Some quotes before I get into the official Rangers post-game notes: (apologies for the spacing on this idiot Mac laptop).
Ryan Callahan: “One of the more fun games I’ve played in in a long time. It had a playoff type atmosphere out there. I felt right from the get-go both teams were flying out there, takign the body, taking chances on net, and the crowd was into it. So it was an enjo7able game to play in.”
Chris Drury: “I think in this stretch we’ve gotten crisper and smarter, and I think we’ve grown in this stretch of good hockey, within our system.”
On the type of game it was: “I could sense it and tell kind of right away, it was one of those nights where you think one goal is kind of going to win it for either team.”
On whether he likes the shootout? “It’s got to end sometime and I think it’s exciting for the fans and I’m sure people on TV want to see it end at some point, too.”
Henrik Lundqvist: “There’s a lot of energy and when the players are into it that much and the crowd’s feeling it and there are opportunities both ways, it’s a good night for hockey, absolutely. It’s fun to play in and I think everybody enjoyed it.
“You have to be happy with the way you played and the piint, but it’s a little disappointing.”
On the shootout: “You want to win. I think you need a winner. You fight for two and a half hours, you need a winner. … It’s just really frustrating to lose it.”
“We’ve got to score a couple of breakaways. In practice we’ve got to do better. We’ve been losing a few lately, so we need to get back to winning (those).”
John Tortorella: “We played a helluva game.”
“We didn’t play a good game. I thought we played really good. Do you want to win the shootout? Yes. That’s what you guys are going to get to. Yes, we need to get the second point, and eventually we need to start getting those. But we played a hell of a hockey game. If we keep on doing the things that we’ve veen doing the last little bit, we’ll stay consistent in getting our points.”
On when he knew this was going to be a 0-0 or 1-0 game: “Pretty early, Pretty early. The way they play, and in these types of games, similar to Boston, it’s who blinks first.”
“I was glad I was involved, because I thought it was a hell of a game to watch. You look at the score, 0-0, and you think, ‘What the hell happened in that hockey game?’ But I though it was a pretty good game, chances for both teams, we kill off a 5-on-3 for two minutes. So I have no complaints with the way we played. It’s frustrating when you come out with one point there.”
He had a problem with the Christensen penalty call, not with the Dubinsky call that put them down two men for two minutes.
I asked him if he would have accepted a 0-0 tie after a game like that. Now remember, the NHL instituted the Tortorella rule against coaches using foul language within earshot of the media: “You know how I feel about the shootout, and I can’t swear,” he said. “I think it’s a bit of a gimmick when you have two teams play that way. I’m at the wrong side of it, losing in a shootout, but I’m still trying to be objective here. I have different thoughts on how you end those games, and it’s not like that, especially a game like that. Jersey-Rangers and then you finish with a gimmick. … I’ve never liked it.”
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
January 12, 2010 – New York Rangers 0, New Jersey Devils 1 SO (Game #46, Home #24)
· The Rangers were defeated by the New Jersey Devils, 1-0, in a shootout, tonight at Madison Square Garden; the last time the Rangers and Devils finished regulation in a scoreless tie was on Dec. 9, 2007 (1-0 overtime win at MSG).
· New York have now recorded a point in 12 of their last 13 games (9-1-3); the Blueshirts are 22-17-7 (51 pts.) on the season, including a 10-10-4 mark at home.
· The Rangers recorded a season-high 51 shots on goal, their highest-single game total since they registered 51 against the New York Islanders on Apr. 4, 2008.
· The Blueshirts won 29 of 47 faceoffs (64%), led by Chris Drury, who won 11 of 14 (74%) in the faceoff circle.
· Henrik Lundqvist tied his career-high with 45 saves, including 19 in the third period, to record his second shutout of the season; he has now held opponents to two or fewer goals in 15 of his last 18 games; the last time he stopped 45 shots in a game was on Oct. 18, 2008 at Detroit.
· Brian Boyle led all skaters with seven hits and recorded four shots on goal in 7:58 of icetime.
· Marc Staal logged a game-high 27:31 of icetime, registered a team-high four blocked shots and delivered six hits in the contest.
· Marain Gaborik, Brandon Dubinsky, and Ryan Callahan tied for the team-lead with five shots apiece; Callahan also delivered six hits in the contest.
· The Blueshirts practice schedule for tomorrow, Jan. 13, is 12:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.
· The Rangers return to action when they will face-off against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, Jan. 14, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their third of four meetings this season; the game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
Brandon Dubinsky on Henrik Lundqvist… “He played phenomenally. He gave us a chance to win. Obviously Marty is a great goalie and played well, but we have to just stay on it. We played a good game tonight against a good team. We just have to continue to work and find ways to bury a few of our chances and not let it get to those shootouts and overtimes.”
Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “Obviously, we wanted to get pucks on the net. I thought we had traffic there. We had our chances. I think tonight’s game was the night of the goalies. Hank (Henrik Lundqvist) played great for us. Marty (Martin Brodeur) played great for them. They showed it in the shootout too, they both played good in the shootout. It’s tough not to get a win when you get that many shots, but at the same time you have to tip your hat to Marty there, he played a great game.”