Post-game notes


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Courtesy of the NYR:

February 14, 2012 (Game 55, Away Game 29)
TD Garden — Boston, MA

1st   2nd   3rd   OT   Final
New York Rangers                2      0        1       –      3
Boston Bruins                       0      0        0       –      0

Team Notes:

–       The Rangers defeated the Boston Bruins, 3-0, tonight at TD Garden to extend their winning streak to four games, and have now won eight of their last 10 games.  The Blueshirts are 20-5-1 in their last 26 games, dating back to Dec. 17.

–       New York has posted a record of 37-13-5 (79 pts) on the season, including a 19-7-3 mark on the road.  The Blueshirts opened up a nine-point gap over Boston for first place in the Eastern Conference, and are one point shy of Detroit for first in the league overall.

–       The Rangers extended their winning streak against the Bruins to four games, and have now won eight of their last 10 meetings.  New York has won five of their last six games at Boston.

–       New York has posted a record of 50-29-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including a 19-5-2 mark vs. Boston over the span.

–       The Blueshirts have won eight of their last 10 road games (8-1-1 over the span), and are 14-3-1 in their last 18 games away from MSG.

–       The Rangers’ .718 win% through 55 games is the team’s best start in 39 years, when the 1972-73 Blueshirts began the season with a 38-13-4 record (.727 win%), and is tied as the second best start in franchise history.

–       New York notched a power play goal in their only opportunity, and are now 5-13 (38.5%) with the man advantage in the last four games.  The Rangers improved to 19-1-2 when tallying a power play goal.

–       The Blueshirts’ penalty kill held the Bruins scoreless in one shorthanded situation, and are now 7-7 in the last three games.  The Rangers improved to 27-6-2 when not allowing a power play goal.

–       The Rangers were credited with 22 blocked shots in the contest, led by Dan Girardi and Brandon Prust who registered three blocked shots apiece.

–       Head Coach John Tortorella registered his 131st win with the Rangers to move into a tie with Herb Brooks for sixth on the Rangers’ all-time coaching wins list.  His .586 win% currently ranks second on the Rangers’ all-time coaching win% list.

Player Notes:

–       Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 42 shots faced to post his league-leading, seventh shutout of the season, and improved to 27-11-4 overall with a 14-5-2 mark on the road.  It is the 12th time in his career he has posted 40+ saves in a game, and is now 7-0-5 with a 1.37 goals against average, .968 save percentage and four shutouts in those games.  Lundqvist is now 7-1-0 with a 1.10 goals against average, .960 save percentage and three shutouts in his last eight games.

–       Ryan Callahan opened the game’s scoring with a power play goal at 10:09 of the first period to extend his goal streak to four games (six goals over the span), and was credited with three shots and three hits in 18:05 of ice time.  The goal was his 23rd of the season, which ties his career-high for most goals in a season established last season.  Callahan is now one goal shy of 100 career NHL goals.

–       Ryan McDonagh notched an unassisted goal at 19:48 of the first period, and logged 26:49 of ice time to earn third star honors.  He has tallied a goal in each of the last two games, and has posted a plus-18 rating in the last 17 games.

–       Artem Anisimov registered his 100th career NHL point with a goal, his 10th of the season, and was credited with three hits in 15:37 of ice time.  He has now tallied six points (three goals, three assists) in the last six games.

–       Marian Gaborik tallied a power play assist and tied for the team-high with three shots on goal in 17:30 of ice time.  He has now recorded 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in the last 13 games.

–       Michael Del Zotto recorded the primary assist on Callahan’s power play goal and was credited with two hits in the contest.  He has tallied seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last nine games, including four assists in the last four games.

–       Brandon Dubinsky tallied an assist and was credited with two hits in 16:21 of ice time.  He has now registered three assists in the last two games.

–       Anton Stralman recorded an assist, was credited with two hits and two blocked shots, and logged 15:18 of ice time.  He has now tallied three assists in the last four games.

Team Schedule:

–       The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Feb. 15, is 12:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center.

–       The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, Feb. 16, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up.  The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.

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  1. here’s a legit question:

    are people at the Garden chanting “Hen-rik” or “Hen-ry?” I could have sworn it was the former but these Rangers keep tweeting “Henry.”

  2. Rangers are not trading young chips…

    newsfalsh they have the best record in hockey. Detroit has played 3 more games. The yare young. You cannot risk trading pieces for a superstar that you hope fits in when you have numerous high end forwards on the end and while key forwards are stepan 21, AA 23, Dubi 25, etc…………

    they have numerous D depth and young. this team if Henrik stays upright will compete for the cup for 4 to 5 years. This may be there low point over the next few years… You are not trading 3 or 4 guys for a high cap hit player with a long term deal, hping he fits in NYC and on this team.


  3. they have beaten the big bad bruins on the road 2 for 2, the filthy flyers 5 out of 5, and on and on.

    they are not only beating the bottom dwellers, when they play there game they can beat anyone………………….

  4. oleo:

    yeah so I guess it’s case of Del Zotto just being a nitwit

    dunno why he’d think the Garden would call him Henry.

  5. Carp I hope you are wrong.

    if they trade Mcilrath, erixon, st croix types and a pick I am fine with that but if they trade Kreider , mcdonut, stepan etc. I am a no go……………

    Nash has 4 years after this yr. on his deal at $7mill. + if he does not come thru they are screwed and he is not exactly Messier………..

  6. $7.8 million dollar cap hit for the next four years

    presuming they really do want him, where is the cap space going to come from to do anything else going forward?

  7. I’m not wrong. That doesn’t mean they will agree to give up what it will take, or that another team won’t beat them in the sweepstakes, or that Nash won’t pick another team. I’m just saying that the Rangers and Blue Jackets are talking and the Rangers are definitely in it for Nash.

  8. I’ve been saying for the past several days that any deal involving Nash has to include Dubinsky but do you have any reason to believe the Rangers are actively looking to deal him? and, more to the point, that Columbus has any interest in him?

  9. Parise > Iginla > Nash. In terms of cost (namely, one will only cost money), contract, and ability.

    Of course, if Caber or Olli are available, you have to make those moves.

  10. Nash is to risky of a trade. His contract in years and $$$’s is to much to risk if he canot or does not succeed in NY..

    WHy trade Kreider when many are comparing him to Nash at a 85% discount and if he does flame out the cost is marginal. They Rangers over the last 3 years have totally remade th eorganization to a homegrown hardworking groups with tons of talent on the way wht risk $42 mill for a ???????????????????.

    If they wanted Dubi a minor league stud d man or 2 and a pick that is fine but Kreider. I have seen him play 5 to 7 times, the guy is a total stud, cheap, and with no long term ball and chain around Ranger management….. Rick Nash is not Malkin………..

  11. one more time … I don’t think they’re trading Kreider. I think they plan on Kreider replacing one of the players they deal for Nash (if they make a deal for Nash).

  12. Carp,

    Do you have a sense of how many roster players and potentially who the Rangers would give up? The TSN article I read (Maybe Sunday?)named Dubi as the lone raster player.

  13. This team is still bush-league. Did you see the defense give up that breakaway at the end? Amateur-hour. And Henrik’s save? Any decent goalie has that in the glove, not sloppily bouncing away.

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

    Yo Olga , your team SUCKS!!! Don’t even say Fire Sather…Do you realize how good of a return he got for Gomez!!??? You seriously think he has nothing to do with us winning? You are as wrong as your love for that dumb azz Chicago team you cheer for. You act like a troll. Supporting another team and trying to bash our GM. Rangers will win the Cup and your ” one and done” ChumPcago team wont even make the playoffs.

  15. Exactly. If Queen Henrica wasn’t such a two-but goalie, she would have saved twice as many shots.

  16. Carp,

    Did I or did I not email you weeks ago the deal that’s basically been bandied about the past few days?

    Prust sayin’!

    One thing everyone’s missing; JT Miller, grew up in Ohio, is a very attractive target for the CBJs.

    They’d like the fashion their Nash-less team as a lunch pail crew resembling guess who?

    For someone who’s wanted to see Dubinsky shipped out for years, I’m having second thoughts. In fact, more & more I think this is the time to go all futures after Nash.

    Just add that badass to this bunch. Whoa, whatta team that would be…..

    It means parting with Kreider, who after all, we all hope grows up to be Rick Nash.
    That’s the convenience tax, you give up 6 years in the deal. So effin what.

    But we get the real deal, a dynamite player who will flourish here.

    If I see the phrase ‘mortgage the…..’ one more time I will kill myself.

  17. yep 6 years at over $42 mill. if it does not work out no big deal. since there is no salary cap……

    guys act like you can absorb Gomez like contracts like they are nothing.


    Nash is great, he has led his team to 1 playoff in 8 years. What a franchise builder he is, the next Malkin or Crosby…………………

    The Rangers if it is up to the guys posting here will give up 3 to 5 significant players/prospects for a guy going to be 28 very shortly, who’s production is down this year and has won zilch in 8 years. Versus seeing if Kreider, Miller, and others can become premium playrs, being cost controlled for years.

    BTW this team has the best record in hockey but according to all the einsteins they have zero chance of winning it all this year because they do not have any elite or only 1 elite scorer…..

    the Rangers are 10th or so in scoring and have the best defense in hockey…but this team has zero chance to win it all this year unless they trade 3 to 5 bodies for a hope at a huge cap hit and do what the ranges did in 94 when they traded future stud youngsters like AMonte and Weight for older guys and yes they won 1 cup but if they kept the team as is may have won more then 1…………..

  18. No problem, Carp. I wonder who those two are. Probably part of the first time, long time group!

    DJK, you’d have to think he and Dublowsky are a part of the deal, hands down. Artie and Yakupov can live in Tyutin’s basement, and watch American Idol with him and Mrs. Tyutin next season.

    Newsflash!! Hank is ready for prime time!

  19. Yeah, blame Rick Nash because his team doesn’t know how to draft. Horrible drafting is why the Jackets have been a pathetic team all these years. Nash has had *zero* support, throughout his entire career. He’s the only notable player that’s ever played for that team. He should have asked for a trade years ago.

  20. 6 yrs and $42 mill for a guy going to be 28 who’s production is down.

    No thanks. especially if they gave up premium talent like Kreider and others.

    Go into the playoffs with this team, give them a chance to succeeed or not . If they fail in the offseason the Rangers if it makes sense can try to add more scoring punch which I disagree because they have so many forwards with skill on the way.

    they have Kreider, Miller, Thomas, and St Croix all with skill and the Kreider and Miller are definitley going to be NHL’ers and Kreider has the skill set to be a friggin star….The guy is dominating at the college level in a big time program, improved steadily for 3 years wit ha power forward body. the rangers have not had a stud young power forward in about forever……BTW Kreider would be cheap and controllable for years……. He is 7 years younger then Nash, I do not understand why they would trade him for anyone except the best of the best NHL players……….

  21. I don’t know what pisses me off more…the misspelling of Staawhl or Sthephan! How freaking hard can this be?! Esp. if you follow the team on regular basis!

  22. Ho Hum

    Just another night at the Gahden.

    First time this season I’ve noticed Lucic flustered.

    He ran around looking for somebody to kill but all he saw was departing skate blades leaving him with his finger up his ..ah.. nostril. The legend of Lundqvist is growing. No need to bother with Nash…what … another forlorn hope that they really have no need for at this time? This entire team played eternity hockey
    last night and LQ demonstrated what real goal tending looks like.

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