Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the NYR:

January 23, 2013 (Game 3, Home Game 2)
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the Bruins, 4-3, in overtime tonight at Madison Square Garden for their first win of the season.

–        The Blueshirts have won 10 of their last 14 games against the Bruins, including six of their last eight meetings. New York improved to 21-7-2 against Boston since 2005-06.

–        The Rangers are 12-3-0 in their last 15 games against the Bruins at MSG, dating back to a 3-2 win on November 20, 2005.

–        Tonight’s contest marked the 18th time in their last 23 meetings that the Rangers and Bruins were separated by one goal, dating back to March 24, 2007. It is the seventh time the two sides required extra time during the stretch. The Blueshirts improved to 11-5-2 in one-goal games against Boston over the span.

–        The Rangers were credited with 25 blocked shots in the contest, led by Ryan Callahan’s game-high, four blocked shots. Brian Boyle, Marc Staal, Michael Del Zotto, Marian Gaborik and Jeff Halpern were credited with three blocked shots apiece.

–        The Blueshirts out-hit the Bruins, 28-20, in the contest, led by Ryan Callahan’s game-high, nine hits.

Player Notes:

–        Marian Gaborik opened the game’s scoring with a pair of goals in a span of 2:13 in the first period, and notched the game-winning goal 0:27 into overtime for his 14th career hat trick and fifth as a Ranger. He also tied for the game-high with six shots on goal, was credited with three blocked shots and posted a plus-two rating in 21:05 of ice time. Gaborik has now tallied seven goals and eight points in the last six games against Boston. His five hat tricks as a Ranger are tied with Adam Graves, Andy Bathgate and Ron Duguay for 10th most in franchise history, while his 14 career hat tricks are tied with Jaromir Jagr for second among active NHL players.

–        Taylor Pyatt notched a goal and was credited with three hits in 14:53 of ice time. He has tallied two goals and a plus-two rating in the last two games.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves to improve to 1-2-0 overall, including a 1-1-0 record at home this season. The win was his 20th career victory against Boston, and he is now 20-7-2 in 29 career games vs. the Bruins. His 20 wins against Boston are the most versus non-Atlantic Division opponents.

–        Rick Nash tallied an assist to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists over the span), tied for the game-high with six shots on goal and posted a plus-two rating in 20:35 of ice time.

–        Brad Richards registered an assist and a plus-two rating in 20:20 of ice time. He has tallied at least one point in each game this season to lead the team with four points, and is tied for the team lead with three assists in three contests. He also leads the team with a plus-three rating on the season.

–        Derek Stepan recorded one assist and three shots on goal in 22:14 of ice time. He is tied for the team lead with three assists in three games this season, and is now one point shy of his 100th career NHL point.

–        Michael Del Zotto tallied an assist, was credited with three blocked shots and logged 25:24 of ice time. He has now recorded two assists in the last two games.

–        Marc Staal registered an assist and was credited with three blocked shots in 23:22 of ice time.

–        Ryan Callahan led all skaters with nine hits and four blocked shots, and led all forwards with 23:08 of ice time. Dan Girardi logged a game-high, 26:47 of ice time.

Post-Game Quotes:

–        Ryan Callahan on blocking shots… “That’s how we won so many games last year. That’s our identity that we’ve been trying to build and we always talked about for the past three or four years, and that’s when we’re successful, when we play that style of hockey.”

–        Rick Nash on Marian Gaborik… “He opens up a lot of space. He’s one of the best scorers in the league and people better be aware when he’s out there. For me and Richie (Brad Richards) it opens up a little more space which is important.”

Team Schedule:

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow, Jan. 24, at Wells Fargo Center (7:00 p.m. – TV: MSG Network; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in an Atlantic Division matchup.



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  1. *Dudley* January 23rd, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Gabby also gets on the board (fearless prediction but I expect to see the somewhat chippy Gabby tonight) thanks to a jam injection from Torts.


    Credit where credit is due.

  2. Wonder if Kreider will be sent down. He’s been pretty bad. Then again he played poorly in the AHL during the lockout so maybe no point in sending him down. Might be another MDZ situation again.

  3. Kreider definitely could use more time in AHL, but problem is if Kreider gets sent down then who replaces him? Can get Hags-Step-Cally on 2nd line i guess, but then what is third line? Rupp-Boyle-Pyatt? Rupp on third line would be a disaster. Problem is we are really short on depth this year, and especially with asham hurt, really just need bodies. No obvious NHL ready candidate in AHL. Could really use someone like Zucc right now.

  4. Good point Joe, who is a callup then? Does Kolarik, who Torts apparently likes, get the call? Is he a 3rd line guy? Don’t know.

  5. What the hell happened to Kreider!? He was good in the playoffs, and now he can’t play well anymore!?

  6. I hope Torts keeps Kreider a little longer. He definitely needs to wake up!!! There are younger players in the league playing like big boys so Kreids, do the damn thing already.

  7. Gravy, Bettman gets no on

    The Kreider is a failure, and he should obviously be banished to some Siberian league.

  8. Czechthemout!!! on

    That wonderfull developer of talent, Ken Gernander has gotten a hold of Kreider and really helped his game. Torts is nuts. Kreider played a pretty good first period and Torts benched him in favor of Mike Crapp who promptly cost Hags a beautiflull goal. Just leave him aloneand let him play out of it. If you want to call up a player, call up JT Miller.

  9. Kreider was explosive in the playoffs, but he was a nightmare away from the puck. And that’s the part of the game that he needs to learn before he’s going to get significant ice time. And once he learns that, the offense will come. It won’t hurt him to play in the minors for a while (remember what it did for McDonagh, Del Zotto, Hagelin).

  10. Exactly Gravy, Hagelin would not have put the puck in net if Rupp didnt do what he did. Rupp has not been that bad actually. I dont get why there is so much complaining about him. Let that be our biggest problem.

  11. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    So that line of Nasherator, Richards and Gabby is pretty good, huh?

    And that move at the end of regulation by Nashman was pretty awesome!

  12. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Lev, I agree about Rupp. And he can duke it out, too. He hasn’t been awful.

    Sunday night he actually had a good move or two. His size is a plus. He and Boyle together (for a bit, I think in the second when CK was benched) tonight was an interesting experiment.

  13. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Pyatt had a very good game tonight. Away from the puck and everything. Give him time it could be an ok fit for this team.

  14. Main problemo: 17 faceoffs won out of 53! Nash is a Rambler with a Ferrari engine. He’s cheap at the price. Stay healthy, amigo.

  15. Matty, yes I really like Pyatt. Im glad he’s with us. Kid’s been through a lot and can play good minutes on the 3rd line.

  16. leetchhalloffame on

    After top 3 there’s not enough offensive talent on this team, especially if Kreider doesn’t come around. Also, big mistake not drafting Matteau Jr. They will regret that over the next 15 years.

  17. Stranger Nation on

    Nash was making moves that really have never been seen wearing a Ranger uniform with the size and speed, fun to watch.

    BRich, Step and even Boyle are not great FO guys so ot sure what the alternatives are there

    more Stahlman on PP point

    Pyatt played very well, kreider should watch him play away from puck

    Staal and MDZ are scary to watch at times, Staal seems a step slow and MDZ making some dumb passes out of zone.

    smack flyers tomorrow and all is good in world again…

  18. this wasn’t a particularly impressive victory – and that third goal Lundqvist allowed was some Hextall crap – but a win is a win is a win and all that. just need to tread water for a bit until they start playing a bit better. some nice moves from Nash (although I’m not going to get excited until he actually finishes) and the Gaborik game-winner was highlight real stuff. Del Zotto and Staal look so bad it’s kind of scary.

  19. real = reel

    should also have mentioned Pyatt who looks pretty solid.

    and for you guys who had to endure Pierre McGuire tonight, I am sorry.

  20. ThisYearsModel on

    Have to agree with CARP…..what a pile of dung this rivalry garbage was tonight. Here’s an idea for NBC if they want to push this garbage…….replace Keith Jones with Vic Hadfield and Vic can kick Milbury’s ass during the intermission, there have not been a rivalry since then.

  21. dunno about those one-timers, I kept seeing them smash off the boards wide of the net. can’t say that seemed like anything new to me.

    regardless, it would be nice if Del Zotto was ever ready to shoot from the point.

  22. Just finished watching. WOOHOO! Still a TON of work to do, but I’ll take the 2 points any day. This was the opposite of our games against Jersey in the playoffs. We.posted a great 1st period and a less than stellar final two.
    The Gabinator! Was that the first hatrick in the league this season? Steve Sullivan got one tonight in Phoenix against the Blue Jackets but it happened later in the evening. Anyone else before Gabby?

  23. true they didnt hit the net much but i thought they took more one timers from the point than usual…

  24. Vancouver still can’t win in regulation either. They’re going to their second shootout in 2 games.

  25. No one said Rupp played “well”, but he hasnt been the reason we lost 2 games. And if he’s our biggest issue we are doing pretty well. As has been mentioned Staal, Stepan, MDZ, Kreider, Boyle, Bickel, Richards on faceoffs are all players that Id be more concerned about before even thinking of Rupp.

    I too thought there was more shooting from the point tonight. Probably something they worked on yesterday. It was nice to see. Girardi didnt hit the net once on them though. Stralman missed most of his but wasnt hesitant. Was good to see.

  26. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    There was a lot more board play tonight and some cycling. Wouldn’t call it the ‘old days’ of last year, but it was a step forward.

  27. what happened to Kreider later in the game? he looked to be playing okay early on and then I don’t recall seeing him for maybe more than a single shift after the midpoint of period 2.

  28. He was benched from early 2nd period to mid 3rd period I believe. Had like a handful of shifts overall Id say.

  29. no way they send down Kreider already. suicide idea. newbury is a 30 + year old grinder with zero upside.

    chezhthemout is right let the guy play some… give him a break.

    rupp has to be on the 4th line, asham is much better then him..

    need kreider to play bettter and then they have 2 legit lines +.

    told you pyatt was a bigger fedetenko. he is a 15 + goal guy per year, not bad…

  30. >>What the hell happened to Kreider!? He was good in the playoffs, and now he can’t play well

    Too much coaching perhaps?

  31. Im not sure if there was anything specific that he did that was bad but he didnt look NHL ready in first 2 games and I guess Torts felt like that continued today.

  32. Yea no Hartnell, No Schenn, No Briere, probably no Rinaldo… but they will have Shelley, Sestito, Simmonds, among others who will be looking for blood.

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