Rangers 2, Hurricanes 1 (shootout): Post-game notes, quotes


From the NYR:

March 18, 2013 (Game 28, Home Game 16)
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers 2, Hurricanes 1 (shootout)

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 2-1, in the shootout tonight at Madison Square Garden, in the first game of a back-to-back set. Rick Nash (game-deciding goal) and J.T. Miller each tallied a goal in the shootout. New York has now won four of their last five home games.

–        The Blueshirts improved to 14-12-2 (30 pts) overall, including a 10-5-1 mark at home this season.

–        New York has won seven of their last eight games against the Hurricanes, having out-scored Carolina, 26-17, over the span.

–        The Blueshirts extended their winning streak against the Hurricanes at MSG to four games, having out-scored Carolina, 13-5, during the stretch.

–        The Rangers improved to 21-5-2 in their last 28 games against Southeast Division opponents, including a 6-2-0 mark against the Southeast Division this season. The Blueshirts have out-scored their Southeast Division opponents, 91-56, over the span.

–        New York has posted a combined record of 3-4-0 in back-to-back games, including a 3-1-0 (2-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road) record in the first game.

–        The Blueshirts held the Hurricanes scoreless in three power play attempts (3:08), and are now 49-56 (87.5%) on the penalty kill in the last 19 games. New York improved to 9-4-1 when not allowing a power play goal.

–        The Rangers out-shot the Hurricanes, 36-30, including a 30-16 advantage after the first period.

Player Notes:

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves through regulation/overtime and stopped 2-2 shootout attempts to improve to 12-11-1 overall, including a 10-5-0 mark at home this season. He has now held opponents to two or fewer goals in 14 games, including seven contests where he has surrendered one goal against.

–        Derek Stepan notched a goal and registered three shots in 18:34 of ice time. He has now tallied a point in eight of the last 10 games, registering 10 points (five goals, five assists) over the span.

–        Ryan Callahan tallied an assist, four shots on goal, was credited with three hits and won 4-6 faceoffs (67%) in 21:48 of ice time. He has now tallied seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last eight games, including a point in four of the last five contests (two goals, two assists), and is two assists shy of his 100th career NHL assist.

–        Carl Hagelin recorded an assist and three shots on goal in 20:08 of ice time. He has now registered 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in the last 18 games, including five assists in the last seven contests.

–        Michael Del Zotto tied his career-high with five shots on goal and was credited with three hits in 25:17 of ice time to earn second star honors.

–        Dan Girardi tied for the game-high with six hits, led all skaters with five blocked shots, and registered four shots on goal in 26:09 of ice time.

–        Ryan McDonagh was credited with four hits and two blocked shots, and logged a team-high, 27:30 of ice time.

Post-Game Quotes:

–        Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game…“We worked really hard and they started the game really well. I thought we played a lot better in the second and third periods. It wasn’t our best game but we found a way to win and that’s what we need to do right now. I don’t care how we do it as long as we get points.”

–        Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game carrying over into upcoming games… “You hope it does.  It means nothing if we don’t go into Jersey and play the same way, or go into Jersey and get a win.  You’re only as good as your last game, so we have to go to Jersey and show that kind of effort we did in the second and third and pucks will start going in for us too.  There’s no concern in this room.  No matter what reporters say, anyone says, we know we have guys in here that can score goals and it’s going to come.”

–        J.T. Miller on his line… “We have been really working on trying to own pucks down low. We don’t necessarily have to make the most chances, but just wear down the other team’s line playing against us. I think we did really well tonight, it was one of our best games together as a group.”

Team Schedule:

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils tomorrow, Mar. 19, at Prudential Center (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. at Prudential Center.


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  1. New York. A winter sky.
    Snowy bridges A murky night.
    The air is heavy with the passing snow.
    The world’s reborn, transfigured by that storm.
    Good cheer, like Christmas, all about
    The Rangers, yes the Rangers
    Pulled one out.

  2. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Just back from game. Did the OT and most of the last two periods look as good on tv as they were at MSG?? Only thing they couldn’t do is finish, hard to believe.

  3. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    so, decided for the first time ever to take the elevator down at MSG. About 15 people. One older guy, seemed to know what he was talking about said “did you hear? Islanders got Iginla today”. He said for draft picks.

    Hmmmmm…..everyone seemed to believe him including yours truly. Would have been upsetting.

  4. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Coos, check out the link to the Icelanders site. OMG!! Spiderman Game?????

  5. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    David Clarkson called tomorrow night “must win” for Devils today. If we had a team that could stand up for itself, it might beat him to a pulp tomorrow night. Instead, well…..he may have something there……..but I sincerely hope someone shoves a sock in his mouth.

  6. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    JR has something there. That’s what tonight was. They did win because they didn’t lose. And we also had Hank in the SO. That helps.

  7. When will there be a Dolan ‘Beginnings?’ Where he says that when he was a kid, the circus wanted to run away and join HIM?

  8. pop the cork on the champagne they scored a goal. really what weakness have they solved from yesterday except they got a win.

    3rd and 4th lines still suck, $20 mill line still is average, and nothing has changed. I forgot sniper Asham is 1 day closer to being back in the lineup, that will help as much as if they piut BIckell in the lineup…

    richards played better then usual but still nada to show for it, but hey fella good try….

    on another front the locker room is still close. cool maybe halpern can become pen pals with TOrts after he retires…….halpern and powe the PK specialist on the 2nd PK unit, makes sense to me…..

  9. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Dolan Sr – “son, you draw with those…. ”

    Jr – “but dad, the purple one is really yummy”

  10. ya know from the go time thread. all good bro. its called a flux capacitor, and i dont need a road to get there

  11. Thanx, grabby. Due to Carp’s itchy fingers, I have an audience of one. Good company that, though. :)

  12. Lmgo at the circus, coos.

    Fyi, somebody called HQ and complained that our usage of New Ro is racist & ghetto slang. WTB?

  13. i’m just happy we got a good effort and a win from everyone on the team tonight. no matter what, those boys gave a good try and came out with the win. if anybodys complaining about how we got the win, well they have mine and dr ilbs permission to take out their rectal thermometers

  14. party at my place. got the bean dip all ready. whats that commonsense? u brought ur own tartar sauce?

  15. How come you never hear someone say that they come from “The Mean Streets of Bronxville?”

  16. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Eddie, I think tonight was a stepping stone. It was not a well played game. But, they found a way. There was some ok play by the Pyatt-Boyle-Miller line that may, if coach leaves them for a game or two, take some pressure off the top two, whatever the top two are. Honest, with all the line changing, I wonder if THEY know who plays where anymore.

  17. eddie, u see the funny lookin guy with the yellow rain coat on? will u put some stinkbait on him and toss him from the pier

  18. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    And, MSG is so quiet. I think the fans know this team that even the Vegas oddsmakers made 3-1 to win the Cup before the season is an imposter. New York fans are pre-t-t-t-t-t-y smart. They get it.

    Perhaps they have a run. Perhaps they make the playoffs. Perhaps, given the lousy competition in fht east, they finish 6th. But this ain’t last year. The fans know that.

  19. tbh the top line was pretty crappy until the 2nd half of the game but yea, baby steps. gabby was better besides his penalty

  20. Cmnsens has extended the hand of friendship and suggests private chats and correspondence re: Religion, World Affairs, Great Hurdlers from the 1932 Olympics, George Steinbrenner, Astophysics, Power Play Charts, Modern Art, Gordie Howe, Pornography, and Great Novels of the Western World. I demur.

  21. stranger nation on

    Matty – MSG quiet as Post St Paddy’s day ‘Hair O’ the Dog’ could only help so much.

    Game semmed sloppy on the telly. Must have been the HIDef picture on Hamr time

  22. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Latona, I will grant you. In the OT, pretty much dominated by our boys, it was pretty loud. In the silly thing after the OT 5 minute session everyone was standing. Nash put on a show, as did Henrik and JT. We’ll give Callie a pass, but hit the freaking net, Captain.

    The first period was mystifying. But the second and third, they had their spurts. I think the fans behaved smartly. There was one PP at the end of the game that was…..sickeningly amateurish. The fans acted accordingly.

  23. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    I’ll tell you a bright point. And I am no fan of his. But Richards ACTUALLY back checked tonight. It was a revelation. Oh, yeah, he had his share of stupid passes and plays. Bounced off other bigger players, as usual. But it seemed a start for him. Perhaps he has worked off his spare tire and, for the $20M or so he will receive this year, may play the final 15 games. Seriously, he looked more with it tonight.

  24. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    They shouldn’t be over tired from tonight. They should be ready. Who knows which team will show up, though. Sure seems the Derbils, although sliding themselves, are better going into the game. Perhaps Hank has a stunner tomorrow.

  25. I wasn’t home for the majority of the game, Matty. Just making an observation. Shame about the ticket prices though, isn’t it? If I knew it was going to be loud every night, I’d be willing to pay a bit more for my seats. But now it’s quiet.. and expensive.

  26. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Hank had a huge save inside the final 1.5 minutes, which a few days ago, gets netted. That was another positive. Don’t know who shot it but it had ‘roof, roof, roof’ all over it. Hank was in position, though.

    As I said, some good signs to build on. But not a great performance by a great team, for sure.

  27. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Interesting thing, Latona, there are a number of $50-55 seats up high. Not that that’s chicken feed, but it is possible to get in there for that. But the whole lower level is about $130 (lowest pricing) plus.

    I moved upstairs to the second row this year. Got tired of paying $165 per ticket and not having a resale market. My seats are selling when I want to sell them, in some cases for much more, and they are good seats. The first row upper in the middle is a laughable $150 per.

  28. I have a very old, unopened bottle of Irish Whiskey Single Malt and I recently asked a professor of Classics whom I have long known, and who is a connoisseur of all things wet and alcoholic if it would go bad. His response was a killer: “Not if it doesn’t mix with the wrong sort.”

  29. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Money can’t buy everything it’s true…. But the old orange seats I can use…. Money that’s what I want.

  30. Another one years ago was thinking of calling off his engagement, and asked my advice. He repeated to me a litany of reasons why this marriage wouldn’t work, and then finished by saying he had second thoughts and was out on a limb: “but, she’s so…….round.” I still laugh about that one, even as I type. :)

  31. Nash is one of the few I’ve seen who doesn’t seek open ice, he somehow creates it from havoc.

  32. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Nash has put the team on his shoulders. If he plays poorly, no chance to win it seems. Scoring goals is not so easy for this team.

  33. Man, the way he can hit the open man with a slick pass, I’d sure like to play on his line if I were Gaborik.

  34. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Poor gabby. I feel for him. He needs a shrink.

    Big boy pants – big onions

  35. First during a snowy morning! Let’s do it again tonight…the goals will come if they keep playing the way they did in the last 2 periods.

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