Post-game notes


Courtesy of the Rangers:

February 11, 2012 (Game 53, Away Game 28)
Wells Fargo Center — Philadelphia, PA

1st   2nd   3rd   OT   Final
New York Rangers                2      1        2       –      5
Philadelphia Flyers              1      1        0       –      2

Team Notes:

–       The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2, today at Wells Fargo Center for their sixth win in eight games, and are now 18-5-1 in their last 24 games.

–       New York has posted a record of 35-13-5 (75 pts) on the season, including an 18-7-3 mark on the road.

–       The Rangers extended their winning streak against the Flyers to seven games, dating back to a 7-0 win at MSG on Mar. 6, 2011, and have out-scored the Flyers, 29-10, during the streak.  New York now owns a 5-0-0 mark against Philadelphia in the season series, including a 2-0-0 record at Wells Fargo Center.

–       The Rangers improved to 11-3-1 against Atlantic Division opponents this season, having out-scored their opponent, 47-30, in divisional play.

–       The Rangers’ .708 win% through 53 games is the team’s best start in 39 years, when the 1972-73 Blueshirts began the season with a 36-13-4 record (.717 win%), and is tied as the second best start in franchise history.

–       The Blueshirts have won seven of their last nine road games (7-1-1 over the span), and are 13-3-1 in their last 17 games away from MSG.

–       New York improved to 7-0-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets this season, including a 4-0-2 mark on the road.  The Rangers have posted a record of 13-1-3 combined in back-to-back games.

–       The Rangers’ power play notched a season-high, three goals in seven attempts (10:20), while their penalty kill held the Flyers scoreless in four shorthanded situations (8:00).  The last time the Rangers tallied three or more power play goals in a single game was in a 6-3 win on Mar. 15, 2011, vs. the New York Islanders (3-5 on the power play).  The Blueshirts improved to 18-1-2 in games when tallying a power play goal, and are 25-6-2 when not allowing a power play goal.

–       The Blueshirts maintained their five-point lead over Boston for first place in the Eastern Conference, and pulled to within one point of Detroit for first in the league overall.

Player Notes:

–       Ryan Callahan notched his second career hat trick with three goals, including two on the power play, and registered a game-high, seven shots on goal in 20:38 of ice time.  His third goal was his 40th point of the season, marking the third time in his career he has reached that mark.  Both of Callahan’s hat tricks have been against the Flyers, with his first career hat trick being tallied in a 7-0 win on Mar. 6, 2011 (four goals).  He has now tallied nine points (seven goals, two assists) in the last 10 games, and is three goals shy of 100 career NHL goals.  Callahan is currently tied for fourth in the NHL with 10 power play goals on the season.

–       Marian Gaborik registered a season-high, four points, with one power play goal and a season-high, three assists (two on the power play) in 18:24 of ice time.  He has now recorded 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in the last 11 games, and leads the team in scoring with 48 points on the season.  Gaborik is currently tied for fifth in the NHL with 27 goals.

–       Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves to improve to 25-11-4 overall, including a 13-5-2 mark on the road.  He is now 5-1-0 with a 1.14 goals against average, .959 save percentage and two shutouts in his last six games.  Lundqvist has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 28 games this season, and is 10-5-1 with a 1.97 goals against average, .944 save percentage and two shutouts in 16, 30+ save games.

–       Brad Richards tallied a season-high, three assists, including two on the power play, and has now registered five points (one goal, four assists) in the last four games.

–       Derek Stepan recorded two assists, including one on the power play, and won 5-8 face-offs (63%) in 18:28 of ice time.  He has now registered six points (one goal, five assists) in the last four games.  Stepan’s first assist of the contest established a new career-high for most assists in a season.

–       Artem Anisimov notched a goal and registered five shots on goal in 16:25 of ice time.  He has now tallied five points (two goals, three assists) in the last three games, and is one point shy of 100 career NHL points.

–       Carl Hagelin tallied the primary assist on Callahan’s third goal of the game, and he has now recorded eight points (one goal, seven assists) in the last 10 games.

–       Michael Del Zotto recorded a power play assist and was credited with three hits in 21:49 of ice time.  He has now tallied 23 points (five goals, 18 assists) in the last 34 games, with six points (two goals, four assists) in the last seven contests.

–       Brian Boyle was credited with a game-high, seven hits, and has now registered 21 hits in the last four games.

–       Ryan McDonagh led all skaters with five blocked shots, and he now leads the team and is currently tied for third in the NHL with 134 blocked shots on the season.

Team Schedule:

–       The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Washington Capitals tomorrow, Feb. 12, at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m.), to conclude their back-to-back set.  The game will be televised live on NBC and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.

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  1. I know he’s never been a huge penalty taker, but for Girardi to only have 12 PIMS at this point of the season, given how much he’s played and who he’s played against, is pretty impressive.

  2. I got carped for the first time and my lapstop is being slow couldn’t be first on post game to respond

  3. Girardi has been golden for us this season – a real keeper.

    Bickel didn’t embarrass himself or the coach – maybe they don’t need him on wing for most games, but for a matchup with a goon-squad mentality team like Philthy, it is a good move, especially when his teammates are able to put a few pucks in the net, like today.

  4. Philadelphia should continue playing their goons, wouldn’t mind seeing mr. Irrelevant in April too. Sestito took a couple of dumb penalties, the first one resulted in PP goal. Rinaldo was “covering” Anisimov, except he looked like he was talking to Bobrovsky instead of watching the puck and watching what Anisimov was doing.

  5. Say what you want about Bickel, but in today’s game, while playing limited minutes, he’s done more than WW ever would.

  6. When was the last time the Rangers had back to back early afternoon games? Looking quickly, I didn’t see any over the last few years.

  7. I’ll find every reason in the world to root for a guy like Bickel, don’t know why anyone wouldn’t.

  8. I think Emrick is a given tomorrow, drew.

    you know what’s interesting? How the Rangers’ tough guys — for the most part over the years, with a few obvious exceptions — aren’t complete useless, jackwagon, cheap-shot artists.

  9. apparently Kimmo Timonen wasnt happy after the game today again and sort of threw the team under the bus once again. That’s twice in 1 week, both after losses to the Rangers. What do you guys say here something along the lines of AHA AHA, I LIKE IT!

  10. By the way, for those who’ve mentioned it … our contest winner Kyle is not only a very, very regular reader who considers himself a silent Bonehead, but he’s also serving our country at the present time.

  11. stranger nation on

    I would put Bickels on the back line – Auntie Em was atrocious – poor Staal having to play with him ain’t helping Staal’s trying to get back to his past level of performance.

    PP no longer a trickle given passing display and Filthy’s horrendous D.

    How bout McD’s hit in 2nd on #93 – sent him back to the bench bent over.

    Last game Hags with Boyle – he get 1G and a post
    This game for Hags with Richards…
    can he play with Dubi now…

  12. You just woke up Donald Brashear from deep hibernation, Carp…..

    Season high 22 games above .500. On that, time to take mrs ilb out. Later!

  13. Orr, I just got back from the supermarket….saw an aisle just for B&J’s….was tempted but refused.

  14. GySgt. Hartman on

    B&J’s ? are they Ben and Jerry’s? Godless commie bastages but they make good icecream.

  15. Probably not much of a chance of it happening, but I’d like to seeiSloppy-seconds Phaneufenstein kick Pre-K Slewfoot’s aasen tonight…

  16. Lev- Not into the taunting stuff to begin with but save the ‘talk’ until the end of the ‘walk’. Especially coming from a crowd that can’t back up their carcillo and bring it consistently. It will inevitably bite you in the aasen. JMHO

    “Can you hear us?”

  17. Hmmm….after thinking about it, maybe I’d rather have Pre-K kick Phaneuf’s aasen, after what he did to Sauer – hmmm..yeah!

  18. Boy, too bad we couldn’t pry Max Pacioretty away from the Habs while we were fleecing them for McDonut and giving them Gomez. He looks like a pretty good player.

  19. Here we go again …

    All you cracker-jacks coming to this message board with swagger, as if this cookie-cutter bunch of no-talent clowns is going to even win ONE game in the playoffs (IF they make it).

    Note how any player with even a remote sense of hockey would have scored 6 goals with the opportunities that Callahan had. The fact that he scores on only 50% of what were 100% easy tap-ins should tell you a bit about how absurdly abhorrent this “team” is …

    It is bush-league to the core. Of course, there is no core other than a weak, molten center of amateur-hourism. Topped with a two-bit power-play that gets lucky every-once-in-a-while and has the stench of parrot droppings the other 99% of the time.

    But hey, everything is rosy when it’s hidden behind a veil.

    Sweet dreams. Tomorrow this team goes down like the Titanic.

  20. Carp, true wit the goons, except Brashear didnt play enough to even be considered useless….he was less than useless

  21. Crazy that Whitney died. RIP. You want to talk about a voice? There you have it.

    Thank you, Kyle!

  22. Miami, on-point wrap-up. Way more *accurate* than whatever cookie-cutter, amateur-hour g/jibberish “Carp” will come up with tomorrow…

    And yes, they DO sell those cans at the F’n Arena ——>

    RIP Whitney.

  23. Thank you, Kyle.

    I think some are being a little tough on Emmy. It’s only his second game back and yeah, he’s had a few penalties but they’ve generally been aggressive ones. He’s been on the ice for 1 goal against where Artie fell on his keester covering for Staahll who was deep in the O zone. (Although I still can’t determine where 44 is on the play) But don’t be so rash, he’s been out over 7 weeks and has tended to start a little slow in the past.

    RIP WH

  24. Wow….did they mention what she died from?

    Leaves getting killed 5-0 tonight on Mats Sundin Night – they don’t do so well on Jersey-retirement nights either, I guess…..

  25. Bobby Brown ruined her career and life. He was the scum who got her into coke and crack. It’s a shame, she had a great singing voice.

  26. Whitney Houston had a whole host of life-threatening medical problems for years in addition to substance abuse. It’s sad that she passed – she was suffering for a long time.

  27. I knew she had drug problems in the past…didn’t know that she had long-term health issues as a result, though. Quite a shame.

  28. Any idea whether rangers are wearing their alternate jerseys tomm? I think the plan was to only wear them on weekends….

  29. Congrats Kyle from two military children, myself and jpg. Thanks for your service. Enjoy the game!

  30. I vaguely, vaguely remember Kathryn Tappen from school. I didn’t realize who she was at first. She was a year younger than me I believe.

  31. If its true, and the Rangers coud get Nash for dubi, krieder, and a 1st, woud u do it? I woudnt, but just throwin it out there…

  32. Thanks Orr, that is what I think too. I was thinking of getting either the blepu home or white road. What do you boneheads think?

  33. I just got a home King jersey. My first since…. Theo Fleury (which was a white jersey, home at the time). No more white jerseys for me too.

    I do have a white Messier one and a blue Gretzky.

  34. Mister Delaware on

    No on that Nash deal. Giving 3 assets for the guy with the 5th highest cap number in the league doesn’t appeal to me.

  35. I don’t know if I’d give up Kreider before we see him in Ranger blue – he may be the real deal….

  36. Naah. They would have to come off of Kreider before I would do it. I want to see him in a blueshirt. I have no problem with the #1 and Dubinsky, but moving Kreider is not something I would like to see.

  37. I like the blue jerseys better, myself – they have gone back & forth many times over the years as to which was the “home” color. I think blue was the home color back in 1967 when I got the Ranger flu…

  38. No joke, Jimbo!

    Kreider isn’t even under contract with NYR, right? What if he doesn’t sign with Columbus *if* he’s traded? No way that deal is possible.

    Dublowsky is average, and the first round pick will be low. They’re not giving up Nash for all of that.

  39. I really don’t want to know the sordid details, ORR – but I just have to wonder how something like that could possibly happen! :-o

  40. Seems low, ORR. Do we know if Gernander and co. utilizing him as a 3rd or 4th liner with defensive and PK responsibilities? I believe that was part of his branding, although I don’t remember for certain.

  41. I’d rather give up Hags than Kreider, but Hags might develop well too, in a couple of pro seasons.

    Honks me off that Philly always seems to find good scoring prospects like Giroux and Carter (now gone). I’m still waiting for one of our kids to bust out like one of those guys…

  42. I’d like to introduce Malkin to a wall. Preferably inside of a car driven by Heatley. Just take out the airbag, and replace it with Crosby. Crosby’s puffy lips are probably more reliable for safety than those airbags. Though, I imagine Crosby’s ex-girlfriends would disagree. I don’t know!

  43. That’s terrible Orr, even in jest. Now if his brain cracked like Syd Barrett’s, just for Rangers games of course, I’d be OK with that.

  44. Kyle,
    congrats on the contest and godspeed as a protector of our freedom. Whitney Houston dead? wow, I appreciate the one and only John Ammorante even more now. Him and Rene Rancour in Boston are the only two greats left. Carp, sorry you won’t be here at 1 for dinner. we’ll be watching on tv.

  45. I remember the guy in the Montreal Forum, Rene Doucet, I think his name was – he could belt out both anthems really well, too!

  46. 2014 Safety standards will require that all US manufactured automobiles must come equipped with side impact Crosby Lips.

  47. No doubt, fuel efficiency wins over safety in that instance

    Getting hurt in a collision not a big concern when your doing 2 MPH.

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