Rangers 2, Islanders 1 (OT): Post-game notes


from the Rangers:

March 7, 2013 (Game 22, Away Game 8)
Nassau Coliseum – Uniondale, NY
Rangers 2, Islanders 1 (OT)

Team Notes:

–      The Rangers defeated the New York Islanders, 2-1, in overtime tonight at Nassau Coliseum, to extend their winning streak to four games.

–      The Blueshirts improved to 12-8-2 (26 pts) overall, including a 3-4-1 mark on the road this season.

–      The Rangers have registered at least one point in 16 of their last 19 games against the Islanders, posting a record of 13-3-3 over the span.

–      The Blueshirts tallied one goal in three power play attempts (4:21) in the contest, and have now recorded a power play goal in seven of the last 10 games (8-34, 23.5% over the span).

–      The Rangers did not surrender a power play opportunity against in the contest. The last time the Rangers did not have to kill a penalty in a game was January 10, 2012, in a 2-1 shootout win against Phoenix at MSG. New York is now 7-3-1 in games when not allowing a power play goal this season.

–      The Blueshirts out-shot the Islanders, 37-28, including a 17-9 advantage in the third period and overtime.

Player Notes:

–      Rick Nash notched the game-tying goal with 5:23 remaining in regulation, tallied the primary assist on the power play, game-winning goal in overtime, and registered seven shots on goal in 22:51 of ice time. He has now tallied a point in each of his last eight games (six goals, seven assists over the span). All eight of Nash’s goals this season have been tallied in the third period, which marks the first time in franchise history a player recorded their first eight goals of the season in the third period.

–      Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to extend his winning streak to four games and improve to 11-7-1 overall, including a 3-3-1 mark on the road this season. He has held opponents to two goals or less in 12 of his last 16 games, posting a record of 10-5-1 with a 1.92 goals against average and .929 save percentage over the span.

–      Marian Gaborik tallied the game-winning goal, while on the power play, 42 seconds into overtime to extend his goal streak against the Islanders to seven games. He has now registered five points (one goal, four assists) in the last five games.

–      Derek Stepan recorded two assists, including the primary assist on Nash’s game-tying goal and an assist on Gaborik’s power play, game-winning goal in overtime, registered four shots on goal and led all forwards with 23:10 of ice time. He extended his point streak to four games (two goals, four assists during the streak), and has tallied a point in eight of the last 11 games (four goals, six assists over the span).

–      Carl Hagelin tallied an assist on Nash’s game-tying goal in the third period, and registered five shots on goal in 20:59 of ice time. The assist was his 50th career NHL point.

–      Roman Hamrlik logged 15:48 of ice time while making his Rangers debut, after being claimed off waivers yesterday from Washington. He is the 13th player to make their Rangers regular season debut this season.

–      Steve Eminger led the team with five hits and four blocked shots, and logged 15:04 of ice time in the contest.

Team Schedule:

–      The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Ottawa Senators tomorrow, Mar. 8, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), to complete their back-to-back set.

–      Please note there is no morning skate scheduled prior to tomorrow’s contest. Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella will be available to the media at 5:45 p.m. in the Press Conference area, located in the Media Center on the fifth floor of Madison Square Garden.


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  1. jpg's sister on

    has anyone had trouble with the poll? When I tried to vote it said this poll didn’t load properly

  2. Nasher = Soon to be All-Time Ranger Great

    How do you guys like Gaby now? Sick shot.

    LOL @ Skinny Capuano saying the refs didn’t give them any power plays even though they deserved them…

  3. SufferingSince79 on

    Rangers-Islanders In Review (Bonehead Cliffnotes)
    1) Damn, Fishsticks score
    2) Damn, Nabokov shutting us out
    3) Damn, Gabby, Boyle, MDZ, blah, blah, blah
    4) Yay! Nash trade best deal ever.
    5) Yay again! Welcome back Gabby!
    6) Four in a row…Rangers- Hawks final
    1) Yay! Flyers lose, Luniverse pulled
    2) Damn, Devils come back to win

    Bring on the Sens!

  4. jpg's sister on

    This was the third win in a row since got the new flat screen TV. yes I am a semi-superstitious Italian girl thanks to my Nana.

  5. Thomas Nash, first husband of Shakespeare’s granddaughter, great great great great great great great uncle of Ricky.

  6. Nash is a nash best player. Great 3rd period by Rangers and what a blast by Gaboric in OT.
    He is very good if nobody attack him, he always need a private space.

  7. Stepan is clutch…

    That play he made for the tying goal was awesome…

    Nash’s tip was perfect…

  8. SufferingSince79 on

    My Mrs. pointed out that the Rangers fans sound louder on the Island than they do at the Garden ( on TV at least).

  9. Admiral Akbar on

    Capuano (Borat) and Tavares both crying about the officials’ calls and non-calls….

    I’ve just lost a good amount of respect for both. You would NEVER hear Callahan or Girardi crying about the officiating.

    Future-Brooklyn Ice Mets = Perpetual Mediocrity.

  10. Grvy, Y Knw Y Wnt t Mrty on

    Katie Strang ?@KatieStrangESPN
    #Isles so upset abt Grabner’s hooking penalty that Kyle Okposo got a 10 min misconduct and team staff received a game misconduct

    I wonder if the team staff had to reload.

  11. Carp, you were spot on about Gabby last game. He was getting close. Alsp, good timing, saying it before an Islander game!

  12. Islanders management so angry about call in overtime that they reupped DiPietro for another 17 years.

  13. Admiral Akbar on

    I really lost respect for Borat after that presser.

    His team choked and blew a one goal lead late in a tight game in front of a packed arena against a team immediately ahead in the standings. And then blew the game in overtime. Get over it. Don’t blame the refs, blame yourselves!

  14. Grvy, Y Knw Y Wnt t Mrty on

    Was it a questionable call? Looked like MDZ got tackled. The Rangers had to kill off a billion penalties in the 3rd period and OT against Buffalo.

  15. Admiral Akbar on

    Capuano feels there should be an even number of calls on both teams in a game.

    In Bettman’s NhL, why not?

  16. “The fault, Dear Brutus, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves that we are underlings.” – Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2

  17. If you’re gonna complain about a penalty maybe it shouldn’t be one that’s so blatant.

  18. Admiral Akbar on

    If Crosby complained like Borat and Tavares, he would never hear the end of it from Rangers fans.

  19. Admiral Akbar on

    Ice Mutts feel that in today’s NhL of Equality, there should be equal number of calls for both teams…

    Thus, obviating the need for officials.

  20. I was a caddy as kid. Carried the Police Chief’s clubs once. The guy liked his Budweiser. Like to kick his ball around as well.

  21. Admiral Akbar on

    Micheletti: “John Tavares — what a player to build a franchise around.”

    Yeah, like Ricky Dipietro…

  22. I think that’s actually a good penalty to take if you’re Grabner…What are you going to do? Just let Del Z walk in and score?

  23. Admiral Akbar on

    I heard the kid McMoxii has a tremendous vision and anticipation on the ice, with a cannon of a shot to boot…

  24. If DelZ walked in and scored, another star would rise in the East announcing a virgin birth.

  25. Admiral Akbar on

    Maybe this is Borat/Capuano trying to blame the refs for his team’s loss, in order to deflect his players’ from focusing on their late 3rd period choke.

  26. McMoxil not only has a chip on his shoulder, he’s got barnacles growing all over him and when you take a check, there is blood on the ice.

  27. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Good to see Gaby get one on the road. First road goal of the shortened season.

  28. If you think about it…that penalty might have saved a goal…and the Isles would not have a chance in OT…

    So, Capuano and his cheap suit should just shut up and take the point…

  29. Admiral Akbar on

    McMoxii has the strength of Chara, the meanness of Milan Lucic, the vision and athleticism of Brian Leetch, the speed of Paul Coffey, the shot of Al MacInnis, the passing hands of Sergei Zubov, and the intangible qualities of a Mark Messier…

    Boy o boy

  30. If he had any class and true leadership, Capuano should have complimented his team.

  31. Admiral Akbar on

    A player like Ryan Callahan, Brian Leetch, Dan Girardi, or Rick Nash would never have been crying about the officials like Tavares did.

    And Capuano sounded like a fool on that presser.

  32. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Johnny Carson – “what do you do to bring Arnie lick?”

    Mrs. Palmer – ” I kiss his balls”

    Johnny – ” I bet that makes his putter stand up”

  33. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    and when Gabby scored he actually took a slap shot. Not he usual “Snipe” as Manny likes to call it.

  34. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    So we have no time table when Staal will be back?

    The thing that bothers me about staal’s injury is they say he will make a full recovery…from what? A full recovery from a bruise or swollen eyebrow? No one reports player x will make a full recovery from his bruised thigh.

    It has to be serious enough that it is necessary to say he will make a full recovery! I think he’s out for an extended time

  35. Admiral Akbar on

    That McMovii – hopefully our management won’t evoke the “McMoviii Rules” and limit his development, a la Joba the Hut.

  36. “Can I reach the green with this nine iron, kid?”

    “Well, you’re still out 230, but you ARE the Chief. Give it a go.”

  37. Wick

    It bother me too. There is no good news about Staal. They haven’t released the nature of the injury. Doctors being “optimistic” doesn’t mean there isn’t a very, very long road ahead.

    Did you see Pronger’s press conference today? He is still dealing with issues from the eye injury he had over a year ago…He has lost vision…He thinks he can still come back, but that is also “optimistic” and not probable…

  38. If the Nash Rambler Staals, you expect a little Halpern in getting someone to Stepan it and get the Powe back

  39. Papa appreciates you, bear. I don’t think the Admiral knows the night shift very well.

  40. Doubt the issue was the penalty in OT. Pretty sure they werent exactly thrilled with 0 penalties called on us. And im pretty sure there were some missed calls on us. It happens. Move along. Youd never see Callahan, Girardi, McD, or Nash complain about not getting calls in the game. Capuano’s days are numbered.

  41. AGrossRecord Torts on J.T. Miller: “He’s still a dummy sometimes, but he continues to try to make a difference.” Clear coach really likes the kid.

    expect Miller to score 5 goals tomorrow

  42. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers win……. Rangers win……

    This is the game we will point to sometime in June

  43. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Miller has an edge – just wait a few years – kid’s gonna be special.

    May Kreider follow his lead

  44. They were good tonite, except for some stick poking and lack of hitting in the 1st, overall the team is coming together.
    My timing would be – we peakby the PO, Chicago by that time disintegrates..

  45. Poking’s okay when it’s called for, but you are correct, bear, too much poking, not enough body, and too much kneeling and flopping in front of Henrik instead of moving the man. McD knows how to play the position

  46. Also Capuano should probably answer why Grabner only played 11:40 (Boulton played nearly 9 minutes fyi) before complaining about the refs.

  47. Wayne Gretsky wishes he had eddie’s acumen. You wouldn’t catch E3 hanging with Bruce McNall.

  48. Oh, yes, Kreider – so enigmatic. Great in the play-offs, and what now ? College hockey success often kills any hopes in NHL which is increasingly a scary animal

  49. so Torts basically agrees with most of the fans. Our bottom six are terrible and have little to no chance to score.

    He basically went with the top two lines in the third. I am hoping for a healthy Brad Richards and a miraculously rejuvenated Kreider down the stretch.

    Good win tonight. Islanders said this was the best they played so far, I agreed that they played pretty tough. Another win tomorrow would be sweet.

  50. Torts often alludes, but never refers to his own perception of a young player’s body langage on the ice. Came close in J P Miller’s case to the implied extent that he did not see a similar thing in Kreider.

  51. Boyle needs to be on the fourth line. Wayne Gretzky couldn’t score playing with him. (I know they are both centers).

    JT Miller has the right attitude.

    Stepan has impressed me the most the last few games, maybe because I am paying more attention, but winning games helps you remember the good things and forget the nonehead plays that Hank saved us from.

  52. stranger nation on

    Wow – McD played a great game – John T with only 2 shots – McD getting much more physical – me likey

    Gabby was so due – goal/game ave up to .47

    NASH – Holy Hartnell – he had 2 amazing moves in game which if they connected would have been all time plays. Damn he be good.

    thought the 4th line played well (am I allowed to say that here?)

    Grabner is a modern day Apollo – dude got rockets on his skates

  53. stranger nation on

    When the squad wins this plays is so quiet – no donnie downers = classic NY fans – love to complain…

  54. Miller sure looks like he will be a quality player but will take time. Don’t know about Kreider, I think he didn’t know how to deal with whatever injury he had.

  55. Berkeley Councilman Proposes Email Tax – just so you folks know what you’re in for.

    And everything you say is true, as usual, stranger.

  56. stranger nation on

    Nash is worth the price of admission, or at least, the price of my monthly cable bill…

  57. stranger nation on

    Haley’s comet will come around – but that dude does not look right. He is a couple cards short me thinks

  58. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Nash is Hart trophy finalist – this team needs him more than any other team needs their guy

  59. He seems to have accepted Tort’s short leash and his daily ration of Petco dry food.

  60. You know how insane persons get famous? Towns brag to each other that they have the wackiest wacko, and it becomes a competition where you end up backing your wacko. Human nature.

  61. stranger nation on

    “We took Berdykov with us partway. He was on his way to Minsk. There was a village idiots’ convention in Minsk. Berdykov was planning to attend. Village Idiots from all over Russia were meeting there. “

  62. “Are you crazy? You signed those two lunatics?”

    “The price was right and I hear they might have some upside.”

  63. stranger nation on

    Boris: Sonja, are you scared of dying?
    Sonja: Scared is the wrong word. I’m frightened of it.
    Boris: That’s an interesting distinction.

  64. stranger nation on

    “I was walking through the woods, thinking about Christ. If He was a carpenter, I wondered what He charged for bookshelves.”

  65. “I’m not afraid of dying, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” – Woody

  66. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Amazing how the crazy keep it together but soon enough their veil is lifted and you get a peek inside the funhouse

  67. When really stupid people get Ph.Ds, people start to think they say brilliant things. See: ‘Being There,’ Peter Sellers.

  68. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I have one that says things like “don’t tell anyone – not a soul”

  69. Thomas More: “So you tell me these things in strictest confidence for my benefit?”

    The Duke of Norfolk: “I do, Thomas, I value your health.”

    Thomas: “Then what became of your oath to the King?”

  70. stranger nation on

    night gents – too late for me –

    one final Woody Love and Death quote:

    We have to take our possessions and flee. I’m very good at that. I was the men’s freestyle fleeing champion two years in a row.

  71. Employee, slipping piece of paper into suggestion box that has FU sticking out the top.

    Boss, standing behind him: “That’s not a suggestion.”

  72. thought this was a pretty lousy performance for two periods but defensively they were good and kept the game close. was nice to see Gaborik get the game winner after all the crap he takes from some of you.

  73. When I was in the Navy, in uniform, guy asks me for a light. I oblige, he keeps talking. Eventually, he smokes that one and starts another with his own matches. Hmm, says I, as I bolt.

  74. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Lloyd – it was nice to see…..Nash is the leader of this team by skill alone

  75. Let’s face it. Gaborik has sucked for some time. He knows it; I know it. Sorry to say, but facto is facto.

  76. He had patience tonight with the puck, his strength. It was nice to see. He has the gifts.

  77. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Lloyd – kooze is correct – he is on pace for a sub 30 goal 82-game season… But I hope he has caught lightning in a bottle

  78. Nash is ridiculous good. If Nash ever played with a bonafide elite center he’d put up 90 points/year without batting an eye.

  79. Nash is worth the price even of Dolan’s ticket glom. Pavaratti without the music.

  80. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Still not sure i do the Nash deal…only been almost half the season…

  81. Gaborik’s been alright. He’s not one of the coach’s favorites and gets singled out (unfairly) because of it. 16 points is ok. There are far bigger disappointments on this team.

  82. As someone said recently, Torts says Nash is low maintenance; Nash says Torts is high maintenance. :)

  83. Right, Lloyd, he has been okay, but he is on the cusp of being a superstar, and should claim that appellation.

  84. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Boyle still unleads all scorers with 1 point. Still, it’s more than TGO this season. How many goals does Rod Gilbert have? Exactly!!!

  85. Almost have to let him float, he can’t win corner battles. Hags gets tossed around like Raggity Andy, but he comes away with the puck or moves it more often than not. Not comparing the two, except in that way.

  86. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Lloyd – he is paid huge $$$$ to snipe.,given his uselessness in the other 2 zones – not sure gabby is unfairly criticized…. Tonight aside. Did you see his lame back check on the islander SH attempt? And the piss poor clear of the rebound later?

  87. McD doesn’t seem to sweat or gulp air even after extended shifts and extended minutes. He should do Everready ads.

  88. Gaborik is lazy and not a two-way player. But there’s been this misconception under Tortorella that top offensive forwards are meant to be third-line grinders. Gaborik will not be successful if he has to play like Brian Boyle. Brian Boyle has to play like Brian Boyle because he has an almost nonexistent offensive skill set. You negate the skills of guys like Gaborik when you force them to play against the boards because that’s just not what they do. I get that with Tortorella that sort of thing isn’t going to fly and guys have to be willing to pin the puck against the wall all night to prove their worth. It’s a pretty inadequate measure of the worth of a guy like Gaborik, or Nash for that matter.

  89. (It is) clear they miss Richards. Nuttin’ wrong with that. And ‘clearly’ can be an adverb modifying they, I suppose. So, -right- correct on all counts. As if anyone gave a rat’s…

  90. if Richards continues to play the way he has for the vast majority of this season his biggest contribution to the team will be not playing

  91. Yes, Lloyd. It’s patently obvious that Gab’s abilities are hampered by the system. It’s not that he won’t do it, he just hasn’t the something to do it. May as well let him be. I think Torts is trying to do the same thing with the kid out of Boston College, and it ain’t working, not to put Kreider in Gaby’s class.

  92. I think we’ve all seen athletes who suddenly, after stellar careers, just suddenly lose it all. Richards would seem too young for that, but it happens. Hope that’s not the case.

  93. Someone shot one over your bow early, eee. Think it was Salty. Caught the tip of my bow, too.

  94. Would you rather live in Hartford, or Bridgeport? Ugh! Ranger and Isles’ farms.

  95. would agree that it’s entirely possible that Kreider is being pushed into a role for which he’s not suited, but the guy first has to learn to play the pro game. do I think his talents will be squandered if he’s forced to play like a third-line grinder? absolutely.

  96. No names mentioned, but he said something like he went to a Hockey blog and a Seinfeld joke fest broke out. Maybe he thought he was clever…

  97. Well, to you, I’m sure, the Seinfeld reference was the lowest blow of the bout.

  98. Speed is his game. He needs feeds, like Gaby, I suppose. Nash creates his own insanity, and feeds.

  99. Step has really picked it up. Looks like a different play from early in the season. And he smiles a lot, like he’s enjoying it. That says confidence.

  100. sticking Kreider with Brian Boyle was moronic

    as was playing him on the 4th line

  101. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    It matters not – it isn’t like pearls of wisdom ooze off his keyboard – rangers won, I be happy.

    Seinfeld – “Where did I put my keys? I can’t find them anywhere”

    Christ, who writes that crap?

  102. And Steps rooms with McD and says they pick out a movie, Steps puts it on and McD is snoring after 10 minutes, out for the night. Maybe they’re both getting boatloads of sleep instead of catting at 2 AM

  103. Now I’m embarrassed to say that they (Castle Rock) optioned a Seinfeld script from me some years back, but never ran it.

  104. yeah except Miller doesn’t really look like a center right now. maybe somewhere down the line

  105. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Their loss most likely.

    Lloyd I agree. Miller and Kreider seem better suited on the wing

  106. Miller needs a lot of faceoff work if they’re going to try to make him a center. They sure ask a lot of him, too much.

  107. yeah I’m still not convinced he belongs in the NHL yet but it sure seems like he’s going to stay there until he falls flat on his face

  108. Hagelin doesn’t belong on the top line

    I think there’s been a bit of a correction vis-à-vis his performance a few weeks back. He’s fast and pretty responsible but I think those scoring flashes are the exception rather than the rule.

  109. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Hags is looking great these past few weeks. Question is: can he maintain it? Hope so

  110. Hags made his bones by flying to pucks and mucking when he got there. That’s why he’s here and The Kreider ain’t. IMHO

  111. We kind of stole one. Score misleading Henrik kept us in the game the 1st 30 minutes. That along with the Isles inability to cash in on their opportunities. We were backing in over the blue line for half the game and Henrik was great. In the last period talent prevailed and once we tied the Isles started to choke like they have all season. Can’t keep on rolling two lines and expect to win back-to-back games. Kreider’s starting to score, but how do you help a senior by putting him in the 8th grade. To be a pro you got to play on a pro level. What a waste. It’s a good thing Tort’s really likes the kid. I hate to see what would happen to him if he hated him.

  112. Hagelin’s got 2 points in the last 7 games and basically all of his scoring came in a 5 game stretch

    guy is good but not top 3 good

  113. I now from my yute that you don’t improve unless you play against people who are better than you are, no matter what the sport.

  114. But when you’re on a Stanley Cup quest, you don’t have time to “develop” talent on MSG ice; that has to happen in Hartford. If he starts to dominate there, he’s on his way.

  115. in a perfect world hagelin is on a 3rd line.. the rangers forwards really lack skill and therefore he is playing up.

    kreider should be up soon…they need more scoring…..

    cannot go the whole season with multiple guys contributing zero offense….

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