Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the Rangers:

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

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers opened their Eastern Conference Semifinal series against the Washington Capitals with a 3-1 win in Game 1 today at Madison Square Garden.  The Blueshirts now lead the series, 1-0.

–        New York improved to 203-219-8 overall in postseason action, including a 113-85-2 mark at home.

–        The Rangers have won their last three games, including wins in Games 6 and 7 of their first round series against Ottawa.

–        The Blueshirts have opened five of their last eight playoff series with a win in Game 1.  New York has posted a 31-11 series record when winning Game 1, including wins in six of the last seven playoff series in which the Rangers won the opening game.

Player Notes:

–        Chris Kreider tallied his first goal at Madison Square Garden with the game-winner, and added his first career assist in 15:22 of ice time to earn first star honors.  The last Rangers rookie to register a multi-point effort in the postseason was Brandon Dubinsky (one goal, one assist) on May 1, 2008, in Game 4 of the Rangers Eastern Conference Semifinal series against Pittsburgh.  Kreider now leads all rookies and is tied for first in the NHL overall with two game-winning goals in the playoffs.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 17 saves to register his 20th career playoff win, and is now 20-23 overall in postseason action with an 11-10 mark at home.  Lundqvist is the third Rangers goaltender to record 20 playoff wins in franchise history, joining Mike Richter (41) and Ed Giacomin (29).

–        Brad Richards notched one goal, was credited with two blocked shots, won a game-high, 12 faceoffs (12-24, 50%), and led all forwards with 23:16 of ice time.  He leads the team in playoff scoring with six points, and is tied for the team lead with three goals in postseason action.

–        Artem Anisimov opened the game’s scoring with his first goal of the playoffs at 12:38 of the second period.  He is now tied for third on the team in playoff scoring with four points (one goal, three assists).

–        Ruslan Fedotenko recorded the primary assist on Anisimov’s second period goal, and tied for the game-high with three blocked shots to earn third star honors.  He is now tied for fourth among NHL forwards with 11 blocked shots in the postseason.

–        Ryan McDonagh tallied his first career playoff point with an assist on Anisimov’s second period goal, and led all skaters with four shots on goal and 25:04 of ice time.

–        Derek Stepan registered the lone assist on Kreider’s game-winning goal at 7:00 of the third period to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, four assists over the span).  He was also credited with a playoff career-high, five hits and logged 20:20 of ice time.  Stepan now ranks second on the team in playoff scoring with five points (one goal, four assists).

–        Marian Gaborik recorded one assist and logged 19:20 of ice time in the contest.  He is now tied for second on the team in playoff assists (three) and third in playoff points (four).

–        Ryan Callahan was credited with a game-high, eight hits, and tied for the game-high with three blocked shots in 23:01 of ice time.  The Rangers’ captain now leads the NHL with 38 hits in the playoffs, and is tied for fourth among league forwards with 11 blocked shots.

Post-Game Quotes:

–        John Tortorella on the play of Chris Kreider… “We showed him our concept.  We went over our concept with him, and then we just wanted him to play.  There are a number of things that we’ll end up working with him on but this isn’t the time of year to do that.  We just want his instincts and speed, and then just go out there and play.  As I said the other night, forget about what he’s doing on the ice, the mental part of the game as far as him trying to make a difference every shift it’s really good stuff for a young kid.”

–        Henrik Lundqvist on the team’s focus after Washington’s goal… “That could have hurt us big time, but we came in here, regrouped, talked about staying patient and just let the game come to us.  I think we played really well.  Coming from that Game 7, such an emotional and big win, it was important for us to regroup and start all over. This team doesn’t give up much so we have to be smart with pucks and they kind of wait for mistakes, so the key for us is not to make too many.”

–        Chris Kreider on the crowd chanting his name… “It was a surreal experience; I got goose bumps, obviously. I was really tired after the goal, but didn’t feel so tired when they started chanting.”

Team Schedule:

–        The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Apr. 29, is 12:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center.

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Washington Capitals on Monday, Apr. 30, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series.  The game will be televised live on NBC Sports Network, and can be heard on Bloomberg Radio.

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  1. It is unusual for an old Ranger fan to see a team with as much mental toughness and
    resilience as this one seems to have. It takes some getting used to, but it is such a
    pleasure. I actually felt very calm going into the third, and that never ever used to

    Carp, again many thanks for your work ethic — it reflects what’s going on ice side.

  2. Got Carped, repost:

    Just got back from game. Kredier, wow.

    Meanwhile two mins before Artie’s Matteau-goal the video scoreboard showed Stephan Matteau live and announced “please welcome the Ranger who scored one of the biggest goals in Ranger history…..”


  3. Im looking forward to 48 hours of rest. Tired. Also, Sens in 5, Doodie Foligno the Rangers killer!

  4. Blogmama Go Tony!!!! on

    carp rules! and why I love NY…in the time ii took Carp to work his aasen off, (sorry guys, but gals will get this) I managed to go out and get a late mani/pedi/massage….LGR! LGT! LGNY!!!!

  5. Gravy, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles and on

    Let’s be honest though, the Caps hit 3 posts, and Lunqvist let in that soft goal, and Kreider wasn’t here 2 weeks ago, and AA’s goal was soft, and Richards was lucky to squeak one by, so they really should have lost 10 to -2.

  6. True Blue Mike (Nash Who?) on

    Just imagine Gaborik starts scoring, the Stanley cup would be ours.

  7. Gravy, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles and on

    And, yes, I think some think the Rangers were “lucky” to win this game.

  8. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    why no penalty of Brooks Laich for the cross check on Richards after the goal ? Reminded me of his coach, Dale Hunter’s reaction to Pierre Turgeon scoring a goal against him. A team reflects the character of their coach.

  9. Interesting discussion. What do ya’ll think about having a team where a majority of the players share the same interest; age group; and their personalities mesh well more like friends than just a work relationship? I think the rangers got it.

  10. The St. Louis Blues are SO good. It’s insanity. The Kings are great and man would I take some of their boys on our squad…but….the Blues. Wow.

  11. hitting posts, soft goals, blah blah blah blah – I’ll take my chances with 18 shots against for Hank every game.

  12. I wonder if Shanahan will take a look at that. That’s a dangerous play. After a play has concluded, Richards lets his guard down, he couldve been seriously injured.

  13. It’s amazing how they call some of the things they call, but they don’t call that cross check. Before or after the whistle, it’s a clear penalty. These idiots called Del Z for the same exact thing a game before, so now all of a sudden it’s not a penalty?

    It went both ways though. That non call on Johanssen’s trip was embarrassing. What are they watching? It’s a guy on a breakaway with one player behind him, and they don’t see the trip?

    NHL officiating has to be the worst in all of sports. But you can’t say anything aboot them in public. They’re soooo sensitive. What a joke!

  14. ThisYearsModel on

    Nice to get the first one. Also, nice to play in an arena where management does not pipe extra crowd noise through the PA system. Now that we are getting some contributions from the second line, it will be nice to see Gabby bag one or 2. I think he is close and he is certainly giving it all he has and playing both ends, despite what the asshat Milbury says.

  15. To all those attending Monday night’s game, how can we sing Chris Kreider Happy Birthday in-game? Since his number is 20, a count down to the end of the intermission is impossible because of the music and hoopla before the period starts…

    I propose we coun’t down to 10 at the 10 minute mark and sing!

    Anyone have thoughts?

  16. kreider has high end talent. i guess sather is not such a moron after all!!!!

    stepan and kreider junior teammates doing it in the playoffs…

    3 almost 4 really good d men… the rangers can be boring all the way to the finals………

  17. I’m still looking for two or four tickets to Monday’s game so I can take my daughter to a PO game for her 17th birthday which is Tuesday. This would be a lifetime memory for her (and me) as we’ve been watching games together and she’s become a huge fan of the game and this team in particular. Email me at Eternally in your debt if you can help make this happen.

  18. You want to read the ramblings of douche nozzles? go to the hockeys future board for the Caps and read today’s game thread. What the majority took out of this game is that we aren’t very good and they will beat us easily in 5 games or 6 at the most.

  19. So the Rangers have a 20 year old stud, without 1 game of NHL experience who is making an impact in the playoffs..

    PINCH ME!!

    Is this really the NY Rangers we are talking about? The Franchise where old washed up players came to cash checks?

  20. Didn’t think either team played very well- kind of expected that (with both coming off seven game draining series)- very relieved that we got the “w”. I expect to see two very different teams Monday- I know Rangers can play better. Amazing how this team can take a punch- I thought that late goal to close the second was going to be fatal.

  21. Gravy, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles and on

    Thanks for the link Yev.

    Also watch the Richards goal again, and the crosscheck by Laich had to be more than .5 seconds after the goal. Not sure if they use the same criteria as open ice hits, but I wonder if he’ll get at least a fine for that.

  22. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    Today was their easiest game this post season. They were never really in any trouble. Tremendous kill on the 5 on 3. The crowd was pumped after that.

  23. I agree e3, today was by far the easiest game of the season. If the Caps play the same in Game 2 this will be a quick series. The Sens really matched us physically and made us work for every inch, I didnt get that feeling today. We got helped by the post/crossbar on numerous times, but I dont think that was the difference. We were just a better team today. Let’s see if the Caps respond.

  24. Did anyone else think that the Rangers didn’t attack the point when defending in their own zone?

    I think the Rangers need to be cognizant of the home-run/cherry picking play. The Caps pulled that play numerous times in the regular season finale, and they tried it several times today.

    Good win, although Caps did hit a lot of iron today.

    Hope we go up 2-0 monday night!

  25. carp, got an extra ticket for monday night. Any of these geeks got a nice looking sister?

  26. True Fans Bleed RW&B on


    You keep loving up on these Blues, in the predictions thread you went so far as to say anyone not predicting them to win their series “needs their head checked.”

    …still feeling that way?

  27. I think tonight is the night our hero Eli Manning is on SNL! The only man to stand up and punch Tom Brady in the mouth, twice!!! Eli!! Lead us!!!

  28. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Did I say the Kings are sweeping the Blues? Sure, I think the Kings will win, but my point is that it will be a real series. Predicting either team is a reasonable possibility, the fact that this one won’t be a sweep proves its not quite as ludicrous as some may have thought.

  29. eddie, I bELIeve… I can fly, I bELIeve I can touch the sky!!!! Im having a tough time trying to not get ahead of myself. Everything is set up perfectly for the Rangers, and this team has the talent and compete level to do something really special this year. Cant I just go into a coma and arise from the coma around June 20?!

  30. Carp, Indeed! Im trying to my hardest to get Eli to visit Tony in the hospital. The friend of my brother’s girlfriend is David Baas’ wife, so Id love for Eli to visit him and inspire him.

  31. And anyhow, just because I idolize certain players for their talents on the field doesnt mean I wanna be like they are off the field. Ive got a lot of issues Im trying to work on, and the person that I use as my goal, someone that I truly idolize, is ilb and the mrs ilb.

    Ive met a lot of people in my life, Ive got a lot of friends and bonehead friends, but there isnt anyone like ilb. He reminds me of my father in every way. He’s everything that people should aim to be. And his wife is exactly the same.

  32. Stranger Nation on

    Ex3 – my brutha

    Everyone wants to see the game on Saturday

    Everybody wants to be your friend.

  33. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    S.nation -,my Brutha – great game 1

    The KREIDER is amazing, this team is amazing.

  34. Stranger Nation on

    He is the second coming – crazy good –

    remember how happy everyone was after game 1 last series – got to rock this goalie on Monday night and take it to another level.

    They had Hags and Kreider with Step on PP -first- second unit – let the dogs torts, these boys can play

  35. Rangers West on

    Did anybody else notice that Chris Neil looks like Avery’s bigger emotionally less stable brother?

  36. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Wow, you’re right LDub. I didn’t realize he played THAT much reg season time. Here’s his line:
    2010-11: 74 11 11 22 -4

    Ok, different story line… this, perhaps, being an even better one (cross your fingers).

    Have a good day, boneheads.

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