Post-game notes


Courtesy of the NYR:

December 17, 2011 (Game 30, Away Game 17) Arena – Glendale, AZ

1st   2nd   3rd   OT   Final
New York Rangers               1      0        2       –      3
Phoenix Coyotes                 1      1        0       –      2

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-2, tonight at Arena, and have now registered at least one point in 17 of their last 22 games (15-5-2).

–        New York improved to 18-8-4 (40 pts) on the season, including a 10-5-2 record on the road.  Last season, the Rangers earned their 40th point in game number 34 with a 4-3 shootout win against Phoenix on Dec. 16, 2010 at MSG.

–        After taking an early lead with a power play goal in the first period, the Rangers tallied two goals in the third period to erase a one-goal deficit heading into the final frame.  The Blueshirts’ Marian Gaborik tied the game at two goals apiece 69 seconds into the third, and Brad Richards notched the game-winning goal with 0.1 second remaining in regulation.

–        The Rangers notched one goal in six power play opportunities (9:40), and are now 11-47 (23.4%) with the man advantage in the last 12 games.  New York improved to 13-1-2 in games when tallying a power play goal.

–        The Blueshirts improved their league-leading mark when out-shooting their opponent, posting a record of 10-2-0 (.833%) in those contests.

–        New York is now 14-1-1 (.875%) in games when scoring first.  Entering tonight’s contest, the Rangers ranked second in the NHL with an .867 win% when scoring first.

Player Notes:

–        Marian Gaborik notched two goals, including his 300th career NHL goal, in 21:17 of ice time.  He has now tallied 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in the last 10 games, and leads the team with seven multi-point performances on the season.

–        Brad Richards tallied the game-winning goal with 0.1 second remaining in regulation, tied for the game-high with four shots on goal and posted a plus-two rating in 20:35 of ice time.  He has now registered 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last 12 games.  Entering tonight’s contest, Richards was tied for eighth in the league with three game-winning goals.

–        Martin Biron made 21 saves to improve to 6-1-0 overall, including a 4-1-0 mark on the road.  Biron has held opponents to two or fewer goals in five of his seven starts this season.

–        Michael Del Zotto tallied a power play assist and was credited with two blocked shots in 25:41 of ice time.  He has now recorded 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in the last 11 games.

–        Derek Stepan recorded a power play assist and was credited with three hits and three shots on goal in 21:01 of ice time.  He has now tallied 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in the last 22 games, including nine points (three goals, six assists) in the last nine contests.

–        Ryan McDonagh registered the primary assist on the game-winning goal and tied for the game-high with three blocked shots in 24:25 of ice time.  McDonagh ranks second on the Rangers in blocked shots (65), and second among Blueshirt defensemen in assists (10) and points (14).

–        Ryan Callahan recorded an assist on the game-winning goal and logged 20:31 of ice time.  He has now tallied 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in the last 12 games.

–        Dan Girardi was credited with a team-high, six hits and logged a game-high, 29:35 of ice time.  Entering tonight’s contest, Girardi led the NHL in average ice time (27:31) and was tied for eighth among league defensemen in hits (77).

–        Brian Boyle tied his season-high with five hits in the contest.  Brandon Prust tied for the game-high with a season-high, three blocked shots, and was credited with four hits.

Team Schedule:

–        The Blueshirts do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, December 18.  The Rangers’ next practice is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 19, at the MSG Training Center.

–        The Rangers return to action on Tuesday, December 20, when they will face-off against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.), to conclude a three-game road trip.  The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.


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  1. repost since it was carped.

    HWirth December 17th, 2011 at 11:55 pm
    ilb- While the fringe will worry abt. what the 4th line will look like, I’ll be more concerned about asking 1 guy that was cut (woywitka), one guy no one wanted (strahlman) a kid on a huge bounce back year (MDZ) and a rookie (Erixon) to take over this defense. Its one thing to be the 5-6 guys and another to be the 3-6 guys.

  2. CARPED again!

    ORR – Definitely going to be a tough game in Newark – but I’d love to have it be us who stops their winning streak, though – and brings them back down to earth – by making Maaaaaaaaaarty look like his age and weight in goal…

  3. Bet Erixon can drive to Hartford and back with his eyes closed by now. Hey, be careful kid, we have enough injuries…

  4. If DeBoer had any brains he’ll start Hedberg on Tuesday. Not many goalies in the league can allow 3 goals and have their GAA go *down*. Marty’s one of them.

  5. Speaking of Marty’s. Can we give Kudos to a brillant signing in Biron.

    6-1 13 GA (in 7 games) for a 1.82 GAA and a .932 Save %

    Want some perspective on that. Ryan Miller has 8 wins in 17 starts. Brodeur has 8 in 18 starts.

    Not too shabby for the backup.

  6. Girardi & McDonut should be getting some quality time in one of those hyperbaric chambers to help heal their bruised and over-used bodies after this game!

  7. The way this team has been developing their kids in Hartford, I wouldn’t be surprised if Erixon comes up and does what McD did last year. Wouldn’t that be something?

  8. Biron has been great! Can’t ask for much more from a guy in his position – I still think he should have played in St. Louis…

  9. Dang, I missed the new post post

    Now Emmy’s gone for how many weeks?? Jeez, can we recruit Leetch and Patrick out of retirement?? Hell, I’d even take Bruce Driver at this point, just so we don’t kill Girardi and McD by New Year’s.

  10. Miller has always been a bit overrated, his Vezina year was legit but evey other year Lundqvist has had better peripheral stats. The same is even more true when you compare him to Cam Ward and MA Fleury (although last year and this year he’s been solid).

  11. Biron stole the game in Winnipeg when they were struggling to gain traction and has won some tough games on the road. Best value signing in the NHL the past couple of seasons possibly.

  12. Stranger Nation on

    Ilb – hoping Erixon can contribute – McD has set a pretty high bar to meet. He stepped in and made the pass to B Rich on the game winner. Should definitely help the PP and allow Girardi to rest and maybe get Step off the point and moved down low.

  13. I know, Jimbo. But I would take anyone who could take minutes away from McD and Girardi.

    Good Marty has been a godsend, for sure.

  14. Agreed CT. And to think when he was their first priority on July 1 a couple summers ago, most people-myself included- were like “huh?”

  15. As far as the defense is concerned, it’s on the tip of my tongue to remind people we could have had Sheldon Souray at half price lol. This can get ugly. A lot of patch work going on with the blue line. I just don’t want to see them try to rush Staal back.

  16. Mister Delaware on

    WOW! Just watched this on DVR and that was insane!

    (It feels really weird to be euphoric 2 hours late.)

  17. Mister Delaware on

    And now I just saw the Eminger diagnosis. That sucks. He hasn’t been “real good”, but he’s been “real solid”.

  18. Rejoice if you want but I saw more to concern methan anything, like;





    That said, Richards sometimes looks a bit slow, sometimes looks ineffective, sometimes you dont even notice him. But he has more than a little magic in that stick.

  19. Rod the only long term issue I saw with this team tonight is that with Eminger out, The Rangers have more defense on their alumni squad then they do in their current system.

    BRich got the magic stick you know he can swing once he can swing twice?

  20. Man you talk about luck. Here they continue their slap happy passing all game long and get away with it. ( Although I do believe that ice was time they looked like they were skating in mud.

    But youve got to admit that The Coyotes are one pretty good hockey team. Poor EC. He can,t win for losing.

    He gets beat on a face off that puts a puck in his net.
    This is a guy who simply cannot afford a single mistake. Ever. and then puts an errant pass right on the stick of an opponent. And to think that Tortorella had the audacity to put him into this game, and sit out Avery. Avery of all people…that paragon of perfection.
    Wow. How do you spell one tenth of a second? In
    mathematics lingo? I’ll bet that Doane was ready to go out and chew on a tree after that game.

  21. Fran, sometimes you need a little luck. A break like that coupled with some big divisional games ahead could be just what they need to turn this past week into a minor funk instead of an actual slump

  22. Well listen, a couple seasons ago, we lose a game like this. And in the aftermath we talk about how they don’t have that “go to star” on the team that helps teams like Pittsburgh and Detroit win these types of games. They were winning like crazy for over a month. For one reason or another (probably several) they’ve hit a skid. Most of the things you mentioned are quite fixable. I can say that confidently because they were doing those things well a couple weeks ago. The D is a problem though. They were overachieving as it was. Now they’re going to be asking Girardi Mcdonagh and Del Zotto to anchor the blueline with 2 AHLers and a journey man through the allstar break and beyond. That may be asking too much. Doesn’t matter how much heart they have.

  23. The D’s not the biggest problem.

    Lack of scoring is.

    It alleviates pressure, best defense and all that…..

  24. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Interesting in that SIGNING Biron was one thing, PLAYING him yet another. Finally Hank gets some relief during the regular season. I live for the day when the Rangers top goalie, whomever he is, starts no more than 55 games during the regular season.

    So that, while it is great that Biron is making a contribution, even if he were a semi-bust, just his being in there saves wear and tear on the number one man who will be going into the playoffs with a sharp edge to his game, rather than as a flat tire. And we know Hank gets no rest, come playoff time.

  25. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    FRAN: Re “But you’ve got to admit the Coyotes are one pretty good hockey team.” Yes, they got off to a decent start to the season, but have completely flattened out in December, showing a 48 per cent share of even strength goals for and against (on the basis of timing and importance), and a horrendous 25 per cent share of power play/PK goals, for and against, on the same basis.

    The Phoenix combined E.S. and PP/PK timing-discounted goal scoring share in December is just 40%. Rangers should have cleaned their clock, last night. Really tepid performance and win by the locals who need to really step up their game or pay the price vs. stronger opposition, if what we saw last night is any indication.

  26. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Maybe the Eminger injury / Erixon promotion is good luck in disguise. If Potter had been given more playing time in his brief trial, he might still be here and be making a sizable contribution. Sauer got ample playing time and made the grade his second time around. McD was an immediate smash hit before he was shaving, so to speak. Girardi as a kid had one long learning curve, but is now the anchor on D few thought he could ever be. MDZ is returning major dividends while still at a tender age – because the team didn’t quit on him when he regressed in year two.

    The moral of the above is that the team exhibited patience with all the above, except for Potter, and it was rewarded. In the Potter case the team is now paying a price for quitting on him. See how it works? You bring them up when they are young, give them trial by fire, and reap a huge reward for demonstrating the courage to do so, in the vast majority of cases.

    I say let Erixon stay and watch him make major strides gaining experience and when he relaxes and sees that he belongs. Never like to see anyone suffer misfortune or set-back, but would rather have a replaceable journeyman like Eminger go down than someone who is indispensable. What if Erixon becomes the next MDZ or McD? And he if doesn’t who says Eminger going down will cost this team the Cup this year or ever?

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