Jets 4, Rangers 3: Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the NYR:

February 26, 2013 (Game 18, Home Game 11)

adison Square Garden –
New York, NY
Jets 4, Rangers 3

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers were defeated by the Winnipeg Jets, 4-3, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to begin a four-game homestand.

–        The Blueshirts have posted a record of 8-8-2 (18 pts) overall, including a 6-4-1 mark at home this season.

–        The Rangers held the Jets scoreless in three power play attempts against (6:00), and are now 24-26 (92.3%) on the penalty kill in the last nine games.

–        New York won 31-54 faceoffs (57%) in the contest, led by Brad Richards (11-17, 65%) and Brian Boyle (6-8, 75%).

Player Notes:

–        Anton Stralman tallied a goal, added an assist and was credited with two blocked shots in 23:51 of ice time. He has registered three points (two goals, one assist) in the last two home games, and is now four points shy of his 100th career NHL point.

–        Ryan Callahan registered a goal, tied for the game-high with seven shots and five hits, was credited with two blocked shots, and led all forwards with 26:02 of ice time.  He has now registered two goals in the last three games.

–        Taylor Pyatt recorded a goal, three shots and posted a plus-two rating in 19:21 of ice time. He now ranks fourth on the team with four goals on the season.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves and is now 7-7-1 overall, including a 6-4-0 mark at home this season.

–        Marc Staal registered an assist and logged 24:38 of ice time. He has now recorded seven assists in the last 11 games.

–        Steve Eminger tallied his first point of the season with an assist, and was credited with two hits and two blocked shots in 20:33 of ice time. He is now three points shy of his 100th career NHL point.

–        Dan Girardi recorded an assist, was credited with a team-high, three blocked shots, and led all skaters with 27:58 of ice time. He has registered five points (one goal, four assists) in the last eight games.

–        Marian Gaborik tallied an assist and three shots on goal in 19:36 of ice time. He has now registered 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 18 career regular season contests against the Winnipeg franchise.

–        Brad Richards recorded an assist and won 11-17 faceoffs (65%) in 19:29 of ice time. He now leads the Rangers in assists (10) and is tied for the team lead in points (12) on the season.

Post-Game Quotes:

–        John Tortorella on moving forward… “I think that if we get some people back and we have that type of effort, some of the things that we do correctly, I think we’ll get on our way. We can say all the things we want to say, we just have to try to stay with it. And come to work tomorrow, see what our health is, keep on going about our business each day.”

–        Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “I thought we played really well, especially the second half. They had a strong second period. Obviously the fourth goal is something I’m going to think about for the next 24 hours. I think that we did a lot of good things; we just have to stay positive here. It’s definitely a step in the right direction.”

–        Marc Staal on the third period… “I thought we grew. I thought we made more plays, were more confident with the puck, more patient. Guys were making nice plays tape-to-tape. We were buzzing around their net, so that was good.”

Team Schedule:

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

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, Feb. 28, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their third and final meeting this season.


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  1. Its a mess and I stand by my concern expressed earlier – it sure looks like the coach doesn’t know what to do to inject energy in his team. I’ve said it on here lately a few times based on video interviews and his quotes – he looks bewildered.

    Definitely a change from last season when, if they were running around like headless chickens and accomplishing nothing, he always looked pissed and often called a timeout to lambast his players.

    Not this year.

    Tonight he looked more dismayed than anything else.

    He looked like his players played – wanting things to be different but dismayed that he was unable to figure out how to make them different.

    I concur with those that say firing him now makes no sense – there’s not enough time for his replacement to make a difference.

    Therefore, to me, it’s on Sather to act.

    He needs to do something to inject a spark into this lineup.

    He accomplished that 6 years ago by trading for Avery. He needs to explore doing something similar now. Maybe it’s as simple as demoting 2 and promoting Haley and McIlrath. I know if I was in charge Id be considering it.

    Further evidence? I’m reading the same quotes from Tortorella now that I’ve read all season: ‘Encouraged about signs in this game that part of their game is starting to come…’

    What game were you watching coach? Your team didn’t come to play until the 45 minute mark after they were down 3 to 1.

    Then he says ‘need this type of effort plus players to get healthy’.

    Where is the mantra about all teams get injuries and you gotta work through them?

    I’ll tell you where – the coach is floating that because, as I just cited, he cannot figure it out himself.

    The GM needs to step in here and help his coach. And his players….

  2. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    This season is not going as planned. Or was last year a fluke? What constitutes a good season? Even though they lost, at least they were trying. I am ok with that. If they lose a lot more, but it’s obvious they are working hard and they are protecting each other but just don’t get the bounces…. I’m ok with that. If gabby never scores another goal but busts his assen…. I’m down with that…..

  3. I think they should just send Kreider down at this point and bring up a 4th liner that is going to take the body. Kid isn’t doing much while he is up here, and his game doesn’t seem to mesh with what Torts is trying to get his guys to play.

    I wish they played more open… all this defense first stuff seems to be stifling the offense, and they never seem to get an odd man rush (other than when Gaborik tries to pass it to Richards).

    They have arguably two of the fastest skates in the league in Gaborik and Hagelin, yet they don’t seem to be able to put pressure on the opposing D or outskate them to create an odd man rush.

    Other teams somehow can do this to us… come down the boards 3 on 2, get a shot or a pass in the high slot.

    It’s frustrating to watch.

  4. I just got back from MSG.

    That was by far, the loudest it was all year, when Callahan blocked those three slapshots consecutively. What a huge disappointment it was that they couldn’t feed off that energy and allowed the Jets to score…

    Simple analysis of the game: Their kids were a little better than our kids. Pretty sloppy all around and on terrible ice…

    Thought JT Miller had a good game. Hagelin made a few good plays. The defense was awful as they sorely missed Del Z and Mc D. Kane’s 2nd goal was a softie …that is going to keep Hank up tonight.

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