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The Rangers’ Preseason World Tour Is Underway

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 08: New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella  attends casino night to benefit the Garden Of Dreams Foundation at Gotham Hall on February 8, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)

The Rangers' preseason this year is as noteworthy for the number of frequent flyer miles they'll accumulate as it is for the annual battle for the final roster spots. After games in Albany, Newark, and Philadelphia, the Rangers will head to Europe, where they'll play preseason contests in four different countries (the Czech Republic, Sweden, Slovakia, and Switzerland) before returning to Sweden (this time in Stockholm) to play their first two regular-season games. (Once they return to North America, by the way, they'll play five more road games before finally playing at Madison Square Garden on October 27. Until then, the Garden is undergoing a renovation — or transformation, as they're calling it — so as to provide fans with tastier hamburgers, among other things.) Anyway, last night, the Rangers kicked off their world tour in Albany, losing 2–1 to the Devils in overtime. Even by preseason standards, it's probably not worth reading much into this. (It was the kind of game John Tortorella didn't even stand on the bench for, instead observing from elsewhere in the arena.) That said, if you're a fan of bad turnovers that lead to overtime goals, we direct you to this clip of Patrick Elias's game-winner.

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Photo: Joe Corrigan/2010 Joe Corrigan