Canadiens 3, Rangers 1: Post-game notes, quotes


From the NYR:

February 19, 2013 (Game 15, Home Game 10)
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Canadiens 3, Rangers 1

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens, 3-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden to finish their three-game homestand with a 1-1-1 mark. New York is now 8-4-1 in their last 13 contests after dropping their first two games of the season.

–        The Blueshirts have posted a record of 8-6-1 (17 pts) overall, including a 6-3-1 mark at home this season.

–        Tonight’s contest is only the second time in their last six meetings the Rangers and Canadiens have been separated by fewer than three goals.

–        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 six games (17 times shorthanded). The Rangers have posted a record of 4-2-1 when holding opponents scoreless on the power play.

–        The Rangers and Canadiens combined for eight shots on goal in the first period (NYR – 5; MTL – 3), which is the fewest combined shots in a single period for the Rangers since Feb. 27, 2012, against New Jersey (First and Third Periods). *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

–        The Blueshirts out-hit the Canadiens, 37-21, led by Brian Boyle’s game-high, six hits.

–        The Rangers were credited with 20 blocked shots in the contest, led by Marc Staal’s game-high, four blocked shots.

Player Notes:

–        Anton Stralman notched the game’s opening goal at 12:29 of the second period, and was credited with two hits in 16:30 of ice time. He is now tied for the team lead among defensemen with two goals on the season.

–        Carl Hagelin recorded an assist to extend his point streak to a career-high, five games (five goals, three assists over the span), and tied for the game-high with three shots on goal in 21:23 of ice time. He ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 10 points on the season.

–        Derek Stepan tallied an assist and led all forwards with 22:33 of ice time. He has now registered a point in three of the last four games (two goals, one assist over the span).

–        Henrik Lundqvist stopped 15 of 17 shots faced, and is now 7-6-0 overall with a 6-3-0 mark at home this season. He has held opponents to two goals or less in seven of his last 10 games (6-4-0, 1.90 goals against average, .927 save percentage over the span), and is 7-4-0 with a 2.00 goals against average and a .924 save percentage in his last 11 games.

–        Brandon Mashinter was credited with three hits in 5:55 of ice time while making his Rangers debut in tonight’s contest. He is the ninth player to make their Rangers debut this season, along with Jeff Halpern, Rick Nash, Taylor Pyatt, Brandon Segal, Arron Asham, Benn Ferriero, Darroll Powe and J.T. Miller.

Post-Game Quotes:

–        Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “It’s a game of patience when you play a team like this. They play extremely boring, but they’re a smart team and they didn’t give up much. They were just waiting for mistakes and we didn’t make that many. They’re a quick team and I thought we played a pretty good game, we just didn’t come up with the big plays in the end.”

–        Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “They’re good in the neutral zone.  They clog it up pretty well.  Throughout the game we kept telling ourselves to be patient with it, get pucks in deep.  We tried to focus on not turning the puck over.  The whole game it looked like we were always going to do that, and be the better of the two teams.  Unfortunately in the third, we turn one over, got a 3-on-1 against us, and it ends up being the winner.”

Team Schedule:

–        The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Feb. 20, is 12:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center.

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Ottawa Senatorson Thursday, Feb. 21, at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m. – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7).



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  1. 2Leetch2 and Brian, I know you guys are new, so this is a warning. We don’t use that kind of language around here. So clean it up please.

  2. Here’s what’s going on. They lost a game. So it’s Armageddon again. They will probably lose a few more before the season’s over, and it will be Armageddon every time.

  3. One night, Tortoralla is going to walk in after a loss and the Press won’t ask him question one. They’ll just stare at one another for 15 seconds, and he’ll walk out.

  4. With all due respect Carp, tell that to the folks who paid $300 a seat to watch this Mamaroneck/Rye skateout.

  5. Some of these comments are laughable, as usual.

    Not saying any of the third or fourth-line guys are above reproach or criticism. But where’s the No. 1 center? The top winger (Nash) is out, the other top winger drew two penalties, one which led to a goal, but needs to score a goal in games like this. how about the top three D-men in this game? And the power play?
    None of that involves the third or fourth-line guys, and the third or fourth-line guys had very little to do with the outcome of this game.

  6. So much for everyone picking up their games when a start player is out.

    Mildly disappointed in the Prust count for the “it’s go time” thread. Only 76, I would have bet it could reach 100.

  7. And I am dog tired of big bonus rookies who spend 3 years being coached in the minor leagues come up to the major leagues and we’re told that they have to be taught to run the bases.

  8. Not sure about the players’ sense of entitlement, but there are definitely a few fans who seem to be entitled to a team that never loses.

    (Shouldn’t need to spell it out, but that isn’t a defence of tonight’s performance…)

  9. And, now for some needed humor: Did you hear the one about the Minister, the Priest and the Rabbi? Well…..

  10. Has there ever been a defensemen to spend more time off his skates then Staal?

    Can Del Zotto complete more then one tape to tape pass a game?

    Can Richards remove his head from his fanny any time soon?

  11. A team that never loses? What’s that called, hyperbole? Come on. (ended that with a preposition, E3, for you)

  12. Interesting to see the Kreider sensation gliding off to the bench from center ice while the Canadians developed a four on two.

  13. staal went for a dive on goal 2 after a really bad decsion.

    carp why am i upset. you see richards? See any improvement with mdz? boyle ever score? can any of the d men shoot a b b on goal? that is why i am upset. Oh and then you get to his handling of the young guys.. way to neuter miller and kreider…..

    they play a slow mo game with the best goalie in the nhl….gilroy never plays in the 3rd period and the guys he has out there on the PP are no bettter then him for sure…

    their supposed 2nd best forward shows up about 1/2 the games, nah all is well in rangerland..

  14. Torts and many of the players have said over and over “We have to be a team that is hard to play against”. Not even close tonight, especially for Price.

    Maybe they need someone to focus their collective ire on. Enter Chris Neil.

  15. “Carp February 19th, 2013 at 10:35 pm
    coos, anybody who spends $300 on a seat gets no sympathy from me.”

    hey CARP—
    i don’t appreciate your comment. When have you actually paid for your own ticket to a hockey game? How dare you mock a hockey fan that pays their hard earn money, whether its $50 or $300 a ticket to watch hockey? I constantly hear you judge the fans that read your blog/column….and all the while you degrade them after you attend the hockey games for free! Show some respect and compassion for hockey fans that pay after-tax dollars to watch the game they love and pay your salary. worry about your performance, ask a tough question of the coach for a change! enough is enough!

  16. Yeah, realistic. I could never afford a $300 ticket and if i could i would still never buy one at that price. Sorry. But when you buy that ticket you get what you get, W or L. Especially when you are buying from Jimmy D’s MSG. No sympathy from me.

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