Post-game notes


Courtesy of the New York Rangers:

January 20, 2011 – New York Rangers 1, Carolina Hurricanes 4 (Game No. 49, Away No. 25)

*       The Rangers were defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-1, tonight at RBC Center, and are now 27-19-3 overall with a 15-9-1 mark on the road.
*       New York completed their 13th back-to-back set, which is the most in the NHL.  The Rangers have 18 back-to-back sets on their regular season schedule, which is tied for sixth most in the league this season.
*       Brandon Prust notched the Rangers’ lone goal at 11:40 of the third period to establish a new career-high with his sixth goal of the season.  He has now registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four points.
*       Both Chad Kolarik and Ryan McDonagh registered their first career point with an assist on Brandon Prust’s goal, marking the first time two players recorded their first NHL point on the same goal since Nov. 28, 2009 (Edmonton’s Colin McDonald, goal, assisted by Ryan O’Marra at Vancouver).
*       Chad Kolarik recorded his first career point with the primary assist on Prust’s goal, and registered four shots on goal while making his Rangers debut.  Kolarik was recalled from Connecticut (AHL) yesterday.
*       Ryan McDonagh tallied his first NHL point with an assist, and logged 16:38 of ice time.  McDonagh has posted a plus or even rating in seven of his eight games, registering a plus-seven rating over the span.
*       Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves in net, and is now 20-15-3 overall with a 12-8-1 record on the road.  He has posted a record of 13-7-2 with a 1.80 goals against average, a .938 save percentage and five shutouts in his last 22 games.
*       Artem Anisimov registered a career-high, seven shots on goal, and now ranks third on the team with 111 shots.
*       Kris Newbury won eight faceoffs in 10 attempts (80%), and is now 18-24 (75%) on faceoffs in the last three games.
*       Please note the Blueshirts do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, Jan. 21.
*       The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday, Jan. 22, at Philips Arena (7:00 p.m.), in their third game in four nights.  The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio and

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  1. Newbury with his much needed FO prowess, is making a case to remain with the Rangers regardless of who returns and when, methinks.

  2. Matt Cooke shoved Brodeur to the ice late in the second period and got a free pass from the officials…


    Good job by the officials!

  3. Drury is by far the most washed-up player we have ever had. This includes the following people in no particular order: Jari Kurri, Kevin Stevens, Kevin Hatcher, Valeri Kamensky, Sandis Ozolinsh, Bobby Holik, and I’m sure my fellow Boneheads can name some more groan-worthy names…

  4. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    No, you’re right. They will keep him on the 4th line because he can’t be moved and he is still the Captain. (I want to go wash my mouth out after saying that.) I guess they’ll wait and maybe buy him out.

    Yeeesh! It makes you want to yell, Fire Sather….

  5. Haha….I don’t know you can say Drury’s the most washed up….that’s a mighty long list…..

    His fall has been remarkable; he’s still too young to fall off the cliff entirely.
    Only thing close I can think of is Hojo, who went from 40 homers to like 14…. PED’s?
    Who knows..

    But Drury’s contract definitely feels the heaviest, because the Rangers had no cap when Kamensky and whomever else were here and fading.

    That and the feeling he doesn’t fit with this younger team’s hard-charging mindset.

    Look, Newbury’s making a run for Drury’s sole job right now;
    Kris Newbury won eight faceoffs in 10 attempts (80%), and is now 18-24 (75%) on faceoffs in the last three games.

  6. Hey, don’t forget the Rangers once had a washed up Luc Robitaille…who returned to his Hall of Fame sniper form when he left the Rangers and went back to LA and Detroit.

  7. The problem with Robitaille is that Messier supposedly didn’t much care for him and thus he was relegated to playing with Ray Ferraro. If he played with Messier he would have been fine.

  8. Some guys just aren’t cut to play for the Rangers and in NYC. Even if you are from Trumbull, CT and own your own pizza shop.

    I could see Drury going back to Buffalo or a team like Detroit and succeeding…

    His contract is an albatross that is choking the team…He can’t live up to his contract….

  9. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    Drury might go back to another team and do well, but he’ll never get that obnoxious salary again.

    That salary, more than anything is what fuels my hate for Drury.

    And Sather.

  10. LR-99-Niklas Sundstrom.

    Easily one of softest lines in NHL history. Luc had some bite, he’d stick up for himself.
    After a while – and a thousand great Gretzky setups wasted – Bill Berg replaced Sundstrom.
    Robitaille was frustrated, busted his ankle, and soon gone.

    That line needed Rick Tocchet. But Smith was in his malaise.
    And to think they traded one of the best offensive d-men Ive ever seen only to waste the return.

    Amazing to think too how they’re giving kids time now.
    They get injuries, they go to the pipeline, and the newbies actually play.

    But they let Malhotra, Brendl and Lundmark languish for years without a true chance.

  11. the fact is Drury, Gomez and Redden were all doomed to fail in NY simply b/c they were given contracts that are usually reserved for perennial all-stars.

    Drury was never an all-star caliber player and has always been a 45-55 point player. Factor in his age and that he doesnt have Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Thomas Vanek or Derek Roy on his line here in NY and you should now understand why he is doing so poorly.

    I didnt expect him to be this bad now but 15-20 goals and 20-25 assists is what he should be giving us at this stage in his career but unfortunately it looks like even that is way out of his reach. Hopefully he retires but if not, he cant be back next season.

  12. Let’s face it, almost no one would turn down the offer to play for over $8 million per season with bonuses. You can’t blame Drury. He hit free agency coming off a 37 goal season.

    Yet, you can’t blame Sather either. He wanted to make a contender for Jags and Hank. I remember reading this blog back then when Weinman ran the the show. Everyone loved it. Sather inked the best centers on the market for Jags and Shanny.

    Only time tells…Drury was, in hindsight, a mistake.

  13. speaking of Gaborik

    i guarantee if you take all the players whom scored 30+ goals last season, you will find that Gaborik has the least productive linemates to work with.

  14. McDonagh has posted a plus or even rating in seven of his eight games,
    registering a plus-seven rating over the span.

  15. Ye Gods will this team ever learn how to make and recieve a pass?????

    All I noticed last night was those infernal loooong passes which bounced off of receiver sticks, while the Canes were making stick-like glue passes to their receivers sticks.
    The contrast was agonizing to watch.
    Aye what you all say about Drury is unfortunately true. His time has come and gone.

    They were outskated and outplayed all over the ice.

    What a let down after the Toronto game. Back to back
    games….only a small part of the situation. I keep watching those Canes shooters bang slap shots from the points,( as do ALL other teams), but Rangers still stick to their limp wristers. And again, when Rangers got the puck in deep there was never anyone in front of the crease to pass to.

  16. As Wes Welker would say:”MacDoughnah has great feet”.

    How the hell did Sather sign Boogaard when Prust (and guys like him around the league) are the new age enforcers?!? Prust is 100 times more effective than Boogaard will ever be. It amazes me that Sather couldn’t figure this out. Prust is playing crucial minutes and beating bigger guys than him. Sather better lock this kid up with a better deal than Boogy ever got.

    What the Byfuglien, SATHER?!?

    I hope to see Dupont play soon.

  17. Scotty Hockey:
    “From a guy deserves a letter (Prust) to one who doesn’t: nice of Chris Drury to contribute nothing, again. He has to took around and see that he is skating alongside Dale Weise and Kris Newbury – a far cry from Hejduk, Forsberg, Briere, Vanek, etc. Wouldn’t that motivate him to be better?”

    Couldn’t have said it better myself.

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