Post-game notes


From the NYR:

March 1, 2012 (Game 62, Away Game 32)
RBC Center – Raleigh, NC

1st   2nd   3rd   OT   Final
New York Rangers                0      2        1       –      3
Carolina Hurricanes              0      1        1       –      2

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-2, tonight at RBC Center for their third straight win, and are now 12-3-2 in their last 17 games.

–        New York improved to 41-15-6 (88 pts) on the season, including a 20-8-4 mark on the road.

–        The Rangers have registered at least a point in 11 of their last 13 road games (9-2-2 over the span), and are 15-4-2 in their last 21 games away from MSG.

–        The Blueshirts have won five of their last six games against the Hurricanes, including a 3-0-0 mark this season.

–        New York improved to 13-2-1 against Southeast Division opponents this season, having out-scored their opponents, 55- 30, in those contests.

–        The Rangers have posted a record of 8-0-3 in the first game of back-to-back sets, including a 5-0-3 mark on the road, and are now 16-1-4 combined in back-to-back games.

–        New York maintained their nine-point lead over Boston for first in the Eastern Conference, and opened up a nine-point gap over Pittsburgh atop the Atlantic Division standings.  The Rangers are currently tied with Vancouver for first in the league overall with 88 points.

Player Notes:                                                                         

–        Marian Gaborik registered two points (one goal, one assist), including his 30th goal of the season, and registered three shots on goal in 18:58 of ice time to earn first star honors.  It is the seventh time in his 11-year career Gaborik reached the 30-goal mark, and the second time in three seasons as a Ranger.  Gaborik has now tallied 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in the last 20 games, including five points (three goals, two assists) in the last four games.

–        Artem Anisimov notched the Rangers’ first goal of the game at 8:21 of the second period and logged 21:56 of ice time to capture second star honors.  The Rangers improved to 17-2-3 when he registers a point.  Anisimov has tallied nine points (five goals, four assists) in the last 13 games.

–        Brandon Prust tallied the game-winning goal and was credited with three hits and three blocked shots.  He has now recorded three goals in seven career regular season games against the Hurricanes.

–        Derek Stepan recorded two assists, was credited with a game-high, four hits, registered two blocked shots and a plus-two rating in 17:21 of ice time.  His first assist of the game was his 40th point of the season, marking the second time in two NHL seasons he reached the mark.  Stepan has tallied 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in the last 13 games.

–        Martin Biron made 21 saves to improve to 11-3-2 overall, including a 6-2-2 mark on the road.  He has now held opponents to two or fewer goals in nine of his 16 starts this season.

–        Stu Bickel registered an assist, was credited with three hits and posted a plus-two rating in the contest.  He has now tallied two assists in the last four games.

–        Brian Boyle and Ruslan Fedotenko each recorded an assist on the game-winning goal.  Boyle tallied the primary assist and won a team-high, 12 faceoffs in the contest.  The Rangers improved to 11-1-1 when Fedotenko registers a point, and he is now two games shy of 800 career regular season appearances.

Team Schedule:                                                                      

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow, Mar. 2, at St. Pete Times Forum (7:30 p.m.), to conclude a back-to-back road set against Southeast Division opponents.  The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.


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  1. GySgt. Hartman is Jeff in CT on


    GySgt. Hartman is Jeff in CT March 2nd, 2012 at 12:02 am
    Mickey – Us too when we moved there! Saw people smoking at the airport; was dumbfounded! But we were really blown away walking into a waffle house for the first time – major smoke fest!

  2. ok, this is what concerned me before tonight was injuries. Rangers have been healthy for the most part all year while other teams, Pitsburgh, boston, flyers and devils have had injuries during the season. Yesterday I posted how the most important thing for me was for the rangers to make the playoffs healthy and get a 1st round favorable match up. March has barely started and already Callahan is out and now Delzotto. Hopefully this will be the extent of injuries but Girardi look injured tonight blocking a shot. It’s a real problem but hopefully nothing serious happens and the rangers go into the playoffs healthy. Winning the president cup and the eastern conference means nothing to me. Biron was excellent tonight so that should silent the biron complaints and prust was ridiculous, prust saying.

  3. Rangers become a team, I would call: “Triumph of Will”. I expect now every game be tortures, nail biting, low score and wearing, till last seconds, suspended on a thin nerve. Question is for how long you can play this way and what is this team durability?

  4. I don’t know what Prust is saying; I’m saying – he was Prust tonight.(finally)

  5. callahan and MDZ have minor injuries. hockey is a contact sport, just stay away from significant injuries and they will be fine.

    would not be the worse thing i nthe world if the hobbit got a few games with the big club.

    88 points with 20 to go…. 94 points and they are in the playoffs for sure……….WOW.

  6. 4everanger,

    totally agree, march is going to be brutal and the wear and tear is concerning for me. Hopefully there are no major injuries because losing callahan last year at the end of the year really affected the rangers in the first round. I really feel confident if this team stays healthy going into the playoffs and during the playoffs they could go to the finals. I really feel strong about that but it’s a big if staying healthy.

  7. Interesting, what is Lightning fighting for now? Stamkos personal statistics? I just try to determine expected level of resistance tomorrow. Remember their help last year in a game, totally irrelevant to them?

  8. also, I’ve been a big dubi fan but I don’t know what has happen to him. Tonight it’s obvious dubi takes a dumb penalty and torts has had enough of him. I wish dubi would get his head out of his @@@.

  9. Absolutely, tomg. …and “stars alignment” is for us (in terms of other East team’s problems). Of course, it would help to have another individually strong high scoring forward, but…sigh, team will try “Do or Die” run.

  10. As for Duby, I truly believe, that this season is lost for him. Psychologically at least. He can’t assemble himself – the harder he tries, the worse is outcome. Feel sorry for him, but he have to find the way back, I’m afraid thou, not in this season. Too bad, it would be a huge help for team run.

  11. It is quiet in our Blogosphere, good people are tired and boneheads got some well deserved rest, hiding emotions in a safe place till tomorrow. Unerstood. Good night.

  12. Stranger Nation on

    NYR – bickels headed to another tear with points, if mdz is out, will get more i time. Kid is not afraid to let it rip from the point.

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

    Dubi didnt play the entire game , he made a mistake and he was n’t givin the chance to fix it. He will come back stronger!!

  14. Stranger Nation on

    Dubi has been MIA for most of the season. I would have put him up with Hags to get him going. He just makes some poor decisions which he is old enough to know better.

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