Post-game notes


Courtesy of the Rangers:

February 24, 2012 (Game 59, Away Game 31)
Nassau Coliseum — Uniondale, NY

1st   2nd   3rd   OT(SO)   Final
New York Rangers                 1      2        0       0             3
New York Islanders               2      1        0       0(1)         4

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers were defeated by the New York Islanders, 4-3, in the shootout tonight at Nassau Coliseum, and have now registered at least one point in 11 of their last 14 games (9-3-2).

–       New York has posted a record of 38-15-6 (82 pts) on the season, including a 19-8-4 mark on the road.

–       The Rangers have registered a point in eight of their last 10 games against the Islanders, posting a record of 7-2-1 over the span.

–       The Rangers have registered at least a point in 10 of their last 12 road games (8-2-2 over the span), and are 14-4-2 in their last 20 games away from MSG.

–       New York currently holds a seven-point lead over Boston for first place in the Eastern Conference standings, and own an eight-point lead over New Jersey for first in the Atlantic Division.  The Rangers are four-points shy of Vancouver for first in the league overall.

–       The Blueshirts tallied two power play goals in five attempts (4:49), and have now notched seven power play goals in the last eight games (7-30, 23.3%).

–       The Rangers out-hit the Islanders, 37-24, including four players who were credited with four or more hits.  17 of 18 Rangers’ skaters registered at least one hit in the contest.

Player Notes:

–       Marian Gaborik notched one goal, added a power play assist and converted his shootout attempt to earn second star honors. He has tallied 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in the last 17 games, and is now one game shy of 700 career NHL appearances.

–       Martin Biron stopped 24 of 27 shots through regulation and overtime, and turned aside two of four shootout attempts.  He is now 10-3-2 overall, including a 5-2-2 mark on the road.

–        Marc Staal tallied the Rangers’ first goal of the game with a power play goal at 12:47 of the first period, and logged 21:39 of ice time.  He has now registered three points (two goals, one assist) in the last six games.

–        Derek Stepan notched a power play goal at 16:40 of the second period to tie the game at three goals apiece.  He also registered two hits and logged 21:01 of ice time in the contest.  Stepan has now recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last 10 games, including two goals in the last three games.

–        Ryan Callahan tallied a power play assist and tied for the team-high with five hits in 20:02 of ice time.  He has now recorded eight points (six goals, two assists) in the last eight games.

–        Anton Stralman recorded the primary assist on Staal’s power play goal and registered three shots on goal in the contest.  He has now tallied four assists in the last eight games.

–        John Mitchell tallied a power play assist and logged 10:52 of ice time while skating in his 200th career NHL contest.  He has now recorded two assists in the last three games.

–        Artem Anisimov registered an assist and was credited with two blocked shots in 15:56 of ice time.  He has now tallied eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last 10 games.

–        Stu Bickel recorded an assist and was credited with four hits in the contest.

–        Ryan McDonagh was credited with four hits and tied for the game-high with three blocked shots in 29:14 of ice time.

–        Brandon Dubinsky tied for the team-high with five hits and logged 17:51 of ice time.

–        Dan Girardi registered three shots on goal and logged a game-high, 30:04 of ice time.  It is the ninth game this season, and 13th time in his career, Girardi has logged 30:00+ of ice time.

Team Schedule:

–       The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Buffalo Sabres tomorrow, Feb. 25, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to close out their back-to-back set.  The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.

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  1. after reading more the Zidlicky deal was a salary dump.

    minny saved some $, got Palmieri and some picks dependent on how the debbies do in the playoffs.

    he is a good PP guy. Smallish and getting up there in age. Was a Ranger a lifetime ago….

  2. Zidlicky’s a tough guy, too. Was expected to be better than he turned out … like most Rangers draft picks in that era, or any era.

  3. i agree with Carp. Why would the rangers last 4 games cause them to make a trade or move they otherwise would not have made?

    the team is doing fine. they played horrible against the pens and loss 2 to zip. they lost a skills competition tonight. last I checked no shootouts in the playoffs.

    this team is moving in the right direction, wish we had some good news on Sauer…..

    i am hoping for a small move or a rental… give wolski his liberation and get a forward or 2 with 3rd line skill and call it a day.

    by the way MDZ should know the rules. last 2 games a brain lock in both by MDZ. would not be shocked if Tort sat him 1 game to show who is boss. Torts is psycho but in a good way. he is relentless on the team on compete, being smart, 1 day at a time etc…

  4. I could score on Biron’s five hole. What’s with Richards. The team’s been overachieving slightly for some time. Great goldtending and good defense is a MUST every night. When both of these are off and you can’t score you’re going to start losing quite a few games. An all court press type of hockey every night blocking shots and body checking takes its toll. Must play four lines with excellent goldtending. Running on fumes. Tort’s hockey works as we’ve seen but you can’t play 82 games this way. Need more scoring and you can’t score if your backing up playing defense all night.

  5. Hey Carp – heard you on the broadcast with Maloney – do you think he ever checks in to RR?

  6. jimbo and nyrfan- agreed, hate bill maher. on the other hand, i do like newt gingrichs proposal to colonize the moon. then w can send bill maher there along with mike milbury, gary bettman, and matt cooke.

    ddeb, we got like 2-3 right now, but its still comin down.

    lev- im from long island originally, but moved to central iowa few years ago. little town called newton. sallys been here too. so i love it now . 30 minutes from des moines. council bluffs is by nebraska right?

  7. djk- i am almost done with skyrim. my god it takes forver if u do all the side quests. then im gonna play assassins creed 3, or 4, whatever the new one is. had it for like 3 months but wont play it till i beat skyrim.

  8. yes, absolutely, Jimbo. Without a doubt.

    stuart, Tortorella’s not going to sit somebody to show who’s boss. Besides, I think they know who’s boss.

    lone, LOL, running on fumes. And they didn’t back up all night, and that was part of the problem, and they still scored three goals. Three wins most nights in the NHL.

  9. Wicky©Proud owner of the world's most persistent cold on

    Have to work early in the morning but thought I would check in after watching the DVR’d game.

    Just a guess on my part, but I think they may be a bit rattled about the trade deadline. They are just not as focused the past week or so. Could just be one of those slumps though, but I still think the deadline deal potential may be causing a bit of havoc!

  10. i think the deadline is affecting player on all teams wick. so cant really say if it is or isnt. besides obvious players, most of them are probably used to it by now

  11. big feeling we are out of nash sweepstakes anyway cuz its taking too long. im sure we’ll get a rental type if we do. .

  12. Thanks, Carp – I wish he would check in someday – although he’s probably too smart to do that!

    Hey! Maybe he’s one of the nutjobs who comes here to drive us crazy! ;-D

  13. >>>and they still scored three goals. Three wins most nights in the NHL.

    Yes, when King Henrik is in the nets….

  14. >>>jimbo and nyrfan- agreed, hate bill maher. on the other hand, i do like newt gingrichs proposal to colonize the moon. then w can send bill maher there along with mike milbury, gary bettman, and matt cooke.

    And Parenteau? Please?

  15. This team is as soft-serve as they come.

    They are like plain yogurt topped with bush and then finished off with league.

  16. True Blue Mike on

    I was at the game didn’t even know what MDZ got called for… what did he do? what rule doesn’t he know about?

  17. you cannot throw or hit with your stick, or person, another teammates stick to him….

    MDZ with his stick moved I think Boyles stick to him.

  18. carp on mdz. my perceptions is he is still young and on occassion needs to be reminded of things. I am confident Torts will do the right thing and I think MDZ has a great future just on occassion he is a little scatter brained…

    you think emminger goes back in the lienup or not?

  19. So, MDZ could have *handed* Boyle HIS stick, and then picked up Boyle’s and played with it, I guess?

  20. If MDZ doesn’t sit for 2 or 3 games it is clearly a case of Torts not holding his players accountable.

  21. I’ve been harping all season long about that monster 5 hole that he leaves when he stands with his legs spread wide apart. This is second game he’s lost in OT due to it What are the Ranger goal coaches doing about it? Who does this guy Maher play for? Never heard of him before, and do they expect him to figure in a trade?

    I have trouble with names that you folks pull out of the air, and I guess it’s a New York thing. That’s the problem with living so far from the scene of action. Ah well, I just gotta hang in there and hope for no more shoot outs with Biron in goal.

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