22, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    I would be embarrassed as a professional. If I lost to an eighth seeded team that doesn’t even have their best player playing against me. And making Anderson, a journeymen goaltender look like a All Star, really???? Oh, really??? Wow!!!

  3. firemarshal1 - Apr 22, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Say it ain’t so…….

  4. firemarshal1 - Apr 22, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Hey Duby, King, and Cally,

    Where’s your leadership? This is what separates the men from boys. This is what separates winners from losers. Players who lead by example are the real winners, winners don’t accept anything less. It’s one thing to lose if it’s injuries, but to lose any other way is defining yourself as player. Either as winner or loser, no other way. Your time is now. This series will define your career. No body remembers regular season greats. Please play your best, don’t let the pressure engulf you as player. Let it energize you and respond to it as challenge to yourself. There’s only one person in that locker room as has won a Cup, don’t let be the only one. It will define you as a player forever.

  5. jkay1818 - Apr 22, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Man, get a grip, you’re weird, concocting these posts and then forgetting you had more things to say so you comment again. It’s like you’re talking to yourself. You’re right, hank has been miserable, his 1.78 gaa and 95 svg percentage. What a bum. Also, alfreddson their best player? What yr are you in?

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