Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the NYR:

March 15, 2012 (Game 70, Home Game 34)
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Team Notes:
–        The Rangers were defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden, and are now 2-1-0 on their current seven-game homestand.
–        New York has posted a record of 44-19-7 (95 pts) overall, including a 24-8-2 mark at home.
–        The Blueshirts’ 24-8-2 (50 pts) mark at MSG is their best record at home through 34 games since 1993-94 (23-6-5, 51 pts).
–        The Rangers are now 7-4-2 against the Penguins in their last 13 meetings.
–        The Blueshirts held the Penguins scoreless in four shorthanded situations (6:00), and are now 29-32 (90.6%) on the penalty kill in the last 10 contests.  The Rangers’ penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in six of the last eight games (24-26, 92.3%).
–        The Rangers out-hit the Penguins, 34-23, and were credited with 17 blocked shots in the contest.
–        New York holds a four-point lead over Pittsburgh atop the Atlantic Division standings.
Player Notes:
–        Marian Gaborik notched a goal, added an assist and registered four shots on goal in a team-high, 22:29 of ice time.  He extended his assist/point streak to four games (three goals, five assists over the span), and has now tallied 32 points (12 goals, 20 assists) in the last 28 games with 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last nine.
–        Carl Hagelin recorded his second straight multi-point effort with one goal and one assist, registered four shots on goal and was credited with two blocked shots in a career-high, 21:12 of ice time.  He has tallied 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in the last 16 games, including 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the last 11 games.
–        Brad Richards tallied two assists to extend his point streak to five games, registering eight points (five goals, five assists) over the span.  He also tied for the team-high with five shots on goal and led all skaters with 15 face-off wins (15-27, 56%) in 21:56 of ice time.  Richards has now tallied 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in the last 19 games, including 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in the last 11 games.
–        Martin Biron made 27 saves and is now 12-5-2 overall, including a 6-2-0 mark at home.
–        Brian Boyle was credited with a team-high, five hits, registered two blocked shots and won 12-19 face-offs (63%) in the contest.
–        Dan Girardi was credited with four hits and tied for the team-high with three blocked shots in 21:55 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 tonight’s game… “We had some struggles on the back end as far as their quickness, and they capitalized. We had some really good scoring chances. We were gaining momentum in the second, at the end of the second, but it doesn’t take them too many chances to score some goals and they certainly showed that tonight.”
–        Brad Richards on tonight’s game… “We get them (Pittsburgh) one more time. We’re still in first place and we’re still a good team. We have guys coming back soon and we are going to keep plugging away and looking toward Saturday now and getting those two points.”
–        Dan Girardi on tonight’s game… “We were good on the forecheck, sustaining pressure. We were controlling the five-on-five play. Obviously I thought we did a decent job on the penalty kill; they have such a good power play. We’ve got to look at the good things but see what we did wrong and try to correct them for Saturday.”
Team Schedule:      
–        The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Mar. 16, is 12:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center.
–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, Mar. 17, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the fourth game of their seven-game homestand.  The game will be televised live on MSG 2 and can be heard on Bloomberg Radio.

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  1. Hah, Mickey. I forgot to tell you guys that I saw the Great Jane the other night at a hoops game. She’s doing great.

    Also, I saw Blogmama, CCCP and Krisy and her son … who flew all day from Norway to come and see this game. But she’s coming Saturday and Monday, too. So hopefully she sees a better one.

  2. Whoa. The press release isn’t all about Crosby?! The league will have to fine the Rangers for that.

  3. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    I like Jane. Very classy. I think she works for ESPN NY now.

    Carp, did you meet Krisy’s cousin and the cousin’s daughter?

  4. By what measure are the Devils playing so much better than the Rangers right now, Fat Man?

    They’ve been shutout in the last two games, including tonight by a bubble playoff team at home, and three times in the last two weeks.

    Not saying the Rangers’ form is great by any means, but the Devils aren’t tearing the league apart either. Unless SO wins are now worth five points (that doesn’t come in until next year…)

  5. I didn’t this time, Tiki. Just her and her son.

    And yes, Jane’s at ESPN NY — so not all ESPN people are evil :)

  6. wake me up when the playoffs start and that includes the pens also, anything can happen in the playoffs. Regular season means nothing except making the playoffs.

  7. Well, that did not go as planned…..Sigh. the Wegian children were passing out so they left after the second…a smart move, considering, and they have three more games..

    You all should see Carp when he gets Wegian chocolate :)

  8. Are NYR better than pitts.- maybe not- but they certainly aren’t going to beat them in games where they don’t outgoaltend them. Lets face it, that’s pretty much how Rangers win. That’s why I wasn’t too keen on watching the game tonight when I knew HL wouldn’t play- no way they were going to win. Looked to me the team felt the same way- especially watching the game after the Koonitz goal (got to be stopped). Didn’t care for the way the team rolled over in the last ten minutes- hope there’s no carryover. Also- didn’t think the Pens played that great- don’t be shocked if Rangers begin and end this winning streak.

  9. Hey, Carp, thanks for having this blog site. It’s great. Your knowledge and the knowledge of some others here is just great. Look forward to the playoffs!!

    Oh, and I agree with Olga, although it ain’t happening ………….fire Sather. 11 years is enough!

  10. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    Spiderpig March 15th, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    LOL falling asleep. Losers.


    Mama already knew about this, and is probably gonna respond, but I figured Id respond first. Youre a world class jerk. They flew here from Norway on a 15 hour flight, with 2 twelve year old children, hopped right on a limo from the airport to MSG to see their team play, and were tired. They have more loyalty to the Rangers than youll ever have.

  11. If Pens don’t start to lose a few and the Rangers don’t win a few…oh well. They made the playoffs. I know…I know. There’s still a decent amount of games left and even if the Rangers don’t win the division this has been a great season for them. I had them pegged for 6-8 before the seasons start. But man it will be a little bitter to have the Pens snatch it away. Sure they’re the better team, but man…

  12. Tough game. I missed it, so I’m going to catch Rangers in 60 in a bit.

    I worry when the Rangers play teams like Pittsburgh, Ottawa, and St. Louis. Size and skill isn’t in our favor. We just don’t match up well as some other teams do against them… I’m disappointed with a loss, obviously. But, it shows how much the Rangers really have to elevate their game to compete with the skill of some other top teams…Pens are for real….

    Screw you, Matt Cooke. You’ll always be a low life in my book.

  13. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    Maybe, Mickey. Its difficult to determine intent from words on a blog, and it doesnt appear to be sarcastic, but if it is, he can ignore my post.

    Like someone said earlier, Im disappointed that we lost fairly easily. We didnt quit on the game, and had a chance to tie it up on a breakaway if Gabby didnt get tripped. Good effort by most of our players. Definitely miss DZ.

  14. Olga Folkyerself on


    A real friend would stop you from watching the Crosbyfestacular.

    Even Sam and Joe were seriously infected with Sidnococcus Becilllium.

  15. GySgt. Hartman is Jeff in CT on

    To all the NN’s out there, remember we’re all boneheads here:

    Hey! What’s all this laying around stuff? Why are you all still laying around here for?
    What the hell are we supposed to do, ya moron? We’re all expelled. There’s nothing to fight for anymore.
    Let it go. War’s over, man. Wormer dropped the big one.
    What? Over? Did you say “over”? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!
    Forget it, he’s rolling.
    And it ain’t over now. ‘Cause when the goin’ gets tough…
    The tough get goin’! Who’s with me? Let’s go!
    What the frig happened to the Delta I used to know? Where’s the spirit? Where’s the guts, huh? This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you’re gonna let it be the worst. “Ooh, we’re afraid to go with you Bluto, we might get in trouble.” Well just kiss my assen from now on! Not me! I’m not gonna take this. Wormer, he’s a dead man! Marmalard, dead! Niedermeyer…
    Dead! Bluto’s right. Psychotic… but absolutely right. We gotta take these bastarges. Now we could do it with conventional weapons, but that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part!
    We’re just the guys to do it.
    Yeah, I agree. Let’s go get ’em.
    Let’s do it!
    Let’s do it! Let’s go Rangers!

  16. We’re all cool all. Mama’s back is fine tiki, thanks…:) it’s her feet that are pissed at having to walk from MSG to Grand Central…..hartnelling cab night….thank you early spring at least. Just so you all know, Krisy’s son put up the good fight and tried to stay awake, but he looked like he’d OD’d on cough syrup….:)

  17. Lloyd, I believe the rangers are no longer releasing the nature of injuries, just that a player is injured.

  18. It was funny tonight that even stupid Micheletti had to acknowledge that the Rangers don’t even mention Michael Sauer anymore.

  19. Can’t believe the positive quotes from these clowns … this team sucked tonight. Absolute amateur-hour.

    Let’s hope Callahan comes back pronto.

  20. Just got home for the Garden …this game = stinker! I’m 0-2 this season

    met up with CT after the game for some alcohol consuming activities! Had a great time! met Carp, Laurel and Krisy…awesome times! Laurel was kind enough to invite me and friend down to section 112 when Krisy left after second period…thank you. Great view but unfortunately didn’t have much to cheer for…Pen()s control the game and Rangers couldn’t do much about it…moving on to the next game

  21. the Rangers were not good tonight but I’m not sure how many people realistically expected them to win this game, Pimp.

  22. Well, not without Callahan and Lundqvist.

    But with those two in, I’d expect to win at home.

    If someone of you don’t, then give up on the season already.

  23. Yeah ORR…My JAM isn’t STIFF enough!

    Pen()s are a scary team…I also thought that Stawhll had another bad game…and so did Bickel

  24. just tgot from seeing The Artist, enjoyed the film, glad I missed the Sidney celebration. on to Saturday’s game.

  25. every Ranger defensemen save Girardi was lousy tonight

    and I thought Prust, Boyle and Fedotenko had a bad game though you’re basically not allowed to say that here

    Fedotenko should really be dropped to the 4th line in favor of Dubinsky and Zuccarello should get moved up with Stepan. You can’t have a guy who has 7 points in his last 42 games getting 13-15 minutes per night right now.

  26. also, Bylsma said this afternoon that he’d play Crosby around 15 minutes. multiple said there was no way that would happen. Crosby played 16 minutes.

  27. Repost from previous tiny thread…

    Ug to the lee.

    Lots of people not named Brian Boyle turning away from hits tonight.

    Pittsburgh was faster, sharper and more physical.

    Faster and sharper are to be expected. Pitt is much more talented than us.

    But more physical? That’s not acceptable. Not for this team.

    NYR better strap on the chin straps and get back to work.

    PS – still think Staal looks out of it. No confidence with the puck. Playing in anticipation of the next hit.

  28. A tired run-down team that can’t win a game with Biron. God knows what happended to Anisimov. One great line that could score well but can’t play defense to save their ass. Need to roll lines consistently to rest team instead. Does not look promissing.

  29. duck the bill on

    The seer past by Julius Caesar and remarked about the Ides of March. This is well known. Lesser known is that Plutarch also said Latona is amazing. that is all!™

  30. duck the bill on

    Girardio was hitting like a mule tonight. Good sign for playoff Girardio form. Rangers in 6, Rangers in 8, Rangers in 5, Rangers in 6. Stanley Screwdriver Cup 2012

  31. jpg's sister on

    I wish Marc Staal well, but wondered why didn’t he have a conditioning stint with the whale before he came back?He was out a long time

  32. duck the bill on

    LQ is our star. Our star was out. Of course we are at a disadvantage. No biggie. Hank going to win the Conn-man Billy Smythe trophy.

  33. Stahl rushed himself back. He’s obviously better than this. The kid was too anxious to play in that stupid Winter Classic. He should have remained out a little longer. I mentioned it while he was out, I wouldn’t mind keeping him out of the lineup until the playoffs.

    That being said, he’s not overrated, like that dope, Czech, says he is. He’s only 25. Still hasn’t even hit his prime. I’m not worried aboot him though.

  34. there is another positive about this game. everybody is going to proclaim the Penguins the best team in the conference. with the supposed best player in the world, having won 10 straight and just clobbered the nominal conference leader, it’s an easy conclusion to reach. the benefit is that this will take pressure off the Rangers and enable them to get back to grinding out games and (hopefully) get themselves in good form for the playoffs.

    you know damn well all of these so-called writers are going to jump on the Pittsburgh bandwagon now that Crosby is back and dismiss the Rangers as overachievers.

  35. Staal’s basically played half the season and frankly, that should be enough time to get himself into game shape. Whether he’s hesitant to fully commit because of his issue with concussions is another story but 34 games is more than enough to get your skills sharp enough that you can compete. Honestly, I’m not seeing that much different from Staal than I’ve seen in the past other than one key difference: he’s not going for solid hits. Most of his defensive miscues are the kind of thing I’ve seen from him for as long as he’s been on the Rangers.

  36. Win, lose, or draw, NHL hockey is the best thing God ever created. And we win a lot. I like this team.

  37. Er, Lloyd, I think the “multiple people” were implying that Crosby would play _more_ than 15 minutes. And he did…

  38. I prefer to believe that he deliberately said Germans at Pearl Harbor, to grab your attention. It’s a writer’s ploy that is used by many folks. Miami uses a version of the same technique, but his is a more sophomoric approach
    and he often falls short of his intentions because he over uses it and it is primarily a way of being “different”. He knows what he is trying to do, and he
    sometimes reaches success….but not very often.

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