Panthers 3, Rangers 1: Post-game notes, quotes


From the NYR:

March 21, 2013 (Game 30, Home Game 17)
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Panthers 3, Rangers 1

Team Notes:

–       The Rangers were defeated by the Florida Panthers, 3-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to end their two-game winning streak. New York is now 4-2-0 in their last six home games.

–       The Blueshirts have posted a record of 15-13-2 (32 pts) overall, including a 10-6-1 mark at home this season.

–        The Rangers registered a season-high, 45 shots in the contest, led by Marian Gaborik’s season-high, eight shots on goal. The 45 shots on goal were the most by the Rangers since March 15, 2011, vs. the New York Islanders (6-3 win, 47 shots).

–        The Blueshirts won 33-62 faceoffs (53%), led by Brad Richards’ game-high, 12 faceoff wins (12-23, 52%). Brian Boyle won all 10 of his faceoff attempts.

Player Notes:

–        Marian Gaborik notched one goal and a game-high, eight shots on goal in 20:06 of ice time. He is now tied for second on the team with nine goals on the season.

–        Rick Nash tallied an assist and logged 19:37 of ice time, while skating in his 700th career NHL contest. He has now recorded a point in 12 of his last 16 games, registering eight goals and 10 assists over the span.

–        Michael Del Zotto recorded an assist and tied his season-high with six shots on goal in 22:43 of ice time. He has now registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last two games.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves and is now 13-12-1 overall, including a 10-6-0 mark at home this season. He has held opponents to three goals or fewer in each of his last 11 games (6-5-0, 1.99 GAA, .929 Sv% over the span), and has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 16 games this season.

–        Ryan McDonagh registered a career-high, six shots on goal, and was credited with a team-high, three blocked shots in 25:26 of ice time.

–        Ryan Callahan tied his season-high with seven shots on goal and led all forwards with 24:53 of ice time.

Post-Game Quotes:

–        John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “I don’t think our start was great, but it wasn’t as slow as some of the other ones. I don’t think they created a bunch of scoring chances, eight throughout the game. It was mediocre by both (teams) and we’re certainly trying push the issue there. It was a big part of our talk before the game, our start. I don’t think we got the one that we wanted to.”

–        Dan Girardi on the team’s start… “Every other team seems to come out really hard and put us on our heels. We have to find a way on the first shift and second shift, just throw everything we have at them in the first couple of shifts and create some momentum that way.”

–        Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “We’d be concerned if we weren’t getting the chances. We had 40-something (45) shots on net.  You do that on a nightly basis, you get those chances on a nightly basis you’re going to get more than one goal easily.”

Team Schedule:

–        Please note the Blueshirts do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, Mar. 22. The Rangers’ next practice is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Mar. 23, at MSG Training Center.

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, Mar. 24, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7).


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  1. No need to panic when you shoot 45. Not a good result, but not a bad effort. I will say I’m tired of our defense trying to block shots, though, so far away from the shooter — all it does is screen the goalie, and McD almost had his face removed in the bargain. And Del Zotto can’t watch a guy come in from the corner to take the crease he’s standing in.

  2. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Agreed lev

    Apparently Stuart’s boy kreider was a season saver. At least he scored more goals than any of powe and halpern and Boyle and pyatt…oh wait

  3. 45 shots that came from behind the net, horrible angles and 90 feet away is not even close to a good effort as far as I’m concerned.

  4. good things, bottom lines, pucks in nets (or not)… YAWN!

    STOP PLAYIN’ BEHIND THE OPPS. NET! …maybe you can score a few goals then

  5. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Looks like buffalo and Toronto played an actual hockey game with emotion, hitting, some fights, a few goals…must be nice

  6. I’ve got a say I’ve been watching Florida all yearlong now and this was one of their best efforts, especially defensively. BTW, other than one other start this season, Markstrom has let in at least 2 bad goals a game. Everyone seems to come to play the rags. You would’ve thought we’d got most of the losing out of us in the first half of the schedule to the good teams. Apparently whoever we play on any given night is a good team. Oy vey.

  7. The bad effort was to arrogantly come out of the gate wondering what the other team might bring. The slow start had NY chasing the game right from the start, and that’s not good, but at least they chased the game hard, closed well. Starting well is job one now, and the coaches need to figure that out quickly. Scoring first is no guarantee that you win, but it sure does help. I’d like to see the next game begin with a Rangers goal followed immediately by a Rangers time-out — time to get serious.

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