Post-game notes


From the Rangers:

New York Rangers 4, New Jersey Devils 3 (Preseason Game No.: 2, Away No. 1)

-The Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils, 4-3, tonight at Prudential Center to improve to 1-0-1 in preseason action.
-New York out-shot New Jersey, 31-26, including an 11-5 advantage in the first period.
-The Rangers responded to an early goal at 1:32 of the opening frame with three consecutive tallies, including two goals in a span of 1:21 in the first period at 4:22 and 5:43, and another tally at 1:32 of the second.
-Brad Richards notched a goal and added a power play assist in 20:06 of ice time while making his first appearance as a Ranger.
-Marian Gaborik tallied a power play goal and added an assist in 17:43 of ice time while making his preseason debut.  He also tied for the team-high with four shots on goal.
-Defenseman Brendan Bell notched the game-winning goal with 3:04 remaining in regulation and added an assist while skating in his second consecutive preseason contest.
-Derek Stepan tallied an even strength goal at 5:43 of the first period, and registered three shots on goal in 10:59 while making his preseason debut.
-Ryan Callahan recorded the primary assist on Marian Gaborik’s power play goal, tied for the team-high with four shots on goal and led all team forwards with 21:57 of ice time while making his first appearance as Rangers Captain.
-Wojtek Wolski registered an assist on Brad Richards’ goal at 4:22 of the first period and tied for the team-high with four shots on goal in 17:05 of ice time while making his preseason debut.
-Ruslan Fedotenko tallied an assist and logged 14:59 of ice time while making his preseason debut.
-Martin Biron stopped 13 of 16 shots through the game’s opening 40:00, and Chad Johnson turned aside all 10 shots faced in the third period to record the win.
-The Blueshirts have a scheduled off-day tomorrow, September 24.

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  1. the goals were nice but need to be taken with a grain of salt b/c Brodoor was horrendous tonight and the Devils didnt really bring their best players other than Kovy.

    Regardless, Richards showed a little glimpse of why he is so much of an upgrade compared to Anisimov, Stepan, Boyle etc. Tremendous hockey IQ and an excellent passer. You could really see him and Gaborik clicking especially on the PP.

    Nothing was more frustrating than seeing the Rangers PP struggling so much to get the puck into the zone. Richards is really going to change that…

  2. If someone can ‘ step’ up and play on First line with rich man and gabby, 2nd line will benefit against opponent’s 2nd D pair. Hoping Artie breaks out this yr.

    Can MDZ find a helmet that fits?

  3. MDZ seems like he really has no clue what to do with the puck in the offensive zone…for an offensive defensman that is not a good sign.

  4. I liked MDZ play tonight, he is a fluid skater and plays an uptemple game. Biron looked rusty and out of focus. Richards line was the most effective and Stefan and the Hobbit showed some flash. Boyle and Ruff were a presence out there. The rest of the crew looked rather ordinary.

  5. Stefan and Ruff…are these the new guys we signed during the off season…there was another new guy we signed can’t remember his name…oh yeah, Stawl…

  6. I fell asleep, lol. Missed the game. Kovalchuk is gonna be a monster this season, as is the Pope.

    ILB leaves for home today. Be safe, Ilb and Mrs. Ilb.

  7. Can’t say I was too impressed by Del Zotto or Erixon or Valentenko(to be fair it was only 1 game for him) so far.

    Eminger is a 7th defenseman at best.

    Bell at least look like a good option, didn’t see anything bad out of him.

    Really want to see Parlett and Kundratek in pre-season action.

    Also I believe Newbury did not make a good case for himself.

    honestly I haven’t noticed much of speed increase in Wolski’s or Del Zotto’s skating.

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