Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the Rangers:

December 23, 2011 (Game 33, Home Game 15)
Madison Square Garden – New York, New York

                                                 1st   2nd   3rd   OT   Final
Philadelphia Flyers              0      0        2       –      2
New York Rangers                0      2        2       –      4

Team Notes:

– The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden to extend their winning streak to four games, and move into first place in the Atlantic Division standings.  The Blueshirts are currently second in the Eastern Conference standings, trailing Boston by just one point.

– New York improved to 21-8-4 (46 pts) on the season, including a 10-3-2 mark at home.

– The Rangers’ eight regulation losses are the fewest in the league, and New York ranks second in the NHL with a .697 winning percentage.

– This is the latest the Rangers have been in first place of the Atlantic Division standings since the 2005-06 season, when New York held the top position through game #80 on Apr. 13, 2006.

– The Rangers have registered at least one point in 20 of their last 25 games (18-5-2), and have out-scored their opponent, 83-54, during the stretch.  The Blueshirts are 6-2-0 in their last eight contests.

– The Rangers improved to 16-1-1 (.917 win%) in games when scoring first.  Their .917 win% ranks second in the NHL, while their 16 wins are tied for second in the league.

– New York out-hit Philadelphia, 35-24, with six Rangers players registering three or more hits in the contest.  The Blueshirts now rank third in the league with 878 hits.

Player Notes:

– Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves to improve to 14-7-4 overall, including a 7-3-2 mark at home.  He has now held opponents to two or fewer goals in 16 games this season, and is 12-4-1 with a 1.87 GAA, .937 Sv% and one shutout in his last 17 games.

– Stu Bickel registered two primary assists, posted a plus-two rating and was credited with a game-high, six hits to earn second star honors.  He has now tallied at least one assist in each of his three games since being recalled on Sunday (four assists over the span).

– Marian Gaborik notched the game-winning goal to extend his goal streak to four games (six goals, one assist over the span).  He also posted a plus-two rating in the contest, and is plus-seven during his current four-game goal streak.  Gaborik currently leads the league in goals scored with 21 goals on the season.

– Michael Del Zotto tallied two assists, including one on the game-winning goal and one on the power play, and posted a plus-two rating in a game-high, 25:47 of ice time.  He has now tallied 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in the last 14 games, and is tied for third in the NHL (first among defensemen) with a plus-22 rating on the season.

– Ryan Callahan notched a power play goal and registered four shots in 20:45 of ice time.  He has tallied 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in the last 15 games, and now leads the team in power play goals (six).

– Brandon Dubinsky recorded an assist and a game-high, five shots on goal to earn third star honors.  He has now registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last two games.  The Rangers improved to 9-1-2 in games when he records a point.

– Derek Stepan notched the game’s opening goal at 10:18 of the second period, posted a plus-two rating and won a team-high, 9-15 faceoffs (60%).  He has now tallied 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in the last 12 games, and ranks third on the team in scoring with 25 points on the season.

– Ruslan Fedotenok tallied a goal and was credited with two hits in the contest.  The Rangers improved to 7-1-1 when he registers a point.

– Anton Stralman recorded the primary assist on the game-winning goal, tied for the team-high with three blocked shots, was credited with four hits and logged a season-high, 24:20 of ice time.  He has registered three assists in the last two games, and has posted a plus-six rating in the last three.  Stralman has logged 20:00+ minutes of ice time in four of the last five contests.

– Dan Girardi registered the primary assist on Callahan’s power play goal, tied for the team-high with three blocked shots and was credited with four hits in 25:35 of ice time.  Girardi now ranks third on the team in power play assists (six), and is tied for fourth in power play points (seven).  His six power play assists ties his career-high, previously established in 2007-08.

Post-Game Quotes:

John Tortorella on winning three division games in four days…?
“We put it into a capsule as I said a few days ago. These are the four days, all division games, and we took each day at a time. Tonight was our fourth day and we ended up winning all three of them.  I’m happy for the players because they get away from it for a couple of days. It’s not a big break, which I’m glad, because you just don’t want to stay away from it for too long here, but they should feel good about themselves. Having said that, there are a number of things you have to stay consistent with and we’re right back at it against the Islanders (on Monday).”

Henrik Lundqvist on the team…
“It feels like we’re more mature this year. We have a great game or a couple good games, we still come out the next night expecting a lot from ourselves. In the past, maybe we got a little more satisfied and a little more inconsistent. This year, I think we demand more from ourselves in the room here. We have more skill and more guys that compete for spots now, so you can’t afford a bad night. There are good players right now out of the lineup. And that’s what you need all year, guys that expect a lot from each other. That’s what I am happy about right now: the way we show up every night.”

Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game…
“It had that playoff-type atmosphere 30-something games into the season. You don’t see that too much. The crowd was into it, bodies were getting thrown around. We love playing these types of games.”

Team Schedule:

– Please note the Blueshirts have scheduled off-days tomorrow, December 24, and Sunday, December 25.

– The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New York Islanders on Monday, December 26, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their fourth consecutive game against an Atlantic Division opponent.  The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.

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  1. No fair! I shouldn’t have been Carp’d! Stupid interweb!

    Not gonna repost anyway, I sacrilege’d earlier….

    Merry Christmas Carp…:)

  2. Once again, my assessment stands that this team is composed of a bunch of underachievers who probably wear mascara on their days off.

    A good team would never have given up that first goal … much less a second goal to an EHL squad like the Flyers. Complete amateur-hour.

    That they’re one point off first place is the luck of the draw.

    Second rate – not second place – is how I best describe these no-talent clowns.

    They deserve to be crafting their trade in the Paraguyan high school league, at best.

  3. Same point I made after the Devils game, but would you rather have the Rangers’ non-scoring fourth line (in whatever form it takes) or have Shelley, Sestito and Rinaldo only manage to play for 17 minutes between them (acknowledging that the Flyers have a few forwards out injured right now)?

  4. As one with some Irish blood, it’s *always* good to beat the Orange, even though it hasn’t happened very often in history!

  5. Good stuff from Mr Andrew Gross:

    “Andrej Meszaros’s goal at 10:21 of the third period snapped a shutout streak of 193:55 that Henrik Lundqvist had against the Flyers at Madison Square Garden. It dates back to a second-period goal scored by Dan Carcillo in the Flyers’ last win at the Garden, on Feb. 20, 2011. (It does not include an empty-net goal scored later in that game.) Lundqvist had shut out the Flyers in their last two visits to MSG.

    Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the streak is the longest by an opposing goaltender in his own building against the Flyers in franchise history. The previous record was 182:09 held by Jacques Plante when he played with St. Louis from Feb. 19, 1969 to Jan. 7, 1970. It included the following games, all in St. Louis.”

  6. Nice stuff James….

    We love Mr Andrew Gross here….

    why am I still awake and wickying…..argh! Niters all!

  7. holy sh-t. this ream can defend big time. if you can hold any team to 2 goals or less, you can go far in this league!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Again often they do not even play great but still win……………..

    dubi nice game…… boyle line played well also……

  8. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    I think Biron is picking up Hank, a lot, what with giving him some rest, plus taking some pressure off Hank via racking up a high percentage winning record of his own. So that Hank is relatively fresh and doesn’t feel he has to do it all. More starts for Biron seems logical until his hot streak runs down.

    Bickel’s six hits say as much as his offensive contribution. He looks hungry, he wants it. One thing that is a concern is that he registered just four points in 27 AHL games before his recall. Seems strange that he didn’t do much down there, got the recall, anyway, and is working in superbly, in Ranger colors. How many promoted minor leaguers do better at the major league level in professional sports? Not many, for sure.

  9. Biron has played very well, and he moves the puck well, too – makes for a perfect goaltending team.

  10. Our young players have been a real asset, picking up for the veterans and contributing a lot of hustle and some scoring, and playing a good defensive game.

  11. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Checking the stat sheet, I see that Bickel racked up his two primary assists, plus his six hits in just NINE minutes of playing time. Remarkable! Obviously he is eligible for more minutes from here on out.

    Stralman, too, is making a solid contribution. He is down for four hits plus four takeaways (with no giveaways), in 20 minutes playing time, vs. Philly. What D’s are out with injuries, again?

  12. Strahlman looked as good as he has since being signed tonight. He seems to be gaining confidence with the additional playing time – and I loved that hip-check he threw! Old-time hockey!

  13. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Who is hot (at even-strength) since Bickel arrived – besides Bickel…

    Bickel – 8.63

    AA – 6.21

    Gaborik – 4.42

    Stepan – 3.96

    This rating system (my own) combines credited points in both the even-strength goal scoring and even-strength primary assist categories, while taking into consideration the score at the time, so that more points are credited for game-tying and tie-breaking even-strength goals and even strength assists, than in any other score situation. The points total is then divided by the E.S. minutes logged to get the player rating.

    For example, in the Boston 8-0 rout, last night, the first E.S. goal was worth 89 points for both the goal and the primary assist – for the team and for the individual players. When the Bruins scored to make it 8-0, that (E.S.) goal and assist were worth just three points each. The descending values go: 89-55-34-21-13-8-5-3. (Fibonacci numbers.)

    I do this because I want to discredit, not merely discount, players racking up numbers cheaply, such as getting a point for the second assist on an open net goal. Such as getting a goal, and an assist being awarded, when the score is already 7-0, etc. I want to know who the gamers are, and who the charlatans with the pretty numbers but lame production are. This league likes to reward open net scoring, scoring in blow-out games, and seconardy assists, all of which are garbage points, on an equal basis with meaningful scoring. I don’t.

  14. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Even-strength minutes played since Bickel got here…

    McD – 67 (0 Fib. points)

    Girardi – 65 (0 Fib. points)

    Stralman – 58 (34 Fib. Points)

    MDZ – 52 (55 Fib. points)

    Erixon – 31 (0 Fib. points)

    Bickel – 27 (233 Fib. points)

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