Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the Rangers:


March 6, 2011 – New York Rangers 7, Philadephia Flyers 0 (Game No. 68, Home No. 34)

• The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 7-0, today at Madison Square Garden to improve to 35-29-4 overall, including a 15-16-3 mark at home.  The Blueshirts have won each of their last two games, tallying 11 goals for and allowing just one goal against in those games.

• Today marked the eighth time this season New York registered six or more goals in a game, which is the most since they tallied six or more in nine games during the 1998-99 season.

• Ryan Callahan notched his first career hat trick with four goals, and added an assist for a career-high, five points.  Callahan opened the game’s scoring with an even strength tally just 51 seconds into the first period, and notched two power play goals at 12:58 of the first period and 4:20 of the third.  He completed his first career hat trick with an unassisted tally at 6:28 of the second period.  Callahan also posted a plus-three rating, and tied for the game-high with five shots on goal.  He has now registered 16 points (10 goals, six assists) in 16 games since returning from injury on Feb. 1, including 14 points (eight goals, six assists) in the last 11 contests.  The Rangers improved to 11-3-1 when Callahan tallies a goal, and are 18-6-1 when he records a point.

• Callahan’s four goal, five point performance tied the Rangers’ season high, previously established by Marian Gaborik on Jan. 19 vs. Toronto (W, 7-0).

• Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 24 shots to post his league-leading, ninth shutout of the season, and 33rd of his career to improve to 27-23-4 overall, including an 11-13-3 mark at home.  He moved past John Ross Roach into third on the Rangers’ all-time shutouts list with 36 career shutouts (including three career playoff shutouts).

• Eleven different Blueshirts recorded at least one point, including four who registered two or more.  The last time the Rangers had 11 players with at least one point was on Dec. 27 vs. the Islanders (W, 7-2).  New York also had six players who posted a plus-two rating or better, and the Rangers posted a plus-24 rating as a team.

• The Rangers notched two power play goals in five attempts, and are now 5-17 (29.4%) with the man advantage in the last five games.

• Mats Zuccarello registered his first career multi-goal game with two goals, and posted a plus-two rating and four shots on goal.  He has now recorded 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in the last 17 games, including three goals in the last two games.

• Artem Anisimov tallied one goal, added an assist and posted a plus-three rating and a game-high-tying, five shots on goal.  He has now registered four points (three goals, one assist) in the last four games.  The Rangers improved to 12-2-1 when he tallies a goal, and are 18-5-2 when he registers a point.

• Vinny Prospal recorded two power play assists to extend his scoring streak to four games, registering five points (one goal, four assists) over the span.  He has tallied 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 15 games since returning from injury on Feb. 3., including eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last seven contests.

• Seven Rangers – Dan Girardi, Brandon Dubinsky, Ruslan Fedotenko, Ryan McDonagh, Bryan McCabe, Wojtek Wolski, and Matt Gilroy – registered one assist apiece in the contest.  McDonagh also posted a career-high, plus-four rating in his return to the lineup after missing a 4-1 win at Ottawa due to a knee injury.  Wolski has now recorded four assists in the last four games.

• Please note the Blueshirts do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, Mar. 7.  The Rangers’ next practice is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Mar. 8, at Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.

• The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, Mar. 9, at Honda Center (10:30 p.m.).  The game will be televised live on MSG Plus and can be heard on 970 The Apple and


John Tortorella on Ryan Callahan… “He is emerging as one of the important leaders.  He brings a lot of those intangibles – not so much the flash – to our club.  That is who we are as a team.  The team isn’t a bunch of flash.  It is a hard working, grinding team and it certainly comes from Cally.”

Ryan Callahan on his hat trick… “It was a good feeling.  We needed these two points so it was a good time for me to get my first career hat trick.  A few of them were tap-ins so I have to credit my teammates.”

Henrik Lundqvist on the back to back wins… “We got some confidence from [the Ottawa] win.  Every time you win, you get confident and feel better about yourself.  The power play gives us a lot of energy right now.  I think it definitely helped us.”

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  1. Stranger Nation on

    That was the first game with their complete line-up together since lord knows when. Looks pretty good, eh?

    Artie could of, should have had a hat trick as well, but who wants nitpicking today?

    Can we get 3 pts in next 2 games?

  2. Stranger Nation on

    Avery with least TOI and had a goal taken away. Don’t care now if it shoulda been, fact he was jamming the net was key.

    Every line seemed to keep a forward high and not send all 3 below the goal line.

  3. JimboWoodside on

    Just unbelievable! Lemaire must have sold his soul to Satan (and not Miroslav, either!) to get a streak like this going….

  4. well Avery did get hurt on his non-goal and I dont think he played another shift until the 3rd period.

  5. So why hasn’t Cally been given a “C” and Dubi an “A”?? With respect to Drury? Are you kidding me??

  6. TheMessiah94 on

    Anybody catch Howie Rose on the post game? He said “The Devils certainly are doing a lot of this stuff lately: #winning!”

    Overused I know, but it was actually pretty funny.

  7. TheMessiah94 on

    Jimbo, I’ve said it before, that Lemaire is the bane of hockey. He absolutely ruined the game for 10+ years in my opinion.

  8. debbies are only 7 pts out of a playoff spot, with 1 game in hand on Canes. iow, they are about 3 wins away from getting 8th. sure, the Sabres have a better chance at 8th than the debbies, but they are definitely in the picture now. they have only lost 2 in reg in their last 24 games. that says they can keep it up. I hope they don’t make it, but I don’t like the trend.

  9. JimboWoodside on

    No argument from me on that, Messiah! I thought we were *finally* through with him, but like Dracula or Freddy Kruger, he keeps rising from the crypt to spoil the game of hockey….

  10. The next five games for the Devils are against the Sens, Trashers, Isles, Trashers, and Sens.

    It doesn’t get much easier than that. With the way they’re playing, if they don’t pick up nine points from those games, then that will be surprising.

    I actually am beginning to worry aboot them.

  11. Messiah – In all seiousness, would you not love the Rangers if we played Lemaire style of hockey and won?

    IMO, who cares how boring the game is? Not me. It’s all about getting results, not about entertainment. I want to win every single byfuglien game, and I dont care how the job gets done.

  12. JimboWoodside on

    We all should worry, Orr…….and that last game of the season for us……..?

  13. Carp, serious question here:

    If the Rangers wanted to, could they wear their white jerseys for every home game? Is there any rule stopping them from doing so?

  14. totally disagree. it is definitely about entertainment. all you have to do is look at the empty seats in NJ to see that. all the years they were winning they still could not draw fans because who wants to watch paint dry?

    the league had to change the rules because of Lemaire, but he still is like a bad penny showing up and dragging the league back into the bad old days of clutch, grab and trap. only now they just trap more and hold less.

  15. Yeah, I’d cry if we played that boring hockey.

    The first hockey game I ever watched was a Devils game. That was in 93 or 94. Granted I was a kid at the time, but it was so boring, I didn’t watch hockey until 10 years later.

    Devils hockey = Sleepy Monster

  16. TheMessiah94 on

    Tiki, I would still love the Rangers even if we lose, that’s for sure.

    Just a question though – how long have you been following the Rangers and/or hockey in general? I’ve been following it for over 35 years, and let me tell you the 8-10 years before the lockout was just brutal. Games were literally becoming unwatchable. The 80’s/early 90’s were great, and then this trap system emerged and in my opinion almost killed the game. How many times can you watch a 1-0, or 2-1 game with both teams getting about 20 shots a night?

    I’m not saying that it isn’t effective, but I watch hockey because to me it’s entertaining. And during those years, it was anything but entertaining.

  17. First, the empty seats in New Jersey is because the Devils don’t have any/many fans. Second, you’re talking about the World’s Most Famous Arena in the greatest and most passionate city in the world. All it takes to bring fans to a New York game is a winner (fairweather fans that many of them are). …….Obviously you guys are not fair weather fans, because you’re Rangers fans first and foremost, and also many here are Mets fans.

    Finally, it’s not about entertainment for me, nor should it be for any of you. The only thing that ever matters is winning, or in the Rangers case this year, building towards the future and building a winner. All I ever want to see my team do is win. I don’t care how they do it.

  18. Tiki
    all it should take for any arena
    to pull in fans is winning.
    they are pulling fans in nashville
    and would be in atlanta if that team was
    doing better.

    if nj doesn’t have many fans despite their winning ways
    then the team should not be there
    the idea was that a new 21st century arena
    would pull in the business suites and fans
    if it’s not then that’s a problem

  19. Messiah – Ive followed all sports (sans soccer) since I was a wee little boy in 1990. In addition, Im a sports DVD collector, so I have many many NHL games from the 70s, 80s, 90s that I have seen.

    To answer your question, if the Rangers were better for it, I could watch 82 “1-0” games with 30 total combined shots on goal every night.

    I guess I am different from most of you. I don’t watch hockey for entertainment, or baseball, or football. I don’t get any entertainment or joy from watching unless we win. I dont care how we win, I just want to win. Like the great Mr. George M. Steinbrenner III once said, and Im paraphrasing, “Winning is second only to breathing”

    Orr – So you’d cry if we were legitimate Cup contenders each year playing Lemaire hockey?

  20. Jacques itch on

    the whole reason they had put in the shot clock in basketball is that teams used to just hold onto the ball for several minutes at a time, and stall, keeping the score low. same thing

    it is easy to ruin a sport, and Lemaire proves that.

  21. I probably wouldn’t be a fan.

    I’m not a hypocrite. I don’t enjoy Devils hockey. So, if it were Rangers hockey, I wouldn’t have followed them

    I used to LOVE playing toys, but I never wanted to play with Barbies. But, why not play with barbies? They’re all toys!

    That’s what this is. Every team is like cool toys, and the Devils are like Barbies.

    So, I’d probably be a fan of another team.

  22. jpg – Because barely anyone – if anyone at all – actually cares about the Devils. If you put together a winner in NY, you’ll get the fans. New York is New York.

  23. Orr – Then why are you a Rangers fan? How did you become a Rangers fan? What about their play excites you or entertains you?

    Jacques – That’s completely different. You can’t hold onto the puck for as long as you want in hockey as you could back then in basketball. However, I wouldn’t care if my team won 10-6 every game when there was no shot clock. It would not bother me at all.

  24. Jacques – My last point is this: All – or many – of you care about the sport. You care about hockey. You care about the NHL. You care about hockey not being recognized nationally or by ESPN. I dont. I care about the Rangers. Only the Rangers. I want the Rangers to win, and the Bruins to lose. That’s it. I dont care how those 2 scenarios come about.

  25. I just don’t get how so called Ranger fans would give up tickets to stubhub and ticketexchange for this game…Way too many effer fans up in 401 and 402…and smattered around garden. good to see Blueshirts shut their mugs….My 8 year old said…”who’s talking now flyer fans…” But geez, can we attend/sell out our own arena?

    McDonagh=fundamental defensive bliss.

  26. I actually was a fan of Jagr before I was a Rangers fan. I loved watching highlights of him.

    I became a Rangers fan because that’s the first real hockey game I watched, and I enjoyed it. Enough said.

    Granted it was at a horrible time, but they got their sh*t together quickly.

    I never had the same feeling watching the Devils, and this before I became a die hard fan of NYR.

  27. TheMessiah94 on

    Tiki, then why do you watch at all if not to be entertained? If not, do you watch any other NHL games besides Rangers games?

  28. Tiki
    i’m sorry but as much as i like new york
    and a new york

    that statement that if “you put together a winner in NY, you’ll get the fans.
    New York is New York.”

    other than the maple leafs fans filling their arena no matter what
    ANY team in ANY sport with ANY degree of fanbase
    will do that
    when the pens weren’t winning pre and post mario
    the arena wasn’t filled. mario used that to his advantage by
    putting out a barely ahl squad and getting can’t miss picks
    as well as whining and whining til he got a brand new arena

    the kings pull in large crowds or sellouts when winning
    so did the cleveland cavaliers when things were going well
    WINNING rates above all
    and you don’t have to ask Charlie Sheen!

  29. Orr – Kind of cool learning a little about you. Thanks. One last question: Since you are now a die-hard Rangers fan, would you give up watching them or give them up entirely if they ever played “boring” hockey in the future, but still won? Or would you bask in their glory.

    Messiah – The reason I watch sports is to enjoy the excitement and celebration of others. Ive loved nothing more in this life than seeing Mark Messier hoist the Stanley Cup and seeing the Rangers fans (die-hard and fair weather) celebrate that fateful night. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do to see Henrik Lundqvist hoist that Cup. And Sean Avery. Id be a bum living on the streets for a year just to experience that. To see the happiness of The King, the best goalie in the world, fulfill a lifelong dream with the New York Rangers.

  30. I’d probably still be a fan, but I wouldn’t be thrilled with the style. I’m already committed to the team to just give them up.

    Although, it’s easy to say that. If it actually happened, who knows.

    Like I said, I wouldn’t be happy with the style. But, at least we wont have to celebrate the Cup win in the parking lot :–P

  31. jpg – That was my point. Winning rates above all. It does not matter how you win, if the Rangers are perennial winners and contenders, they will get the fans. Even if their style of play is boring.

    I don’t know if the Devils’ arena was packed when they were winning Cups. If it was filled, it was because they won. If it wasnt filled, it was because nobody cares about the Devils.

    The Devils haven’t been serious contenders in years. Of course their arena is empty every night. Nobody cares about them to begin with.

  32. bull dog line on

    McD & Sauer are now the top pair Dmen. Girardi play has really dropped off. Hank was sharp today. he is going to need to be that way for the rest of the season. playing Avery made sense today with the flyers in town, but I could see him sitting out one of the west coast games.

  33. I used to watch the Rangers back in the late 40;s early 50’s and they played great hockey (for that era). I marveled at the number of coast to coat shooters they had then on Now I’m gonna let you in on a little secret:

    [In those days, you had people like Jean Paul Lamirande
    (Rangers and he could stick handle his way through a bucket of seaweed…Ranger call up from New Haven.
    They had Max Bentley of the Leafs, and it was like watching a speedy snake charmer at work and his hands were like Mandrakes. The Rocket was not a sensational stick handler but he was like a bull let out of the arena with a red flag in front of him. He bowled people over on his way to the net and let nothing stop him A BIG defenseman in those days was about 6 feet and weighed about 200 lbs. Nobody got banged into the boards as a tactic, cause it usually drew a penalty for , Ah Hah! Boarding.

    I;m now gonna say it: I doubt if many of those guys then were playing today, they’d be lucky to make it to THIS NHL.
    Why” WELL;l size to begin with. Training to follow up with, and ye gods conditioning now is intense. Those guys used to show up for pre season so out of shape it was pitiful watching ( both teams) shuffle around for several games before they reached a marginal amount of conditioning. Few of them were really in good shape.But they filled a niche, and they put an imprimatur on the game HOCKEY. God rest them all if they are no longer with us.
    And were they ever taken to the cleaners by management ( Read the Book..Net Value) it’s been passed around the blog by several folks and whoever now has it share it with our Kameraden. You will be astounded at the way those guys were fleeced.

  34. bull dog line on

    Dubi was the best he has been in weeks. good sign. Gabby was gutty. Boyle did what was needed. AA has been solid for awhile now, but he need to be less fancy when he gets chances. just shoot it.

  35. Fran,
    Fantastic post…appreciate your unique perspective as a fan of the team thru so many eras. Thank you very much.

    -the Mao-

  36. JimboWoodside on

    Wow, Fran! You’re really an old-timer – cool! Now I don’t feel so bad. I got hooked on hockey in the 1967-68 season, the first season of expansion, with 12 teams instead of the Original Six.

    Those guys were definitely (with some exceptions) not as well-conditioned as the players are now. And a six-foot, 200 pounder was almost a monster back then.

  37. I hate deliveries in the pouring rain…but you like those vine ripened tomatoes? They’re from California.

  38. bull dog line on

    he doesn’t play you call him soft and injury prone. he comes back and you call him stupid. sorry Orr, but coming back for this game and under his circumstances, was gutty.

  39. I am so annoyed, miss the last two games, due to traveling and they kicked butt in both games.
    The good news is that I am heading to NY and will be living there again :)

    Right now I am at Virginia and had to order dinner from a Chinese/American/Pizza place…..

  40. JimboWoodside on

    Hey, Captain Chris – why no D.O.P. San Marzanos? Are you going cheap on us!?

  41. Gravey, that’s great news about moving back to NY, horrible news about ordering anything from one of those Chinese/American/Italian places … and I wouldn’t share that you missed the two wins, because some of the Boneheads will demand you don’t watch anymore.

  42. bull dog line on

    give it time, he will be. only 8 minutes today. it was important that he played today, and that is how it will probably be. if it is a physical type of game you will see him, if not those 8 minutes will go to Christensen.

  43. So, looking for a fight is gutty?

    No, it’s stupid.

    He’s a fool. He barely did anything in this game. He wasn’t even needed.

    Let him rest. At this point, I’d rather have a useless EC in the lineup than him. At least he can score in the shootout.

    Save Gabby for the last week! His Butt-Chin needs rest.

  44. TheMessiah94 on

    Jacques Lemaire – Please just go away. You’re killing the game we all love. That is all.

  45. Noah-rury, 28 on

    Re: wearing the home whites today

    (From Spector’s blog)

    LAST BUT NOT LEAST: “I think we should always wear white at home,” Callahan said. “Especially tonight after we win. We’ll have to see if we can do that.”

    The Rangers wore white at home for the first time this season, and while Tortorella would not discuss the reason, it was clear enough that the move was made to change their luck at home.

    In order to go from Broadway Blueshirts to Great White Way Whiteshirts , the Rangers had to get the Flyers to agree to wear their orange home sweaters, which Philadelphia did. The next time the Rangers make such a request of their visitors, in this superstitious world of hockey, they might not expect an affirmative answer.

    The Rangers usually wear their dark blue alternate jerseys on Sundays at home, and against Original Six foes, and are scheduled to wear them twice more – against Montreal on March 18, and Boston on April 4. Don’t expect the Heritage jerseys to go into mothballs, even though the Rangers have won just three of the 10 times they’ve worn them. As one team executive said, they’re selling too well.

  46. Hey all, just a quick pop in…..can’t believe I didn’t say this earlier, but since the Rangers official notes didn’t, I will….Sweet 16 :) !!! Ok, last time here for tonight as I’m being a rude guest :)…..ta til tomorrow!

  47. bull dog line on

    just his presence in the lineup made the Flyers have to account for him. so instead of the AA line going up against Pronger, Gabby gets Pronger. that is the point you always fail to get Orr, when Gabby is out of the lineup other players have to go up against the top D pair.

  48. If Buffalo is going to unfortunately win these games, it’s better in overtime so that they don’t count towards a potential tiebraker.

  49. TheMessiah94 on

    Unreal… the only good thing is that I have Stafford on my fantasy team. FUGG!!!!!!!!

  50. If Brashear showed that much enthusiasm in a Ranger Jersey (doing shots, pummeling a defenseless goalie)…what am I saying a goon is a goon is a goon….

  51. JimboWoodside on

    This just goes to prove the point that at this time of the year, teams can’t look for any help from other clubs. They need to win their own games in order to stay in contention.

  52. Jacques itch on

    Sabres now in 8th, 2 pts behind Rangers, with 3 games in hand. better hope Canes and the rest of them fall off.

  53. Noah-rury, 28 on

    Thanks Yalzin! Was at the game today so I want to see how the place sounded because it was a great crowd today…especially after the Dubi fight.


  54. Tiki, it’s a shame that winning is all that counts to you. Most of the people who come here especially Fran do so because we are entertained by the sheer thrill of the incerdible plays and skill displayed by all players. Sure we would be extremely happy if that meant winning all the time. The caveat however is that if the Ranger’s win by developing the style they are using and become better scorers and start winning I know Fran and I will be thrilled to no end that they learned and developed so well. The trap wins games but it is truly boring hockey and it is debatable how effective it is come playoffs.

  55. He’s not “elite” yet … let’s not get ahead of ourselves

    (and he’s my fave player)

  56. JimboWoodside on

    Lots of other teams would love to have him – if that doesn’t make him elite, he’s starting to get closer to it. If he can become a consistent 30+ goal scorer, and maintain his hard working attitude, he will definitely be an elite player.

  57. hey…i did not call him ELITE

    though, ever since he came back from the injury he’s been our best player.

    Missing 19 games and still manage 20 goals is pretty damn good

  58. Cali is a great leader. He was on tonight. We need more players to be on more often if we want to continue to be successful. End of story. Three players r considered elite on the rangers HL, staal and gaborik. Which is good because we have one for each position, but cali is not elite. He is as solid an nhler as they come. He was goongall night. I hope we see more of that through the lineup. And don’t forget about he sporting cast tonight. Gilroy had a great game, dubi was going hard, zucc finished. I mean everyone was on tonight and that was the difference.

  59. Stranger Nation on

    If cally was elite he finishes those plays in the minny game. Love the guy and think represents everything you want in a player but does not finish enough in close.

    Artie and stepan need a summer of p90x and carbo loading to get some girth to go with their good instincts and skating.

    McD and Sauer are like peanut and chocolate – perfect together. Really need someone to play with staal, girardi is not getting it done.

    Funny how quiet the blog gets when they play well, you guys are masochists ;-0

  60. Latona, the rule on the tiebreaker is games won not including shootout wins and the premise is that it was a team effort and the game ended during clocked time, therefore only shootout wins will help us in that respect.

  61. Haha Stranger, have to agree about step and Ani both players will find life in the nhl a lot easier with some strength.

  62. Steve – It’s not a shame. You play to win the game. What do any of us ultimately watch the Rangers for? To see them hoist that dream-fulfilling Cup. Watch them grow, develop, yadda yadda yadda, we all ultimately watch them in hopes that they win. *None* of us would care one iota if the Rangers played the most boring style of hockey known to mankind and came away lifting the Stanley Cup.

  63. jpg's sister on

    I still think Avery’s goal should have counted. OR at least a penalty should have been called because he was being pushed into the net. His intention could have been to turn his leg as he was being pushed so it wouldn’t hit the post and potentially get injured. That could have been why he was turning his leg and the puck went in the goal.

  64. I gotta be selfish and take credit for this victory….i brought my 3 year old son to his first game….thats why they won lol….o and they wore their road whites….but mostly bc of my son!….

  65. First yankee game was a walkoff home run by nick swisher, now his first rangers game was callahans career day….wonder wat woud happen if I bring him to a knicks game lol

  66. How was Callahan only plus three if he himself had four goals and the Flyers had none (i.e. didn’t reduce his +/-)?

  67. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    A player does not have to be “elite” to be a captain, and make a good captain. Gordie Howe was not the captain in Detroit, Alex Delvecchio was, and he was a solid leader as well as producer. The captain embodies leadership qualities and the spirit of the team, and has the respect of his teammates. How does Pizza Face measure up in any way? How does Callahan NOT qualify as potential truly inspiring Ranger captain? What positive qualities does Pizza Face embody that Callahan does not have? Waiting for the answer…..

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