Maple Leaves 4, Rangers 3: Post-game notes


The Rangers fumbled and bumbled away a game and probably a chance to finish as high as fifth place in the East. Four goals against on four miserable defensive breakdowns.

Post-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

April 8, 2013 (Game 39, Away Game 19)
Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON
Maple Leafs 4, Rangers 3

Team Notes:

–      The Rangers were defeated by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-3, tonight at Air Canada Centre, and are now 3-1-1 in their last five games.

–      The Blueshirts have posted a record of 19-16-4 (42 pts) overall, including a 7-10-2 mark on the road this season.

–      The Rangers out-hit the Maple Leafs, 42-32, in the contest, led by Michael Del Zotto’s game-high, six hits.

Player Notes:

–      Rick Nash notched two goals, led all skaters with seven shots on goal, and logged 21:48 of ice time. He has now registered 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in the last eight games, including a three-game goal streak (four goals) during the stretch.

–      Derek Stepan recorded two points, including one goal and one assist, to extend his point streak to five games (four goals, four assists over the span). He has now tallied 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in the last 21 games. Stepan also won a team-high, 14-28 faceoffs (50%) in 21:04 of ice time.

–      John Moore registered an assist, was credited with two hits, and tied for the game-high with three blocked shots in 9:00 of ice time. He has now tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in four games as a Ranger.

–      Steve Eminger recorded an assist, was credited with two blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 11:23 of ice time. He is now two points shy of his 100th career NHL point.

–      Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves and has now posted a record of 17-14-3 overall, including 5-8-2 mark on the road this season.

–      Ryan Callahan was credited with five hits, tied for the game-high with three blocked shots, and registered three shots on goal in 22:25 of ice time.

Team Schedule:

–      The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Apr. 9, is 12:30 p.m. at MSG Training Center.

–      The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against Original Six opponent, the Toronto Maple Leafs, on Wednesday, Apr. 10, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), to complete their home-and-home set.


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  1. Someone comes near Richards in any zone, he discards the puck ASAP and he turns flatfooted and lifts his stick in defense instead of keeping it on the ice. Like peewee hockey.

  2. “Steve Eminger recorded an assist, was credited with two blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 11:23 of ice time. He is now two points shy of his 100th career NHL point.”

    The quest continues!!

  3. Chris Christie….. “Where is Mike Rice ? Send him to me. I will eat him and his family with my Kung pow chicken.”

  4. Stranger Nation on

    Love how Powe scoring prowess distracted goalie on step’s goal

    Defense starting to get FATIGUED

    More Moore please

  5. One night DelZ or Girardi will hit even the post with a slapshot and they’ll stop the game to award him the puck and the hat.

  6. Stranger Nation on

    Just score papa – 18 gs the last 5 games

    hank may have ‘stole’ one v. Canes, but he needed to come up with another save tonite, esp on last goal to get us a pt.

  7. Strange.. The Richards line and MDZ and Girardi needed to show up on the shift after Step tied the game. They were a resounding “no-show” on that critical shift.

  8. Stranger Nation on

    More Moore on pp, less Danny G

    Richards at end of game with weak slapper 10 ft wide leading to the question, What the Byfuglein does Tarts see in this corpse?

  9. Stranger Nation on

    Papa – agreed – once you said richards it all makes sense – hard to produce when your #1 center has fallen and he can’t get up.

    More Bros-hard, less Richie Rich

  10. Torts to Peedo.. “I prefer the company of animals to people.”

    A little odd for a leader of men, no?

  11. But it does explain the way he treats Sammy the Shcnozz in his post game pressors.

  12. Stranger Nation on

    Papa – dogs can’t talk back – not really a ‘people person’ kind of guy, Cesar – The Dog Whisperer.

    Never understood a coach never ever going in the locker room – that is weird, no?

  13. Pap, that was one of the most strange serious statements I have ever heard. This guy is a therapist’s dream. Just win, and I’ll give him a pass. :)

  14. Stranger Nation on

    Torts may hit Sam on the nose with a rolled up paper in one of these pressers.

  15. “I’m not out here to answer questions from you guys.” Well, what in hell IS he out there for? He has no shot at coaching the Olympic Team unless the NHL wants to gamble with Bobby Knight headlines all over the world.

  16. But the guy came off as having a heart on the HBO show last year with 10 year old kid Liam Traynor.

  17. He’s probably the type who is great to have as a friend, someone who you can count on in good times and bad. But if your not in that circle, he could give 2 plops about you. ……….wait a minute, is that Torts or me that I’m referring too???

  18. If I ever need a heart transplant, I want his heart. I want one that has never been used before.

  19. Separated at Birth quadruplets:: Lady Byrd Johnson, Betty Ford, Margaret Thatcher, John Tortarella.

  20. Stranger Nation on

    Papa – hes a good guy, but his interpersonal skills are very lacking and in the media hub it is only a matter of time until is blows up, especially with ECF finals appearance last year raising expectations.

  21. “Pull the *** over! I want a *** happy meal! Get me a **** **** hamburger and some **** fries!”

  22. Wish Sam would say to him: “I really don’t give a chit if they lost intensity after the second goal, I just get paid to ask you these stupid questions and your contract directs you to answer them.”

  23. Tortorella likes to bogart and embarrass people publicly and then apologize privately. Lame.

  24. Stranger Nation on

    papa – LOL – it is both of you

    Analyst/thinker personality which is an indirect communicator who prefers small groups of close friends and will only speak facts once he has ownership of them. Can be seen as too distant or gruff.

  25. And Sam finishes with: “and If you don’t like it John, I’ll blow my nose on you and all four of your pitbulls.”

  26. Strange, you just saved me thousands of $’s in analyst fees with that quick and accurate diagnose. Where should I send the check?

  27. Stranger Nation on

    Sam the Funeral Director is a scream in these pressers.

    “Sorry about the loss, we all really like the effort. Let’s remember the good things to take away from this and not dwell on the loss. God has plans for all of us. We are in a better place now.”

  28. Stranger Nation on

    thought Nash and Step would grab a pt out of this one, but the D was not up to the task

  29. “Will only speak facts once he has ownership of them.” Is this a new age condemnation, Strange?

  30. i’ll probably repost this because it seems that a lot of folks wait for Carp’s review.

    this is from Andrew Gross’ Live Game Blog
    between periods 1 and 2

    Intermission: Unbelievable. Leafs between-periods announcer gets on scoreboard screen, asks crowd if they want to see a good hit by Phaneuf and they show the hit on Michael Sauer that quite likely ended the defenseman’s promising career. I consider that in incredibly poor taste. Or clueless.

    i already tweeted my disgust to the Leaves @MapleLeafs
    also included a couple of media folk — Kypreos and Dave Hodge.
    would encourage others to do the same.

  31. strange, no offense, but I’ll only send a check to the Garden of Dreams if I receive a lock of Dugays chest hair in return.

  32. Torts has the D joining the rush more, sometimes deep, but either he hasn’t explained to others what their responsibilities are in those situations or they are brickheads.

  33. Phaneuf is not that good and he always has been a cheap shot artists…

    defensive breakdowns killed tonight…..

    boyle scoring .01 points per game on the season, he is the straw that stirs the drink. he is the indespensible cog to these teams engine…

    what a heck of a player…..cannot fight, cannot stay on his skates, has no offense skill, does almost nothing well.

    brassard and hagelin need to give more regardless that they have a boat anchor on there line………

  34. Btw, the lock of Dugays chest hair is for my 86 year old mom, who told me (seriously) “he’s still kind of cute, for a 60 year old lad”

  35. Stepan had the chance to put Phanueff into the hospital tonight on the play Cally got called for the penalty. He could have Scott Stevens/Eric Lindrossed him. He is lucky that Stepan is an honorable man.

  36. Papa, don’t get eddie started. He’s already invited Doogie out to Monterey for a wine festival and chess marathon. Hope he has plenty of Selsun Blue in the shower cabinet.

  37. Stuart nails 5 points. onetwothreefourfive. Just like that. Took Boyle 38 games to get 5 points.

  38. Stranger Nation on

    Papa – Doogay makes 60 seem like the new 40, definitely caught up in Hot tub Time Machine

  39. For real, jpg? That’s deplorable. Good luck trying to get the Canadian media to notice, though..

  40. Stranger Nation on

    coos – like to see him bother Parros, another, ahem, student athlete from Princeton

  41. Some of the Ivies (especially Harvard basketball) have found new ways to get around the, ahem, academic requirements.

  42. powe is more useless the n Boyle and plays 1/3 as much for obvious reasons..

    boyle so big but yet so bad. it literally is almost impossible to get this guy on the 4th line or out of the lineup.

    for a guy who sat 2 or 3 games, with this production why is he getting 12 + minutes a game????hagelin would be better on the Pk also…

  43. Strange,,,,I’m gonna pass on any hot tub Doogie has had the pleasure of submerging his groinal region in.

  44. zucc has to put it in the net. all the takeaways are good but he needs to put it in the net.

    if richards is not bought out in the off season I am going postal….

  45. Stranger Nation on

    stuart – agree boil is looking slower on pk, tonite they let Loafs pass it arpund like a game of keep away.

    Where was the pressure on the puck, esp on Kessel for goal #3

  46. Papa, eddie3X has a swamp in back of the house where he takes late night dumps, as you and I know. He can tell Doogie that it’s a West Coast Frank Lloyd Wright hot tub.

  47. Lloyd, watch the replay…. I could have put him in the hospital. And it could have done with a clean check. He was vulnerable

  48. Czechthemout!!! on

    Teflon Boyle! Torts’ adopted son. Never has someone with so much ice time done so little with it. Boyle is blazing a trail towards a 12 point season if this were an 82 game schedual.

  49. ThisYearsModel on

    Richards with 20:00 plus of not skating and passing into teammates skates. Brassard with only 10:00. That needs to change if Richards cannot get his act together.

  50. Czechthemout!!! on

    But there was considerable interest in teflon Boyle from around the league.

    The interested teams wanted to know what the Rangers would pay them to take him off their hands.

  51. This years model, I think more so than any other factor, the Non-reaction by Torts to Richard’s deplorable effort this year, is what frustrates this group most off all.

  52. I don’t know, Boyle makes some pretty circles. He can’t change directions much faster than the Exxon Valdez.

    Moore looked ok. sure deserved more ice time. DZ missing the net, chasing guys behind the net. Have to remind him every game I guess. lets hope someone does that before Wednesday.

  53. Even Hagelin got three games last year on the Alfredsson scrum. Same game that Carkner got one game for (in the words of Shanahan) “continuing to inflict punishment on an opponent (Boyler) who was an unwilling combatant.” If I were Boyle, after that fiasco, I would have taken boxing and wrestling lessons during the summer and lockout.

  54. Tomb, I had a coach once who used to scream at certain players…..ahem….. That they had the “turning radius of an aircraft carrier. ” when I watch Boyle and MDZ. It reminds me of…….me.

  55. Czechthemout!!! on

    To which the lunatic coach responded ” puck you Glen!, you cigar sucking yeti!” “I will never let you trade my fuggin son for a pucking bag of pucking pucks!”
    ” now go to the pucking kitchen and make me a pucking sandwich you pucking icehole”!

  56. Gotta get that big carrier turned into the wind to get them nasty birds in the air, Papa.

  57. E3 disappears for six hours, then returns to the blog at 3 AM saying: “Where’d everybody go?”

  58. Papa. Ha Ha

    well I remember a coach stopping a scrimmage when I passed from a good shooting position in front of the net to someone on the side. “Bassler, you got to take that shot!”

    I scored a lot of goals that year.

  59. Czechthemout!!! on

    ” and you know what else? He gives good wall, you pucking geezer bastadge!”

  60. If he went to the Nick Fotiu hockey boxing school, Papa, somebody might get a big surprise one of these nights.

  61. Coos, in my day we’d play some games in outdoor rinks. I was really good with the wind at my back. Wind in face or crosswind, not so good.

  62. Tomb, I was a better coach than player. There are those who do….. And those who teach..

  63. Like that commercial where the two players are looking at a small screen and the wise guy says, “We needed that save right there,” and the quieter guy says, “that was your man, no?”

  64. Coos, Nicky was a tough son of a witch. Rangers had swagger when he was dressed to play.

  65. I had a coach who would say, “You gotta make that play, Shirley.” Today, he’d be fired.

  66. Nicky one night had his opponent so confused with his boxing feints that the guy refused to rush him (smartly, because Fotiu was a master counter puncher) and they were both called for delay of game. LMGO.

  67. See a definite upgrade in play since the arrival of the new guys, but probably not enough to compete with last year’s team.

  68. Coos, not to get all nostalgia, but Nicky could take a punch. He often would take a few before stormin back to win the bout

  69. I don’t know about that, Papa. Certainly not in the camaraderie department, for sure, but they could mesh into a tough coherent bunch.

  70. I think this team is better than last years talent-wise. I hope Miller and Kreider come back into play for post season?

  71. Another former Ranger who put fear in opponents was Joey Kocur, even though they had him towards the end of his career. That man had a jackhammer for a right hand. Players feared him.

  72. Unless you’re signed for ten rounds, you have to go into these things with aggression, and be willing to take a couple. Without that mindset, you’re toast. That’s why I like Asham, he’s small, but in your face like a jackhammer, not ducking and spinning.

  73. Pyatt,………nothing personal, but should be plying his trade and scoring 20 in the AHL.

  74. Pyatt impresses me as someone who give his 100%. But, it ain’t close to being enough,

  75. Coos, ,,,,Some of the best toe to toe brawls the last decade have involved Asham. He can give and he can receive.

  76. Kocur was a ‘little’ sledgehammer. Guys like Nash and a few others are too valuable to be involved with anything after the whistle, but good teams put them at ease with nasty “helpers.”

  77. Don’t get the sense, from a distance of course, this years team has the shared Man love that was unique with last years group. Less unity, more fractious perhaps.

  78. And I think Ash is 35. Dorsett, who will probably next year take his place, is like 27.

  79. Don’t matter, I think Malkin wants to come to us as a FA after next year. I really believe we have a good shot at him.

  80. What you say has to hold water, Papa. The heavies in our lineup will do what they get paid for, but camaraderie in hanging with the same teammates for a couple few years makes that player jump in quicker to protect his buds.

  81. I notice that Nash has been receiving a lot of after whistle shoves and bad language. A better unified team wouldn’t even let that continue.

  82. He laid low for 1st and some of the 2nd period, working himself up. I liked the way Nash discovered that his alter ego, “Darth Vader”, could be a moment of surprise, twice, and he did it.

  83. I see dark thoughts about John Tortorella, not a good sign in this assemblage of characters. Don’t we have have anything good to say about the Coach ? Let’s hear it…

  84. Just arrived in Orange Co., what do you guys think, is this set-up going to work out?
    Clowe was kind of shy, the defence is lacking in cohesion, I have no crystal ball as for what to do next.

  85. Za'rat "The OTHER GUYS Greed" Jones on

    I have great concerns moving forward. I look in at my crystal balls and I ask:

    Is it better to make the postseason and be eliminated in one round?

    Is it better to get a better draft pick in a deep draft year?

    Is it better to clean my remote with alcohol or just water?

    Does Sather have a viable goaltender in place if Lundqvist decides to venture elsewhere?

    Is it better to wash n fold underware or iron them?

    Do we fire Tortorella once and for all for his lack of respect for developing youth?

    Is it ok to clean in between my toes with my fingers and sniff them?

    All these questions have me concerned about our team moving forward in the next few years.

    Anyone have these same questions?

  86. Za’rat,

    they are all pertinent questions, but not really intellectually equipped to work on this site. The people here are going to sleep early, they are mostly unemployed, so you can catch them mostly during the day, as I found out when reading back.
    And if you don’t have an avatar, Manny will be really angry with you, he likes his subjects to listen….
    Live and learn.

  87. Girardi -3, Del Zotto -2.

    That was the main difference between getting points or not tonight. Wednesday’s game should be a barnburner.

  88. Tomb, I emphatise, I do work sometimes as well, but I worry about the tenured guys, if you know what I mean…
    The danger for our children, for sure…

  89. yes the gifted ones……

    we can’t all be geniuses. the society would break down.

  90. Tomb, the geniuses hightailed it, leaving their sense of humour behind – the “crypt” has snapped close all of a sudden. But, the Tullamore Dew has run out and I wish all a Good Night.

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