Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the NYR:

March 19, 2012 (Game 72, Home Game 36)
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Team Notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils, 4-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden to improve to 3-2-0 on their current seven-game homestand.

–        New York has posted a record of 45-20-7 (97 pts) overall, including a 25-9-2 mark at home.

–        With tonight’s win, the Rangers became the first Eastern Conference team, and second in the league overall, to clinch a playoff spot.  This is the earliest the Blueshirts have clinched a playoff berth since the 1991-92 season, when New York clinched on March 8 (through game #68) following a Philadelphia defeat to Vancouver.

–        13 of the last 17 meetings between the Rangers and Devils have been decided by two goals or less.

–        The Rangers improved to 20-8-3 overall (11-4-1 at home; 9-4-2 on the road) against the Devils since 2007-08, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist is 20-8-2 with a 1.96 GAA, .929 Sv% and six shutouts in 30 games over the span.

–        The Blueshirts notched one power play goal in three attempts (4:24), and are now 4-18 (22.2%) with the man advantage on their current homestand.  New York also held New Jersey scoreless in three shorthanded situations (6:00), and are now 28-31 (90.3%) on the penalty kill in the last 10 games.  The Rangers improved to 21-1-4 in games when tallying a power play goal, and are 30-11-3 when not allowing a power play goal.

–        New York increased their lead over Pittsburgh to three points atop the Eastern Conference standings, and pulled to within three points of St. Louis for first in the league overall.

Player Notes:

–        Brandon Dubinsky notched the game’s opening goal at 1:11 of the first period, added an assist, five hits and tied for the game-high with four shots on goal in 17:57.  The Rangers improved to 16-2-3 when he records a point, including a 7-0-0 mark when he registers two or more points.

–        Ryan Callahan tallied two assists, including one on the power play, was credited with five hits and a game-high, three blocked shots, and logged 21:18 of ice time to earn first star honors.  His power play assist at 7:33 of the second period was his 50th point of the season, marking the first time he has reached that mark.  He has now recorded 14 points (nine goals, five assists) in his last 15 games, including five points (three goals, two assists) in his last seven games.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 20 saves to improve to 33-15-5 overall, including a 19-7-2 mark at home this season.  Lundqvist has now faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 34 career regular season games, posting a record of 23-6-5 with a 1.73 GAA, .935 Sv% and five shutouts over the span.

–        Derek Stepan notched one goal, added an assist and posted a plus-two rating in 18:32 of ice time.  He has now tallied six points (two goals, four assists) in six games against New Jersey this season.

–        Mats Zuccarello tallied the game-winning goal, on the power play, registered three shots and was credited with three hits to capture third star honors in the contest.  He has recorded three points (two goals, one assist) in five games since being recalled from Connecticut (AHL) on Mar. 11.

–        Carl Hagelin registered two assists and logged 14:20 of ice time in the contest.  He has now tallied 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in the last 13 games, including seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last four games.  Hagelin completed the season series against New Jersey with team-highs in points (eight), assists (six) and plus/minus rating (plus-five), and tied for the team-high in goals (two) in six games.

–        Dan Girardi notched one goal and logged a team-high, 23:02 of ice time.  He has now tallied five points (one goal, four assists) in the last nine games, including three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games.

–        Brad Richards recorded one power play assist, was credited with three hits and won 9-16 faceoffs (56%).  He has now tallied 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in the last 13 games, including 11 points (five goals, six assists) in the last seven games.

–        Brian Boyle led all skaters with six hits, registered two blocked shots and won a game-high, 13-18 faceoffs (72%) in 16:48 of ice time.

Post-Game Quotes: 

–        John Tortorella on the stretch run… “I just want us to continue to play and continue to try to improve as a hockey club, and try to be playing our best hockey when we go into that last week.  I think these last couple weeks are very important. We still have a lot of things to work on.”

–        Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “I think it’s easier to look at your game and see what needs to be corrected and needs to be improved more than just look at wins and losses.  Now in the last couple of weeks the coaching staff has been doing a good job at pointing out things that we need to improve, so that’s the biggest difference.  You don’t always have to talk about winning.  It’s about improving our game and getting to where we want to be when the playoffs start.”

–        Brandon Dubinsky on clinching a playoff spot… “It’s definitely a foreign feeling, I guess.  It’s not coming down the last day.  We’ve worked really hard all year for this opportunity.  I think we said from the get go the playoffs weren’t our goal.  We want home ice advantage.  We want to get in a good spot and put ourselves in a good position going into the playoffs, and more importantly we want to try to be playing our best hockey going in. We’ve got ten games down the stretch to fine tune things and make sure we’re ready for that.  It’s exciting and each and every guy in here contributed.”

Team Schedule: 

–        The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Mar. 20, is 12:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center.

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, Mar. 21, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up.  The game will be televised live on NBC Sports Network and can be heard on Bloomberg Radio.

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  1. So Tortorella denied he “had words” with DeBoer? I’m sure I could lip-read him calling DeBoer a Byfuglien Cooke-hole. Strange.

  2. Carp,

    Are you trying to start something by suggesting that I tried to start something by suggesting you were trying to start something?

  3. JimboWoodside on

    >>>So Tortorella denied he “had words” with DeBoer? I’m sure I could lip-read him calling DeBoer a Byfuglien Cooke-hole. Strange.

    That was very obvious – unless Torts was yelling something to one of the Devils players on their bench – but he definitely was swearing up a storm in that direction!

  4. JimboWoodside on


    Are you trying to start something by suggesting that I tried to start something by suggesting you were trying to start something?

    I think you’re both trying to start something with me! And you had better watch out!

  5. Only good thing about the late start is it gives me time to get a quick trip to the gym in beforehand.

  6. So, where are all the negative nancies tonight? Where is eric predicting doom and gloom and the rangers not making the playoffs? Hmmm??

  7. was at the game in section 400thousand ….where can I watch a broadcast/repeat of it? At least the early blood slushy battle and Torts getting mouthy….?

  8. JimboWoodside on

    Latona!! Doing good here – but still recovering from marching in the parade on Saturday – too much walking and waving for me! How are you doing?

    GREAT win tonight!

  9. I still predict that we don’t make the playoffs on the little-known “bush-league technicality”.

  10. JimboWoodside on

    A nice win makes everything good again, Mickey!! I still don’t want to give up first place in the division, though!

  11. Salty, only chance it will repeat will be on NHLNEtwork, but I just checked the next 3 days and its not repeating.

    Carp, I get to meet you on Wednesday!

  12. I didn’t know you marched; I must have missed that. That’s awesome though! I’m doing alright, miss having my soccer team to coach, but I’ll survive!

    You know, they recommend 30 minutes of exercise a day to ward of heart disease. You get an increased heart rate for 60 minutes every NYR game! I think I’m set!

  13. JimboWoodside on

    Yeah, Latona – I did – and I almost had Blogmama and several other Boneheads marching with me, but that fell through at the last minute – probably just as well – we would have gotten into trouble somehow!

    If that were true, no Ranger fan would ever have heart trouble!

  14. JimboWoodside on

    Yeah – “Öutdoor Life Network” – what a goofy place to have hockey games on…unless it’s the Winter Classic.

  15. JimboWoodside on

    Hey, Mickey – how many other adult women have the minds of 12 year olds? I thought that was only a “man-thing”?

  16. nyrmessier011 on


    to answer your question from this AM re home team records in round 1

    2011: 23-26
    2010: 22-27

    And small sample size, but over those two yrs:

    #1 seeds: 9-5

    #4 seeds: 4-10, hence #5 seeds 10-4.

    It’s all interesting stats, but like I mentioned this morning I’d rather not finish 4th/5th and have to play a beat the hell out of each other festivus in round 1, rather than play Washington/Winnipeg/Buff or Ottawa with home ice.

  17. Watching hockey on “OLN” was analogous to watching the Honduran fifth-division women’s croquet team play an early-morning match.

  18. Sadly, the Outdoor network is a real network.

    Ok gang, time for bed. Gonna be a really long week for me and I need my beauty sleep.

    What a great great great win!

  19. JimboWoodside on

    It was *truly* weird, Miami – at one minute, a bear was carcilloing in the woods, and then, a hockey game broke out!

  20. JimboWoodside on

    >>>Oh, more than you think, Jimbo. Waaaaay more. We just hide it better ;)

    Dammit!! Why, why, why!?

    Goodnight, Mickster!

  21. im excited for Wednesday’s game. Wings are my 2nd favorite team, nothing but great respect for the organEYEzation and their players. Should be fun!

  22. Mickey – lol that picture of Dubi is great, looks like he should be playing a jug or a washtub bass

  23. starting Biron against Detroit will make me so disgusted. start Biron against Buffalo if you really want to give Hank a day off, although he was “off” while he was sick…

  24. Was at MSG tonight, can’t wait to watch game now on DVR.

    Thoughts at the game were:

    1. pretty evenly matched teams. would be a great second round series AFTER philly beats them up!

    2. glad we had last change

    3. we are no longer the smurfs on Broadway. We can duke ’em out with the best of them.

    4. Can Janssen has the worst looking hair weave I have ever seen. John Amorante’s toupee looks better.

    5. Marty is playing better than he did earlier this year. Can he sustain it? Not so sure in a long series.

    6. national tv doesn’t need all that fighting.

    7. I am not a Dubie fan, but to me, he was first star. had jump all night, a number of good shots ON NET, checked hard, strong on puck, did all the little things. he was the ‘old’ Dubie for a night! keep it up, kid!

    8. I am glad Torts, who is doing one helluva job with a good team, taking them to a great record, thinks Richards is so good. He was, for the most part, invisible tonight. he lost many key face-offs, was slow to the puck and had a handful of good but rushed passes. great passers serve it up in slow motion to teammates. I’m not seeing that consistently from this fellow yet.

    9. Staal continues to struggle big time. he is totally unsure of himself when he gets the puck deep, shies away from any puck shot, and is slow to loose pucks. how many turnovers did he have tonight? Almost every time he’s deep and chased he coughs it up. teams KNOW it against him and Bickel. The will key on this in the playoffs with dump and chase, mark my words.

    I hate to say it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if our putrid gm is smart enough to see this and, gives him some time, but without improvement, considers a trade next year. I hope he wakes up out of the stupor.

    10. Erixon was tons better than vagabonds like Eminger, Stralmann, and others. Keep it simple, kid, and stay in the NHL

    11. MSG was alive with a playoff atmosphere tonight. it has been relatively quiet there recently. not tonight. LGR!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Wed Mar 21, 2012 Red Wings Rangers
    7:30 PM NBCSN(HD), TSN2 Tickets
    Fri Mar 23, 2012 Sabres Rangers
    7:00 PM MSG 2(HD) Tickets
    Sat Mar 24, 2012 Rangers Maple Leafs
    7:00 PM NHLN-US(HD), CBC, MSG 2(HD)
    Tue Mar 27, 2012 Rangers Wild
    8:00 PM MSG(HD)
    Wed Mar 28, 2012 Rangers Jets
    Fri Mar 30, 2012 Canadiens Rangers
    7:30 PM RDS(HD), TSN, NHLN-US(HD), MSG PLUS(HD) Tickets
    April 2012
    Date Visitor Home Time (ET) TV Network/Results
    Sun Apr 1, 2012 Bruins Rangers
    7:00 PM NBCSN(HD) Tickets
    Tue Apr 3, 2012 Rangers Flyers
    7:00 PM MSG 2(HD)
    Thu Apr 5, 2012 Rangers Penguins
    7:00 PM MSG 2(HD)
    Sat Apr 7, 2012 Capitals Rangers
    3:00 PM NBCSN(HD), NBC(HD)

    i think Biron has 2 more starts this year. against either Buffalo or Toronto and then probably against either Wild or Jets. or maybe against Montreal.

  26. if Scott wouldve played i wonder how that opening faceoff would look like. imagine him going against Carter lol……i think Torts was just so pissed when he saw the lineup thebore was using that he told Scott to get dressed. then had a change of heart and calmed down…but made sure to let thebore know what he though of his tactics

  27. “Mats Zuccarello tallied the game-winning goal, on the power play, registered three shots and was credited with three hits to capture third star honors in the contest. He has recorded three points (two goals, one assist) in five games since being recalled from Connecticut (AHL) on Mar. 11.”

    Uh huh….You know what it is…


  28. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Bickel threw a nasty right uppercut …. And it was down goes carter, down goes carter…

  29. The big difference in the last two games has been their compete level. They need to play that aggressive hitting style to be successful. It’s when they try and get cute / play soft that they make mistakes.

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