Post-game notes


Courtesy of the Rangers:

January 8, 2011 – New York Rangers 2, St. Louis Blues 1 (Game No. 43, Away No. 23)

* The Rangers defeated the St. Louis Blues, 2-1, tonight at Scottrade Center to improve to 25-15-3 overall, including a league leading 15 wins on the road (15-7-1).  New York is 8-2-2 in their last 12 games, and has registered a point in 20 of their last 28 games (18-8-2).  The Rangers are 10 games over .500 for the first time since April 12, 2009 (43-30-9).
* The Blueshirts are now 10-1-0 (4-0-0 at home, 6-1- 0 on the road) in the second game of back-to-back sets this season, having out-scored their opponent, 33-13, in those games. Over the last two seasons, New York is 19-3-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including an 11-2-1 mark on the road over the span.
* New York’s penalty kill held St. Louis scoreless in six power play opportunities (10:49), and are now 85-97 (87.6%) over the last 31 games.
* Martin Biron stopped 24 of 25 shots to improve to 7-3-0 overall, including a 3-1-0 mark on the road.  He is now 6-2-0 with a 2.23 goals against average and .926 save percentage in his last 10 games, and has posted a record of 14-5-2 in his last 22 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.  Biron has held opponents to two or fewer goals in seven of his 11 starts this season.
* Sean Avery notched the game-winning goal at 15:26 of the second period, and was credited with three hits and four shots on goal.  New York is now 115-71-30 in 216 games with him in the lineup since originally being acquired on Feb. 5, 2007.
* Brandon Dubinsky tallied two assists to increase his team-leading total to 20 on the season.  He has registered 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in the last 17 contests, including nine points (two goals, seven assists) in the last eight.  Dubinsky is now two assists shy of 100 career assists.
* Derek Stepan notched the Rangers’ first goal at 9:12 of the second period, and logged 17:16 of ice time.  Stepan entered tonight’s contest tied for third among NHL rookies in scoring with 23 points and 11 goals.
* Marian Gaborik recorded the primary assist on the game-winning goal, and tied for the game-high with six shots on goal to capture second star honors.  He has now recorded 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in his last 25 games.
* Mats Zuccarello registered the primary assist on Stepan’s second period goal, and has now tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in the last seven games.
* After an off-day tomorrow, the Blueshirts’ next practice is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 10, at the MSG Training Center.
* The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up.  The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio and

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  1. Bronze=Silver
    Don’t kill me, but despite all euphoria, well deserved, I still find Rangers offensive game an inarticulate (except maybe Fedo-Boyle-Prust), chaotic, more like random sum of individual efforts. May be because of continuous, sometimes forced by injuries, but mostly by coach indecisiveness, on-stop line shuffle. Still looking for sudden miracle or just gambling…What amazes me the most – team are winning, despite of that. BTW, I attribute it to Torts, giving him a definite credit where it due, for being able somehow to create the most important and distinctive feature for that team – Character, lacking so much last year, which made all of us so bitter. Now it would be nice to start building on that granted base real team concept, because the way to perfection is infinitive and unlimited.LGR!

  2. I feel sorry for Dru. It looks like because of his early injury, team train depart, went away from him mentaly and physicaly and he unsucsessfuly trying to trail it in avail. His status and future very pale.

  3. Torts: Chris, you look sluggish out there. I can’t play you that much because it looks like you are running out of gas.

    Chris Drury: Oh yeah? Well, the jerk store called and it looks like they’re running out of you!

  4. goaltending and defense will be solid for years to come.

    anisimov could develop into a great player. you could see his confidence carry over from the game in dallas

  5. The point I am trying to make in my previous post is that Drury is way too proud to take himself out of the lineup. Unless he has a broken hand or a concussion symtoms (which may be a reason for his decline), seems like he’ll play through anything else…

  6. leetchhalloffame on

    Mats is here to stay. Love what he brings to this team. He will be an exciting player once he fully acclimates. Hasn’t looked out of place or intimidated at all.

  7. MickeyM is 2-0 this year on


    Had a great time time. Was awesome to see the boys pull out another win. Staal and Girardi are freaking horses. I swear they were out there for 3/4 of the game. Dubinsky, except for his 2 penalties, was all over the place. Including during warmups when he had to retrieve the puck after every shot on one on one drills. He literally never stopped moving, quite funny.

    Biron was really really good.

    Met a lot of nice Rangers fans, high-fived a dozen of them on the way out.

    Arena is really nice, and very easy to get to.

    In short, I LOVE THIS TEAM.

  8. NYR, I said only a breakaway. That goal couldn’t have been any easier, even if Oprah was hanging around his shoulders, he’d still bang that in.

    First!, you can’t say this is the best team since that team. There’s just no comparison at all. I wasn’t even a Rangers fan, and I know that.

    I was a Power Rangers fan at the time.

  9. MickeyM is 2-0 this year on

    Also, I could have sworn that was Gabby’s goal. Was stunned when the announced it was Avery’s.

    Other observations… Prust is another of those never-stops players. He made some really good plays in the neutal zone all night long. McD looked better than last night. Feds on the second PP unit had me flabbergasted the entire night.

  10. ZzZz NYR ZzZzucco " Lets go Rangers!! "...says Greg L. on

    This team didnt have the stars the 1994 team had but it has a core that believes in themselfs.
    Thats a big deal . Our team wants the win and come playoff time we’ll go out and get some.

  11. ZzZz NYR ZzZzucco " Lets go Rangers!! "...says Greg L. on

    wohooooooo Mickey , yeah awsome game !!! Great to see ya were there …nice!!! Maybe Dubi shouldnt do all that puck retrieving during warm ups , tire the poor guy out…geeze.

  12. MickeyM is 2-0 this year on

    And more..

    That 4 minute PK was outstanding. Blues fans were so funny- they were excited to go on the Power Play and I was all, “Please, our PK kicks assen. You ain’t scoring here.” Then they got pissed when the Rangers got a Power Play and I was all “Really? The Rangers PP has pretty much been AWOL the season, so nothing to be worried about.” And they do this really weird dance thingy every time they go on a power play, it would have laughed if I wasn’t so puzzled by it.

    Oh, and Artie? KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, PLEASE!

  13. orr, not a comparison. its an opinion/observation. expression of pride for the organization.

    nice to see JD as many have already said. sam and his chemistry was something special. you could always tell that JD really loved this team and the ranger organization-still does.

  14. MickeyM is 2-0 this year on

    Thanks, Greg! It was a wonderful experience to be there and see the boys win in person. Nothing better, if you ask me.

    I had a moment of panic when I dropped my camera under the stands before warmups. I was down by the glass and just dropped it, so I didn’t have it for warmups. Bummer :( I did have my cell phone, but not the same. I told an usher and she told security and mad props to them cause I was able to retreive my camera from guest services before the game began. Thank god!

  15. we can play with any team in the league. haven’t been able to say that SINCE the teams of the early 90’s.



    8 INCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    Celtics and Bruins lose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM MOTHER HARTNELLERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    I met a fxxkin hot Jets girl that is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HARTNELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    I wanted Mother Hartnelling Patriots, and I got ’em! There’s only one state that’s ever gonna stand up to the Bully Patriots and take them down, and it’s us baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The greatest place in the world with the greatest sports arenas in the world and the greatest people in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GET UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Because Jaromir said so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. And Mickey got to see a NYR victory! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. “The greatest place in the world with the greatest sports arenas in the world and the greatest people in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    How is Florida, Tiki?

  19. How about we just enjoy this year’s team and this little ride they’re on?? They are certainly developing a unique personality. Much credit to Torts

  20. MickeyM is 2-0 this year on

    Amen, kern. No need to compare this team to any other team. They are special and unique in their own right. And unlike any other Rangers team that I can remember.

  21. The team is good. But, they can’t win the Cup. Not this year. But, I just want to be entertained, which is what they’ve been doing this year.

    The only team I felt that could win the Cup was the 06-07 team, and the 07-08 team.

    05-06 I wasn’t too sure of. Too inexperienced to go deep, and Jags couldn’t do it all himself, especially with a separated shoulder.

    08-09, I wasn’t too confident. After all, it was “Gomez and Dreary’s team”.

  22. Hey Orr… When your team has the best goalie in the world and your teams been playing playoff type style hockey for most of the season, like the Rangers have… Come playoff time, anything can happen?

  23. not sure i mentioned this already….

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOM Mother Hartnellers!!!!!!!! Zuccarello AWESOME! LQ! AVES! DUBI! STEPPERS ON MY TOE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LGR!! LGK! LGJ! We want the Cup! We want the Cup! We want the Cup! Screw Bad Richards and Jarome Iginla!

    Let’s go with what we’ve got, baby!

    Hey Rex, Peyton was personal. Well, mother harteller, next week better be more than personal, it better be HARTNELLING WAR! Or Ill shove a Hartnelling Foot straight up your ass, and you might like it too!


    Knock that piece of carcillo Brady to the turf, make him eat grass, take him out of his comfort zone, take away the short dink and dunk passes and Hartnelling pound the rock on their 31st ranked defense in the league. Make them eat our carcillo! Better yet, Rex, make them eat your carcillo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I think Im going to sleep for the first time since I woke up Friday afternoon! Im gonna need all the rest I can get for next weekend. Because it’s gonna be an all out war, I wanna rip them to shreds, cut off their limbs, and hartnelling eat them alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Let’s not forget that every game this team plays, every player seems to get better. Come playoff time, who knows how far all these young players will have advanced too?

  25. Hank isn’t the best goalie in the world, and Hank has always had a hot start to the playoffs before fading away.

    This team is still too young. But, that’s what happens when you play a really young team, and personally, I like it that way, and I’m willing to wait for these guys to mature before turning into a true contender.

  26. Your probably right about them being too young still, but they sure are groing up quickly! As far as Hank is concerned, he’s due for a phenomenal playoff run or two or three – plus. But in general try to stay away from using words like always & never etc… You sound like my ex wife. :)

  27. and ive laureled!

    i leave you once again with…

    The greatest 2 words in any language. NEW YORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere! Patriots, we’re comin’ for ya!!

    BIIIIIG!!!! BANG!!!! BOOOOOOM!!!!!!!

    You look so beautiful tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. This chick I met is awesome! She’s so hartnelling hot!! Her name is Britney! We were all just talking and someone brought up the movie “The Town” – which I have not seen. But she’s talking about it, and she says….NO JOKE…. “it confirmed to me what I already knew…people of boston are criminals and azzholes.” Unbehartnellinglievable. I already love this girl! She’s not quite nuts like me, but I came across to her as the sane one, being only mildly against Boston.

    in the end, i got her number, and was going to follow my own rules of not calling for at least a couple days, so as not to appear desperate…..but because i got advice from a friend telling me differently, I just called her and said I had such a great time tonight, would you like to go out for drinks and she said yes!! Wish me luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Im tired, but ill sleep when Im dead, baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    Brad Boyes, Brad Boyes,
    What’cha gonna do,
    What’cha gonna do when he comes for you?

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