Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the NYR:

January 26, 2013 (Game 5, Home Game 3)
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers began a three-game homestand tonight with a 5-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden.

–        The Blueshirts improved to 2-3-0 (4 pts) overall, including a 2-1-0 mark at MSG this season.

–        The Rangers have now recorded a point in 11 of their last 13 meetings with the Maple Leafs, posting a record of 9-2-2 over the span. New York has out-scored Toronto, 48-25, during the stretch.

–        New York notched four goals in the third period, their most in a single period since tallying four goals in the first period of a 5-3 win at Philadelphia on April 3, 2012.

–        The Blueshirts are now 2-1-0 against Original Six opponents this season. New York has nine scheduled games against Original Six teams in 2013.

–        The Rangers out-shot the Maple Leafs, 42-17, in the contest, including a 14-3 advantage in the first period and a 17-8 advantage in the third. Rick Nash led all skaters with a Rangers’ season-high, eight shots on goal.

Player Notes:

–        Marian Gaborik notched two goals, including the game-winning goal and an empty netter, added two assists, registered five shots on goal and posted a plus-four rating in 22:34 of ice time. He extended his point streak to three games, tallying eight points (five goals, three assists) over the span. It is the 14th time in Gaborik’s career he posted four or more points in a game. Gaborik now leads the team and is tied for fifth in the league in scoring with eight points, and is tied for second in the NHL with five goals.

–        Marc Staal tallied the game-tying goal at 7:36 of the third period, added the primary assist on Gaborik’s game-winning goal and posted a plus-four rating in 25:47 of ice time. He has now recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in the last three games. Staal was also credited with three hits and two blocked shots in the contest.

–        Brad Richards registered a goal and an assist, and posted a plus-four rating in 22:01 of ice time. He now ranks second on the team in scoring with six points (two goals, four assists) in five games this season.

–        Rick Nash tallied two assists, a game-high, eight shots on goal, three hits and a plus-four rating in 22:54 of ice time. He now leads the team and is tied for second in the NHL with 23 shots on goal this season.

–        Michael Del Zotto recorded two assists and a plus-four rating in a team-high, 26:40 of ice time. He has now tallied four assists in the last four games, and is tied for fourth among NHL defensemen with four assists on the season.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 15 saves to improve to 2-3-0 overall, including a 2-1-0 mark at home this season. He is now 2-1-0 with a 2.35 goals against average and a .911 save percentage in the last three games.

–        Derek Stepan registered his 100th career NHL point with an assist, and won 4-7 faceoffs (57%) in 17:31 of ice time.

–        Brian Boyle notched a goal, led all skaters with seven hits and won a game-high, 12-20 faceoffs (60%) in 16:04 of ice time.

–        Dan Girardi tallied an assist, registered four shots on goal, and was credited with three hits and four blocked shots in 24:49 of ice time.

Post-Game Quotes:

–        John Tortorella on staying with their game plan… “I don’t know if the first four games had anything to do with it, I thought we were playing well.   It was a matter of staying with it.  Their goalie played really well, and we just needed to keep on playing our game. If we scored a couple goals I thought we would win it.   We finally did that in the third.”

–        Henrik Lundqvist on getting the win… “It was confidence but still you saw what happened after the first period. We were all over them and they still had a 2-0 lead, but that’s hockey. A couple of quick plays and tough bounces and it’s in your net. Yeah it was a good feeling; it felt like we were playing really well but at the same time they were defending really well. Finally we just put too much pressure on them. We definitely deserve this win, no question. We played such a good game from start to finish.”

–        Marc Staal on tonight’s game… “I think the day off yesterday helped to kind of recharge our batteries.  I thought we had a lot more jump today and the forecheck was better.  We were just all over those loose pucks and winning races we didn’t win last game.    It was good for us to get on the right track.”

Team Schedule:

–        The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Jan. 27, is 12:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center.

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Atlantic Division matchup.

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  1. Tort on Ferrari

    “I really liked his speed and composure, and I think he’s got a little *jam* to him,” Rangers head coach John Tortorella said of the newest Ranger. “This is the first I have ever seen him play, and I think he played 12 or 13 minutes, and he deserved to. I thought he played well.”

  2. Rangers rules!…Almost.
    Since extended NHL looks more like a freaken Zoo/aquarium, full of animals like Predators, Ducks, Coyotes, Canucks, Sharks, Blackhawks, Sabres, Bruins, Panthers, Penguins, Yellow Jackets, Flies and Devils. Pathetic. Since all governance, like Capitals, Kings and Senators are incapable to keep this Wild bunch in order, NHL really need Rangers to Rule NHL.

  3. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Just back from the game. Richards THIRD STAR?????

    What game were they watching.

    Did he win a face-off or connect on 30% of his passes, even?? So, he has a second assist and he is in the right place, right time for a tap in, AND THAT”S a 3rd star?

    I’d bench him. He is awful right now.

  4. So, Redden comes back to the NHL and scores a goal and then he gets to be on Kathryn Tappen!? Boy, that’s quite a reward for him!

  5. I think Richards was 46% efficiency at faceoffs tonight. Not as high as Boyle at 60% or Stepan at 57%. Rupp led the team at 100%. Ferrari in his debut had 33%. Callahan and Hagelin brought up the rear with 0% efficiency.

    Interestingly, Dr Halpern, our faceoff guy took ZERO faceoffs tonight.

  6. I wouldn’t say Redden was *ON* Kathryn Tappen. He was on *with* Kathryn Tappen though. Slight difference, Jimbo…

  7. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Manny, when you are at the game, Richards is very unimpressive. He is so easy to move off the puck. For a guy who is such a great passer, he throws the puck away often. He is slow. I guess you can tell I am still not in love with the guy.

    That one goal last year v. Washington in game 5 was huge. The regular season goal in the last second v. Phoenix was great. He may be clutch.

    I dunno. I think he is overpriced and overrated.

  8. Ha! To all the jokes about being *on* Kathryn Tappen. I am sure once you’re on her it’s just a tap in.


  9. That’s fair Matty. I understand. I don’t actually go to many games so I guess that’s a different view. Melrose was just talking about what a big body and physical presence Richards is. I completely disagree with that analysis. I was just pointing out that he was close to 50% tonight. I thought he played well.

  10. He’s had some other clutch goals. Game 7 vs Caps, Game 6 vs Ott. He looked better last year for sure, however, don’t underestimate that flu. I’ve been ailing for a week and a half now. I understand he’s a professional athlete, but it really sucks.

  11. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Don’t know if Toronto was just poor competition, but aside from shot blocking (they didn’t go down, but Staal, even MDZ, Girardi, and of course, Cally, blocked shots tonite), there was some cycling, some board play. Wow, it almost looked like old times :))

  12. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    That’s fair, Latona. I hope so. He has been most unimpressive so far.

    Manny, I went to the game with my daughter and just told her Richards was 46%. She looked at me and said “who made that up?”. I agree. I can’t believe that one!! Every time I was watching, he lost another one. I hope Arno can take some draws.

  13. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    The funniest thing, I sit next to the radio press box. They had some Toronto white haired guy calling the game with his color commentator. He said he’s been doing it for 31 years. So my daughter and I could hear him calling game. He was really loud. Really creative. Really good.

    The entire game he was calling our Brad Richards by the name of Mike Richards!!

    I didn’t correct him. Was kind of jealous that we could have another Richards!

  14. Arnott has to be the savior. He has to be. As will keeping Ferrari up here and moving Stepan to RW. Looked good over there.

  15. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Ferrari was much better than Newbury was the other night. Not saying he is going to be with us all year, but just a point. He was better.

  16. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Not that our PP was anything tonight. Two points:

    1. It will be better with Arnott. Has a boomer of a point shot
    2. Thank the lord, Richard (Brad, that is) was off the point. That experiment seems to be over.

  17. Arnott is usually at or just under 50% so he’s not much better than Brad Richards…..Latona’s probably right that we are just hyper sensitive. Which would be so out of character for us!

    Knuble for Savior! and….Briere is back. We will see them soon.

  18. Doan beat up Mike Richards but I am sure he could beat up Brad Richards too. Maybe both at the same time even….

  19. Amen. Pre and post tap in you could just endlessly talk about HOCKEY. It would be like being on this blog but the blog is an attractive, intelligent and awesome woman.

  20. Thanks, Jimbo. The joke just felt a little “frat boy.” I like to think I’m better than that……

  21. Way too much extraneous yapping by Micheletti during live action. I’m watching big hits at the bottom of the screen and he’s doing a lame, extended soliloquy on some other team.

    Boyle worked hard all night, used his size effectively.

    Defensemen redeemed themselves, but two terrible plays early. Someone has to clear the area in front of #30.

    As to the negative posts re: fighting (with Asham and Rupp) – if the coach didn’t want it, it wouldn’t happen except in the rapid heat of battle. It’s fun to comment, but I have to presume he knows more about what he is doing than we bloggers.

    Nash is a bargain at twice the price.

  22. Carp – (if you’re still awake – and if you are, it’s another 12 hour day) – I know some Italian names have silent ‘G’s’ but why do the PBP guys leave out the last ‘R’ in Ferriero?

  23. Trying to say I spend three days on the first MENSA question and when I look up the answer, I still don’t know what they’re talking about.

  24. Nobuo Uematsu is a Japanese video game composer- he made the music for many of the Final Fantasy games plus some others.

  25. Comments from TSN Blog site re: Jason Arnott sign. Very interesting

    2 hours ago
    he’s a center who can win 50% of his faceoffs and sometimes score. right now, the rangers only have 1 of those. this will push Stepan to wing (not a bad move) and means they can leave Jeff Halpern in the skybox for most games. he will be a 3rd or 4th line center – and jump on the PP. possible bounce up if he’s having a good game or if there are injuries. report this comment
    Karma: 01 Yeahs/0 BoosYeahBooblackfly
    2 hours ago
    Hey..a Wasaga Beach boy…Good Signing by the Rangers..Pittsburg had better have an eye over their shoulder.. report this comment
    Karma: 02 Yeahs/4 BoosYeahBooalfvictoria
    5 hours ago
    Wasn’t Arnott supposed to sign in Vancouver? report this comment
    Karma: 06 Yeahs/3 BoosYeahBoorichpals
    5 hours ago
    Arnott. Is too! Arnott! Is too!! report this comment
    Karma: 04 Yeahs/6 BoosYeahBoocb1
    5 hours ago
    could work out if he still has something left in the tank. if not, it just makes the rangers even older and slower. report this comment
    Karma: 03 Yeahs/1 BoosYeahBoofrodobaggins121212
    5 hours ago
    Good on Arnott to play (at least) one more year. And the contract $$$ are surprisingly good, too! report this comment
    Karma: 05 Yeahs/2 BoosYeahBoogrinder6
    5 hours ago
    And in other news, the Leafs have signed Gary Roberts to a one year deal worth $1.8 mil. report this comment
    Karma: 02 Yeahs/1 BoosYeahBooraymondgodwin
    5 hours ago
    A great 3rd or 4th line forward ,nice move in a short season report this comment
    Karma: 02 Yeahs/2 BoosYeahBoojonl1421
    5 hours ago
    Grew up watching Arnott play and, although he never suited up for my team, I’ve always liked him. Lots of respect for him. report this comment
    Karma: 00 Yeahs/2 BoosYeahBoojaxteller79
    5 hours ago
    I guess vancouver felt shroeder is the answer still think it wouldn’t have hurt to have arnott report this comment
    Karma: 03 Yeahs/2 BoosYeahBoohalak4115
    5 hours ago
    Great depth signing. Surprising it didn’t happen for Arnott sooner. report this comment
    Karma: 02 Yeahs/1 BoosYeahBoomodano9009
    6 hours ago
    Nice move, best days are obviously behind him but never hurts to have experienced depth. report this comment
    Karma: 01 Yeahs/4 BoosYeahBooknuklehead
    6 hours ago
    Like the great one said if you ever have a oppurtunity to experience playing hockey for the Rangers jump on it. Good signing by Slats. Should be a great way to go out for Arnott who really truly has had a great career the game has been really good to him. The Rangers are definitely a favorite to win it all this year… GCG hopefully we can meet them and give a little payback for 94! report this comment
    Karma: 02 Yeahs/8 BoosYeahBoorangerman
    6 hours ago
    The Rangers never should have let Prust leave. Now they’re reduced to signing 38 year old journeymen who’s best years are long gone. The team looks like they’ve tuned Torts out, which happens with guys like him. They have a shelf life and then it’s adios. If the Rangers don’t turn it around, look for him to be gone by seasons end. report this comment
    Karma: 03 Yeahs/3 BoosYeahBooshanny22
    6 hours ago
    Missed out on this one Canucks. But that’s ok Gillis will trade for another rat and think he improved his hockey team. This is from a Nucks fan. report this comment
    Karma: 00 Yeahs/2 BoosYeahBoojackc99
    6 hours ago
    He might have 5 to 7 minutes a game left in his tank. It could pay off, not a big gamble. report this comment
    Karma: 00 Yeahs/1 BoosYeahBooywg-psg
    6 hours ago
    This is the advantage of being a big market team, its easy to just throw down 1.6 million on a 38 year old centre and say its no risk. But also its about winning for Arnott so the Rangers give him that shot. report this comment
    Karma: 00 Yeahs/1 BoosYeahBookadath
    6 hours ago
    And the rangers get even better…. report this comment
    Karma: 00 Yeahs/1 BoosYeahBoobellefeuille1976
    6 hours ago
    Good signing for the Rangers! this team has alot of character and great leadership, so much better team chemistry now that what he’s name??? Avery is gone. report this comment
    Karma: 02 Yeahs/1 BoosYeahBoobigb22
    6 hours ago
    Rangers need help in their bottom 6. He may not be what he used to be, but Arnott is definitely better than Rupp, Halpern, and whatever should-be AHLer our other options are. report this comment

  26. Finally! This was the team we were promised, the pp notwithstanding.
    Definitely a great game to watch as a Rangers fan, especially after watching the philthys stomp on the Panthers. Probably the worst game I’ve ever seen a team play in person…. maybe of all. I left with 10 minutes left in the 3rd. I never leave a game with 2 minutes left, let alone 10.

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