Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the New York Rangers:

January 5, 2012 (Game 38, Home Game 17)
Madison Square Garden – New York, New York

 Team Notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the Florida Panthers, 3-2, in overtime tonight at Madison Square Garden to extend their winning streak to three games, and have now won eight of their last nine games.

–        New York improved to 25-9-4 (54 pts) on the season, including a 12-3-2 mark at home.  The Blueshirts have now won each of their last four games at home, and five of their last six at Madison Square Garden.

–        The Rangers now sit atop the NHL standings with 54 points.  Their .711 winning percentage ranks second in the league, while their 25 wins are tied for second and their nine regulation losses are the fewest 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

–        New York has registered at least one point in 24 of their last 30 games (22-6-2), dating back to Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark.  The Rangers have out-scored their opponent, 97-63, during the stretch.

–        The Rangers completed their season series against the Panthers with a 3-1-0 mark.  New York has won eight of their last 11 games against Florida, having out-scored the Panthers, 31-16, over the span.

–        The Rangers’ .711 winning percentage is the team’s best start through 38 games since their 1993-94 Stanley Cup Championship season (26-9-3, .724 win%), and is tied for fourth best start in franchise history. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

–        The Blueshirts’ 12-3-2 (26 pts) mark at MSG is their best start at home through 17 games since 1995-96 (13-2-2, 28 pts).

–        The Blueshirts improved to 5-0-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets this season, including a 3-0-0 mark when that game is at home.  The Rangers are 4-0-1 in the second game of back-to-backs, including a 4-0-0 mark following a win in the first game of the set.

–        The Rangers held the Panthers scoreless in one shorthanded situation (2:00), and have now held their opponent scoreless in each of the last five games (12-12, 100.0%).  The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 37-41 (90.2%) with four shorthanded goals in the last 14 contests, and New York is now 17-4-2 when holding their opponent scoreless on the power play.

–        The Blueshirts registered a season-high, 41 shots on goal, including 16 in the first period and 14 in the third.  New York improved their league-leading record to 12-3-0 (.800 win%) when out-shooting their opponent.

–        The Rangers were credited with 50 hits in the contest, and have now registered 100 hits in the last two games.  The Blueshirts had eight different players with three or more hits.

Player Notes:

–        Marian Gaborik notched the game-winning goal at 3:29 in overtime to earn first star honors, and move into a tie for second place in the NHL goal scoring race with 23 goals on the season.  He has now tallied nine points (eight goals, one assist) and a plus-seven rating in the last nine games.  The overtime game-winner was Gaborik’s fifth career, and first as a Ranger.

–        Martin Biron made 19 saves to improve to 8-2-0 overall, including a 4-0-0 mark at home.  He has held opponents to two or fewer goals in seven of his 10 starts this season.

–        Anton Stralman tallied the Rangers’ first goal of the game at 17:44 of the first period, and registered three shots on goal in 23:33 of ice time.  He has now recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in the last seven games, has posted a plus-10 rating in the last eight and has logged 20:00+ of ice time in seven of the last 10 contests.

–        Ryan Callahan registered a power play goal at 4:24 of the third period to extend his point streak to six games (two goals, five assists over the span), and has tallied 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in the last 20 games.  He leads the team and is tied for fifth in the NHL with seven power play goals, and is tied for second on the Rangers in scoring with 14 goals and 30 points on the season.  Callahan was also credited with four shots on goal and four hits in 24:54 of ice time in the contest.

–        Brad Richards tallied a power play assist to extend his point streak to three games (two goals, two assists over the span), was credited with five shots on goal and led all forwards with 26:06 of ice time to earn second star honors.

–        Dan Girardi recorded a power play assist and led all skaters with a season-high, nine hits in 24:36 of ice time.  He now ranks second on the team in hits with 109 on the season, and is two assists shy of 100 career NHL assists.

–        Ruslan Fedotenko tallied the lone assist on Stralman’s first period goal, and was credited with a season-high, eight hits in the contest.  The Rangers improved to 8-1-1 when he registers a point.

–        Michael Del Zotto registered an assist on the overtime, game-winning goal, was credited with five hits and led all skaters with 26:36 of ice time.  He has now tallied 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) in the last 19 games, including seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last seven contests.

–        Derek Stepan recorded the primary assist on Gaborik’s overtime, game-winning goal, and was credited with two hits and two blocked shots in 19:26 of ice time.  He has now tallied 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in the last 17 games.

Post-Game Quotes:  

–        John Tortorella on tonight’s game…

“It was one of those games that if you blank you could lose it because it was such a tight checking game. They defended really well but we found a way. It took us to overtime but we found a way and I thought Step (Derek Stepan) made a great play as far as using his speed to back him off.”

–        Ryan Callahan on the team…

“We have a lot of push back on this team.  We have guys who will step up when need be, and guys that like to throw the body around.  We have been trying to build this identity over the past couple of years where we’re a tough team to play against, and I think we are seeing that more consistently this year than we have in the past.”

–        Martin Biron on tonight’s game…

“Obviously the beginning of the game was quiet, and there wasn’t much going on.  It was a big goal by Stralsy (Anton Stralman) to get us going and get the building going.  From that point on, I think we played a really good game.  That made the difference.  I think we played well down low.  That was the kind of game we needed to play.  The confidence was there as soon as we found the right tune up later in the first period.  I was pretty confident our team was going to play well.”

Team Schedule: 

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow, January 6, at CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m.), to complete their sixth back-to-back set of the season.  The game will be televised live on MSG 2 and can be heard on 970 The Apple.


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  1. Carped again;

    I’m not sure they have peaked, Jimbo.

    Individually there’s still more upside, lots of guys can produce more than they have.

    Staal’s just back, Sauer not even.

    The right move, + maybe Kreider, it could get very serious.

  2. Rod, my “peaked” comment was directed to BBBathgate, who was speaking about the Bruins – I hope that our team has not peaked yet, and I honestly don’t think that they have.

  3. Carp – Nope, nothing about any of the controversy or officiating (except Cally cursing at the refs for calling him on the embellishment on his way to the box).

    The Flyers were more concerned with how they would celebrate their next goal (ie. mocking Arty’s shotgun) and and talking crap, while I think Boyle told them to shut up and take a face off. Then they want to shake hands and Cally says F that. What a bunch of jokers those Flyers are (Hartnell, as we knew, but also Giroux, who should try to have at least a little class if he wants to be a star).

  4. Stranger Nation on

    Stranger Nation January 5th, 2012 at 11:23 pm
    Noonan – like the enthusiasm but let’s wait till playoff seedings before anointing us top 4 team. Still very early as we are a third of the way through the 3 seasons, 1st half, 2nd half, and playoffs.

    Thought 24/7 was best yet. Mostly on ice or hockey related stuff with a waivery cameo – who would you rather have playing Rupp or Avery, thought so…

    Torts comes out head and shoulders above la toilette. He does have a little Capt in him, which works with the youngsters.

  5. Carp, maybe the league had something to say about that? Not something they wanted repeated, maybe?

  6. Yeah Carp. Total dodge. They opted for lots of slow-mo & Liev Schreiber (beautifully written summation, I will say).

    Overall, it’d have been very easy for them to refrain from yet another round of airplanes and them skating with their kids, etc, and squeezed out an extra :90 to get into the controversy, even a little.

    Then again it wouldn’t have made your night any easier!!! LOL

  7. Oh, gotcha Jimbo.

    Glad you agree, but you sure B’s have?

    Cause if they add a major piece they become one hell of an obstacle.

  8. Stranger Nation on

    Only showed locker rooms after with glen Savior and Jimmy the grease ball owner making cameos and the Flyers moping. Luckily no Mr. snider.

  9. A huge difference between Laviolette and Torts that I noticed, especially in this episode: Lav does all the talking himself. Meanwhile, Torts often includes his players in the discussion. Rather than lecturing from a pedestal, he has Cally make decisions and give him feedback on video to review. He lets Rupp have the last word to the team before heading out of the locker room for the Classic. He calls out specific players (for good or bad), asks them questions, gets their feedback. He’s really just as much a part of the team as any of the players.

    Also, this episode shows that Rupp fits in with the team’s identity perfectly for his play and leadership. It’s making me think they knew what they were doing when they signed him.

  10. billybleedsblue on

    Carp, they totally washed-over the whole controversy, which IMO is bad TV, I mean, controversy should mean…ratings, no? ANyways…

    YO NOONAN what’s this stat talk about the penguins now? You said algorithm and got my attention…

  11. Lost in last thread;

    Torts had the line of the series I thought.

    “And it’d better not effin’ be tonight.” Hysterical.

    You can see in how the guys look & listen to him how they respect him.

    Even when he’s brutalizing them LOL…..

  12. Rod, I have no idea about Boston, but honestly, I don’t know what more they need – they have great goaltending, lots of scoring, good defense…..I guess you can never have enough of the latter two, though.

    Rangers can still be a LOT better – we have guys that can produce a hell of a lot more than they have, so far, at least when scoring is concerned. I don’t think we can improve our goaltending, and Staal and Sauer can only make things better when they get back into the swing of things..

  13. Just catching NYR in 60.

    That Stralman goaL was all Boyle crushing two guys and causing the turnover.

  14. >>>“And it’d better not effin’ be tonight.” Hysterical.

    What game was that quote about?

  15. After The Cap game.. the quote went

    “That team was dead in the water, and you guys had a night off. Someday you’ll have another one, but it’d better not effin’ be tonight.”

  16. Stranger Nation on

    Rod – boil and your boy Feds with the final crushing hit which led to the turnover and Stralman’s set up for Jovanowski, great deflection by him.

    As Torts says, pucks on the elfin net!

  17. Thanks, Matt – so, what game was Torts referring to? I forget who they played after the Caps…

  18. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    NOONAN –

    Interesting in that we are on the same page here, as per your observing that there is a difference between a team getting a power play opportunity when it is trailing by 2-3 goals, as contrasted with a team getting the lion’s share of penaties when the game is tied or there is a one-goal differential.

    In fact this is how I do my stats. That is to say, when a game is tied and a team scores I credit 89 points in the appropriate column, either even-strength or special teams. But say a team is leading 3-0 and scores a goal – a goal is this situation I credit with just 21 points. My Fibonacci sequence goes 89-55-34-21-13-8, etc.

    Now then, you mention the Pittsburgh Penguins. I can’t tell you how many PP opportunities they have gotten in recent weeks relative to their opponents, but I can tell you that are showing a 57 per cent share, on my Fibonacci points basis, of all special teams scoring in their games, since December 1st. And this mostly without Cindy Crosby.

    This raises the good question as to how they can be almost dominant in special teams play, given the key offensive ingredient they are missing. If I understand you correctly, you have some suspicions about favoritism here, same as Ranger fans and the coach know goes on where the Flyers are concerned.

    It doesn’t look kosher, whether or not it can be proven. I just want Bettman out of there, sooner rather than later. Either he is in on it, or incompetent and incapable of dealing with it.

  19. “I love that Cally didn’t want them to shake hands. Left them hanging! Bwaha!”

    Put that on Hartnell after swinging his stick like a sore loser baby with no time left.

    And what a punk giroux is LOL he’s going to get his one day.

  20. Ya know Jim, I try not to worry too much about any one team, too much can happen.
    And at your luckiest you only face four of them in the playoffs.

    But basically, there are just too many ‘good’ teams right now, and too many impact players coming available that can really shake things up.

    Even a team no one is really thinking about right now, like Toronto.
    I’d betcha anything Burke lands one of Staal or Getzlaf; he’s shown the ability to
    re-craft his team in like 48 hours.

    I’ve never seen it like this. it’s interesting, but we definitely have to get better.

  21. I looked at the schedule – I guess Torts said that before the Florida game on December 30th..

  22. When did feds become my boy?

    Like him but mixed emotions.

    Could be a spot primed for an upgrade, pending what’s out there.

    But then Feds is a freakin’ maniac in the playoffs, so…..

  23. Thanks, Matt! Good for Torts – I like that the coach verbally “kicks their aasens” in the room – superstars or not, they need that kind of treatment sometimes.

  24. BoomBoom: I’m glad someone else gets it. Thank you for the effort and explanation: seriously.

    I owe you a lionshare of beers when I come back to the east coast. Will read all of that with a real response tomorrow. It looks like good stuff my man.


  25. billybleedsblue on

    Boom BOom, that’s fascinating stuff. I’d love to learn some more about what you’re doing there, do you have anything up on the net? Is this a hobby of yours? What compelled you to use Fibonacci?

  26. Lots of players seem to be on the verge of moving….I’d like to see Carter from Columbus come this way…or one of the horses on the Ducks..

  27. Is it just me, or did the Winter Classic jersey’ kinda remind you of the USA olympic jerseys?

  28. No no no on Carter, signed thru 2022 …… though I wouldnt mind seeing someone else from Columbus :)

  29. Something stupid like that;

    “Jeff Carter makes $5272727 annually against the salary cap, and will continue to do so until 2022. ”

    I do think they’ll be a new CBA one-time ‘out’ for such deals. but no way Ray.

  30. Nash said today that he would waive his no trade clause if Columbus decides to move him. Thats at least part of the equation taken care of….

  31. Hahaha!! Maybe he likes his name – that’s like “a boy named Sue” – maybe it made him tough!

  32. Anyway, just back to what we were saying;
    talked to a friend today who really made the deadline realities hit home.

    There are GMs who are definitely getting canned (Like Lombardi in LA)
    if they can’t get their teams to make some noise this year.

    And that can make all the difference.
    Guys who were once patient can do some crazy things when that seat gets hot!

  33. Ironically, if regular season ended today… they plaaaaaaaaaaaaay…. yup….. the Washington Capitals…

    Great win and great 24/7… good night all-around.

    Not sure what happens before this trade deadline, but I said it for a while now, the Rangers will have to make some type of serious transaction down the road (maybe this summer?) because they will have too many capable players and not nearly enough roster spots. Some big names will be gone, and It most certainly will be for a big name back.


  34. We could always use more scoring…but not with a forward who is a terrible defensive liability, like debbie Kovalchuk…

  35. >>>Hard to beat Johnny Cash.

    Hard? Impossible!

    From another song – “I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die….”

  36. if it comes down to that as the best option, so be it Jim.

    Gotta open it up somehow.

    Our D’s tight as a duck’s ass.

    We can afford it.

  37. We can’t carry all these defensemen, either – as much as I’d like to be able to – something’s gonna have to give, eventually.

  38. Stranger Nation on

    Our D is so tight Stralman is a plus player! Bickel continues to impress, like to keep the nastiness on the back line.

    Did notice some quality break out passes from Staal this evening, rounding into form, albeit slowly, as one could only expect.

  39. Yup, Staal was better, knew he would be.

    Think he was kinda challenging himself to come back when he did.

  40. Cuz, tried to give you a hock-o-lees tonight, but couldn’t get your attention. I was in 111 right down to your right.

  41. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    Noonan, I do nine teams, the nine teams which looked like the league elite on December 1st. So that I still have the faded Minn Wilddoggies in there.

    I would rather not completely divulge the values because then I will get all kinds of cheap shots from my antagonists here, so I will simply say it works for me in that it takes the score at the time strongly into the equation so that getting the second assist on a goal when the game is already 7-0, such as tonight in Boston, gets zero points credit on my system.

    Here are the shares for Even-Strength, followed by the combined PP/PK for and against special teams percentage shares….

    Phila 53% E.S. – 52 1/2% Special Teams
    Chi 56% E.S. – 56 1/2%
    Pitts 54% E.S. – 57%
    NYR 55 1/2 % – 61%

    Bost 69% E.S. – 73 1/2 %
    Vanc. 65 1/2 % – 55%
    Det 64 1/2% – 42%
    Minn 56% E.S..- 43%
    San J. 62% E.S. – 25%

    Some things jump out at you, like San Jose’s horrific special teams play. If fact, on my system they have compiled 356 points to 1055 points compiled against them on special teams scoring, for the 25 per cent share (356/1411 total points in the category).

    Detroit is deficient on special teams. Minny is deficient there, too. Boston is dominant everywhere, and the rest are respectable, everywhere.

  42. right now, the Rangers are following thier m.o., first place at the all-star break, fighting to make the playoffs in April. Hope I’m wrong!

  43. Stranger Nation on

    You mean free refills, right?

    Now take off those glazes so I can see those beautiful eyes your hiding

  44. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    Wow, a sweet young female Angela J. “double” who is 15 years younger. She can’t miss if she wants a Hollywood career. Didn’t get her name, though, would like to be her agent, before, during and definitely after the show. lol.

  45. I just heard on the SJ-CBJ game from the Sharks announcers that Kerry Fraser is going to be making his debut on “NBC Sports Channel” tomorrow or something like that – I guess *Mr.* Snider is giving jobs to all his Philly friends and lickspittles on the new NBC venture….

    Fraser may have been born in Canada, but he’s lived in Philly for many years now.

  46. Something’s happening in Calgary after that savage beating.

    Odds on to go first; Sutter/Bouwmeester.

    Once they dump JB and his whopping 6.6 thru 2014 the floodgates will open.

    Iggy is still one from 500. Their next four games are @ home.

    Rangers liked Bourque at one time but don’t see where he fits now.

  47. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    I should say “Angelina” not “Angela,” especially as her name, apparently, is “Lina.” Amazing, this is, where has she been all this time, having been in the USA for eight years from Spain?

  48. The lips are the only part of her that doesn’t really resemble Jolie, but, mama mia, fugg it, who cares?!?! BABE!

    That Jolie is a MILF! Possible dangerously skinny, but still a MILF! Before I laid eyes upon that beauty, girls were just annoying little brats with long hair and barbie dolls. That all changed when I saw Tomb Raider. Oh baby!

    Of course, then I noticed that all the girls in my class didn’t have “bumps”, as I used to call them, on their chests, like Jolie did, so I was more into my teachers!

  49. HBO’s 24/7 and NBC’s Hyper Bowl 2012 has instilled a new-found hatred of Philadelphia sports…and also exposed how much better the Rangers are as a team on and off the ice…

    Bryzgalov is a nightmare. There is truly a Hextall curse…

    Hartnell…get a byfuglien haircut, you piece of clarke…the idiot is swinging his stick and crosschecking Rangers after time runs out and then expects to shake hands…dumbo

    Is anyone else not impressed with Laviolette? I mean, out of the 4 coaches I’ve seen on 24/7, I am least impressed with the way he handles himself and his team. He’s a big bouche as far as I’m concerned. His idea of coaching is telling his players to play more like “Hartsie”.

    Rupper is the man!

    I love Tortles! The video room scene in the hotel was great…

    Despite his city and teammates, I still like Jagr, though. I wonder if he’s regretting that he didn’t go to Detroit…

  50. JimboWoodside on

    I never particularly liked Angelina Jolie’s “look”….her body is/was smokin’ hot, but those lips looked kinda fake to me….not that I…well, never mind…

  51. JimboWoodside on

    If Laviolette couldn’t hold a coaching job with the Fishsticks, how good a coach could he be, for goodness sakes?

    I don’t care that he won in Carolina – it was a fluke!

  52. JimboWoodside on

    You’re right, ORR – after all, her daddy Jon has those big lips, too…..her bosom (like that old one!?) is pretty special, though…..was her mom an actress, I wonder?

  53. Watching 24/7, and seeing what Torts does behind the scenes makes me like him even more. I figured he was a real hot head during intermissions, but he wasn’t that bad. He looked good.

    Laviolette, on the other hand, he came off as a dope. Honestly, I’m not being biased, I liked the guy when he was with Carolina, and hoped the Isles or Flyers wouldn’t hire him, but he sounds like a dope.

  54. JimboWoodside on

    I’ll catch 24/7 on Youtube, but I didn’t see it. Geez, the Isles had him, and they let him go – for a parade of nobodies! And they made the playoffs with him as coach!

  55. JimboWoodside on

    Pretty mom – definitely didn’t inherit her lips…”gonzagas” (as you call them), maybe!

  56. Last coach that got them to the playoffs was Ted Nolan. Snow fired him the year after. “Supposively” Nolan wanted the team to be more competitive, but Snow wanted them to be bottom feeders so they can pull a Penguins/Capitals/Hawks

  57. JimboWoodside on

    Oh, Wow! She died? Shame……so young…

    Man, Nolan must have really screwed the pooch during his NHL coaching career – that guy is as blackballed as all those commies were in the 1950’s!

  58. That’s what happens when you “supposively” bang your players wife. Mrs. Hasek, I believe it was. But, who knows if it’s true…

    Anyway, all this Jolie talk has made me want to go to sleep and fantasize aboot the two Jolie’s!

    Night, gang!

  59. JimboWoodside on

    Yeah, I don’t know if that Nolan story is true, either – I think it might be a hockey “urban legend”..but he must have done something to deserve the stink-eye that the hockey world has given him!

  60. sauer is a better bickel. when sauer comes back woywitka goes down, bickel is a healthy sratch…

    5 damn good d men; girardi, staal, mcdonut, sauer, and mdz. stralman not a bad 6th d man!!!!!!!!

    just keep on adding points, long season put some in the bank just in case.

    dubi did everything except score a goal.

  61. JimboWoodside on

    Dubi seems to be doing everything right, he just can’t get a sniff at the goal….maybe soon he’ll break out…hopefully, tomorrow!

  62. bickel is more willing to mix it up then stralman most nights that does not matter. i assume torts will play who ever is producing more.

    bickells mistake tonight would not have been fatal on the 1ts goal if AA had his head up and took bickells spot..

    hard to complain about the rangers especially there D.

    to win it all or to even really be one of the top 4 teams or so they need more upfront. if that is Kreider, a trade, or whoever they jsut do not have enough up front. Boyle has the slowest hands on the team…….

  63. The Florida announcers marveled at Rangers defense.

    (Yeah…they block foreign b/casts out down here when the FLOSS plays).

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