Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the NYR:

April 1, 2012 (Game 79, Home Game 40)
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY 

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers were defeated by the Boston Bruins, 2-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden to end their four-game winning streak, and are now 6-2-0 in the last eight games.

–        New York has posted a record of 50-22-7 (107 pts) overall, including a 27-11-2 mark at home.

–        The Rangers own a five-point lead over Pittsburgh atop the Eastern Conference standings.  New York’s magic number to clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference is one point relative to Pittsburgh.

–        Tonight’s contest was the Blueshirts’ 15th and final against an Original Six opponent this season.  The Rangers posted a record of 8-7-0 in those contests.  Marian Gaborik, who notched the Rangers’ lone goal this evening, led the team in scoring with eight goals and 14 points against Original Six opponents.

–        Tonight’s loss ended the Rangers’ five-game winning streak against the Bruins.  New York is now 9-3-0 against Boston in their last 12 meetings.

–        17 of the last 21 meetings between the Rangers and Bruins have been decided by one goal, including six games that required extra time and five that went to the shootout, dating back to Mar. 24, 2007. Three of the other four games during the stretch were decided by two goals, while one was decided by three goals. New York is 10-5-2 in one-goal games against Boston over the span.

–        The Blueshirts out-shot the Bruins, 34-21, including a 19-3 advantage in the third period.  The 19 shots in the third were the most by the Rangers in a single period this season.

–        The Rangers out-hit the Bruins, 31-22, and were credited with 19 blocked shots in the contest.  Brian Boyle led all skaters with five hits, while Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan each registered four hits.  John Mitchell was credited with a game-high, four blocked shots, and Dan Girardi recorded three blocked shots in the contest.

Player Notes:

–        Marian Gaborik notched his 40th goal of the season at 4:33 of the first period to extend his point streak to five games (five goals, three assists over the span), and registered three shots on goal in 23:50 of ice time.  He became the third Ranger in franchise history to register multiple 40-goal seasons with the team (Mike Gartner – 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93; Jean Ratelle – 1971-72, 1972-73).  It is the third time in his career, and second time in three seasons with the Rangers, he reached the 40-goal mark.  Gaborik has now tallied 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in the last 13 games.  He finished the season series against Boston with a team-high, four goals and five points.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves and is now 38-17-5 overall, including a 21-9-2 mark at home.  He has held opponents to two or fewer goals in seven of the last nine games (6-3-0, 2.09 GAA, .910 Sv% over the span).  Lundqvist has now started in 24 consecutive games against Boston, dating back to Jan. 13, 2007.

Post-Game Quotes:

–        John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “We played a good hockey game. (Tim) Thomas was the difference. He made some key saves at some key times. It’s the type of game, these games against Boston, it’s just that one little mistake and it goes into the net. Unfortunately, it’s hard. These are hard games.”

–        Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “It’s always a one goal game against these guys. They are really good through the neutral zone, and in their defensive zone they are really stingy. And (Tim) Thomas played really well for them.”

–        Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “At the end of the day, they ended up putting more away than we could. We weren’t really thinking about it (overall points) too much. All along we’ve been concentrating on our game, and what we need to do. If we do what we have to do, everything else will fall into place.”

Team Schedule:

–        The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Apr. 2, is 12:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center.

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, Apr. 3, at Wells Fargo Center (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup.  The game will be televised live on MSG 2 and can be heard on Bloomberg Radio.

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  1. Tomorrow is another day. Go get’em on Tuesday in Philly.

    Time to get offline for the rest of the night. Laters gang!

  2. the only reason this loss bothers me is I was sort of hoping they’d wrap up the conference tonight and not even play Hank on Tuesday.

    and I didn’t see all of this brilliance from Tim Thomas. I saw him play ok and make a few good saves, but I didn’t see anything special. on the other hand, I saw Henrik Lundqvist allow an absolutely atrocious goal.

  3. henrik is not a machine. he has let in very few softies this year but it happens. this team has given up 5 or more once on the season. the defense was more then fine tonight, got to bury your chances….

    fine line bewteeen winning and losing.

    liked staals game…….

  4. the number of softies Henrik has allowed has increased pretty dramatically down the stretch. I don’t know if that’s something to be worried about, especially since he played out of his mind for most of the season, but his form hasn’t been stellar for the last month or so.

  5. sullen statboy on

    Henrik was flirting with a .950 save percentage back in early February.
    For the falloff, first three weeks in March, it was around .890.
    Last while, as posted here, it’s around .910. OK, but…

    Henrik has NEVER authored a playoff series like Thomas’ four last year.

    Rangers continue, as stated often when they were riding high, to have trouble
    clearing the zone (see Girardi, not only the brain cramp just prior to the winning goal,
    but about 30 seconds before that whole sequence as well, when he blew his first
    chance to clear the zone), and on faceoffs.
    As a result, they played uphill much of the night. If Hank is not all-world in a game like that,
    tough losses are predictable.

  6. Rangers West on

    One win and they clinch the conference and division. I believe they will win two of their last three. Boston, Philly and the Pens have all had stretches of stink that might cause some fans to yell, “Game over!” but the truth is that the Rangers have had fewer of such stretches than these teams. Their consistency has them in the driver’s seat at the top of the east. Not a bad place to be. They are not the best team in the East or a sure thing, but they are a damn good team and pretty consistent.

  7. Maybe I was watching a different game, but the Rangers were badly out played after the first period last night. I doubt I’m going to watch the replay, but I don’t recall them having many “good” scoring chances after the 1st, and I don’t believe Tim Thomas was anything special in goal either. When wristers and slapshots are being fired at Thomas’ chest, why is Tortorella saying he was the difference?
    They had one golden opportunity under a minute in the game, and I honestly think Thomas saved the shot with a piece of his pads he wasn’t trying to save it with, watching the replay. Anyway, I thought they would clinch too. Torts can’t be so damn stubborn and say first in the conference and the President’s Trophy don’t mean anything, because they do. This late in the season, with both those to play for, you go for it. Lundqvist would not have started his 9th straight game if both didn’t mean anything either.
    Hopefully they will wrap up the conference in Philly, and then set their sites on 1st overall.

  8. JimboWoodside on

    I agree with Gmen – Torts’ legendary stubbornness when dealing with reporters is an insult to the intelligence of everyone, especially the fans – *everyone* knows that the players in that Ranger dressing room want to win first place, and first place overall in the league, if possible. If Torts doesn’t think that those goals are important, fine – but his players and the fans of the team *want* to win first place.

  9. Is John Scott still on the Ranger’s roster? When is the last time he played? As much as I dislike saying it,this Ranger roster does not have the scoring talent,a quality power play , a consistent face off man or the D-man who can actually punish anyone.This version of the Rangers has succeeded with superb goaltending,grit and a nightly committment to work hard for 60 minutes. I don’t believe it will be enough. Prediction? No surprise if they don’t get out of the first round!

  10. Another missing person? Wasn’t Dylan McIllrath supposed to supply the physical presence on the blue line so long absent since Beukeboom ,and drafted three years ago stiil in Jr’? And right before Cam Fowler who is perhaps not having as good as season as previous years,but is and will be an excellent offensive D? And,doesn’t this team need an ooffensive D to captain the power play? Just asking!

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