Postgame notes

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Courtesy of the Rangers:

February 11, 2011 – New York Rangers 2, Atlanta Thrashers 3 (Game No. 57, Away No. 30)

* The Rangers were defeated by the Atlanta Thrashers, 3-2, tonight at Philips Arena, and are now 29-24-4 overall with a 17-12-1 mark on the road.
* Fifteen of the Blueshirts’ last 19 games have been decided by one goal, including eight of their last 11 road games.
* Marc Staal notched the Rangers’ first goal of the contest with a power play tally 26 seconds into the second period, and logged 24:47 of ice time. Entering tonight’s contest, he was tied for 24th among NHL defensemen with six goals and 19th with three power play goals. Staal is now tied for the team lead with four power play goals, and ranks third on the Rangers with nine power play points.
* Brandon Dubinsky tallied an even strength goal to give the Blueshirts a one-goal lead at 1:11 of the third period, and has now recorded a goal in each of the last two games. He also registered four shots on goal, was credited with three hits, and won a team-high, 10 faceoffs in 17 attempts (59%).
* Marian Gaborik registered two assists and a team-high, five shots on goal in 19:18 of ice time. He has now tallied 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the last 10 games, including six assists in the last six contests. Gaborik was also awarded a penalty shot, while shorthanded, at 7:36 of the third period (save). It was his second penalty shot attempt of the season, and the sixth of his career (2-6).
* Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32 of 35 shots, and is now 21-18-4 overall with a 13-9-1 mark on the road. He has held opponents to three or fewer goals in 34 of his 43 appearances.
* Vinny Prospal recorded one power play assist, and has now registered two points (one goal, one assist) in four games since returning from injury on Feb. 3 vs. New Jersey after missing the first 53 games of the season due to a knee injury.
* Ryan McDonagh tallied an assist on Dubinsky’s even strength goal at 1:11 of the third period, and logged 19:03 of ice time. He also posted a plus-one rating, and has now posted a plus or even rating in 12 of his 16 games.
* Dan Girardi led all skaters with five blocked shots, and Ryan Callahan was credited with a game-high, six hits. Entering tonight’s contest, Girardi led the league with 152 blocked shots, while Ryan Callahan ranked 21st in the NHL with 140 hits.
* The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Feb. 12, is 2:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.
* The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, Feb. 13, at Madison Square Garden (3:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division match-up. The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio and newyorkrangers.com.

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  1. if someone can put up a link with Torts post-game quotes
    or relay
    i’m interested to hear what he had to say about MDZ
    (it looked as if puck just bounced off his stick
    and the trip was more a matter of him swinging the stick and missing the puck)

    now, maybe someone can explain that it was a matter of positioning that
    allowed the puck to bounce out front like that
    if not,
    i don’t see how Torts can pretty much rail into him to the point of
    crushing him to near-tears

    as for the rest of the team, except for possibly ONE time
    we completely totally stink when we pull the goalie.
    not even worth it.

    team played at half speed all night long except for a
    brief 3 – 5 minute stretch in the 3rd.
    pathetic!!

  2. We did look slow andvthat team is not good. They have some individual talent, but do notbplay smart.

    Rather than the Pens being ‘upset’ after Icelander game, they may be at the beginning if a tailspin that may drop them out of the top 4 or 5.

    While this game should have been a tie, Sunday’s game is a must win.

  3. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    C3, for what is at least the 3rd time… you need to give me your addy so i can send you stuff lol

    NYR, you are sooooooo correct! I’m still grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr’ing

    thanks dder!!!!

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

    No way am I even going to attempt to go over all the go time posts so I’m sure it was sky is falling entertaining!

    I will say this..the team misses eminger on the blueline and we have too much youth back there. Eminger must have some concussion like symptoms or something of the kind after that hit in the last game he played, no way torts is that stupid to keep sitting him over some of the guys playing.

    I can’t believe goddard is getting 10 games automatically, what ABSOLUTE BS by the NHL! Love the fire that the fishsticks and the pens showed…our guys need to show that sort of passion in a win or a loss for once!!

    This team misses feds more and more!

    We were playing our best the first 20 or 25 games this season. We did not take any crap from any other team and physically in the oppositions face constantly…what changed since then??

  5. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    lmao, C3, my daughter said this was the game of the year for the islanders!!! 346 penalty minutes in the game. I hope they put it out on dvd lol! I think i can watch it tomorrow on gamecenter!

  6. A transfer from an older post
    ..
    In the “don’t make me laugh” column:

    Interesting switching between Isles Pens, and this preposterous excuse for a game effort.

    A few things for the critics of the “fishsticks” as they are so disparagingly designated in these pages……………..

    They have a far better overall attack system than Rangers ( who have none).

    They pass as a team better than Rangers.

    They never hesitate to bang away from way out
    ( of course this is too much of a risk for the Rangers…..
    might cause a rebound that our poor smurfs wouldn’t beable to handle.)

    Whatever Allaire did for LQ during his respite…it didn’t seem to take too well. Still hangs deep in the net, still drops to his knees spontaneously as soon as the other team has the puck (why wait til the last minute?)
    Still delivers glorious rebounds, yeah, he’s a real clutch
    game saver. on NHL tv the stats show him , ah, rather low, on the goalie chart there, as has normally been his case. I see quotes from some adorers, about his standing overall since here..no doubt correct…but so what?

    If he is a potential hall of famer…what pray tell is Thomas? ( Of course I admit that Thomas has something called a defense in front of him, but nevertheless……………………

    Oh, I almost forgot:

    They have several dedicated “finishers”…….something in scant supply for the blueshirts.

    And this is the team that is supposed to represent NY in the coming playoffs? Get the heart and lung machine warmed up, because there’s a crisis in the making.

    I don’t know just how to ask this, but does it not seem that each succeeding game they look more and more
    eh, is “helpless” too strong a word?

  7. Like I said after the Red Wings game: This team lacks leadership. Torts called for “someone to take charge, and step up…” No one did. This is why Brad Richards will be a NYR on July 1. He understands Tort’s system, has credibility (cup), and will be the new captain of the NYR the day after he signs.

  8. MDZ looked awful last night. And not just his play. He looked like he was pissing his pants on the bench at the end of that game. His “arrogance” is loooooooong gone.

    Let me be the first to say: MDZ should be dealt before his career is ruined by the NYR.

  9. Let me also say that MacD is a MUCH better player than MDZ. How Sather pulled that Gomez deal I will never know. It could be argued that the MacD-Sauer pair has better chemistry than any other line or D pair on the team. Even better than Staal-and that guy that rides his coattails on D…

  10. I have a sneaking suspicion that MDZ may have been showcased the last 6 games. Why would they play him (losing key games) when a much better (and apparently healthy) Eminger is a scratch?

  11. Well let’s put it this way. Tororella said that MDZ is not going back to the AHL…. Which could only mean that he’s going to be traded because his play has not justified him being in the lineup at all.

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