Post-game notes


Courtesy of the NYR:

January 14, 2012 (Game 42, Away Game 23)
Air Canada Centre – Toronto, Ontario

                                                 1st   2nd   3rd   OT   Final
New York Rangers                0      2        1       –      3
Toronto Maple Leafs            0      0        0       –      0

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-0, tonight at Air Canada Centre to extend their road winning streak to four games, and are now 10-2-0 in their last 12 games away from MSG.  The Blueshirts have out-scored their opponent, 13-4, during their four-game road winning streak.

–        New York is now 28-10-4 (60 pts) on the season, including a 15-6-2 mark on the road.  The Rangers, who are 11-2-0 in their last 13 contests overall, reclaimed the top spot in the league standings with 60 points.

–        The Rangers’ .714 winning percentage is the team’s best start through 42 games in 40 years, when the 1971-72 Blueshirts began the season with a 28-7-7 record (.750 winning percentage), and is the third best start in franchise history.

–        The Blueshirts improved to 6-0-1 in the first game of back-to-backs, including a 3-0-1 record when the first game is on the road.  The Rangers, who will close out the set tomorrow night in Montreal, have posted a combined record of 11-0-1 in back-to-back games this season.

–        New York is now 48-28-12 against Original Six opponents since the 2005-06 season, including a 15-8-4 mark vs. Toronto over the span.  The Rangers’ .614 win% against Original Six teams during the stretch ranks second.

–        The Rangers out-hit the Maple Leafs, 48-39, and were credited with 23 blocked shots in the contest.  Entering tonight’s action, New York ranked second in the NHL in hits (1,171) and sixth in blocked shots (669).

–        The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 2-2 (4:00) against the Maple Leafs, and has now held opponents scoreless in eight of the last nine games (19-20, 95.0% over the span).  New York improved to 20-4-2 when not allowing a power play goal.

Player Notes:

–        Derek Stepan notched a goal and tallied an assist for his seventh multi-point effort of the season, and has now tallied 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in the last 21 games.  Stepan also registered four shots and four hits, and posted a plus-two rating to earn first star honors.

–        Martin Biron turned aside 20 shots to record his second shutout of the season, and improve to 9-2-0 overall with a 5-2-0 mark on the road.  He has now held opponents to two or fewer goals in eight of his 11 starts this season.  Biron also tallied an assist in the contest, and is tied for second among NHL goaltenders with three assists.

–        Brandon Prust tallied an assist, tied for the game-high with six hits and posted a plus-two rating to earn third star honors.  He has now recorded three assists in the last six games.

–        Mike Rupp opened the game’s scoring with an even strength goal at 3:35 of the second period, and he has now registered three goals in the last six games.

–        Brian Boyle notched a goal, was credited with three hits and led all forwards with three blocked shots in 16:12 of ice time.  He has now tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in the last three games.

–        Ryan McDonagh recorded an assist, was credited with four hits, two blocked shots and three shots on goal, and posted a game-high, plus-three rating in 21:23 of ice time.  McDonagh has now tallied four assists in the last seven games.

–        Carl Hagelin tallied one assist, four hits, a plus-two rating and logged a career-high, 17:55 of ice time.  He has now registered six points (three goals, three assists) in the last nine games.

–        Wojtek Wolski recorded an assist on Mike Rupp’s second period goal, and logged 7:20 of ice time in the contest.

–        Dan Girardi was credited with three hits and two blocked shots in a game-high, 28:40 of ice time.

–        Ryan Callahan registered a game-high, six shots on goal.

–        Anton Stralman led the Rangers and tied for the game-high with a season-high, five blocked shots.

–        Brad Richards won a game-high, 13-21 faceoffs (62%) in 21:49 of ice time.

Team Schedule:

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow, January 15, at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m.), to conclude their back-to-back weekend set against Original Six opponents.  The game will be televised live on NBC Sports Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.

–        Prior to tomorrow’s contest, the Blueshirts’ morning skate is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Bell Centre.

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  1. Was you turn to get Carped, LW. I was BANJing…

    Repost in response to your post, LW:

    It’s not only tonight, LW. Boyle’s line has rendered plenty of first lines in the league largely innefective. And not by using their amazing skills, but by using their size, hard work, and ability to forecheck. The get the puck, dump it in, and good luck getting it away from them…it isn’t a goal scored, but it isn’t a goal score against by the top line either.

  2. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    Per my previos post which just got “Carped,” yes I am up for Kreider replacing any one of about six forwards on this team, particularly Mitchell or Fedo. That will be the “system” trade the Rangers have made since they promoted Brian Leetch.

  3. First team in the league to get 60 points. And no team played less games. Whatever they’re doing, they must be doing something right. Plenty of work to do, but they need to stay the course. No need to make a compulsive decision that may hurt them in the long run.

  4. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    Hey, Avery was +3 with the Whale Boys, tonight, the only +3 on the night on the team. Like to see Slats call him up just to get Torts’ craw. And it would be an interesting private conversation to overhear between the two of them. lol

    Slats: “You know, John, I just called up Avery to fill in for the next game or two.”

    John: ” *^$_#(@*@&*(#)@)@**@@**(#_#_#_+”

  5. Totally agree ilb.

    Is Krieder realistic call-up option once college season is over (late March/early April if play in Frozen Four?

  6. Boom Boom- you weren’t Carped actually. You were BANJing :-)

    I read your post. I admittedly do not know as much about Kreider as you do. All I know is from what I read, and from watching him play last year…Bit if he even half of what people predict, I’d replace a lot of playerson that team. To me, as long as they don’t mess with the current core players, it will work both long and short term.

  7. Two slightly different conversations here, I think. Comments about Boyle’s role and value aren’t really that applicable to Fedotenko and Mitchell (who are both less valuable and have different roles).

    Don’t know what Kreider vs Fedotenko/Mitchell in 2017 has to do with anything. And if Kreider is somewhere even a long way short of Bossy offensively if/when he arrives this year (hardly a given in itself), he won’t be a third liner for very long anyway.

  8. There is no guarantee of anything. Including him leaving the college altogether, playing enough games to be playoff eligible, coming to terms. Not to mention, it may be a bit too much to ask to produce right away. But if it works, it’s a home run. And it may.

  9. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman on

    CBC broadcast crew and analysis very superior to msg Sam and Joe. msg very bush-league (no sarcasm) broadcasting the number 1 team in the NHL on msg 2.5! I just don’t understand the logic there.

  10. Soooo an unknown commodity in Kreider is better than Boyle/Feds/Prust, who are known commodoties at the moment? Not saying that Kreider won’t be better than them in the long run, but right now I would take all 3 of them over the kid that we don’t know anything about.

  11. Aaaand LB is at it again:

    Larry Brooks @NYP_Brooksie 2m

    Avery back in lineup for Whale, benched for duration after 2d period misconduct for abuse of officials. Very unhealthy situation.

    I swear, he’s on Avery’s PR payroll.

  12. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman on

    68 miles NE of NYC and I can’t see NYR on TV (no MSG 2+)? Stupid Charter cable/Dolans pukes!

  13. I don’t view LB’s tweet as Pro-Avery. I think we can all agree things seem to be going horrendously for Avery in Hartford and no one seems to know why…I think unhealthy is a good discriptor

  14. @ Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. Very true — HNIC’s entire production is great — lots of replays, great observations and accurate play-by-play. You don’t here any, “he’s thick and strong and young.”

  15. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman on

    Yep had Center Ice for free up until January 1st (cable company asleep at the wheel)watched HNIC as much as I could – fantastic. Wish I was back living in Syracuse, you could get Canandian channels on cable there.

  16. Boyle between Hags and Krieder (If he comes up after the college season) could be interesting. A big pivot with a ton of speed on the flanks.

  17. Gunnery- Charter isn’t in a dispute with Cablevision. It’s only TWC. Unless TWC actually owns your ad zone and is selling it to Charter to sell the ads…

  18. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    Respectfully, iLB, I would not say that discarding Mitchell or Feds in favor of Kreider is “messing with the core of the team.” Fringe players are not core players. Kreider is a solid nucleus core player, for years to come. There is ZERO downside risk in replacing a fringe player with someone who brings more dimensions to the table.

    A year ago some here were defending a player who wasn’t scoring, wasn’t assisting anyone else’s scoring, wasn’t checking, wasn’t registering hits, and wasn’t blocking shots, who just wasn’t doing anything at all, besides stealing paychecks from the owner. Yet he was revered by some here. Well, we put a new captain in his place, and how did that work out? You know, sometimes you just have to dip your toe in the water, when it comes to the discomfort of the unknown.

    Don’t worry about Krieder, worry about Feds and Mitchell gumming up the active roster with little tangible return on investment for the club, where they are concerned. Kreider’s ability is the answer, his inexperience at this level will not be a problem, as some seem to imply, here. Damn, Hags needed about two shifts to comfortably take his place, here. You think Kreider needs two season’s acclimation time?

  19. I had to watch the CBC feed tonight due to the TWC/MSG stupidity, and was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting them to be total homers, but they were consistently praising the Rangers and what they’re players are doing right. They also had very high praise for Torts. And they weren’t afraid to point out the bad play by the Leafs (turnovers, etc).

    Boyle’s name kept coming up throughout the game. He definitely makes a noticeable impact on the ice, even when not scoring. He’s one of my favorites, and every team needs a guy like him to succeed. All you Boyle haters need to step off. He’s an excellent 3rd line center, so stop complaining that he’s not Gretzky.

  20. Gunnery ..was at the ‘Cuse game tonight..Derrick Coleman and “the Pearl” were cheering on the #1

    Abuse of official…was a gamer and prob. be a long Avery-like suspension

  21. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman on

    I think I saw you say that you live in STL, MO? I lived in Wentzville for 2.5 yrs. when I worked for GE – didn’t really like it much – too hot in the summer.

  22. Gunnery, Ahh, that makes sense now. i was thinking I might have to go visit them and kick some assen for a fellow Ranger fan :) And yeah, I live in STL County actually, 20 minutes outside the city proper. That is too funny that you lived in Wentzville! Being from NY, last summer sucked so hard, it was ridonkulously hot. Of course in the winters, I mock the locals like nobody’s business.

  23. SCX, the CBC announcers for HNIC always seem to be fair to both teams. Well, except for when the games are in Montreal, but that is ‘typical Montreal’ (copyright Peter Laviolette).

  24. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman on

    Winters in MO were too funny! Natives unable to drive, school shut down all week for 2 inches of snow.

  25. Our favorite topic:

    TSNBobMcKenzie Bob McKenzie
    BTW, heard Avery’s disciplinary infraction was dress code violation — jeans and sneakers in lieu of suit. Stuff about spitting nonsensical.

  26. Also according to the AHL site Newbury is coming up as emergency in case Dubi and Feds can’t go.

  27. Gunnery, And MODOT being asshats and not pretreating roads, or just plain sucking at salting/plowing. It makes me long for liviing in western NY, haha.

  28. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman on

    Yep, I grew up outside of Syracuse so winter driving was never a problem but MODOT was criminal in my opinion. Now I live in CT and I think drivers here learned their winter driving in FL – wimpiest New Englanders ever!

  29. Just saw the highlights from the game and 2 things jump out at me: Biron’s toe save Crabb (or was it Graboski??) was fantastic and Boyle’s reaction after his goal was priceless and a lot like Dubi’s was, very much a ‘THANK GOD’ reaction.

  30. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman on

    Typical, reminds me of the night the Rangers (w/TGO!) were in STL for a game. It snowed like 6 or 7 inches had to 4 wheel it into the game never saw a plow truck from wentzville to SST. Louis – empty arena – but the Rangers won! Great night no traffic.

  31. Big loss for Calgary tonight, 4-1 to LA.

    4 points from a playoff spot with a game out of hand.

    4 games to go before All-Star break, including SJ twice and LA again.

  32. CARP:
    Thanks for the earlier mention of my words helping to get this two-bit squad back on track.

    But that’s your view. The only track I saw the clowns get back on was the track to amateur-hour land.

    Tomorrow night Montreal will obliterate us. It’ll be so ugly, the NHL will relegate the entire team to the AHL. And it’ll be about time.

  33. Saturday night’s CT game: 17:21. Penalties-Newbury Ct (game misconduct – abuse of officials).

    Avery had the same penalty…though came away with an assist on a Voros goal. Anyone watch the game?

  34. NOw several folks mentioned the K man tonite and 3 called him Kreider and two called him Krieder…and one person called him BOTH. This is getting amusing.

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