Courtesy of the New York Rangers:
Coyotes 4, Rangers 1
– The Rangers opened their 2013-14 regular season campaign with a 4-1 defeat against the Phoenix Coyotes tonight at Jobing.com Arena.
– The Blueshirts are now 0-1-0 overall, including an 0-1-0 mark on the road this season.
– The Rangers notched one power play goal in four opportunities (7:40), and registered nine shots on goal with the man advantage.
– New York out-hit Phoenix, 26-22, including eight players who were credited with two or more hits in the contest.
– The Blueshirts were credited with 18 blocked shots, with 13 players registering at least one blocked shot in the game.
– Marc Staal registered the Rangers’ first goal of the season, while on the power play, at 3:38 of the second period. He also recorded three hits and logged a game-high, 25:40 of ice time. Staal has now tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in six career season-opening games, and is two points shy of 100 career NHL points.
– Rick Nash tallied the primary assist on Marc Staal’s power play goal, registered two shots on goal, and was assessed a fighting major in 15:13 of ice time. He has now recorded 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 11 career season-opening games, and is 10 points shy of 600 career NHL points.
– Derek Stepan notched a power play assist and two hits in 19:12 of ice time. He has now tallied four points (three goals, one assist) in four career season-opening games.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves and is now 4-3-1 in eight career season-opening games.
– Dan Girardi was credited with a game-high, six hits, and logged 22:17 of ice time.
– Ryan McDonagh tied for the game-high with four blocked shots, and was credited with two hits in 15:08 of ice time.
– Brad Richards led the Rangers with four shots on goal, including a game-high three shots on the power play, and logged 19:35 of ice time.
– John Moore logged 14:07 of ice time while skating in his 100th career NHL contest.
– Jesper Fast registered one shot in 10:13 of ice time while making his NHL debut.
– Benoit Pouliot recorded two shots in 14:54 of ice time while making his Rangers debut.
– Friday, Oct. 4 – 12:00 p.m. (local time) at Toyota Sports Center (555 N Nash St, El Segundo, CA 90245)
– Next Game – Monday, Oct. 7 at Los Angeles (10:30 p.m. – TV: MSG Network)
POST-GAME QUOTES, courtesy of the Phoenix Coyotes:
Head Coach Alain Vigneault:
On tonight’s game: “I thought we didn’t do a real good job of either winning the draw and clearing the puck or making the play that would permit us to take away some of that momentum. They had some quality chances if you look at their second goal. I mean, yes, we killed it but we were never able to get our defenseman off and they caught us tired and they scored.”
On Phoenix’s power play: “I think 5-on-5 we didn’t give up a lot. They had quite a few chances on the 4-on-4, generated a lot of momentum and, again, like I said, on their power play I thought they generated a lot of momentum.”
On his team’s effort getting to the net: “I think you got to give credit where credit is due. I think a lot of our forecheck tonight was stalled or stopped from their goaltender handling the puck as well as he did and we were partly responsible for that. Also, I mean, that’s a guy that tries to handle everything. We got to cross corner or soft dump it in the corner and we weren’t that efficient in that area tonight.”
Defenseman Dan Girardi:
On his team’s play tonight: “You know when we were good with the puck getting pucks in when we had to, then making the plays at their blue line when we had chances to. That’s when we were really good, we were getting lots of chances and also when we were strong in our ‘D’ zone getting it out quick and get on the transition, getting that ‘D’ up the ice, that’s when we were good and when we turned pucks over and lost one-on-one battles, that’s when we got into trouble.”
Forward Brad Richards:
On when the game turned: “We were still 1-1 in the second. I think that was the key to the game, when we got into some penalty trouble and had guys caught out there on their own for a long time and they ended up scoring- not on the power play but right after. So, if we get out of the second period, keep the momentum after we scored that power play goal it might be a different game.”
On what positives can be taken out of tonight’s game: “That’s tough to talk about right now, we got beat pretty bad. I’m sure when we calm down and reflect on a few things and see the video on certain things we probably did some things right for sure, but in the end we let a game where we were tied 1-1 and outshooting them at that point get away pretty quickly and that’s probably more of the focus.”