Postgame from the Rock


Some quotes from the game.
On the timeout:

Chris Drury:
“Yeah, certainly. We didn’t come out ready, and it was pretty obvious at he start of the game, and he let us know. From that point on I thought we responded very well. You’re not always going to get away with bad starts like that, and hopefully that was one and that’s it.” 

“(It was) more emotional (than tactical). It was more, ‘Hey, wake up.’ Kind of exactly what we needed to hear.”
“I thought we got stronger, especially on the wall as it went on. In tight games like that’s a lot of the space you have to win battles in. It’s definitely something we continue to work on, and will continue to work on.”

Matt Gilroy:  
“(Tortorella’s message was) very obvious. Anything you can think of, he probably said it. We kind of responded from that and he kind of reiterated (between periods) but we moved on from that. We just came out flat and he knew it. The timeout helped us.”

“I just saw us watching people play. Off a rush we watched them go to the net. We watched them rotate out of the corner. We watched people go to the net again. We absolutely get beat out of the corner without any effort at all.
“We had a pretty good first shift, but I was just shocked as far as how we were playing in our own end zone, watching people play.”
“I think you have to give them credit for finding themselves and grinding one out. Our power play scored a couple of goals, I don’t think we gave up much. I think we gave up 10 scoring chances throughout the game, which is something we’re looking for because we were giving up in the teens the first two games. And in the third period they grinded it out.”

Some notes:

Tortorella said he used two forwards to kill the 5-on-3 because of the inexperience on the defense corps, “we felt more comfortable with the forwards.” … Gilroy said he actually saw Martin Brodeur’s knee turn a little awkwardly as he slid across the crease while Gilroy held the puck above the right circle. So he deliberately hit the 5-hole for his first NHL goal, the game-winner, against a Hall of Famer. Not bad. 
Tortorella was happy to see the Kotalik goal. “Kotalik hit the net,” he said. “The first two games he’s had opportunities but he’s missed the net. We’re going to have to ask for more, and he will give us more. I think he’s going to be a very big part of this hockey club.” … The coach also noted that Michael Del Zotto made a pretty good play, a quick move of his hands, to freeze one of the Devils and give Kotalik the opening and opportunity to get his shot through … Gilroy thought that Marian Gaborik tipped Vinny Prospal’s pass, intentionally, to Gilroy on the goal.

Here are the official game summary and event summary


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  1. No I mean he was taking very short shifts, first guy off everytime. And he wasn’t exactly making any spectacular plays away from the puck. I was looking forward to something from him tonight.

  2. i thought Gaborik looked flat too – not the same jump to his skating stride like in first two games. I was watching closely and hope he didn’t tweak his groin or feel something was off with his hip…

  3. Wow, Luongo is having another rough night; he just got pulled after coughing up three goals in three minutes.

  4. Reeshay (or Riche') on

    Gaborik playing his old coach… that could’ve been why. Also, they were keying in on him. More space for others to do their things.

    He can’t be the only one who scores for us.

  5. Yeah Gaborik had a quiet night but his smart decoy move did lead to Gilroy’s goal. Not sure if he actually touched it but the idea led to the goal.

    Prospal played a great game as did Kotalik. The 4th line was very effective tiring out the Devils down low. Redden had a pretty clean game, slowly but surely he may be turning the corner to respectability.

    I’m getting a little concerned about Anisimov, he just seems to be intimidated by the regular season games so far. He had a couple of carries into the zone where he looked like he was going to drive to the net but then stayed to the outside. Lisin has been so so but he was getting slightly more involved than the previous 2 games. Higgins works hard and delivered a big open ice hit on Parise. If he finds his touch that would help the 2nd line be a bit more productive.

    The overall team’s game is showing signs of improvement from game to game and that’s pretty much all we can ask for at this stage of the season.

  6. Anyone want to predict when local fan shows up again.

    Probably the next Rangers loss.

    He’s too busy rippin the Devils on Fire & Ice right now.

  7. haha. Debbies in last place in division

    Atlantic GP W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Road L10
    Philadelphia 2 2 0 0 4 7 2 0-0-0 2-0-0 2-0-0
    Pittsburgh 2 2 0 0 4 7 5 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0
    NY Rangers 3 2 1 0 4 10 7 1-0-0 1-1-0 2-1-0
    NY Islanders 1 0 0 1 1 3 4 0-0-1 0-0-0 0-0-1
    New Jersey 2 0 2 0 0 4 8 0-2-0 0-0-0 0-2-0

  8. dlb, they’re 2 games into the season with a “new” system and played 2 good teams. Way too early to write off ANYTHING about the Devils, though it is nice to see them down there :)

  9. NYRguy

    I would rather see anisimov stay up, but i think torts likes lisin alot, so that makes me think it’s boyle or anisimov that goes down. If that happens, guess they break up the first line and use vinny as a center and put avery on a wing of the top two lines. Salary may also be a factor dependding on the 7th d man situatuion and who they are interested in signing. It may mean the highest salary goes down!!!!

  10. BAH! I couldnt watch the game so no hoping it was on a replay but I caught the highlights on WOW the kids are amazing and Kotalik has an absolute MISSLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Not too shabby for two Rookies showing up two vets getting paid $11 million.


  11. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    The four WORST Rangers were easily (in rough order) Rozsival, Girardi, Redden (who improved the last 20 minutes) and Drury. Awful. Gaborik was quiet, but not bad. Cally was also quiet, but quite effective. Dubi looks like a monster on the puck these first 3 games.

  12. This was a night where Gabby was more effective away from the puck and he knew it. Kind of like how Jagr used to just bring guys to him and he’d open it up for others.

    Also Marty is at it again. He did it to Dawes and now is doing it to Gilroy:

    “I don’t know if he fanned on it or something, but he didn’t shoot it as hard as I thought he was going to shoot it and it just found it’s way through me,” Brodeur said.

    Really Marty? Just like Nigel fanned when he faked you out? Maybe you just…I don’t know…screwed up. I really hate this guy just for the fact that he can’t admit when either someone makes a good play on him or he screws up. I know he has a ton of pride, but he can at least not say anything.

  13. Redden played well in the 3rd. He just looks like he doesn’t care, which I guess getting off coke will do to you haha. I’d rather have him look like that and make a simple play with the puck than last year when he’d just wait forever to make a pass and never did. It didn’t help that Renney never had the forwards cross so nobody was open, but now he seems to be making the little plays that he never did last year. He’ll never live up to that deal, but if he just does his job and doesn’t screw up that much, I’ll be satisfied.

    I’m beginning to feel bad for Rozy too, he just looks lost. We’ve seen him play well (mostly with Malik…which isn’t a coincidence), but on the puck hes terrible. Plus some plays he got caught and burned and its just falling apart. Maybe Montreal wants him, but I really hope he turns it around.

  14. I think Prospal is one of the best players on the ice so far. He plays like a real pro, lots of veteran savvy. He’s less physical, but I don’t see his game as being all that different from Shanahan’s. Good pick up for a young team.

  15. Has anyone recieved the other alternate captain “A” yet? If Avery dosent get it, it should go to dubious or gaborik.

  16. Bad enough I don’t get Versus, but the NHL channel list the Rangers vs Devils replay at 1:00 AM.
    I stay awake & don’t follow the game only to find the Vancouver game on.
    This sucks – somebody owes me some sleep !

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