Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the New York Rangers:

February 7, 2012 (Game 51, Home Game 24)
Madison Square Garden — New York, NY

1st   2nd   3rd   OT   Final
New Jersey Devils                 1      0        0       –      1
New York Rangers                 0      0        0       –      0

Team Notes:

–       The Rangers were defeated by the New Jersey Devils, 1-0, tonight at Madison Square Garden, and are now 16-5-1 in their last 22 games.

–       New York has posted a record of 33-13-5 (71 pts) on the season, including a 16-6-2 mark at home.

–       11 of the last 15 meetings between the Rangers and Devils have been decided by two goals or less.

–       The Blueshirts are now 18-8-3 overall, including a 9-4-1 mark at Madison Square Garden against the Devils since 2007-08.

–       The Rangers’ .696 win% through 51 games is the team’s best start in 18 years, when the 1993-94 Blueshirts began the season with a 34-13-4 record (.706 win%), and is the fourth best start in franchise history.

–       The Blueshirts’ 16-6-2 (34 pts) mark at MSG is their best start at home through 24 games since 1995-96 (18-2-4, 40 pts).

–       The Blueshirts hold a three-point lead over Boston for first in the Eastern Conference, and are one point shy of Detroit for first in the league overall.

–       The Rangers out-hit the Devils, 52-24, in the contest.  Their 52 hits were a team, season-high.  Seven different Rangers’ were credited with four or more hits, led by Brandon Prust and Brian Boyle, who registered six hits apiece.

Player Notes:

–       Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves and is now 24-11-4 overall, including a 12-6-2 mark at home.  The loss snapped his four-game winning streak, and he is now 4-1-0 with a 0.97 goals against average, .963 save percentage and two shutouts in the last five games.  Lundqvist has allowed one goal or less in 11 of his last 19 games, and has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 27 games this season.

–       Lundqvist has now faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 32 career regular season games, posting a record of 21-6-5 with a 1.77 GAA, .934 Sv% and four shutouts over the span.

–       Brian Boyle tied for the game-high with six hits, was credited with two blocked shots and won a game-high, 10 faceoffs in 16 attempts (63%).  He has now registered 11 hits in the last two contests.

Post-Game Quotes:

–       John Tortorella on tonight’s game…
“Our start, it was a bit of a struggle, as far as some turnovers that allowed them to play in our half.  But after that I thought we found ourselves and played a pretty good game.”

–       Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game…
“I thought we played a great third period, we had a lot of chances and a lot of shots on net.  We controlled most of that period.  We need to have a better start.  I think that’s what hurts us the most is our start.  There are a lot of good things that went on in this game, even though we didn’t generate a goal, obviously, but we’ll take some positives out of it.”

–       Marian Gaborik on tonight’s game…
“In the first period I think they had a lot more momentum, but I think in the last five minutes of the first period we started coming. We were more physical and we didn’t give them much. We had some chances and they had some chances. In the third period I think we could’ve tied the game easily.”

Team Schedule:

–        The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Feb. 8, is 12:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center.

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, Feb. 9, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to conclude their three-game homestand.  The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.

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  1. No way in hell did they have 52 hits tonight.

    Did you show Stan that link, Carp? If not, you should, then tell us his reaction to it.

  2. for the heckuva it, after being carped
    (changed it a bit)

    ok, i see your point about the previous 3 games but
    even then offensively
    they’ve regressed
    to the days at beginning of the season

    i’m referring to how the team played at that time
    versus when they got their act together—the inability to pass to
    one another
    to do anything in the offensive zone for
    the majority of the game
    to have no clue about being in position for
    to missing the net, whether it’s an open net for a major
    chance or just shooting wide

    when things have gone good with this team
    they look involved rather than dumping
    the puck and then not having anyone to catch up to it.

    things like that.

  3. billybleedsblue on

    Mickey, again, you win the Internet.

    I also love your idea about Carp showing Stan that link… and I love even more us finding out what his reaction is.

    Maybe somebody could video his reaction, and we could have that animated GIF too lol

    If that doesn’t happen, at least we can just go to whenever we want.

    I am still laughing. :D

  4. Mickey, stop. I just did that for a good 40 min and his final argument was that our entire team is bought by our excess of $$$. I went on to name Callahan, Dubinsky, Anisimov, Girardi, Hagelin, Staal, Mc.D and pretty much the rest of the team. He said ye a bunch of scrubs other than Callahan. That’s when I knew….

  5. I won the internet- YES!!!!!!!!!!!! My goal in life has been accomplished! Thank you so much, billy!

    Love, love, love your idea about gifing Stan’s reaction. That would be awesome.

    I cannot not laugh anytime I see that, it’s like the automatic cheerer-upper.

  6. You poor thing, Lev :( I logged off fb after a bit and after I saw that Santorum won MO’s nonbinding primary today. Ugh, Missouri, why so backwards?

  7. Sgt, I won’t, trust me. I hate politics (and ask me again how I feel about them in October and I will be using stronger words), but I just had to comment on that since I live in Missouri. A transplanted NYer living in NY.

  8. >>Arguing with a Devils fan on my fb page. Someone stop me!

    Look at it this way. At the end of the discussion, you’ll still be a Rangers fan and that person will still worship the Devils. So, why waste your time? Go read an article on Google or something.

  9. Yeah, exactly, in a time when he finaly build the best Rangers team, from coaching to 4th line in a last 5 years. Make a lot of sence.

  10. Oh, “Iuppiter iratus ergo nefas.. ” – Jupiter, you are angry, that means you are wrong!
    What a joke you really are. Yawn…

  11. saw the first 2 periods and the end of the game after it was over. Just not enough offense, shut out 5 times this year.

    that’s what you get with this team. Richards has been bad for weeks and weeks. The disallowed goal was usual Marty faking. Did he go by ambulance to the hospital? Dubi is a bricklayer period. that sizem speed, strength, and power he should get 20 goals in his sleep.

    NJ’s d are not good with the puck, so you need them to handle the puck not fatboy.

    enough with Bickely he is good for 1 moronic penalty minimum per game. Prust played well especially early.

  12. You’re right, NYR. The Celtics won. I should be happy! BIRD!

    I’d pop Eminger in, in favor of Bickell, if I’m Torts. Eminger is a slight upgrade over Bickell, in my opinion. Solid 3rd pair d-man. If his shoulder is good enough, then he should be in. I like Bickell, but he’s taking too many penalties.

    Have to watch out for the Devs. They’re putting together some points. Isles as well, but I doubt they catch us!

  13. iWicky (Leeloo Dallas mul-ti-pass) on

    I’m pretty sure I won the contest, my shots were dead on!!!

    Trade everyone!!!!!

    I am amused greatly by this place!!

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