Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the NYR:

December 11, 2011 (Game 27, Home Game 12)
Madison Square Garden – New York, New York
Team Notes:
–        The Rangers defeated the Florida Panthers, 6-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to sweep their weekend back-to-back set.  The Blueshirts out-scored their opponents, 10-2, during the weekend set.
–        New York improved to 17-6-4 (38 pts) on the season, including an 8-2-2 record at home.
–        Their six goals tied the Rangers season-high for most goals in a game, while their four goals in the second period tied the team mark for most goals in a single period.  New York has tallied four goals in a period five times this season, including three times in the second period.
–        The Rangers’ six regulation losses are the fewest in the league.
–        New York has registered a point in 16 of their last 19 games (14-3-2), and has out-scored their opponent, 67-42, during the stretch.
–        The Rangers have won six of their last nine games against the Panthers, having out-scored Florida 24-13 over the span.
–        The Blueshirts opened the game’s scoring with two power play goals in the first period, and finished the contest 2-3 (5:03) with the man advantage.  New York is now 10-37 (27.0%) on the power play in their last nine games, and have notched a power play goal in eight straight home games (10-40, 25.0% over the span).
–        The Blueshirts’ 38 points through 27 games (17-6-4) is their best start to the season since the 1993-94 Stanley Cup Championship team posted 40 points in 27 games (19-6-2).
–        The Rangers improved to 3-0-1 in the second game of back-to-back sets this season, including a 3-0-0 mark when the game is played at Madison Square Garden.  Since, 2009-10, New York is 24-8-3 in the second game of back-to-backs, with a 12-3-1 mark at MSG over the span.
Player Notes:
–        Derek Stepan notched three points, including two goals and one assist, tied for the game-high with four shots on goal and posted a plus-three rating to capture first star honors.  He has now tallied 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) in the last 19 contests, including eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last six.
–        Henrik Lundqvist made 20 saves to improve to 12-5-4 overall, including a 6-2-2 mark at home.  He is now 10-2-1 with a 1.91 goals against average, .934 save percentage and one shutout in his last 13 games.
–        Artem Anisimov tallied the game-winning, power play goal, added an assist and posted a plus-two rating in the contest.  He has tallied seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last six games, and is now nine points shy of 100 career NHL points.
–        Michael Del Zotto recorded an assist, tied for the team-high with four hits and three blocked shots, tied for the game-high with four shots on goal and posted a career-high, plus-four rating.  Del Zotto extended his assist streak to four games (five assists over the span), and has tallied eight assists in the last eight games.  He is now tied for ninth in the NHL, and ranks third among league defensemen, with a plus-15 rating.
–        Marian Gaborik posted his sixth multi-point effort of the season with a goal and an assist, and posted a plus-two rating in the contest.  He has tallied eight points (five goals, three assists) in the last seven games, and is now tied for eighth in the NHL with 15 goals on the season.  Gaborik is also tied for the team lead in scoring with 25 points.
–        Steve Eminger notched a goal and posted a season-high, plus-four rating in 19:16 of ice time to earn third star honors.  He has now registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last two games.
–        Brad Richards opened the game’s scoring with a power play goal at 11:40 of the first period, and tied for the game-high with four shots on goal in 15:35 of ice time.  He has now tallied 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in the last 19 games, including 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the last nine.
–        Anton Stralman registered his first point as a Ranger with a power play assist on the game-winner, and was credited with three blocked shots in 15:49 of ice time.
–        John Mitchell and Brian Boyle each tallied an assist on Eminger’s goal at 10:43 of the second period.  Mitchell recorded the primary assist, and has now registered five points (one goal, four assists) in nine games with the Rangers following his recall from Connecticut (AHL) on Nov. 24.  Boyle also tied for the game-high with four hits, and the Rangers improved to 8-0-0 when he registers a point.
–        Ryan Callahan recorded the lone assist on Richards’ power play goal at 11:40 of the first period, and tied for the game-high with four hits in the contest.  He extended his point streak to three games (two goals, one assist over the span), and has tallied 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the last nine games.
–        Erik Christensen tallied the primary assist on Anisimov’s power play, game-winning goal, and won 5-6 faceoffs (83%) while making his return to the lineup after not skating in the last eight games.
Post-Game Quotes:  
–        John Tortorella on tonight’s game…
“The way we tried to approach the game is that you don’t do too much thinking. It’s not a lot of information and leading. It’s really just trying to play with energy. That’s the biggest point we try to make and try to play simple. We ended up getting some fortunate rebounds and scored some goals. I thought our penalty killing was really good. In a 6-1 game, I thought everyone contributed and just played.”
–        Henrik Lundqvist on the team…
“I think we raised the bar this year. We’re not satisfied with just playing okay and getting a point here and there. So many players in the room now are challenging each other to be better and we have four pretty good lines out there.  It helps to have good players and guys that have been here a couple of years so they know what to expect from the coaching staff and each other. It’s a great feeling and I’m happy to see way we’re playing and the way we push ourselves through the ups and downs.”
–        Brad Richards on the power play…
“We’re scoring and winning. I like playing wherever. It’s been good and we’ve created some opportunities to score. We’ve been opportunistic. I guess that’s the main thing. I think we’ve sustained pressure and been good that way.”
Team Schedule:
–        Please note the Blueshirts do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, December 12.
–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, December 13, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their fourth game in six days.  The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.

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  1. loneranger December 11th, 2011 at 10:58 pm
    Carp: RE: your response at 9:04 : Thanks for being honest and fair re: my earlier comments on Avery. No further issues with you. Go Rangers. Still dislike Torts with a passion & would like to start a collection for some form of personality rehabilitation.

  2. Derek Stepan is really starting to look like a top line player. He’s probably the only guy on this roster (other than Richards and Gaborik) who really plays like a top line forward and the fact that he’s doing this so quickly is pretty damn impressive.


    From comments section

    piquestra3: Gotta change the topic. Tortosmella is a bonehead and doesn’t deserve to be the Rangers coach. Give Avery almost no ice time and then use as an excuse to make him a healthy scratch. Still has 3 goals. Never puts him on PP and Christenson gets on first game. Smella is a joke and the sooner he is gone the better off this team will be. If you think this group of players needs him you are wrong. They would win without him and with less punishing ice time for the big guys.

    Ah, another delusional Avery lover at work.

  4. Hey Orr, you need to understand that for a whole lot of people, it’s really hard to like John Tortorella, “exspecially” when he runs a line of bull like he did earlier with those comments about Avery. All of my issues with this team are to do with him; my liking of Sean Avery pales in comparison to my dislike of the coach.

  5. Great Win. I just thought that Erik Christensen should have got the Broadway hat, since he had the assist on the winning goal, he hasn’t played for some time, and almost everyone else got the hat at least once.

  6. Well to defend Torts…It’s not like when they ask why EC is playing over Avery he can just reply with “Because EC isn’t an A-hole”

  7. you don’t need to defend “Torts.” 99% of the people here do a pretty expert job of that already.

  8. My comment was tongue in cheek Lloyd. What I’m saying is that it’s obvious that there really arent many legitimate reasons to sub EC for Avery

  9. Fair enough, James. I had a listen to the full audio from the pre-game interview when I got back from the Garden and it’s basically impossible for me to find anything likeable about Tortorella when he makes comments about Avery not getting it done, leveling off and whatever other gibberish he came up with, and then admits that it’s basically impossible for Avery to show anything playing 4 or 5 minutes a night. To me, all of this has been about trying to open up a roster spot for Mike Rupp, whose only leverage is that he signed a newish contract. And even though I think Mike Rupp will prove to be another waste of space, I could deal with the notion if the coach didn’t think it necessary to come up with some totally asinine spin about why he scratched a player.

  10. Anyway, there’s a pretty fair amount of heart on this team. The coach’s disingenuousness doesn’t detract from that.

  11. But, given the talent level, the team is over-achieving and you all know how I feel about that! Over-achieving is due to the coaching.

  12. Why is it so hard to like Torts?? He’s doing a great job!

    I bet if Renney was here, we’d still have Drury, Gomez, and maybe even Redden.

    For that, I’ll shine Torts’ shoes every day for the rest of my life! Plus it would give me a chance to own a shine box!

  13. Hate some players, hate the coach…..boy, you would never know that this is a blog for Ranger *FANS* sometimes…

    If we were in 28th place in the league, I could understand all the beefing, but….

  14. Lloyd I agree with you. I thought the pre game interview on the radio feed left a lot to be desired. The best thing to do would be to just say “I want to give this other guy a look” and leave it at that. You know I don’t agree with you about Avery’s importance to the team but that just wasn’t handled correctly. Some of the fans aren’t stupid.

    But with that said- I don’t care about anything other than this team winning. Whatever/Whoever gets it done is fine by me. Even if it’s Fredo!

  15. I didn’t really have an issue with Renney. Look at the roster the year he got fired, I can’t believe we won ANY games!

    However, it was his time, and Torts is here now. I’m on board the Torts train.

  16. Stepan really looks like a budding star in the league – he seems to have such good “puck sense” for a young player.

  17. “Hate some players, hate the coach…..boy, you would never know that this is a blog for Ranger FANS sometimes…”

    THAT’S PART OF BEING A RANGER FAN! Been one for 40+ years. ;-)

  18. This is Ranger fan pessimism speaking but I was shocked Stepan not only put on a brilliant display in getting into position to score that goal, but actually finished. That’s the key thing about what makes this kid so impressive. Plenty of guys can show a glimpse of talent by pulling off a great move, but to put that puck in the top corner is just world class stuff.

  19. Glad the Giants didn’t ruin my blissful mood. Now back to Rangers hockey. If Stepan keeps elevating his game and we can get Dubinsky going we suddenly have a pretty potent offense. Anyone know if Richards is hurt? I know he went to the locker room with Rammer for a while

  20. Torts must be Nucky Thompson. Before we know it, he’ll be capping Avery in the rain in some warehouse cause he double crossed him or whatever.

  21. Only a couple of stitches, James. Nothing to worry aboot.

    A couple of guys have been getting banged up as of late. But, you’re right! If Dublowsky can get his game going, and if Stahl comes back and gets into mid-season form, then that just makes things 10x better!

  22. Carp – Do your player interviews and Tortorella pre-game sound files get deleted once you put up a new post?

  23. Thanks Lloyd, Orr.

    Just want to bring up the injuries to Chara in Boston and Giroux in Philly. Don’t know if either is going to necessarily struggle but it’s definitely important to take full advantage if they do.

  24. So im watchig the rest of the game on DVR right now

    Joe M “It’s time for Brandon Dubinsky to spend a little time on a couch with Al” LOL!! What a creep!

  25. Now that the NY trifecta is complete and having chance to sit down at laptop. What a great team win tonight. That was a complete 60 minutes with contributions from everyone. Kudos to Eminger and DelZotto for Stepping up (pun intended). Stepan, drafted by Glen Sather, is one of the best young talents Rangers have ever had. 22 years old and makes one brillant hockey IQ play after the other. Works his tail off too. Nice to have a big lead so coach can rest guys in 3rd. PP looked good again. BRich earning his dinero there. EVEN EC Played a decent game tonight. Had a good early shift and contributed an Assist.

    You know they really missed something tonight you know winning 6-1 and all. Oh wait, I guess they didn’t miss their 4th liner.

    Another great job by the future Jack Adams Award Winning Coach.

  26. Seriously people, I’m reading the threads from tonight. I’m now convinced there are people that are on her pretending to be Rangers fans or they are so in love with Avery, they’d rather the team lose and Avery play 20 minutes. Kudos to MSG crowd, not one “We Want Avery” chant. They should be chanting “Thank You Sather” He brought young stars like Hagelin, Stepan, Del Zotto, Callahan, Anisimov, McDonagh, Girardi and even Dubi who is doing the little things well while not scoring. Hard to believe any true Rangers fan can complain right. Team is prepped to be one of the hardest outs in the NHL.

  27. “Thank you Sather”?? Are you mad? Sather has as much to do with this team as I with US economy crisis. I thank Dolan (for not being cheap) before I ever thank Sather for anything.

  28. As a member of the MSG crowd, meaning someone who’s laid out thousands of dollars for tickets, I’m happy to see the team winning but not naive enough to label this team a contender in early December. I’ve seen the Rangers play well for stretches many times, including during some of the brutal years, and I’m going to have to see this level sustained into at least February in order to be convinced. What’s going on now from Richards, Stepan, Gaborik Callahan and, to an extent, Anisimov has been really good. I think there’s a lot to be excited about with Derek Stepan more so than with any other Ranger in a very long time.

  29. CCCP – Really? So some magical fairy dropped all these young players into the lockerrom. Get a clue! Face it! The guys has done exactly what he did say when Renney started this thing. They were going to try to develop it through the draft and they have.

  30. “Seriously people, I’m reading the threads from tonight. I’m now convinced there are people that are on her pretending to be Rangers fans or they are so in love with Avery, they’d rather the team lose and Avery play 20 minutes.”


    Thanks for articulating what I’ve been thinking for a very long time, HW.

  31. Ranger fan mentality: Rangers win = Credit Avery. Rangers developing one of more respected organizations in hockey right now = Sather and Torts are jerks and should be fired. Pretty comical that Torts and Sather get more credit from outside organization than own fan base who should ecstatic when their franchise is right now. Their core is set up to be stable for a long time and is getting better every game and they still may have more coming up the pike. Stepan and Hagelin are 22 years old! And are already showing great strides. What more do you want from them? GEEZ! Trade all the kids cause we need Thomas Kaberle for the PP. Jerome Iginla for a season and a half at 30+ years old. Bring back Jagr at almost 40. Seriously people. There are like 20+ franchises in hockey that woud trade places with the Rangers right now.

  32. MickeyM – I still am trying to figure out what these people will do when he’s not in the NHL next year unless his buddies lie Hank and Brich beg Sather to bring him back. No one else wants him.

  33. Torts is such a bad coach. You know demanding them to be in shape for training camp and running notoriously hardest camp in NHL. Team is now 6-0-2 in back to back situations. 3-0-1 on front end 3-0-1 on back end. Yeah get someone else. Clearly, the team is not buying in!

  34. Benching Avery was bad for team morale tonight as noticed by Coach Dineen.

    AGrossRecord Andrew Gross
    Panthers coach Kevin Dineen: “Their want was higher than ours…We were very individualistic tonight vs. playing as a group.”

  35. More reasons to hate on Torts for changing culture of organization.

    KatieStrangESPN Katie Strang
    With resounding 6-1 win over FLA, #NYR improve to 3-0-1 in second game of back-to-back sets this ssn; 24-8-3 since 2009-10

    KatieStrangESPN Katie Strang
    Translation: Those “conditioning-oriented” Tortorella training camps aren’t changing any time soon… #NYR

  36. Orr – Unless Mike Yeo keeps this up in Minny, I can’t see anyone else unless they give it to Bylsma again for navigating their injuries again.

  37. HWirth

    Redden, Gomez, Drury, Naslund, Zherdev, Eminger, *Brashear* , Montoya, Bobby S, Jessiman just to name a few…this is Sather. You get a clue.

    Only few month ago this team was nothing but 3rd 4 liners going nowhere (according to many) I bet you also felt this way…so stop acting like you’re some kind of a super loyal fan who knew all along how this team will turn out.

    They are playing very well and I love it by dont come on here and tell people to get a clue. You’re not the expert either.

  38. Oh wait I see. He only gets credit for the mistakes. You know you could do that for every GM in Hockey including ones that Have WON! When it works out credit that player for overcoming having to be drafted by Sather or coached by Torts. Yeah that works.

    The great, and he really is, Ken Holland. The last player he drafted to play regularly for the Wings dates back to 2005 with Kindl in 1st round, Abdelkader in 2nd and Helm in 5th. Should he be fired?

  39. Ken Holland should not be fire. However, I do believe he could use a good snack before the next draft to mak sure his blood sugar levels do not drop.

  40. Oh so Sather is Ken Holland now? LOL

    Ken Holland = 4 cups as a Ass. GM / GM of the wings

    Sather = *ZERO!*

    So yeah…get a clue.

  41. Wait I get it CCCP…. We should go back to buying everyone elses bad contracts cause that worked out. How about the Coach and GM said they were going to build it with the kids and not trade them off and they have and it’s working. He GETS THE CREDIT!!!

    Not to mention: Gomez turned into McDonagh and the cap space for Gabby.
    Drury was injured most of his time. That HAPPENS TO ALL GM’s.
    Eminger? Guess you’ve missed his steady improvement.
    Brashear? Really 4th liner really affected? Yet no mention of stealing Prust from Calgary.
    Bobby S did not work out. True. And the year before he moved up to grab Staal. How’d that work out.

  42. CCCP – I didn’t say he was Ken Holland. Although you do know Hockey existed before the 90s and Sather has 5 Rings himself and is a Hockey Hall of Famer. And by the way, they did find Hank in the 7th round. Guess, the tooth fairy dropped him off.

  43. HW, that’s true. I don’t expect the Wild to keep it up, but you’re right, if they do, then he probably wins, or even Dineen, though I don’t expect the Panthers to keep this up either!

    And to be fair to Slats, not all draft choices are his decision, if any. You have to trust your scouts to do their job, and we’ve been let down many times.

    You can blame him for the dumb signings though. That’s fair!

  44. Here’s Sather in a nutshell. Came him off of making fun of Rangers in past for over spending for little return and got suckered by the fan base that cares more about names than winning. Lockout happens. He hires a youth oriented coach in Renney and says we are going NOW do this the right way and you know what happen. Stepan, AA, MDZ, Staal, Hank, McD, Girardi, Cally, Dubi. All still under 30 and getting better.

  45. Orr – Sather has made several steals of trades. And yes, since Gordie Clark, Jeff Groton and Kevin Maxwell have come on their drafting has become very Team USA directed and successful.

  46. When did i say we need to go back to signing albatrosses? Dont put words in my mouth.

    I don’t care about other GM’s…I care about this franchise and for far too long Sather has been killing it. He finally hired people who know what they are doing…so Sather gets a credit for that…kind of indirectly.

  47. Lloyd,

    You’re right on Step’s finish. Fantastic.

    Seen many say they’d wish he’d gotten the trick, but he was looking to pass, pretty unselfish.

    Kid’s unbelievable…

  48. CCCP – You do realize Sather was the GM and drafted all those guys including TGO, who at the time, go read any book on him it’s in there was not highly touted by everyone. Many other GM’s and Scouts and some of the guys on HNIC (pre Don Cherry) thought he was too small to play and Sather got him and let him live with him to develop him. Clearly he knows nothing about the sport.

  49. I love the people who bash Sather like he’s some hockey idiot. People don’t even know the facts. Go back and look at the players he drafted and when. Messier (48th overall) Anderson (69th). Kurri (69th the following year). Steve Smith (111th overall) Esa (80th) Buchberger (188th)

    1st round picks. Lowe, Coffey, Fuhr, Beuke.

  50. How about Sather came in under DOLAN (he’s the guy at fault here) and spent $$ to fill his expensive seats. The Garden wants stars! Sather did as told and spent stupidly. Lockout came and you can’t just spend $$ and need a plan. Look at where we are at now. A pile of really good, some bordering on great young talent.

  51. Again…i don’t care what he did 30 years ago…he hasnt won ANYTHING since.

    I care about what he does now…I give him credit for finally (as it seems) figuring it out after so many years.

  52. Sather came in and spent someone else’s money??LMFAO As if this is hard!

    Look at all those late picks…seems like a lot to do with luck than knowledge ;)

  53. I’m pretty sure they’ve made playoff every year but one coming out lock out. I’ll check but I believe only Detroit and SJ has done every year. That’s not nothing. Lots of teams would trades places with even that. Isles, Leafs, Jackets, Oilers, Panthers, Jets, Wild, Stars. All on no playoff droughts of at least 3 years.

  54. Some perspective. Our last playoff series win 07-08 (ok not great, true) However, there have been 14 teams (about half the League) whose fan-bases have waited even longer to see a playoff series win.

  55. No shrine here. Just sick and tired of people not appreciating what the GM and Head Coach have developed because they are so pre-occupied with a 4th line nobody who will be out of the NHL next year while the rest of the team continues to get closer or maybe even competes for the Holy Grail.

  56. A lot of other teams do have it a hell of a lot worse than us.

    How aboot the Jackets? They have probably the most underrated player in the league, have had great spots in the draft and have blown pretty much every trade, and have made the playoffs once, and they were swept.

    I’d blow my brains out if I were a Jackets fan.

  57. If Jagr thing didn’t work (and it was a big IF at that time) we would not be talking about concecutive playoff births post lockout.

  58. CCCP – Jagr for Anson Carter! And the first cap manipulation before all these new long term deal. What a terrible GM he is.

  59. @wyshynski: Report: LA Kings brass ready to dump Terry Murray

    My pick to win the Cup this year! Still a chance! Even so, I’m shocked with the way things have gone for the Kings. Not necessarily bad, but not as good as it should be. They should be among the elite in the West, not stuck in the middle.

  60. Please Olga is too busy really being a Blackhawks fan. Kinda hard to take someone seriously as a “die-hard fan” of a team when you root for a second team.

  61. Fire Torts bring in Murray! No? Retread who has never won a thing, yet keeps getting hired. Becareful what you wish for.

  62. HWirth (I can’t believe I’m chirping in here at 2:27 a.m., on my way to the pillow) … Gretzky was not drafted by Sather. He was pretty much bought from a folding WHA franchise, and too young to be drafted into the NHL. He was then grandfathered to the Oilers in the merger.

    And if you want to give him the credit for those other picks — which no doubt turned out great — ask yourself this: If he had any inkling that Messier, for example, was going to be such a great player, one of the all-timers, why did he wait until the 48th pick to take him?

    There is a fair amount of luck with a non-first-rounder that turns out to be a superstar.

  63. and, not to bash Sather, whose record the past half decade isn’t bad, but how many legit players did he draft after that unbelievable group came along together in the late 1970s and early 1980s? Then through his final year there in 1999? Then through his first six years or so here?

  64. Carp – First off, Hockeydb might be the best site ever. Anyways, I realize that there is some luck involved after the 1st round, but he still WAS the Oilers foundation. He was their leader and he deserves credit for that. And you are right about Gretzky, shouldn’t have used word drafted with him. He was bought and carried over. But, the premise I was making is according to at least the stuff I’ve read on it there were smalls that thought he wouldn’t make it because of his size.

    The main point is this. Because Sather completely shuts off fans and press (which is totally wrong and quite honestly is a disgrace) he gets more disrespected than guys who don’t have half his resume but are big talkers. The guy still has 5 Rings as GM/Coach and is in the HHOF.

  65. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    If Sather gets credit for five Cups elsewhere, he equally shares the blame and responsibility for zero Cups here.

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