Post-game notes, quotes


from the Rangers (sorry about the spacing):


December 26, 2011 (Game 34, Home Game 16)

Madison Square Garden – New York, New York


                                                 1st   2nd   3rd   OT   Final

New York Islanders               0      0        0       –      0

New York Rangers                0      1        2       –      3


Team Notes:


– The Rangers defeated the New York Islanders, 3-0, tonight at Madison Square Garden to extend their winning streak to five games, and move into first place in the Eastern Conference standings.


– New York improved to 22-8-4 (48 pts) on the season, including an 11-3-2 mark at home.


– The Blueshirts are currently tied for first overall in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks, who are hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight.


– The Rangers’ eight regulation losses are the fewest in the league, and New York ranks second in the NHL with a .706 winning percentage.  Their 22 wins are also tied for second in the NHL.


– This is the latest the Rangers have been in first place of the Eastern Conference standings since the 1995-96 season, when New York held the top position through games played on Mar. 15, 1996 (game #68). *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau


– The Rangers have registered at least one point in 21 of their last 26 games (19-5-2), and have out-scored their opponent, 86-54, during the stretch.  The Blueshirts are 7-2-0 in their last nine contests.


– The Rangers improved to 17-1-1 (.921 win%) in games when scoring first.  Their .921 win% ranks second in the NHL, while their 17 wins are tied for first in the league.


– New York leads the NHL with an .846 win% when out-shooting their opponent (11-2-0).


– The Blueshirts were credited with 19 blocked shots in the contest, with 14 of 18 skaters recording at least one blocked shot, and now rank fifth in the league with 542 blocked shots on the season.


– The Rangers held the Islanders scoreless in three shorthanded situations (4:45), and have now held their opponent scoreless in seven of their last 10 games (28-32, 87.5% over the span) while tallying four shorthanded goals during the stretch.  The Blueshirts improved to 14-3-2 when holding their opponent scoreless on the power play.


Player Notes:


– Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 28 shots faced to post his third shutout of the season, 38th of his career, and improve to 15-7-4 overall with an 8-3-2 mark at home.  He has now held opponents to two or fewer goals in 17 games this season, including six of the last seven, and is 13-4-1 with a 1.77 goals against average, .941 save percentage and two shutouts in his last 18 games.


– Carl Hagelin notched two goals, tied for the game-high with five shots on goal and posted a plus-two rating in 13:21 of ice time.  He has notched three goals in the last four games, and ranks 10th among NHL rookies with six goals despite only appearing in 16 games this season.


– Michael Del Zotto tallied two assists to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, four assists over the span), and posted a plus-three rating in 21:25 of ice time to earn third star honors in the contest.  He has tallied 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) in the last 15 games, and is currently tied for second in the NHL (first among defensemen) with a plus-25 rating on the season.


– Ryan Callahan recorded two assists, was credited with three hits and posted a plus-two rating.  He has tallied 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in the last 16 games, and is now tied for second on the team in scoring with 26 points.


– Marian Gaborik notched an empty net goal with 2:28 remaining in regulation to extend his goal scoring streak to five games, having registered seven goals, one assist and a plus-eight rating over the span.  Gaborik currently leads all NHL skaters with 22 goals on the season.


– Anton Stralman tallied the lone assist on Gaborik’s empty net goal, was credited with a team-high, six hits and posted a plus-three rating in 22:34 of ice time.  Stralman has now recorded an assist in three consecutive games (four assists over the span), posted a plus-nine rating in the last four and has logged 20:00+ minutes of ice time in five of the last six contests.


Post-Game Quotes:


– John Tortorella on tonight’s game…

“Hank made some really good saves tonight, but for some periods of the game we turned the puck over and didn’t do our job getting the puck out, we defended hard too.  We blocked a lot of shots and everyone is contributing there.  I think we have done a pretty good job of not relying always on our goalie.  I think our team is better and getting better that way, but it is certainly nice to have a guy like [Henrik Lundqvist] and Marty Biron.”


– Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game…

“What’s good about this team, especially this year, is we expect a lot from each other in the room here. It doesn’t matter if you won two in a row or four in a row. We come back with the same effort, and that’s what we need if we want to be a top team.  That’s where it starts. It was tough today coming back with two days off.  I think the first half we were trying to get [ourselves] going and after that the speed clicked up a little bit and the intensity picked up.”


– Michael Del Zotto on his play this season…

“That’s one thing I worked on in the offseason – just being mentally ready and working on the mental side of the game.  I know what I can do on the ice and what type of player I am.  It’s just a matter of believing in myself and making sure my confidence stays there every day.”


– Carl Hagelin on his two goals…

“I think we played pretty good today.  Maybe not the best first period but then in the second we created some chances, and in the third we had a good run.  We’re getting better each day.  Both of those goals were just me kind of coasting towards the net while the other guys were doing a good job.  I came in late and found the puck.”


Team Schedule:


– The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, December 27, is 12:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.


– The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, December 28, at Verizon Center (7:30 p.m.), to begin a two-game Southeast road trip.  The game will be televised live on Versus and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.


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  1. Olga Folkyerself on

    Hwirth, Why do you ignore the years from 200 to 2005? No playoffs, that’s why. Making the playoffs is one thing. Winning them though, has eluded them somehow. Having no hockey after April is one of the reasons I started watching Chicago again. After they got rid of old man Wirtz, the team took off. I think after they get rid if Sather the Rangers will win it all too.

  2. If you think this team is dominant you are completely clueless.
    Not trying to piss on your parade guys, enjoy yourselves.

    But what happens with personnel in the next 8 weeks is the big game right now,
    not a win or (butt ugle) loss on any given night.

    We are a playoff team, no questions asked, for the first time in ages.

    But can this team make and then advance from the conference finals?
    That I think is absolutely possible. But they’ll need some help to do it.

  3. Good job Olga.

    Wirth can’t handle it if you’re not one of the happy shiny people MSG tries to brainwash.

  4. Rod December 26th, 2011 at 11:56 pm
    If you think this team is dominant you are completely clueless.
    Not trying to piss on your parade guys, enjoy yourselves.

    Thank you for admitting that you are not a Rangers fan. If you were, you’d say our parade. Our as in Rangers fan.

  5. And the NNs appear during a five-game winning streak, with the fewest losses in the league, one of the top two or three defenses despite missing four regular defensemen …

    WTB? I don’t think I’ll ever understand.

  6. Olga Folkyerself on

    I can’t seem to make Hwirth understand. Chicago should serve as a shining example of how a team can improve by getting rid of the old deadwood in the front office. And how after your team is eliminated from the playoffs in April, that you CAN pick another team to root for. As I have always said, there is no conflict between Chicago and the Rangers until they meet in the finals.

    When that happens, I’ll let you know who I’m rooting for.

  7. These comments are now 4 wins old. Your act is getting old. I love how we are on a rangers fan board and i am the one getting bashed for being happy at my team’s success.

    Rod December 18th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    The record is surprising, as is losing half the frickin’ D corps. But we are where we are.

    Rod December 18th, 2011 at 1:39 am
    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.

  8. Wirth,

    Unless you’re about 65, I’ve been a Rangers fan longer than you’ve been alive.

    You sound like a moron suggesting otherwise.

    It’s precisely why I can’t turn a blind eye to their weaknesses – and let me let you in on a little secret, they’re well aware of them and will be working to address them.

    The only parade I care about is in the Canyon of Heroes.

  9. Well then Rod you have your own issues, because I sit with two guys every game that have tix since this new version of the Garden opened and they are just giddy over the progress of this team and don’t worry if the score is 2-1 or 10-1 as long as the Rangers have score more goals. So please don’t tell me it some Ranger fan culture to be pessimistic.

  10. Too bad you didn’t go back and dig up my posts on Stralman, who I was screaming to be in the lineup for the entire month Torts refused to insert him.

    He’s +9 last 4 games.

    Or on Hagelin, who, like I said 100 times, should’ve been here from the season’s start.

    I can run this string out a long time, but what’s the sense?

    It’s the difference between knowing the people in the game, the people making decisions, and yourself sitting in your pajamas, probably in your mom’s basement.

  11. Yeah ok Rod cause I care what you think about me. Go back to being upset that the Rangers keep winning by not enough goals for you.

  12. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    YO ROD , WHO CARES how long youve been a Rangers fan!! You need to START shaping up . You act the fool like Olga and throw NEGATIVITY all around this site and we aint buying it.

    BTW CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS have no reason to be cheered on this blog. It is looking for a fight and I say BRING IT ON!!

    GO RANGERSSS WOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I love this team!! I love this team!!

    GO RANGERSSSSS #1 in the east!!!!

  13. It is not negative nancies. It is realistic robbies. Best record in the league the Rangers have, but the Rangers still have flaws. The flaws need to be addressed. Rather than settle for best record on December 27, 2011, try for better. Try to be last team standing in middle of June 2012.

  14. You’re right Wirth.

    The guys you sit with are giddy so the Rangers should stop scouting, Sather should stop making calls, and we should all wave our pom-poms until they get blasted out in the in the second round.

    Oh jeez, here’s Greg…..

  15. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Put it this way , Rangers are number one in the east and last time I looked we were on a winning streak. The number one team in OFFENSE ( the philthy Flyers) got shut out by us!! SHUT OUT!!! see? Told ya !! It is highlarious all the realalistic robbies and and down to earth Dans are so scared that we are number one….why? Why? Why would you dis a team we all love to root for?

  16. Olga Folkyerself on

    Garg L.- The only negativity I have is for Sather. He ruined this team for 10 years.

    And there seems to be a few Black Hawk supporters here as well.

    Rod, Gibble- I take back half the things I said about you ;)

  17. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Ok so if Sather wasn’t the GM …what would we be in ? Last place?

  18. Olga Folkyerself on

    If Sather Wasn’t GM for the last ten years, would we have at least gotten past the second round of the playoffs once?

    I bet we would have.

  19. Olga Folkyerself on

    Look at it this way Garg L, 17 different teams have made it to the finals since Sather took over the Rangers. Some more than once. That’s over half the league. Are you telling me that Sather has been successful as GM if he can’t even win two playoff rounds in the same year in all that time?

    He stinks. Can’t manage a team anymore. Can’t win. How many chances does he get?

  20. Of the 20 Rangers who dressed for win over the Islanders, 17 were on the roster last season. Eleven of those players were on the team in 2009-10, and seven wore Blueshirts the year before. That’s not including Marc Staal, Lundqvist, one of eight current Rangers originally drafted by the franchise. “If you look at other teams when it starts good, it improves after a few years when guys have been together for a little bit, and then you add some key vets and that’s what we’ve been doing this year. It definitely helps – I just don’t know how much – but it is a comfort level to have pretty much the same group as last year.” The Rangers selected Lundqvist in the seventh round (205th overall) of the 2000 NHL draft, and since have used picks to add Brandon Dubinsky (’04 second round), captain Callahan (’04 fourth round), Staal (’05 first round), Michael Sauer (’05 second round), Artem Anisimov (’06 second round), Michael Del Zotto (’08 first round) and Derek Stepan (’08 second round). They’ve added other key pieces through free agency, including the signings of undrafted free agent Dan Girardi (’06) and Marian Gaborik (’09), to name only a couple.That’s how you build. That’s how you become, I think, a good organization.You keep your kids, you keep developing your kids, you add some pieces along the way, but you just don’t keep on turning it over. And I think (GM) Glen Sather has done a great job of that, with the core of our team, they’ve really been together now for three years, three or four years in some

  21. Wow, this board is hot tonight … and I hadn’t even made my first appearance.

    Bush-league win, as usual.

  22. Olga Folkyerself on

    Yeah, Wanker. But they need to win something besides just the first round of the playoffs. We’ll see… After ten years of Sather’s ineptitude, I need some proof.

  23. sather was a baffoon but over the last few years he has done aq good job. the Kaminsky days are over. is this team winning the cup this year? I doubt it but who the heck knows. I know a few things; they have a plan, they are young, they have plentyo of good young players getting better, more good young players on the way, they play a certain way in NY and COnn., and Torts is a damn good coach…

    kreider, mcilrath, erixon, bourque, fogarty, JT Miller, and others are on the way and some will contribute. The only disaster contracts are redden(last year I think), drury(he retire so no idea what happens to the cap money), and WOlski( last year and chump change compared to GOmez), and most of the other guys deals are in the realm of reasonable.

    ranger fans just cannot be happy for once. this team is 80%+ homegrown and realy young; MDZ is 21, MCdonagh is 22, staal is 24… You cannot make this stuff up…

    They are a legit top notch organization now after years of being a joke, but the joke is over they are legit….there mistakes are EC at $900k..In the old days that was a rounding error….So Dubi and Boyle have 4 goals combined and DUbi has 3 years left on his deal, again at $4 mill per year, with plenty of time to turn it around and the guy is 25, give me a break. again another rounding error.

    These are mistakes; GOmez 2 more years at $7 mill, ehrhoff for 10 years out some insane #, etc, etc..

    I will worry about the Richards over pay in about 3 years………………..

    this team is on the rise, enjoy the ride Ranger fans, we have had to live with mediocrity and stupidity for many years…………

  24. You better do what you do best – go and folk yourself, brain department is not yours. Buy, loser. You dont need any proof – you need a doctor.

  25. Olga, who has simple sick negative obsession, notwithstanding, I’m kinda sick of hearing people talking about the Rangers spending and Sather’s mismanagement. Folks, still living in the past. Yes, Sather made errors with Gomez, Redden, Drury, but you do realize that while he was rebuilding the farm system (which was non existent when he came to NY), he still needed to ‘field’ a team that was decent for the fans to watch here in NY. Its a balance that needs to be carefully played with when rebuilding in a Large Market Fan Base. So as we continued to bash Sather for the mistakes he put ONTO the ice, he was slowly building in the background through the draft and brilliant trades with the likes of Lundqvist, Staal, Callahan, Dubinsky, Girardi, Stepan, McDonough, Sauer, MDZ, Anismov, Zucc, Erixon…….I could keep going on and on with this list. Now look at the Rangers Roster!! Every year, less and less mercenaries have been needed and now, we have Gaborik, Richards, Avery as the only 3 players brought in that are Vets. YOU HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE DIFFERENT CULTURE OF THE NEW YORK RANGERS AND GIVE SATHER SOME CREDIT ALREADY FOR BEING SAAVY AND BRAVE ENOUGH TO TAKE THE CRITICISM OF THE LAST DECADE. You can clearly see what the result is through drafting and trades under Sather’s Regime now. I don’t agree with all of the moves he’s made in the past but if it was necessary to build the foundation of this Team for the next 10-15 years to come, so words to Glen Sather is – thank you for the Rangers you have built. The Rangers finished last season with 93pts. There is no reason this season with a Captain that is on the ice, Gaborik scoring, Richards adding 70pts., the PP working, all of the kids another year older, they cannot finish the year with 100+ pts. That will be good enough to compete for a top 3 seed. Live in present at least, if not in future.

  26. look at the islanders today. all those first round picks. really where is there suppose young talent; taveras, opokso, bailey(what is gone on with him?), Hamonic(good young D man is he bettter then MDZ or Mcdonagh? he is a year younger then MDZ), there goalies are old(dipietro, nabokov are both older then Henrik), Niedereitter(the jury is definitley out on him) etc.

    My point is Stepan is 21 and he is legit.. is he going to be the next DOug GIlmour? No idea, but he can play in the NHL top 2 lines and may get much better, same with AA, and Cally and DUbi are 26 or younger.

    Enjoy the ride Ranger fans…..They need to be smart see if Kreider and guys like that can be legit studs and try to add a few, boyle prust, mitchell, and others play hard, care and are good 3rd or 4th liners. they need to try to add the difference makers so if DUbi is who he is he can do his thing on the 3rd or 4th line permanetly and that would be fine……

    Imagine the Rangers add 1 big time scores be it Bobby Ryan or someone else and give up talent not on the NHL roster and picks then what does this team look like???? Adding 1 more 30 + goal scorer to the present team can make them a contender, don’t laugh………

  27. You negative nancies are all nuts (except you, Miami Pimp, I know your game). Are there flaw? Sure. But it’s like they have Islander flaws or Devils flaws or Capitals flaws. No team is perfect. So kindly shut up with you negative bullcarcillo and enjoy the ride this team is giving us.

  28. Sather has had some luck the last few years but overall has made many good moves. the luck includes the retirement of Naslund. The luck includes the Canadiens being heisted on the GOmez deal(you cannot overstate) what a great trade this was for the rangers. eliminated a $21 mill. mistake over 3 years and got Ryan MCdonagh and I think 1 more piece I forget who.

    BTW GRachev got his first goal tonight for STL……. Again if Cherapanov did not die, look out Ranger fans, that would be 1 addtl. huge mega stud offensive star..

    Staal is a 25 minute stud d man under contract for 3 yrs after this year and a good #, Henriks deal compared to Bryzgalov looks like a steal, Girardi is a old man after all he is 27, the guy plays tremendous defense and has another good contract, MDZ is 21..

    They need another high ceiling offensive prospect besides Kreider… Is it Miller, FOgarty, Thomas, etc.. I have no clue…. Next year Feds, avery, wolski, and CHristensen will all be gone for sure… therefore there will be addtl room for young guys and 3 of the guys I just mentioned have contributed zero to the team so far this year and cost about $8 mill..

    Happy days are coming to MSG>>>>>

  29. 2nd best goal differential in hockey. this team is not a fluke…..

    are they winning it all? no idea but they are a legit very good team as long as Henrik stays healthy….

  30. Olga Folkyerself on


    Laughable, Wanker. He’s hidden from the press, even his own MSG stooges for the last ten years. Let me guess, he’s just too modest to take all the credit for the last ten seasons.

    STOP! I think you’re just making this all up.

  31. Well said, Mickey!

    The bottom line is that this team is utter garbage wrapped in a day-old Taco Bell burrito and then dipped in sewage.

    They’ll be lucky to make the playoffs, mark my words.

  32. this blog is on fire…and hilarious!!! ROFLMAO….so much angst after topping the east and riding a 5 game streak!! ROFLMAO…well played, gentleman…well played.

  33. i was incredibly wrong on MDZ…I don’t give up on players that easily, but I did give up on MDZ..glad I was wrong because he’s been outstanding. Good for you, MDZ!

  34. stuart,
    Totally agree with you and your English IS much better than my, to Olga’s grieve. (Funny, it comes from someone who doesn’t even know how to write “English” and have no respect to language per se. Besides, for amoebas ANY English is in no need)…
    My apologies Carp. Good Luck and good night to all, except for poor girl and her donkey.

  35. Olga Folkyerself on

    And the family returns your best wishes, Carp. Mother sends her greetings to 4everanger….

  36. bottom line is during the trade deadline the rangers will not be trading for a 33 year old forward hoping he produces so the rangers can be the 8th seed. they have a glut of yound d men and are going to make the playoffs. they should be 1 of the top 4 in the east and that is a reasonable prediction. they are getting back there minutes leader from last year soon, he is 24 or 25 so his skills should not be eroding at this point and Sauer will be back at some time. sure injuries can occur and that could hurt the Rangers because again they are a big stud scorer short but the only teams that can live without 1 of there stud scorers are; the pens, the flyers, bruins, and the blackhawks. Maybe Vancouver also but since the Rangers really win with defense they need to only score 3 goals per night so who knows….

    my opinon the only teams better than the rangers right now in the east are; the bruins, and maybe philly and pittsburgh. and the rangers can compete with all of them. injuries and trades will decide which of these teams really are the best in the east. Sure Buffalo has significant upside if Miller gets things straightened out and the same with the Caps but they appear to have significant issues to me.

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