Belated post-game notes, quotes


From the Rangers:

November 1, 2009 – New York Rangers 1, Boston Bruins 0 (Game #15, Home #8)

  • The Rangers defeated the Boston Bruins, 1-0, in front of a sold-out crowd (18,200) at Madison Square Garden; the last time the Rangers won 1-0 was October 17, 2008, vs. Toronto.
  • New York have sold out 164 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 178 games.
  • The Blueshirts improved to 9-5-1 overall, including a 6-2-0 mark at home; the Rangers are 14-3-0 in their last 17 regular season games at MSG, and have out-scored their opponents, 60-32, during the stretch.
  • New York is now 34-16-9 against Original Six opponents since the 2005-06 season, including a 12-3-2 mark against Boston over the span.
  • Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 29 shots faced to record his first shutout of the season and 21st of his career; the win is his 150th career NHL win.
  • Marian Gaborik tallied the game’s only goal at 15:51 of the second period and logged 21:37 of icetime in his return to the lineup after missing the previous two contests; he has recorded a point in 12 of 13 games this season, including five goals and seven points in his last four contests, and now ranks second in the league in goals and is tied for third in points.
  • Vinny Prospal recorded the primary assist on Gaborik’s game-winning goal, and has registered seven points in the last six games; he is now tied for second in the league in assists and ranks sixth in points.
  • Rangers defenseman Marc Staal collected one assist in 22:23 of icetime, and has recorded a point in back-to-back games (one goal and one assist).
  • The Rangers practice schedule for tomorrow, November 2, is 1:30 p.m. at General Motors Place in Vancouver.
  • The Rangers return to action on Tuesday, November 3, when they will face-off against the Vancouver Canucks at General Motors Place (10:00 p.m.), in the first game of a three-game Western Canadian road trip; the game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.


John Tortorella on the team’s effort… “That is a tough team to play against – the way they play, how strong defensively they are, how they play in the neutral zone.  It needed to be a patient, grinding type game.  I think if you open yourself up, that is when they counter and that is when they become successful.  I thought our decision making was good.  I thought our grinding was better.  Cally (Ryan Callahan)…I thought (Christopher) Higgins had a good game in the grinding part of it.  (Ales) Kotalik, as far as being strong on the puck.  We found a way to score a goal and found a way to win.”
Marian Gaborik on Vinny Prospal…
“His work ethic is unbelievable.  He is a great playmaker.  He goes there and works hard.  He sees the ice, you can see that every night out there.  He is looking to pass and he did tonight.”

Henrik Lundqvist on today’s game… “It was a fun game.  This is what I was used to last year…low scoring and tight.  I got a little spoiled this year.  We have been scoring a lot.  The feeling was one mistake could cost us big time.  I like that feeling.  I have to be on my toes all of the time.”

Vinny Prospal on today’s game… “Obviously Hank (Henrik Lundqvist) was great for us in net. He made some huge saves throughout the whole hockey game. We were able to score the goal and it proved to be the winner. They are a really good hockey team. They have everything that a hockey team needs. They have the playmakers. They have the goal scorers and they have a great goalie as well.”


Here are the official game summary and event summary.

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  1. You guys are looking at this drury thing all wrong. Yes betts blocks shots like drury and the majority of the nhl does, but no way can you gripe about the money drury makes versus betts. Drury was taken out by neil in a game and neil makes like 2 mil or so per season, betts was taken out by brashear and he only makes 1.4 per season. So there you go, drury gets more money because guys who make more money take runs at him. It all makes sense/cents!

  2. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    The Yanks could use Cap’n Clutch right about now, huh? I heard he wasn’t half bad a baseball player.

    WOW! What smart running by Damon!

  3. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    Why didn’t anybody tell me- It was bolted down!

    I got the last one! Poor Laurel got nosed out again…


  4. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    Californication? Mounting Vancouver? What in holy Hell?

    You got the wrong attitude, Butterbean…

  5. Love this afternoon’s line combos, particularly Anisimov centering the first line. He’s just going to get better.

  6. Prospal is looking like the bargain of the season and Anisimov looks right at home on a skilled line with Vinny and Gabby (and could prove to be just as big a bargain if he can play there every night).

    I also like the fact that Torts recognised this was not going to be a game to play run-and-gun, but its also a good demonstration of how a team is nothing without a top drawer goaltender like Hank.

    I can’t wait to see Higgy’s celebration when he does score, thats going to be one giant king kong of a monkey off his back!

  7. Hey –

    Do we know what Gaborik’s leg injury really is? I’d love to know if it was an MCL? A charlie horse? what?

    I mean why should I have to wonder about my teams top guy? Stress over how bad his injury is? Comon’ Rangers – give us some respect and information. This isn’t some kind of undercover anti-terrorist mission we’re talking about here – it’s freakin’ hockey – enough with the secrecy!

  8. Sell-outs are a function of the number of tickets sold versus the number of tickets released, regardless of whether the buyers attend.

  9. Good morning Staal and all…..Linda, as a great woman once said, LMAO! CCCP, that would look good on you. I missed Californication so don’t talk about it until I catch the dvr.

  10. I thought that was a great hard fought game yesterday.
    Love what Byers brings!
    What do you guys thing about Redden’s play lately?
    I think he has been so much better than last season…good for him.
    Anisimov…quietly coming into his own, and IMO could put pressure on Dubinsky…which isn’t a bad thing.

  11. Septemous,
    Lower Body Injury, DUH.

    im kidding obviously, someone a few days ago posted word from a “friend” on the rangers med staff saying that it wasnt a MCL problem and infact was just a deep knee bruise.

  12. Linda- good catch!

    CCCP- don’t look at it before breakfast

    Laurel- what would look good on him- the coat or antisnoring device they’re promoting on the right?

  13. So guys, after how terrible Gomez was last year, would you have rather kept him and traded Drury or done things the way Sather did?

    It’s a tough choice, because Gomez had 2 more years on his deal and 500k more a season, but at least Gomez can stickhandle the puck for more than 2 seconds and doesn’t give the puck away. It usually takes Gomez 5 seconds to turn it over (which is what the extra 500k is for). Pretty much either way we were screwed, but Gomez was more of a threat on offense.

    The only thing I can think of with Drury is that he’s playing hurt. He looked fine in the preseason, he was faster, making good plays with the puck, and shooting hard (both wristers and slappers). Then he blocked a shot off his bottom hand in the preseason and he hasn’t been able to do anything since. If there’s one thing I can give Drury props for, he’s tough as nails, but if he’s really injured, he should heal up. I’ve been bashing on him all year but when I saw him block that shot last game, it reminded me that he took in the preseason and that after that block, he hasn’t been looking to carry the puck much or even shoot his slapshot (which he always did).

  14. HA! You guys are funny! That blonde and the “leopard’ coat sure would look good on me!

    And i do snore at night, but usually not through my mouth/nose if you know what i mean… :P

    P.S. good game on Saturday…i actually got to watch it just now. Congrats to Hank…hopefully he’ll continue pilling up wins for us this season and many more to come. Btw, what the hell was Torts wearing? That tie and the short gave me a headache!

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