Post-game notes


Courtesy of the Rangers:

December 1, 2011 (Game 22, Away Game 13)
RBC Center – Raleigh, North Carolina

                                                1st   2nd   3rd   OT   Final
New York Rangers               1      3        1       –      5
Carolina Hurricanes             2      1        0       –      3

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-3, tonight at RBC Center to extend their winning streak to four games, and have won 11 of their last 13 contests.

–        New York improved to 14-5-3 (31 pts) on the season, including a 7-4-2 record on the road.

–        Carolina took an early lead with an even strength goal just 35 seconds into the game, but New York pulled even 67 seconds later with a power play goal.  The Blueshirts later erased a 2-1 deficit after the first with three goals in a span of 4:53 in the second period.  The Rangers improved to 9-0-1 when leading after two periods, including a 5-0-0 mark on the road.

–        14 of 18 Rangers skaters registered at least one point, including five of six defensemen.  New York’s defense corp combined for two goals and three assists in the contest.  The last time The Rangers had at least 14 different skaters with one or more points was Apr. 9, 2011 vs. New Jersey (5-2 win), and the last time five or more Blueshirt defensemen tallied a point was Mar. 15, 2011 vs. the New York Islanders (6-3 win).

–        The Rangers tallied one power play goal in four opportunities (6:42), and have now notched at least one power play goal in each of the last four games (5-17, 29.4% over the span).

–        New York has out-scored their opponents, 17-9, during their current four-game winning streak.

–        New York was credited with 22 blocked shots in the contest, and now rank third in the NHL with 210 blocked shots on the road this season.

–        The Rangers are now two wins shy of 2,500 wins, having won 2,498 games all-time in franchise history.

Player Notes:

–        Marian Gaborik notched one goal and tallied the primary assist on the game-winner to earn first star honors.  He also registered a team-high, four shots on goal in 18:11 of ice time.  Gaborik has registered six points (three goals, three assists) in the last four games, and now leads the Rangers with 12 goals and 21 points on the season.

–        Ryan McDonagh tallied a goal, was credited with three blocked shots and two hits, and registered three shots on goal in 26:55 of ice time to earn third star honors.  He has registered four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games, and now leads all Rangers defensemen and is tied for fourth on the team with four goals on the season.

–        Ryan Callahan tallied the Rangers first goal of the game with a power play goal at 1:42 of the first period, and was credited with three hits in 20:06 of ice time.  He has registered 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in the last 14 games, with 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the last eight.

–        Carl Hagelin recorded one assist and three shots on goal in 11:31 of ice time.  He has now registered a point in four straight games to begin his career (one goal, three assists), becoming the first Ranger rookie to do so since Steven King recorded a point in four consecutive games to begin his career in 1992-93.

–        Martin Biron made 28 saves to improve to 4-1-0 overall, including a 2-1-0 mark on the road.  He has registered a 1.94 goals against average with a .930 save percentage in six appearances this season.

–        Sean Avery notched the game-winning goal and was credited with two hits in the contest.  The Rangers improved to 138-91-31 with him in the lineup since originally being acquired on Feb. 5, 2007.

–        Michael Sauer tallied a goal at 5:42 of the third period and registered two shots on goal in 19:37 of ice time.  The goal was his first of the season.

–        Brian Boyle registered the primary assist on Sauer’s third period goal and won a team-high, 10-13 faceoffs (77%).  He has tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games, and has posted a plus or even rating in 12 straight (plus-eight).

–        Brad Richards and Michael Del Zotto each recorded an assist on Callahan’s first period, power play goal.  Richards also led all Rangers’ forwards with 20:54 of ice time, while extending his point streak to four games (three goals, four assists over the span).  Del Zotto was credited with three blocked shots in 22:14 of ice time, and has tallied an assist in each of the last three games (three assists over the span).

–        Derek Stepan registered an assist on the game-winning goal and was credited with two blocked shots in 16:33 of ice time.  He has now recorded 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in the last 14 games, and is tied for fourth on the team in scoring with 13 points on the season.

–        Brandon Dubinsky and Dan Girardi tallied an assist apiece on McDonagh’s second period goal.  Dubinsky now ranks third on the team with nine assists on the season, as the Rangers improved to 7-0-1 when he records a point.  Girardi led all skaters with five blocked shots and 27:30 of ice time.  Entering tonight’s contest, Girardi led the NHL in average ice time (27:41) and was tied for 10th in the league with 56 blocked shots.

–        Artem Anisimov and Jeff Woywitka each registered an assist on Gaborik’s second period goal.  Anisimov is now tied for the team lead with 11 assists on the season.  Woywitka was also credited with two blocked shots in the contest, and the Rangers improved to 14-2-0 when he is in the lineup and 5-0-0 when he registers a point.

Team Schedule:

–        The Rangers return to action on Saturday, December 3, when they will face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Pete Times Forum (7:00 p.m.), to conclude their two-game Southeast road trip.  The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.

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  1. Chazz: We’re gonna skate to one song, and one song only: “Lady Hump” by the Black Eyed Peas. What you gonna do with all that junk / All that junk inside your trunk? / I’m gonna get you, get you drunk / Get you drunk off my lady humps / My humps, my humps / My lovely lady humps.
    Jimmy: [disgusted] I’m not skating to anything with references to lady humps. I don’t even know what that means.
    Chazz: No one knows what it means, but it’s provocative.
    Jimmy: No, it’s not. It’s gross.
    Chazz: It gets the people going.

  2. Yes NYR! Vibin’! I *LOVE* Hagelin too. I mean Love. Get the kid on the PP. Get him on the PK. Get him out there 20+!!!

  3. OK, gang, this has been fun and its been real and its been real fun, but I gotta scoot for a little bit. Catch ya on the flipside maybe and if not, have a super duper night!

  4. NYR, I’ve been a busy bee…..but I’m back! Like it or not!

    from last thread:
    Boiled Sabretts with Sabrett brown mustard are my weakness.

    Oh yeah baby!

  5. A Silent Carping!!! How cruel!!!

    Goodnight, you she-demon from the Gateway City – I’ve gotta be careful of you….

  6. Callahan and Hagelin were everywhere tonight, along with Anisimov. Those three seemed to be the ones who were in the thick of everything.

    Like I said in the other post, if Gaborik had their motors, he would score 80 goals. He can seem totally disengaged for several shifts. He was VERY flat in the first period. Got better in the second, and was much more involved in the third.

  7. Amen, ORR. And also BLOOD and complete full frontal nudity (from both genders, for the ladies) and amazingness all around. Also I don’t have to watch Sam and Frodo being boring as heck for 4 hours +

  8. What Mickey said, kinda…..been nice catching up, however slightly. LGR!

    Enjoy your late night fun, I’m off…Til tomorrow, TA!

  9. I will take that latter half, ORR! That is worth it. Some of the final Game of Thrones episodes are quite fantastic all around.

  10. Why do you think I hang around here, Jimbo? ORR keeps me up to date on Ben & Jerry’s and Nudity and Hockey!

  11. Blogmama please Read my last comments on the previous post for Explanation :)

    And Carp please don’t delete all those comments from the two previous posts because i Need them for all those Restaurant advices given to me :)

  12. Ha! Everything, Latona. If you like old weird middle earth mysteries mixed with incredible nudity on women (and Men as ORR pointed out – not that there’s anything wrong with that!) and blood and awesomeness……you have to see it!

  13. It all becomes much clearer now, Manny! I finally get some insight to your attraction to RR…..

    I thought it might have to do with rodent-screening techniques, but that was an aberration, I guess…..?

  14. Buff, don’t worry – Carp keeps all of our posts as evidence, lest some government agency should ever want to snag our IP addresses and come to silence us…. ;-D

    Just kidding! He doesn’t eliminate posts unless they are obscene or defamatory….

  15. >>>Manny do you think that nudity and Hockey has something in Common ? :)

    In *SLAPSHOT* it did!!

  16. Hey, C3 – I hope the police didn’t bust any of your friends in the last couple of days……?

  17. I was waiting for the Seinfeld reference, Janmes G. Thanks!

    Sounds like a nice, wholesome program I would enjoy, Manny.

  18. Oh yeah…this was my first Rangers game in SD (switched to verizon fios) in YEARS! And I have to tell you…Verizon does a great job. There were times where I’d forget that i was watching the game in SD! Very good SD picture! Waiting for MSG HD to hit fios in mid December.

  19. I Know Jimbo :) i was trying to Challenge Carp himself to Coming out to give me Some advices cause i Know he Likes partying all the Time :)

  20. I’ll tell you what kids, If this is one of those pre All star break dream streaks that will turn a 180 in 2 months, It sure is a convincing one

  21. C3, they busted an organized crime ring that was importing Eastern European wimmins into the country to perform in “dance clubs”…under false pretenses, telling them that they had “waitress” jobs or some other jobs for them….

    I heard this, and I immediately thought “Oh no – C3”!!

  22. Habs leading Sharks 3-2, about 5 minutes left in the game – could McLellan be next to go…?

  23. lol love the way TSN’s AP started this write up: “RALEIGH, N.C. — The New York Rangers are on such a good run that demanding coach John Tortorella is having trouble finding anything to complain about”.

    All the critics are kinda running out of ways to play the negative up. At this point it’s like “well they won 7 games against bottom feeders and then lost 2 extremely important games they shoulda won and then they beat 3 slumping power houses and inched by the struggling Canes.” lol

  24. lol wimmins! Naive Europansy chicks! But I’m ok, Jimbo! Thanks for thinking of me ;)

    Fargin ORR dominates everywhere! Last week he killed my fantasy team, earlier today he kicked my tuhes in NHL 12! Someone should send ORR “an old Sicilian message!” if you know what I mean.

  25. OK, C3 – I was scared for you, that’s all I’ll say!

    Oooh!!! You want ORR to “sleep with the fishes”?

    3-3 Habs-SJ in OT…..

  26. >>>The only fish I want to sleep with is the Little Mermaid.

    ORR, aren’t there laws against that kind of activity…..?

  27. I had stuff to do, Jimbo. Adult like stuff :(

    But I’m back, albeit only for a little bit cause I have to work in the morning.

  28. Uhhhhhhhhhhhh……………………ORR, are mermaids considered human beings? If they are, you’re OK……

  29. Goodnight, ORR – watch out for those scales – their edges can be VERY sharp….could be hazardous to your health! ;-D

  30. Goodnight, Mickey! Don’t put any spells on me from long-distance…..or I’ll have to come out there with the wooden stake!


  31. Goodnight, Buff! It was my pleasure! Manny has sent you info on some great Italian places!

  32. Well…………………….just to get away from the gibberish for a few moments, and decide on whether or not it was a good game…of course it was………….in fact any game that you win is a good game………but that doesn’t necessarily translate into whether they played all that well or not, because for quite a while they played lousy. I cannot figure out why they persist in passing ( if that’s what you call it) to people who are being closely checked or are tied up. I thought their passing game was for the most part terrible, and I also wonder why when they have the puck in their own zone and are being pressed they insist on passing to the
    strong side rather than the weak side……..
    they do this a lot. Great individual performances and they had some awesome
    injuries that they played thru as though nothing had happened. Quel courage.

    Either that ice was terrible, or the pucks had cleats. But hey..nobody’s perfect…eh? And these rookies are only gonna get better.

    It was a very entertaining game to watch, and a really good victory…but let’s watch out for the little sloppy things from now on…eh?

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