Bonus post-game stuff


First some notes:
Michael Del Zotto was in the pressbox. I got a chance to ask him about his laceration. He said he’d seen doctors today and that he’s sure he will be fine by the time the season resumes.
Marian Gaborik will go to Vancouver. His laceration was better today than it was yesterday, and he could be ready to play by Wednesday’s Slovakia game.
Corey Potter was reassigned to Hartford, and Matt Zaba will also go, where they can play during the Olympic break.
The Rangers not in the Olympics are off until Feb. 24, when practices will resume under Jim Schoenfeld and Mike Sullivan.
I saw one of the Rangers’ all-timers, Esa Tikkanen, hanging out near the lockerrooms. I asked him what he was doing, and he said something about “to Wancouver flying tomorrow.” I asked him if he was working at the Olympics, and he said yes, but that he is “no in Wancouver working.” So, as always, I have no idea what he was talking about. But it’s always great to see him and to try to talk to him.


Bonus post-game quotes:
Erik Christensen got a big kick out of the botched marriage proposal during a break in the second period:
“My girlfriend said, if I ever do something like that, she would not be very happy. I think some women just don’t like that sort of thing. I think you can find a different way to be original. That’s been done a few times.”
On the win going into the break:
“I think it gives us some confidence, to beat the Stanley Cup champions in Pittsburgh and battling some adversity and coming out with a win today it kind of gives us a feeling of, ‘OK, now we deserve the break.’ We didn’t sort of rest and start thinking ahead and looking forward to the break. We worked hard and we prepared properly for these games and now we can go back and really enjoy our time off.”
And on the first period:
“John wasn’t happy. I think the last game we played these guys, we beat them pretty good. So I don’t know if we were a little complacent, but they definitely came out and took it to us a bit.
“We just kind of came in here and said, ‘That’s really unacceptable.’ We have to start playing better in this building, more consistently.”

Henrik Lundqvist:
“I don’t know what happened there. The big thing is we responded really well in the second, but a few things we had to correct and we did. It’s a relief, but also exciting to see how we finished here and hopefully get a great break. What feels good is to end it like this, then come back strong and finish down the stretch. It’s exciting to be in the race right now. It’s exciting when we feel like we’re going in the right direction.”
On the second period:
“There was a couple of minutes there when a lot of things happened in our direction, a couple of saves and some plays where we scored some huge goals.”
On Avery’s penalty shot: “I challenged him a couple of times in practice and told him he would never do that move in a game, but he did. It was awesome. A great move and a big goal for us.”

John Tortorella:
On the start:
“We stunk. … I don’t know what happens with our starts. I don’t. But it’s something we have to continue to work on. We have (an opponent) and it’s their third in four nights, and back to back, and you have a break after it. You want to try to jump on them and give them a reason to maybe give in a little bit as you go through. But it certainly didn’t play out that way. We have to be more consistent if we want to crawl back into this. But give this team a lot of credit as far as staying with it and finding a way to score five goals, and Hank made some great saves at key times.”
“We got booed off the ice, and we deserved to be booed off the ice.”
On Christensen:
“He’s said it, it’s his last whack in this league, to stick in this league.”
“That (second) goal, the one he shot into the top corner, there’s only one other person who can make that shot, and it’s Gaborik, the one where he went, as far as get it from back hand to forehand and put it in the top corner.”
On Prospal:
“That’s one of the better signings we’ve had, for the money we’re paying him and what he does for our hockey club, on the ice and where I think he’s grown, off the ice, he’s a pretty important guy for us.”
On whether the break is good for the Rangers:
“Yeah, we’ve got some tired guys, and I think all teams do. I’m sick of looking at them and I’m sure they’re sick of looking at me. And it’s good. That’s healthy. We’re with one another and when you’re trying to grind through it and trying to gain your consistency, there’s a lot of stuff that comes along the way. It’s not an easy ride when you’re not winning.
“So they won three out of their last four and they should feel good about themselves. I’m glad they’re going feeling good about themselves and coming back and winning a game, but we need to be apart for a little bit. And then when we come back, I think it comes back with a fresher attitude.”

“See youse!”

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  1. I have terribly failed to be No.1, so its time to say good bye ……

    There is nothing more to say….

  2. Just big paws and claws, Izzy.

    OK, two Tikkanen stories. One time the Rangers were playing an awful game in their own end. Tikkanen said, it was “a Chinese fireplace out there.”

    When Adam Graves was first traded to Edmonton, he was on the bench between Tikkanen and fellow Finn Jari Kurri. Tikkanen was yammering away, as always, and Graves, the shy and polite young fellow, kept apologizing to Tikkanen. “I’m sorry, I didn’t understand what you said” and so on. Tikkanen kept yapping. Finally Graves turned to Kurri and asked him what Tikkanen was talking about, to which Kurri said, “I have no firetruckin’ idea.”

  3. MAKO says HOLY GOLDEN MONKEY!!!!! on

    LMAO Great Stories about TIk Rick!!!

    And thank you for that bonus stuff!!!!

  4. Sather's WrapUp on

    If you’re finally done with the new posts for a while…

    Good Afternoon, Ranger Fans!

    A rare Sunday matinee for the kids! Yeah, a matinee usually fills the Garden up with all those little nose pickers. We can still charge adult prices though. Remember, no beer if they’re under 12…

    I had a trade with Tampa Bay all lined up- Redden and Rozival for Stamkos. But Rozival pulled out his no-trade contract and killed the deal. Turned out it was just a copy of Kotalik’s old contract. By the time I figured it out, the deadline had passed. I hope Messier learns from this one…

    (singing) “I’ve been cheated, been mistreated. When will I be loved?” Oh that’s The Big Guy’s holiday ringtone. Hey Boss! We’re back in our winning ways again! We got another sellout to start a new streak. Now you can afford to get that Valentine’s Day box of chocolate covered rubies. You gonna eat ‘em all by yourself? (click)

    Let me tell you Ranger Fans, I’m sure going to miss Brash. He was the best gopher I ever had. He was way too expensive though. I guess I gotta go back to Muckler again. He’ll work for minimum wage. I don’t want to say Muck is dumb, but there’s a medicine out there named for him- Dopamine…

    Gordy Clark is out at the Olympics, scouting for future Ranger draft picks. He spent a couple days looking at Slovakia’s Women’s team. He says there are some possible defensive replacements for Redden and Rozival.

    Well, there’s a roster freeze through the Olympics so its nap time for me. I’d better set the alarm for March.

    Wake me when it’s over…
    Uncle Glennie

  5. MAKO says HOLY GOLDEN MONKEY!!!!! on


    I have to plead the 5th on that one and let my attorney Linda do the talking for me LOL

  6. I was at the game, by far the loudest moment was when the woman got up and stormed out during the proposal. She must have been so embarrassed.

  7. Carp, Izzy…LMAO! and meow! I got my claws ready!

    Requote from Hank via Carp: On Avery’s penalty shot: “I challenged him a couple of times in practice and told him he would never do that move in a game, but he did. It was awesome. A great move and a big goal for us.”


  8. wondertwins…now that I get it, it’s funny! OK, we seem to be winding down here…me too. Enjoy chatting here for a while…tomorrow, new guest post…Izzy, bet you can’t guess when!

  9. I wasn’t there so I can’t really offer much, but I do know those “botched proposals” (especially on a day like St.V day) are very often staged to get a kick out of the crowd.

    What a dumb idea… I shudder to think about the guy who would put his girl in that position and try to pressure her into something with a whole crowd watching.

  10. lol the flight to Vancouver leaves in 2.5 hours from JFK. the islanders game is not even finished yet. theres like no way they are making that flight. check in bags, etc…. sorry guys, theres a flight out of Newark tomorrow at 7 am.

  11. Linda says AMBER ALERT on

    i just laugh hysterically at these figure skating commentators! They should eventually work for versus

  12. wicky...FrancoNeanderthal on

    So i got mrs wicky a land rover for VD…too much???

    I like the toughness of our forwards right now with prust, shelley, and voros. Two of which can play on lines other than the 4th. I hope we keep them all and address one or two other forward spots for a bit more scoring/1st line center!

    Now if we just had two real gritty d men!!

  13. MAKO says HOLY GOLDEN MONKEY!!!!! on

    Finally a woman’s game that isnt lopsided.

    Russia vs. Finland. THIS is on CNBC.

  14. MAKO says HOLY GOLDEN MONKEY!!!!! on


    Its on CNBC 715 for all the Time Warner Customers.

    Russia 1 – 0

  15. Likely a dumb question, but I’ll ask anyway…

    Do Canadians for the most part love and worship Cindy, or like here, outside of pittsburgh and junior high, is there a fair amount of dislike of him?

  16. MAKO says HOLY GOLDEN MONKEY!!!!! on


    I’ve talked to a few Pens that dont like his shenanigans and think he’s too much of a whiner.

  17. Linda says AMBER ALERT on

    lmao @ outside of pittsburgh and junior high.

    he is the king(queen) of the pink jersey brigade

  18. wicky...FrancoNeanderthal on

    oh it is, she’s awesome!! They are my fave!! Course my xbox blew up this morning so the day wasn’t a complete success, but oh well!

  19. Hey, when is Chris Drury going to post? I thought for sure he’d be bragging about his clutch goal this afternoon!

  20. MAKO says HOLY GOLDEN MONKEY!!!!! on

    Hey Wick!!

    What an excellent gift!!!!!!!! Bravo bro!!!


    I was wondering the same thing…. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO no clutch post. Maybe Captain Crust will grace us with a post from the Olympics from his iclutch pro…

  21. reginald dunlop on

    dont be badmouthing my man tikk…….only importance I played in 94 was translator……somehow I have no problem understanding tikkanese……

  22. Baseball The 4-6-8 on

    The only thing more useless than player quotes is politician quotes, except with politician quotes all you have to do is turn them inside out to get the truth.

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