Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the NYR:

April 7, 2012 (Game 82, Home Game 41)
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers completed their 2011-12 regular season campaign tonight with a 4-1 loss against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden.

–        New York posted a record of 51-24-7 (109 pts) overall, including a 27-12-2 mark at home and a 24-12-5 mark on the road.

–        The Rangers’ 51 wins rank second in franchise history, while their 109 points tied for second all-time.  The Blueshirts also tied the team record with 24 road wins.

–        The Rangers are 5-2-0 in their last seven meetings against the Capitals.

Player Notes:

–        Brian Boyle tallied the Rangers’ lone goal at 12:44 of the second period, and registered four shots and two hits in 15:15 of ice time.  He has tallied seven points (five goals, two assists) in the last nine games, including four points (two goals, two assists) in the last three games. Boyle skated in all 82 games for the second consecutive season.

–        Brandon Dubinsky recorded an assist in 13:59 of ice time.  He has tallied eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last 11 games, including three points (one goal, two assists) in the last three games.

–        Stu Bickel tallied the primary assist on Boyle’s goal and posted a plus-one rating in 10:30 of ice time.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 13 saves to finish the regular season with a record of 39-18-5 overall, including a 21-10-2 mark at home.  His 39 wins mark a career-high, and are second most by a Rangers’ goaltender in a single season.

–        Marc Staal led all skaters with a season-high, six blocked shots, and registered four shots on goal in 23:56 of ice time.

–        Brad Richards won a game-high, 12-17 faceoffs (71%), and recorded four shots on goal in 19:47 of ice time.

–        Marian Gaborik registered a game-high, six shots on goal in 18:07 of ice time.  Gaborik skated in all 82 games for the first time in his career.

–        Michael Del Zotto was credited with a game-high, five hits, and logged 23:51 of ice time.

Post-Game Quotes:

–        John Tortorella on the playoffs… “You’re really looking forward to the playoffs. It’s a lot of hockey and I’m really excited and our team will be ready to play. I’m really excited about starting out and I know the guys are too.”

–        Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “Everything that could go wrong in the first (period) did. I don’t think we played that bad in the second and third period, but when you just get behind by that much in the first period it’s tough to recover.”

–        Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “We had a tough start there. We caught ourselves down early and we never really seemed to get it back. I thought we had some opportunities, some chances, but it’s tough to come back. Now the fun stuff starts and we’re excited to get going.”

Team Schedule:                                                                              

–        Please note the Blueshirts do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, Apr. 8.

–        The Rangers’ next practice is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 9, at MSG Training Center.

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  1. Carp,

    I think you’re to blame for all this Presidents’ Cup nonsense. I’d never heard it referred to that way until you decided to start Crosbying about how that’s a golf tournament, and now all of a sudden, they’re flying out of everyone’s yaps.

  2. Olga Folkyerself on

    I can’t be reposting these things all night now, Carp!

    There is no silver lining in which eric cannot find the dark cloud.

  3. Just got my passport expedited. Just for the heck of it, I thought, just in case.

    That’s what jinxed Rangers-Buffalo, then Rangers-Washington, then Rangers-Florida … yee-haw, Kanata, Ont. in the springtime. It’ll probably be snowing.

  4. JimboWoodside on

    Edmonton would like very much to win this game – whether they’re capable of doing it, that’s another question, But they would love to deprive their divisional rivals of the President’s whateveritis!

  5. rangers beat ottawa in 6. hanks makes 39 saves in ottawa in game 6 rangers win 1-0. relax i dont think they will lose to ottawa im just concerned. with florida i would have zero concerns.

  6. carp

    i wanted them to tank because i thought ottawa would pick up a point over the last 3-4 games. i was holding out hope florida will drop to 8th but now it didnt happen

  7. Buddy matt from ottawa is thrilled (no offense) as the sens match up quite well against tge rangers (no offense). Oh please. Rangers in five. Let the craps and bs fight it out. With any luck the debbies will knock off the pens and we get the craps in round two.

  8. It’s pretty funny how one Sens fan on keeps commenting on every single post GUARANTEEING sens beat the rangers. The guy doesnt seem like an idiot either, it’s just funny reading how thrilled he is that theyre not playing Boston but rather are playing the Rangers.

  9. JimboWoodside on

    Never faced Ottawa in the modern era in playoffs? I thought we did one time…

  10. You don’t see the Stanley Cup logo painted on the ice in Vancouver yet do ya? Oh no! Just MSG. We’re doomed.

  11. Thanks, Olga… that was quite a long time ago. Hopefully we can beat them again. Ottawa is soft… we need to hit them hard and hit them often!

  12. Olga Folkyerself on

    No for most of the time Ottawa stunk worse than NY. When they were good, NY was not.

    Thanks Glen.

  13. I guarantee the sens may win one game. And I love my buddy matt but rangers are more likely to sweep than lose this series (no offense pal). Ok I guarantee they may have some good shifts. The rangers are going to win this series.

  14. 96/97 was the only year pre-lockout that both teams made the playoffs. The end of Ottawa’s expansion suckiness was quickly followed by the Rangers’ post-97 all-around hopelessly-run suckiness.

  15. JimboWoodside on

    It was more fun playing (and beating!) the Craps when Humpty Boudreau was their coach…

  16. only chance edmonton has is if dubynk makes 50 saves tonite. been outshot 17-4 first per.

  17. eric I’m just busting your chops, buddy.

    Jimbo, the plan is for me to travel. We’ll see what happens when I start pricing flights.

  18. did not see the ranger game. have it on dvr. 3 in the first, can someone give me the summary on how that happened?


  19. Olga, I wish….Carp, if yours doesn’t come in time, mine is good :) LGR!!!!!!!!!!!! Hartnell everyone else!

    thank heavens wick is busy with new baby, or I’d be doomed….and now….to bed, to sleep, perchance to not dream…..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ( that’s for you Greg).


  20. This team is disgraceful. No effort in a must win game tonight. Putrid, horrific. Travesty, Sham, Mockery, or a Traveshamockery!

  21. You need us to increase the traffic, Carp? To make sure you do travel? We can certainly try :-)

  22. JimboWoodside on

    >>>Niters Mama. Try counting sheep… Crosby… Malkin… Orpik… Cooke…

    Sheep? They’re *creeps*, not sheeps!!

  23. JimboWoodside on

    Wow – Blues won today, so they also have 109 points – how do they fit into the President’s jock race?

  24. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    FIRE SATHER {{{{{{{{{OLGA}}}}}}}}}}pookie

    gotta catch up to you guys

  25. When asked what food in Ottawa is most known for, the reply is the fried dough pastry called the Beavertail. Because it resembles like one. The classic Beavertail tastes like sweet, cinnamon-flavored and crunchy half donut- half pizza.

    from some blog.

  26. It’s either Vancouver or Rangers, Jimbo. The Rangers have more ROW. Vancouver has to get at least one point

  27. Thisyearsmodel on

    Beautiful Kanata, Ont. lucky you, CARP. Hopefully you won’t have to hear that hideous goal horn too many times.

  28. Olga Folkyerself on

    I’ve eaten beaver tail. She was classic sweet cinnamon.

    It wasn’t crunchy though…

  29. Blues have more ROW than Vancouver. But less than the Rangers. So if Vancouver doesn’t get at least one point they drop to #2 in the West behind SL.

  30. Go Oilers. We need To get something out of this season. First round vs. sens? Not gonna happen guys. They own us.

  31. JimboWoodside on

    >>>I’ve eaten beaver tail. She was classic sweet cinnamon.

    >>>It wasn’t crunchy though…

    You should have left her in the oil a little longer! ;-D

  32. for LW
    if he bothers to come around
    or anyone else that may have been around
    for my gripe about how the Rangers were playing
    versus how other top teams such as blues, canucks have
    played since clinching. (and i hate to say it, as much as i HATE
    the pens that team didn’t glide against us nor against the flyers)

    my main complaint is gliding versus playing hard.
    those teams lost games but from what i saw
    they played
    as if they still gave a crap.
    if the Rangers didn’t give a crap and wanted to glide into the playoffs
    then there goes the whole Right Way talk
    and they sure as hell
    better not glide around the sens because they’ll be chasing
    ’em all game long and be golfing early otherwise…
    with or without Kreider in the lineup.

  33. btw,
    sorry still in a crappy mood
    due to non-hockey matters
    and the combo of pens
    didn’t help

    would rather have gone into playoffs with some degree of momentum.
    ya know the Right Way.

  34. What a bunch of losers the Canucks are. Theyll never win anything, but the Presidents -Cup- Trophy

  35. Am I the only one who didn’t mind Renney as our coach? He went at the right time, and trust me, I wouldn’t want to trade Torts for anyone, but Renney took us as far as he could, and that was to a good place. And for people who want to say Renney has nothing to do with the team now, I disagree.

  36. Latona, Renney was a fool. He ran a defensive system without any defense, and with one of the greatest offensive players in NHL history. That said, I think he’s a good guy and I liked him.

  37. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Renney didn’t win. Trottier didn’t win. Low didn’t win. Muckler didn’t win. Sather Didn’t win.

    All losers.

  38. Sather’s won four Cups as a coach, Slatsko, so regardless of his managerial buffoonery (which has been repressed as of late), you can’t say he hasn’t won.

  39. JimboWoodside on

    Renney tried hard, but with the wrong players on his team – and he took the sole blame for Jessiman, so I’d fire him again, even though he wasn’t responsible for all the players we had back then.

  40. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    He hasn’t won a thing in New York. 10 years. 4 Cups in Edmonton in the last century doesn’t give him a pass in NY. He’s a New York loser.

  41. JimboWoodside on

    And in the end, he lost the players in the room – like most soon-to-be-fired coaches.

  42. Onecupin72yearsandcounting on

    the rangers looked like glass figurines in tonights games ,, they played like they would break

  43. Okay, but, you didn’t say that, Slatsko, so..

    Yeah. Renney does seem like a great guy. And what a sharp dresser.

  44. Olga Folkyerself on

    Faith moves a lot of things. Apparently, it can’t move the President’s Trophy from Vancouver to New York.

    What a shame.

    Doesn’t affect the NY-Ottawa series though…

  45. JimboWoodside on

    No, Olga – but more effort, attentiveness and execution in today’s game would have moved it, though.

  46. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    My bad, Latona. I was looking at it from a Rangers Fan perspective.

    Renney’s probably is a great guy. Didn’t get it done behind the Rangers bench though. You can blame Perry Pearn for the power play.

  47. JimboWoodside on

    And I’m ticked off that we made it possible for the Debbies to have a really weak opponent for their first round series – we were supposed to have the weakest team, and I don’t think that’s the Sens.

  48. No worries, Slatsko. I wasn’t trying to be an aasen towards you either. I agree, Sather is, as of yet, very much a New York loser.

    I don’t even know if you can blame Perry Pearn for the power play because didn’t Montreal, under Perry Pearn, have the number one unit in the league? I think it’s just another, of many, NY curses.

  49. Olga Folkyerself on

    Well, look on the bright side. Rangers versus Canucks in the finals. Goes to game seven, this time in Vancouver. Rangers win. Vancouver burns down the town again.

    OK with me…

  50. So we have the 2nd best record in the NHL? Vancouver wont make the finals. Not unless Schneider is their goalie throughout.

  51. Edmonton’s goalie is the only player that showed up tonight. If not for him it’d be 10-0 by now.

  52. It’s going to be so interesting to see how the city of Vancouver reacts once their team is out once again.

  53. JimboWoodside on

    4ever, I have a feeling that that does not mean “Congratulations, Canucks”…

  54. Lev,
    as I said before, with not much of realistic hope for SC, at least, it would be a great achivement – crowned this season and bragging rights for many more years to come – being Best in the League in regular season.

  55. It’d be great to have, dont get me wrong, but it should not be THE dream. THE dream for all teams is the Cup, obviously. Vancouver can keep winning this trophy all it wants if that’s their dream. This bragging right hasnt really brought them much except continuous ridicule of not getting it done when it counts.

  56. JimboWoodside on

    One more win anytime during the season would have gotten it for us – and as good as we were this season, we pee’d away a few games that could have made the difference.

  57. Jimbo,
    you got it wrong. I literally said: “dream is over” in a non-translated, dirtiest possible way. LOL. So, don’t know about your judgment how good of a fan am I.

  58. Any notable player playing in his last NHL game today? Rick Nash probably played his last game in Columbus but im talking something like Modano in Dallas and Linden in Vancouver a few years back

  59. JimboWoodside on

    You’re the *best* as far as I’m concerned, 4ever – because that’s exactly the kind of thing I said when they won it! ;-)

  60. Good night, fellows. May nightmares not visit you tonight! Dream THE Dream and see you in a PO! LGR!!!

  61. JimboWoodside on

    None that I’ve heard of yet, Lev – but no doubt that a few players have played their last NHL game. We probably won’t know for sure until the next season starts and they don’t get signed as free agents, having played out their contracts this season.

  62. on a personal note – thank you Jimbo, as a Queens “fella” to Queens “fella”.Too drunk – bed time.

  63. Good for Stammer!

    I was at the Garden tonight…grrr….not a very good start….Hank is human…

    Ottawa is one of the few teams in the League that the Rangers do not match up well against. This is a matchup I was hoping to avoid…Rangers should have what it takes to win in the 1st round after the season they’ve had…and like Torts said, they could beat anybody in the League on any given night…it’s just that…we all saw what Ottawa and St Louis and Pittsburgh have done to us this year….

    If Spezza is really out with a concussion, the Rangers do have a better chance.

  64. Id much rather face Ottawa than Washington or the Devils or the Crosbys.

    Now we’ll see what we really have here.

  65. JimboWoodside on

    NYR, the Spezza concussion was another of ORR’s “April Fools” jokes – it was not real, it was a fugazy!!

  66. I think you have to put Kreider in vs. the Sens. Let them face a player nobody has seen before.

  67. JimboWoodside on

    And you’re not even ashamed!! It’s not nice to fool other boneheads – strangers, yes – but other boneheads, no!

  68. HNIC just did a long Q&A with the Nucks coach… gotta say that was pretty cool. If only Torts was more media friendly…

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