Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the NYR:

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game 2
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
(Series tied 1-1)

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers were defeated by the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, in overtime tonight at Madison Square Garden, in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup.  The series is now tied at one game apiece.

–        New York is now 199-217-8 overall in postseason action, including a 111-84-2 mark at home.  The Rangers are 45-47-2 all-time in the second game of playoff series.

–        The Blueshirts are now 31-39 all-time in playoff games decided in overtime.

–        New York notched one power play goal in four attempts (10:39).

–        The Rangers were credited with 25 blocked shots, led by Dan Girardi who registered a game-high, eight blocked shots in the contest.  Girardi has recorded 12 blocked shots through the first two games of the playoffs.

Player Notes:

–        Brian Boyle tallied one goal, four shots and four hits in 17:38 of ice time to earn second star honors.  He has now registered a goal in each game of the series and, including the final nine games of the regular season, has recorded seven goals and nine points in the last 11 games.

–        Anton Stralman notched the game’s opening goal with a power play tally at 10:11 of the first period, was credited with two blocked shots and tied for the team-high with five shots on goal.  Stralman, who tallied an assist while making his NHL playoff debut in Game 1, has now registered two points (one goal, one assist) in the series.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves and is now 16-21 overall in the playoffs, including a 9-9 mark at home.  The game was his 37th career NHL playoff appearance, and he is now one game shy of John Vanbiesbrouck for third on the Rangers all-time goaltender playoff games played list.

–        Dan Girardi recorded a power play assist and was credited with a game-high, eight blocked shots in a team-high, 29:59 of ice time.  He has now tallied two assists and 12 blocked shots in the series.

–        Artem Anisimov tallied a power play assist and logged 18:07 of ice time.  He leads the team in playoff scoring with three assists.

–        Michael Del Zotto recorded one assist, was credited with four blocked shots and led all skaters with seven hits in 21:05 of ice time.  The assist was his first career NHL playoff point.  Including the final 10 regular season games, Del Zotto has now tallied seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last 12 games.

–        Ruslan Fedotenko registered one assist and was credited with two blocked shots in 15:54 of ice time.  The assist was his 14th career NHL playoff assist and 34th career postseason point.  Fedotenko has tallied three assists in the last five games, including two assists in the final three games of the regular season.

Post-Game Quotes:

–        John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “There’s always a natural tendency where you end up defending. I thought we could have made some plays to try and keep some puck possession, but that’s what happens when you get into a little bit of that. I don’t think we’re that bad, it’s kind of a fluky goal that goes right through Marc (Staal), right through his legs and they bang it in. We were four minutes away from winning the hockey game and I still don’t think we played that poorly tonight, but I do think we need to continue to attack.”

–        Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “There are going to be bad bounces, but you just have to move on. They’re a good team and create a lot of chances. I knew going into this series it wasn’t going to be easy, so we just have to forget about this one and get ready for the next one.”

–        Marc Staal on the third period… “We were trying to protect that lead. We had a few good shifts where we were in their end zone, but for the most part we were trying to stop them from scoring and we were doing a little too much backing up and not enough forechecking.”

Team Schedule:

–        The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Apr. 15, is 1:30 p.m. at MSG Training Center.

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Ottawa Senators on Monday, Apr. 16, at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m.), in Game 3 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. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! LGT!!! on

    re cally
    not only am I worried about his clavicle, I’m worried about his collar bone too!! LOL

  2. Almost 20 minutes for Girardi. I wish Emminger was back and healthy and playing effectively

  3. Blogmama Go Tony!!!! on

    Argh, Olga got me….and I posted an icky phrase to follow BANJ…plus I’ve wicky’d….holy hartnell!

  4. Hell with EMminger Sauer is a much better player. We never hear anything about Sauer he must be in real bad shape……..

  5. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! LGT!!! on

    don’t fall for it, mama laurel’d

  6. why the hell are we even talking about Sauer? it would take weeks for him to even get into shape. Eminger instead of Bickel would be an upgrade.

  7. Mama, Plunger is that girl with the green jacket in the Lottery commercial. My new sweetheart.

  8. emminger has not played in at least 20 games. if they are playing Bickel 8 minutes a game really think it is a upgrade? That is a tough call. Not sure Torts goes there.

    so hagelin is having a hearing tommorrow but I am sure Phillips will not, but nah no need to be paranoid……

  9. on the sauer front I was just making the point he is a damn good d man and his game is made for the playoffs…

    I know Sauer is done for the season since he has not been mentioned in a long long time…..

  10. Olga Folkyerself on

    If you Wicky, Banj and Laurel on the same post, that got to be a Blogmama Hat trick.

  11. Jobi-Wan Kenobi on

    I haven’t liked Girardi as much as everyone else for a while. He makes some great plays, but gets mentally retarded at key points in games. He gets panicked with the puck and loves to give it away. I can remember at least four games rhis season that his mental mistakes cost us points. He shoots like Helen Keller, and as a leader of this team his switch to scared hockey at 10 minutes of 3rd rubs off on everyone. Rip the ‘A’ off his chest and give it to someone else. Every time he touched the puck he just flipped it to center ice after the 10 min mark, whether he had time or not. Mentally weak player at key times

  12. Olga Folkyerself on

    Helen Keller had a hell of a shot from the point. She just never knew when she scored…

  13. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! LGT!!! on

    no, because a wicky is just mama’s term for a laurel

  14. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! LGT!!! on

    loved the mcclellan presser and his comments about the stuff in the corner

  15. I thought the rangers played a really good game. Didn’t go our way in overtime. That’s why it is a best of seven series I guess. If the rangers co tinue playing the way they are we should have a good chance to win. Lets go Rangers!

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