Very belated post-game notes


Got these, naturally, in the middle of the night. So, half a day late …

Courtesy of the NYR:

New York Rangers 3, Calgary Flames 2 (OT)
October 20, 2011 (Game 5, Away Game 5)
Scotiabank Saddledome – Calgary, Alberta

Team Notes:
-The Rangers defeated the Calgary Flames, 3-2, in overtime tonight at Scotiabank Saddledome for their second consecutive win.  Ryan McDonagh tallied the game-winning goal with 1.8 seconds remaining in overtime.
-The win was the Blueshirts’ first in Calgary since Nov. 14, 2002 (2-1).  New York has begun their four-game Western Canada road trip by defeating Vancouver and Calgary, marking the first time the team has won in those two cities in the same season since 1986-87.
-The Rangers have now recorded at least one point in four of five games this season, and have won each of their last two contests.
-New York and Calgary combined for four first period goals, including one power play goal apiece and a shorthanded goal by the Rangers.
-The Rangers tallied their first power play goal of the season at 4:53 of the first period, and finished 1-2 (1:51) with the man advantage in the contest.
-New York also notched their first shorthanded goal of the season, at 13:42 of the first period.  Last season, the Rangers tied for fourth in the league with 11 shorthanded goals, the most for New York since they notched 11 in 2006-07 and tied for 12th most in franchise history.
-The Rangers were credited with 16 blocked shots in the contest, and have now registered 39 blocked shots in the last two games.
-Ryan McDonagh’s overtime goal was New York’s second four-on-four goal of the season, which is tied for first in the NHL.

Player Notes:
-Henrik Lundqvist stopped 33 of 35 shots to record his second consecutive win and improve to 2-1-2 on the season with a 1.73 goals against average, a .946 save percentage and one shutout.  He made 25 straight saves to end the game after allowing two goals on his first 10 shots faced.  Lundqvist has registered 30 or more saves in each of the last three games, and has posted a .973 save percentage in the last two contests (73-75).
-Brandon Prust notched a shorthanded goal at 13:42 of the first period, and has now recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in the last three games.  Prust, who was originally selected by Calgary in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (third round, 70th overall) and skated with the Flames from 2006-07 to 2009-10, led the Rangers and tied for second and third in the league, respectively, with a career-high, seven shorthanded points and five shorthanded goals last season. His five shorthanded goals were the most by a Ranger since Theo Fleury tallied seven shorthanded goals in 2000-01.
-Ryan McDonagh tallied the game-winning goal with 1.8 seconds remaining in overtime, and registered three shots on goal in 26:24 of ice time.  The goal was his first career overtime tally.  He has now recorded three points (two goals, one assist) in the last two games, and leads all team forwards in goals (two), assists (two) and points (four) on the season.  His two goals and four points are also tied for second on the team overall.
-Marian Gaborik opened the game’s scoring with a power play goal, the Rangers’ first of the season, at 4:53 of the first period to extend his goal streak to three games (three goals over the span).  He also led all skaters with a season-high, eight shots on goal in 21:03 of ice time.  Gaborik has now tallied a goal in four of five games this season, and leads the team in goals (four) and is tied for second in points (four).
-Brad Richards registered his 500th career NHL assist with an assist on Gaborik’s power play goal to extend his scoring streak to five games (one goal, four assists over the span), and led all forwards with 23:00 of ice time.  Richards, who has tallied a point in each of the Rangers’ games to begin the season, leads the team in assists (four) and points (five).
-Brian Boyle tallied the lone assist on Prust’s shorthanded goal to capture second star honors, and has now recorded a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist over the span).  Last season, Boyle led the Rangers and tied for second in the NHL with a career-best, three shorthanded assists.
-Derek Stepan recorded the primary assist on Gaborik’s power play goal, and was credited with a game-high-tying three hits in 19:34 of ice time.  He now leads the team with 14 hits on the season.
-Dan Girardi tallied the primary assist on McDonagh’s overtime game-winning goal, and led the team with 27:28 of ice time.  He leads all NHL skaters in average ice time (28:58).
-Brandon Dubinsky registered an assist on McDonagh’s overtime game-winning goal, was credited with two blocked shots and four shots on goal, and won a team-high 10-of-17 faceoff attempts (59%).  He has now tallied two assists in the last two games.
-Steve Eminger led all skaters with four blocked shots for the third consecutive game, and logged a season-high 20:51 of ice time.  He now leads the team with 14 blocked shots on the season, including 12 blocked shots in the last three games.

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  1. repost:


    An approximate measure of possession is Corsi where it measures shot attempts (not just shots on goal) that are taken by your team vs the opposition. This is done for 5 on 5 play as Shot Attempts For/Against will be heavily skewed on special teams. The idea is that in order to attempt shots you have to the puck. Not surprisingly, nearly every single player on the team has a negative Corsi differential. The sole positive is Sauer, but you’d expect him to conform with the rest of the team had he played the rest of the games this season. On a raw scale, Del Zotto has the “highest” amongst defenseman, meaning the least negative and Anisimov is the highest amongst forwards.

  2. Wicky©getting strikes for no reason!! on

    wow, I so BANJ’d



    Wicky©getting strikes for no reason!! October 21st, 2011 at 2:13 pm
    defencively, mdz is worse than the other two. That over the glass flip by woywitka—-> was at a horrible time difinitely, but not like he was the first ranger to have that penalty called against him during the game and pretty sure it went of a calgary stick and the refs missed it, either way an unlucky ill-timed penalty.

    eminger is not a pretty skater at all, he is choppy and i’ve said it before he skates like harvey williams used to run and that is ugly and all neck!!

    He still plays with something that no other ranger d man does consistently and with mcdonut playing so offencively well, mdz seems like the most logical to sit first IMHO when sauer comes back, but I think it will be woywitka—->

    Have they said staal is out for the year yet??

  3. Wicky©getting strikes for no reason!! on

    one other note OPG is not doing his penguin routine lately, maybe he is finally learning.

    eminger=the blockness monster!!

  4. wicky,

    Woywitka is definitely the first candidate to sit when Sauer comes back. No reason to have a journeyman/7th D get ice time over a 21 year old kid that the organization seems to want to nuture into a productive player.

  5. Wick, have you thought more aboot the trade?

    I found some new Ben & Jerry’s flavors today.

    Magic Brownie – Black Raspberry & Sweet Cream Ice Cream w/ Fudge Brownies

    Berry Voluntary – Raspberry Cheesecake Ice Cream w/ Raspberry Swirl & White Chocolate Chunks

    Friggin Aww-some!

  6. NYR,

    Yeah he did. When you add in quality of competition Dubisnky had the best Corsi.

    One thing that helped Zucc’s Corsi was a fairly high percentage of offensive zone starts.

  7. Wicky©getting strikes for no reason!! on

    like I said, woywitka—> will probably sit when sauer returns to the lineup, although I would sit MDZ (but that is just me).

    according to the third bullet point under player notes, mcdonut is a forward!!

    I haven’t yet, but I will look at it tomorrow.

    now I have a craving for ben and jerry’s you devious aasen!!

    have not seen the movie yet, let me know if it is good though!

  8. So far this season Prust-Boyle-Feds are below 30% for their 5v5 offensive zone starts. Pack Line doesn’t fare much better as they’re all in the high 30’s through 40’s. Richards and Gaborik are clocking in at 50% or better. The big surprise is that Stepan is below 50% in that category, whereas last year he was 64%.

  9. some thoughts:

    1) could see youth mistakes tearing apart at Torts but also see on his face
    that he’s willing to life with it (good, as in McD)

    2) Stepan. working so far. nice suggestion to Torts there, Carp

    3) pretty sure someone else mentioned this but i LOVE that Richards doesn’t give up on the puck. EVER! if it leaves his stick he’s chasing it and usually retrieves. i think opposing players are kinda surprised by this
    and hope other Rangers pick on this approach.

    4) still not pleased w/ offensive mentality of shooting puck in, all but D chase it….hoping better plays will FINALLY surface

    5) the 2 wins allow Sauer and Staal to heal. the patchwork plus the Wall (aka Hank) is working well enough.

    6) i need more coffee. done

  10. wicky,

    Still don’t know why you’d rather have Woywitka in there. As for Eminger he can stay because he’s not Woywitka but if Staal ever makes it back into the lineup I’d say Eminger has a chance to be the odd man out as the 7th D. His snarl hasn’t prevented the team from giving up more shots when he’s on the ice as well as yielding the highest average amount of 5v5 goals while providing zero offense (small sample size but him and Woywkita are the only D that have not been on the ice for a 5v5 goal scored by the Rangers).

  11. Here’s an excerpt from the PK Subban article I linked earlier:

    Subban’s struggles were underlined in a 6-5 shootout loss to Colorado on Saturday night. Less than a minute after the Avs’ David Jones(notes) tied the game 2-2 midway through the second frame, Subban tried skating the puck through the neutral zone even though he was the last man back. He was stripped of the puck by Paul Stastny(notes), who went in alone to score.

    “If I make that move and I beat the guy and go in and score, no one’s going to say anything,” said Subban. “But I turned it over and obviously you’re going to get flack for it.


    I can only imagine what people would say if Del Zotto said something similar after making a play like that.

  12. Good for Vinny. He’s a real leader on that team. All the Jackets fans are in favor of stripping the “C” off his jersey and giving it to Fankist.

    If Rick Nash wants to win a Cup, he needs to ask to be traded. Columbus will never be good enough to win the Cup. Not unless they do an amazing job of drafting, which they haven’t really done at all.

    Some of their first round picks, Nik Zherdev, Alex Picard, Gilbert Brule, Nikita Filatov, Jakob Voracek, all not with the team now, and are all pretty much busts. Then there’s Derek Brassard who hasn’t done much in his short career.

    Nash is the total opposite of Lebum James.

  13. LW, that could be the case. But I would say that Torts hates Stepan more this year than last year based on his dramatic drop in offensive zone starts.

  14. CTB, thanks for the reply. Not surprised at what you report. Our offense has got to develop a real threat beyond dumping and chasing and having to grind every single moment we get over the blue line.

  15. Anyone else notice McDonagh attempting to play the puck behind his back while there was an opposing forward checking him? He turned it over a few times that way.

  16. Wicky©Is staal out for the season yet?? on

    i don’t mind the occasional goals against if a pair is providing physicality that the d lacks as a whole. OPG has played more physical and less on his stomach this year, but the pair in discussion plays it fairly simple (they have to) which isn’t a bad thing for a third pair.

    I am just not impressed with mdz. I’m sure woywitka will sit when sauer gets back. Which is fine because sauer plays with grit. I would keep eminger over mdz because I would rather have grit in the line up over offencive “potential”. It is just my opinion on it though, and I’m sure when staal comes back next season (or when ever) NYR’s boy will sit.

  17. wicky,

    I wouldn’t mind the goals against either if those guys were either:

    A) providing offense themselves, which they don’t
    B) using physical play to recapture the puck and eliminate scoring chances, which they aren’t

    To top that off they’re usually not matched up against the other teams top lines (those duties go to Girardi-McD). So the fact they struggle against non-top competition isn’t very encouraging either. I’d rather take the bumps in the road with the younger players than have guys who’s physical play doesn’t really amount to anything useful.

  18. That over-the-glass, as bad and untimely as it was, was the only really bad mistake Woiwitka commited last night. McD and Girardi each had 4-5 serious mistakes and MdZ had a couple as well. Eminger and Erixon had a strong no-nonsense game.

  19. One more thought on defense. Contrary to what almost everyone believes, IMO when Staal comes back (and I pray with all of you that he comes bach healthy) he should concentrate on defense only. I always believed that that he should be a defense-first type of D-player and now that McD shows great offensive potential, I believe it even more. Ideally, I whould like to see Staal as a smaller version of Chara.

  20. Stranger Nation on

    Chara has a canon of a shot – the Rangers’ back line, eh…not so much

    Auntie Em is the Jay Wells of this team. Bad skater but plays with serious grit. You want to cover your eyes when the opposition starts their break out, but around the cage he takes no prisoners and you need that when your best player is a stationary target. I wish he could throw down like Wells but you cannot have it all.

    Need to be wary of commenting on every glaring defensive mistake. These guys are like NFL lineman, no one celebrating the grunt work in the corners, but quick to pounce on obvious mistakes.

    2nd line needs to get it going and the oilers are the perfect team to do it against. With Line 1 generating scoring chances and, up to now, playing like a good first line, 2nd line needs to rev it up to take pressure off D.

    Bring up Mitchell for 4th line forward for a true crash line.

  21. My favorite ‘Go Time” post – just after Gabby scored on PP

    eric October 20th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    i called it we need ppg

    I hope eric didn’t hurt his arm patting himself on the back for such prescience

  22. Chara is Chara. You really can’t compare anyone else to him due to sheer size and intimidation. He (along with Timmay Thomas) is what separated the Bruins from the rest of the EC playoff pack last year, IMO…

  23. if i didn’t say it in my prior comments
    i meant to
    point out that someone else mentioned our
    badly constructed offensive plan — dump, chase, run away run away

    said it earlier

  24. CCCP

    i liked Super 8

    it was very old school (ET era) Spielberg type of movie.
    considering what else was around
    that was something i was in the mood to see.
    the end….eh
    but i thought the performances were good and pretty realistic than
    hollywood kids version

  25. i thought super 8 was OK… performance wise, yeah the kids did a good job but the movie overall was so so… i guess its worth watching once. The ending was really lame.

  26. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Great game last night, MCdonagh is a beast ….making that Gomez trade look GOOD!!!

  27. Three stars of the game:

    1.Jarome Iginla
    2.Brian Boyle
    3.Mark Giordano

    Is it a joke? WTB!!!

  28. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Good point LW , the trade was a win -win situation because yes we were happy to unload his huge mamoth contract but when you look at the value we THOUGHT we had having watched him all those years in NJ where he looked really good. Trading him was us Ulitimately accepting OUR ( Sathers) failure and peddled him for an interesting prospect out of Montreal. Well it seems that prospect ( MCdonagh) is paying off and we now see the true value in that trade and not just the contract dump. It leaves a sweet taste in my mouth instead of that sour one when we gave up on a player worth giving up on.

  29. 4everanger

    its ok! as long as it all for good fun! :)

    shoot! i forgot to set up my lineup for tonight! darn it! second time this week!

  30. I feel, Carp is so busy today…and let us take this liberties. We shell pay back with much more than 100 creative posts.

  31. 3 months ahead?? you know that some players go in and out of the line up lol

    i like to follow every day… sometimes i forget, and i get behind! Sally is kicking my butt right now!

  32. Here is my 100th contribution,
    I can take healthy criticism from Carpie. *It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools*( Ecclesiastes, 6:11 – 12).

  33. Not like I care much, but if there is one team, which really surprised me, it is Dallas. Remember, how this all talking heads predicted assuredly, that after BR departure, and little activity off season, they will reserve place at the bottom? Look where are they so far: 5-1-0, leading in today’s game against Ducks and #2 in Bestern Conference. Wow! Very interesting to understand why such unimpressive on paper and in general team have such success even at the beginning of the season?

  34. I can’t believe we barely cracked 103 posts only…with all this PIM shooting. Hopefully, tomorrow at game day, folks at home and supposedly 3 threads, it will be easily over 500.
    (if Rangers will go over .500) LGR!
    Feel lonesome, good night.

  35. Zzzzzuke 2 goals, 1 assist in first game with WHALE before 3,700 fans tonight….

    If we keep sending down nhl players, the whale may be worth the price of admission and the drive.

  36. Looks like I missed some fun gibberish (jibberish) about PIM today. Dammit. Surprised it didn’t evolve into a Brodeur PIM-fest. Maybe tomorrow.

  37. Five For Fatty:

    Pierogi Ingestion Master
    Pizzas Implore Mercy
    Pototo Inhaling Machine
    Period Intermission Munchies
    Pants Incessantly Mended

  38. i am not surprised about Dallas at all. Stars are a well coached team with plenty of talent. Last year they started very strong too and were one of the better teams in the league for most of the year only to crumble close to the end and missed the playoffs.

    Lehtonen is a very good goalie and right now probably is the hottest fantasy goalie, too. That is why i will NOT trade him at this point in the season… sorry, ORR. You should have taken my offer a week ago ;P

  39. is it time to write off Staal for the season yet? Has management started to compile a list of top D-Men’s names on a sheet of paper followed by a column with a list of players names from the organization which would be the barganning chips? As larrry brooks wrote today, the obvious team to look is at is the The Preds, with Suter heading to UFA status and Weber a UFA, both this July, can one of these pieces be traded for? Who could it be? how much are the Rangers willing to spend? the mere idea of sending some of the core is scary. do you bail on Delzotto, AA, a Stepan maybe Dubi or does the blue chips, Erixon, Krieder, where and when does this start. if it has to maybe earlier may be better rather than later. Dear Marc, please get better soon!

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