Post-game notes, quotes


From the Rangers:

December 22, 2011 (Game 32, Home Game 14)
Madison Square Garden – New York, New York

                                                 1st   2nd   3rd   OT   Final

New York Islanders               0      1        1       –      2

New York Rangers                1      2        1       –      4

Team Notes:

– The Rangers defeated the New York Islanders, 4-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden to extend their winning streak to three games, and are 5-2-0 in their last seven contests.

– New York improved to 20-8-4 (44 pts) on the season, including a 9-3-2 mark at home.

– The Rangers’ eight regulation losses are tied for the fewest in the league.

– Last season, the Blueshirts recorded their 20th win in game number 34 with a 4-3 shootout victory vs. Phoenix on Dec. 16.

– The Rangers have registered at least one point in 19 of their last 24 games (17-5-2), and have out-scored their opponent, 79-52, during the stretch.

– Tonight’s contest kicked off the Rangers‘ fifth of 14 scheduled back-to-back sets this season.  New York is now 4-0-1 in the first game of the set, including a 2-0-0 mark when the game is played at Madison Square Garden.

– The Rangers improved to 15-1-1 (.882 win%) in games when scoring first.  Their .882 win% ranks second in the NHL, while their 15 wins rank fourth in the league.

Player Notes:

– Martin Biron made 24 saves to improve to 7-1-0 overall, including a 3-0-0 mark at home.  He has won each of his last four games, posting a 2.00 goals against average and .929 save percentage over the span.  Biron, who has held opponents to two or fewer goals in six of his eight starts this season, also recorded an assist in the contest and he is now tied for second among NHL goalies with two assists on the season.

– Michael Del Zotto notched the game-winning goal and posted a plus-three rating to earn first star honors.  He has now tallied 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in the last 13 games, and leads the team with a plus-20 rating on the season.

– Brandon Dubinsky tallied the game’s opening goal at 14:53 of the first period and added an assist in 16:53 of ice time.  Dubinsky also posted a plus-two rating and was credited with four hits in the contest.  The Rangers improved to 8-1-2 in games when he records a point.

– Anton Stralman recorded two assists, was credited with two hits and two blocked shots, and posted a plus-three rating in a season-high, 22:20 of ice time.  He has now posted a plus-five rating in the last two games, and has logged 20:00+ minutes of ice time in three of the last four contests.

– Marian Gaborik notched a goal, his 20th of the season, to extend his goal/point streak to three games (five goals, one assist over the span).  The 11-year veteran has now reached the 20-goal mark eight times, including in each of the last three seasons.  Gaborik is currently tied for the NHL lead in goals scored this season.

– John Mitchell registered an empty net goal with 1:33 remaining in regulation and posted a plus-two rating in the contest.

– Artem Anisimov tallied the lone assist on Gaborik’s second period goal and registered two shots on goal in 16:34 of ice time to earn third star honors.  He has recorded 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the last 10 games, including three points (one goal, two assists) in the last two games.

– Stu Bickel and Brandon Prust each registered an assist in the contest.  Bickel recorded the primary assist on Dubinsky’s first period goal, and has now registered an assist in consecutive games following his recall from Connecticut (AHL) on Sunday.  Prust registered the primary assist on Del Zotto’s game-winning goal.

Post-Game Quotes:

John Tortorella on playing three games in four days…

“We win a game our first day, we have a good practice the second day, we win a game our third day, so we are pretty happy about the capsule that we’ve put ourselves in. And now we have one more.  No disrespect to the Islanders, but I know our players are looking to that Philadelphia game.  I don’t think we got ahead of ourselves. I don’t think we were great tonight, but I don’t think we got ahead of ourselves.   Day three, I thought we did our job for day three and now we look forward to tomorrow.”

Dan Girardi on playing three games in four nights…

“We’re two games into it and we have two wins. Our goal is to win all three games and tomorrow night is going to be a huge game with the Winter Classic build up going on. It’s just another hockey game, but it’s against a really good team and it’s going to be a battle.”

Martin Biron on Rangers’ goaltending this season…

“Obviously you feel a sense of pride just producing for the team and being part of a great tandem with Hank (Henrik Lundqvist). That’s pride right there to know that I’m giving him something and he’s responding the other way. It’s great for this team to see that we’re in the top defensively and as goalies it’s an accomplishment.”

Team Schedule:

– The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow, December 23, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to complete a back-to-back home set.  The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.

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  1. Dang, I BANJ’d…

    All packed. Dishes done.

    Jimbo, I can answer your question about competing cable companies being in the same region. It all depends on where exactly you live, but one town can have more than one cable company supplying its cable/interwebs/phone and people have a choice. Granted it may cost more for a certain company to provide you with service because they may have to run lines and such, but it does happen. And cable companies are more in bed with each other than you can imagine, swapping out areas and sales offices all the time, not to mention getting the majority of their programming from a competing company depending on how that area is set up.

  2. Major CARPED there….

    HWirth December 22nd, 2011 at 11:38 pm
    Just getting in from game. Another solid win. They continue to find ways to score timely goals and play solid defense. Always a winning formula. Biron, as I see is getting here tonight, deserves major kudos for his play this year. There is no fear or drop off when he plays and the fact that he moves the puck so well is a nice bonus to clear the zone late in games. Torts was angry with their faceoff play of late, according to writers they on twitter they spent some time on it yesterday and it led to a goal. Nice coaching there. The GAS Line continues to just excel.

    Most importantly, I owe a huge apology to MDZ who I really killed before the season started. He’s having a great season and turned into a real professional. Good on him!

  3. Thank you, Mickey! I know how it *used* to be, but things have obviously changed from the times when local cable companies had virtual monopolies when it came to providing CABLE service. Satellite and fiber optics have busted that monopoly, but I guess that other cable companies can now compete, too…

    I’ll have to look into this in my own area!

  4. NYR – Seeing him in person in a game like tonight, it’s like not even the same player. It’s like Bryzgalov brought him down from a different universe:)

  5. Thank you Carp… Love when you get a chance to post audio of post game pressers. Listening to them now!

    Torts was certainly open and long with the media tonight.

  6. Anytime, Jimbo. Someday I’ll tell you HOW I know all that stuff. And more about the ins and outs of the cable business. It really is kinda fascinating how it all works out and comes together.

  7. Just got in from the game.

    I recall looking up sometime during the first period to see terrible faceoff numbers, although it evened out later in the game.

    The PP is getting back to the “Why the Byfuglien are the not shooting” again, which is really irritating.

    The good news is my wife will now sit with me and watch games back at home after her first Rangers game!

  8. HWirth, Bang on about Good Marty and MDZ. They’ve both been stellar this year. MDZ moreso since he is our THIRD dman right now, which, considering where he was at the start of the year, is mighty impressive.

  9. OK, Mickey – I worked in over-the-air broadcasting, but I never learned much about the cable industry practices – and I suppose that legislation has forced, to some extent, some competition into the marketplace for cable providers…

  10. Jimbo, it’s online. They have a lot of the Series, Boardwalk, Curb, Band of Brothers etc. and Movies, Documentaries. No 24/7 though. Go to

  11. Now all we need to do is bubble wrap Gabby. All I want for Christmas/Hanukkah is… A healthy Gabby for 82 games.

  12. Maybe you can explain it all to me while you’re stuffing that pastrami sandwich into your face up here in NYC, Mickster!

  13. Online! That’s cool feature! Thanks, BANJ – I used to subscribe to HBO for years and years, but I finally gave up on them after they canceled “Deadwood”…

  14. Love Deadwood Jimbo, I have to use my friend’s VZ password to get it on my droid. Love it. To bad I can’t plug my droid into my tv.

  15. I thought that Deadwood was a great series – too bad they didn’t let it play out for another few seasons. And I also loved The Sopranos, and I got into a funk when that series was over, too.

  16. a win is a win., thought Erixon tonight was poor in his won zone a step slow. thought the same about Stralman and he was +3.

    boyle line put pressure down low in the 3rd period. Biron is a godsend.

    keep getting points……….

  17. If wanna read a great piece written by an old dear friend about MDZ and Richards here ya go. It’s worth it.

    ChrisBottaNHL Chris Botta
    On Michael Del Zotto and mentor Brad Richards – today’s NY Times:

  18. HW, did you know John Halligan (RIP)? He had a job that I would have loved to have, while he was still with the NYR…

  19. Maybe I will, Jimbo! I’ll send you a message on fb closer to the date (that is, AFTER Christmas) and we can plan a little more.

    And now its bed time. Be good, gang!

  20. He had obviously retired when I started in the League but I did get a chance to meet him once. And I do have a signed copy of his last book w/ Stan Fischler.

  21. OK, Mickey! It’s a deal! Goodnight for now!

    HW, Halligan seemed like such a nice man – and it was a shame that he passed at not such an old age. I think he was at his best when he was still working for the Rangers, before he got the league job..

  22. Deadwood is great, ORR – but it requires concentration to comprehend – it isn’t written or verbalized in today’s way of speaking, save for the four-letter words!!

  23. As you know Jimbo… that seems to be a trend. Hang around the NYR long enough (halligan, frank brown and now Dellapina) and you seem to move into bigger role. But yes, I’ve heard nothing but great things about working with him considering I didn’t particularly care for one of his colleagues that’s still hanging around press boxes. Without calling people out, his initials were N.M. if that rings a bell.

  24. Yes, people that work in the media for the Rangers do seem to have inside tracks to league jobs – I have definitely noticed that, HW – hmm..not only media people, actually…

    I’d have to think hard about who that person might be – I was never connected with anything “inside” about the press or media operations – I only know what I’ve heard on broadcasts from guys like John Davidson, Jim Gordon, Marv Albert, et al. They couldn’t ever say too many good things about John Halligan.

  25. Jimbo – Speaking of great guys JD is the best. Can’t say enough great things about him too.

    Did you work in broadcasting? For MSG? Or something else?

  26. Maybe Carp will be moving on to Toronto someday in the future for a league job!! What say, Carp?

  27. Mama- when you are from Westchester you wind up saying “PORTCHESTER” otherwise people wind up saying “Port..Chester”…the way you’d say like “Port Jefferson”…It’s hardly a nice enough area to be pronounced as if it were classy lol

  28. I worked in broadcast engineering, HW – behind the scenes, fixing equipment and microwave links and communications systems, as well as studio equipment and live trucks…

    I never had any connection with production tasks – I had lots of production people yelling at me when things didn’t work right, but I never did any of their jobs!

  29. billybleedsblue on

    I agree that Deadwood is a great TV drama.

    I will add that TV needs to give Bryzgalov his own show, because he is so funny and strange.

    Also on my wish list, please Dubi start making plays like that goal earlier on a regular basis.

    Thanks (in advance), Santa! :D

  30. I worked for a local station here in NYC, HW – one that became part of a new network some years into my work there.

  31. Very cool. When I used to write the game credentials out for the techs I used to tell them they were too handy for me. I’ll stick to typing on the computer.

  32. I loved JD’s work, even though he seemed to be “toeing the line” when it came to criticizing the franchise that he was working for – but that subject has been discussed her recently, and I don’t want to resurrect it again. If you work for a company, you can’t bash them while doing your job and taking their money…

  33. I knew a few guys that worked as independent contractors at MSG Network back in the 80’s – but they were camera ops, and I had no training for that job, so I never thought of looking there for extra work…

  34. Jimbo – I started out in Broadcast Journalism and when I couldn’t hold the camera steady enough to shoot a shot of 4 NY landmarks (that was our first assignment) I went back into print journalism and public relations. :)

    You’ll understand this. With everything now more computer based like Final Cut Pro and such I’d probably be ok at it.

  35. Oh, yes! I never worked in editing, but I worked on servicing edit stations – I know a woman that’s a whiz with Final Cut Pro – she produced and edited her own TV series in her own home on various Mac computers that she owns.

  36. Jimbo, I knew John Halligan and his wife, Janet, very, very well. He was the Rangers’ PR guy when I first started, and later a league official and historian. Just a wonderful. funny, happy person.

    It makes me smile to just think about him.

  37. James, yeah, it’s pronounced like one word, Portchester. But it’s two.
    And your hometown is pronounced like one word, too — newrochelle.

    don’t know why that is.

  38. Carp – I know I said this before but I’ll say it again. Thanks for putting up audio of post game when you can.. saves the effort watching DVR of MSG Post game waste of time. All I really want to hear is if the players or coach say anything of note.

  39. Hahaha!! Don’t put that hat on, Carp! It’s moving on its own!

    Thanks for the comments on John Halligan, Carp – I would have loved to meet him – he seemed like a total Ranger fan, and he had what I would consider a “fantasy job” – and it was one that he obviously did very well.

    We don’t have enough guys like him around – we could always use more!

  40. Carp, once, and only once, I got to go to The Garden on “official business” for my job – John had obviously moved on by this time (sometime in the mid-80’s? When Glen Hanlon was the star goalie) and there was this “new” guy doing the PR, an Irsh-American guy, like John, but he didn’t seem to have John’s “chops” at all – he had red hair and he was a BIG guy.

    I was there to see about getting a live shot out of the building during a playoff series that was upcoming…I don’t remember how it all worked out, but the Rangers lost the series!

  41. so Carp, i guess that’s a “i have no idea”..? anywho, Montreal got shutout tonight by the Jets…..still winless since firing Martin last week. feels like they will blow the team up pretty soon.

  42. If only Cunneyworth (what a name!) could speak French, they would have won every game they’ve played since Martin was fired!

  43. ye Jimbo….there actually is a planned protest tomorrow 2 hours before their game against Tampa about the fact that their INTERIM coach is not bilingual. Absurd.

  44. Yeah Lev – it seems nuts to us, but those folks up in Quebec are as serious as a heart-attack when it comes to speaking French, especially when it comes to the Habs, which was actually founded by an Irish-Canadian, albeit with the express purpose of catering to the French-speaking population of Montreal..

  45. Lev, I don’t remember the question, but “I have no idea” is usually my answer anyway.

    Oh, right, Anisimov. I don’t think he had a very good game other than the assist, and I also think he got chopped on the arm or something. But I didn’t see him post-game.

  46. Thank you, Carp!! Yes, that was him – you’ve got a good memory! So he moved on to another job too, but not in the NHL – are you going to Toronto soon, Rick? ;-)

  47. LOL Carp. My friends and I have had that Port Chester joke for years. And yes New Rochelle is another one they just do not pronounce right But that’s why I smartened up and moved to Harrison (and then CT lol)

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