Post-game notes, quotes


From the Rangers:


March 24, 2011 – New York Rangers 1, Ottawa Senators 2 SO (Game No. 75, Home No. 38)

• The Rangers were defeated by the Ottawa Senators, 2-1, in a shootout tonight at Madison Square Garden, and are now 40-30-5 overall and 18-16-4 at home.  New York has now registered at least one point in a season-high, six consecutive games (5-0-1), and is 7-1-1 in the last nine contests.  The Blueshirts have posted a 4-0-1 record in their last five games at MSG.

• The last time New York posted a six-game point streak was from Mar. 24, 2010 vs. the Islanders to April 3, 2010 at Florida (5-0-1).

• Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 29 shots through regulation and overtime, and stopped four of five shootout attempts.  He is now 32-24-5 overall, including a 14-13-4 mark at home.  In the last nine games, Lundqvist is 7-1-1 with a 1.86 goals against average, a .936 save percentage and two shutouts over the span.  He is now one game shy of 400 career NHL appearances.

• Brandon Prust tallied the Rangers’ lone goal at 2:45 of the third period, and has now recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in the last six games.

• Marc Staal recorded the primary assist on Prust’s third period goal, and logged a team-high, 29:34 of ice time in his return to the lineup after missing the last two games due to injury.  The assist was Staal’s 20th of the season, establishing a new career-high for assists in a season and tying his career-high with 27 points.  He has now registered four assists in his last three games.

• Ruslan Fedotenko registered one assist and was credited with two hits in the contest.  Fedotenko also posted a plus-one rating, and is now tied for third on the Rangers with a plus-11 rating on the season.

• Brian Boyle was credited with a game-high, six hits, and he now leads the team with 216 hits on the season.  Entering tonight’s contest, Boyle ranked 11th in the NHL in hits.

• The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Mar. 25, is 12:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.

• The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Boston Bruins in an Original Six match-up on Saturday, Mar. 26, at TD Garden (1:00 p.m.), to begin a four-game road trip.  The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio and


John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “It is a huge point as long as we understand, and we go back to work tomorrow.  And again, this team will respond.  They haven’t played many bad ones.  They haven’t played without energy many times this year.  Tonight everybody didn’t (play with energy) and tonight we steal a point.  We take the point, stuff it in your back pocket and move by this and get ready for a team that just spanked Montreal.”

Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “We want to win every game now but at the same time some nights it is going to be tough to get the goals you want.  It was good we battled back to tie.  They worked hard.  They still want to end the season on a good note.  Same with next week with the Islanders.  It is going to be a war.”

Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “These are playoff games.  We are battling for our lives right now.  Each point means so much.  The last couple of games we have approached them like playoff games.  Tonight we just didn’t have the effort we needed.”

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  1. i do think we’ll eventually pass Montreal (probably in the last game or 2 of the season) but does that mean we’ll likely play Tampa? out of all the top teams, they are the one that im most afraid of.

  2. At 1 goal per game, 3 points out of the last 4 is miraculous.


    Olga, couldn’t agree more…

  3. This is a tough loss for the Rangers when they need the points the most. I really don’t think they will beat the Caps , Flyers, or Bruins in the first round of the playoffs. Possibly the Pens though if their goaltending is not good enough.

  4. Olga Folkyerself on

    If we pass Montreal, and all else remains the same, we play Boston.

    Saturday could be a playoff preview.

  5. I wouldn’t mind versing Boston. It’ll be a tough series. Great test. Awesome goaltending battle.

    I don’t want the Craps though. I want a different team. Original Six series would be pretty cool. NYR have not had one of those in a while.

  6. Bwahaha!! Duke is down by 11 in the 2nd half!! So many brackets are at risk! LOL!

    More like March Wackness…

  7. Olga Folkyerself on

    I sure am tired of division matchups in the playoffs. (That IS when Sather manages to stumble into the playoffs)

  8. JimboWoodside on

    Back in 1973 – now those were the times when the Bruins were a *hated* team here in New York!

  9. Olga Folkyerself on

    It was one year after they beat NY in the finals…

    Orr, Esposito, the GAG Line, Giacomin


  10. JimboWoodside on

    Yes!!! I think I was at at least a few of those playoff games in the prior year – Orr was an amazing player to see in person. Nobody before then ever looked like him…an amazing player.

  11. JimboWoodside on

    And a few years later, Emile traded away Park and Ratelle, and we got the formerly *hated* Esposito……that was a brain-busting shocker for longtime Ranger fans…

  12. Mister Delaware on

    Being the stellar husband I am, I tend to DVR the games then start watching sometime after 9:30 so this is all fresh with me.

    1. Awful 1st and 2nd periods. Lucky to be down 1.

    2. Great 3rd, probably earned a win.

    3. Boyle has been easily the best player on the ice for us the past two games. Sucks that he has nothing to show for it.

    4. King is on right now, hopefully this carries over.

    5. Eminger as a healthy scratch from here on out would be a sin.

    6. Avery would have helped a lot early on. (Hi Doodie!)

    7. I’d love to see what a Dubinsky-Boyle-Callahan line would do with regular time but I’d hate to consolidate those two lines into one.

    8. Prust. Balls.

  13. Olga Folkyerself on

    I’m so sorry I missed it. I had to wait until 79 for my first finals with the Rangers. By then Orr was in Chicago skating on one leg…

  14. JimboWoodside on

    Ha! Roszival and Derek Morris have the 2 goals for the ‘Yotes tonight……our cast-offs doing well, at least tonight…

  15. JimboWoodside on

    You know, Olga, the Rangers were a very classy team in the late 60’s/early 70’s…they didn’t have the horses to win the Cup, but they were a good team that had a *great* home record. they went through a few seasons when they lost very few home games – at least relative to today.

    Unfortunately, the Habs, Bruins, and the Black Hawks usually beat the Rangers in earlier playoff rounds, if I recall correctly….

  16. c performance. when there forecheck is subpar they are a whole different team. prediction avery will play on saturday and christenson will sit mark it down.

    the 2 sofites and the smurf need to pick it up; wolski, ec, and zuccs… they do not show up every night and especially every shift.

    gaborik in the 3rd was the way she should play every game, for him it is effort……….

  17. JimboWoodside on

    Yeah, they weren’t playing their “cycling behind the opponent’s net” game very much tonight…and when they did, it wasn’t working….

  18. JimboWoodside on

    Let’s face it – I think they were looking past the Sens tonight…figuring that they wouldn’t be much of an opponent.

  19. I can understand getting on Wolski’s case or EC’s but, MZA is only a rookie. Cut the guy a damn break. He needs to get stronger and the effort is there…He didn’t even play the 3rd…and neither did EC…

  20. I thought guys like Boyle and Feds were completely ineffective last night…when we win games, those guys set the tone with the forecheck and they didn’t do it last night…we need to play a full 60 and forecheck to grind out and win games…we don’t have enough pure goal scoring talent to rely on to only play defense…you can’t point your finger at one guy…all 4 lines have to create chances…that is the identity of this team…

  21. And, I was mostly taking about the 1st and 2nd periods, as far as Boyle/Feds…

    Hat Trick…

    bed time…

  22. eddie eddie eddie on

    huge game saturday…lets go rangers…it will be nice to see Avery get back in…

  23. why would anyone prefer to play the Flyers???? Sure we beat them 7-0 once but that was a fluke. They are the one team that holds a real upper hand on us…

  24. Thar was a REALLY good goaltender.

    Keep your eyes on him – unless he was just a fluke, he’ll make a name for himself in this league.

  25. would def. NOT want to play Flys!

    Painful game to watch… Ottawa dominated

    ZERO energy for 2 full periods…and it didn’t help that Ottawa just clogged the neutral zone all game long! It felt like they had extra players in the middle of the ice

    Thanks to Hank we got the important point

  26. fran

    I’m pretty sure that Anderson is not a fluke…he was one the top goalies in the NHL last season with the Avalanche

  27. JimboWoodside on

    Anderson really seems to have the Rangers number…he’s in their heads, apparently…

  28. For as much as this team pains us some times, it is hands down my favorite Ranger team since 2005 and maybe even one of my more favorite ever….

    That being said Wolski will be a gonner next year, and hopefully captain crutch will be gone too so that we can make room for another scorer or center.

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