Post-game notes


From the Rangers:

March 2, 2010 – New York Rangers 4, Ottawa Senators 1 (Game #63, Road #30)

• The Blueshirts defeated the Ottawa Senators, 4-1, tonight at Scotiabank Place, in their first game back from the Olympic break; the Blueshirts have won each of their last three games, and four of their last five.
• The Rangers improved to 29-27-7 (65 pts.) overall, including a 15-12-3 (33 pts.) mark in 30 road games this season.
• New York tallied four goals in the second period for the second consecutive game, having notched four goals in the middle frame of their 5-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Feb. 14 at Madison Square Garden; the Rangers tallied three goals in a 2:02 span from 15:44 to 17:46 of the second.
• Ryan Callahan notched the Rangers first goal at 0:22 of the second, and added his second goal of the game later in the frame for his third multi-goal performance and eighth multi-point effort of the season; he also registered a game-high six shots, and led all Rangers with five hits in the contest.
• Henrik Lundqvist stopped 24 of 25 shots to improve to 26-22-6 overall, including a 13-8-2 mark on the road this season; Lundqvist made 24 straight saves after allowing a goal on his first shot faced at 3:51 of the first period; he has now held opponents to two or fewer goals in 25 of his last 32 games dating back to a 2-1 win at Buffalo on Dec. 5, posting a 15-12-5 record, along with a 2.26 goals against average, a .923 save percentage and one shutout over the span.
• Sean Avery registered one goal and added an assist to post his fifth multi-point effort of the season, and has now registered four points (two goals and two assists) in the last five road games; the Rangers improved to 5-1-0 when he tallies a goal, and 12-4-1 when he records a point; Avery also posted a plus-two rating in the contest, and has posted a plus or even rating in 32 of the last 45 games and each of the last five contests.
• Brandon Dubinsky notched the game winning goal at 15:44 of the second period, increasing his team-leading total to five game-winners on the season; the Rangers improved to 9-1-1 in games when he notches a goal; Dubinsky leads the Rangers in game winning goals since the start of the 2008-09 season, with 12 of his 27 goals counting as the game-winner over the last two years.
• Erik Christensen tallied two assists in 18:18 of icetime, and he has now registered five points (two goals and three assists) in the last two games; the Rangers improved to 7-2-1 when he registers a point; with a plus-one rating tonight, Christensen has posted a plus or even rating in 26 of his 30 games as a Ranger, registering a plus-eight over the span.
• Forward Enver Lisin recorded one assist and logged 13:49 of icetime in his return to the lineup, after not dressing in each of the previous two games.
• Rangers defenseman Wade Redden tallied one assist and tied for the team-high with three blocked shots in 22:54 of icetime, and forward Brandon Prust recorded the primary assist on Dubinsky’s game-winning goal.
• The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Mar. 3, is 12:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.
• The Rangers return to action on Thursday, Mar. 4, when they will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup; the game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.

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  1. YOu could see from the outset that Callahan was profiting by the hi tempo of the Olympic games, – he buzzed around that ice like a proton gone wild. And how about we find a way to give Drury a break. For better or worse he;s this team’s captain, and he is going to be here for quite a while injuries not withstqanding.

    The team’s defense will not notably improve as long as Redden and Girardi are still there ( notice that I am giving a pass to Roszival? Yep – even he’s been looking better ( by small degrees, but any improvement is welcome.)

    What has surprised me however is the fact that this kid Prust has shown some real hockey talent that I didn’t expect. He skates well, handles the puck and passes well and he’s got a pretty good shot,…on top of which he’s not remiss in getting physical. He could turn out to be a sleeper find,

  2. Morning all! Its nearly 1pm here in Blighty and i’m waiting for the musical chairs to start. Lots of rumours flying around the internet, no doubt a certain anonymous blogger will be twittering his a$$ off today.
    If we haven’t traded for a player with the same starting letter in both names by the end of the day i’d be surprised (and no i don’t mean Petr Prucha or Jaromir Jagr). Think Sheldon Souray, Brad Boyes, Wojtek Wolski, maybe Steve Staios.

    Great win last night and Cally seems to be riding the Olympics wave, he was flying. Prust also seems to be a bit
    of a find, he can play as well as fight!

  3. yes fran i noticed that too. i think maybew cally just got a huge confidence boost from even being on the team. the atmosphere of the olympics brought out another level of offense that we rarely see from him. yes he can score, but when has moves like that ever worked for him? drury had some pep in his step too. i think the whole team is actually playing better because of the deadline though in all honesty. look at lisin. he never plays that well. theyve also had 2 weeks off, but cally was the one who led us to the win. thats why he wears an A. drury played well in teh olympics, so maybe the pressure of his big contract and expectations were lifted a bit. and im glad hank got the start. he wouldve actually played more during that 2 week span had there been no olympics anyway, so hes gotta start most of these games to make the playoffs. he shouldnt be and wasnt burnt out last night. i thought he was gonna let in a few more after that first, but he made some good saves even though ottawa sucked last night.

  4. uk- i think wolski is the only one from that group id want on teh team. we need playmakers and he is a good passer. boyes is a scorer but hes not been good. he wouldnt help enough. i just dont see too many big players out there being shopped that would make us much better right now. if teh team played this way without gabby, perhaps all we need is gabby to retun, and a guy like demitra for the top line. replace redden with a guy like zbynek michalek from phoenix.a big guy that hits. someone like semenov but meaner!!!

  5. Graba – i think the Blueshirt Banter guys were right the other day in that we might have to sweeten a deal to take Redden off our hands by adding a high draft pick or maybe even a young roster player like Dubi or Gilroy. I think we are more able to trade Roszi as he’s been a little better recently. Girardi might be used if they already decided not to resign him in the summer – although i think he will stay and sign a new 1 or 2 yr deal in the summer.

    I can’t see anyone taking Lisin, Voros is a maybe but i would expect him gone on re-entry waivers if we try it.

  6. Good morning all! Geez, Izzy, what in holy hell :)

    Never got a chance to say this last night, but before the day’s madness begins….Aves, Aves, Aves!

  7. torres? ok hes pretty good, but is he good enough for anything other than a few goals? why would we trade a 2nd rounder? thats where we do our best drafting. guys like cally,stepan,werek(not sure how good he will be though), wasnt duby a 2nd or 3rd? AA, who else??? cmon slats get horton or booth, then get a big tough d man. hamhuis??? f no!!

  8. Good deadline day mornin’ all!

    Great game last night by everyone. Cally was flying out there all night long, and that move for the first goal was sweet. I thought Potter played a steady game and Hank made the saves he’s supposed to make(he had NO chance on the Sense goal). Even Torts was smiling after the game.

    Anyone else on pins and needles for what might happen?

  9. Happy Trade Deadline Day ….

    Prediction Time:

    Dubi gets traded

    1 of R & R gets traded

    1 of Girardi or Gilroy gets traded

    We’ll get Cogliano, Torres/Whitney, and Souray today

  10. Honestly, I’d Rather trade for Boullion than Hamhuis if we’re trading with Nadhville.

  11. How much more messy will Sather make our situation today?
    Just think guys, as we type and rant, Sather is pouring over which washed up players he can get to the Big Apple.

  12. agree with Fran and UK about Prust,i also thought Potter played well,was shoving and chopping at guys behind and in front of the net,a Ranger d rarity.

  13. Staal Wart, being a Ranger fan, you should know that trade deadline day is usually a whole lot less painful for us than July 1.

  14. nadville? lol somer!! yea no thanks to boullion cube. girardi i doubt gets traded. they just will try for a cheaper contract in the offseason. but who i do think we get is one of either horton,frolik,booth,and mcabe for rozy,duby,and a prospect. i we then trade jokinen for a 2nd and a 3rd, mayeb a propect too. idk im just makin up as i go along, but ideally, whop i would want would be weiss,demitra and a big mean damn.

  15. Doodie Machetto on

    It will be fun to see how many draft picks Sather sends away for a chance to make the playoffs and lose in the first or second round.

  16. Adam,
    that depends on how you look at it. See on trade deadline day we have generally traded unsignable players for more unsignable players see Derek Morris, Nik Antropov, Pascal Dupuis etc etc.

    In July well we all know the story.
    but there is one exception…Gomez
    Signing was a mistake, but his trade to Montreal was there mistake.

  17. NYRanger4Life on

    Odds Sather does absolutely nothing: ZERO
    Odds Sather does something absolutely foolish: 100%

  18. i dislike sather as much as the next guy. however, i have much more confidence in his trades and ability to make smart trades than his awful track record on july 1st!

    with that said, i think it will be a good day for the rangers. we won’t be cup contenders when the day is done but it will be a better team going forward.

  19. Does anyone have a list or link to previous Rangers deadline day trades from the past 10-20 or so years? Someone usually circulates a list like that on deadline day and it’s always interesting to look back and see how things panned out.

  20. it’s sathers signings that scare me, his trades arent usually as terrible as the contracts

  21. Doodie Machetto on

    that depends on how you look at it. See on trade deadline day we have generally traded unsignable players for more unsignable players see Derek Morris, Nik Antropov, Pascal Dupuis etc etc.”

    We also send draft picks. Antropov was a 2nd rounder. We already spent a 6th on Shelley. Willing to bet we lose at least a 2nd rounder today, if not a first.

  22. The thought that, somehow or another, Redden or Rozi could be gone in the next 5 hours is so incredibly tantalizing, isn’t it?

  23. I predict Sather is gonna stick some team with Drury, Redden, or Rozi. It will cost us Dubi/Cally and that #2 pick next year. I just have a feeling that when Sather gets to the edge of the cliff, where ever fan wants to run him outta town, he makes a move to buy himself some time. History has shown it. Hard to believe? How did he dump Kotalik on the Flames?

    I am tuned in to NHL network for the day.

  24. yeah Doodie, I forgot to put in draftpicks…
    Wonder what Brashear is doing today, knowing he is on the bus in Hartford. I can’t see him being traded…at all…under any circumstance.
    If Sather can get rid of Brashear, and a Redden…
    I will be a happy Ranger fan.

  25. Good morning, all. Good game last night. But it also made Sather’s life a bit more complicated. If some team(s) were thinking Dubi or Callahan, they may be more stubborn today.

  26. True Fans…there is still 5 hours…
    And for the record I’d rather Sather keep Rozi and trade Redden…though I doubt it happens.

  27. NYP_Brooksie

    Can tell you that as of last night Rangers had not inquired about Souray or Demitra

  28. Doodie Machetto on

    He needs to wait until 12 for Voros and Lisin to clear waivers/be picked up by another team. Lisin may have earned it with his play last night.

    Besides, the noon start time allowed him to get in a quick nine this morning.

  29. Doodie Machetto on

    Rozsi is going to start being attractive to budget conscious teams. His cap hit will be 5 million but his actual salary will be 4 and 3 over the last two years of his contract. You know that they want to hit the cap floor while expending as little money as possible.

  30. Doodie, he doesn’t have to wait til noon. Either way, they’re gone, if need to. We have to wait til noon, because it can’t be official before.

  31. Doodie Machetto on

    But that will be during the offseason. At this deadline, we’re stuck with him.

  32. Doodie Machetto on

    ilb, that’s exactly what I was saying. Until they officially clear or are claimed, he can’t make any official deals.

  33. Baseball The 4-6-8 on

    Pascal Dupuis was an IN SEASON acquisition, not a trade deadline acqusition. Like so many others, he upgraded his game when he left here, but was awful before he got here, and brutal in his short stay, here. Luc Robitaille also comes to mind as a player who greatly improved once he was gone, and of course he was a force before he got here. Why NY seems to bring out the worst in some players, who can say? This isn’t exactly Montreal when it comes to pressure to perform at an All Star or HOF level, every game.

    I see comments re Sather being a decent trade deadline GM, but not a good July 1st FA signing GM. True, but even worse, if that is possible, are his in season acquisitions. Remember Dupuis, Ozone, Kas, Strudwick, Isbister, etc., and so many others. One common thread they all had was that they all made the team, worse, and buried another young player deeper into our system. Sather must be the world’s worse poker player because he overbets even the most mediocre hands when it comes to hockey.

  34. basebball

    I don’tknow how you judge Dupuis for the short time he was here, but in that brief interlude he did play a superb PK
    (EVEN CONTRIBUTED A COUPLE OF GOALS…I put it down as one of the worse trades made in recent history here. (sorry about the caps,idle fingers you know.)

    Also, while I’m at it…I’ve long considered Callahan the pulse of this team. You cannot measure physical size all the time in making a judgment. I think that he is one of the rare players who should remain a Ranger for his
    entire career.

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