Capitals 3, Rangers 2 (shootout): Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the NYR:

March 24, 2013 (Game 31, Home Game 18)
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Capitals 3, Rangers 2 (shootout)

Team Notes:

–       The Rangers were defeated by the Washington Capitals, 3-2, in the shootout tonight at Madison Square Garden. New York has recorded a point in five of their last seven home games, posting a record of 4-2-1 over the span.

–       The Blueshirts are now 15-13-3 (33 pts) overall, including a 10-6-2 mark at home this season.

–        The Rangers have registered a point in eight of their last 10 regular season games against the Capitals (7-2-1 over the span), out-scoring Washington, 34-19, over the span.

–        The Rangers have posted a record of 21-6-3 in their last 30 games against Southeast Division opponents, including a 6-3-1 mark against the Southeast Division this season. The Blueshirts have out-scored their Southeast Division opponents, 94-62, over the span.

–        The Rangers’ power play was 1-2 (2:25) in the contest, and is now 10-52 (19.2%) in the last 19 games.

–        New York out-shot Washington, 32-24, including a 25-10 advantage after the first period. Ryan Callahan led all skaters with a season-high, nine shots on goal.

–        The Rangers out-hit the Capitals, 47-27, led by Ryan Callahan and Brian Boyle, who tied for the game-high with six hits apiece.

–        The Blueshirts were credited with 23 blocked shots, including eight players with two or more blocked shots. Ryan McDonagh and Steve Eminger tied for the team-high with three blocked shots apiece.

Player Notes:

–        Derek Stepan tallied a power play goal, converted his shootout attempt, and won 11-20 faceoffs (55%) in 19:52 of ice time. He has now tallied a point in 10 of the last 13 games (six goals, six assists over the span).

–        Arron Asham notched a goal and was credited with three hits in 6:39 of ice time, while making his return to the lineup after missing the previous 15 games due to injury. He is now six goals shy of his 100th career NHL goal.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves through regulation and overtime, and stopped 2-4 shootout attempts. He is now 13-12-2 overall, including a 10-6-1 mark at home this season. He has held opponents to three goals or fewer in each of his last 12 games (6-5-1, 1.98 GAA, .928 Sv% over the span), and has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 17 games this season.

–        Marian Gaborik recorded a power play assist and five shots on goal in 19:54 of ice time. He has now tallied a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist over the span).

–        Brad Richards registered a power play assist, and was credited with two hits and two blocked shots in 19:58 of ice time. He recorded a point in each of the three games against Washington this season (one goal, two assists), and is now two points shy of his 800th career NHL point.

–        Kris Newbury tallied an assist and was credited with three hits in 8:55 of ice time, in his first game with the team following his recall from Connecticut yesterday.

Post-Game Quotes:

–        John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “They changed the complexion when we were down and scored a goal. They changed the momentum plus scored a goal and drew a penalty so it was good stuff for us.”

–        Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “Tough start, but we came back and that was big.  Overall, I think we had enough chances to win this game.  I only stopped two of four in the shootout.  I have to be better.  You face really good players.  I think the last one was a really good shot. Ovechkin, I felt like I had him, but I didn’t get the stick down.”

–        Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “I thought after the first ten minutes we responded well, getting two goals and tying it up after the first. We had chances in the second and third we just couldn’t find the next one and eventually they did in the shootout.”

Team Schedule:

–        The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Mar. 25, is 11:30 a.m. at MSG Training Center.

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, Mar. 26, at Wells Fargo Center (7:30 p.m. – TV: MSG Network; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), to begin a three-game road trip.



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  1. eddie:

    based on years past, 52-54 would be needed for them to get in. is this team going 11-6 the rest of the way? doesn’t seem like a snowball’s chance in hell that happens. but they’re able to get points from OT losses so that makes things slightly better for them – which still puts them at better than 1 point per game even without going 11-6. like I said, time is running out rapidly.

  2. he wasn’t benched in OT, so to speak. I think Gaborik-Callahan started it, Gaborik stayed out for a long shift, then Nash-Hagelin. Then because of a faceoff, Richards replaced Hagelin. But obviously, lines were broken up and you want Gaborik and Nash out there as much as possible in the 4-on-4.

  3. Papa Bear March 24th, 2013 at 10:37 pm repost:::::::
    I love my brutha’s who spend time here…..we all love the Blueshirts……..but it hit me tonight between the eyes watching the 3rd period…………if this is the best a desperate team can do……we are toast.

  4. Was anyone out there confident with Richards takling that turn in the skills competition? I know I wasn’t. But then again, I was yelling at the TV “STEPAN!!!?? WTF??”

  5. for efective footing, you have to excavate below the frost line and reinforce with steel.

  6. So if they would have won the extra point tonight theyd have to go 10-7. Definutely nit goingb11-6. Why would they go 10-7

  7. Richards has become a boat anchor to who ever he plays with. Everyone of his shifts is like a pp for the opposition if they get the pill into the NY zone. Someone please tell me he’s playing hurt. Otherwise this guy will be the last amnesty buyout the team has.

  8. Masochism Square Garden is presently replaying tonight’s game. See Asham score, turn off set and pour single malt.

  9. eddie eddie eddie on

    carp – do they make the playoffs?…i say somehow they will….but not sure they win a game against the pens in rd. 1

  10. Carp… this point, it really doesn’t matter, ice time in OT, who got it, who didn’t.

    The tape of the 3rd period says it all.

    Significant changes are necessary when you get outplayed in the final 10 minutes of a tied game by a team that is 4 spots below you in the standings. Coaches, Players, management……changes are needed, especially when this is the SOP of the team for the season.

  11. Gaborik had 2 OT shifts. He was out there to start the OT, for a good 1-1.5 minutes then after Holtby’s mask was being repaired for a few minutes he came back out. I didnt have a problem with Kreider not being out there in the OT. I thought Torts managed the lines well in the OT. It’s the fact that he didnt send out Kreider for Richards in the shootout that bothers me.

  12. Papa, I was asking Carp about Kreider’s ice time. I would have liked to see The Krid with some open ice and in the Skills competition.

  13. That car seat stuff makes me laugh out loud. I can picture Torts in the back seat complaining about his old man’s driving. Did I miss Ovechkin’s and Hagelin’s tonight, or did the NHL finally tell them to dress properly?

  14. Romeo, I don’t mean to question you….I agree, Kreider should have been on the ice during OT……If I were coaching,,, for shore.

  15. Does BR have a NM claus . If not maybe we can move him , he brings nothing to this team right now . He has been a great passer for years in the NHL so what the F&%# is up . You can’t ask for better finishers then Gabby and Nash on your line , with wingers like that you would think all they need to do is get in an open area he gets them the puck . Don’t know what is wrong with them can’t put a finger on it but something is missing

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