Rangers 4, Devils 1: Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the NYR:

April 21, 2013 (Game 45, Home Game 23)
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers 4, Devils 1

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils, 4-1, today at Madison Square Garden, and are now 8-2-1 in their last 11 games.

–        The Blueshirts improved to 24-17-4 (52 pts) overall, including a 15-6-2 mark at home this season. New York has won five of their last six games, and are 7-2-1 since the trade deadline.

–        New York has now recorded a point in 10 of their last 12 home games (10-2-1).

–        The Rangers have registered a point in 15 of their last 22 games against the Devils (13-7-2 over the span), dating back to a 3-0 win at Madison Square Garden on Mar. 30, 2009.

–        The Rangers are 22-9-3 overall (12-4-1 at home; 10-5-2 on the road) against the Devils since 2007-08, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist is 22-9-2 with a 1.97 GAA, .928 Sv% and six shutouts in 33 games over the span.

–        The Rangers notched one goal in six power play opportunities (9:15), and are now 8-36 (22.2%) in the last 10 games, compared to 14.3% with the man advantage prior to the trade deadline.

–        New York held the Devils scoreless in two power play attempts against (2:07), and has now registered a point in 18 of 22 games (16-4-2) when not allowing a power play goal.

–       The Blueshirts have registered a point in 91 consecutive games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 85-0-6 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 15-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.

Player Notes:

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves to improve to 22-15-3 overall, including a 15-6-1 mark at home this season. He has now allowed two or fewer goals in 14 of his last 17 games (11-4-2, 1.80 GAA, .934 Sv%, 1 SO over the span).

–        Lundqvist has faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 36 career regular season games, posting a record of 24-7-5 with a 1.75 GAA, .934 Sv% and five shutouts over the span.

–        Ryan Callahan notched two goals, including one on the power play, to extend his point streak to four games (three goals, three assists over the span), led all skaters with five hits, and registered four shots in 23:18 of ice time. He has now registered 11 points (five goals, six assists) in the last 11 games.

–        Derek Stepan registered a goal and added an assist to extend his point streak to four games (two goals, four assists over the span), and posted a plus-two rating in 21:03 of ice time. He has tallied a point in 10 of 11 games in April (six goals, nine assists over the span), and has recorded 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) in the last 27 games.

–        Brad Richards registered two assists, including one on the power play, and led all skaters with four takeaways in 14:14 of ice time. He has now tallied seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last three games.

–        Taylor Pyatt tallied a goal to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists over the span), and was credited with four hits in 12:01 of ice time, while skating in his 800th career NHL game.

–        Ryane Clowe recorded the primary assist on Derek Stepan’s goal at 12:00 of the first period, and registered three shots and two hits in 15:06 of ice time. He has now registered eight points (three goals, five assists) in 10 games as a Ranger, including a point in each of the last three games (one goal, three assists over the span).

–        Michael Del Zotto tallied a power play assist and logged 23:19 of ice time. He has now tallied three assists in the last five games.

–        Ryan McDonagh recorded an assist to extend his assist streak to three games (three assists over the span), and logged 23:16 of ice time. He has now registered seven points (two goals, five assists) in 11 games during the month of April, including a five-game point streak at MSG (two goals, four assists during the stretch).

–        Carl Hagelin tallied an assist and was credited with three hits in 18:18 of ice time. He has now recorded a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist over the span).

Post-Game Quotes:

–        John Tortorella on today’s game…
“I think it works out that way. We are playing some of our most consistent hockey at an important time. I don’t know if it’s because of where we are at in the standings, but I hope we continue it here because we have an opportunity to get in [the playoffs].”

–        Henrik Lundqvist on today’s game…
“A team that has been struggling a little bit, a goal can change a game so I felt it was really important to stay sharp even when we were up three goals. We played really well. I didn’t see that many big chances so it was a fun game to watch and to see all of the good things we are doing. We’re coming down to the last week now and it’s exciting.”

–        Ryan Callahan on the team’s improved offense…
“We haven’t changed anything.  We have been getting some bounces, getting some chances. Step (Derek Stepan), Hags (Carl Hagelin), and I have been playing well together. It’s just a matter of converting when you have those opportunities.”

Team Schedule:

–        The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Apr. 22, is 12:00 p.m. at BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL.

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, Apr. 23, at BB&T Center (7:30 p.m. – TV: MSG Plus; Radio: 970 The Apple), in their second meeting in five days.


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  1. If I had known Nash would miss on his breakaway, I would have preferred he “accidentally” lost his balance and slammed into Fatso.

    On second thought, he probably would have been absorbed and spat back out at a dangerous velocity.

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    Richards played really well. There was lots of hustle on display today by everyone. We haven’t seen that on a consistent basis this year. They worked the cycle and grinded pucks deep very good today. Let’s see if they could actually beat a good team. Beating up on scrubs is ok for a boost in confidence but beating an elite team will be different.

  3. Just heard through the grapevine — the Pittsburg Penguins are nominating Matt Cooke for the Vezina this year.

  4. Boy I’ll bet you fair weather fans who sold out on Richie and Pyatt are in hiding now!

    Richie two more assists has looked the Richie of Lightening years….for three games……….of course we did play 41 others!

    Pyatt on the other hand has been placed in the “box” of third line grinders, I’d also bet he could score at least 5-6 goals a year on the first line!( seriously Pyattt should shot the puck more instead of passing he’s a strong kid!)

    As to reality, since I said the only way to dump Sappy was to lose every game …..they are not only winning but embarrassing my hockey judgement. ;)

    Good win but the Devs have packed it in!

  5. Edward3, why the ragging on Marty,he’s the best goalie in history and btw…..how many guys keep it “all in the family”???

  6. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Common sense – Pyatt also had a very strong finish last year and on into the playoffs.

    Uncle daddy looked best flopping around on Cally’s second goal. It was like he rubbed BBQ sauce all over himself….

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    Richards is playing good hockey. This team is better than last year’s team.

  8. Sweet Caroline, my azz. And how about ticketholders cheering and chanting some Ranger players instead of expending all their energy on ragging Brodeur, etc.?

  9. e3, thanks for helping Carp’s account :)

    coos, huh?

    Cooke loves cooke I suppose. Sounds like carcillo to me.

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