Rangers 4, Flyers 2: Post-game notes, quotes


From the NYR:

March 5, 2013 (Game 21, Home Game 14)
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers 4, Flyers 2

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to extend their winning streak to three games. New York completed their four-game homestand with a 3-1-0 record.

–        The Blueshirts improved to 11-8-2 (24 pts) overall, including a 9-4-1 mark at home this season.

–        The Rangers have now won 10 of their last 11 games against the Flyers, dating back to a 7-0 win at MSG on Mar. 6, 2011. The Blueshirts have out-scored the Flyers, 41-18, over the span.

–        New York extended their home winning streak against Philadelphia to six games at Madison Square Garden, out-scoring the Flyers, 24-7, during the streak.

–        The Blueshirts tallied one goal in four power play attempts (6:02) in the contest, and have now recorded a power play goal in six of the last nine games (7-31, 22.6% over the span).

Player Notes:

–        Rick Nash registered two goals in the third period, including the game-winning goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 21:09 of ice time. He has now recorded a point in each of his last seven games (five goals, six assists over the span).

–        Ryan Callahan notched two goals, including one on the power play, added an assist, and was credited with a game-high, five blocked shots in 21:45 of ice time. He also registered three shots on goal, three hits and posted a plus-two rating in the contest. Callahan has now registered six points (four goals, two assists) in the last six games.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves to extend his winning streak to three games and improve to 10-7-1 overall, including an 8-4-0 mark at home this season. He has held opponents to two goals or less in 11 of his last 15 games, posting a record of 9-5-1 with a 1.98 goals against average and .927 save percentage over the span.

–        Derek Stepan tallied two assists, including one on the power play, and logged 21:40 of ice time. He has now tallied a point in seven of the last 10 games (four goals, four assists over the span).

–        Marian Gaborik recorded a power play assist and a team-high, five shots on goal in 19:07 of ice time. He has now tallied four assists in the last four games.

–        Ryan McDonagh registered an assist, was credited with three hits and two blocked shots, and logged a team-high, 25:06 of ice time. He has now tallied eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last 11 games, including three assists in the last three games.

–        Dan Girardi tallied the lone assist on Rick Nash’s game-winning goal and logged 21:24 of ice time. He has now recorded three assists in the last four games.

–        Micheal Haley was credited with three hits and logged 4:12 of ice time while making his Rangers debut. He became the 12th player to make their Blueshirts regular season debut this season.

–        Brian Boyle was credited with four hits and two blocked shots, and won 11-13 faceoffs (85%) in 15:48 of ice time.

Post-Game Quotes:

–        John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “We found a way.  It was a ground it out type of game the first couple periods.  Nash steps up again in the third period, makes a couple big plays, and we found a way to win.”

–        Rick Nash on playing at Madison Square Garden… “That’s my job, that’s what I am trying to do.  These fans are great.  It’s fun for me to play in front of a sold out building in a hockey city that truly loves the Rangers.  I think it’s fun for our whole team to perform in front of these fans.”

–        Dan Girardi on Rick Nash… “My theory is to give him the puck and let him do his thing. I just chipped the puck up the wall and he goes down and scores. It’s an easy game that way. He is such a dynamic player and he’s a game breaker.  He had a couple of big goals there in the third period. That’s why we had to trade away a lot of guys to get a player like that. He has been big for us and I expect big things from him.”

Team Schedule:

–        Please note the Blueshirts do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, Mar. 6.

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New York Islanders on Thursday, Mar. 7, at Nassau Coliseum (7:00 p.m. – TV: MSG Network; Radio: Bloomberg), in the first game of a back-to-back set.



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  1. Sioux-per-man on

    Man is Chicago ever going to lose a game. They have a different person step up every night!!!

  2. Jamie McLennan on Marian Hossa: “You can trust him in his own zone, he turns pucks over.”

  3. Admiral Akbar on

    Souix –

    I think Chicago will come back to earth by playoff time. They are on a fantastic role, but I’m not willing to hand over the Stanley cup to them yet.

  4. Cally is so smart, he’s learned to employ some Nash moves. Now if Kreider would only learn some Hagelin moves. He DID go to Boston College. Oh, right, an athletic scholarship.

  5. Admiral Akbar on

    Meanwhile… Ice Mets destroy the Habs 6-3, and the Derbils lose to Tampa 5-2….

    What gives?

  6. Sioux-per-man on

    2nd Longest streak in the NHL – EVER.

    Carp – remember when Rozy use to get boo’d out of the building. Look at him now. Always a fan to see Ranger players having success.

    I was surprised this game did have any fights. That has to be a first for a Ranger / Flyer game.

  7. Admiral Akbar on

    Coos – that’s so funny regarding Krieder

    Maybe Kreider should also be checking out Nash…

  8. is it just me or my timing
    or does it take FOREVER
    for NHL Network
    to show Ranger highlights?

  9. Sioux-per-man on

    I don’t Admiral. They have alot of games coming up against weaker teams.

    Crawford is playing as good as Hank. Hossa is as good as ever, Kane can’t miss the net, Toews is a Fighting Sioux Stud and is every where on the ice. There D is as good as anyone’s in the league.

    Good thing the Rangers don’t have to play them till the Stanley Cup Finals :)

  10. Superman, remember that the Blackhawks have ONLY played against WESTERN CONFERENCE foes during their streak.

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