Post-game notes, quotes


From the Rangers:

April 7, 2010 – New York Rangers 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (Game #80, Home #40)
·         The Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to improve to 6-1-1 in their last eight games.  New York had 10 different players record at least one point, and 10 different players register a plus-two rating.
·         The Blueshirts have posted a record of 37-33-10 (84 pts.) on the season, including a 17-17-6 (40 pts.) mark at home.
·         New York held Toronto scoreless in four power play opportunities, and are now 29-for-31 on the penalty kill over the last nine games (93.5%).
·         Erik Christensen opened the game’s scoring just 21 seconds into the first period, added his second goal of the game at 10:56 of the opening frame, and finished the contest with five shots and a plus-two rating.  It marked his second two-goal game of the season, and sixth of his career.  Christensen has now registered four points (two goals and two assists) in the last two games at MSG.  The Rangers improved to 5-1-0 when he tallies a goal and 11-3-2 when he records a point.
·         Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves to improve to 34-27-9 on the season, including a 16-16-6 mark at home this season.  Lundqvist is now 6-1-1 in the last eight games, registering a 2.23 goals against average with a .929 save percentage and two shutouts over the span.
·         Vinny Prospal notched the game-winning goal, added an assist for his 15th multi-point effort of the season, and registered a plus-two rating.  The goal was his 20th of the season, marking the fifth time he has reached the 20-goal mark in his career.
·         Brandon Dubinsky established a career-high for points in a season with two assists, giving him 45 points, and he has now tallied seven points (three goals and four assists) in the last eight contests.
·         Marian Gaborik registered his career-high 84th point of the season with one assist, and posted a plus-two rating.  Gaborik has now tallied 11 points (five goals and six assists) in the last 10 games.
·         Olli Jokinen recorded his 12th multi-point performance of the season with one goal and one assist, and led all skaters with eight shots in the contest.  Jokinen has tallied five points (two goals and three assists) in the last six games.
·         Aaron Voros notched a goal at 12:35 of the third period, and has now registered four points (two goals and two assists) in the last five games.  The Rangers have posted a record of 5-1-1 in games when he records a point.
·         Brandon Prust recorded one assist to extend his point streak to four games, registering four points (three goals and one assist) over the span.
·         P.A. Parenteau and Artem Anisimov each tallied one assist apiece for New York.  Parenteau also posted a plus-two rating, and has now registered four points (two goals and two assists) in six games since being recalled from Hartford (AHL) on Mar. 26.  Anisimov led all skaters with a career-high five blocked shots, and has now recorded five points (two goals and three assists) in the last eight games.
·         Defenseman Michal Rozsival registered one assist on Prospal’s game-winning goal, and recorded four hits and a plus-two rating in 21:36 of icetime.  The Rangers have now posted a record of 10-2-5 when he tallies a point.
·         The Rangers will close out their regular season home schedule on Friday, Apr. 9, when they will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a home-and-home set to close out their 2009-10 regular season schedule; the game will be televised live on MSG Plus and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “It was important.  We felt the key part of the game was our fore-checking, trying to pressure them.  Starting with the first shift, that is what we did.  You are always looking to get off to a fast start after a loss in a back-to-back situation.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “We had a great start and we handled it really well.  We just kept playing and kept doing the right things out there.  It was a really strong first and it was really important for us.”
Vinny Prospal on tonight’s game… “You are looking for a good start at home and if you can get a lead like that in your building you know your fans are going to get behind you.   And when you are playing a team that has nothing to play for, that is the best thing that can happen to you.”

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  1. I started watching Chuck a couple of days ago, so i downloaded both seasons, and all of the 3rd season episodes as of monday, so i have a lot of catching of to do.

    Chucks sister is also hot.

    Comedy, babes. Now that’s my language.

    Good night, non-whiners.

  2. somerset, from last post … the word on Avery isn’t good. He hasn’t been on skates yet and the speculation is he might be done for the regular season. But I think, if there’s any way possible, he will play vs. Philly. That’s just me.

    Uncle Glennie, great job.

    Good night, Sally!

  3. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    Well, (CR9 and ORR) if it isn’t Tweedle Degenerate and Tweedle Dumbass!

    You two belong together- Kinda like the 2 old queers, Gerald Fitzpatrick and Patrick Fitzgerald.

  4. so that’s the real meaning to FIRE SATHER….thanks uncle glennie,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  5. “I don’t think it had to be me. I’m sure if someone else were closer, he would have gone and done the same thing. Even if you take a penalty, those are the type that you kill off.” Brandon Dubinsky.

    “It was a great, great job by him,” Gaborik told The Post. “That’s what a team guy does.

    “It was unbelievable. It feels great when a teammate jumps in for you.” Marion Gaborik.

    If that isn’t the biggest FU to Girardi, I don’t know what is. I wish Brooks would have asked Dan what his thoughts were. . . . .

  6. Dubi has done that a few times since the Carcillo incident. Personally, I wouldn’t resign Girardi because of that. Oh, and he looks bad too many times in front of his own net. He is a free agent after this season, right? Than again, Uncle Glennie is in charge so I’m sure he’ll give Girardi a 6-year, 36million dollar contract

  7. cwgatti- I’m sure Gaborik didn’t think it through when he said it. Or I hope he didn’t. This isn’t the time of the year when you alienate your teammates.

  8. good morning all!!!! we need the same recipe for tomorrow night, a good start! 21 seconds in nice work fellas!!!


    crowd was relatively quiet for a “must win game” the sloppy seconds chant was the biggest chant of the night…..

    prust is a monster out there right now, its amazing what a little confidence can do for a guy-this guy should earn a spot on the roster next year-this is the type of 4th line player we need-a guy who has some skill and is also tough at the same time….

  9. There is a short list of teams that I relish the opportunity to ruin their season. The Flyers are very high on that list.

    After watching the “dibockle” that is the Mets, I’ll gladly take do or die level hockey for the next couple of days.

  10. CTB- Mets “dibockled” already? How can you be a fan of both Rangers and Mets and still maintain any sanity?

  11. lol ct!! greg said that awhil back!! dibockle!! what a funny guy. its funny u remember that. i gotta add it to my collection of words for when im speaking gregish

  12. well, my only grandmammy left is having surgery today. shes like my mom. she took me in when my parents split and i took off on my own. she really helped me straighten my life out and cared for me like a mother i never had. ive been taking care of her for a year now since her cancer recovery. its just sad because out of all my family me and her are closer than anybody. she was so happy when the yanks won last year. she is a brooklyn girl and such a great lovable sicilian grandma. im prayin for her today and also good luck today with your surgery tony. soo, for my grams, win the next 2 games rangers!!! do it for grabbys grams!!!

  13. Whatever happens, happens. I will not allow this team to let me down. Let’s Go Rangers!

  14. ilb, who’s to say that my sanity has been maintained????

    But hey, when your teams are this bad at least you don’t have to blame the officials for losing!

  15. Best of luck for those going in for surgery today. Wishes for a speedy recovery.

  16. THE REAL MikeyNJ on

    Well they did what they had to and now there fat ein firmly in there own hands

    Unless Boston completely falls apart, which is very possible, its still possible liek others have said that both us and the filthy’s both make the playoffs

    Christensen was a monster last night too. him Prust and Shelley are three players I would definitely bring back next year. There all cheap contracts, and give you what you pay for.

    No Avery? hmm. Must have really f’d up his knee bad

  17. The crowd really seems to be taking to Shelley. They started chanting his name while he was fighting Orr…something that never, ever happened for Brashear.

  18. Good morning all! Happiness abounds today, hope it lasts through Sunday. Grabby, I hope grammy comes out OK.

    I miss Aves so badly. Would love to see him against Philly, but not at risk to his knee. Damn that chant last night!

  19. All the best to Keith Tkachuk. One of my favorite players of all time, and one of the last of a dying breed in the NHL.

  20. There was nothing even wrong with what Avery said to begin with (sure, a little disrespectful towards women, but that’s not how Aves meant it of course).

    If he was a Bruin, he would have honored with an award by Buttman, not suspended. :)

  21. Remember when they would bring up all the W-L stats with Avery and without? Right now I’d say keep Avery on the bench. They’re doing fine without him.

    I still can’t shake the feeling that this is all a big tease. They’ll go ahead and win the first game against Philly and then lose the second and finish in 9th. They wouldn’t really do that to me, would they?

  22. Uh, CR what does Avery’s suspension from last season have to do with the game last night or anything from the past couple of weeks?

    And your team won last night, took 2 out of 3 in Fenway and you still take time to berate the officiating. Sore losers are bad, but whining winners are worse.

  23. CT

    I was just making a joke about Avery’s comments and being suspended!

    Well, just because we win does not make the game fair. Just make your way to and see for yourself the other ‘non crazy’ fans complaining about the officiating.

    Not a sore loser, or a whiny winner, just would appreciate fairness in sports for all teams!

  24. But anyway, I dont see a point in Avery coming back for the next 2 games.

    I love Avery more than the next guy, but everything has been fine with our team. Why change what’s been working? Just leave it as it is, and hope for the best.

  25. Nasty, Tkachuk may very well be the last player out of that great generation that gave us Graves, Neely,etc. Tough guys with skill who were not afraid to to go to the net or fight if they needed to. Really, who’s left? Iginla, maybe?

  26. I’m not going to check a Yankees blog to decipher whether they thought a game was fairly umpired, especially against the Red Sox and especially in Fenway. Bad calls are a part of baseball, particularly when the sport refuses to use instant replay.

  27. Nasty, I thought you meant Greek-American NHL players. Chelios got assigned to the AHL yesterday.

  28. Tkachuk was great but a chippy bastard. Him and Progner were the high sticking bros on STL.

  29. CT

    That would make sense.

    I will let you know though that Red Sox homer and commentator Jerry Remy was complaining about the officiating towards Andy Pettitte all night as well.

    He kept mentioning that the strike zone was “smaller for Andy”.

    I wonder why!!


    On a separate note, who will everybody be rooting for if the Rangers dont make it?

    For me, it will be the Wings as usual, the Caps because Bruce is a Yanks fan, and the Pens, so maybe Sid will one day come to NY.

  30. Right…because Michael Kay, John Sterling and Suzy Waldman are so objective.

    I’d go with Nashville before Washington since Barry Trotz ranks higher in the coaching order of Guys With No Necks.

    I still don’t understand your logic of how if Crosby wins again it means he’ll come to NY. I really doubt he’d want to come to a city where they chant that he sucks every time he touches the puck.

    From the East I’d be least frustrated if Buffalo made it. From the West I’ll go with Chicago and Phoenix.

  31. John Sterling is the biggest Yankees fan there is (which I appreciate)

    Michael Kay, all he does is talk about the other team, and acts like an arrogant dbag. While he is a Yankees fan, he certainly does not show any bias towards the Yankees.

    My point about Remy is that he is a HUGE Red Sox fan, and he was acknowledging it all night.


    My thought process (which could be wrong), is that if Sid wins enough in Pitt, he’ll say to himself that he’s done all he can do there (like soccer players like Ronaldo), and will want to come to the greatest city in the world.

    Im sure Sid understands why he is booed and called names in NY, because the fans care so much.

    Also, the other positive out of the Pens winning, would be they start a dynasty, which would finally detract from the Patriots dynasty of the early 2000s (which is still mentioned with regularity by ESPN and the like).

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