Post-game notes; with bonus audio


Courtesy of the NYR:

March 9, 2012 (Game 67, Away Game 36)
United Center – Chicago, IL

1st     2nd    3rd     OT      F
New York Rangers               1        0         2          –         3
Chicago Blackhawks           0        1         3          –         4

Team Notes:

–     The Rangers were defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-3, tonight at United Center, and are now 13-6-3 in their last 22 games.

–     New York has posted a record of 42-18-7 (91 pts) overall, including a 20-11-5 mark on the road.

–     The Blueshirts are now 8-2-2 in the second game of back-to-backs, including a 2-2-2 mark on the road. Since 2009-10, New York is 29-10-4 in the second game of back-to-backs, with a 14-7-3 mark on the road over the span.  The Rangers are 16-3-5 combined in back-to-back games this season.

–     The Blueshirts have skated in 11 of 15 scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season, posting a record of 5-6-0 in those contests.

–     Tonight’s loss was New York’s first at Chicago since Mar. 7, 2002 (1-5).  The Rangers are now 4-2-1-2 against the Blackhawks in their last nine meetings.

–     The Rangers held the Blackhawks scoreless in one shorthanded situation (1:58), and are now 14-14 (100.0%) on the penalty kill in their last five games.

–     The Blueshirts out-hit the Blackhawks, 40-20, led by Anton Stralman’s season-high, seven hits.  The Rangers were also credited with 17 blocked shots in the contest, led by Stralman and Dan Girardi who registered three blocked shots apiece.

–     New York currently owns an eight point lead over Boston atop the Eastern Conference standings, and hold a four-point gap over Pittsburgh for the Atlantic Division lead.

Player Notes:                                                                         

–     Artem Anisimov opened the game’s scoring at 19:13 of the first period, and tied for the game-high with four shots on goal.  He has tallied three goals in the last six games.

–     Brandon Prust notched a goal and was credited with three hits in 13:37 of ice time.  He has now registered three points (one goal, two assists) in six career regular season games against Chicago.

–     Brad Richards tallied a goal, won a game-high, 11 faceoffs (11-22, 50%), and led all team forwards with 23:34 of ice time.  He has tallied 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in the last 16 games, including seven points (one goal, six assists) in the last eight games.

–     Marian Gaborik registered an assist, tied for the game-high with four shots on goal, and was credited with three hits in 22:41 of ice time.  He has tallied 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in the last 25 games, including six points (three goals, three assists) in the last six contests.

–     Ryan McDonagh recorded an assist and three shots on goal in 22:52 of ice time.  He is now tied for second among team defensemen with 19 assists, and ranks second in scoring with 25 points on the season.

–     John Mitchell tallied the lone assist on Anisimov’s first period goal, and was credited with three hits in the contest.  He has now recorded two assists in four career regular season games against Chicago.

–     Brian Boyle recorded an assist, was credited with three hits and posted a plus-two rating.  He has registered three assists in the last six games.

–     Carl Hagelin registered the primary assist in Richards’ third period goal, was credited with two shots on goal and three hits, and logged a career-high, 20:18 of ice time.  He has tallied nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last 12 games, including seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last eight contests.

–     Henrik Lundqvist stopped 18 of 21 shots and is now 31-14-5 overall, including a 14-8-3 mark on the road this season.

Team Schedule:

–     Please note the Blueshirts do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, Mar. 10.

–     The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New York Islanders on Sunday, Mar. 11, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to begin a seven-game homestand.  The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.


Bonus audio from the Blackhawks (hope this works):

John Tortorella:

Ryan McDonagh:


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  1. Repost:

    I agree, Tiki. MZA would probably aid the power play as well, he showed some proficiency there last year.. although we are talking about NYR.

    I will say this, however, I wouldn’t replace Rupp with MZA. I think that he’s filling his role effectively.

    A thought I had during the game was to use Feds in front of the net on the PP. Doesn’t he have several tip-ins this year? And it doesn’t require much movement, so, he’ll fit in fine.

  2. Latona, I think Rupp fits his role well. I think Feds is a nice role player, and I think in the absence of Dubi, MZA might as well get the shot to show something. Also, you never know about injuries, or who is going down next, so it might be wise to have him prepared in case we’re hit w. anymore injuries before the playoffs.

  3. Tiki, if you are still here: Repost
    Don’t you worry, Tiki, your sexlife is garanteed for life…

  4. I agree with Latona. MZA would help the offense (he knows how to pass), and most definitely the power play. He has been perfect this season in the AHL shootouts. Scored another one tonight…

    The question is: is he ready to play in the NHL and in the playoffs? The Rangers seem to want to take their time with him…

    Whatever…it’s a process..

    Scott is useless, unless you need a 7th D. Mitchell is a good 4th liner. People who complain about Mitchell really need to understand what the guy is.

  5. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I rarely speak – if saw tonight’s game and don’t feel Callahan should be bashed, I would suggest rectal not mental exams are in order

  6. my brutha….I agree with you 100%. Cally even knew he byfulien’d up…But, I wouldn’t make a big deal out of it…he knows better…mental mistake…

  7. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    My brutha – did you see the look Hank gave cally as cally skated behind the net after the idiots goal?

  8. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I typed odouya on my iPad and it self corrected to idiots – that is funny

  9. we would not complain about mitchel if he was on the 4th line and not getting PP time.

    the rangers problem is not enough offenisve depth. boyle o nth e4th line with prust is as good a 4th line as there is the problem is they are pn the 3nrd line and the forst 2 lines are not exactly the french connection and the gag line.

    they are 2 or 3 forwards short. not superstar forwards(that would be nice) but guys who hav esome skill. if dubi would be doing what they expected that would be 1 guy but he is not and boyle is the true boyle and slow plumber……

    they need to keep teams to 3 goals or less, that is the only way they can win with consistency. this team cannot score enough to open up offensively…

  10. tough loss. Team looks tired and has lost much of their jump and offensive forechecking pressure.

    Young team with a deep defense and an attitude that they care about the sweater they wear and the players on the team; which is important and should not be lost in this rut they find themselves.

    Come back home boys for some games and get them legs back and get yourselves prepared for the playoffs. And perhaps in the four seed and not the one.

    Either way, young, tough with a great goalie, lets let the boys grow as a team and not get down on em.

  11. they haven’t sustained the forecheck and the board work like they’ve been doing all year. It’s tough to play like that for 82 games. Things will even out, reagrdless of position they finish in. Let’s just get to the payoffs as healthy as possible and they will continue to be an extremely tough team to play against, especially in a 7-game series!!!

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