Post-game notes, quotes


From the NYR:

December 6, 2009 – New York Rangers 1, Detroit Red Wings 3 (Game #29, Home #14)
The Rangers were defeated by the Detroit Red Wings, 3-1, in front of a sold-out crowd (18,200) at Madison Square Garden.
New York have sold out 170 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 184 games.
The Rangers are now 14-14-1 (29 pts.) on the season and 7-7-0 at home; in their last 23 regular season games at MSG, New York are 15-8-0, and have out-scored their opponents, 77-55, during the stretch.
New York currently ranks second among Original Six teams in head-to-head match-ups since the 2005-06 season, posting a record of 34-17-9 (77 pts) over the span.
Brian Boyle opened the game’s scoring at 15:56 of the first period, off a feed from Christopher Higgins; Higgins now has points (one goal and two points) in back-to-back games.
Rookie defenseman Michael Del Zotto led all skaters with a season-high seven hits and logged a team-high 24:45 of icetime; Del Zotto now ranks second among all first-year skaters with 71 hits.
Chris Drury led all skaters with 14 faceoff wins in 24 chances (58%) and blocked three shots in 21:30 of icetime.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28 saves, including 14 in the first period, and has stopped 64 of 67 shots (.955%) in the last two nights.
Ilkka Heikkinen tied for a team-high with three blocked shots in his Garden debut.
The Rangers next practice is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 8 (11:00 a.m.), at the MSG Training Center.
The Rangers return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 9, when they will face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center (8:30 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up; the game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
John Tortorella on tonight’s game…
“Well we can say it is unfair…whatever.  We just came away empty.  I thought it was important tonight that we get consecutive games.  I thought we played two good games.  You just want to get something out of it, at least a point out of it but we didn’t.  We just have to fight through it.  We fought through it after a shaky start.  We will just get back at it.”
Henrik Lundqvist on the the last two games…“I like the way we play in our own zone.  It feels like we are more in control and we are not running around too much and guys are doing a good job with that.  We have calmed down a little bit.  You don’t feel like you have to cover up for anyone else.  They are doing a good job coming back.  That is a good thing and something we will keep on doing.  We played well enough in our zone and in the defensive zone to win this game.”
Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “It is a tough game to lose.  They are all tough game when you lose them.  It is tough when you feel like you play a good 60 (minutes) and they score late in the game.  It is a tough loss.”

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  1. Sather's WrapUp on

    Hi Ranger Fans,

    Another exciting game here at the World’s Most Sold out Arena. Those fans just love us!

    How about our Goalie! LQ scores a goal to win the game. Not many goalies can do that! What? What’s that? Into OUR net? Oh. Never mind…

    Anyone see our enforcer? Could have used you tonight there Brash. We got too many power plays in a row tonight. Tort’s would just tap your shoulder, and say “Brash, go get us a penalty”. All for just over a million bucks. What an acquisition!

    Anisimov is MY player of the game. Where is he?. Ahhhh, Artie! There was some talk about caviar earlier and I want you to go down to Brighton Beach and get me a couple pounds. Dolan will spring for it, he had a double shutout today with the Knicks playing earlier.

    Gabby is in a bit of a slump, ain’t he. I better see Torts about cutting his ice time a bit until he picks it up.

    Well, it wasn’t a win but it’s just as good. It really built some character out there.

    Well, gotta go. Until next time fans, and remember- don’t step on the logo.

    Mrs. Sather says, “Nighty-Nite”

  2. wicky229(and no, I don't wear a visor!) on

    I honestly think this team cares and really is trying (there are just some major holes in the roster) and drury getting frustrated (and rightfully so) on the bench breaking his stick just reinforces that opinion. Problem is someone has to step up and do something. The thing about hockey, it’s about emotion. The rangers just need that guy to go out there like orpik or stuart or kronwall (injured currently) and level 2 or 3 guys in one shift and come out on the next one and do it again. That is so contagious on a hockey club it’s not even funny.

    Speaking of stuart, I guess artem lindros, I mean eric anisimov, damn it AA is ok after going through the neutral zone again with his head down.

    In case I have never said this before about certain players, but we could really use a couple of guys like stuart on the rangers. You know, crease clearing hard hitting physical d men!!

  3. wicky229(and no, I don't wear a visor!) on

    oh, BTW this is all sally’s fault!

    This was all your fault, you obviously didn’t go to the game!

  4. These quotes are making me nauseous. I’m sure these guys are angry about losing behind closed doors but it would be refreshing to read a quote that wasn’t along the lines of “Well we some nice things tonight and hopefully we’ll come out with the win next time.”

  5. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    There was a point during the Wings broadcast that they discussed why Drury wore #23 and they said he was a heck of a player, like Mattingly, but Mattingly played for Steinbrenner “so he probably made a heck of a lot more money.” They also started their broadcast by saying the “Detroit killer,” the clutch player of the Av’s and Calgary and now on the Rangers leads the charge against the wings.

    This is the crap that many of us have hated. The NHL has no idea who Chris Drury is! He DOES make more than Mattingly made (almost $3.5million more than Mattingly ever made) and he’s sucked as a Ranger… yet we’re paying for this ridiculously inflated stigma that the league (and Slyther) believed.

  6. Of course Henrik Softqvist makes yet another cameo. Why wouldn’t he ?

    Two other things that bugged me was….

    1) Staal acting like a little bi*ch and taking a dumb penalty which pretty much led to the tying goal, even though the penalty was over. I still blame him.

    2) Cally has one move, and that’s the backhand forehand move. Why can’t this kid learn how to roof a god damn fuggin puck ? It’s the only move he ever does, but he never roofs it. If he scores that goal, maybe we win.

    Or maybe Softqvist blows it like he always does.

    Play Johnson in the next game. I wanna see how he does, even if it’s against the best of the West.

  7. onecupin69yearsand counting on

    Its impossible for a goalie to stop all softies, but Hank seems to be a little too soft. one round and out.

  8. Let’s hope Kovalchuk is greedy and Slats throws the bank at him in July. We need 2-3 game breakers. Game breakers win cups. Just ask Detroit, Anaheim, and Pittsburgh.

  9. Did Torts mention how the team played well and should’ve at least had a point…but with 2 minutes to go Henrik Lundqvist decides to pull a Brodeur and let in an easy goal. I’m so sick of him giving up cheapies all the time. It’s so annoying.

  10. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    The game breakers detroit has don’t cost 8 million a year. The highest paid player on detroit is Datsyuk, basically a guy who can score 90 points a year (and 75+ in a bad season)!!! That’s how they have several excellent players, not one of them makes 8 million (damnit Drury). Sather has dug such a deep chitole for himself its not even funny.

  11. onecup – I agree. It’s fine every now and then, but its getting ridiculous, especially because in the same games he’s making so many huge saves.

  12. CR9 (Red Sox farm system = Hydra, except cut off one head and 6 more grow back) on


    Hanky obviously has better things to do than goaltend, and that is CARPing women.

  13. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Crap-Qvist strikes again!!!!"... says Greg L. on

    Gaborik was very tired , Tort’s needed to rest him a bit. If Gaborik is double shifted every game , he wil be burnt out right after the olympics. We probally should rest Gaborik a bit this year. ( comming off an injury and an olympic year) I don’t want to rest Gaborik but we need to protect our Superstar.

  14. you suck Rangers. jesus. As soon as you didn’t score on that last PP in the 3rd, I knew the score would be 3-1. It’s the typical Rangers loss: Just barely hang on all game, get a ton of chances that you don’t capitalize (sp?) on, the other team scores in the last 10 minutes, you pull your goalie and they get the empty net goal. And wow Rozi, a penalty in the last minute while on the PP?? Please Glen, buy him out and lets end the bleeding. At least, under Renney (and yes, I was happy to see him go), we would have somehow made it to OT of the shootout. But not under Torts. It’s all about the regulation with him.

    Anyway, it makes me sick to pay money to watch this horror show so if anyone wants to go to games, please buy my tickets.

  15. CR9 (Red Sox farm system = Hydra, except cut off one head and 6 more grow back) on

    Steve and other Rangers fans

    Don’t give up on the Rangers. What kind of fans would we be if we just gave up.

    I heard the MSG crowd tonight. It did not sound that loud. We do not even have any home crowd advantage lately.

    While Hank carps another hottie tonight, let us all remember that there is a lot of time left this season.

  16. oh for goodness sakes, what kind of weaksauce bs is this?

    nobody here is “giving up” … we’re just f’ing tired of this garbage that we see year-in and year-out …

  17. we pay, what, $100+ a pop to see this mercenaries play?

    these idiots (ie. Drury) make $7M+ … fans have every right to boo these clowns off the ice

  18. That was a tough loss…at least they are playing defense again.

    They can try and try and try but until they get any secondary scoring they are going to lose more than they win, simple.

  19. Whoa…look at all these people crawling out from under the couch to express their dissatisfaction…where were all of you last night when we won the game?

    Another bad goal late in the game… but at least the team is starting to play a full game… i say…one thing at a time…once we learn how to play a complete game more often…the goals will come too…Higgins, Avery and even Drury are starting to come around….its a great sign for the team…few more weeks Dubi will come back and next thing we know we are right there in a mix for the division title! :P

  20. CCCP

    I think we still have to keep hope…you have to think that if everyone is slumping at the same time, they will heat up at the same time…right?

  21. CR9 (Red Sox farm system = Hydra, except cut off one head and 6 more grow back) on

    Miami Pimp

    I’m not doling out BS. You have a right to be angry and boo(though that does not help the players any), but I was trying to instill hope in those that have lost hope.

    Our team is poorly constructed, we have losers like Rozi on the team.

    However, if we get to the playoffs, Hank has the ability to carry us to a Stanley Cup.

    It’s not likely, but I believe winning the SC is possible, on the backs of Gabby and Hank.

    Our defense has looked better these last 2 games, and 3 of the 4 goals were cheapies via Hank.

    Just get to the playoffs, anything can happen (except the Bruins winning, hopefully).

  22. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Staal Wart pointed this out once, someone made comment tonight too (concerning how “big” Boyle is), but doesnt’ it sound a little awkward when Joe M. talks about the players on the Rangers or the opposing teams? Everyone’s either got “huge forearms” or is “a real good looking kid.” Sam doesn’t talk about the players the same way either. Weird.

  23. I somewhat share your optimism CR9…I dunno about the Cup though lol, but it is a long season and as bad as things are right now, they can be really good in February or March…we just don’t know, it’s a loooong year

  24. “at least the team is starting to play a full game” ?? honestly, I’m not on the Internet a lot and visit this site when I can. This team isn’t doing anything. Playing better than the night before and losing is still losing, and they can “play better” or “play full games” but 0 points is 0 points, and as a season ticket holder, I feel I have the right to bitch as much as anyone here. Keep raising the prices for this? $9 sour/infected beers for this? $35+ parking for this? I want contracts based on performance. Everyone gets a base $1MM salary and you’ll get more depending on how you play throughout the season. Once several teams start this, everyone else should adopt it.

  25. CR9 (Red Sox farm system = Hydra, except cut off one head and 6 more grow back) on

    Miami Pimp

    Don’t think that I do not or have not gotten angry.

    I have lost a marriage over my NY teams, quit a job out of superstition for the 2009 NYY (which worked out for the best), broken hundreds of doors, holes in walls, glass, etc. over the years.

    But I’ve grown to remain hopeful, and when I get angry, like over tonight’s game, I look at the positive.

    In this case, there is plenty of time left in the season. Our team has made improvements over the last 2 games. We had tens of scoring chances this game that we could not put in (which can get better). Hank has played piss poor all season (which should not continue).

  26. Don’t get me wrong, I still watch all the games (unless I’m busy screwing around with Roszival’s woman) …

    However, I’m wary of having any hope for better results because this team is always “never good enough” but “not so bad that we get a good draft pick” …

    We’re stuck in the middle … what I like to call “bush-league central”

  27. Steve Trac (sec 303)

    i was not talking aboot you specifically… i was referring to the last thread and just saying in general…its just some people show up only when we lose… and that is kind of “bush-league”…everyone can b!tch aboot this team… especially if you are a season ticket holder… but no one is forcing you to pay for the product you don’t like…

    not to get any points out of this game definitely sux but it is what it is…maybe season ticket holders like yourself should send a message to Dolan by not renewing their seats year after year… you know…maybe that could help this franchise when Dolan’s pockets will feel a bit thinner..but i know it aint gonna happen.

    Oh and I would be careful what rangers fans are wishing for too… most of us want Sather gone just as much as we wanted Renney out of here… and look at us now… with supposedly better talent we are worst than we were last year

  28. Trade Lundqvist now before his value really decreases. Please play the kid and get another veteran goaltender. Henrik is costing us too many games. That’s just the way it is. “What have you done for us lately” NOTHING

  29. Steve Trac – are you serious blaming Rozsival for that penalty? He HAD to take that otherwise it was an empty netter. He actually saved them and gave them a chance to score later on, which they missed because DZ had the puck hop over his stick in the last few minutes.

    I hate how people go out of their way to blame Rozy on stuff he actually does right. What would you rather have, a penalty where the score stays 2-1, or an empty netter and the game being over? If you knew anything about or played hockey before, you would know that you are supposed to take a penalty there.

  30. CR9 – I’m an optimistic fan. They played very well tonight. Detroit even with all the injuries is a solid team. They don’t give up much defensively when they are on their game. The fact is the chances aren’t going in right now. This is still the same team that has scored 7 goals twice and more than 4 a bunch of times. They have the scoring and are getting decent chances, just aren’t getting the bounces right now.

    It’s tough because at first it was Staal and some other d-men blowing games because they were trying to skate through everyone, then it was the forwards not skating hard anywhere on the ice, now it seems like our goalies can’t stop easy shots to keep games tied or close. Hopefully in a few weeks everything will be clicking again and they’ll start winning like the 1st week of the season.

  31. loneranger

    dude… take a cold shower…cool off! you are crying right now that our goalie (and he is one of the top minders in a game) hasnt done much…i cant wait to see the crocodile tears you will have after we trade Hank!

    Play the kid you say? right…The kid is just that.. the kid… as far as im concern he is just another minor leaguer (so far)…and yes.. there is a HUGE line of veteran goalies that could come in and be better than Hank… just ask Manny Legace in Carolina

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