Rangers 6, Penguins 1: Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the NYR:

April 3, 2013 (Game 36, Home Game 20)|
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers 6, Penguins 1

Team Notes:

–       The Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden, for their second straight win. New York has now recorded a point in seven of their last nine home games (6-2-1).

–       The Blueshirts improved to 18-15-3 (39 pts) overall, including a 12-6-2 mark at home this season.

–       Newly acquired forwards Ryane Clowe (two goals, one assist) and Derick Brassard (one goal, three assists), along with defenseman John Moore (one goal), combined for eight points while making their Rangers debut in tonight’s contest. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, tonight’s contest marks the first time in franchise history that three players tallied a goal while making their Rangers debut in the same game.

–       The Blueshirts have now had 16 players make their regular season debut with the team this season.

–       The Rangers are now 8-5-1 against Atlantic Division opponents this season.

–       The last time the Blueshirts tallied six goals in a game was on November 25, 2011, in a 6-3 win at Washington. The Rangers’ five-goal margin of victory was their largest since December 11, 2011, vs. Florida (6-1 win).

–       The Rangers notched three goals in four power play attempts (4:25), and are now 14-65 (21.5%) with the man advantage in the last 24 games. The last time New York registered three power play goals in a game was exactly one year ago, on April 3, 2012, at Philadelphia (5-3 win, 3-6 on the power play).

–       The Blueshirts held the Penguins scoreless in two power play opportunities (4:00), and are now 7-7 (100%) on the penalty kill in the last two games. New York improved to 11-4-1 when not allowing a power play goal.

–       New York has registered a point in 12 of 14 games when scoring the first goal this season (11-2-1).

–       The Blueshirts extended their point streak in games when leading after the second period to 86 games, dating back to the 2009-10 season, improving to 80-0-6 over the span. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. WSH). New York is now 10-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.

Player Notes:

–        Ryane Clowe notched two goals, including one on the power play, and added an assist in 15:22 of ice time while making his Rangers debut. He also tied for the game-high with five shots on goal, was credited with four hits and posted a plus-two rating. Clowe has tallied eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last nine games. He was acquired from San Jose yesterday in exchange for a second and third round draft pick in 2013, and a conditional pick in 2014.

–       Derick Brassard registered a career-high, four points, including one goal and three assists, and won 11-15 faceoffs (73%) in 12:54 of ice time while making his Rangers debut. He has now tallied six points (three goals, three assists) in his last three contests, including a goal in three straight games. Three of Brassard’s points were tallied on the power play, which is a career-high. He was acquired from Columbus, along with Derek Dorsett, John Moore, and a sixth round pick in 2014, earlier today in exchange for Marian Gaborik, Steven Delisle, and Blake Parlett. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time a player registered four points while making their Rangers debut was Doug Bentley on January 20, 1954, against Boston.

–        Brian Boyle recorded a career-high, four points, including one goal and a career-best, three assists, and registered three shots and four hits in 16:12 of ice time. Three of his four points were tallied on the power play, which represents a career-high.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves to improve to 16-13-2 overall, including a 12-6-1 mark at home this season. He passed Ed Giacomin for second on the Rangers’ all-time goalie wins list with his 268th career win, and is now one appearance shy of his 500th career game. Lundqvist has now allowed two or fewer goals in each of the last eight games, posting a record 5-2-1 with a 1.72 goals against average and .938 save percentage over the span.

–        Brad Richards recorded two assists, including one on the power play and one on the game-winning goal, in 15:26 of ice time to earn third star honors. He has now tallied six points (one goal, five assists) in the last six games.

–        Ryan McDonagh notched the eventual game-winning goal, and registered four shots in 18:07 of ice time. He has now recorded two points (one goal, one assist) and a plus-three rating in the last two games. The Rangers improved to 8-1-1 in games when he registers a point.

–        John Moore tallied a goal and logged 14:09 of ice time while making his Rangers debut. He was acquired from Columbus, along with Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, and a sixth round pick in 2014, earlier today in exchange for Marian Gaborik, Steven Delisle, and Blake Parlett.

–        Derek Stepan recorded an assist, three shots on goal, was credited with two blocked shots, and won a game-high, 12-21 faceoffs (57%) in 20:58 of ice time while skating in his 200th career NHL game. He has now tallied a point in 13 of the last 18 games, registering 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) over the span.

–        Dan Girardi tallied a power play assist and tied for the team-high with four hits in 24:31 of ice time.

–        Carl Hagelin registered two shots on goal and was credited with two takeaways in 11:59 of ice time while skating in his 100th career NHL contest.

Post-Game Quotes:

–        John Tortorella on the team’s trade deadline acquisitions… “(Ryane) Clowe’s first shift is what he is. He’s going to bang and he’s going to create scoring changes. He had a big hit on (Deryk) Engelland and gets a scoring chance. You can see (Derick) Brassard’s skill and he has pretty good awareness. He passed the puck and scored a goal. He was good on face-offs. (John) Moore is the one I am really interested in because I know the least about him out of all of them. He’s a terrific skater and I thought he did a really good job defending and made some really good reads.”

–        Ryane Clowe on making his Rangers debut… “Exactly what I was talking about with Brassard, sometimes you just play.  We went over some system stuff before the game and I talked to Torts a little bit and he said ‘don’t worry about it too much tonight, just go out and play and that’s all you have to do’.  And I said to myself I just have to worry about skating and moving my feet and driving my legs, get some chances, and work down low.  All that stuff that I think makes me a good player I tried to do tonight. I thought for the first game, I gelled pretty well with that line.”

–        Derick Brassard on playing for the Rangers… “I’ve known Rick (Nash) for a while. They obviously have a great team and great players. When we were coming in on the plane today we were excited. It’s a great chance for us to show what we have, and for us, we just want to help in the push towards the playoffs.”

Team Schedule:

–        The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Apr. 4, is 12:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center.

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, Apr. 5, at CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m. – TV: MSG Plus; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), to complete their home-and-home set.




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  1. Rob in Beantown on

    _LOVE this Clowe quote: “I’ve always wanted to wear that hat ever since I saw it on 24/7”._


  2. Really liked what we saw from Moore. Flattened Cooke on one play when Cooke tried to hit him and then the blast from the point that, whoa, actually hit the net. Didn’t expect to see what we saw tonight at all. It was fun.

  3. Matt Cooke is a largely ineffective player when he’s not playing like an attempted murderer

  4. Even then he wasn’t that great, Lloyd. It only worked on Savard, really, out of how many targets? A low percentage player no matter what he does.

  5. ThisYearsModel on

    Let’s hope that when the players have some practices, Torts does not overcoach them into paralysis.

  6. You know it’s so funny reading the board after coming back from the Garden. It’s amazing the 180 turn on the majority of comments in less than 10 hours. You know the same 180 turn that occured when Gabby was getting blasted everyday on here until he was traded and then everyone was calling him 40 goal scorer. Hall of Famer type player.

    How about team play is more than important than 7 mil skill for 2 goals in 20 games. Nice to have the Rangers back tonight. Clowe is as good if not better than Prust. They need to lock him up. Not back accident Richards becomes a better player with some size around him. Who knew!

    Amazing what happens when this team isn’t standing around waiting for the 3 6+ million dollars players to do all the work.

  7. It was also nice to see Torts remembered how to coach. Or change his system.

    Or maybe they brought in players that actually play the game correctly. Clowe proving it’s not illegal in the NHL to hit a guy in the corner and come out with the puck. Asham proving it’s not a bad thing to stand up and fight a guy and show they won’t be pushed around at home.

    Nice to see Boyle have a game where he feels protected and that he is not being expected to be the tough guy which he was before today especially when Asham was out.

  8. Ryane Clowe is better than Brandon Prust and hopefully you didn’t need to see him score 2 goals in a Ranger jersey to know that

  9. Dorsett will gladly fill what ever “Prust” type role that is needed when he is healthy…

    Ryan Clowe and the overpaid guy playing in Montreal shouldn’t be used in the same sentence.

    And, I am HUGE Prust fan…

  10. Lloyd – You done flip flopping yet. Oh and by the way, Brassard in one game showed more skill than Stepan in a month Sorry! And thats not a knock on Stepan. I think Stepan is very good but his dreams he doesnt have Brassard passing ability. But if you actually watched other games around the League you’d know that.

  11. “Nice to see Boyle have a game where he feels protected and that he is not being expected to be the tough guy which he was before today especially when Asham was out.”

    Awesome point, HW. Couldn’t come up with the words but that is spot on…

  12. Clowe better offensively no doubt about and you know what I think of Prust. Hell, I’d build my team around guys like Clowe, Prust, Dorsett, Hartnell, Clarkson and guess what no matter what the stats say no one would want to play my team.

  13. Stranger Nation on

    Fat Guy April 3rd, 2013 at 2:46 pm
    Nash tweeting his trade demands back to Columbus – the new Rangers West

  14. All you have to do is watch the honesty of Luongo’s press conference today to understand why I hate giving guys long terms deals at big money especially for guys only known for skill like Gabby. It comes and goes and if it goes South, you are screwed.

    And by the way, I liked Gabby but skill guys are very overrated. You pay 6 mil year for 7 years and within 3 hate the deal. Especially the UFA’s. Your own RFA’s you lock up at least you drafted it so you know what you are getting.

  15. NYR were a very soft team 48 hours ago…indeed, it is nice to have Ranger hockey back…it is only one game but the next month should be a lot of fun…

  16. Yes they missed Crosby and Letang but they have Iginla, Malkin, Neal, Morrow, Kunitz, Dupuis, Sutter. Plenty left there.

    Dupuis said it best “”Everybody is telling us we’re good, we’re going to win, we made the best trades…But now it’s the guys in this locker room that have to make a difference. It’s not just going to happen. We’ve gotta battle for it.”

    You mean just keeping adding old over the hill skill guys to the roster and taking out the grinders that put you in 1st place like Jaffrey and Vitale etc. would affect the chemistry. Who knew!

    Sometimes less is more.

  17. wow now the over react pro trade is in full bloom.

    my take on matters. Bottom line they are eliminating the junck dreg garbage from he lineup..

    think game 10, bicell, gilroy, halpern. they are all gone. they are nice guys but they cannot play.

    hamrlik from last game gone. when staal comes back obviouly moore or emminger sit…they did trade the best player in the trade but they increased the overall talent of the team. when Dorsett is healthy he is a better Asham or a better Powe. Again increase the skill.. Brassard allows BOyle to move down in the rotation on the 4th line BOyle is a plus…

    Stepan is better the nBrassard so relax, Stepan season to date has been by far there best forwrd. Zucc added to the lineup about a week ago t oreplace Halpern again addition. Gabby will probably play well for CBJ he jsut was not for the rangers.

    look at Hartford today; miller, kredier, and Fasth added to the roster. They have 3 young players with skill who have a future.. Did not have them in the AHL a week ago.

    I still think Kreider should be in NY but I will leave it to the experts to decide when and I also hope to see Pyatt and Powe exit sooner versus later but bottom line overall talent increased and yes if Gabby was playing like a 40 goal guy this would have been a bad trade but he makes $7.5 mill, has 9 goals on the season and when he is not scoring he does nothing else; no pk, no physicality, bad in the d zone, does not blocke shots etc.

    this is a good trade for both teams, only time will tell the real winner but this was not a lopsided trade. NO WAY

  18. CLowe is better then Prust that is not a debateable point but clowe is 30 yrs old and his contract has to be commensurate with who Clowe is now and moving forward.

    btw emrick saying all the rangers scratched were healthy and of course whining about the cindies injuries, yep Mark Staal is no 1 he means nothing, he was jsut the Rangers best d man before his injury and if all the d men were healthy for both teams he would be the 2nd best d man to letang, end the story..

  19. Look, I know he had an sub-par season by his own standards but…Gaborik is a generational talent…maybe once every ten years a team gets a chance to draft a Gaborik type of goal scorer…and we were lucky enough to get the guy for only a 5 year deal in HIS PRIME…

    Today, it was business. Not personal…

    I really don’t believe Torts dislikes Gaby…He disliked the makeup of his team…and, he and the org decided what to do about it…

  20. Penguins look very very soft (and slow) defensively and their goaltender is a dog. Without Crosby and the team firing on all cylinders offensively, they’re beatable. That may all change once these new guys get some time together but the folks here who said adding the players they did made them slower were absolutely right. And without Letang and Martin this team is a mess on defense.

  21. – ” The last time the Blueshirts tallied six goals in a game was on November 25, 2011, in a 6-3 win at Washington. The Rangers’ five-goal margin of victory was their largest since December 11, 2011, vs. Florida (6-1 win).”

    Sooo.. Wouldn’t the last time they tallied 6 goals in a game be on Dec. 11?

  22. Whatever – I am not getting into a Stepan debate. I am well aware that if Stepan is drafted by Buffalo he’d be just another 3rd liner with no talent like the majority calls every player not a 40 goal scorer around here.

    As for overreacting to the trade. If they lost 4-0 tonight to the Pens, I’d still say it was an excellent trade because this was the most you were getting for him from here on out. That’s not opinion it’s fact. Where’s my proof? Go look at the Morrow, Iginla, Jagr and Boumeester deals. The longer you wait the more leverage you give the player and the more he can hold you up and force your hand.

  23. also keep in mind this is the first time in I think the last 7 times they played Pittsburgh that they even had a lead in the game

  24. I am not trying to knock Gabby because I thought he was pretty good here but let’s not rewrite history either. When they signed the deal it was a leap of faith giving big $$ and term to a guy who played 17 games the year before and 48 2 years prior. He was an “injury-prone” guy who had lots of skill. But they were plenty of detractors who were worried abt the injuries.

  25. Stranger – No JD did not get fleeced because I think they have every intention of giving him an extension this offseason. Which is fine but the Rangers could not afford to do it.

  26. I think he had something like 13 goals in those 17 games….

    Gaborik looked like he was going to score 60 when he was here in his first season…

    Now, he gets his old linemate back…Prospal…

  27. Stranger Nation on

    Gabby was a bad fit once they signed Nash – too many RWs

    not sure where we go from here , but if you are a real Ranger Fan, you were smiling ear to fippin ear during this game, stating with Clowe’s first shift when crushed some D man in the corner!!

    Do it again Friday and the cooke will hit the byfuglein fan

  28. Stranger Nation on

    hwirth – time will tell, time will tell – as with all deals…

    Gabby back to injury prone streak goal scorer rap – hope he pulls it out for his sake, but how much of your income would you really bet on that definitely happening?? I thought so…

  29. NYR FAN – Like I said, I am not knocking Gabby in the least. This trade was about getting the most value for the asset before we got Feastered next season. That should be an official NHL verb from now on.

    Feastered – The art of waiting too long to make a decision on your upcoming UFAs and allowing them all the power to dictate the trade and take away any ability to make a fair deal.

  30. Stranger – That’s why this was an excellent deal and why everyone freaking out at 3 oclock made me laugh.

  31. Stranger Nation on

    Brian Boyle played like a freakin MAN tonite for the first time since Judas Prust left…

  32. Stranger Nation on

    Hwirth – I really don’t know much about what we got back other than they are young mobile and skilled – seems like a good mix

    Gabby and Nash are similar players so move made sense.

    Clowe made everyone in our lineup tougher with this presence it seemed.

  33. It made me laugh reading from the same people who tell me the Nash trade is a must and who cares about the lockerroom and chemistry. And Nash is the least of the problems. Gabby and Richards are the problem.

    Those same people than lose their minds because they traded before his slump devalued that contract for next year more. Just remember the immortal words of Luongo today.

    Reporter: “Why do you believe you werent traded today”
    Luongo: “My contract sucks”

  34. People need to understand that in the NHL now with a salary cap. Players are not players. They are contracts, age and cap hit. And as we go along you will see less and less of “hockey” trades and much like the NBA you will see term and cap hit for better term and cap hit.

    If you are looking for Zubov and Nedved for Robitaille and Samuellson (one of my least fav. NYR trades of all time) type trades in the future don’t hold your breath.

  35. aren’t you the same clown who said the Rangers were ruined because they traded Dubinsky and Anisimov for Nash and ruined the chemistry

  36. Obviously a great win for the Rangers, but it’s only one game with the new guys. Let’s hope they carry this into their last 12, especially since 8 of them are on the road.
    I know it’s not easy to explain, but besides Sather being a bum, can someone please explain to me how they didn’t even get back 1 of the Blue Jacket’s 3 number one picks? I find that mind boggling, considering that Gaborik is still a good goal scorer.

  37. It’s always a sign of someone who can’t really hold an intelligent conversation about a topic when the minute you are disagreed you do what elementary school children do and insult the other person. But I am supposed to take anything you say seriously.

  38. No matter what happens, this will be a hockey game I remember for a long time.

    I desperately wish MSG had covered this one. Pretty special/interesting/unique/surprising game.

  39. so you are that guy

    and what you said then is made that much dumber by what you’re saying now

  40. Sioux-per-man on

    Wow Boys!

    That was a hockey game!!!!

    Glad to see Clowe get the broadway hat!!!

    I m really impressed with what I’ve seen out of Moore, and it wasn’t the goal. It was the hit behind Hanks net. When he flattened Cooke!

    Who knew Brassard had those skills. The skating on the power play an the drop pass to Richards. I replayed that three times and laughed the whole time!

    4 goals – 4 assists from the new guys. The only people that didn’t score where Dorsett and the 6th round pick!!

    I know it’s only one game. . . But we were telling ourselves 1pt out of two games with the penguins and we were going to be happy!

    I say we beat them in there building playing the SAME GAME!!!


  41. I did not want to trade Gab…but the last few games it was clear his time was up. He was getting lots of looks and chances and could not put the puck away.

    All I know is the NY Rangers kicked the living yellow & brown out of the #1 team in hockey tonight, and that’s cool with me.

  42. observation on pittsburgh. wouldn’t it be classic if their end of season trades actually hurt them.

    my angle is they got slower. morrow looks older and slower, iginla the same he is slowing down he is 34 or 35, murray can hit and clear but he is a plodder… i am not sure who they replaced but to me those 3 guys are porbably slowe rthen the guys they replaces.

    not a mention tonight by the nbcsn crew about Staal but paul martin and letang alot of love…

    i think this trade is even better next year when kreider and miller are acutally smarter and in the lineup, then for sure guys like powe, and pyatt are gone and they may be able to actually roll 4 lines of guys who at a minimum can skate and on occassion score….

  43. Salty – not this year he hasn’t been, but he’s still a good goal scorer over a full season playing his natural wing position. Why are people treating him like he’s a bum? He’s not even old. Yes, he’s a finesse player, but how many pure goal-scorers take the body and hit often? The Rangers need scoring, and I wasn’t against trading Gaborik – as long as they got some good scoring punch in return, which everyone seems to think (and probably are right) they did not in this deal, unless Brasard has more skill than I know.

  44. if the Rangers win on Friday then that is a eye opener, the cindies will be rearing to go on friday big time…

    i assume friday will be very rough and tumble game…..

    there d is not great, pressure them and the story changes. martin and letang are there best d men to get it out of the zone with 1 pass or for letang his skates….

  45. rangers with 13 takeaways tonight and 1 giveaway in there own zone…

    if you pressure the cindies d especially with out martin and letang they are eminently beatable…

  46. you mean commensurate with being the #1 star in his first game, basically leading them to a big victory?

    People are now making the same mistake they made with Prust, trying to get value at bargain basement prices. It ain’t your money, so if they give Clowe 5 yrs and $25 mill for being valuable to turning this team around, then so be it.

  47. clowe 5 year deal. NO FRIGGIN WAY.

    30 year old, 7 + yr vet. plays hard and tough style.

    2 years or 3 absolutely max… end the story. also he is not breaking the bank on any possible new deal…..

    the rangers are very young btw, check out the ages on there roster…very young…

  48. Wicky©Love the Clowe!! on

    It’s only one game and I’m sure new guy adrenaline was in full effect, but I (like a few others) said Clowe was a must add and is worth every pick given up (as long as he re-signs).

    The gabby trade made us deeper and distributed scoring better (like I said) and gave some cap relief.

    And just wait until dorsett is healthy, you guys will love him.

    I am dreading the two toronto games, man they added more grit…those will be tough games.

    Here is hoping we keep it up, now if we could just get mcilrath up here to clear the crease…

  49. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Werd Wicky. Dorsett isn’t the biggest bad assen in the league but he is fearless….

  50. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I also think asham deserves a star for going after glass for the after the whistle puck in our net

  51. Between An Evrock And A Hard Place on

    I would love to be the first one in line to eat crowe for the negative views I had on the trade earlier today. But I’m not passing any judgement for another couple of games or so. Hopefully the adrenaline rush and newly found physical game can transfer over into the final games of the regular season. If that happens I’ll bake the crowe myself!
    One thing on the Gabby trade I don’t understand though: Why were Delisle and Parlett included? On paper, before even hearing about the 2 other players going to Columbus with Gabby, the trade looked to be heavily in the Blue Jackets’ favor, so why the extra guys? They’re definitely not going to the HHOF anytime soon but if those extra guys go don’t you think we should’ve gotten ourselves a better draft pick?
    I’m sure it was some kind of business decision. We originally got Delisle in the Nash trade. He was a draft pick of the Blue Jackets and is a 6’6, 234 lb defenseman. If we sent their guy back from the other trade we should’ve tried to get Artie or Dubie back too! Instead we got ourselves a conditional 6th round (garbage) pick. I don’t think I’ll ever fully understand this trade. lol

  52. Got blacked out last night over here as the obscure British TV channel that shows the occasional hockey game always picks Cindy and the Ice Chickens. So imagine how hard i laughed when i woke up to watch the highlights this morning and saw what i saw!!

    Not saying Clowe is our saviour but he’s big, he knows where the net is and he competes. Brassard seems to have a lot of skill and made some beautiful plays, as long as they don’t become behind-the-back giveaways leading to two-on-ones the other way this kid could become a favourite too. Small sample size but i like what i saw so far!

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