Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the NYR:

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game 1
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
(NYR leads 1-0)

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers opened their 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs by defeating the Ottawa Senators, 4-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden, in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup.

–        New York improved to 199-216-8 overall in postseason action, including a 111-83-2 mark at home.  The Rangers are now 42-47-5 all-time in Game 1s of playoff series.

–        The Blueshirts have posted a 30-11 series record when winning Game 1.

–        The Rangers were credited with 20 blocked shots, led by Dan Girardi who registered a game-high, four blocked shots in the contest.

Player Notes:

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves to improve his career playoff record to 16-20 overall, including a 9-8 mark at home.  He is now tied with John Davidson for fourth all-time on the Rangers’ playoff wins list.  Lundqvist has posted a 5-7 record with a 1.98 goals against average, .940 save percentage and one shutout when registering 30+ saves.

–        Ryan Callahan notched the game’s opening goal at 12:01 of the first period and was credited with a game-high, seven hits in 20:34 of ice time.  The goal was his seventh career in the playoffs and his 10th career playoff point.

–        Artem Anisimov led all skaters in points with two assists and posted a plus-two rating to earn third star honors.  His assist on Callahan’s goal at 12:01 of the first period was his first career playoff assist.

–        Brad Richards notched one goal and registered a game-high, six shots on goal in 19:21 of ice time.  The goal was his 22nd career playoff goal and 63rd point in 64 postseason contests.  Richards has now recorded four goals and nine points in six career playoff games against Ottawa.

–        Brian Boyle tallied the game-winning goal, was credited with six hits and two blocked shots, and won a team-high, 13 faceoffs (13-25, 52%) in 17:49 of ice time.  The goal was his first career playoff point.

–        Marian Gaborik registered an unassisted goal at 16:24 of the second period, and four shots on goal in 19:50 of ice time.  The goal was his 14th career playoff tally and his 25th point in 35 postseason contests.  Including the final eight games of the regular season, Gaborik has tallied seven goals and 11 points in the last nine games.

–        Dan Girardi recorded an assist in the game-winning goal, was credited with a game-high, four blocked shots and led all skaters with 26:41 of ice time.

–        Anton Stralman tallied the primary assist on Callahan’s first period goal and posted a game-high, plus-three rating while making his NHL playoff debut.

–        Carl Hagelin registered the lone assist on Richards’ third period goal, and was credited with two hits and two blocked shots while making his NHL playoff debut.  The last Rangers rookie to record a point while making their playoff debut was Lauri Korpikoski on May 4, 2008, in Game 5 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Pittsburgh Penguins (goal).

Post-Game Quotes:

–        John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “Big plays at key times. We got a big goal from Brian Boyle. He’s in good defensive position, the puck comes to him and he scores a big goal. I thought a number of guys, not just the big guys, but I thought a number of guys contributed. We didn’t lose ourselves. We were forechecked pretty good, they pinched hard, they had us bottled up, but we stayed within ourselves and found our game, the way we play. We found a way.”

–        Henrik Lundqvist on the playoffs… “It’s exciting; it’s fun. You go out there and feel the support [from the fans], that’s why you play. It’s really fun to go out there, especially after you pull off a big win in the first game.”

–        Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “There’s going to be surges throughout game, throughout a series, throughout the game there’s going to be momentum swings and I think the team that wins is the team that handles them the best. Hank made some big saves during that and gives us a chance to make it 2-0.”

–        Brian Boyle on the team… “We have trust in everyone, not just him (Henrik Lundqvist). Obviously, he’s been phenomenal for us throughout the whole year, but it goes down the line. We have great leadership and great rookies that have bought in. Right down the lineup, we trust each other and we know that that everyone is going to put it on the line for us, so I just try and do the same.”

Team Schedule:                                                                                            

–        The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Apr. 13, is 2:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center.

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, Apr. 14, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup.  The game will be televised live on MSG Network, and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.

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  1. billybleedsblue on

    Latona, please see my previous 2 attempts to post on the previous 2 posts, both thwarted by a blogging madman named Carp.

    Ok, I’m seriously off to sleep…zzz…zzz…zzz…

  2. I got it, billy. You never have to thank me! Glad you got to see a win.

    Anyone see the Blues fan chuck his rally towel at the mass of Sharks celebrating the goal? It was funny.

  3. Hahaha I love how we all flipped out at @CCCP@ and then he had a good comeback with essentially *trade richards*

  4. Yeah!!!/Uh-Oh on

    John Mitchell, like a lot of Rangers, lost his best
    game in March.
    Unlike some others, he’s still lookin’ for it.
    Agree the Rupp/Neil involuntary retirement favored
    Rangers big time.
    Hags set up for easy score with upper left wide open –
    the dreaded, over-thought extra playoff-time pass.
    Good he got the lesson in a win.
    We haven’t talked for a while now about how old
    BRichards looks:-).
    Think it was BB with the winner, no?

  5. Funny how things work. Boyler couldn’t score a goal to save his life for the majority of the season, but now he’s been one of their top scorers as of late. Great timing! Hopefully he can continue it. He was awesome tonight.

  6. Boyle’s really been great the last month or so. I thought that Dubinsky was overthinking everything tonight. His legs were working though, so if he simplifies his game, he might deliver.

  7. back from msg. place was loud. happy with the win would like the pp not to kill the momentum especially late in 3rd eventually leading to 2 ottawa goals. all in all a good honest win. now on to game 2. real tired otherwise i would have more

  8. I really thought Dubinsky had a solid good game and I felt badly that he hit the post because man….that would have built confidence.

  9. great win. jpg had to work, so I kept texting I kept pacing and it is only the first game of the playoffs. I’m stressing out too soon.

  10. finally got to watch the Tortorella press conference; he sure did seem miffed when he had to talk about the 4th line. wonder what that was all about including the “situation” he didn’t want to talk about.

  11. i just listened to the presser again, still not sure if there was an incident or if torts just didnt feel comfortable rolling 4 lines today.

  12. Bwahahaa, BOOM @CCCP@ It’s unreal right? He’s really, really good. At least this year.

  13. Wait, Torts was talking about “The Situation”? That -cokehead- guy from the Jersey Shore? I would hope that he would be more focused at this point.

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

    ohhhh Friday the 13 !!!! Look out !!!!!

  15. Yaayyyyyyy! We won!!! On train home….miss you Tony and Rose!!! !

    I have no room for NNinhg…

  16. Anyone else watch Behind the Bench before the game today? It featured Sullivan explaining the Rangers entry into the zone on the PP. He came up with an AWESOME solution to counter the Penguins PK tactics; sometimes it just puts into perspective how complex a seemingly straightforward sport really is.

  17. Yeah Manny…Smith’s been good this year but you don’t just let a young and obviously talented goalie walk away so you can keep 60 year old Roloson no matter how good he played year before.

  18. quite a nice goal. Seabrooke in good position. Good defenseman he is. Hawks have been crowding Smith since I have been watching game. Smart strategy paid off.

    Hope Ottowa is not watching :)

  19. Olga, I only hope now that the red wings get clipped……I’ll deal with your birds later….

  20. I think Anisimov, Cally, and Hank were all deserving of a star, Matty, so I can’t really say who deserved what.

  21. yes I think Hank deserved the first star. Considering the amount of shots he faced and the fact that he was on his way to a shutout at the time the stars were selected (remember the stars are selected in mid 3rd period, not at end of game), he was the #1 Rangers player.

  22. Reginald Dunlop on

    it was Ted Nolan and Collie Campbell……….remember the story well………….

  23. Hartnelling train typing….I posted this…I have no room for NNinhg…


    that was supposed to be, I have no mood for NNing…….meaning negative nancys…..oy….

  24. Question….leading into true story….

    You’re a Ranger, a famous one, making decent dough… hour after first playoff game at MSG…how do you get home?

  25. no way. metro-north?

    Reginald, if anybody would remember it, you would. I remembered it too, long after the fact.

  26. Carp… line outside MSG, like a normal schmo….we gave up our cab to this player….he was behind us….CAB LINE OUTSIDE MSG! with all of us asshats!!! wtb!!!!

    guess who….it freaked the AZ peeps and me out….and only we knew…..

  27. hmm a famous Ranger making decent dough…..decent dough doesnt qualify Hank, Gabby, Richards because theyre making above decent dough. Not Cally, Duby, or Staal. hmmmmmmmm. not Rupper, not Mitchell, not Hags, not Bickel…. Boyle? Prust?

  28. hahahaha!

    OK, OK….we are standing on the stupid cab line (which I never use!) an hour or so after game….lalalala…chatting…and then….like any other guy, no cutting, nothing….


    we freaked out!!! I swear, we asked him, why are you on the stupid cab line!

  29. yayayay. When you said a Ranger no one other than you guys recognized i didnt think it’d be Prust. That makes me kinda sad that Ranger fans cant even find Pruster in a crowd…. BUT COOL!!!

  30. Lev, it was late, and on the stupid cab line….who expects to see anybody there who’s anybody! That’s what made it so cool! And he was sooo nice….I complimented him on his breakaway/fight….not the first time I’ve met him…but…..on the stupid late cab line??? Come on!!!

  31. …good night. Why I’m up this hour I don’t know….see you in the afternoon …ta!

  32. I did that for the fake hattie….early morning borsalino!!!! LGR!!!! Is it game 2 time yet!

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