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From the New York Rangers:

November 22, 2010 – New York Rangers 2, Calgary Flames 1 (Game No. 22, Home No. 12)

  • The Rangers defeated the Calgary Flames, 2-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden to improve to 12-9-1 overall, including a 5-6-1 mark at home.  New York has won each of their last two games, and are 5-2-0 in their last seven contests.
  • Tonight’s win was the first for the Rangers against the Flames at Madison Square Garden since Jan. 10, 2006 (4-2).
  • The Blueshirts tallied the game’s first goal for the 16th time this season, and improved to 11-4-1 in those contests.
  • Martin Biron stopped 31 of 32 shots to improve to 5-2-0 on the season, including a 3-2-0 mark at MSG.  Biron has held opponents to two or fewer goals in six of his seven starts this season, and is now 4-1-0 with a 1.83 goals against average and .930 save percentage in his last six games.
  • Dan Girardi notched the game-winning goal, on the power play, at 12:41 of the second period and added an assist for his second straight multi-point effort.  He has now registered eight points (one goal, seven assists) in the last 10 games.  Entering tonight’s contest, Girardi was tied for 13th among NHL defensemen in assists and 18th in points.
  • Girardi’s game-winning goal was his first of the season.  The Rangers now have nine different players credited with at least one game-winning goal, which is tied for second most in the league trailing Washington (10) by one, and tied with Detroit and Montreal.
  • Brian Boyle opened the game’s scoring at 2:08 of the second period, and was credited with four shots and seven hits.  He also led the team with nine faceoff wins in 15 attempts (60%).  Boyle has recorded a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist).
  • Derek Stepan registered an assist on Girardi’s power play, game-winning goal at 12:41 of the second period, and has now recorded six points (one goal, five assists) in the last six games.
  • Ryan Callahan registered a career-high, 11 hits in the contest, and now leads the NHL with 91 hits on the season.
  • Steve Eminger tied for the game-high with four blocked shots, and registered five hits in 20:53 of ice time.
  • New York held Calgary scoreless in two power play opportunities tonight and are now 96.8% (30-31) on the penalty kill in their last 10 games, yielding just one goal and tallying two shorthanded goals over the span.
  • The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Nov. 23, is 2:30 p.m. at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa Bay, FL.
  • The Rangers will begin a three-game road trip when they face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the St. Pete Times Forum (7:30 p.m.).  Prior to the game, the Blueshirts’ morning skate is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the St. Pete Times Forum.  The contest will be televised live on MSG 2, and can be heard on 970 The Apple.

John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “We don’t change our game.  We certainly try to play a lot behind their net.  I think our goaltending has been really good in the third period.  We just have to play in there behind their net, try to grind it and get scoring chances that way.”

Dan Girardi on tonight’s game… “It was a good job for our team to hold the lead for that long in a game.  We really needed a win at home.”

Martin Biron on tonight’s game… “A lot of teams are victimized coming back home not having any legs, not being able to play physical.  I think that was the total opposite for us – the physicality on our side of the game was top level.  We responded really well.”

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  1. Lol – the duece?

    Finally – the Rangers aren’ta bunch of (pardon my french) p–sies. I haven’t seen a team this hard since the cup years. In a way Gabork and the skill guys are taking a back seat to team toughness.

    I love it!

  2. The Deuce? Are we talking about Kenny Alberts, one-third of the FOX broadcasting team known as Moose, Goose, and the Deuce!

    That Staal hit was astounding! Seeing it live with it on mute, I saw the guy start trying to get up and he kept falling down. All I could think was BOOM! Take that, you carcillo eaters! BOOM!

  3. not one of there best efforts. they should have won the bosto ngame except henrik softie. tonight calgary out played them but good goaltending and you win.

    as stated previosuly, sauer can play. 3rd best defensive d man on the team.

    stepan as i been saying is going to be a stud. even if he fades this year, the guy is 20 and next year will be there#1 disher on the team….christenson with a lobotmy could have been better then stepan but he does not have it bewteen the ears.

    tonight the ranger d mens ages are; 20,27, 26,23,25,23.. nah sather has done jack for years… the dubi lines age is 24,24, and 22,
    gaborik is 28, and stepan is 20n and frolov is here for 1 year and is till only 28…

    kreider,werek, mcdonagh, valetenko, wiese, and others below with upside………

  4. LOL anyone see what howie rose of islanders said the other night? thought they were off-air and says something like : ” is this game over yet? does anybody care”

  5. Some guy from the TSN comments section said…

    “Rangers are a real team, probably the best TEAM they’ve had since the late 90’s”

    Bwaha! That can’t be a Rangers fan talking.

    Miked, he apologized for it after the game also. So funny! Poor guy must be praying that Sam Rosen retires so he can take his job.

  6. Callahan with ELEVEN hits. Give the dude some ice and Advil tonight.

    stuart, Callahan’s 25, not 24, so that line is 24-22-25 in terms of ages. :)

  7. mikeyM stand corrected my point is this team is young… yep they do not have any young offensive stud ie stamkos but a lot of 20 goal type players.

    kreider has significant upside, power forward, speed etc..

    never seen werek but supposively skilled. hagelin and bourque are 2 way hardworking guys..

    the high end scoring studs do not grow on trees…rangers need t otrade young d for high end forwards or hope; anisimov, stepan, dubi, cally etc will all grow a little each year….i think cally will be burnt out by 29 the way he plays, he is not a big guy.

  8. Gilroy goes out. It’s pretty clear that Torts doesn’t have Gilly in any plans for the future. Sauer has been too solid to take out, and Eminger has really upped his game as of late.

    It’s time to trade Gilroy. Give him a chance somewhere else.

    Unless Slats magically trades Blowzy.

  9. gilroy sits. he is playing better but soft with the puck on his stick in the d zone. also gilroy should be stronger in the corners.. not sure if he gets it….

    has not played bad but getting the puck out of the zone, getting it deep on the dump in, etc.. those little things matter big time.. details he is not great on, but not playing bad…

    i would sit boogard most nights and have gilroy play a little 4th line and on d as the rover…..

  10. blowzy would have some value and I would trade him. he is not as bad as many think.

    he on a good team would be a very good 5th d man. he can play the point etc..

    only this year and next on his deal….i think he is better then mezaros and o’donell on philly as a example….

    he gets a bad rap because he plods on the ice and does not hit but he is a better player relative then drury as an example.

  11. N.CountryNYRFan on

    man this team is starting to come together. I didn’t know Scott Stevens suited up tonight for the Rangers, oops that was Marc Fuggin Staal…wow didn’t think that bean pole could hit like that, it was awesome.

    I also agree Sauer is a Monster and Blogmama I also called it a while back. Stepan is coming along very nicely and he will become a Marc Savard type player, great vision and passes.

    This current lineup doesn’t even make you think about our injured players, but I see EC and White the odd men out.

    Gilroy has played decent but I think Rosy gets his spot.

  12. That Staal hit was something else. Nice win. It was nice to see deflections and soft goals happen in our favor for once.

  13. Tiki, Work is good. Little crazy this week due to the holiday, but good. Sucks that I have to work on Friday, I love Black Friday shopping.

  14. stuart, I totally agree, this team is very young. Which is why I can’t really kill them when they have an off night, or make mistakes. They are learning, on the job, so occasionally things are going to be bad. OTOH, they are becoming (or have already become) a TEAM, one that stands up for itself and doesn’t back down and I attribute that a lot to the youth of the team. Especially to the young vets (Callahan, Dubinsky, Girardi, Staal) who are stepping up as leaders both on and off the ice.

  15. The Dubisnsky. Callahan & Anisimov line, although playing well offensively seem to be having a particularly difficult time in getting the puck out of their own zone. Boy, Eminger & Sauer are playing great. Luv Avery, it’s a shame he’s been given such little ice time.

  16. If EC goes to Hartford who’s going to replace him on the shootout. Other than Stepon & Anisimov he’s got the best pair of hands on the team. Too bad he’s such a timid soul.

  17. Shame you’ve gotta work on Friday, Mickey :(

    Would you like a Dubinskiss?

    Would anyone like a Dubinskiss?

    I just looked in the mirror, thought to myself how lucky I am to be so gorgeous and gave the mirror a Dubinskiss!

  18. The Staal hit was the hit of the season. I thought he wasn’t a hitter. Tonight changed my perception.

  19. Great atmosphere for a Monday game. Felt a little weird chanting Marty! Marty! Instead of our usual Maaaaarrrrrrtttttyyyyyy!

  20. As Stuart said, Stepan will be an 80+ point (~30G ~50A) player not this season but in a year or two. Stamkos if you recall wasn’t quite there in his rookie year either. Not saying Stepan will be Stamkos, but he could be Jonathan Toews.

  21. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Gilroy was always out of position on D, and was never given a shot at playing the wing. Don’t understand that. We had to bring in White, instead?

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