Post-game notes and quotes; Newbury recalled


From the Rangers:

February 20, 2011 – New York Rangers 2, Philadelphia Flyers 4 (Game No. 61, Home No. 30)

*       The Rangers were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, today at Madison Square Garden, and are now 31-26-4 overall with a 14-13-3 mark at home.
*       The Blueshirts were not awarded a power play opportunity in the contest.  It is the second time this season they did not skate in a power play (Nov. 15 at PIT, 3-2 win in overtime).
*       Wojtek Wolski opened the game’s scoring with an even strength tally at 12:43 of the first period, and tied for the game-high with six shots on goal in 21:22 of ice time.  He has registered 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in the last 15 games.
*       Derek Stepan notched a goal at 5:28 of the third period, and registered five shots on goal and won a game-high, eight faceoffs in 13 attempts (62%).  He has now tallied seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last eight home games.
*       Dan Girardi registered the primary assist on Stepan’s third period goal, and logged 24:33 of ice time.  He was also credited with a game-high-tying, six hits and led the team with three blocked shots.  Entering today’s contest, Girardi led the league with 169 blocked shots.
*       Ryan McDonagh recorded the primary assist on Wolski’s first period goal, and logged a career-high, 23:15 of ice time.
*       Michael Sauer tallied one assist and registered two blocked shots in 23:46 of ice time.  He has now recorded two assists in the last three games.
*       Marc Staal registered one assist and logged a team-high, 26:12 of ice time.  He has now recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games.
*       Henrik Lundqvist stopped 20 of 23 shots and is now 23-20-4, including a 10-10-3 mark at home.
*       Ryan Callahan was credited with a game-high-tying, six hits and registered four shots on goal in 20:24 of ice time.  Callahan is currently tied for 11th in the NHL with 163 hits on the season.
*       New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that forward Kris Newbury has been recalled from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL).  Newbury, 28, has recorded nine goals and 33 assists for 42 points, along with 105 penalty minutes in 51 games with Connecticut this season.  He leads the team and is tied for eighth in the AHL in assists, ranks second on the Whale in points and fourth in penalty minutes.  Newbury returns to the Rangers, where he has registered one assist and 35 penalty minutes in eight games this season.  He made his Blueshirts debut at Montreal on January 15, and recorded his first point as a Ranger with the primary assist on the game-tying goal in a 3-2 shootout win at Atlanta on January 22.  The Brampton, Ontario native was originally San Jose’s fifth round pick, 139th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.  He was acquired by the Rangers from Detroit in exchange for forward Jordan Owens on March 3, 2010.
*       Please note the Blueshirts do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, Feb. 21.
*       The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at RBC Center (7:00 p.m.), in their fourth game in six days.  The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio and
John Tortorella on today’s game …”I think our third periods have been good even when we are losing. We just haven’t made the next big play as far as putting it in the back of the net. But as far as our effort throughout the game, we had chances. We had chances right on through and the third period I thought we brought it to another level. I feel good about some of the things we did. I thought a number of players played really well, but it’s about winning a hockey game and we just haven’t been consistent enough here. We are going to ramp it up again tomorrow and start again.”
Ryan Callahan on today’s game … “I don’t think we have to change anything that we are doing, we are working hard and getting opportunities.  It’s just a matter of burying that next one, which we didn’t do today, and if that goes in you’re not sure what happens. We are working hard and executing our system and I thought today we played a full 60 minutes. We played a great game but at the end of the day we didn’t get the two points that we needed.”
Marc Staal on tonight’s game … “We had a lot of shots on net and some opportunities to score. They just found a way to put some pucks behind us and a lot of times two goals isn’t enough to win games. We need to figure out how to get those third and fourth goals to put teams away.”

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  1. “maloney hated the wolski boarding I assume he is accurate and it was another crappy call against the rangers. henrik again outplayed….rangers do just enough to lose what a suprise.”

    Maloney was *really* steamed about that Wolski call – I think that may be why he’s not doing the TV color commentary – he’s too outspoken and critical of the officiating….

  2. Maloney is right … total BS call on WW. could have called a dive on the play it was that ridiculous, especially when considering the Rangers had NO PP’s and the Flyers had 2 including that crap call.

    If you’re gonna let them play, then let them play. But dont call ticky-tack crap like that when they were trading chances back and forth

  3. I mean, can you believe that *no* Flyers player committed even one infraction all game long!? It is inconceivable to me that this could happen.

    Not that our PP is any good, but jeez……

  4. I’m pretty sure that the Flyers are one of the most penalized team in the whole league and had their whole “tough guy” core out there today. Pronger, Hartnell, Carcillo, Shelley … I find it hard to believe that they played THAT clean all game

  5. and what is with Eminger being scratched??

    He played 17 minutes in our 3-2 shootout win over Atlanta on January 22nd.
    He played 15 minutes in our 2-1 win over Washington two nights later.
    He then got 9 minutes in our 4-3 loss right before the All- star break to Florida.
    He’s been scratched since then and the team is 1-5-1 in the 7 games he has been scratched.
    They won the only game he played on Sunday, where he received 4 minutes of ice time.

    I mean, shouldnt we stick with what works at this point, even if it is just coincidence??

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

    the eminger thing is a head scratcher for sure. I agree in the 4 minute game he played he had his stick knocked out of his hands and was subsequently out of position, but come on. Best d pairing we had all season was the souple of games staal and eminger were together IMHO!!

  7. The last game Eminger played in, he was on his knees in the crease (Hank’s patented position!) without his stick, and a puck went into the net off of his body…that was it for him!

  8. K, let’s make up the lines now that we know Newberry is up..

    I’d leave Steps-Zuke- WW together. Same with AA-Dubi-Cally. Then you have the jumble of Fankist, EC, Boyle, Prust, Avery, Newberry. So, I have no idea. Unless you change everything and go Fankist-EC-Zuke (a nightmare defensively), or maybe Fankist-EC-Steps. Too many moving parts that don’t fit together.

  9. Incarcerated Bob seems pretty legit, as with anyone, he will get some things wrong, but good track record right now. As he check “check my timeline” on Twitter.

  10. just watched the game in a 40 minutes or so.

    mcdonagh looked great. wolski penalty was a joke. how is meszarOS NECK FROM SUCH A BRUTAL HIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!nhl refs suck.. stepan got taken down and a few other calls the rangers of course got zero calls.

    henrik really did not steal jack, rangers misses numerous good opttys and the same old story.

    mcdonagh looks great, man the ranger top 4 defensively is outstanding and; 26, 21, 21, and 22 or so…….

    they just do not have enough scoring. gaborik drives me crazy. the jagr of 52 goals on this team and the yare going deep in the playoffs……………….

    rangers 6th in the league in D, newsflash defense is not the problem…………

  11. defense is not the problem, but generating offense from the offensive blue line by dmen is. funny how the Det dmen can laterally “walk the line” and get a good shot thru to the net. just dumping the puck into the corner from the point is not enough.

  12. Anyone unconvinced by Torts explanation on Gabby’s concussion?

    You wouldn’t be alone….

    This on the heels of some big-time bartering between LA/NYR & OTT, which may or may not be over yet.

    Hearing the wildest stuff right now.

    Anyone else of note go down with a concussion lately? Crazy….

  13. Stuart, Wolski will probably get a 4 game phantom suspension from the league for the phantom vicious boarding infraction he committed on Meszaros…..

  14. Im for taking a few picks and redundant assets and going after Hemsky or Penner.

    This team’s Defense will be the Gold Standard of the league in a few years. A veteran/rental Dman for the playoff push would be nice

    But the Rangers NEED to make the playoffs this year. With how good our young guys have played, some playoff experience would pay huge dividends in their development.

    With a little finagling, our lineup for the playoff push/next year should look like:

    Hemsky/Penner – Richards – Gaborik
    Dubi – AA – Cally
    WW – Steps – Zucc
    Prust – Boyle – Avery

    Staal – Girardi
    McD – Sauer
    MDZ – “Vet D-man”

  15. Larry(who only posts from work) on

    I’ve been pretty much on board with torts all year; but emminger has got to play Del Zoto has to go to Hartford and Fankist is done; WAS a good player, not any more. And to be completely repetitive Hank needs to step up or we won’t see the playoffs. 7 hours later and I still can’t believe how bad he was today

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

    on the subject of d men from the point, what do you do if you are slats (because he will do something)???

    option one take a cap hit of 3.7 mil and trade player or picks or some combo to get kuba?

    option two see option one just at 5.7 mil for mccabe

    option three see options one and two at 3.9 mil for wideman

    option four pick up souray for 2.7 mil and lose no assets at all in deal.

    Now I am not saying get souray at all here (I say no and play vtank actually), but you know sather is going to do something and if I were one of the posters here that screams stay the course and don’t give up on youth or surrender our picks, I would sure as hell be rooting for souray if I was them!!

    Like I said, I don’t want souray at this point and would rather see vtank playing or if slatipuss does do a deal and gives up youth/picks, at least do a deal where you get a young PROVEN NHL player back like bogosian or erik johnson (I know he was just dealt).

  17. wicky, I’d prefer NONE of those options, buuuuut if I had to pick, I’d pick the one who is only on the hook for this season (if any of them). Gonna need as much cash as possible this summer to sign all the RFAs

  18. GOALS for GAB-orik on

    I met Tiki, and he gave me a bottle of his Boston Haterade. Eff Boston! Haha. Mama is awesome too, as is Carp. Great day all around. Mama got to see like 9 of my tattoos. I wish the refs saw ONE of philty’s numerous infractions.

  19. RetireBradPark's#2 on

    How do I say this? They blow.

    I’m sick of watching teams like Carolina and Buffalo stand up and win games they have to have while we roll out the “great effort, bad results” mantra. March will be madness, all right.

    I’m willing to endure growing pains. I just don’t like it when other teams’ pains are shorter than ours.

    And to the “glass half full…you’re just a hater” group, keep drinking the Kool Aid.

    Like it or not, New York turns most players into Greg Polis.

  20. Rod Returns
    Rod Returns

    Hearing the wildest stuff right now.


    It’s all in your head, Rod…all in your head.

  21. About the best thing I can say is Sather is aggressively trying to improve the team, and won’t part with those commonly considered to be the youthful core. However, with certain players, whether they’re in that core or not is a matter of perception.

    It should tell you something that amid them trading 1/3 of their team, and the canadien media working overtime to figure where the other 2/3 will end up, Jason Spezza’s name has barely come up.

    It should also tell you something when Dallas refuses to categorize Richards with a concussion but sits him anyway, a week before the deadline.

    I don’t want to mention NYR names, because people here go nuts.

    I haven’t been thrilled with supposed packages I’ve heard leaving, and apparently neither is the GM, or the deals would be in central registry.

    NYR will not claim Souray, that much is supposedly decided. Ill believe it at noon tomorrow.

  22. hey retire… have u seen buffalo play the last three games or are u just spouting off?? did u see carolina get manhandled by the debs on the second of a back to back for jersey?? or how atlanta blew a three goal lead at home to edmonton??? Please stop with the false statments.. were basically in the same postion we have been all season… ITS CALLED A ROUGH PATCH… HAPPENS TO EVERY TEAM DURING THE COURSE OF THE SEASON!!!

  23. again scholars grachev is 20, 6 ft 3 and talented. they do not grow on tree’s. trading him for a 20 game rental………INSANE.

    Also our d will learn to get the shot in from the point, mcdonagh has played 20 games in the nhl… can you believe how good he has played?????????

    kuba stinks btw, he is roszival slow. the ranger d can’t score but they skate pretty good across the board. according to nbc 6th youngerst team..

    henrik needs to play better, he has been far from bad but far from great……………..

  24. Stranger nation on

    Really – no puff, puff for retire ;-)

    Habs, devs, canes, and strangers will battle for last 3 spots. Do not foresee any making a run, but carcillo happens.

    Gabba gabber gone, skinny vinny, EZ, wusskie…all need to be traded for youngsters.

  25. Did anyone else see McDonagh chase down the puck from center ice and negate an icing? He turned on the jets, man. I knew he was a smooth skater, but that was raw speed.

    And, another thing. I think it’s pretty clear that Richards would come here. Can’t we just sign him in the offseason? If we miss the playoffs we miss the playoffs, but, I don’t wanna give up any picks or prospects for him when we can just sign him this summer. Buyout Captain Crunch! You know, all of the bones in his body.

  26. Retire, have you really been watching Carolina, Buffalo and Atlanta win big games lately? because they’re all been pretty much losing every night.

  27. mentioned that trade
    GOALS for GAB-orik
    earlier to
    Zipay via twitter.

    sounds like the perfect trade, eh?

  28. Perfect trade. Except one is signed beyond this year, the other isn’t.

    Which could be worked around….

    And Richards wouldn’t have anyone to setup.

    And its not exactly an original idea….

  29. Great work, Carp…..

    Atlanta & Buffalo were winning pretty steadily, I think, but their last few games have been pretty bad…..maybe they’ve hit the wall, too.

  30. The last Atlanta loss was in Edmonton – but they did look bad – Tyler Myers basically beat them himself in the third period.

  31. tyler myers is 20, they are not trading him.

    richards is a more well rounded player then gaborik but not as dynamic a goal scorer. gaborik this year has shown he cannot carry a team. if he was prodcuing like last year the rangers have 10 more points. before the break the rangers had a great record in 1 goal games that has changed dramatically.

    i can’t believe this team will not make the playoffs. this team is far from perfect but plays very hard, a very good d. there lack of goal scoring is just so significant it is head shaking. 3 goals. if the yscore 3 a game they win all the time, problem is they can’t score 3 goals…

    AA, dubi, cally, stepan, etc all will get better but they are not top tier offenswive players but 20 goal guys… the rangers need a 40 goal guy………….

  32. The kid with the big lips on Edmonton – the first-round pick…did I get him confused with someone else? Oh! Tylet Myers is on Buffalo, right?

  33. The kid (Hall) scored a natural hat trick in the third period against Atlanta – he looks good.

  34. Jimbo, Atlanta is the same 2-7-1 over the last 10 as are the Rangers. Buffalo has lost three in a row, three awful losses, too. Carolina is 3-5-2 in its last 10.

  35. i doubt that i’m the first person to think of it.
    i have sarcasm running through my veins.
    remember that when you read my posts
    unless i am actually analyzing a game or players.
    i make jokes, comments, knock out some snark…

  36. Thanks, Carp – I guess these teams are all in the same boat, then – basically trying not to fall completely out of playoff contention….Carolina has crept up on us, but only because we’ve been even worse than them….

  37. Exactly. I still think the Rangers will make it, and Carolina will make it. And that the Rangers have a better chance of catching Montreal and finishing sixth, than falling down to ninth.

  38. From your fingers to the Hockey Gods ears, Carp!! I hope you’re right – I’d hate to miss the playoffs again this year, even if it’s only for a round or two.

  39. i’m really not giving up on our youth.
    i wish that we had someone that fit in
    right away like duscene of the avs (3rd pick)
    or from what i hear about fowler
    but MDZ did great his first year and
    now is dealing with the sophomore slump,
    as many do.

    my biggest problem with what’s going on now
    (sunday’s game, no comment since i didn’t see it)
    is that we’ve gone from the grind and jam with more
    movement and action in front of the net
    to a lot of energy being used just to get the puck out
    of our zone and then just trying to get ahold of
    it in the offensive zone.

    somewhere in there, despite all the practice time,
    we’ve mentally lost that “eye of the tiger”
    focus to be in the right place for shots and rebounds
    and score.

    watch other games and i see similar bad angle shots but
    also numerous shots coming from much better angles than
    what we have taken.

  40. Jimbo, here’s another nice dream for you: The Rangers make it and Lundqvist gets his game back and they play Philly and Brian Boucher plays like he played today.

    Me? I’m going to dream about something else. See youse in the morning.

  41. Jpg, our “secondary” guys aren’t scoring worth a damn lately – Prust and Boyle may be hurting, but they’ve tailed off, production-wise…..Dubi isn’t getting many points, either…..we’ve got too many players that can’t hit the net with meaningful shots…

  42. Goodnight, Carp – again, I like your “visions”…….I hope that some of them come true! Enjoy!

  43. carp hope yo uare right on the rangers. mtl stinks also but the rangers are 0 and 3 against the munchkins.

    1 tough loss after another the only game they looked bad was against NJ 1 to zip and they just looked tired………

    the atl meltdown one of many lost points this year…………..

  44. I’vew been thinking about it, I still can’t understand how a Rangers/Flyers game and NO penalities against the Flyers. I saw two in one shift that should have been called against Philly.

  45. I’d hate to bring bad luck to the table but last yr one team got hot, philthy, and another spun out of control, rangers. This yr… a number of teams in the east have hit the wall, one being the rangers. Same time of yr, same problems. Further, our PO fate rested on the last game, no on the last point of the season and we went head to head and lost in what was the most important game of the yr. This yr we face the same problem. While new jersey is still a bit behind, they are smoking hot and just watch Kovy fly. Ironically, we conclude our season against or cross-river rivals.. please tell me our lives don’t suck that bad!

  46. Also, I wouldn’t sleep on the sabres, yes they have lost three bad games, but they also have a lot of skill and much more scoring then we have had in many many years. Buffalos current problem is up the.middle, with Roy hurt they don’t have a number 1 center and it shows.becussr they don’t win the battles along the boards and are an easy to team to beat thru the.neutral zone. If they can deal for a rental center they can make a push. Miller is tired, but Enroth is a solid backup and if he was called up earlier to relieve miller from his 31 consecutive starts and now 34 out of the last 35 we would be in 8th place at the moment. We are lucky to still be in the playoff picture, but you have to believe our fortunes will turn soon or its another long summer. Pray fellas, we need it. Alls I really know is, we better win tomorrow or we are rolling down a hill into a crap summer.

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