Post-game notes, quotes


By now you know that Tim Erixon and Kris Newbury have been assigned to the CT Whale. Which means Jeff Woywitka, barring a trade or another callup, and Mike Rupp, on Monday.

Here are the post-game notes, quotes from the Rangers (my audio interviews to follow):

October 29, 2011 (Game 9, Home Game 2)
Madison Square Garden – New York, New York

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers were defeated by the Ottawa Senators, 5-4, in the shootout today at Madison Square Garden, and are now 3-4-2 on the season.

–        New York tallied two power play goals in four opportunities (7:00), and are now 5-19 (26.3%) with the man advantage in the last five games.  The two power play goals were notched in an 80-second span in the second period at 6:24 and 7:44, respectively.

–        The Rangers out-hit the Senators, 26-21, led by Brian Boyle’s game-high, four hits.  New York was also credited with 14 blocked shots, including a game-high, three blocked shots each from Dan Girardi, Ryan Callahan and Steve Eminger.

–        The Blueshirts won 34 of 62 faceoff attempts for a 55% success rate.

Player Notes:

–        Brad Richards notched two goals, including one on the power play, added a power play assist and won a team-high 11 of 17 faceoff attempts (65%) in 22:45 of ice time.  His power play assist at 6:24 of the second period was his first point at Madison Square Garden as a Ranger, and his power play goal at 7:44 of the second was his first goal at Madison Square Garden as a Ranger.

–        Marian Gaborik registered one goal and two assists, including one on the power play, in 20:30 of ice time.  He also registered four shots on goal and a plus-two rating.  Gaborik has recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in the last two games.

–        Ryan Callahan notched the Rangers’ first goal of the game with a power play tally at 6:24 of the second period.  He also led all forwards and tied for the team-high with three blocked shots, tied for the game-high with five shots on goal, and led all forwards with a season-high, 23:31 of ice time.  Callahan has registered two goals in the last three games, and now leads the team in shots on goal (37).

–        Wojtek Wolski tallied two assists, posted a plus-two rating and logged a season-high, 15:50 of ice time.

–        Michael Del Zotto recorded a power play assist to extend his scoring streak to three games, registering one goal and two assists (both on the power play) over the span.  He was also credited with three hits in a season-high, 24:29 of ice time.  Del Zotto extended his streak of posting a plus or even rating to nine games, and leads the team with a plus-five rating.

–        Derek Stepan tallied the primary assist on Gaborik’s even strength goal at 4:53 of the third period.  He was also credited with two hits and two blocked shots, and won five of seven faceoff attempts (71%).

–        Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 36 of 40 shots through regulation and overtime, and stopped one of two shootout attempts, and is now 2-4-2 on the season.  He has registered 30 or more saves in five of his last six games.

–        Dan Girardi led all skaters with a career-high, 33:14 of ice time, and was credited with three hits and three blocked shots.  He currently leads the league in average ice time (28:12), and ranks first on the team in blocked shots (22) and is tied for second in hits (20).

–        Ryan McDonagh was credited with three hits and logged a career-high, 28:57 of ice time.

–        Brian Boyle led all skaters with four hits, and is now two games shy of his 200th career NHL contest.

–        Steve Eminger was credited with a game-high-tying, three blocked shots, and now ranks second on the team with 18 blocked shots on the season.

Post-Game Quotes:                                                      

–        John Tortorella on today’s game…

“I thought there were signs of a number of players beginning to play their game.  We played in spurts again – longer spurts than we have played.  I’m not dwelling on the bad stuff.  There was some bad stuff, obviously, that is something we have to continue to chip away at and stay with it here.”

–        Ryan Callahan on the power play…

“I thought we moved the puck well.  We got the puck to the net, we scored off some rebounds.  We had guys moving in and out of spots and I think that’s when we are most successful – when we are moving without the puck and making passes and tonight it came up big for us.”

–        Henrik Lundqvist on momentum…

“Hockey is a game where small things can make a big difference.  We got a lot of confidence from our power play in the second and changed the momentum and the energy in the building. But it changed back a couple of times.  We talk about it all the time – when things are going good you try and ride that, but when things are going against you just try and settle things down.”

Transaction Update:

–         New York Rangers President and General Manager, Glen Sather, announced that forward Kris Newbury and defenseman Tim Erixon have been assigned to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL).


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  1. Before trading any actual hockey players, don’t you think they should fire and replace the clueless egomaniacal ratface behind the bench and see if another coach can stop the bleeding?

  2. IMO Wolski held his ground. He knew contact was coming and yeah he leaned into it but I didn’t see an elbow. I don’t know how it could be called intentional to the head when he wasn’t even looking. Just my opinion.
    I didn’t think the Konopka hit was that bad either.

  3. Olga Folkyerself on

    firertorts- move up one level in the organization…. then let Sathers replacement pick his own coach.

  4. eddie eddie eddie on

    There is not much chemistry on this team…strange really…..the dump and chase game just isnt working….whoever said it on the other page about brad richards being the only one that carries the puck into the zone is dead on……the rangers would play dump and chase – 5 on the goaltender…..

  5. It’s sad that we sign the best free agent and we play worse than last year. 9 games in we should have our act together.

  6. >>>“One cannot get high enough to counter balance the low this team provides.”

    If Rangers Report and the Boneheads ever have a Coat-Of-Arms made up, like in heraldry, the above statement should be the official motto placed at the bottom of the Coat.

    It says it all!!

  7. eddie eddie eddie on

    torts has to be blamed to some extent…….he is the boss…….the ineptitude that is the ranger powerless play is his fault……it has sucked his whole tenure here…….my brutha…have some of this….

  8. Olga i agree, id love for sather to be gone, assuming he is even still alive, but its been 10 years so clearly that isnt going to happen.

    and i didnt say the coach was the “only” problem, but its clear on the ice that whatever he is preaching isnt working, and the players seem to like him even less than i do.

    And when you start blaming marginal players like wolski, who has played, not played, been given opportunities, and then had them taken away, gets two assists, and also a bad penalty, and when a journeyman heartless player like christensen is skating on the first line, it seems time for a new coach.

  9. my son had a blast as did i. thankfully we left after the 2nd period and i didnt have to see this disgrace of a team in person. stupid me just put myself through the misery again by wathcing the 3rd period on dvr.

    send the whole team down. get rid of sather torts del zaster and everyone associated with this crap team.

    blowing a 4-1 lead with 11 mins to go if that doenst have me on the ledge then i dont know what will.


  10. eddie eddie eddie on

    eric – you are good dad…in the end, that is the only thing that matters…love that baby :)

  11. Look again and again at the lack of experience on D

    Eminger, the most experienced is a journeyman 6-7th
    MDZ is 3rd with 1.5 seasons at age 21
    Sauer 1 season and not 100%
    McD looks to be special but has 1/2 season exp
    Erixson wookie

  12. Look . it’s of no use to complain about the missed chances…they were given a gift but their passing abilities are so amateurish ( the worse perhaps in the league), and they continue in this fashion game after game. They got some lucky bounce, but they also got some unfortunate ones but their response is so inept that they were often unable to capitalize on them. you folks who have been complaining in the blog about Dubinsky…’re beginning to make a believer of me. I don’t know what I expected in the shoot out, but it was as blah as in the rest of their performance, almost as though they were disinterested.

  13. richards could take those 2 goals and shove it up his butt after not tying up michalek on the game tying goal.

  14. D can’t hold their ground = no transition game.

    Hope Capt’n Calli finds his voice in the locker room.

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