Belated post-game notes, quotes


From the Rangers:

April 9, 2010 – New York Rangers 4, Philadelphia Flyers 3 (Game #81, Home #41)
·         The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to conclude their 2009-10 regular season home schedule.
·         The Blueshirts have posted a record of 38-33-10 (86 pts.) on the season, including an 18-17-6 (42 pts.) mark at home.  New York improved to 7-1-1 in their last nine games.
·         New York registered one power play goal in four attempts, and have now tallied 13 goals in 65 attempts over the last 18 games (20.0%).  The Rangers also held Philadelphia scoreless in two power play opportunities, and are now 31-for-33 on the penalty kill over the last 10 games (93.9%).
·         Marian Gaborik registered his 26th multi-point effort with two points (one goal and one assist), including the game-winning goal, and tied his career-high with his 42nd goal of the season.  Gaborik has now tallied 13 points (six goals and seven assists) in the last 11 games.
·         Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves to improve to 35-27-9 on the season, including a 17-16-6 mark at home this season.  Lundqvist is now 7-1-1 in the last nine games, registering a 2.09 goals against average with a .925 save percentage and two shutouts over the span.
·         Brandon Dubinsky notched his 20th goal of the season, marking the first time he reached the 20-goal mark in his career, and finished the contest with a game-high five shots in 22:58 of icetime.  The Rangers are now 12-1-4 when Dubinsky tallies a goal.
·         Rangers Captain Chris Drury tallied one power play goal and won a team-high eight faceoffs in 13 attempts (62%).  The Rangers improved to 11-2-1 when he records a goal, and are now 4-0-1 in games when both Drury and Dubinsky score a goal.
·         Erik Christensen registered two assists, including one on the power play, for his eighth multi-point performance and fourth multi-assist effort of the season.  He has now registered back-to-back multi-point games after notching two goals in Wednesday’s 5-1 win vs. Toronto.  The Rangers improved to 12-3-2 when Christensen records a point.
·         Brandon Prust recorded one assist to extend his career-high point streak to five games, registering five points (three goals and two assists) over the span.
·         Jody Shelley notched his first goal as a Ranger at 10:13 of the first period, and registered a season-high four shots in the contest.  He has now tallied four points (one goal and three assists) in his last seven contests vs. Atlantic Division opponents.
·         Artem Anisimov tallied one assist and registered four shots, and has now recorded six points (two goals and four assists) in the last nine games.  Anisimov ranks fifth on the team in even strength scoring, having registered 25 of his 27 points at even strength.
·         Defenseman Dan Girardi registered one power play assist and blocked three shots in 21:36 of icetime.  Girardi has now tallied three power play assists in the last five games.
·         The Rangers will close out their 2009-10 regular season schedule on Sunday, Apr. 11, when they will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center (3:00 p.m.), in the second game of a home-and-home set; the game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
John Tortorella on the team mentality… “I think we were counted out a few weeks ago by a number of people.  We just decided that we are not going to count ourselves out.  We just continued to try to peck away.  Everyone knows what game it was, it was the Boston game, that was a tough one.  I think the guys have done a really good job of gathering themselves and looking at it one game at a time.  Not looking at the whole picture, just try to win a game.  Now it does come down to the last game.  It is great.  I think it is great for both teams.  It is a great opportunity for players to play in and we are looking forward to it.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “It was a team effort.  We scored from all of the lines.  They got an early lead but we bounced back and we played a really good first.  It was a playoff game.  It comes down to the last game.  It is pretty exciting.”
Brandon Dubinsky on the mindset going into Sunday… “We haven’t accomplished anything yet. We haven’t accomplished anything until we find ourselves on Sunday night in that Top 8. After that, that’s when we are going to say that we have accomplished something, but it’s not going to end there. We are going to start over and have a bigger goal. Right now, our job is not done. Like Torts said, ‘We have another opportunity to play for something big on Sunday.’ We are excited for it and we will be ready.”

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  1. Joekuh - can we resign Z next year, PLEASE?!?!? on

    even boneheads need sleep sometimes lol. dont worry, we’ll all be here on sunday ready to go.

  2. Joekuh - can we resign Z next year, PLEASE?!?!? on

    One more thing: If Cally’s out 4 sunday, who goes in his place? Lisin, or Weise?

  3. Joekuh - can we resign Z next year, PLEASE?!?!? on

    Good pre game morning to all!!

    True Fans, if you get a chance to read this, you’re right. The Finger hit and the Ovy hit are the same thing. I dont think Finger’s a repeat offender like Ovy is though, so that may have had something to do with it.

  4. I was in the pool!! on

    Great nailbiter of a game. It is so frustating though to see the Rangers doing the right things after 70+ games of lackluster effort and poor coaching. If we make the playoffs or not we still need a new direction next year. We need a coach and players that will play like this all year long. That work effort needs to be instilled from day one not game 74 when your jobs are on the line. Sorry for the critique but it really burns me up. That said I am excited about tomorrow as any true fan would be.

  5. Bob Sacamano on

    Wow one of the best games this seaon… easily
    very entertaining…
    Excellent showing by Girardi he landed a few good shots on Hartless
    AND I Am not that “bob”. Don’t ever go there! Haha I am a bonehead with a temporary name change

  6. Linda says GO PRUST!!!! on


    Congrats Kurt, you caught the usual suspects napping!
    Steve, niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice!

    Pool, they do this almost all the time! They turn on the jets with 10 games left, kinda like how they start the season!! Boggles the mind, but at least we know that THEY know they can play like this regularly!!

  7. oh man!Philly is going to be unbearable for the next two days: First union game down the street and then rangers flyers Sunday! Let’s go Rangers!

  8. How about Girardi? He beat the carcillo out of Hartnell. Why didn’t he do that to Carcillo? I really think he learned a lesson by not helping out Gaborik. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him fight and he did well.

    Let’s hope the team can play just as well tomorrow. Wish I could watch the game, but I’ll be working then have to go play.

  9. 12th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    What a great inspirational day!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

    17 more wins ’til the Cup is OURS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. joekuh,

    i wouldnt mind seeing gilroy dress. he can play forward cause thats pretty much where he played his whole life. and in an emergency he will play d.

  11. “I really think he learned a lesson by not helping out Gaborik.”

    Me too. He just wasn’t thinking. It happens.

    “I don’t think I’ve ever seen him fight and he did well.”

    I’ve seen him throw down (protecting himself after a big clean hit) and after last night it’s safe to say he’s no schlep!

  12. I want the Devils in the playoffs so bad.

    LOL @ Devils fans though. They are acting like they want to Rangers too. One of the hottest teams in the NHL riding a hot goaltender that have been playing playoff hockey for the past two weeks you want to see in round 1? OVER PHILLY.


  13. for those of you who don’t get msg good news NHL network is televising the game tomorrow just thought i’d let everyone know in advance at least thats what it says on dtv

  14. This is the way we all wished they played all season. What is it? The 4th line? It seems like everyone is stepping up, and having Eriksson as a veteran presence on D seems to help. Loved watching Girardi beat up on Hartnell; and especially glad to see Gabby get the game winner. Can’t wait for tomorrow!

  15. My buddy is a Devils fan and came over to watch the Game last night because he thought he would “jinx” the Rangers …..

    He’s scared to death to play NYR in the First Round

  16. Call me crazy but I want a piece of Washington in the First Round.

    We win that Series and the confidence will be Sky-High the rest of the Way

  17. Anyone see Asham take a wack at Henrik’s cage on the scrum? To his credit he got away with it. Made it look like he was hacking at the puck! I love how Staal got in and protected Gaborik from that worthless goon.

    And another Shartnell beatdown this time a la Girardi! Was he crying in the penalty box or just shaken up?

  18. The Best Part of the Rangers making the Playoffs will be having to listen to people like Milbury give the Rangers credit for their “drive and perseverance” and how they’re the “hottest team going into the playoffs” during this 10 game stretch

    Unless, of course, they play Washington, then all they will say is “They were better off losing out and taking the Draft Pick because they stand no chance to beat them blah, blah, blah”

  19. True fans bleed RW&B on

    I think you’re right… I just wonder how one board gets a 5min major and game misconduct while the other gets nothing? In my opinion, I would give both of them 2 or 4 mins for boarding and be done with it. Neither were intents to injure and depending on their coach might even be considered good plays for taking the body. Neither Finger or Ovie expect the guy being hit to lose an edge and to viciously fly into the boards either.

  20. Win or lose, great job the last couple of weeks. Wonder if Tortorella hadn’t been so intent on punishing players over the season, if a couple of points couldn’t have been picked up here and there?
    Regardless, even though I’m not a Drury fan, he has been great since the Olympics. Maybe his role was finally properly defined. And Shelley and Prust, who were invisible upon first arrival, have turned out to be great additions. Who knew Shelley was such an intelligent, thoughtful speaker? Very impressed.

  21. 1 and 7 in overtime….I think that’s the numbers.

    who plays if no Cally? that injury hurts…

  22. The White Plains Batman on

    kc, that’s the funny thing about hockey goons or tough guys; they’re more often than not these very articulate and intelligent people. Geroge Parros is a Princeton graduate in economics, Joey Kocur used to love his country Karaoke,we all know Brashear is fluent in Russian, and Georges Laraque went to Haiti to help out the second after the Canadians let him go.

  23. Excellent day after a HUUUUUGE win!

    Really like Dubi’s quotes about how they haven’t accomplished anything yet. That is the perfect mentality for right now.

    Sunday is going to a be war.

  24. enlarged Prust-8 on

    I could see Shelley singing to his daughter about the itsy bitsy spider like former tough guy Stu Grimson. he is a different person on the ice, just doing a job.

    but that Prust line is the difference in that they have forced opposing teams to change their line matchups. opponents are thrown off their comfort zones by the fact that the rangers can effectively use their tough guy line against other teams top lines, thus the opponent coach is left with his matchups screwed up vs the other Ranger lines.

    that is why sometimes line juggling pays off. you keep trying to come up with different combinations, but once in a while you discover something that clicks unexpectedly. AA just works very well with those 2, and I doubt if another combo would work so well

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