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New York Rangers Post-Game Notes
October 9, 2010 – New York Rangers 6 at Buffalo Sabres 3 [Game No. 1; Away Game No. 1]

*The New York Rangers began their 85th anniversary season with a 6-3 victory against the Buffalo Sabres tonight at HSBC Arena in Buffalo.  Rangers’ rookie Derek Stepan tallied a hat trick in his NHL debut, and the six goals were the most by the Rangers in their season opener since their 6-2 win vs. New Jersey in the 1983-84 season opener on Oct. 5, 1983.

*Derek Stepan notched three goals and posted a plus-three rating in 17:21 of ice time while making his NHL debut.  He registered the Rangers’ first goal of the season, opening the game’s scoring at 10:53 of the first period.  His second and third goals were recorded in a 3:12 span late in the second period.  His third goal at 18:20 of the middle frame was the game-winner.  Stepan’s hat trick established the following Rangers’ and NHL marks:
-He is the first Ranger in franchise history to record a hat trick in his NHL debut.
-His three goals tied the Rangers’ franchise record for most goals in an opening-night game, becoming just the second player in team history to record a hat trick in the season opener.  Ron Murphy also tallied a hat trick in the 1955-56 season opener on Oct. 7, 1955 at Chicago.
-The last Ranger rookie to register a hat trick was Jan Hlavac on Feb. 11, 2000 vs. Boston.
-Stepan is the 26th Ranger to record a hat trick in their rookie season.
-The last Ranger to register a hat trick at Buffalo was Petr Nedved on Feb. 25, 2000.
-The last NHL player to record a hat trick in their NHL debut was Fabian Brunnstrom of the Dallas Stars on Oct. 15, 2008 vs. Nashville.
-Stepan is just the fourth player in NHL history to register a hat trick in their NHL debut.

*Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 33 of 36 shots to record the win, and improve his career record to 4-1-0 in season-opening games.

*Brandon Dubinsky tallied two goals, including a shorthanded empty net goal with 1:25 remaining, and tied for the game-high with four shots on goal.  The two goals tied Dubinsky’s career-high, last achieved on Jan. 17, 2010 vs. Montreal.

*The Rangers improved to 35-36-13 all-time in 84 season-opening games, including a 25-27-8 record in 60 season openers away from MSG.  New York has now out-scored their opponents, 241-236 in season openers.

*Erik Christensen gave the Rangers a 5-1 lead at 1:08 of the third period, assisted by Marian Gaborik and Alex Frolov.  Frolov, who was making his Rangers debut, registered his first point as a Blueshirt with the assist.

*Defenseman Dan Girardi and forward Sean Avery each tallied two assists, registering assists on Stepan’s first goal of the game, as well as on the game-winning goal at 18:20 of the second period.  Girardi also led the Rangers with three blocked shots and recorded a plus-three rating in a team-high, 23:51 of ice time.  Avery tied for the game-high with a plus-three rating in 14:20 of ice time.

*Marc Staal, Artem Anisimov and Ryan Callahan each collected one assist in the contest.  Staal registered the only assist on Stepan’s second goal, and he added three blocked shots in 23:31 of ice time.  Anisimov recorded the only assist on Dubinsky’s first goal of the game at 15:42 of the opening frame, and won a team-high, nine face-offs in 17:42 of ice time.  Callahan registered the only assist on Dubinsky’s shorthanded, empty net goal at 18:35 of the third period, and recorded three hits in 18:53 of ice time.

*Defensemen Michael Del Zotto led the Rangers with four hits in the contest, and added three blocked shots and a plus-three rating in 23:12 of ice time.

*In addition to Stepan and Frolov, forwards Ruslan Fedotenko and Derek Boogaard, and defenseman Steve Eminger also made their Rangers’ debut.

*Rangers’ Head Coach John Tortorella improved to 6-2-0 in eight career season-opening games for a .750 winning percentage.

*The Rangers’ practice schedule for tomorrow, October 10, is 12:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.

*The Rangers will return to action on Monday, October 11, when they travel to Long Island to face-off against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum (1:00 p.m.), in a matinee match-up between Atlantic Division rivals.  The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.

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  1. Linzopantenko 2010-2011 on

    i’ll watch mondays game when i get home on the archive! Won’t be the same though lol!

    Linda – 1
    miked – 1

    we’re neck and neck for the Carping Championship Miked!

  2. Czechthemout!!!! on

    Wow! What else can you say about Derek Stepan that hasn’t already been said. It’s funny but I posted on another board that the only thing that could save Stepan from being scratched is scoring a hat trick. Little did I know what would happen later today.

    I thought Derek Stepan ‘s line was the best one out their tonight. AA’s line was a close second.

    – Dubi was very very good tonight in both ends of the ice.
    – AA was also very impressive.
    – Avery was real good.
    – Mdz,Girardi and Sauer stood out to me on the back end.

    – The king was not his regal self tonight.
    – crapinger needs to go.
    – frolic was quiet as was Staal.

    What was also impressive was that they won without getting any goals from Gabby.

    We should not get too carried away with this win because it is early but it was still fun to watch them match the Sabers speed.

  3. Dublowsky did play pretty good tonight. If he keeps it up, maybe I’ll change his name to Dubaby :P

    I was really impressed with Avery. He looked really damn good. If he plays like that, he’ll stick around. He played smart too. Good stuff.

    I expect more from the top line, cause they didn’t look impressive at all. The fourth line had more scoring chances, ahaha!

    I keep forgetting that EC scored that goal. Step-On did play really good on that top line, but I would want to see him up there. But, spreading out the scoring is important.

    And play Gilroy!

  4. Be positive! We won! Steppy!!! most I can contribute now….hard to be a party person and watch game and comment at same time. being 26 is hard :(

    how’d your night night go Sally??

    oh yeah, SWEET 16!!!!

  5. Fran had a good comment in the last thread. What is Torts’ man-love for Roszival?! He sucks!! It’s true, he’s on the PP, PK and gets a regular shift, and more times than not he’s trying to stick check someone or poke the puck out of the crease. I really don’t get it. I thought he was the worst d-man we had in the pre-season. We need to Redden him now!

  6. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Where’s all the Christensen fans? Sorry, ilb gonna call you out… are you still sure that’s christensen’s job?

    This kid is just looking better by the game.

  7. CCCP – Then get nauseous baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cuz we winning the Cup this year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Crystal Water Triple on

    I question the wisdom of making team practice at noon, or at any time following a road game, on the day prior to a day game. If they make the Cup finals, they will be playing for real from now until mid-June. Why the hell burn the players out so early, or ever? Don’t teams get punished with extra practice sessions when they lose or play poorly? How about a one-day break following a job well done, so that they can relax and reflect upon it and draw inspiration from it? Now I think I know why the team goes stale, in mid-season. There is a cost attached to this kind of desperation and slave-driving.

    On the positive side, Stepan’s three goals were all at even-strength, considerably more impressive than chapeau tricks which include a goal or two of the power play or empty net variety. Makes one wonder if there is another young gem in the minors who could come up and help the offense, right away. Grachev, Weiss, Byers, etc.

  9. Byers? Ha, not in this lifetime.

    There’s literally no room. I don’t even know who’s going to come out when Dreary comes back, which might be for the home opener next week.

    Boyle? I thought he played well. Booger? Obvious choice, but I think the staff wants him there.

    I got a better idea! Hire the mob to re-break his finger, and put him on the IR for the rest of the year ;)

  10. I gotta go sleepy….but, I know I didn’t see whole game, or read all of here….but, steppy and aves…hmmm. i’ll check in tomorrow. niters all., LGR!

  11. Joekuh - En Gaard!!!....for his 2 on 1? on

    These kinds of games are why we signed En Gaard though. We’re up big late, the other team usually wants to send a statement by starting a fight. NOT with the big man here. Not anymore. Like someone in the game thread said, GULP.

  12. If they have to let Drury play, let him skate in place of Boogard in the home opener… do not mess with the lines form tonight….. they all looked good

  13. Agreed Hammerhead. Keep it the same!

    All I have to say is 2 things:

    1. Welcome to the NHL Stepan!
    2. KEEP IT UP!!!!!!!

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