Post-game notes: Rangers-Islanders


Courtesy of the NYR:

February 14, 2013 (Game 13, Home Game 8)
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Islanders 4, Rangers 3 (shootout)

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers were defeated by the New York Islanders, 4-3, in the shootout tonight at Madison Square Garden to end their winning streak at three games. New York has now registered at least one point in eight of their last 11 contests (7-3-1) after dropping their first two games of the season.

–        The Blueshirts are now 7-5-1 (15 pts) overall, including a 5-2-1 mark at home this season.

–        The Rangers have registered at least one point in 15 of their last 18 games against the Islanders, posting a record of 12-3-3 over the span, dating back to a 5-2 win on Dec. 17, 2009, at Long Island.

–        The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 1-1 (2:00) in the contest, and have now held their opponents scoreless on the power play in each of the last four games (12 times shorthanded). The Rangers have posted a record of 3-1-1 when holding opponents scoreless on the power play.

–        The Rangers won 44-76 faceoffs (58%), led by Jeff Halpern’s team-high, 11 faceoff wins (11-14, 79%).

Player Notes:

–        Carl Hagelin tallied a power play goal, added an assist and registered a game-high, seven shots on goal in 21:56 of ice time. He extended his point streak to three games (four goals, two assists over the span), including a career-high, three-game goal streak.

–        Marian Gaborik registered one goal and added a power play assist in 20:16 of ice time. He is now tied for the team lead in scoring with 11 points (seven goals, four assists) on the season. Gaborik has tallied 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in eight home games.

–        Dan Girardi notched the game’s opening goal at 3:36 of the first period, was credited with two hits and two blocked shots, and logged a team-high, 26:42 of ice time. He extended his point streak to three games (one goal, three assists over the span), which ties his career-high.

–        Rick Nash recorded an assist, was credited with three blocked shots and led all forwards with a season-high, 25:04 of ice time. He extended his point streak to three games (one goal, three assists over the span), including a three-game assist streak.

–        Marc Staal tallied a power play assist, registered three shots on goal and was credited with three hits in 24:18 of ice time. He has now recorded four assists in the last four games, and leads all team defensemen with seven assists and eight points on the season.

–        Ryan Callahan tallied an assist and was credited with six hits in a season-high, 23:40 of ice time. He has registered two points (one goal, one assist) in the last three games.

–        Brad Richards recorded one assist, was credited with three blocked shots and won 9-17 faceoffs (53%) in the contest. He has now tallied four assists in the last six games, and is tied for the team lead with eight assists on the season.

–        Martin Biron made 28 saves through regulation and overtime, and was 0-2 in the shootout. Biron has now posted a record of 1-0-1 overall, including an 0-0-1 mark at home this season.

–        Brian Boyle was credited with a team-high, eight hits, registered five shots on goal and won 9-16 faceoffs (56%) in 17:39 of ice time, while making his return to the lineup after not dressing in the last three games.

Post-Game Quotes:

–        John Tortorella on the power play… “We had a couple of looks on the five-on-three; again, it’s certainly not where it needs to be. We had a couple of looks where we had opportunities but it just doesn’t happen.”

–        Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “I don’t think we were mentally taking them lightly at all.  We know they’re a good team.  If our foot did come off the gas, for whatever reason that may be, that has to be corrected. We can’t have that, any night.”

–        Marc Staal on losing the lead… “I don’t think it’s a concern, I think it’s just a mental focus and making sure that you can’t take shifts off. You take one or two off and they get the momentum. It’s tough to get it back, so staying sharp and making sure we play a much  tougher game for a full 60 minutes is something we need to learn to do and do consistently.”

Team Schedule:

–        Please note the Blueshirts do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, Feb. 15. The Rangers’ next practice is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, at MSG Training Center.

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, Feb. 17, at Madison Square Garden (6:00 p.m. – TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in the second game of their three-game homestand.


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  1. “Brian Boyle was credited with a team-high, eight hits, registered five shots on goal and won 9-16 faceoffs (56%) in 17:39 of ice time, while making his return to the lineup after not dressing in the last three games.”

    He needs to keep it up…he had a good game…

  2. Do a barrel roll!

    coos, that’s certainly true, but isn’t it disheartening and even pathetic that you have to form a list of players who give 100%? The whole team should night in and night out. The Devils always come to play..

  3. Boy, are you ever correct, Latona. I just can’t imagine how anyone takes a night off when you have a Broadway job.

  4. have to say that through 13 games Del Zotto has been pretty plainly the worse defenseman on the team (not counting the Bickels, Gilroys and Emingers of the world who don’t really matter).

  5. For some reason, the zerbras don’t seem to give us much help, but so what, we can’t score 5 on 4 anyway.

  6. I’m going to buy a new Hungry Hungry Hippos if my check ever arrives. All my Hippos are toothless and their heads won’t move.

  7. Gilroy had a golden opportunity to score tonight…

    He could be such a difference maker if he brought some more offense…I feel like if he just got a little more confidence he could be a very good player and could even help the PP…

    But, it’s hard to defend him unless he actually scores…

  8. “Blue in the Face” was an interesting comedy. And get this, —directed by Wayne Wang. No joke,

  9. stranger nation on

    Watched post game and B Rich said the problem is he is trying too hard. not sure whether to laugh or cry at that statement.

    Torts is going to run this team ragged. he said so on his show that his ‘gut’ feel during games leads him to play only the guys eho can help win that game. like a jockey using the whip half the race…

  10. Wang also did another interesting comedy, “Smoke.” Ever hear of it? It’s about a smoke shop in Brooklyn.

  11. Stringy thing walks into a bar and orders a drink. Bartender says, “You’re just an ordinary piece of string.” String says: I’m a frayed not.”

  12. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    S.Nation – not good to have the early whip unless your atop secretariat or Seattle slew…. Leading at the first turn at the Belmont isn’t always a good thing. Torts needs to be on your neck – urging them slowly.

  13. Richards had some clutch goals last year, but IMO, he was a disappointment last year as well. Lets face it, this team is weak down the middle and lacks a high caliber #1 center. Can’t win a Stanley Cup without one.

  14. I can plainly see that you have no interest in Wangs other than for your own amusement. This man is a person! A living human bean.

  15. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Charliesheen – I would have kept the same lineup that was “winning” too but Boyle played a good game

  16. Torts is stuck with the 12 million dollar man for now. He can only use psychology, if that could work and it’s unlikely to work because Richard’s game is relatively one dimensional, and if he can’t one dimension, well…

  17. The Pop is leaving on the 28th. Rupper has to get busy between now and then, because he’ll get no more help.

  18. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I think there is something physically wrong with Richards… Maybe he stepped on a rusty nail during sandy relief and never got a Tet-nis shot

  19. stranger nation on

    centers got to support down low – B Rich is not a two way center, should play wing…with the whalers

    PP was beyond disgusting – did mdelzaster play tonite?

    as bad as it was, could have won in reg, Ice Mets are not good

    beer-on should have stopped 3rd goal

  20. I had Ray Charles sign my cocktail napkin. Problem is it reads Ray Char—–
    the rest of it went on the table.

  21. stranger nation on

    here ya re Beer-on, tough spot

    Nasher looked gassed during 3rd

    Craps on a roll, next game no gimme

  22. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Some men see things as they are and ask why? I look at Kate upton on the catwalk and I say “strike me dead lord”

  23. I see it’s a Rangers loss therefore it must be the Head Coach’s fault. Everyone is complaining about the PP which is fine but no one has the solution and here’s why. If you do not have the players, I don’t care who coaches the Power Play. You don’t want Richards on the point. I agree 100%. He’s been a disaster there. Who should replace him? Del Zotto flat out can’t shoot the puck. Strahlman? I tend to agree but he’s nothing special. Until this team decides to stop worrying abt. overpriced overrated forwards and worry about defense they could hire Scotty Bowman and it won’t help.

  24. I have yet to see from our D, except now and again from O’McD any serious aggressiveness in front of the net. Every team we play has a chip on their shoulder in front on D and there is always body leaning, cross checking, and at least pushing and intimidation after the whistle. We ain’t got some.

  25. Now what should worry every Rangers fan from Torts is how positive he’s been after these two games. They blew back to back multiple goal leads and he talking abt. getting 3 out of 4. 365 days ago he’d livid abt. the big picture. Needing to learn to win these games and hold leads etc. This year, he’s pumping their tires after bad blown leads. That’s not a good sign.

    To me, it’s a sign he knows he has a very soft, fragile, even “cute” hockey team. Last year they finished 3rd in GAA this year they’ve dropped to 12th. This is a game they never lose last year because they almost never allowed 3 goals.

  26. Too late for explanations re Upton, E3, I’ve already started drinking to drown my …whatever drowns.

  27. They are “cute’ though, hwirth. That’s good in San Francisco but, agreed, it don’t cut it on 7th Avenue and Broadway.

  28. Chico Resch: “I left my part in San Francisco.” I think it’s in a dresser on the fourteenth floor of the Hyatt.

  29. Eddie –

    The one that boggles the mind. If they are not going to use Matt Gilroy on the PP why is even dressing. He’s not exactly reliable 5 on 5. If he’s not good enough for the PP than it’s time to go and it’s pretty clear the Stu Bickel experiment is thankfully over with. There’s a reason they found playing below the AHL. They must go out and upgrade on defense. Just look at the Devils. Zubrus goes down they pick two solid guys to replace him in Ponikarovsky and Lakintanov.

    The guy that’s probably available and on the cheap is Ryan Whitney from EDM. Upcoming UFA, been a healthy scratch. Would cost like a 4th rounder and hes better than all of Bickel Gilroy and Eminger.

  30. Or maybe he’s being realistic that every other team in the east is getting fat on Bettman Bonus Points for losses and that practice time is limited so you grab any point & run & just get into the top 8.
    They’re an ugly 6-2-1 in 9 and that’s a good clip. And the next month is a lot softer than the first 12 games were.

  31. Carp – I get that part of it. I did say that myself going to the train. “At least with the stupid 3 pt games and OT loss is like stealing a pt”

    But it just seems he’s been a lot softer on the guys this year and certainly no longer talks about the big picture which he all of last year. Last yr he would negative after wins and talk about process and learning after losses. This year even after bad games, short of the scared line, he’s been easy going for Torts.

  32. I’ve had more fun watching this team at other times than I did tonight.

    on the bright side, Hagelin is really improving. He is not just a speedy kid easily knocked off the puck.

    Our defense was supposed to be our strong point. I think it has been our weakness.

    Boyle? i guess you can’t expect much more than he gave tonight. I remember seeing him out there for a goal against. so he is a minus 1. he deserves the fifth star. I kid.

  33. Hagelin is amazingly speedy, agile, elusive, and surprisingly strong in the corners and behind the net. It is a pleasure to see him developing.

  34. As Tiki would say, “Twixt now and the 28th, Rupp must put some numbers on the board, because the Pope will lose his power. And if you care to look it up, twixt is the precise word in this context.”

  35. That author is VERY esoteric. I will, however find this work. I will not be dismayed, distracted, or diverted.

  36. Didn’t that Russian director of ‘Greed’ on which the novel is based, play the butler in Hollywood Boulevard?

  37. I asked 3C to pass me the popcorn and he said that what I thought was popcorn wasn’t popcorn, then he booked. No wonder we can’t deal with the Russians.

  38. Don’t worry about ME. I can move into an abandoned bus in a field and live off my disability checks. And struggle to read old novels by the dashboard lights. And eat roaches and dead fireflies. I’ll be just fine, thank you very much. Yiz can live with it on your conscience.

  39. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I don’t know…. Saw greed long time ago….. The book is brilliant – bet I have bought it for 20 people….

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