Post-game notes


From the Rangers:

December 17, 2009 – New York Rangers 5, New York Islanders 2 (Game #34, Road #17)

• The Blueshirts defeated the New York Islanders, 5-2, tonight at Nassau Coliseum to improve to 15-16-3 (33 pts.) overall and 8-7-2 (18 pts.) on the road.
• The Rangers notched three goals in six power play opportunities, and have now tallied seven power play goals in their last four games for a 36.8% (7-19) success rate.
• The Blueshirts registered a 62% (29-47) success rate in the faceoff circle, and finished 60-98 (61%) on faceoffs in the home-and-home set against the Islanders.
• Rangers Alternate Captain Ryan Callahan tallied a career-high four points (two goals and two assists), including a pair of power play goals; he has now registered eight points (five goals and three assists) in the last seven games.
• Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves, including 28 through the first two periods, and stopped 61 of 65 (.938%) shots in the home-and-home set vs. Long Island.
• Marian Gaborik recorded his team-leading 14th multi-point effort of the season with three power play points (one goal and two assists), and registered a team-high five shots; he currently leads the league in scoring with 45 points, ranks first with 24 goals and 12 power play goals, and is tied for the league lead with 18 power play points.
• Vinny Prospal and Michal Rozsival each finished with two assists in the contest; Prospal improved his season total to 23 assists, including nine on the power play; Rozsival led all skaters with a season-high 26:37 of icetime, and now has three assists in the last five games.
• Rangers Captain Chris Drury and rookie Artem Anisimov each notched one goal apiece in the game; Drury also led all skaters with 11 faceoff wins in 16 attempts (69%).
• Dan Girardi and Sean Avery recorded one assist apiece for the Rangers; Girardi registered two assists in the home-and-home set against the Islanders; Avery also tied for the game-high with four hits in the contest.
• The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, December 18, is 12:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.
• The Rangers return to action on Saturday, December 19, when they will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wachovia Center (1:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matinee matchup; the game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.

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  1. Worship the World Champs on

    Sure this win is fine, but I think I’ll go on worshipping the almighty Pittsburgh Penguins.

  2. onecupin69yearsand counting on

    So the disaster was averted all is well … everything is back to normal.
    drury back to the 1st line
    redden and Kotalik back in the lineup

    snafu-situation normal all eff up


    Hey Coach Torts! How about you take that 4th line center spot and “JAM” it up where the sun don’t shine! Ha-Ha!

    Add this latest HEROIC Captain Clutch performance to my ”#23: Chris Drury” Rangers MSG profile right now!!! Did you see that CLUTCH fist-pump after Captain Clutch scored my goal??? He cares so much!!! What a leader!

    Carp, tell your LoHud editors to run this headline on the front page tomorrow:

    Drury scores CLUTCH goal, LEADS Rangers to victory, saves Rangers season!

    And yes, Captain Clutch wants “CLUTCH” and “LEADS” capitalized! Don’t forget the exclamation point too!

    This is the most excited Captain Clutch has been since they started making flavored mouthpieces! Clutch Cherry is my favorite! And is there any doubt that Captain Clutch would score in such a BIG GAME vs. an elite team like the Islanders??? Now those losers know how Taiwan felt when Lil’ Cap’n Clutch took the mound for Trumbull in 1989!

    Anyway, Captain Clutch isn’t gonna let all the negative posters on here ruin my Bhutan National Day! Have fun reading those Rangers articles tomorrow praising the clutchness, heart and leadership of Captain Clutch! Ha-Ha!

    /peels out in Clutchmobile…but to where??? Man, this Nassau Coliseum is in the middle of nowhere!

  4. Sather's WrapUp on

    Hello Ranger Fans!

    Another big win tonight! I’m so proud of these boys! I’ve just GOT to call Jimmy D… Jimmy! Glen here! Your team won! No, not the Blue and Orange team, the Red White and Blue team. No, that’s in basketball. Yeah, I’m sure. How ARE the Knicks doing tonight against the Bulls? Now, don’t start crying again… (click)

    I see Torts took my advice finally. You’ve got to be firm with these players sometimes. I was always infirm behind the bench. So was Muckler.

    Mess? Messier? Where is that boy? ah, there you are. Where did you go? Getting another haircut? Jeez, it’s short enough now! Last time I saw a haircut like that, they executed the guy…

    Well, got to go fans. See you in Philly.
    Uncle Glennie

  5. Good game… If only we saw effort night in and night out, crashing the crease, going hard to the net, playing somewhat physical… Face washing the opposition, etc…

  6. Just when it was about to get stale… this *gem* comes out:

    “This is the most excited Captain Clutch has been since they started making flavored mouthpieces! Clutch Cherry is my favorite! ….. Now those losers know how Taiwan felt when Lil’ Cap’n Clutch took the mound for Trumbull in 1989!”

    GAWD DAM that is painfully funny

  7. Watched the game while at an office holiday party. Oh My, as I said earlier, wish I was here….Catch up tomorrow, but LGR! What a night…..hmmm. something was said or done that took….regardless…good night!

  8. I was hoping you guys got a taste of victory. Didn’t wanna see you suffer anymore. Philly should be a breeze for you, that is unless Avery didn’t nail any flyer wives.

  9. from Gross’ blog–

    Drury, Mr. Even Keel himself, said there was a strange dynamic playing in New York.

    “The highs are so high and, certainly, if you lose one, the lows are certainly lower,” Drury said. “I don’t know if it’s the City but other places I’ve been in, guys have commented, that even keel is the way you’ve got to approach things.”


    so, Drury does not like the lower lows of New York fans. too bad, pal. keelhaul your ass outta here.

    Drury was not even enough of a leader to call the players only meeting. that was Avery and Henrik who stepped up and showed leadership.

    and Cally played a big game, along with Henrik

    let’s see if the team can put a few games together.

    but Drury and Sather are still on my fecal list.

  10. now…lets not put this team on pedestal just YET… this was an @sslenders team with 40 year old goalie playing back to back games…Fishsticks had 37!! shots on goal and tons of chances… if it wasnt for Hank (im so glad we didnt trade him)this would be another tragic night…

    Let’s see how they’ll do against struggling Flyers who are desperately looking to turn their season around…and as we all know…Rangers has helped other teams to do just that many times before…


  11. They did what they have to- defeated an inferior team. Good, hardworking goals. Hank was solid. Gaborik with three points. Callahan, well we can only hope.

    Did you guys noticed how pathetic those Islanders’ commentators are?

  12. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Sweet Revenge!!! … says Greg L. on

    Salty December 17th, 2009 at 7:55 pm
    It’s already started in the intermission.
    I can say with complete honesty Drury scoring that goal is more upsetting than 7.7 . I hate life.F*CK I AM LIVID WHY WAS HE EVEN ON THE ICE . I feel like someone just punched me in the sack and spit aids blood in my mouth please someone crush drurys wrists .
    ORR !! What Is It Good For ?!?!? December 17th, 2009 at 8:11 pm
    How is Dreary’s goal worse than 7.7 ? That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. It’s not like if Dreary didn’t score tonight, he would be gone tomorrow.

    mike in ia December 17th, 2009 at 8:01 pm
    salty- are u really mad that dru scored? would u like him to never score again? if hes makin that much money, i want him to freakin earn it.


    You see guys , this is why Salty is one of those useless ,spoiled, and selfish Rangers fans you all should never be. Salty saying what he did will never get any respect from me and as far as im concerned I saw through this joke of a person the first time I read his crappy posts.

  13. watching Rangers in 60…

    Sam Rosen “No one showing more leadership on the Rangers than Henrik Lundqvist”

    Roberto Luongo is wearing the “C” for Canucks… why cant Henrik?

  14. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Sweet Revenge!!! … says Greg L. on

    Hank can and should wear the “C” . He is always playing and he cares alot. Gaborik doesn’t need a letter to hold respect amoung his peers. He also doesn’t need the added pressure. Gaborik as he is fine.

  15. Haha

    I forgot to mention before, did anyone here Hank talk Swedish before. It sounded like how I imagined Alien language would sound.

    I never heard Swedish before. I think I’m gonna start listening to Swedish glam rock. It will probably be hilarious.

  16. Awesome game..The atmosphere in the arena was amazing…and WOW HOW STUPID ARE ISLANDER FANS?

    In the third period they were saying, “you’re still in last place” and I would turn around and say “YOU HAVE THE SAME AMOUNT OF POINTS AS US…***HOLE” and they would keep yelling it over and over…WOW…what a dump

  17. CCCP, I agree… Like Hank said, he and Rozy have been here the longest, and he felt it necessary to address them all this morning. He gives the best interviews. He holds back a bit, doesn’t call out teammates, but hey leave that stuff in the locker room.

    Hank for captain, president, and everything else…

  18. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Sweet Revenge!!! … says Greg L. on

    HEY !!! THEY STOLE MY HEADLINE at NYR .com website!!! I said sweet Revenge first!! Where’s my cut???

  19. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Sweet Revenge!!! … says Greg L. on

    heck , Prucha got 2 goals last night ..Prucha and Gabby!!??

  20. did you guys see how Torts was going at Gaborik on the bench? pushing Gaborik with fingers and barking at him at the same time!! I guess nobody is saved from the iron “fingers” of coach…Torts is TOUGH…real TOUGH! :)

  21. lol, with one win, Hank has gone from “Softqvist” to nominee for captain. I love how bipolar Rangers fans can be.

  22. # Hartford Whalerpack December 18th, 2009 at 12:38 am

    Please, Gaborik can do whatever he wants. I bet he skips defensive drills.


    HAHA, yep! Hank and Gaborik get a pass… Come on, we’d be worse than Carolina without those two…

    Nice to see we almost have another goal scorer on the team who’s in double digits.

  23. Thorton regained league lead in points. 1 goal, and 2 assists.

    Marleau scored his 21st an 22nd goals tonight. I’ve mentioned this before and I’ll say it again. Why can’t Dreary be like Marleau ? They were both in similar positions. Marleau gets stripped of his “C”, he gets called out, and what does he do ? He has a great start to the season, and he’s stepping it up. But then again, he never shows up for the playoffs.

    I hate Dreary, and I hope a dog chews his balls off.

  24. Several people have criticized me for noting that some of Torts moves are totally irrational, andhave led to the team;s blowing leadson occasion.

    His over use of Roszival are hallmarks of my disdain, but sticking in Brashear for a key moent for no apparent reason was just plain nuts. And the result was typical. He really brings nothing to the table, He’s become a conversation piece – nothing more.And a very hazardous one for this team.

    It was good to see some life return to this club which has been drowning in a vat of self pity for far too long.

    Ericksen belongs on a regular line, at the very least for a while long enough to become acclimatized to this team. This is another example of Torts being irrational in his moves. What difference does it make whether Staal, or Girardi,
    Roszival, or any others of the marginal players who constantly get a regular ice turn, are just as capable
    and possibly even more so of blowing a game. But try him out for Petes’s sake.

  25. takes the cake on

    either of these posts qualify for silliest posts of the year. it took until mid december to reach this level of posting quality. GET A LIFE

    December 17th, 2009 at 7:48 pm
    I feel like someone just punched me in the sack and spit aids blood in my mouth

    December 17th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    I can say with complete honesty Drury scoring that goal is more upsetting than 7.7

  26. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    It’s funny, *Salty’s* got so many haters on here… and some of your Ire towards him is well-founded. Who really wishes failure on Drury, it seems ludicrous of a “fan.” But the truth is I’ve been reading this blog 4 years and he knows more than you guys hating on him.

    The point with Drury is that he can now suck another 10-15 games and NOBODY will question him as a capable top-3 center and captain of this team, and that is the EXACT problem with this team. Guys who underperform don’t get questioned.

  27. I don’t think Dru is ever going to get carte blanche from many people on this site unless he ends up outscoring Gaborik by the end of the season, manages to take out Brashear with an “accident” in practice and decides to donate the rest of his salary to Rangers Report Human Fund.

  28. I don’t expect Drury to lead the team in scoring or anything, I’ll be happy if he played like he did the end of last year and gets around 22-25 goals, 30 assists, wins faceoffs, and plays a good two way game. That’s it. Not too heavy a burden?

  29. the problem is sather, the rest are the consequences of his actions. and he blames the rookies. the guy is a nhl joke. it’s way past time for him to hear the song ‘ happy trails to you’…….

  30. Islanders fans are idiots for three reasons:

    1) One guy tried screaming last night that the Rangers suck even with a $100 million payroll. Wow. Not even close. And there’s a salary cap buddy.

    2) Islanders fans at the end were mocking Rangers fans because we’re still in last place. Hmm…we now have the same amount of points as you…

    3) They tried to get a chant of “If you think the Rangers suck clap your hands, clap clap clap” We’re at a hockey game, not a taping of Sesame Street.

    That is all.

  31. THE REAL MikeyNJ on

    Good Game
    Now Win the next 5 of 6 and I’ll join tha bandwagon

    And on a side note, how sad is it that Hank and Avery are the ones to call the players only meeting? I mean I LOVE that they are the ones stepping up and showing that this bullsheet has to stop, but if your the captain of the NY Rangers, that is in your job requirments.

    And he said in his post game interview last night “I’ve been here the longest, me and ROsi” I actually forgot about that. He’s our veteran and been on the team longer than anybody at this point.

    Good win, LEts go Rangers, but close out ht emonth with 5 in a row

  32. “If You Know the Rangers Suck, 60 years and just one Cup”

    Yup, they’re still holding onto their Drive for Five teams out there. Even with a 7 year absence from the postseason the Rangers still have more playoff series victories than the Isles since Clinton was in office and before anyone knew who Monica was. Honestly Fishsticks fans, most of us have moved from the 80’s, but if that what keeps you, ahem, showing up at the Mausoleum then so be it.

  33. How did the game come off on TV? I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. Sounded pretty loud at the arena.

  34. Callahan For Captain on

    Ryan Callahan, before his scoring picked up, deserved the “C,” for his all-around fire and play. Now that he is finding the net on a frequent basis, it is not even debatable. Drury is no better than a fourth line grunt. If we cannot get rid of him, why not just rip the “C” off his jersey and give it to the man who is the on-ice leader of this team, game in and game out?

  35. well, i dont think anybody hates salty. i just disagreed that by dru scoring, it actually upset him. i know hes a bad part of the team and doesnt do hardly anything good anymore, but id rather see him scoring(which we all complain about), but when he does it pisses people off? the guy cant win. if he sucks, he sucs, but when he does something good, he still gets critisized. dont get me wrong, its 1 lousy goal, and i dont think anybody here is happy with him at all. hes gota long way to go if he thinks hes winning any fans over, but the comment of spitting aids blood in his mouth? cmon. its getting a little ridiculous. now truefans, i know u and others, me includd hate when joe m or msg talk so highly of him and never call him out. its all sather man. he wont have his staff talking about how bad a mistake he is, so i agree its nauseating to hear. but personlly, i dont hate dru or anybody else on our team. i may get pissed and call them out after having a bad game or 20, but in the end i want them all to succeed. it does no good wishing drury doesnt score. why, so we can complain about him more? and more and more until every other post is a post about drury? i actually just wanted to know if it truly bothered salty that much that he scored a goal that ended our cup run in 07, even remotely compared to this. i know hes being sarcastic. and salty has been posting here for along time and always liked his posts. the only way id wish dru wouldnt score is if there was a chance of him getting waived or traded, but it isnt happening. at least not in the foreseeable future. just comparing a goal by our team to having aids blood spit in his mouth is pretty sick

  36. Yes, just one win so no pedestal or bandwagon just yet. But some (mostly obvious) observations:

    Rosival had a solid game. It does not undo the past, but put that type of game up most nights and I’ll shut up. Now, I don’t think he can do it, so when Redden comes back, Rosi should sit. You need to keep the two overpaid veterans on edge. Message should be that this is the kids’ defense, you guys are platooning for one spot.

    Dare I say Drury had a good game? Glad to see it. Since we’re stuck with him, I’d rather he succeed than not. But if this was a fluke, then press box time should be in his immediate future.

    Too many soft goals this season and a thin hair below elite status, but Henrik is the ONLY reason the Rangers have a chance night in and night out. Can we put the trade talk away for good? Good call not to start the backup last night. Better do the same in Philly. We need a few in a row.

    Message #1 to tough guy coach – Lisin has got to play! Stop the prucha treatment or you’ll lose this kid the same way you lost Zherdev. Don’t waste talent, you don’t have enough of it. Ditto for Anisimov.

    Message #2 for coach – even the Islander announcers called you dumb for putting Brashear on the ice. If you are to allow yourself an in-game brain fart like that, then it’s only fair to lay of the kids when they have one bad shift in an otherwise good game. At least you should know better.

    Brashear’s only purpose on this team should be to teach Boyle how to fight. He can do this in practice and HOPEFULLY, never see the ice during a game again. Then when Boyle reaches the point where he can actual hurt someone, cut Brashear. Again, good call by Howie Rose – nobody’s scared of him anymore – they just don’t have to fight him.

  37. although i can see why salty would be upset. if we want him off the team, itd be a whole lot better if he didnt score last night. its just that, if we all know its an almost impossible contract to move, id rather him contribute than do nothing like he has been. doesnt make me like him now, or think he’ll ever get better. last night was uncalled for. the aids thing pissed me off cuz i have a family member who was born with aids and it just got to me a little. but i dont think salty meant it in that way.

  38. This is just in:

    “Following the last night’s impressive win, NY Rangers have announced that they extended the contract of President and GM Glen Sather for 5 years beyond his death. That will make him the longest tenured GM in the NHL history, dead or alive. Right after that, Mr. Sather gracefully donated the last year of his contract to the “Wildlife and Fish Preservation Association of Pacific and Atlantic oceans”
    The move was made by Mr. Sather just in case the Sofa King decides to come firetrucking back”

    Sorry, heads, the link ain’t working.

  39. GUYS and Gals……….

    Salty just happened to be in the same situation we are all in. Aggrevated and dissapointed fans. Please dont take anything he said out of context. It meant nothing more than him wanting Drury to fail so SLATHER would get to the point to move him somehow.

    After all, we are all on the same team here (I HOPE)!

  40. Is anyone looking for a ticket for Saturdays Hartford Wolfpack game?
    I have 1 spare adult ticket, Center Ice, 4 rows up from the ice!
    $30 face, asking only $25.
    Let me know ASAP-Message me!

  41. Good push for Cally for the Olympic team. I really hope he makes it. It’s one thing to root for guys like Brown, Miller. Kane, Bfugylien, but it’s that much more special to root for the Rangers hardest working man in hockey and a guy who leaves it all on the ice.

  42. “I feel like somebody just punched me in the sack and spit aids blood in my mouth….”

    I am sorry for those of you who disagree, but that is actually one of the funniest lines I have heard all year on this blog. No matter what the context is.

  43. I have been waiting or this moment! Rangers v Flyers! I am happy to say I can walk to this game. I’ll be in section 106 behind one of the goal nets with a Brian Leetch Jersey on. If anyone is at the game stop by and say hi! Let’s Go Rangers.

    BTW: Great stat from

    When outshot, the rangers win 40% of the time. The Devils, 91.7% of the time. So, don’t go putting the Devils on a pedestial just yet. Yes they are winning, but Marty is bailing them out of alot of games. I wouldn’t be surprised he gets tired at the end of the season and their playoffs don’t go as they would want them to.

  44. Hey Coach Torts! How about you take that 4th line center spot and “JAM” it up where the sun don’t shine! Ha-Ha!

    Who comes with this CRAPPY CARP CRAP!!

  45. Rozy playes as soft as he possible can, and still be involved in the play some of the time. I have seen peewees play with more of an edge.

  46. If the Rangers play as well as they did last night, against Philly I like their chances. Boucher has not been great. For that matter Philly has not been great lately. Of course either have the Rangers.

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