Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the NYR:

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

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers were defeated by the Washington Capitals, 3-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series.  The series is now tied at one game apiece.

–        New York is now 203-220-8 overall in postseason action, including a 113-86-2 mark at home.

–        The Blueshirts tallied one goal in three power play attempts (4:56) to improve to 6-39 (15.4%) in nine playoff contests.  The Rangers also notched a goal while skating four on four, and are now plus-one in seven four on four situations (9:47) in the postseason.

–        The Rangers were credited with 45 hits in the contest, led by Ryan Callahan’s game-high, eight hits and Chris Kreider’s career-high, seven hits.  Callahan leads the NHL with 46 hits in the playoffs.

Player Notes:

–        Michael Del Zotto recorded two assists, including one on the power play, and four shots on goal in 25:08 of ice time.  It was his first career multi-point effort in the playoffs, and he has now tallied three assists in the last four games.

–        Brad Richards notched a goal while skating four on four, and added a power play assist in 21:51 of ice time.  He has recorded seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last six games, and leads the Rangers in postseason scoring with four goals and eight points in nine games.  Richards also led the team with five shots in the contest, and won a game-high, 15 faceoffs (15-29, 52%).

–        Ryan Callahan tallied a power play goal, was credited with a game-high, eight hits, and led all forwards with three blocked shots in 22:25 of ice time.  He is now tied for the team lead and fourth in the NHL with two power play goals in the playoffs.

–        Marian Gaborik recorded the primary assist on Richards’ four on four goal, and logged 20:29 of ice time.  He has now registered an assist in each of the last two games, and is tied for the team-lead with four playoff assists.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves, and is now 20-24 overall in postseason action with an 11-11 mark at home.

Post-Game Quotes:

–        Ryan Callahan on to tonight’s loss… “All year we responded after losses, and this is no different.  It’s a tough place to play in Washington.  They usually come out strong there.  We’re going to have to be ready.”

–        Henrik Lundqvist on it being a best of five series… “It’s going to be tough that’s for sure. They’re a good team and we’re not expecting this to be easy at all. It’s going to be a challenge to go into their building and try to get a couple of wins.”

Team Schedule:

–        The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, May 1, is 1:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, May 2, at Verizon Center (7:30 p.m.), in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series.  The game will be televised live on NBC Sports Network, and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.

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  1. Jay Riemenschneider on

    Carped. Ugh.

    This game could have gone either way but the refs sure made sure it went one way in the third—right when it looked like the Crapitals were folding. So when it came down to madison avenue manipulation time, the refs had their perfect opportunity to ensure this series wasn’t as short as it could (or should) have been if not for two terrible plays by Bickel and mistake by Henrik. So congrats NBC, you get a few extra games and I get even closer to giving up on Biggest National Puck Fighting Entertainment Federation Games.

  2. Blogmama Go Tony!!!! on

    Posting on this post is an exercise in getting Carp’d……and I am a big bag woman…..OY! Niters all…..til the much anticipated review……

  3. Matty, not sure if there’s a ledge on the Arch …

    Lev, I was sitting front row as usual. You couldn’t hear Torts, or you couldn’t hear the question? The one he wouldn’t answer was about why he switched Gaborik and Kreider on the top two lines.

    Quote from Holtby, who gets it a lot more than some of youse:

    “You look at the difference in the two games,” Holtby said. “We hit two posts last game, and they hit two this game. That’s how close it is. … the hockey gods were on our side tonight.”

  4. yeah, consipracy. Both of those were penalties. And do you really believe NBC doesn’t want Rangers-Flyers? R U kidding me?

  5. At least few of the posts on Saturday, Hank touched up the pucks. Holtby was nowhere near either of these or the one we had Saturday.

    In the end, I am so damn glad they feel he played well. Now they will have to play him all series. Good luck with him vs. Hank. Their offensive guys better be tons better than ours.

  6. Holtby didn’t do a damn thing tonight either, matty. He was a bit luckier than Hank but Lundqvist has outplayed him in both games.

  7. Yep, in essence what I said. I think we may have a bit of an advantage in goaltending vs. any of the east teams. Just a tad.

    I thought if Holtby sucked tonight, they might switch up to Neuvirth on Wednesday night. Now they HAVE to stay with him. Even though he won a series already, I feel ok with him continuing on. I didn’t think he was all that good tonight. Some juicy rebounds. I’m ok with him playing vs us.

  8. See, Carp agrees that Richards took a penalty and that makes him a bonehead and we’re totally screwed and we should have traded for Nash and nobody on this team wants to win as much as I personally do and …

  9. Carp, the entire Torts interview is very quiet for me. Maybe it’s just my computer. Thanks for the clarification though. See y’all tomorrow.

  10. It’s too bad we didn’t win both home games. I am confident we win at least one in Washington, if not both. We are a good away team. And it’s great to get Boyle back. Surprised he played so many minutes.

    I’d guess Bickel will be replaced by Eminger. Hope the Dubie can play. Hope.

    The only disappointment from me is this will take more games that I had hoped and it will cost more, cuz I am going to game 5 and 7, if needed. Tickets are damned expensive!!

  11. as a subscriber I had to drop $700 for the four games in this series and playoff tix will end up costing me more than the regular season did if the Rangers get to the finals. I’m sort of ok with that, though.

  12. yeah, I was there. actually considering selling my tix for tonight just to make back some money. like, I basically paid for this round by selling my tix to game 7 against Ottawa. but I ended up going anyway. my collection of t-shirts and dish towels is out of control.

  13. I’ve learned to sell game 2’s always. Of course we don’t always have home advantage. I would never miss a game 7. Would get rid of my seasons if I were willing to do that.

  14. I’m amazed this Ranger team has a path to the finals. I hope we get there. This has been a ton of fun. But, when you think of where we are, these next few years, we will get there. Just oodles of young talent and trading chips. I don’t think even Sather could mess this up.

  15. game 7 of round 1 I’m ok with dumping for three reasons.

    1. if they win, I’m getting at least two more home games.
    2. if they lose, I don’t want to be there.
    3. people will play through the nose for them

  16. If you’re jumping from the Arch, I suggest doing it on the side nearest the city. There’s actually grass there, as opposed to the concrete on the river side.

    Oh and if you are claustophobic, do NOT go up.

  17. Mickey, reserved for Mr. Hitchcock, the coach of the year. His team just lost, 5-2, and are down 2-0 going to LA. He needs to rally his troops. Good luck coach that’s better than ours.

    Oh, has Torts’ team lost a game that lopsided in these playoffs? Uh huh. Nope, didn’t think so.

  18. Jay Riemenschneider on

    Two of the softer penalties in the series, heck in the whole playoffs. The Boyle one could have been a penalty on either player frankly. And up to that point the officiating was pretty level. And then you follow a puck up the wall on a three on two, it gets passed across to a Ranger (I forget who) who’s hands are being torqued into the air by the stick of a Crapital defender (when is that not hooking exactly?) as the puck goes right by where his stick was, and in front of a gaping net. Of course the official in that end is looking directly at the play but conveniently ignoring it. It was obvious, I paused it and took a few looks. Ridiculous. Of course then it goes the other way and Richards gets a penalty for an infraction of far less magnitude. That’s how this league manipulates outcomes. But then again, if this league had a friggin’ rulebook that was cut and dry–if there weren’t different rules for different situations, games or series, none of this would be a problem. But it doesn’t make for good hockeytainment. If hooking is always interpreted the same way, then we can’t change how we interpret hooking to make sure we get the sort of outcomes that are financially beneficial to TV, the league and the teams that need the extra income. I’m dead sick of it. It’s not sport anymore.

  19. Stranger Nation on

    Repost – carped

    interesting article today about face-offs…(esp. during PP in 3rd period of tied game)

    MDZ played really well offensively

    Gabby with great play on B Rich goal.

    The announcers (Eddie No-check) talk about how ‘big’ the Caps forwards are, but they seem to fall down easily

    Highlight(s) of game is/are Cally’s hits on Green in 1st period.

  20. matty- Hitchcock wouldn’t fit in the little things they use to get you to the top!

  21. You win some you lose some. I feel much more confident agianst this team then I did the sens. I think everyone played a good game. If we play like this the remaining games we should be in good shape.

  22. Rangers West on

    Does Redden have to go through waivers at this time of year? We can double shift him on defense and the top line.

  23. Rangers West on

    If Dubi comes back Mitchell sits. If the Zuccarello gets healthy, does he see any ice time? I doubt it but if he does, who sits?

  24. Jobi-Wan Kenobi on

    All of a sudden refs started making weak calls to help the caps out halfway through 3rd when the caps needed it.

  25. These teams are evenly matched. The difference is in goal and the role players. Whoever makes the least mistakes and works the hardest will win the series. That is still the Rangers. Let’s win the next one in D.C.

  26. Talked to my girlfriend, needless to say she was upset with how I upset I was over a game, when she had a legitimately bad day as opposed to a bad sports day. Its just one loss, the beauty of this team is they have the mental strength to win tough road games and road elimination playoff games. I expect Wednesday night to be no different.

    LOL at Jay and outcomes that are financially beneficial to TV! hahaha!

    You nailed it head on, Jobi! Bravo. Oh well, we’ll just have to go out there next game and play even harder and make less mistakes.

  27. Smartporpoise on

    Again, you can’t hear the post-game questions (to Torts); you have to imagine the question from the answer (which with Torts is almost impossible)

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