Post-game notes


Courtesy of the Rangers:

April 3, 2012 (Game 80, Away Game 40)
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA

1st     2nd    3rd     OT      F
New York Rangers                4        1         0        –         5
Philadelphia Flyers               0        2         1        –         3

Team Notes:

– The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-3, tonight at Wells Fargo Center, and are now 7-2-0 in the last nine games.  With the win, the Rangers have clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference.  It is the first time since 1993-94 the Rangers finished atop the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference standings.

– New York improved to 51-22-7 (109 pts) overall, including a 24-11-5 mark on the road.  The Rangers currently hold a two-point lead over Vancouver atop the league standings.  The Canucks are in action tonight against the Anaheim Ducks.

– The Blueshirts’ 51 wins are the second most in franchise history, while their 109 points are tied for second all-time in team history (1970-71, 1971-72).

– The Rangers completed a sweep of their season series against the Flyers (6-0-0).  It is only the second time in franchise history the Blueshirts swept the season series against the Flyers (1971-72, 6-0-0), and is the first time New York swept the road series in Philadelphia since 2006-07 (4-0-0).  The Rangers out-scored the Flyers, 24-11, including a 10-4 advantage in the third period.  New York converted 8-25 (32.0%) on the power play, while finishing 23-26 (88.5%) on the penalty kill.

– The Rangers extended their winning streak against the Flyers to eight games, dating back to a 7-0 win at MSG on Mar. 6, 2011.  The Blueshirts have out-scored the Flyers, 34-13, during the streak.

– 18 different Rangers tallied a point against the Flyers this season, including 12 different goal-scorers.

– The Blueshirts’ power play was 3-6 (8:24), while the penalty kill finished 7-8 (12:48) in tonight’s contest.  The Rangers’ power play has tallied seven goals in the last four games (7-18, 38.9% over the span), and are 12-47 (25.5%) in the last 13 games. New York’s penalty kill is 49-56 (87.5%) in the last 18 games.

– The Rangers tallied four goals in the first period, including two power play goals in a span of 36 seconds.  The four goals ties their season-high for most goals in a single period.

– New York was credited with 20 blocked shots in the contest, led by Marc Staal and Artem Anisimov who tied for the game-high with three blocked shots.

Player Notes:

– Marian Gaborik notched a power play goal and added an assist in 20:11 of ice time to extend his point streak to a season-high, six games (six goals, four assists over the span), including a goal in three straight.  He has tallied 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) in the last 14 games, and completed the season series against the Flyers with a team-high, nine points (four goals, five assists) in six games.

– Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves to record his career-high, 39th win of the season, and is now 39-17-5 overall with an 18-8-3 mark on the road.  He has won seven of the last nine games, and is 12-5-1 with a 2.08 GAA, .941 Sv% and two shutouts in 18 games when registering 30+ saves this season.  Lundqvist’s 39 wins rank second all-time on the Rangers’ single season wins list.

– Ryan McDonagh tallied two points (one goal, one assist), was credited with five hits and two blocked shots, and logged a game-high, 28:13 of ice time.  He has tallied five points (one goal, four assists) in the last five games.

– Brad Richards recorded two assists, including one on the power play, and was credited with two blocked shots in 19:21 of ice time.  He has tallied a point in five of the last six games (one goal, eight assists over the span), and has registered 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in the last 15 games.  Richards surpassed the 40-assist mark for the 10th time in 11 NHL seasons.

– Ryan Callahan notched the game-winning goal while on the power play, and was credited with two blocked shots in 22:26 of ice time.  He has tallied 18 points (12 goals, six assists) in his last 23 games, and is now one goal shy of 30 on the season and two points shy of 200 career NHL points.

– Artem Anisimov tallied a power play goal and tied for the game-high with three blocked shots in 18:03 of ice time.  The Rangers improved to 18-4-4 when he registers a point.

– Brian Boyle recorded one goal, was credited with three hits and won a game-high, 15-23 (65%) faceoffs in 19:15 of ice time.  He has tallied four goals in the last seven games, and the Rangers are now 20-1-1 when he registers a point.

– Dan Girardi registered a power play assist and was credited with a team-high, six hits in 26:27 of ice time.  He has tallied two assists in the last three road games.

– Marc Staal tallied a power play assist and tied for the game-high with three blocked shots in 19:48 of ice time.  The assist was his first on the man advantage this season.

– Anton Stralman recorded the primary assist on Gaborik’s power play goal at 10:09 of the second period, and was credited with two blocked shots in 16:35 of ice time.  He has tallied six assists in his last 12 games.

– Brandon Dubinsky tallied a power play assist and registered two shots on goal in 11:41 of ice time.  He has tallied six points (two goals, four assists) in the last nine games, and the Rangers improved to 20-2-3 when he records a point.

– Derek Stepan registered a power play assist and logged 19:59 of ice time.  He has recorded 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 12 career games against Philadelphia, and is now four points shy of 100 career NHL points.

– Ruslan Fedotenko tallied an assist and three shots on goal in 12:55 of ice time.  He has tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in the last five games, and the Rangers improved to 15-1-1 when he registers a point.

Team Schedule:

– Please note the Blueshirts do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, Apr. 4.

– The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, Apr. 5, at CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m.), in their final road game of the regular season.  The game will be televised live on MSG 2 and can be heard on Bloomberg Radio.

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  1. The question, for 400 lunch points, was:

    Which music video contained the first spoken words?

  2. 4-2 Ducks! Luongo pulled. wow. Crowd booed him off. Burrows just got hurt too. looked bad.

  3. ibleedrangersblue on

    just trying to clerify with a friend of mine. the Rangers are NOT the Eastern Conference Champions, that occurs when you are the team that comes out of the playoffs in the east correct?

  4. I know, Latona. I had the right answer to the wrong question :) and hartnell you for making me wicky, again…..

  5. I remember when some nitwit on here a few weeks back was (repeatedly) saying John Scott had to play tonight. Like this was the game penciled in on the schedule when Sather made the trade for him.

    some of you folks are hilarious

  6. Latona, hahahahaha! I had no lunch today, fyi, but a great one yesterday…1 point?

  7. He doesn’t understand the game, Tiki.

    I’m the nitwit, but he doesn’t understand what I was saying. Maybe I have to type more slowly for him. I thought Scott would play this game to take care of Tostitos. When this game became important, and when Tostitos couldn’t play, I said Scott wouldn’t play.

    Lloyd, go put on one of your 75 autographed Avery jerseys and continue to put pins in your Tortorella, Dubinsky, Boyle, Prust, Fedotenko, Rupp, Mitchell, Scott, Bickel, Staal, Del Zotto, Stralman dolls. Then, when the Rangers lose, blame the coach.

  8. holy carcillo, at least eric wants to see this team succeed, Lloyd really, what are you doing here?

  9. He’s just trying to cause trouble, Carp. Dont let him. He hasnt been around for at least the last several days, then when we’re about to clinch the 1 seed in conference, he’s back bashing the team.

    Being an agitator myself, I can usually spot when someone’s intentionally trying to agitate, and he’s been doing it all night.

  10. Carp, the Sweet 16 dig again, really??? Though I do agree with the rest….now, say sorry mama….:)

  11. Lev:

    I kinda already went through all of this a bunch of times. Unfortunately, there are a couple of idiots on this place who don’t like being called out for their b.s. and they act like I don’t like the team at all. Ironically, I’m one of the few season ticket holders on here (and have been for four years), and I’ll also be dropping a fortune on playoff tickets. The people who scoff about my supposed lack of allegiance seem unable to have their own loyalty extend beyond a seat in front of their televisions.

  12. And if he’s going to bash all the players on the team, because theyre all not very good, then he cant in good conscience rip the coach, because that would mean the coach is making the most of the talent he has, so much so that he won the conference. He cant have it both ways.

  13. 1st in the east. not in my wildest dreams…. hoped for a 4th or 5th type seed.

    51 wins is friggin unbelievable. florida has a bazillion ot wins and losses the rangers win in regulation alot.

    to have this type of team for a few years they need to continue to add good young players up front. mitchell cannot be on this team next year…..

    most positive happenings this season; mcdonagh’s development. off the chart improvement, he is a soon to be elite dman at 23 yers old.. he on the open market would get a haul of picks and players, he is so talented and if his offenswive game continues to develop where talking about the word great……..

    callahan has taken the next step. you are talking about a great 2 way hokcey play, great pk, and a 30 goal scorer. a huge foundation piece.

    gabby going for 40+ and henrik’s performances have been great but not suprising. gabby is top 12 offensive forward in the league and henrik is top 3 goalie if not the best.

    many of the other young guys have continued to improve. maybe mdz improvement has been off the charts but mcdonut is a much better d man, i think that is because mcdonut is so good not thaqt mdz has been a dissapointment. mdz needs to shoot more on the PP, he is 21 and had a very nice season. girardi is just solid, minutes eater, who defends at the top level in the league.

    great season…..richards lately has been very good, his contract will be a disater but maybe will be ok for 3 years or so……….

  14. Thank you Carp.

    and hahahahahahaha!

    Niters, really…..til the review….

    LGR!!! #!1 !!!

  15. Tiki:

    Again, if you take your lead from morons, and their are a few very vocal morons here, you’re going to believe I’ve done nothing but bash Tortorella (which isn’t remotely accurate), and that I hate everyone on the team (also false). Additionally, you may want to consider that a few of the most vocal people here were calling Brad Richards a bust for months whereas I was one of the few singing his praises. Now everyone acts like they knew he was great all along. Whatever.

  16. LOL Carp. Ive never been called a soother before!! Troublemaker, Agitator, Instigator are the words Im accustomed to.

  17. Lloyd, what is your honest opinion on Torts?

    Richards struggled for much of the year, and was widely criticized by everyone on here, but since his revival, I havent seen a bad word spoken about his play, only about the length of his contract.

    I agree that Rupp is not a very good player, but you called out Prust tonight. Prust does everything that he is supposed to do, and more. You cant expect every player on your team to be wildly successful offensively. You need guys like Prust to succeed, too.

  18. Lloyd, consider yourself fortunate. Not everyone has the disposable income availble for season tickets. But, that doesn’t make them any less loyal.

  19. Tiki:

    While their are so many things that annoy me about Tortorella, I think the vast majority of the success of this team is attributable. I’d go so far as to say that whatever Henrik Lundqvist can’t do for this team, whatever that gap is, John Tortorella fills it in. This isn’t a very talented squad – and to answer your other question, my beef with a guy like Brandon Prust is there are people here who overrate the hell out of him simply because the coach likes him – and he has extracted an extraordinary amount from what I consider some pretty slim pickings. I think the biggest thing he’s done for this team is to get players who aren’t particularly good to play above themselves for the sake of the team, to earn the respect of their teammates and the coach. Do I think he micromanages frequently? Yes. Do I think he’s had several failed experiments in his run as coach? Definitely. But I can’t argue that he got this team to a conference title, and I can’t imagine many people could have got this squad to ~110 points.

  20. I mean, there’s no way in hell I would have believed a team that puts John Mitchell on a power play line would have held first in the Eastern Conference for, like, four months. That’s a testimony to the job Tortorella has done.

  21. ddebened,

    No, that wasn’t what I was looking for, I wasn’t referring to the first music video; I meant the first music video with spoken words, as opposed to strictly moo-zicks. I’ll give you (or Mama) 10 lunch points for all the effort you put into it though!

  22. Very fair assessment.

    Any coach is going to have failed experiments. Only a very good coach could have gotten us to 110 points. He maximized the talent on this team to near perfection. And he gets the most out of his players, which is what great coaches do.

  23. Anybody hear Voracek’s postgame comments?

    “If they want to beat us, that means they’d have to beat us 10 times this year,” he said. “That’s a lot of games. I don’t think it’s going to happen”

    LOL! Tell that to the Devils. 07-08, NYR were 5-0-1, then went into the playoffs and beat them in five.

  24. Can’t we all just be happy on this night? SHEESH. Some people.

    I have no idea Latona, but what a cool question. It’s like asking who the third baseman was in the Tinker-Evers-Chance Chicago Cubs infield of the very early 1900s.

  25. Nucks-Ducks going to OT…. If Nucks are smart they’ll go with Schneider in the playoffs.

  26. Hank has better stats than Quick this year playing for a #1 team…only thing Quick has better than hank is goals against average. Quick 1.89 Hank 1.93…same thing basically. no brainer in my opinion.

  27. Lundqvist’s stats slipped a bit in the last month or so when his level of play dipped a bit. If not for that, he’d be dominating every goaltending category. Again, I think it was not only to be expected but downright fair considering how many games the guy stole for the team throughout the season. When it comes right down to it, I don’t think anyone other than an L.A. King fanboy (do they even exist??) would take Quick over Lundqvist.

  28. JimboWoodside on

    Voracek’s team has to get out of the first round – with their banged-up defense and still questionable goaltending, they may not have a chance to take the ice again with the NYR!

  29. Bryzgalov looked a whole lot like every other awful Flyers goalie from the past two decades tonight

  30. quick has been great also. the Kings have no offense so quick is under even more pressure then Henrik.

    i sit some guys the next game or 2… presidents trophy means nothing, they have been on the gas all year. they have home ice thru the eastern conference , i get some guys rest.. chances that both conf. champs go to the cup are not great…..

    i play scott in 1 of the final 2 games for sure… if anyone is banged up such as prust I sit him also….this team because of there lack of scoring plays a real hard style that beats the s–t out of them……….

  31. btw suprised Prust did quite well against rinaldo in the fight. rinaldo is a thug.

    rupp did not see the ice after his beatdown…rupp and mitchell in the playoffs add nothing of value…

  32. Great game, lousy comments for most part. The game of hockey is too fast for you, the public emploees, huh? The Seinfeld type of humour and the worry about the sex of the contributors makes me want to join a sect. Who the hell is the Blogmama ? Male or Female ???? The contributions leave me puzzled. And You Carp encourage all this madness, cynically enough, it’s good for business, isn’t it?
    Get some rigor, demand more of your fans than “inside baseball” cheap levity – I know the Facebook is soo forgiving, but that’s a culture of pansification. We don’t want that, no Seifeld BS in hockey, PLEASE !!!

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