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February 1, 2011 – New York Rangers 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 SO (Game No. 53, Home No. 26)

The Rangers were defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, in the shootout tonight at Madison Square Garden, and are now 29-20-4 overall with a 12-11-3 mark at home.  New York has registered a point in 25 of their last 38 games (22-13-3), and is 10-6-2 in their last 18 games at MSG.

  • Ryan Callahan notched a power play goal with 13 seconds remaining in the second period to tie the score at three goals apiece, while making his return to the lineup after missing the last 19 games with a broken hand suffered at Pittsburgh on December 15.  He was also credited with a team-high, seven hits and registered four shots on goal in 21:07 of ice time to capture second star honors.
  • Brandon Prust opened the game’s scoring with an even strength goal at 3:52 of the first period, and has now recorded five points (three goals, two assists) in the last eight games.
  • Artem Anisimov registered one goal, won six of eight faceoffs (75%) and logged a career-high, 22:01 of ice time.  He has now tallied six points (five goals, one assist) in 10 career regular season games vs. Pittsburgh.
  • Brandon Dubinsky recorded the primary assist on Anisimov’s second period goal, in his return to the lineup after missing the last five games with a stress fracture of his left fibula.  He also won a game-high, 15 faceoffs in 19 attempts (79%), was credited with four hits and led all team forwards with 23:10 of ice time.
  • Brian Boyle registered an assist on Prust’s first period goal to extend his scoring streak to a career-high, four games, recording four points (two goals, two assists) over the span.  He has now tallied 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in the last 26 games, including six points (four goals, two assists) in the last eight.
  • Marian Gaborik recorded an assist on Anisimov’s second period goal to extend his scoring streak to three games (one goal, two assists over the span), and has now registered eight points (five goals, three assists) in the last six games.
  • Henrik Lundqvist stopped 23 of 26 shots through regulation and overtime, and turned aside six of seven shootout attempts.  He has now posted a record of 21-16-4 overall with an 8-8-3 mark at home.  Lundqvist has held opponents to three or fewer goals in 32 of his 41 appearances this season.
  • Mats Zuccarello registered a power play assist and logged 17:46 of ice time.  He has now tallied 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in the last 13 games, including eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last eight contests.  Zuccarello is tied for second on the team in scoring with 12 points (three goals, nine assists) since joining the team on December 23.
  • Michael Del Zotto tallied the primary assist on Callahan’s power play goal, and was credited with five hits.  Six of his 10 points this season have been registered on the power play.
  • Wojtek Wolski recorded one assist in 16:59 of ice time, and has now registered 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 18 games vs. Eastern Conference opponents.  He has tallied eight points (three goals, five assists) in 10 games as a Ranger, including seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last seven contests.
  • Dan Girardi was credited with three hits and logged 26:08 of ice time, in his return to the lineup after missing the last two games due to injury.
  • The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, February 2, is 2:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.
  • The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, Feb. 3, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.).  The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio and
    John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “We held them to six scoring chances throughout the game. I thought we struggled a little bit with their speed throughout the neutral zone. They have a defensive game which is probably the best in the League as far as transition. That’s where I thought we struggled through a lot of the game – controlling their speed through the neutral zone, but we defended well. They beat us in the shootout. It’s probably two of the best in the shootout as far as goaltending and (Marc-Andre) Fleury wins this one.”
    Henrik Lundqvist on Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky… “It was great to see them back. They played really well. You have to remember they have been out for a long time. They did a good job.”
    Ryan Callahan on his goal in the second period… “It was a big goal, heading into the third period. I thought we played well in the third, but it came down to a shootout. Hank stood on his head and, we have to get one for him there.”

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  1. wow “blast from the past” actually posted something (but first he posted link to his site) other than the link to his site! have you emailed Carp yet, blast from the past? lol


    i’d like to thank you once again for congratulating me on all the congrats i got today! Thank you! Your congrats on my congrats mean a lot!

  2. MickeyM needs a new phone on

    Olga, thanks for pointing out my spelling error, last post. LOL. What can I say, my brain works faster than my fingers.

  3. really…some fans can’t take a loss at all! They either give a SC after a win or a want the team traded after a loss! crazy carcillo

  4. CTBlueshirt February 2nd, 2011 at 12:10 am
    DJK the Leafs will gladly offer Jeff Finger and Komisarek and Oil will offer Sheldon Souray. Or did you want Kadri or Taylor Hall.
    All that grinding by Dustin Brown has led the Kings to outside the playoff bubble on a team with a core of Brown, Doughty, Kopitar, Johnson and Quick. That team doesn’t need a major upgrade in talent. And they’re not trading their captain who even though is on pace to tie his career high in points still is producing at an inferior rate than Gaborik in a down year. And remove Brown from
    Kopitar and I will give you extremely good odds that he produces even less.
    Trading your high end talent at low points in production is a surefire way to get ripped off.

  5. CCCP, I was disappointed when they didn’t bring out the Cup after they beat the Nucks a few weeks ago. That’s how it worked 17 years ago right?

  6. DJK

    yes..that is very sad of you :)


    i was hoping for a SC after the win over the Nucks as well! I kept waiting and waiting by the TV and nothing happened! Must be Sather’s fault!

  7. DJK, why? Because hes having an off year? Leetch went from Norris trophy winner to missing more than half the year because he got drunk and slipped on an ice patch. Did you want to trade him then too?

  8. I’m not overreacting to this loss – I’ve just seen enough of Gaborik to know that he won’t be getting us the SC. And I believe the Rangers should consider trade offers for him.

  9. MickeyM needs a new phone on

    DJK, go to bed, things will look better in the morning, honest :)

    And yes, Gaborik will STILL be on the team.

  10. I’m not overreacting to this loss – I’ve just seen enough of Gaborik to know that he won’t be getting us the SC. And I believe the Rangers should consider trade offers for him.


    He’s done worse this year, I’m not denying that but the team is better and in the bigger picture that’s important. If he was producing at a Drury level then I’d be more inclined to agree but he’s the only player on this team that has proven he can score at a high rate. Some guys could grow into a scoring role but unless you’re getting another guy that you can pencil in for at least 30+ goals over an 82 game season getting lesser value in return does not help the team. Kessel has some talent but when you lump in Komisarek you wreck the cap for the near future.

  11. Trade everyone NOW!

    On that note, g’night all. Tomorrow is another day.


    Trade for Brad Richards, then trade him too

  12. why can’t guys just go with what works until the opposing teams make you change. no, they have to tinker with success. I am of course talking about Wolski and Zucc both deciding to try 5 hole when their usual fakes and dekes are so successful. they out-thought themselves tonight in the SO

  13. djk your a dope. gaborik will not get us to the stanley cup.. wow what a statement. there are about 2 guys that can get there team to the finals and one is name cindy….the other is name ovechkin and so far no cup trips for the great 8 so to expect any other player to get you there is pure stupidity.

    gaborik is a top echelon scorer and is a good player on a team that still lacks a little top end talent.

    gaborik is 28, iginla is 32 + not a good idea to make that trade… dustin brown is a nice hard working player but the rangers have about 9 of those type already….

    roll 4 lines equally distribute the talent and score by committee.

  14. “Zuccarello is tied for second on the team in scoring with 12 points (three goals, nine assists) since joining the team on December 23.”

    Plus 3 SO goals, though not tonight.

    Didn’t realize they’d scratched Eminger for MDZ.

    Incredibly dumb move or a showcasing of Del Zotto, which is fine by me.

    Looks like he’s never going to come to grips with his defensive reads.

  15. Observations – Why are DZ and Drury still playing. Missed Eminger’s grit on defense and hopefully Prospal will replace Dreary on thurs. Avery played great every shift It’s really a shame that Torts has this mental hard-on for him. Still think the team’s most successful line was Aves Arte & Gabs. Vojtek needs to play with Step & Zman. They work well together. Put Cally with Boyle and Prust (Prust is really something else). McDonagh had a great game and keeps on improving (A real keeper) Dubie seemed lost on d tonite as did Staal and Drury’s time has come. It appeared with some of the injured players back we played with less grit. This teams strong suit, however, is to get better with each period and never give up. It’s a fun team to watch.

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

    Someone here posted a few months ago about how other teams 3rd or 4th liners always seem to score a goal or two on us in most games due to those 3rd/4th line players are usually physically bigger and stronger and that our d is too soft. Well, obviously that poster was smoking crack because they didn’t get a couple of tipped goals due to our d being soft and not taking the body hard or a guy like rupp didn’t score tonight……oh wait, never mind!!

    Our d men were bad and played way too soft tonight!!! Someone else besides prust needs to drop some gloves and get some emotion going, PERIOD!!!

  17. Wouldnt get too wound up over this one, this game had a bad feel form the outset, even at 2-0.

    Sloppy sticks, no real flow. And a scummy cheap shot from Staal.

    Basically a night that’ll only be remembered for “I’d fight’em”.

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

    couple of hot tidbits form ILB’s second fave (behind carp of course) in the blogosphere, the rodent….

    At the other end, the Pittsburgh rearguard was snarly and vicious and brutal whenever an invader attempted to gain purchase in front of Fleury. Why can’t we do more of that?

    and this next statement is ever SO TRUE (sounding a lot like the reasoning of a poster from here)

    Rangers could use some of that naughtiness, particularly in the playoffs when that stuff never gets called and series(es) are wars of physical attrition.

    Well said rodent, well said!!!

    Good night assens!!

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

    a laurel for all…


  20. If NYR can’t beat Pitt without Crosby or Malkin they never will and there is no hope for the playoffs.

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