Post-game notes


Courtesy of the NYR:

January 2, 2011 – New York Rangers 0, Florida Panthers 3 (Game No. 40, Away No. 21)

* The Rangers were defeated by the Florida Panthers, 3-0, tonight at BankAtlantic Center, ending their four-game point streak (2-0-2). New York is now 22-15-3 overall with a 13-7-1 mark on the road.
* Martin Biron stopped a season-high, 33 of 35 shots, and is now 6-3-0 overall with a 2-1-0 mark on the road.  He has made 30 or more saves in three of his last four games, and is now 5-2-0 with a 2.37 goals against average and .922 save percentage in his last nine games.  Biron has posted a record of 13-5-2 in his last 21 starts, including a 7-2-2 mark in his final 11 starts last season dating back to a 4-3 win on Feb. 9, 2010 vs. Nashville.
* Brian Boyle was credited with a game-high, six hits, and tied for the game-high with four shots on goal.  Boyle finished the Rangers’ three-game road trip with 17 hits, and is currently tied for eighth in the NHL with 121 hits on the season.
* Dan Girardi and Steve Eminger tied for the game-high with four blocked shots in the contest. Girardi, who registered his 100th career point with an assist at Tampa Bay last night, currently leads the NHL with 114 blocked shots.  Eminger now ranks second on the team with 64 blocked shots on the season.
* Marc Staal led all skaters with 28:10 of ice time, and now ranks ninth in the NHL in average ice time (25:07).  The last time a Ranger averaged 25 or more minutes of ice time was Brian Leetch during the 2003-04 season (26:14).
* After an off-day tomorrow, the Blueshirts’ next practice is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4, at the MSG Training Center.
* The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their third straight game vs. a Southeast Division opponent.  The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio and

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  1. Lack of skilled forwards bites the Rangers in the ass again. A second consecutive game where the Rangers made a goalie look good – little creativity and minimal forced 2nd and/or 3rd saves.

    Interesting game coming up against the Canes – will the popgun offense show up again?

  2. Paul in sunrise on

    Thanks to Prust for handing daughter her first warm up puck. Thanks to Dubi for coming over to smile and wave to her. Thanks to Boyle for constantly checking the glass she was standing at. Best part of the game for her (5yo). Next time try to score a goal. Lol. Special game despite the loss. Thx guys.

  3. had to work today

    other than a few minutes in the first
    i missed the whole game

    how many points did Drury get?

  4. ilb
    nice to be a set up man

    just in a cranky mood after working retail today
    — store looks like a tornado went through it
    –SUPER BUSY as if everyone decided they’re going to go in debt again
    –walking around with heel pain
    –and i just dropped a dish of freshly-made mashed potatoes on to the floor

    so, i’m in a bit of a zuccarello-assen mood

    be curious for some thoughts on the play overall.
    heard third goal was empty netter.

  5. Paul in sunrise on

    They stunk truth be told. A few good shifts. That’s it. Thought Zuc got his first but no go. Next time.

  6. jpg: Overall, the Rangers played without a lot of inspiration. They had a few moments here and there of sustained pressure but failed to really make Volkun work hard at any point.

    Some nice hits, though.

    Florida played a disciplined game – I don’t know if the Rangers had more than 1 odd man rush.

    It’s games like this where you really see the lack of offensive skill.

    And Dreary was invisible for the 2nd consecutive game. Really earning his $7,000,000 that guy is!

  7. the rangers maybe at a crossroads this season now. they lack of skilled offensive players is really coming to fruition now. three straight games vs devils tampa and florida where they generate very little offense and the few quality scoring chances are led by prust.

    he cant be your best offensive player and .

    i wlll say it again the rangers montreal atlanta and carolina will battle for last 2 spots. 2 in 2 out.

    the carolina game on wednesday is a 4 pt game and is a must win when they have trips to dallas and st louis over the weekend.

  8. Games like this remind us all that the Rangers can’t truly contend for anything unless and until Drury and Roszival’s godawful contracts are off the books and their cap space is freed up to be allocated to talented players who actually perform.

  9. Late to the party, but laundry all done, Mama. And the sheets done, too. :)

    That is wonderful story, Paul.

  10. I will remain positive til playoffs, which we will make!!!

    Happy second day of new year…LGR!

  11. omg!!

    was just in the other room and they’re watching it.

    see, it’s hilarious
    but stupid as a concept.

    unlike the competition food shows,
    these people should not be voted off
    first off,
    too much good tv with all of ’em around
    why send someone who can’t cook back home to
    continue to not be able to cook?!!??!
    have a winner at the end but everyone leaves
    with some better sense of not “poisoning” their

  12. mama loves
    the jpg haiku
    mama is fading to black
    see you all tomorrow for review :)

  13. Paul in sunrise on

    Her favorite player?
    It was great. Guess I have to toss her jagr jersey and get her a new prust or dubi.

  14. I disagree that Drury was invisible. I saw him screw up the PPG, fishing for the puck and leaving his man wide open.

  15. ThisYearsModel on

    This was a terrible game where our heroes were outworked. As previously, they waited until the second half of the game to out in any effort whatsoever.

  16. Olga Folkyerself on

    Giants are out.
    Rangers lose.
    Black Hawks lose.

    Boy, is this year dragging or what?

  17. 4generations 4 cups on

    hahahahahahah o no he’s a professional he’s not allowed an opinion! very hilarious stuff.

  18. how about the teenagers favorite avery. does he ever do anything? I forgot he had that 1 good game with gaborik my bad. he makes bad decisions with the puck every game all the time.

    need to get some forwards back soon……they are offensively challenged and need some reinforcements……..

  19. jpg, I agree that they shouldn’t kick someone off after a week. Let them hang around at least two.

  20. Carp, I thought it was Dubinsky who screwed up on the PP. For some reason, only known to him, he went all the way across the ice and down low to the guy who was covered by the Rangers Dman. Thus leaving his guy on the point free to do whatever he wanted to.

    Unless I was reading it wrong…

  21. Anyone catch this during game;

    “Hey you woodchucks, quit chuckin’ ma wood!”


  22. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on


    I have to admit, these last two ranger games have been the most boring of the season…no passion from the boys, no scraps at all…….nothing.

    Biron played a good game, just no support.

    I think avery is in trouble, after feds went down, he really did not get any additional time, torts is destroying the guy and it shows when he is on the ice.

    Time to bring up vtank.

    Yet another goal scored by the opposition with a ranger d man sliding across the ice…TAKE THE BODY!!!!

    Great hit by eminger in the first!

  23. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    damn, i’ve laureled!!!

    How would everyone feel about getting chris phillips from the sens? Just a convo topic!

  24. Did anyone else cringe when Giannone made the remark about the Florida power play, saying that it was a misnomer and not really powerful at all? I knew right away that Florida would score.

  25. Yeah. Where ya sending him?

    Where are they sending Avery? He shoulda been partying in some sleazy Connecticut bar (while Grachev was up) somewhere rather than Tribeca.

    Almost exactly halfway at 40 games, Sean Avery’s on pace for 2 goals and 246 PIMS.

    The entire league and of course refs are onto his lameass schtick for a long time.

    If I see him one more time after the whistle with that befuddled wtf? look, as if he disagrees with the call, be it offside or a penalty call whatever, Im seriously gonna puke.

  26. Dantherangerfan on

    Sathers miracle new years resolutions…. 1) Trade/demote the likes of drury and rozi 2) pick up richards plus a solid dman 3)Invest in some new gloves with extra padding 4) Bring in a 2nd assistant coach to help with pp and work more with the young guys. 5) Fire sather (himself)

  27. What am I still doing up?

    Is there a Jaromir in the building?

    Man, I love Kate Beckinsale.

    I hope Tommy Coughlin is fired and Bill Cowher hired.

    The Rangers had a bad couple of games, but should be fine.

    Where is Sean Avery? Anybody? Does Mama have Avery man-napped?

    Ill repeat this later, but if anyone needs any of the World Juniors on DVD, let me know.

    Cruel Intentions 2 is in an hour, Amy Adams is hot in that.

    My jaw is killing me.

    I just absolutely love Kate Beckinsale.

    That site provided by orr Egotastic is awesome.

    Man, the things I would do to Kate Beckinsale…

    Maria Menounos pulled a Lohan/Hilton/etc. Cant say Im surprised…she’s a red sox fan. boo!

    Aside from looks and personality, i love a woman with a really hot voice! Kate Beckinsale! And of course, our plotzer Blogmama!

    Ive got something Ive been wanting to tell all of you – a secret of sorts – as a New Years resolution.

    And no, the secret is not terrible like that Im an ex-con, or current convict….. or that Im gay!

    Not only does my girl Tiki yip at night when she has bad dreams, she also snores!

    What else can I think of for this morning?

    I feel terrible about the Giants current situation and our future. Tom Coughlin has lost the players’ respect, rightfully, and it really is time for him to go.

    The same act of red face, yelling like a maniac gets tiring when no changes are made. When there’s no discipline, urgency, or awareness, that’s on the coach.

    We have an opportunity to replace a one-year contract, lame duck head coach with Bill Cowher, we ought to do it.

    Under no circumstance should we go into the season with a lame-duck coach in the NFC East. It will amount to a wasted season.

    Ive just a little over $1000 on Ebay and Ioffer in the past few days!

    I wish I could win the lottery so I could help the Yankees pay for more players and up the payroll to a comfortable $250 million at least.

    Why do we Rangers fans hate the Devils?

    Nice to see Lovie Smith not care about keeping their main rival out of the playoffs! Only to hurt the Giants, of course!

    I spoke to my brother the other day, and I told him how the Eagles losing against Minnesota screwed us and that they lost intentionally to hurt the Giants, and he said “You sound like a crazy person.” And I responded “You know that it’s the truth and that you believe it” and he responds “Yeah, I do” followed by laughter!

    Ive been having severe acid reflux/chest pains the past week. A lot of stress, coupled with a lot of stress about the Patriots. Please Dear Lord allow the Patriots to lose!

    For Olga, FIRE SATHER!

    The Knicks look pretty good. Got a nice future ahead of them. A’Mare is a beast; I have fallen head over heels in love with him!

    I got a history lesson about the English Monarch and English Royalty the other day from a friend…and I realized something….Blogfather and Blogmama should be considered our royalty! Our King and Queen!

    Alright, I think Im done.

    Ah, maybe not.

    I got House seasons 4 and 5 on DVD, I need to catch up on that show.

    Man, the things Id do to Kate Beckinsale! Yoweee!

    It’s time to have myself a nice dream involving Kate Beckinsale, Jaromir, Avery, and Lundqvist

  28. Wicky,

    Vehemently disagree about Avery. Torts didn’t ruin Avery, Avery ruined Avery. Extrapolating his benching in the playoffs 2 years ago to how he’s currently treated doesn’t hold much water.  In general I think his supporters amongst the Rangers fanbase have a romanticized view of the type of contributions he makes to the team. 

    He was needed when there was the old guard of Jagr and Shanny and the team needed a kick in the pants. The players that drive the team now, especially this year show they are much more motivated. 

    He looked like he was about to turn a corner earlier this year when he was chipping in with assists and playing actual hockey. But let’s face it, against teams that keep their cool when he mouths off or don’t have an easily irritated star he’s basically useless as an agitator and that’s compounded when he doesn’t score or create chances. To further exacerbate his situation he makes very poor decisions with the puck and these days you can almost set your watch to him carrying the puck up the boards, making a quick reverse and then flinging a blind pass that results in a turnover. I don’t think anyone doubts his athletic abilities but after nearly a decade in the league there’s a lot of evidence that suggests his play is always going to be style over substance. 

    As for Chris Phillips, if it’s Rozi going the other way (extremely unlikely) then ok. If not, especially if the Sens ask for youth, then pass. The Rangers haven’t really made trades of youth for vets in the post lockout era, free agent signings are a different story.  Besides they’ve already paid more than enough $ to expensive Ottawa D-men. 

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