Post-game notes


Courtesy of the New York Rangers:

January 15, 2011 – New York Rangers 2, Montreal Canadiens 3 (Game No. 46, Away No. 24)

* The Rangers were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens, 3-2, tonight at Bell Centre, and are now 26-17-3 overall with a 15-8-1 mark on the road.  After taking an early lead, the Canadiens tallied three goals in a span of two minutes, 44 seconds, including two power play goals late in the first period.
* Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 of 41 shots, including the last 28 shots he faced, and is now 19-14-3 overall with a 12-7-1 mark on the road.  Lundqvist has posted a record of 12-6-2 with a 1.77 goals against average, a .937 save percentage and four shutouts in his last 20 games.
* Dan Girardi recorded two assists, led the team and tied for the game-high with six shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in a game-high 27:38 of ice time.  Entering tonight’s contest, he was tied for 26th among NHL defensemen with 17 assists.
* Brian Boyle notched the game’s opening goal at 6:58 of the first period and won a game-high, 13 faceoffs in 21 attempts (62%).  He has registered 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the last 19 games.
* Mats Zuccarello tallied a goal at 6:57 of the third period, and has now recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in the last six games.
* Brandon Prust recorded the primary assist on Boyle’s first period goal, and was credited with a game-high, five hits.  He also posted a plus-one rating in the contest, and has now posted a plus or even rating in 21 of the last 26 games (plus-eight over the span).
* Derek Stepan registered the primary assist on Zuccarello’s third period goal, and was credited with two blocked shots.  Stepan has now tallied 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in the last 30 games.
* The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow, Jan. 16, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to conclude their back-to-back set.  The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 970 The Apple and

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  1. I love how they don’t put quotes after this game. I’m too lazy to do the research or look back, but I wonder if they only put quotes after a win.

  2. Big, big tomorrrow night.

    10-1 in back to back, but the Flyers have run them outta the building twice the year so should be interesting.

  3. What was the best thing about the Rangers last season?

    The play of Marian Gaborik and Michael Del Zotto.

    What has been the most disappointing thing about the Rangers this season?

    The play of Marian Gaborik and Michael Del Zotto.

  4. As far as Gaby, he seems to be healthy, though it looks like he is trying too hard and has no confidence…

    Del Z and Gaby showed chemistry on the ice. I hope this stint in Reddenville doesn’t mess with DZ’s head. One of the best things about his game is his vision and ability to find Gaborik in an open lane while in stride…

  5. Gaborik has been practicing for his auditon as a role in ‘The Invisible Man’ this season. So far, I think he’s got it in the bag.

  6. The entire team, save for Hank, was stuck at Customs, I think.

    Only explanation for how awful they were.

  7. Have a good night, Mickey. Hope you feel better tomorrow.

    Team showed lots of fight in the 3rd and they dominated the entire period. Showed once again that they wont quit. It’s a learning process, and I think this game will make our team better in the long-term.

    Great team effort tonight. Big day tomorrow. Im very very very nervous. I feel dizzy, weak, nautious. I really want this game, I got what I wanted February 3, 2008. And I want what I want January 16, 2011.

    New York vs. Boston

    New York is the greatest place in the world, they greatest people in the world, the greatest stage in the world, the greatest Carp in the world.

    Love you all! Love the Rangers! Love New York!

  8. NYR,
    I respectfully disagree. Everybody try to find Gabby, when he is on ice. For D it is part of job description. But IMO, MDZ abused it excessively with indigested, long, ill-conceived passes and it was sooner his week side, for which he paid with trip in Redenville. I didn’t see much of chemistry between them (even on PP). MDZ and Gabby were so frequent and usually long on a 1st PP team, making too many mistakes on position and didn’t demonstrate any particular understanding.

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

    i really like that this team didn’t give up!

    wonder if hank going postal will finally wake management up enough to get a crease clearer?

    thanks for the info about the lack of a presser. all i found was about a 3 minute clip

  10. Mickey, this team, mostly young players, perhaps got all caught up in the mystique of playing in the Bell Centre (I almost typed “The Forum”) on a Saturday night HNIC game. And allowing the Canadiens to get a couple of fairly early penalties just got the Habs’ motors revving at full blast. They feed off the crowd, and the opposition teams must get somewhat intimidated by that whole atmosphere.

    The refs do, too!

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

    here is what I have on the presser

    NYDNRangers Jesse Spector
    #NYR postgame blog with John Tortorella video and more…

  12. 4everanger, I thought Del Zotto did a B+/A- job as a rookie QB’ing the power play. He seemed to lose the confidence he had last year. Maybe it’s that he focused too much on his defensive game this season? Maybe it was all those protein shakes and working out with Stamkos and Gary Roberts?

  13. On that I agree, however some of the defencive slump you could feel in his game even last year. May be it is “too early NY celebrity status”, Star Syndrome” , who knows, but it would be a shame if we loose such a talent. Hope it won’t happen.

  14. Tiki, thanks. And I’m feeling a lot better now. Have some tea(or a beer) and try to relax for tomorrow, we don;’t want you to have a heart attack.

  15. Jimbo, I agree, that the whole atmosphere up there must be intimidating for a young team (and the refs). The thing is that they were doing well, then Dubinsky took a stupid penalty and it all snowballed from there.

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

    you know you are my fave lou girl!

  17. Tiki,
    I love you, buddy. So, please, take some sleeping pills and laxative simultaneously and go to bad. Tomorrow you’ll share with us wake up experience and get ready to most important and nerve-racking game of the week, OK?

  18. wicky if you go to they have the full torts presser after every game… as an out of towner thats what i have to use for my postgame because postgame doesnt come with center ice

  19. Yeah, Mickey – they were doing fine until they unleashed the Habs power play – once they struck for one (quick) goal, they came like a house on fire…..that’s when the intimidation really started, I think.

    And I don’t know if anything said by the bench coaches might have helped, but a time-out after the first PP goal might have been a good thing.

  20. As for me, I’m cool, thanks to my faithful battalion of shots, during this damn game and I, relatively relaxed, going to go to bad myself. Talk to you, guys tomorrow. Good night, to everyone.

  21. At that point, Torts might have told Dubi to quit while he was ahead..he drew Subban into a dumb penalty – so let it go, for now.

  22. Something telling me this Subban character will have short hockey life in NHL, this way or other, this rookie, ugly kid gaining serious enemies too fast, without any particular tools, except nastyness, dirty plays and show-off disrespect to others and game itself.

  23. Lundqvist = ELITE…finally decided to stand up for himself

    Gomez = @SSHOLE

    Gaborik = New scapegoat?

    Rangers = Bush-league…came to play for one period…bullcarcillo

    Habs PP looked absolutely insane and scary! What the hell is wrong with the Rangers? Why can’t we move the puck the same way? Second time this week we missed the chance to really separate from Habs and second time we fail miserably.

    Not happy at all… and tomrrow it won’t be easy either.

  24. 3C, everyone’s PP looks awesome compared to the Rangers. They always seem to need to think about what to do before doing it, while others teams just move themselves and the puck instinctively.

  25. N.CountryNYRFan on

    just got in from the game a little while ago. Disappointed they didn’t win tonight. First period was horrible. Dubi took stupid penalty going after Subban.

    Also oue PP looks even worse live. Seeing the Habs PP was night and day the Rangers play with the puck to high up.

    Loved seeing LQ finally stand up for himself but man the crowd gave it to him the rest of the game.

  26. wicky, if you actually show up at my door, I will freak out. Not that I won’t love it, but damn, man. :)

    also, you, me and Grabby need to get together at some point. A mid-western Bonehead meet-up if you will.

  27. N.CountryNYRFan on

    oh and the Canadian fans HATE Avery, there were a few F@#K Avery chants going at times. Not to nice with young kids in the crowd.

  28. N.CountryNYRFan on

    yeah it does, but its always good to see a live game. I think it was my 3rd time seeing them play in Montreal and this is the first time they lost.

  29. MDZ a collective -6 in 2 Whale games so far this weekend, kinda proving his demotion makes sense. Whale scored against 8 times, which really makes that stat stand out.

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

    night assens (from mickey’s porch)!!

  31. Hab fans are even giving credit to the king on TSN. Well deserved.

    Btw, I don’t understand how bad drury is. He used to be a “star”.. I’m still waiting for our 7.7 second clutch brought to you by capt clutch himself.

  32. No mention yet of Subban’s similarity to a younger Avery in style…I disagree that he won’t last long. Funny thing is that he was more effective in taking the Rangers off their game than Avery was in taking the Habs off theirs. Subban has a rocket of a shot and he’s a fast skater, even if he is sometimes a dirty player…and I predict he’ll slowly evolve into a top tier defenseman. I think that was close to the entire reason the Rangers lost to the Habs last night. The pre-game banter in the media was mostliy about retribution for Subban’s slew foot of Dubi in their prior meeting at the Garden. When the Rangers finally focused on their game, they were dominant in the 3rd period.

  33. Oh, and no mention of Hank’s reaction to the interference call? Why wasn’t anyone else ready to jump on the offender? Rangers caught fire after that…

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