Post-game notes, quotes


From the Rangers:

February 25, 2012 (Game 60, Home Game 29)
Madison Square Garden – New York, New York

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, in overtime tonight at Madison Square Garden, and have now registered at least one point in 12 of their last 15 games (10-3-2).

–        New York improved to 39-15-6 (84 pts) on the season, including a 20-7-2 mark at home.

–        Three of the Rangers last four games have gone into overtime (2-0-1 in those contests).

–        The Rangers improved to 3-0-0 against the Sabres this season.  New York has out-scored Buffalo, 8-3, in the series, including a 5-1 advantage in the third period and overtime.

–        Eight of the last 11 meetings between the Rangers and Sabres have been decided by one goal.

–        The Blueshirts’ 20-7-2 (42 pts) mark at MSG is their best start at home through 29 games since 1995-96 (19-4-6, 44 pts).

–        The Rangers improved to 8-1-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season, including a 6-0-0 mark at home.  New York is now 15-1-4 combined in back-to-back games this season.

–        New York currently holds a seven-point lead over Boston for first place in the Eastern Conference standings, and is seven points ahead of Pittsburgh atop the Atlantic Division standings.  The Rangers now trail Vancouver by two points for first place overall in the league.

–        The Rangers improved to 8-1-0 all-time in games when Brandon Prust (fighting major at 0:08 of the first) is assessed a fighting major in the opening two minutes of the contest.

Player Notes:               

–        Ryan Callahan notched his 100th career NHL goal with the game-winner at 2:59 of overtime, was credited with a game-high, five hits and posted a plus-two rating in 22:25 of ice time.  He has now tallied nine points (seven goals, two assists) in the last nine games.  The goal was also his career-high, 24th of the season.

–        Carl Hagelin tallied a goal and added an assist in 18:26 of ice time to earn third star honors.  He has now recorded 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in the last 17 games, including four points (two goals, two assists) in the last five contests.  The Rangers improved to 4-0-1 in games when Hagelin records two or more points.

–        Marian Gaborik registered the game-tying goal at 5:32 of the third period and logged 23:05 of ice time while skating in his 700th career NHL game.  He has now tallied 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in the last 18 games, including three points (two goals, one assist) in the last two contests.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 18 saves to improve to 29-12-4 overall, including a 15-6-2 mark at home.  He is now 9-2-0 with a 1.35 goals against average, .948 save percentage and three shutouts in his last 11 games.  Lundqvist has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 33 games this season.

–        Ryan McDonagh recorded the lone assist on Callahan’s overtime, game-winning goal, and logged 24:59 of ice time while skating in his 100th career NHL contest.  He has now tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in the last seven games, and has posted a plus-17 rating in the last 22 games.

–        Michael Del Zotto tallied the primary assist on Gaborik’s game-tying goal and was credited with three hits in 17:41 of ice time.  He has now recorded 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in the last 14 games, including seven assists in the last nine games.

–        Marc Staal recorded the primary assist on Hagelin’s second period goal and was credited with two blocked shots in 22:36 of ice time.  He has now tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in the last seven games.

–        Brad Richards registered an assist and led all skaters with five shots on goal in 21:57 of ice time.  He has recorded seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last nine games.

Post-Game Quotes: 

–        John Tortorella on tonight’s game…

“We played much better in the little areas of the ice. When we tied it up, for some reason they ended up taking the momentum. That’s part of the game that wasn’t good. To go down early in the third period, you don’t want to script it this way as far as a win, but it turns out to be a good way to win. We were much better.”

–        Ryan Callahan on his 100th career goal…

“It’s something to look back on at the end of the year – to say that it’s nice that you got your 100th goal and career high (24 goals). It’s nice to enjoy tonight but come Monday it’s another game.”

–        Brad Richards on the first period…

“We were just happy… maybe not with the result, but with how we played after the first. It gave us a sense of confidence after the first, ‘Ok that’s how we’re supposed to play, we got it,’ then it was back to what we’ve done all year – just being patient and staying with it and trusting that we’ll find a way to win it and we did.”

Team Schedule:  

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Monday, Feb. 27, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division match-up.  The game will be televised live on NBC Sports Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.

–        Prior to Monday’s contest, the Rangers’ morning skate is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at Madison Square Garden.


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  1. also sounds like CBC caught Meszaros rolling his eyes after Universe allowed one of Calgary’s goals…tough times in Philthy land.

  2. >>>Ya but Giordani could have really whailed away at him.

    True that, Cape! I don’t know if I would have been as “sportsmanlike”, I must admit!

  3. They did, Lev – I saw it – it was pretty good!

    His team is getting really down on him – Sweet!

  4. CapeBretonRangerFan on

    I would have swung for the fences Jimbo.

    And yes, the Flyers are beyond frustrated…too funny!

  5. Randy Butternubs on

    Wolski: Scoring late 3rd period goals to tie hockey games for the Florida Panthers.
    Avery: Might as well be retired, his hockey career is done.

    ..Just saying, since Avery’s fans loved to compare the two of them for some reason. Christensen on another team, Wolski on another team, yet Avery can’t even get playing time in the AHL. It’s over for Avery and his cult.

  6. I hope so, Mickey – they look like they’re having a resurgence, though – gotta throw more shots at the headcase goalie and watch the hilarity ensue..

  7. CapeBretonRangerFan on

    Always fun to celebrate a Rangers win with the Flyers losing with the worst goaltending in the league.

  8. Hartnell escapes any disciplinary action for his vicious knee-on-knee hit on Pajaarvi last night – I guess *Mr.* Snider called Shanny and warned him not to do anything foolish..

  9. Flys outshooting Flames 33-13 in 3rd period – I guess Flys figure that the only way to keep from Universe letting in any more goals is to keep the puck away from any Flames player!

  10. How much money did they spend on Mr. Universe again? Didnt they even trade for his negotiating rights too??? Wow. Typical Philly.

  11. They were talking about him and his contract on Satellite Hotstove – they weren’t pulling any punches, either – said he’s the 3rd-highest player in the league, and that he looks like he isn’t really trying!

  12. It’s about the personalities, it’s how they mesh with each others likes and dislikes and the trusting establishment of friendships. That’s what wins. That’s what makes them come into work every morning and give it their all. And that’s what the Rangers have.

  13. Per Universe not trying —

    He’s russian. I’m sure this was all part of his plan. He’s a millionaire, and will get dumped by a team eventually. Then he’ll move to Russia and buy a mansion and sit in his throne and eat black cavier.

  14. My game wrap-up:

    Typical Rangers game tonight … A garbage win that stands as a portend of things to come, namely an amateur-hour flame-out in the first round of the playoffs (if we’re lucky enough to make it).

    Whomever these clowns play, they will get destroyed. Unless you’re Mr. Magoo, you are well-aware of the complete lack of skill and lack of balls on this so-called squad.

    More like a little-league sack of dung than a squad, if you ask me. These fools couldn’t cut it on an Cuidad del Leste intramural league, much less the NHL.

  15. CBC announcers complaining about too many men on the ice penalty and a boarding penalty that led to the 5 on 3….

  16. That hit was insane, Jimbo – THAT’S the kind of hit we should be seeing in this league. Hard, shoulder to chest, feet on the ice.

  17. Miami Pimp…did you see that story about the high school girls that got that random tourette’s disaease that no one can diagnose?

    I think that Gary Bettman is bottling that and having it Fedex’d to MSG so that the Rangers start quacking like ducks and cursing like truck drivers so that his master plan of small market dominance (see Nashville) and keeping Ed Snider happy (see Ian Walsh’s “performance” during the Winter Classic) comes to fruition.

    So yes, I see an total collapse and a relagation to the E2 division of Hockey LI for our beloved Rangers.

  18. Good game live. Took 2 friends to their first-ever hockey game, and an OT winner is about as exciting way to do it as there is. They loved it! We may have 2 more casual Rangers fans now.

    No, the Rangers weren’t perfect. They bent, but didn’t break, and Cally and Gabby found some space to score CLUTCH~! goals. Hard not to walk out of the building with a smile after that one.

    And it was my Cally jersey that did it. Totally was a good luck charm.

  19. Another Flames penalty, this one with 2 minutes left in the game – Snider’s phone is still working…

  20. Nice move, Olli – you lose a playoff spot for us vs. Flys with your crappy shootout skills, and now you give them a clear shot at winning this game, you pig-nostrilled bastage!

  21. Just finished the win on DVR. Amazing how the perceived necessity of a huge deal changes because Callahan completely undressed Kaleta.

  22. >>>How does a team, only two points out of a playoffs spot, blow a three goal lead? Pathetic!

    Sung to the tune of the 1960’s instrumental, “Because they suck, because they suck”…..

  23. Oh, and I know that Bickel got his “beak” scratched by skates felt down from shelve in locker room, but maybe there is something more funny at this story.

  24. What a turnover – the Flames defenseman almost banked the puck into his own net off Hartnell!

    Breakaway Contest next!

  25. Waste of my precious time, watching those damned losers…Calgary, another year of no playoffs for you, ya bums.

  26. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    Tonight is the night is the night that we’re losin control!!!!! Everybody go OOOOOHHH!!! OOOOHHHH!!!!!!


  27. stranger nation on

    Watched Wings get waxed by Avs tonite – Datsyuk for MVP? – since he went out there a completely different team.

    Downie is playing great since coming over from bolts – Avs have good young team with some snarl on the back-line.

  28. Great responses from Maspeth residents (NYC equivalent of Philly), even Jimbo – he was rejected for rental in Woodside – can we have some responses to a Rangers from the heartland ?
    I guess the “Haiku JPG” is fast asleep and the “Miami” has been outwitted. Come on guys, challenge, challenge – this is not a video game – make me come out of just lurking…..

  29. Who’s a newcomer? Me? Maybe so – been here for around a year, I think. Lurked for several years before that.

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