Post-game notes, quotes


From the NYR:


November 17, 2009 – New York Rangers 2, Washington Capitals 4 (Game #21, Home #10)
Here are the official game summary and event summary.
The Rangers were defeated by the Washington Capitals, 4-2, in front of a sold-out crowd (18,200) at Madison Square Garden to drop to 11-9-1 (23 pts.) on the season and 6-4-0 at home.
New York have sold out 166 consecutive regular season games, dating back to Nov. 5, 2005 against New Jersey; the last regular season non-sellout was Oct. 31, 2005 vs. Montreal (17,697); including the playoffs, the Rangers sellout streak is now at 180 games.
The Rangers are now 14-5-0 in their last 19 regular season games at MSG, and have out-scored their opponents, 65-40, during the stretch.
Marian Gaborik opened the game’s scoring at 1:16 of the first period, and added a power play goal in the third to post his ninth multi-point effort of the season; he has recorded a point in 17 of 19 games this season, including nine goals and 15 points in his last 10 contests; Gaborik also logged a team-high 24:03 of icetime.
Sean Avery tallied one power play assist and registered three hits in 16:03 of icetime; he now has five goals and eight points in eight career regular season contests against Washington.
Rangers defensemen Dan Girardi and Marc Staal each recorded an assist on Gaborik’s goal at 1:16 of the first period; New York defensemen have now combined for 45 points (13 goals and 32 assists) this season.
P.A. Parenteau recorded an assist on Gaborik’s power play goal at 8:23 of the third period; the assist was his first as a Ranger.
Ryan Callahan registered five hits in 21:21 of icetime; he currently leads the NHL with 82 hits on the season.
Christopher Higgins led the team with seven hits, and won seven of 13 faceoffs (54%) in 18:00 of icetime.
The Rangers next practice is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 19 (11:00 a.m.), at the MSG Training Center.
The Rangers return to action on Saturday, Nov. 21, when they will face-off against the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.); the game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “I thought, for most of the game there, we played.  Obviously our biggest weakness is that we are not getting any secondary scoring.  We played in surges at times.  We held them to 11, 12 scoring chances.  We just aren’t creating enough with our secondary scoring.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “You have to be positive and you have to think you’ll turn this around. We had a big win the other night and we just need to have a couple in a row and get going. Now we’re back to square one again. We have a couple of days off between games and we have to make sure we’re ready for the next one.” 
Marian Gaborik on tonight’s game…  “We’ve got to capitalize and try and score on those hardworking, grinding plays. We just have to cut down on taking penalties and go from there. We didn’t generate a lot of shots, that was a problem there. We came back in the third, we had some good chances down low and we need to keep the puck down low more often.”
Wade Redden on creating offensive chances… “I think a lot of things stem from getting the puck in their zone.  It starts from our end, where we get good passes, chip it in and forecheck.  It is not just shots, it is creating momentum. I think we just have to rely on the simple little plays to create chances for ourselves.”

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  1. *I posted this after our last loss, but really it fits under ANY loss, so I might just keep posting it all season

    let’s face it guys- this team will NEVER be a real contender for ANYTHING when you have 2 players who are dead weight (Drury, Rozsival) and an average D-Man making elite money (Redden) taking up $18.5 million of a $56 million salary cap

    think about it: after you take out the cap space for those 3 clowns, it’s basically like we have a $37.5 million payroll…then take away the $14.5 million for Gaborik and Lundqvist (who are both worth it) and YOU ONLY HAVE $23 MILLION to put together the rest of a NHL roster

    $18.5 million = Drury, Rozsival, Redden
    $14.5 million = Gaborik, Lundqvist
    $23 million = TO BE SPENT ON THE REST OF THE TEAM (at least 15-17 players)

    and we expect that roster to contend for something?

    as long as we have the Drury/Rozsival/Redden contracts killing our cap space, we will be stuck in an endless cycle of mediocrity…a more offensive and entertaining version under Torts, but still mediocre nontheless


  2. Linda,,,damn skippy on

    lmao Rick! glad ya like that one!

    Rich great post, even the 2nd time around, and just as depressing!!

  3. Linda,,,damn skippy on

    not only FIRE SATHER, but NEW OWNERSHIP NOW!!!!! clean slate time in the upper echelons!

    All it takes is a few weeks of uptempo, smart play, and we’ll be right back in the love stage with this team. We go back and forth all season, every season!

  4. TheRealKocur26ECSF on

    Listen ,
    This Team is a joke; from the GM to Voros – top to bottom Garth Snow has put together a better – tougher, bigger more talented squad.
    Tortarella is a loudmouth – media bully / finger pointer…..NOTHING has changed this is Tom Renney 2 folks – in cae you’re blind….score a goal or 2 and hope HL stands on his ear …Disgrace…
    Speaking of HL , you think somebody can tell Swedflopalot to stand his ground just a nab longer seeing as he has a worse glove than just about any keeper you can name ….

    10th Place and then hopefully Messier rides into town.

  5. There sure are a ton of angry posters tonight. That was a bad loss but let’s all step back off the ledge.

  6. Thanks for passing on the website to watch the game. I live in Maryland and have Directv so I can watch the Ranger games and I was otherwise out of luck because of the Versus/Directv battle.

    First post for me, so let me dive right in with a controversial sentiment. While too much cap space is devoted to him, without Drury, I think you can see some of his value in things that don’t make the scoresheet. Just sayin.

  7. I totally agree with realkocur and Rich…this team has defaulted to last year’s Renneyhockey.
    They will not throw hard slap shots at the net, ( one timers? fuggaddaboudid)

    (OK Kotalik and one or two others, but last year’s holdovers do not ( or cannot psychologically)

    The Islanders are a significantly superior team than this one. They skate hard, press the forecheck, when they dump they go in hard and collect the puck and they usually stand someone in the crease area, and they score. ..( The guy who is most deadly for them in the crease is Matt Moulson) who I have been raving about since opening day. No I’m not an Isles fan ( I’m a long time Ranger fan ( 1949), but I admire and appreciate good hockey when I see it and good coaching when I see it. Rangers have gone back to dumping the puck in and then DRIFTING after it. Rangers coaches seem to have taken a holiday this season, the way these guys coast into corners,and of course LQ makes miraculous save, then gives up soft goals.

    I said last season that I thought Orr was their most indispensable player…I still hold to that. Note that I did NOT say most valuable. There is a large difference. What Orr did was unique, and no one else on the team could do it. He’s doing it now for the Leafs, and doing it well.
    NO ONE on present Rangers has this ability. So odd that they allowed some of their most effective players from last year were let go while the drones were kept aboard. ( refer to Mara Orr Betts and Morris., all cast adrift.)
    All of these people were scorned by a number of Rangers fans.

    So you’ve got Renneyhockey revisited. And if LQ had ever been taught and coached in making the stacked pad slide, he would not have let that last goal beat him the other night.

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