Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the NYR:

March 13, 2012 (Game 69, Home Game 33)
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden to improve to 2-0-0 on their seven-game homestand, and are now 15-6-3 in their last 24 games.

–        New York has posted a record of 44-18-7 (95 pts) overall, including a 24-7-2 mark at home.

–        The Blueshirts’ 24-7-2 (50 pts) mark at MSG is their best record at home through 33 games since 1993-94 (23-6-4, 50 pts).  The Rangers have now won six consecutive games at MSG.

–        New York completed their season series against Carolina with a 4-0-0 record, marking the first time since the 2002-03 season the Rangers swept the season series against the Hurricanes (4-0-0). *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

–        The Blueshirts have won six of their last seven games against the Hurricanes.

–        The Rangers improved to 14-2-2 against Southeast Division opponents this season, having out-scored their opponents, 62-36, in those contests.

–        New York increased their lead over Pittsburgh atop the Atlantic Division standings to six points.

Player Notes:

–        Brad Richards tallied two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist to extend his point streak to four games (five goals, three assists over the span).  He also registered four shots on goal and posted a plus-three rating in 23:31 of ice time.  Richards has registered 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) in the last 18 games, including 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in the last 10 games.  He now leads the team with a career-high, eight game-winning goals on the season.

–        Carl Hagelin registered a career-high, three points, including one goal and two assists, and four shots on goal in 19:32 of ice time.  He has tallied 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the last 14 games, including 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the last 10 games.  Hagelin also posted a career-high, plus-four rating in the contest.  The Rangers improved to 6-0-1 in games when he records two or more points.

–        Marian Gaborik opened the game’s scoring at 3:02 of the first period, and added two assists to extend his assist/point streak to three games (two goals, four assists over the span).  He also registered a game-high, six shots on goal, and posted a season-high, plus-four rating in 22:11 of ice time.  Gaborik has now tallied 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) in the last 27 games, including 11 points (five goals, six assists) in the last eight games.

–        Martin Biron made 27 saves to improve to 12-4-2 overall, including a 6-1-0 mark at home.  He is now 2-1-0 with a 2.35 goals against average and .904 save percentage in his last three games.

–        Dan Girardi tallied the primary assist on Gaborik’s first period goal, and was credited with three blocked shots in 24:25 of ice time.  He has recorded three assists in the last six games, and is now tied for second among team defensemen with 20 assists on the season.  It is the second time in his career, and second consecutive season, he has reached the 20-assist mark.  Girardi finished the season series against Carolina with three points (one goal, two assists) in four games.

–        John Mitchell recorded an assist on Gaborik’s first period goal and logged 9:57 of ice time.  He has now tallied two assists in the last three games.

–        Brian Boyle and Ruslan Fedotenko tied for the game-high with four blocked shots apiece.

–        Stu Bickel was credited with three hits and posted a plus-two rating, while skating in a career-high, 21:54 of ice time.

New York Rangers Transaction Update:

–        New York Rangers President and General Manager, Glen Sather, announced following the game that goaltender Chad Johnson has been assigned to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL).  Johnson was recalled earlier today on an emergency basis.

Post-Game Quotes:                                                 

–        John Tortorella on the Richards-Gaborik-Hagelin line… “Richie is seeing the ice better.  Obviously he is the key.  That’s the biggest strength in his game is seeing the ice, and I think he feels more confident there.  Gaby is giving and going. He doesn’t want to carry the puck all the time.  But to me the biggest key is Hags (Carl Hagelin).  He chases down pucks.  They have puck possession because he’s always chasing down pucks and he can make a play.”

–        Marian Gaborik on Brad Richards… “He’s hot.  He’s confident obviously, which is very important for offensive players.  He knows how to slow the game down and Hags (Carl Hagelin) and I try to get in the holes, get some speed and pressure their defensemen and that’s what we did tonight.”

–        Martin Biron on tonight’s game… “It’s a little stressful in a way, when you’ve got a three goal lead and in a matter of a couple of minutes, and a couple of bounces, it’s also the way it happened.  They (Carolina) started creating a lot with their speed, their skill and ability, it hurts you.  I think when we worked hard in the last minute of the period, got that power play, we really made a difference and went to work right in the beginning of the third.  I think that power play came at a good time.  We really did a good job in the third period to preserve that win.”

Team Schedule:                                                               

–        Please note the Blueshirts do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, Mar. 14.

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, Mar. 15, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division match-up.  The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.

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  1. hagelin, stepan, AA. 3 young drafted guys who can play.

    i have been saying this is the low water mark for the next 5 years. this team is going to be good for years.

    when mike milbury says the Rangers have the best young defensive corp in hockey you know things are good. the guy hates NY with a Boston passion. I think that may be the only nice thing he has ever said about the Rangers or anything related to NY.

    they won tonight without sauer and MDZ 2 under 25 stud d men….btw Torts is really limiting Emmingers time, bickel and stralman have blown by him on the depth chart.

    bickel is getting some real minutes…….

  2. GySgt. Hartman is Jeff in CT on

    Norge Chick Reporter: Is the hobbit playing Thursday?

    Torts: Don’t know…BAZINGA!

  3. this got Carped earlier

    in reply to Lloyd going off on Torts

    you know what?
    i don’t care if Gabby plays with Richards or Prust or Scott or……
    as long he continues to work hard, be responsible in the d zone and score goals.
    same with Richards

    and if that happens with the two of them on one line or two lines
    it doesn’t matter!!

    what matters are the results!!

  4. @it doesn’t matter jpg, Torts hates Avery/loves Boyle and can’t stop the Canes from flying@

  5. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm……never thought of that way.
    now, off to dreamland
    where Dubi, Rupp and Scott all score hat tricks.

  6. Czechthemout!!! on

    Nice win. Could have and should have scored more tonigh.
    What a pleasure it was to watch great speed,passing,creativity and scoring result from it.

    Hags has been great from the day he got called up! Back in the preseason , I was debating Doodie Macheto about Hagelin and I said that by the end of the year, he would be the left wing on the first line. I said at the time that he is a terrific passer,has great speed, a great shot and that he is very tenacious on the forechecking. I watched him play many games in college and you could see all these traits in abundance. I say it now, that Chris Kreider will be even better because he is even more creative and has a goal scorer’s touch and shot. I think he will be here in about two to three weeks.

    As for Staal, I said it before and I’ll say it again. Staal is turnover machine who is overrated. I think he is a pretty good defenseman at most times but he commits at least 6-8 turnovers per game on most nights. The best defenseman on the team is McD, hands down.

  7. the you can play project commercial was just on a few minutes ago. Where is Sidney in the commercial?

  8. This team is still bush-league.

    Any other good squad would have taken care of this game by the end of the first. Instead, we rely on having to score in the third on a freak, once-in-a-lifetime wraparound that any other goalie would have snuffed in their sleep.

    Smoky and the Mirror Bandit rear their heads once again.

  9. maybe concussions make you homophobic? or maybe not shaking opponents’ hands after winning the Stanley Cup should have tipped us off?

  10. 6 to 8 turnovers for staal per game is not accurate. he did have the terrible TO up the middle to his brother but he made many good sutle defensive plays tonight.

    i wish his offense would be better, more dangerous, more creative but maybe that will never come.

    mcdonut probably is our best d man, that is scary. he has so much upside and is such a good skater, wow….

    bickel is playing well but I am still cautious about him in a big spot…..

  11. Hey did you guys hear that Crosby will return against us on Thursday?

    Just wanted to make sure everyone heard the news.

  12. Czech – Didn’t you tip off the Rangers Scouting Dept regarding Hags while he was a freshman in HS?

  13. Loving the Hags-Richie-Gabby line. Hopefully they can keep this up and not run out of gas like the, well, GAS line.


    Looks good to me, and figure MZA can rotate up as needed if someone is banged up or riding the pine.

  14. jpg:

    I wasn’t really going off on Tortorella. It’s at the point now where I can’t dispute the success the guy has had this season. The team is sitting with the best record its had since the 1993-94 season and based on some of the young players and guys in the system, it looks like this team has a bright future. Added to which, the team has the best goalie in the sport. The defensive core is young and solid and hopefully Michael Sauer can come back and make it that much better. My issues with Tortorella are his attitude and how he chooses to sort of impose himself all over just about anything. This seems to be his m.o. more when he deals with the press than anyplace else. He’s not nearly as overbearing when he talks to people who aren’t sportswriters. If you hear him being interviewed by people who aren’t scrambling to get a story, he’s capable of coming off as likeable. When he talks to the press, however, he’s a different story entirely. I’m sure a lot of it is him being distrustful of reporters and the way they’ll misconstrue his words. Further, he’s sensitive of the way his misconstrued words will eventually reach the players. So, he adopts this attitude of total domination where the team, and to an extent the organization, are concerned. It’s just a method that irks me and one I can’t imagine brings much pleasure to any of the people who have to deal with him on a regular basis. I can fully understand wanting to have total control over your clubhouse, but there’s also a point where he seems to treat everyone who isn’t part of his inner circle like a child, and while that’s what works for him, I have a hard time believing it’s in any way pertinent to the success of this team.

  15. and re: Richards with Gaborik

    I think it’s been pretty obvious to most people that pairing your best center with your best wing is the way to go, particularly when neither is horrid defensively. Tortorella was convinced those two couldn’t work together in a way that would benefit the team – to borrow one of his cliches, they didn’t have his trust. And that’s what he stuck to for most of the season, that his two best forwards couldn’t be on a line together. Then, when injuries and a slump forced his hand, he stuck them together. It’s not much of a shock that two veteran players figured out a way to co-exist and it’s great that they’ve had success. But to hear him say after the game that he’s unsure of where it’ll go or if it’ll work? Well, let’s just say we’ve heard that song from him before. I mean, I don’t think anyone has any doubts who the coach of the Rangers is, and who ultimately puts the lines together, but why try to power trip in any sense when your best forwards are playing well together? Just let it breathe a bit, you know?

  16. … or a sane person might suggest that not putting those two together might have had something to do with that unacceptable 42-15-6 start during which nothing was working. Or that things got changed up after the first three-game losing streak which some of you were convinced was the end of the entire planet, and one of you was hoping would be the end of the planet so it could all be pinned on Tortorella and the 17 players on the roster you hate so much.

  17. … but keep searching. I’m sure you will find something the coach has done wrong, and you might even convince somebody else to agree with you.

  18. jaden schwartz play tonight for St Louis??

    i think Bachman at the right price should get a contract for next year, he is less the n27 and is a legit NHL d man… WOnder what the scoop long term is for Sauer, he has missed more time then Staal.. He had a very good year last year….

  19. Schwartz didn’t play

    Have to think Sauer’s in a pretty bad way considering how they don’t even mention him anymore. It’s sad.

  20. going into the season sauer/mcdonagh would have been the 2nd pair if I remember correctly. Sauer has played 19 games only. Phaneuf again…………

  21. I think with Stralman, a lot depends on whether Erixon and/or McIlrath will be ready next season ad Sauer’s health. Bickel seems to have turned into a favorite. One would hope Sauer will be healthy by October. Girardi, Staal, McDonagh and Del Zotto are all set in stone. So potentially you’ve got 5 players vying for two spots if Stralman is re-signed, and four of the five would all be further up the list than he would be. On the plus side, I don’t think he’ll cost them much to sign, and it can’t hurt to have an extra d-man competing for a spot. I just think under optimal circumstances come October 2012, Anton Stralman shouldn’t be needed.

  22. every time I watch Biron in the nets I get the shivers. Especially when he goes around the back of the cage to get a puck while enemy soldaten are in the area, because he has a tendency to get caught aol and at best he makes big mistakes…..I don’t see the greatness in him as a backup.

  23. From the power rankings:

    Montreal Canadiens (27-32-11)
    It figures to be a summer of change in their coaching and GM departments. And there appears to be no alternative other than buying out the remainder of Scott Gomez’s onerous contract, too. The Habs can’t afford to go another year with Gomez (two goals, 11 points) gomezing through the motions like this. Last week: 2-1-1


  24. czechthemout:

    I agree with you about McDonagh. Clearly the best D Man on the team now. I think we have to give Staal some slack though. I think his game will get back to the level it was at if he stays healthy. He is going to be a KEY guy on thursday night. Dan and Ryan can only be out there for either Crosby or Malkin when they split them, so Staal and Bickel become huge.

    I agree about Kreider. Watching him on TV is one thing, but seeing him play live is a totally different experience. He is HAGS speed wise, with better hands, a better shot and a much bigger body. But, HAGS does something that is so valuable that Kreider can’t do. Because of his size, body type and speed; HAGS is able to twist and turn at amazing speeds behind the net. He uses this ability to get free and dish the puck to the front of the net or walk it out himself. He did both things to perfection last night. That pass to Richards was a thing of beauty. It was created by his dipsy doodling behind the net. Then he was able to step out for the 4th goal that was also created behing the net.

    I am with you about Kreider though. Speed is a very powerful weapon in the NHL. And it is RARE that you get a power forward with the type of amazing skating ability that Kreider has. I think he will develop into a very, very good player for the Rangers.

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