Post-game notes, quotes


From the Rangers:

December 30, 2009 – New York Rangers 0, Philadelphia Flyers 6 (Game #39, Home #20)
* The Rangers were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers, 6-0, to snap their five-game points streak (4-0-1); the five-game point streak was the Blueshirts longest since winning seven consecutive games from Oct. 3 vs. Ottawa to Oct. 17 at Toronto.
* The Blueshirts are now 18-17-4 (40 pts.) on the season, including an 8-10-2 mark at home.
* The Rangers out-shot the Flyers, 12-2, in the third period.
* Goaltender Chad Johnson made his NHL debut, stopping 17 shots after entering the game at the beginning of the second period.
* Rangers Alternate Captain Ryan Callahan led all skaters with six hits; he has now registered 136 hits on the season to rank third in the NHL.
* Rookie defenseman Michael Del Zotto logged a team-high, 23:02 of icetime, and recorded four hits and two blocked shots; he currently ranks third in the NHL among first year players in total icetime (765:32).
* Christopher Higgins led the Rangers with four shots in 19:59 of icetime.
* Two Rangers prospects rank among tournament leaders at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championships; Team USA Captain Derek Stepan is currently tied for the tournament lead in scoring with eight points (three goals and five assists) following a four point (two goals and two assists) performance in yesterday’s 12-1 victory over Latvia; Chris Kreider is currently pacing Team USA in goal scoring, tying for the tournament lead with four goals in three games after notching a hat trick yesterday vs. Latvia; Team USA next plays Canada tomorrow, December 31st, to close out their preliminary schedule and determine the winner of Group A.
* The Rangers return to action tomorrow, Dec. 31, when they will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a home-and-home set; prior to the game, the Blueshirts’ morning skate is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at RBC Center; the game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
John Tortorella on going forward… “We start over.  That is the best thing for us right now is to get on a plane and play.  Some things, obviously, there has to be some discussion on certain situations but we have to start over.  We have to start over.  The best thing for us is to play right away.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “We were into a really nice rhythm before the break.  The last two games, I think, our energy was okay but not tonight.  In our zone, we have to be ready to battle.  We just made it way too easy.”
Marian Gaborik on tonight’s game… “We weren’t ready.  They got three quick goals and then nothing was working out for us.  It is obviously unacceptable.  The positive thing is that we play tomorrow.  We need to redeem ourselves.”

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  1. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    This situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part.

  2. That was embarrassing. They were all so clearly hungover from partying too much over the break. I have no problem with going out and having a good time, but you still have a job to do. Only 4 people played well (Boyle, Lisin, Christensen, and Del Zotto) and no surprise those 4 were all Even players tonight.

    Seriously, its unacceptable that these guys can show up like this. It was so obvious they clearly partied too much. Guys were sluggish, falling down, not focused, all that stuff. Everyone looked like Redden tonight. They better get their act together and not go out too hard on New Years because they clearly aren’t mature enough to handle living and working in NYC.

  3. Also Johnson looked good for being thrown in the fire. That first shot was a joke. He covered his part of the net and nobody played defense. How Dubinsky lost that puck is beyond me. He actually made the game respectable, especially with that incredible save on the goal line.

  4. Rush Limbaugh was taken to a hospital for chest pains while vacationing in Hawaii. I hope he’s ok. He lost over 90lbs this year and really turned his life around after the drug addiction. I hope he’s ok.


  5. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    The Rangers situation. Someone has to get fired/demoted/reassigned/sent down.

    Benchings and moving to the 4th line didn’t seem to work.

  6. What can be done? NOTHING! Even Torts has no clue why they are the way they are! LOL

    Whatever leadership we had on this team…its absolutely nonexistent now with Prospal being out

  7. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    I’d put Johnson right back in there tomorrow. He deserves a start, not cleaning up someone else’s mess.

  8. Captain Clutch isn’t gonna let this loss ruin the rest of my Kwanzaa!

    Cheer up guys! Let’s talk about Christmas presents instead! Captain Clutch got the new iPod Touch! The iPod Clutch!!! With a Captain Clutch app that shows a clutch highlight every 7.7 seconds!

    And now with my new iPod Touch, no matter where I’m at, I can watch my favorite Three Stooges episode all the time: “Pardon My Clutch”!

    Captain Clutch stayed home from practice and spent all day watching it today! Uhhhhhhhhh…….I mean, I missed practice because of “personal reasons”!

    Anyway Rangers fans, you guys are in for a treat!!! Captain Clutch is about to go on another goal-scoring hot streak! Blair Betts scored his 4th goal tonight, so he’s only 1 behind Captain Clutch’s 5 goals! Captain Clutch has gotta stay ahead of Bettsie to keep my title as “Best 4th Line Center In The NHL”! What a steal at only $7 million per year!

    /peels out in Clutchmobile

  9. “The Rangers out-shot the Flyers, 12-2, in the third period.”

    Wow. Good for them. Too bad they got outshot 29-10 through the first 2 periods. Oh, and they got outscored 6-0.

  10. Still Gotta Fire Sather on

    43% of our cap goes to Drury, Redden, Rozsival, Brashear, Kotalik and Voros


    Still Gotta Fire Sather

  11. Sather's WrapUp on

    636 posts? Pretty soon we’ll be talking real posting.

    Happy New Year’s Eve Eve Ranger Fans! Whew! This is the worst day I’ve had since… well, since yesterday.

    For a while there, after it was 6-0, I thought we were in trouble. Well, we certainly have some work to do on this team. After everything we told them, I still saw half the team skating across the logo on center ice.

    I’ve got to talk to Torts about Ice time. I hardly saw Lindros out there at all. I hope he’s not pretending to have those headaches again. We are paying him to play, aren’t we? What? We aren’t? Well where did he go?

    Oh, never mind…

    Those Fire Sather chants are really uncalled for. I wish Messier wouldn’t keep starting them! Hey Muck! Muckler! Go tell Mess to shut the hell up. He can have the team when I’m through with it. No way. You had your chance…

    Riiiiiing! Hi de ho ho ho Jimmy! We did it again big guy! Another sellout. Not like the Knicks, eh? No, these Ranger fans will never smarten up. They keep going and going… just like that cute pink bunny. So how did the Knicks do tonight? Lost to the Nets? Aren’t they the worst team in the NBA? Well. I guess the jury is still out on that one. Oh, stop crying, you’ll ruin another cell phone. Bye. (click)

    Boy, the flyers sure put some rubber on our Johnson, didn’t they? I bet he saw more shots coming at him than Bonnie and Clyde did.

    Well, gotta go fans, I’m going to be out at Rockefeller Center doing some scouting for the Rangers. Gonna see if I can pick up the next Blair Betts.


    Not to worry, that’s just Torts post game conference.

    Sleep tight Ranger fans. After all that Crown Royal, I know I will.

    The Glenster

  12. Tank The Season on

    I gotta believe there will be a buyout after this season of one of the albatross contracts, question is who?

  13. *has everybody seen Uncle Glen’s summation in the previous thread? These keep getting better and better.*


    Carp, no love for Captain Clutch??? After all the hits Captain Clutch has brought to this blog since last summer??? What, you think all these people come here after a Rangers game for those enlightening post-game notes from the Rangers themselves???

    “The Rangers outshot the Flyers 12-2 in the 3rd period”

    Brilliant! LOL!

    No, they come here because they know this is the EXCLUSIVE blog of Captain Clutch! Captain Clutch doesn’t have a blog no-movement clause! Don’t make me start posting over at Zipay! Or Gross! Or that doofus Obernauker!

    /peels out in Clutchmobile

  14. Maybe Rush choked on his cigar when he realized that Cheney and Bush let the 2 terrorists out of Gitmo that helped the xmass bomber and had no way of blaming BO on that one.

  15. Pathetic!!!!

    But take comfort in Capt. Crutch’s words…..”At least we get to play again tomorrow.” I feel better!

  16. alex b (the poster formely known as czechthemout!!!!) on

    “I hope Rush drops f***ing dead. Sather too.”

    Izzy Moronbaum-

    The world is a better place with Rush in it! But I’m not so sure if I can sat the same thing about you being in it.

    For someone to wish for someone elses death because they don’t agree with them politicaly proves just what a moron you are!!!!!!!!

    As for the game, this was a pathetic effort and really it is getting very tiresome to even talk about them. I am at the point of apathy towards this team until Sather is gone.

  17. Boyle always falls down, but its usually because his upper body is ahead of his lower body.

    I’m talking about Girardi not keeping a puck in because he literally just fell, Staal being the most sluggish I’ve ever seen him, Wade being ever more lazy than usual, Rozsival falling down like usual, Drury spinning randomly into the boards, Callahan doing nothing, Avery not paying attention, Dubinsky half assing it around the ice. Gaborik and those 4 I mentioned look fine. The rest need to learn how to be a professional athlete and manage their personal lives and their job.

  18. alex b (the poster formely known as czechthemout!!!!) on

    Hedberg —

    That’s right it’s all Bush’s fault. The great Hussein Obama can do know wrong!

  19. Sather's WrapUp on

    Look here Drury! I made you and I can break you! Your days here are over!

    What? What do you mean I can’t? What’s that?

    I gave him what? A no movement clause? I thought that was just to keep him from crapping in the locker room.

    I can’t trade him or send him down? What if I just didn’t play him? HE STILL GETS PAID! Who in God’s name made that deal?

    Oh. Well, there’s no use pointing fingers now. What’s done is done.

    And you! Carpiniello! You give Drury any more space on this blog and I’ll have Torts bite your freakin head off! Muckler’s given me a full report. And by full, I mean not very much. And by report I mean what ever that bozo remembers when he was coaching the Rangers. Which isn’t much.

    But I’m watching you. You and Drury.
    Clutchmobile, my ass!

  20. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    alex- I see you’ve set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public. Quit while you are behind.

  21. wicky229 (gabby, just get 29 more!!) on

    rico lisin, i mean envir fata does what exactly…….scores…doh not it…fights….ummmm no….perfect example of the problem with this team, a bunch of players with zippo courage or heart! The only ones that continually play with courage and heart are for the most part relegated to 4th line or scratched on a nightly basis..Sickening.

    What happened to the gabby that leveled nazzy last year with a hit, that used to throw his body around a bit…. oh wait its because he is worn out from playing like 30 minutes a night with 73 different linemates, nevermind!

    This is why I like the 2003-2004 team so much, they didn’t make the playoffs, but opponents sure as hell knew they played the rangers and would be in a physical battle during the game because someone from the rangers would try and beat you into the ice at some point!!!

  22. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    I got a feeling that there is a lot of resentment in the locker room when players like Drury, Redden, Rozival are getting big bucks for doing no more than players getting far less to play.
    The Rangers for years have paid out huge contracts for the latest name player available, who never seems to live up to his bloated contract. That is the one constant that has shackled the Rangers since the Cup years. Blame Sather for this.
    They pay too much for stars, and the draftees see them as not that much better, and for the most cases rightfully so. Salary and performance have been so out of whack in NY that it’s become ingrained in the salary structure.
    We have a Cap constrained team that can’t even make the playoffs for cripes sake. Players have to see this, and it has to affect their performance.

  23. *And you! Carpiniello! You give Drury any more space on this blog and I’ll have Torts bite your freakin head off!*


    Hey Slats! Only the same guy who signed Redden, Rozsival, Brashear, Voros and Kotalik to those contracts would think that giving Captain Clutch LESS space on this blog would be a good idea! Captain Clutch would say you don’t exactly have the best judgment! Oh and thanks again for the $35 million plus the no-movement clause! Best 4th line center signing ever! Ha-Ha!

    Anyway Glen, I love your wrapups! Let’s not fight! We have the best jobs in the world working for “Guitar Jimmy” Dolan! We get paid millions and millions of dollars to NOT be good at our jobs with NO accountability!!! Heck, we put more effort into posting on Carp’s blog than we do our real jobs! Ha-Ha!

    /peels out in Clutchmobile

  24. I gotta say I think I enjoy Chris Drury posts SLIGHTLY better than Sather Wrapup posts.

    Both great stuff, though.

  25. Sather's WrapUp on

    Drury, you cannot shame me by mentioning all my bad contracts. Money is no object. As long as it’s Dolan’s money. BUAHAHAHAHA!!

    Where was I? Oh yeah, Lookie here. I got a job for life. So do you, apparently. As long as you don’t CARP about the attention paid, well then I can afford to be generous. After all, I spent over a quarter billion dollars of Dolan’s money and haven’t come close to winning anything yet. Beat that!

    Mind your P’s and Q’s and we can both benefit from this. Let the Clutchmobile ride! I’m willing to share in the glory, as long as my share is bigger.


  26. OK, guys. No fighting. Let’s leave the politics aside. And you, Glen and Chris, be civil to each other.

    Good night, Sally!

    new post.

  27. not to turn this blog into a political debate, although after the effort this game we just as well should, but I’ll go out and send my best to Rush. guys like him, who actually have some influence, keep guys like Odumma in check. really do hope he’s enjoying his 2 week Hawaii vacation and that his golf game wasnt interrupted for too long on Christmas day. should just as well fly to Indonesia and stay there, closer than flying back to D.C. in case its not clear, Im a Bush supporter. read a stat today where 50% of nation would prefer Obama leading nation. 44% said Bush. looks like the tide is turning guys. we as Ranger fans want accountability, Rush Limbaugh provides accountability. you may not agree with some of his remarks, but people like him are necessary. now how ’bout em Rangers, eh?

  28. sorry Carp btw but I take politics seriously and dont really like Obama, so i had to get it out of my system. but i dont mind being carped. :) goodnight btw.

  29. Nice game tonight. Don’t get down on your blueshirts. There’s a silver lining. #1-Devils only scored 2 more goals than the blueshirts
    #2 you guys defenately beat the Devils in the Goals Against column. Devils didn’t get any. You guys got 6!!

    All kidding aside, you guys have a load of talent on that team. Once they get in sync as a team, you’ll start seeing a winning streak. I watched the game, it’s obvious that none of the players know what their roles are. That’s a coaching issue. Then they get confused out there, then yelled at in the locker room. The result is they get thick skin. They stop caring when they see there is no pilot flying the plane. Then the infighting will start. Torts has to stick to his high offense game and let it click. It’s not a great system, but it’s at least a plan. Most teams are big offensively, then make defensive tweaks in the playoffs. Pens do that. Hang in there, you’ll probably make the playoffs. You can count the islanders out in February. No way they can keep this up.

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