Post-game notes


Courtesy of the NYR:

March 28, 2012 (Game 77, Away Game 39)
MTS Centre – Winnipeg, MB

1st     2nd    3rd     OT      F
New York Rangers               0        2         2        –         4
Winnipeg Jets                       0        2         0        –         2

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the Winnipeg Jets, 4-2, tonight at MTS Centre, and have now won five of the last six games.  The Blueshirts tallied four unanswered goals to erase a two-goal second period deficit.

–        New York improved to 49-21-7 (105 pts) overall, including a 23-11-5 mark on the road.  The Rangers now rank first in the NHL overall with 105 points, and increased their lead over Pittsburgh atop the Eastern Conference standings to five points.

–        Three of the Rangers’ four goals were registered by their special teams, including two power play goals and one shorthanded tally.  The Rangers finished the contest 2-5 (7:27) with the man advantage, and are now 7-34 (20.6%) in the last 10 games.  The Blueshirts also held the Jets scoreless in five shorthanded situations (8:01), and are now 38-43 (88.4%) in the last 15 games.  New York improved to 23-1-4 when tallying a power play goal, and are 33-12-3 when not allowing a power play goal.

–        The Blueshirts’ 49 wins are tied for third most in franchise history (1970-71), while their 105 points are tied for fourth in team history (1991-92).

–        New York has posted a combined record of 19-4-5 in back-to-back games this season, including a 10-2-2 (6-0-0 at home, 4-2-2 on the road) mark in the second game.

–        The Rangers completed a sweep of the season series against the Jets (4-0-0), having out-scored Winnipeg, 12-3, in the series.

–        The Blueshirts were credited with 24 blocked shots in the contest, led by Dan Girardi, Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan who each registered a game-high, four blocked shots.

–        The Rangers won 36-59 (61%) faceoffs in the contest.  Brian Boyle won a game-high, 15 faceoffs (15-26, 58%), while Brad Richards won 14-17 faceoffs (82%).

Player Notes:

–        Ryan Callahan registered two points, including a power play goal and a shorthanded assist, four shots on goal, tied for the game-high with four blocked shots, and led all skaters with 27:20 of ice time to earn second star honors.  He has now tallied 17 points (11 goals, six assists) in his last 20 games.  Callahan is now three points shy of 200 career NHL points.

–        Michael Del Zotto notched a shorthanded goal, added a power play assist and was credited with three hits in 23:52 of ice time to earn first star honors.  He has now registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last five games.  The assist was his 30th of the season, marking the first time in his career he reached that plateau, and was also his career-high, 38th point of the season.  Del Zotto is now one appearance shy of 200 career NHL games.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves to improve to 37-16-5 overall, with a 17-8-3 mark on the road.  He has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 39 games this season, including in five of the last seven games.  Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 59 times in his career, posting a record of 38-14-7 with a 1.84 GAA, .934 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game.  With the win, Lundqvist became the 45th goaltender in NHL history to record 250 career wins.

–        Brian Boyle notched the game-winning goal at 3:07 of the third period, registered three shots on goal and won a game-high, 15-26 faceoffs (58%) in 18:05 of ice time.  He has now tallied three goals in the last four games.

–        Derek Stepan tallied a power play goal at 10:06 of the third period and logged 18:48 of ice time in the contest.  The power play goal was his career-high, fourth of the season.

–        Marian Gaborik recorded two power play assists to extend his point streak to three games (three goals, two assists over the span), and logged 20:57 of ice time in the contest.  He has now tallied 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last 11 games.  Gaborik’s first assist was his 70th point of the season, marking the third time in his career he has reached that mark, and the second time in his three seasons as a Ranger.

–        Brad Richards tallied one power play assist to extend his assist streak to three games (four assists over the span), tied for the game-high with five shots on goal, and won a game-high, 14-17 (82%) faceoffs in 19:54 of ice time.  He ranks second in the NHL in scoring during the month of March with 19 points (six goals, 13 assists), and has now recorded 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in the last 12 games.

–        Ruslan Fedotenko registered the primary assist on the game-winning goal and posted a plus-two rating in 11:08 of ice time.  He finished the Rangers’ back-to-back set with two points (one goal, one assist), having tallied the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win last night at Minnesota.

–        Ryan McDonagh tallied an assist on the game-winning goal and registered four shots on goal in 22:32 of ice time.  He has recorded four assists in the last seven games, including three assists in the last two games.  The assist was his 30th point of the season, marking the first time in his career he reached that mark.

Team Schedule:

–        Please note the Blueshirts do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, Mar. 29.

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday, Mar. 30, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup.  The game will be televised live on MSG Plus and can be heard on Bloomberg Radio.

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  1. re-post:
    Carp March 28th, 2012 at 10:36 pm e

    Seriously, eric’s a great guy. If you’ve ever met him, you’d completely agree. And I poke a lot of fun at him, and he pokes it at himself when he’s wrong. He just tends to, um, worry a lot about the bad things that might happen.


  2. im sure eric is a great guy, i just hope for his own sake he doesnt live his daily life like this.

  3. Stranger Nation on

    Eric is a great representation of most Ranger Fans I have known over the last couple of decades – waiting for the other shoe to drop because is usually did in the past save for ’94.

    Just hope he can enjoy some of this unusual season of regular season excellence – hopefully will continue through June!!

  4. The thing about thinking the worst is going to happen, is that you’re going to be right 90-95% of the time when your team doesn’t win the Cup.

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

    I dunno I love my team perty darn much….

  6. I dont mind erics stuff, its no different than when i whine about referees and usually, a lot less recently, expect them to cheat us.

    But what makes me sick is when people, like jimbo tonight, have the audacity to call the team disgraces because they struggled for the 1st half of the game 2nite, not even mentioning 5 penalties against as if thats in any way fair. How is a 1st place team a disgrace by going down 2-0 midway thru game 77 of a season? Theyre not, the person calling them a disgrace is the real disgrace

  7. Tiki,

    Jimbo’s frustration is the same as eric’s, it just manifests itself in different ways.

  8. Stranger Nation on

    Did anyone else notice there was only 1 assistant coach on the bench? I wish Torts would tell us why…

  9. It would be nice to take out the lollipop guild on Friday. The schedule for the Rangers is pretty stiff at the end of the season with games against Boston, Philly, Pittsburgh and the paper tigers of Washington to close things out. Pittsburgh’s final five (Maybe the final six if they lose to the fishes again) games are a bit tougher because they face a hungry desperate Buffalo and face Philly twice. If the Rangers can beat Montreal and the Pens, they have a really good shot at holding on to first.

  10. JimboWoodside on

    Tiki, I knew you were trying to start an argument with me earlier tonight, but I did not take the bait.

    I don’t think I said that the *team* was a disgrace, but that their performance, with almost one half the game completed, and that they only had 4 shots-on-goal at that point, was pretty disgraceful.

    Thankfully, they must have felt the same way, because they righted the ship, started putting some serious pressure on the Jets, and you know the rest.

    I’ve been a NYR fan longer than you’ve probably been alive, so lighten up, kiddo.

  11. dont let the negative nancys get to youse. theyre just quicker to express their frustration, imo.

  12. My thoughts:

    1) What can you say about Captain Cally that wasn’t said on here last night and via Carp? Great captain- the best lead by example and he sure does. I also think he goes somewhat under-appreciated in terms of skillset. I believe he’s a complimentary top 2 line winger, but that’s not to say he doesn’t deserve a spot in the top 6. Of course he does. His shot is under-rated (he didn’t score 50+ goals in junior via a fluke – or via a bunch of puck-on-a-stick moves).

    2) Will the real Marc Staal please stand up? Night and day in terms of effectiveness last night compared to 2 nights ago.

    3) Interesting in that Tortorella from time to time lately puts out Staal and Girardi together – I believe he’s hoping for the pairing of last year to emerge (and most of that lays on Staal’s shoulders.) I suspect Torts is hoping they rediscover their effectiveness, which means he can move McDonagh with another D, thereby (in theory) giving him 2 solid pairings.

    4) Girardi’s steadiness is another aspect of this team that goes under-appreciated at times. First Staal and now McDonagh have blossomed playing alongside of him and tend to get the accolades first, ,which I doubt bothers him at all (especially considering he got all-star recognition this year).

    5) Staal/Girardi and McDonagh/MDZ. Have the latter 2 played together previously? I cannot recall…

    6) BB, when he’s playing physical and with an edge, must be scary to play against

    7) I stand by my thoughts on the King giving MDZ crap on the ice last night – stop it – you’re not the coach – you’re a peer (unless you’re willing to accept being similarly berated when you let in a bad goal).

    8) Blake Wheeler, I thought, was the best Jet last night – wouldn’t he look good on the Rangers top 6???

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