Post-game notes, quotes


From the Rangers:
October 26, 2009 – New York Rangers 5, Phoenix Coyotes 2 (Game #12, Home #7)

  • The Rangers defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 5-2, in front of a sold-out crowd (18,200) at Madison Square Garden.
  • New York have sold out 163 consecutive regular season games, dating back to November 5, 2005 against New Jersey; the last regular season non-sellout was October 31, 2005 vs. Montreal (17,697); including the playoffs, the Rangers sellout streak is now at 177 games.
  • The Blueshirts improved to 8-3-1 overall, including a 5-2-0 mark at home; the Rangers are 13-3-0 in their last 16 regular season games at MSG, and have out-scored their opponents, 59-32, during the stretch.
  • The Rangers converted two of five power play opportunities and have now tallied a goal in nine of their last 10 games, clicking at a 35.0% (14-40) success rate over the span; New York have extended their power play goal streak at MSG to six games, converting 40.0% (10-25) of their attempts during the stretch.
  • Marian Gaborik led all skaters with two goals and added an assist to earn First Star honors; he is currently tied for the league lead in goals (10) and ranks second in the NHL in points (18).
  • Vinny Prospal tallied the game-winning goal and finished with three points and a plus-two rating; Prospal now ranks second in the NHL in assists (12) and is tied for fifth in the league in points (16).
  • Donald Brashear registered his first point as a Ranger with an assist on Artem Anisimov’s opening goal at 2:31 of the first period.
  • Enver Lisin recorded his first multi-point effort of the season with one goal and an assist on Prospal’s game-winning goal.
  • Defenseman Michael Del Zotto tallied two assists, including one on the power play, and is now tied for the league lead in defensemen points (12).
  • The Rangers practice schedule for tomorrow, October 27, is 12:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.
  • The Rangers return to action on Wednesday, October 28, when they will face-off against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup; the game will be televised live on MSG 2.

Post-game quotes
John Tortorella on neutral zone play…
“We were better at it.  I think we gave up 11 or 12 scoring chances but we were much better away from the puck.  The second goal was the one we got caught changing and a couple of people leaving the zone…we were sloppy there but for the most part we were pretty good as far as those types of situations.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game…
“I think tonight we were off to a really good start.  They are a fast team.  They skate a lot and move the puck a lot.  We did a good job.  It changed a little bit when they scored a couple of goals and got some energy.  I like the way we responded in the third.  Personally, I knew it was going to be a good intense third period.  It felt good with the help of the defense.”
Chris Drury on Enver Lisin…
“Enver brings a lot to that line (first).  He seems to be working well with those guys and he does a lot with the scoring chances.”
Sean Avery on Phoenix’s two quick goals in the second period…
“That is something that is not a pattern at this point.  If it is, it is probably because we got away from our foundation which is our forecheck and our system.  We have a certain style we are supposed to play every night and when we stray from that, things don’t go well.  I think when we play into our system and into our foundation we find success.”
Here are the official game summary and event summary.


Here’s an update on Marian Gaborik, who was injured tonight; the update from Andrew Gross’s blog.

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  1. repost cuz i got carped-
    im back!!! alex- im 1/4 swede, 1/4 finn, 1/4 italian, and 1/4 wookie. so, im half viking, half pizza eatin chewbacca. i dont speak or understand anything but english and bad english. sry bro. amyway, i came back for update on gabby. i couldnt sleep w/out knowin if our little unicorn is ok. good news that its not groin, but bad that hes still probably gonna miss games. whether how many is the question.

    and i speak wookie too. arghhh!!1 yarp!!1 grunt!!!!!!!!!

  2. it seems like gabby is gonna be ok…a little knee on knee action if the replay shows the correct contact

    not related to groin or hip, which means i will be able to sleep sound tonight, lol

  3. also – just in case somebody didn’t notice yet, gaborik is nasty and will be breaking jagr’s record this year with 55 goals if he stays up and healthy

  4. Hope Gaborik is fine. If it was serious then it would have been announced. Hopefully he plays against the Islanders. Could lead the league in goals this year.

  5. Jonathan Probber on

    Surprised to hear the game was sold out. Lots of empties visible on the broadcast.

    On a separate note, was delighted they devoted time to Bill Chadwick, who was a signal voice of my youth, alongside both Marv Albert and Jim Gordon.

  6. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Zipay with this tidbit (who does he mean, the ‘Captain’?):
    And finally from Torts: “There’s going to be other benchings. I’ll tell you right now. I have some people in mind.”

  7. interesting tidbit from zip (thanks true)! Man I hope he doesn’t bench one of our crease clearing hard hitting physical d men that would suck a whole……..oh wait…..we don’t have any of those!!!!!

  8. Laurel

    Glad you like the vid!!!

    Avery needs to get more ice time and needs to get a bit grittier!!!

  9. *Hey Dru. It would be nice if you got on the score sheet once in a while.*


    Captain Clutch WAS on the scoresheet tonight!

    *15:05 NYR Chris Drury : Slashing – 2 min*


    Oh man! Looking at this scoresheet, Captain Clutch was the only forward who was a minus tonight! Captain Clutch, Mr. Two-Way Excellence, was a -1 in a 5-2 win! How is that possible??? See, THIS is why you can’t trust silly “numbers” and nonsensical “stats”!!!

    If there was a stat for “the little things”, or intangibles, Captain Clutch would’ve been the 1st star of the game! Not Gaborik! So what if Gaborik, a.k.a. “Captain CRUTCH”, had 3 points! Where was Gaborik at the end of the game with the game on the line??? In the locker room! Injured as usual! And where was Captain Clutch??? LEADING this team to victory!!! What a winner!

    Anyway, I’m not gonna let that comment ruin my Turkmenistan Independence Day!

    /peels off in Clutchmobile

  10. The Good people of Rangers Report.

    I got an email from Bill Chadwick’s Grandson telling me how much he appreciate the piece I did on his Grandfather who died at 94 this past Saturday. I think it would be great if all Ranger fans out there went to his grandsons website and shared their fond memory’s of Bill as well as their sympathy’s

  11. Chris Drury

    you forgot to mention the courageous block that left you laying on the ice for several seconds! That was awesomely clutch! And what aboot the interview between periods? That was a clutch speech!

    But seriously… this team does not have a problem scoring goals…even though it’ll be nice for a LL Cool Dru to score a goal or two, we dont depend on Chris to carry the team offensively. Now, if we could get him to play better defense… that would be super clutch!


    Even when winning Msg is still empty for games but Carpinello prints lies like he’s paid by Dolan. Comical looking at an entire empty section above the Chadwick tribute.

    Feel free to ignore Carpinello, just write what Dolan tells you to about ANNOUNCED SELLOUTS….

  13. Personally I’d like to see a trade of Girardi to Montreal for Mara back.Recall how many many fans used to rave about Korpikoski when he was here? Actually he accomplished very very little during his tenure. Compare him with the kid Lisin. A great trade…finally.

  14. I want breakfast.There’s no one to roll the crepes though. This is your fault Carp. you and your macho head games!

    Anyhow, I didn’t get a chance to catch the game last night but I’m hoping Gabby’s alright. Nice to see the team regroup a little and come up big against a ‘yotes team that hasn’t been playing bad hockey to start the season.

  15. flynn,
    If you were to look past Sather’s bad moves (you know, the ones that are constantly posted by Sather detractors) you will find some damn good moves as well. Lisin for Korpi was probably easier for Sather because it appeared that the Coyotes were gonna lose Lisin anyway (KHL), but Sather has been pretty good in my opinion. Prospal? Split his salary and Redden’s, and Sather doesn’t look so bad anymore does he?

  16. Who Needs Lohan on

    Torts mentioned last night that there would be more benchings, and that he had some people in mind. Any thoughts on the candidates. From my eye I see something that I havent seen in 2 years. Callahan has lost a bit of his edge. Not sure if that “flu bug” has taken some toll on his energy or not but thats the second time this week he has been caught from behind on a breakaway. Also havent seen quite as much hustle the last few games from him. I know its hard to complain about him since he has been our most solid player over the past 2 plus campains but just wondering if that was a quiet message from Torts. Also, they are right about Dubi, he is just gliding not skating.

  17. oh yippee, some of the trolls from zips blog are already heading over this way, lucky us!

  18. some people think lipstick on a pig erases swine flu, and makes it into a great pet, sausage his own, unless you prefer bacon or veggies….

  19. Lohan, i too was wondering if he meant Cally. He hasn’t been putting the puck in the net, but he’s always out there hitting someone (typically having the most hits in the game on the team) or making good plays. Maybe he is still not 100% back from the flu. I’d love it to be Drury, but we know there’s no way the captain has his hiney benched or scratched for a game or two, and that is unfortunate.

  20. lohan- its not u, i notice cally has been off too. doesnt look like hes got the energy he did to start the season. and hes never gone more than a game or 2 w/out being one of the best working players on the team. last 3 games hes been pretty average. drury average. i like what torts did with higgins, but you cant forcce a goal on this guy. hes gotta do it himself. he really had only 2 good chances last night. 1 was behind the net/side of net and almost caught labarbera off his skate, and the 2nd was a shot either behind the net or a rebound and higgins was standing right there for a bang in rebound and it hopped over his stick. i bet hes kickin himself for not cashing in on the numerous chancesw he had the first few games. he very well could be prucha’d or worse if he cant score soon. i think torts is reffering to girardi an higgins and maybe brash with the benchings. top line was great, 2ndwas usless again. 3rd was better, 4th ine actually scored. but brash sucked, higgins and girardi sucked. i dont think hes gonna bench cally. maybe though.

  21. yea linda- it very well could be dru, but i just dont think hes been bad enough to be benched. cally either. i think they havent done much offensively, and cally especially with the 2 breakaways, but dru wasnt bad enough to deserve a benching. its definitely not him. but hes awful close if he doesnt start scoring. its not like he even gets any good chances either. hes hardly ever in a position to this type of offensive system, hes still gonna come out with 20g. thats it for him. average joe. prospal should be at least the other A. i think hes deserved it. gabby too.

  22. Who Needs Lohan on

    Brassiere was pretty decent last night I thought. Yeah Cally just seems like he just lost a little steam. Knowing his history of being the hardest working guy on the ice every night, lets chalk it up to a little post illness weakness. Dubi definitely isnt skating like he was. Could he mean Avery, who is a turnover machine?? Girardi could be a canditate too. Torts did not like that opening faceoff 3rd period tripping penalty.

  23. “Gene Carr couldn’t put the puck in the ocean if he was standing on the end of a pier” — Bill “the Big Whistle” Chadwick 1973 WOR Channel 9 road game broadcast

    ” King, whadda about dis nu Swedish defenseman you have Ba-Ba-Ba-Bo-ya-ya-ya Salming? ….. “Well Bill this kid’s alright when it comes to skating, but he’s got to toughen up for the NHL; if you put a dozen eggs in his pocket, when he goes into the corner, he comes out with eleven unbroken… this is hockey, if you can’t be ’em in the alley, you won’t beat ’em on the rink.”

    The Big Whistle and Francis Michael “King ” Clancy 1974, Maple Leafs Garden, between periods interview WOR saturday night broadcast

    We will never see their likes again. RIP Big Whistle.

  24. For once I thought JoeMich added reasonable insight with Dubinsky’s habit of coasting into the zone on the rush, while that might be a tatic to allow the trailing winger to hit the right spot for a pass Dubi doesn’t quite have Gaborik’s hands or feet when it comes to making deft movements or exploding past a Dman. He needs to keep moving and use his frame to shield the puck to take it wide or cut into the middle. See his set up of Gaborik’s first goal and he’s much more effective when he steams through the blueline and causes the D to turn around to defend him down low thus creating the seam that Gaborik glided into for a prime scoring area.

  25. lohan-aves was good in montreal though. hes been less than stellar or his usual self so maybe, but i dont see him being the problem. if anything, you really cant bench d men if u only have 6. so at this point, it could be a combo of fwds like aves,cally,dru,higgins,brash,or boyle. none of the d were bad. maybe they had a hard time controlling the puck in their end and getting it out quickly enough, leading to a weak transition game, but it looks like whoever made the most mistakes last night or didnt do enough. i honestly had to watch on a crappy feed that lagged and was very grainy so i couldnt give ya a good enough analysis on most of the players. cally and avery, maybe dru. idk. who knows what torts will do. he’ll probably bench valley!!

  26. We better bring our hard hats and shovels to work on Wednesday night. It is going to be a fight to the finish. Always is against the Isles. Either that, or we will blow them out. :)

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