Post-game notes

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Courtesy of the NYR:

Team Notes:

–      The Rangers opened their 2013 regular season campaign tonight with a 3-1 loss against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

–      The Blueshirts penalty kill was 7-7 (100%) in the contest.

–      The Rangers out-hit the Bruins, 34-27, and were credited with 10 blocked shots in the contest.

–      Four players made their Rangers debut in tonight’s contest: Jeff Halpern, Rick Nash, Taylor Pyatt and Brandon Segal. Rookie Chris Kreider also made his NHL regular season debut after skating in 18 playoff contests with the Rangers last season.

–      Tonight’s loss ended the Rangers’ four-game winning streak at TD Garden. The Blueshirts are now 5-2-0 in their last seven games at Boston.

Player Notes:

–      Brad Richards tallied the Rangers’ first goal of the season at 12:50 of the second period. He finished the contest with a team-high (tie), three shots on goal, and led all forwards with 21:46 of ice time. Richards has now notched seven goals and 13 points in 12 career season openers.

–      Rick Nash recorded the primary assist on Richards’ goal and was credited with two hits in 21:41 of ice time, while making his Rangers debut. He has now tallied five assists and 10 points in 10 career season-opening games.

–      Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 31 of 34 shots in the contest. Last season, he made 30+ saves in 18 contests, posting a record of 12-5-1 with a 2.08 goals against average, .941 save percentage and two shutouts in those contests. Lundqvist is now 4-2-1 with a 2.42 goals against average and .919 save percentage in seven career season-opening games.

–      Dan Girardi registered an assist and led all skaters with three blocked shots and 24:47 of ice time. Girardi has now tallied four assists in six career season openers.

Transaction Update:

–      Brandon Segal has been assigned to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL). Segal was credited with one blocked shot in 5:21 of ice time while making his Rangers debut in tonight’s season opener at Boston.

Team Schedule:

–      The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow, Jan. 20, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their 2013 regular season home opener.

 

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  1. Alright, I haven’t read the game thread so I’m just going to give my quick take here …

    Good games: Nash (I was never a huge fan of trading for Nash, but we haven’t have a big body like that in forever), Girardi, McDonagh, B-Rich

    Bad games: Staal (Ugh), Stralman (terrible), Hagelin

    Could have been: I live in Boston, and Bickel just destroying Campbell could/should have been a major turning point. Complete erased Rupp’s horrible performance.

  2. (No elaboration. I live in Boston AND I was out for the game with good natured fans. Across the board, it was plus when Rupp got beaten and then a counter minus or more when Bickel slammed Campbell. That and Gaborik missing the finish were the two “dammit, that could have been big” moments.)

  3. Embarrassing puff post game notes courtesy of NYR. Outhit Boston? And, “Blueshirts are now 5-2-0 in their last 7 games at Boston.” Ancient history.

  4. who would have thought we missed Asham so much.

    Hagelin, Kreider, Bickel, Segal……….did not look good. at all.

  5. oh yea, Gaborik needs more time. He is not all there yet. Missed two chances for gimme goals tonight.

  6. >>If you had to choose one team to win tomorrow, who would it be?

    The team that scores more goals?

  7. thank goodness for the quick turnaround. I watched the Pitt-Phil game. They both would have beat us tonight too.

  8. I think the rags will start 0-4
    Torts will erupt
    Mike Sullivan will beat up each player individually
    the will win 10 in a row.

    mark it !!

  9. Remember how often we heard just a few seasons ago; “This is team is only as good as the sum of all it’s parts”? I think this season is going to be no different. Just because they have Nash, Richards and Gaborik up front now, doesn’t mean that they still don’t have to play a complete game in order to accomplish what they need to do.

    No way to judge anything seriously at least for a few games into the season. A lot of guys can and will play better. The entire team needs to find this year’s version of the New York Rangers still. I’ll wait til then to examine.

    That being said, Hagelin did look a bit out of sorts… Looked like he got caught up in the moment from the first drop and I thought Torts might throw Kreider on a shift with Richards and Nash before the game was over but didn’t happen.

    Game 2

    @@

  10. Lots of jpg’ish haiku in posts

    mama love…

    Give my Shaggy Hagy a break…..for all no camp, no pre-season, just jump in….gonna be a grand and interesting three months….(I can’t really say season)….

  11. Matty"Nash Rules"Boy on

    Just finished watching taped game. There are some good points. Hankie was very very good. Nash, without injury, will be an absolute force. We have NOT had anyone like this. Maybe the much slower Espo at the end of his career. But the latter doesn’t deserve the praise. This guy was in position a lot, he actually dove to block a shot, he was strong on the puck. Uh…he’s a pret-t-t-t-y darn good player.

    There were a lot of guys that had lousy games. And the 5 on 3 was hopefully not a sign of things to come. Pivotal point in the game, no result. Would have been nice for them to score one on the PP to take some pressure off.

    All in all, give this time. When you have a well playing Hank, and a guy who’s gonna break out like Nash, things will be fine. It could take a bit, but just fine.

  12. Matty"Nash Rules"Boy on

    And, me thinks Boston is a pretty darn complete team. They could be really good this year.

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