Rangers 4, Capitals 1: Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the NYR:

March 10, 2013 (Game 24, Away Game 9)
Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.
Rangers 4, Capitals 1

Team Notes:

–      The Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 4-1, today at Verizon Center, to improve to 5-1-0 in the last six games.

–      The Blueshirts have posted a record of 13-9-2 (28 pts) overall, including a 4-4-1 mark on the road this season.

–      The Rangers have won seven of their last nine regular season games against the Capitals, out-scoring Washington, 32-16, over the span.

–      The Rangers have posted a record of 20-4-2 in their last 26 games against Southeast Division opponents, including a 5-1-0 mark against the Southeast Division this season. The Blueshirts have out-scored their Southeast Division opponents, 88-52, over the span.

–      The Rangers notched one goal in two power play opportunities (2:41), and have now tallied a goal in eight of the last 12 games (9-38, 23.7% over the span).

–      The Blueshirts held the Capitals scoreless in three power play attempts against (5:29), and are now 38-43 (88.4%) on the penalty kill in the last 15 games. New York has posted a record of 8-3-1 when not allowing a power play goal.

–      The Rangers out-hit the Capitals, 34-27, and were credited with 20 blocked shots compared to Washington’s 15 blocked shots.

Player Notes:

–      Martin Biron made 28 saves to improve to 2-1-1 overall, including a 2-1-0 mark on the road this season. It is the third time in his four starts this season Biron has posted at least 28 saves.

–      Rick Nash recorded two assists, including one on the power play, to extend his point streak to a Rangers’ season-high, six games (six goals, five assists during the streak). He has now tallied a point in each of his last 10 games (seven goals, nine assists over the span).

–      Ryan McDonagh registered two assists, including the primary assist on the game-winning goal, was credited with three hits, and posted a plus-two rating in a team-high, 25:58 of ice time. He has now tallied 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his last 14 games, including five assists in the last six games.

–      Ryan Callahan notched a power play goal, was credited with a team-high, five hits, registered three blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 20:26 of ice time. He has now recorded seven points (five goals, two assists) in the last nine games, including four points (three goals, one assist) in the last four contests.

–      Carl Hagelin registered two assists, including one on the game-winning goal, was credited with three hits, and posted a plus-two rating in 16:01 of ice time. He has now tallied 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last 14 games, including an assist in each of the last three games (four assists over the span).

–      Brian Boyle notched the eventual game-winning goal, three shots and was credited with two blocked shots in 15:30 of ice time, while making his return to the lineup after not dressing on Friday vs. Ottawa.

–      Derek Stepan tallied the Rangers’ first goal of the contest at 11:31 of the first period, and was credited with three hits in 19:17 of ice time. He has now registered seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last six games.

–      Brad Richards recorded a goal with 1:12 remaining in the contest, and logged 15:49 of ice time. He has now tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in his last five games, including a goal in each of the last two games.

–      Michael Del Zotto tallied a power play assist and was credited with two hits in 22:33 of ice time. He has recorded three assists in the last five games, including an assist in each of the last two contests, and is now one point shy of his 100th career NHL point.

–      Marian Gaborik registered an assist and logged 17:29 of ice time in the contest. He has now tallied five points (one goal, four assists) in the last five games.

–      Dan Girardi was credited with a team-high, five blocked shots, and registered three shots on goal in 24:03 of ice time.

Team Schedule:

–      Please note the Rangers do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, Mar. 11.

–      The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, Mar. 12, at First Niagara Center (7:00 p.m. – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), as they continue their four-game road trip.


Post-game quotes, courtesy of the Washington Capitals:

New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella on the play of Brian Boyle…

“He [Brian Boyle] played better today. Obviously scores a big goal for us. Brought some pucks to the net, which I think is a big part of his game. He played better today.”

New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella on the play of Martin Biron…

“He [Martin Biron] was big on the 5-on-3. Especially there, key part of the game, made some big saves. He really does settle a team down. He helps us get out of our end zone because he moves the puck so well. So, we get him in a game, he wins us the game, plus it gives Hank [Henrik Lundqvist] a day off, plus a full day off tomorrow. Really happy how it played out here.”

New York Rangers center Brain Boyle on the play of himself today…

“I tried to start a new season basically. I tried to put myself in positions to do the things that I can do well. I tried to keep it simple.”

New York Rangers center Brian Boyle on his play moving forward…

“I’ve got to be consistent now. We’ve got a good team here. We’ve got a lot of guys that can play and we’ve got some depth. But I want to be part of it and I think, if I am going the way I should, we are a better team. That’s my focus and that’s what I am going to do.”

New York Rangers goalie Martin Biron on getting the start today…

“I think after those first 5 minutes or so, we really got going, which gave me a chance to settle in.”

New York Rangers goalie Martin Biron on the play of Brian Boyle today…

“He’s a good guy. He really works hard. Obviously he puts a lot of pressure on himself to try to contribute to every aspect of the game, It could be defensively, face-off, killing penalties and scoring goals is a big part of it. We see what he can do with putting the puck in the net.”



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  1. Caps kind of….have no chance?

    NHL Network is saying that McPhee and Oates have a closed door meeting tonight. Trade Ovechkin? Maybe finally take that laughable “C” off his chest?

  2. I doubt he’s coming here. Thank God. But I bet the Blue Jackets would like a star. Ovechkin and Anisimov. Pals for life.

    If I were him I would want to go somewhere where the team isn’t completely my responsibility. Take a deep breath and try to net 50.

  3. hwirth March 10th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Totally agree Eric

    bro, u just done the impossible. i award the bonehead blog award for bravery ;) j/k eric! love ya man!

  4. im tryin a mix of mikes hard(i said mike)teehee, and that great stuff from sweden besides hank

  5. carp- u da man too. first thing i do in the morn is not pee, no coffee, first thing i do is refresh!

  6. If the buzzards are flying in DC, I would pick at Hendricks or Chimeara. Lots of grumbling walking out today.

  7. i dont give u enough credit carp, but honestly, if i lived back in ny still, i’d get you a prime rib and an extra medium sprite one day at the garden. love to actually get out there soon and catch a game with all youse

  8. well heads, i would love nothing more than to continue this stimulating discussion, but i must meet a special lady friend i just acquired through waiver wire pickup. peace ya’ll!

  9. Mornin,’ geeks, gents, gulls, gnomes, gadflies, gaffers, ganders, garden-tenders, gas station attendants, gastro -intestinal disorders, gastronomiques, grovelers, grubs, gumball machine repairmen, goobers, gagsters, Gap customers!

  10. im out. i’ll be back in the morning god willing. weather out here is terrible. gotta drive to des moines manana in the dia, early snow ice combo.

  11. jpg's sister on

    thanks papa for casting my votes for 3 stars, went to a fundraiser last night, up early today saw the game, I just took a nap, jpg told me you offered to vote for me.

  12. Cally would be too embarrassed to take Boyle’s goal from him. Nash, he wouldn’t mind.

  13. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Wick – they showed it about 8 times – not once clearly…. They needed that super duper party pooper slo mo shot –

  14. If a goal is not definitively scored by the shooter, stands to reason the two involved discuss it, then inform the scorekeeper.

  15. I’d say I tipped it every time. But I’m not a good team player or so I’ve been told.

  16. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Can’t imagine cally taking credit for that….. That was a nashian effort

  17. Love all the dozens of baseball acronyms. Every year a couple new ones. Like reading a Chinese phone book. Not that there’s anything wrong with being Chinese.

  18. Callus got a clause…3 goals during St Paddys week, Family gets free pass to Parade and Mass at St Pats. Although Cardinal may not be present this year.

  19. you got an extra 4 mil laying around? He seems unable to solidify his position even at Columbus.

  20. Salary Caps are ruining sports for big market teams and their fans. Anti-American.

  21. The owners hoodwinked everyone. Now we argue and advise them about how to NOT spend their money. Brilliant.

  22. No one tells me to what level I can spend my hard earned tender ( except of course….)

  23. When Don Murdoch said ‘I hit the pipe tonight hard,’ was he talking about hockey?

  24. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Without a job or legal tender, you’re a bum Jules, that’s what you’ll be, a bum

  25. What’s our goal differential. is it better than our TOI distribution. Can we compare the two. This is really important.

  26. Ever see a guy 6’1, 210 play as soft as Gaby? I guess if everyone else is going and Boyle/Richie get warm, matters less.

  27. Lets find a capologist so when we talk about player movement, we’re not wasting time.

  28. Our RPI when compared to last years OBM and CTL, when divided by six tells you all you have to know. Idiots!

  29. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kooz – gabby was shying away from hits, coughing up the puck to avoid hits, throwing blind passes so as not to be hit …… He should have gone into gymnastics

  30. Ugh.. I wish they would remove secondary assists because Cindy is always padding his stats with them..

  31. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I haven’t looked at the CBA once…..have no idea, nor any interest, in what it says

  32. TRIPS e, it says, draft well and don’t worry………then it’s says, pay attention to your goal differential….I think.

  33. Gaby’s got his retirement planned for back in Slovakia. He figures One more large contract and he’s history. Don’t want any lingering pains.

  34. Some one found a new bonehead while out for dinner last night. It may have been junior bear.

  35. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Strange to play such a physical sport yet be allergic to the physical play

  36. Papa – you forgot the end of that post, something like: maybe we’ll finally get some intelligent hockey discussions in here. Very off-putting, if I may opine.

  37. Followed by ..”.If the shoe fits” …. I know it fits me… But if it was Junior Bear, I’m certainly proud. He was out in the Big Apple last night chowing with his honey.

  38. I’ll take Gabby as my 3rd Line right or left winger… Every day. We need to stop looking at him through the salary cap lens.

  39. If everyone else is clicking, and he floats, he’ll score. Not much else, but a goal here and there could be the difference. I’m not counting Dolan’s pesos.

  40. Unless we can trade him. …of course….. But it said he has a no movement clause… He has no movement… So, in essence we are constipated.

  41. Another example of Tyle Ennis being way to easy to knock over and still turning into a hit that results in a boarding call.

    Scott and Rinaldo looking to drop ’em.

  42. I only care what I pay. The less that goes to Guitar Jimmy, the better I feel. give it all to the players and coaches.

  43. Also, Simmonds boarding Ennis and then standing up for himself by dropping the gloves and winning. I love that guy. Too bad the Phlyers have him until the next lockout.

  44. What ever happened to Cmnsnse? Banned? I doubt he would ever stop talking on his own. :)

  45. Thank g-d where getting this out of the way early tonight. I need some good down tonight.

  46. You get all ready for snoozers, you hit the refresh button, and E3 pops up saying, ‘what’s up?’ and it’s another three Tullamores.

  47. I skipped the Irish Honey last night and broke the seal on the large Tullamore. Needed booze, not sugar. very nice. Still prefer the Black Bush.

  48. Last night for my birthday I had an 18 year old Sazerac Rye and them a 14 year old Elijah Craig single barrel hand selected by the chef at the restaurant I ate at. And before the post dinner drinks a delicious Mas Laval from the Rhone valley.

  49. Islander fan, ice fishing:

    “What are you doing?”
    “Cutting a hole in the ice to do some fishing.”
    “No fish down there?”
    “How do you know?”
    I’m the manager of this hockey rink.”

  50. Two words ….John Tavares……two more words… Michael Grabner….. I’m done.

  51. Definitely did not run into to Junior Bear. He was more likely locating on the upper west side….by the dog walk.

  52. Admiral Akbar on

    Pens destroying isles tonight – too lazy too check the Derbils’ score.. Hopefully no OT tonite

  53. Inspector Clouseau on

    Checking in with my friends to the west across the pond. How did the Rangers fair today?

  54. Carp said they were a bunch of out of shape boozers. Met quite a few of them out on the (tiny) practice town

  55. Admiral Akbar on

    Yeah Ex3 — I’m tired of the penguins as the Nhl’s Chosen Franchise..

    I would love to pick up Hartnell for the Rangers – also Simmonds would look good as a Blueshirt

  56. Admiral Akbar on

    6-2 Edmonton leads Chicago….

    Any Hawks fans about to head out to the ledge tonight?

  57. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I wasn’t so depressed when the Habs won. I figured the rangers were just beginning. Their team was so young. Then Murdoch got popped and the Islanders became the team

  58. inspector Clouseau on

    Thanks Mr. Bear. Off to work. The criminals never sleep nor should I. Good day.

  59. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Edmonton drafts 1st over all three straight years and they still languish in last place

  60. Murdoch to Clouseau: “There must be some mistake. I was only trying to order snow tires.”

  61. Inspector Clouseau on

    Mr.Coos, who is this Murdock? Have we, he and I, spoken? We don’t have much snow here. Except in the Pyrenees of course.

  62. Ah,coming home from the Keys:

    I’ve been to California
    Round the horn of Texas
    Up to Minnesota
    Been down to Arkansas
    Seen the plains of Kansas
    The mountains of Virginia

    But The Bronx is beautiful this time of year.

    Started in Nebraska
    South to Alabama
    Up north to Alaska
    I was New Jersey bound
    Had a chocolate soda in the hills of South Dakota

    Oh yeah…But The Bronx is beautiful this year.

    Spent a week in Austin
    Took a leak in Boston
    I’m very fond of Cleveland
    Spent a month there one day
    Been a lot of places
    I’ve seen an awful lot of faces…oh yeah

    But The Bronx is beautiful this time of year

    it’s very pretty in Co-Op City
    From the Stadium to Pelham Parkway
    Botanical Gardens and Morris Park
    And the Concourse and Fordham Road too

  63. Inspector Clouseau on

    Would you pass along my best wishes to Mr. Lance, if you happen upon him? We do miss him.

  64. Coos, would you mind if I put some music to that nice verse? We could make a $ arrangement if it takes off.

  65. Inspector, what took you so long to bust Lance? Did the Postal Service interfere with your investigation?

  66. can’t take any credit, Papa. Robert Klein did it. It’s on youtube and worth the view.

  67. Inspector Clouseau on

    Not at all Mr. Coos. Mr. Lance was framed by USADA, most likely because his “donation” was insufficient. He never violated the laws of France while here in France. Let them eat cake.

  68. Apologies all around. Called away to perform some pressing errands. Took a bit of time from my life which I offered up to the souls in purgatory.

  69. Inspector Clouseau on

    Mr. Coose, my apologies for the mistake. I meant to ask did the Rangers play fair today. I do get confused with translation sometimes. I’m sure you understand an hope that you won’t hold it against me. Have a good day sir.

  70. Wait…am I hallucinating or the blog is tripping balls?! Why Rangers – Craps in review is before “It’s Go Time” and post game notes?! And why isn’t anyone talking?!

  71. I love the Robert Klein “Bronx” song — but I think the lyrics quoted above are the later, slightly cleaned-up version.

    I believe that instead of

    “Spent a week in Austin
    Took a leak in Boston”

    the original lyric was:

    “Took some tea in Boston,
    Took a pee in Austin”

    The original was slightly funnier, but I guess it wasn’t considered appropriate for a general audience!

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