Post-game notes, quotes


More to come shortly … maybe not as many as usual, because of the late start and I have to catch a train. Or maybe much later if I can type on the train.

From the Rangers:

April 4, 2011 – New York Rangers 5, Boston Bruins 3 (Game No. 80, Home No. 39)

• The Rangers defeated the Boston Bruins, 5-3, tonight at Madison Square Garden to improve to 43-32-5 overall, including a 19-16-4 mark at home.  The Blueshirts tallied five unanswered goals, including three in the game’s final 3:48, to comeback from a 3-0 deficit.  The Rangers moved into seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings, and have a four point lead on the ninth place Carolina Hurricanes.

• New York is now 10-3-1 in their last 14 contests, and have posted a record of 5-0-1 in their last six games at MSG.

• The Rangers’ 43 wins is tied for seventh most in a single season in franchise history.

• Vinny Prospal notched two goals in the second period, and registered four shots on goal and a plus-two rating in a season-high, 21:14 of ice time.  It is his first multi-goal performance of the season, having last recorded two goals in a game on March 12, 2010 at Atlanta.  Prospal has now tallied 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in the last 19 games, and ranks second on the team in scoring with 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 27 games since returning from injury on Feb. 3.

• Michael Sauer recorded a career-high, two points, including the game-winning goal with 2:57 remaining in regulation.  He has now registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last five games.  Sauer also registered a plus-two rating, and was credited with a game-high-tying, five blocked shots.

• Derek Stepan registered one goal and one assist, and tied his career-high with a plus-three rating.  He has tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in the last two games.

• Wojtek Wolski tallied the primary assist on both of Prospal’s second period goals (two assists).  He has now posted seven multi-point efforts on the season.

• Brandon Dubinsky notched the game-tying goal at 16:12 of the third period and logged 20:42 of ice time.  He has now recorded 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the last 13 games.

• Marian Gaborik and Brian Boyle each tallied an assist on Sauer’s game-winning goal.  Gaborik recorded the primary assist on the game-winning goal, registered a game-high, five shots on goal and posted a plus-two rating.  Gaborik has tallied an assist in each of the last three games (three assists), and Boyle has recorded two assists in the last three games.

• Marc Staal registered one assist and posted a career-high, plus-four rating in a game-high, 25:29 of ice time.  He has now tallied six assists in his last eight games.

• Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to improve to 35-26-5 overall with a 15-13-4 mark at home.  He is 10-3-1 with a 2.05 GAA, .933 Sv% and three shutouts in the last 14 games, and is 17-8-2 with a 1.95 GAA, a .945 Sv% and six shutouts when facing 30+ shots.

• Ryan Callahan tallied the primary assist on Dubinsky’s game-tying goal, and led all skaters with six hits.  He leads the Rangers in scoring with 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 28 games since returning from injury on Feb. 1.  The Rangers have posted a 24-7-1 mark when he records a point.

• Artem Anisimov also assisted on Dubinsky’s game-tying goal, and has now registered 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the last 14 games.

• Ruslan Fedotenko tallied one assist and was credited with five hits in the contest.  He has now registered two points (one goal, one assist) in the last two games.  The Rangers improved to 16-2-3 when he registers a point.

• The Blueshirts’ have an off-ice practice scheduled for 12:00 p.m. tomorrow, Apr. 5, at the MSG Training Center.

• The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday, Apr. 7, 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 were sluggish early on and Boston won a lot of races to the puck.  We had some struggles as far as their quickness, but there was no panic.  For such a young group, to stay within themselves is a great lesson.  It is obviously a huge two points.  We still control our own destiny.  We will enjoy, get ready tomorrow, and get ready for Atlanta.”

Henrik Lundqvist on blocking shots… “They are there every night doing that.  I think everyone is doing a great job paying the price.  We are going to need it.  We are going to need guys to sacrifice their bodies.  That is the way we play…we play hard.  When we do that we have a much better shot to win.”

Brandon Dubinsky on the atmosphere in The Garden… “It gives you goose bumps.  It is a feeling you can’t describe.  We fought so hard.  We needed these points and that part of it makes it more emotional.  We want to keep ourselves in the driver’s seat.  That being said, we had a couple of minutes left in the game, so we had to settle the bench down and defend against one of the best teams in the league.”

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  1. LinCalPrustBoylahan "I AM A RANGER" and PROUD OF IT! on

    FIRE SATHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. Fire Sather, Torts shouldn’t be back next season. Somehow waive Gaborik’s NTC, get Drury back on the ice, Hank is soft, blocking shots is overrated. LGR!!!!! 2 points! The Garden was in true LOUDASS form during the last six minutes.

  3. N.CountryNYRFan on

    RANGERS WON…HOLY CARCILLO!!!!!!!!! I left to go play hockey after the second period tonight. Came home saw that they won. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. LinCalPrustBoylahan "I AM A RANGER" and PROUD OF IT! on

    Olga, if I ever have the pleasure of meeting you, that will be our greeting! we need to formulate a super spectacular handshake to go with it!

  5. N.CountryNYRFan on

    oh wel happy they won and it was my last game of the season so i really didn’t want to skip tonight.

  6. Linda!!!

    i tweeted that AC/DC’s Big Balls should be the team’s
    song when it comes on the ice.

  7. Olga Folkyerself on

    Phew! I thought maybe you were stoned and ordered a Drury Pizza or something…

  8. LinCalPrustBoylahan "I AM A RANGER" and PROUD OF IT! on

    that’d be awesome jpg, but they didnt want to use the I WANNA BE A NEW YORK RANGER tune because of the ” i wanna live a life of danger’ line, i think balls would freak out sather lol

  9. LinCalPrustBoylahan "I AM A RANGER" and PROUD OF IT! on

    NC, did i girardiblock you ? LOL sorry buddy!

  10. well,
    let the Boneheads going to the games just
    start chanting the chorus!!!!

    We’ve got the biggest balls of them all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. LinCalPrustBoylahan "I AM A RANGER" and PROUD OF IT! on

    AWESOME JPG!! that would be freakin hilarious!

  12. LinCalPrustBoylahan "I AM A RANGER" and PROUD OF IT! on

    +3 to ORR on his Charlie Chaplin reference

  13. Torts is clearly obsessed with his team’s cajones and I oddly love it and find it hysertical at the same time.

  14. Olga Folkyerself on

    Linda- I’d be happy to yell FIRE SATHER together at the top of our lungs. I even have a hand signal to use in Sather’s general direction…

  15. LinCalPrustBoylahan "I AM A RANGER" and PROUD OF IT! on

    lmao Olga!! brilliant!!!

    Mickey, we have a very ‘interesting’ team, dont we

    WOW, i’m still amazed

  16. ThisYearsModel on

    Terrific finish and guts shown by the good guys. Happy as heck for the kids….Sauer…..Stepan…….what a springboard this game could be.

  17. LinCalPrustBoylahan "I AM A RANGER" and PROUD OF IT! on

    and you’re right Orr, this crowd tonight was on fire! we need that the next two games. it really makes the atmosphere electric

  18. wow, what an ugly National Championship score. Now shush up, Jim Nantz and gimme ‘One Shining Moment’ to cap off an amazing night

  19. MSG should torture anyone who pulls an electronic device out of their pocket. That way everyone will be forced to watch the game, and cheer for their team!

    A Canes regulation loss, and a Rangers win or OT loss will clinch a playoff spot.

    Get it done!

  20. CapeBretonRangerFan on

    Boston is now my second favorite team for giving us four points when we needed them….despite my hate for Cahra after his hit on Pacioretty.

  21. jpg's sister on

    speaking of the crowd, Dubinsky said the team felt it how great it was and how amazing the crowd was. I hope it keeps up. Wish I could be at the game…. maybe not. I’m SO nervous watching at home, I need somewhere to pace and I don’t think my pacing up and down the steps would be appreciated at the game.

  22. Realistic Mick on

    Wow! I said, “Show me!”

    So they did.


    Still skeptical.

    Show me again, Thursday.

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