Coyotes 4, Rangers 1 … post-game notes & quotes


Courtesy of the New York Rangers:

Coyotes 4, Rangers 1

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Team Notes:

– The Rangers opened their 2013-14 regular season campaign with a 4-1 defeat against the Phoenix Coyotes tonight at 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.

Player Notes:

– 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.

Team Schedule:

– 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.”


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  1. Really wasn’t much to like about tonight’s game but at the same time, there really wasn’t much to hate either. Weird.

  2. Not a great start, looked to be struggling in front and not clearing pucks and forwards away from the net.
    Not seen the whole game yet, but whatever mistakes were made lets hope the coaches sit them all down in front of the video and show what they should be doing.
    1 down, 81 more to go. Not time to panic yet!

  3. I hope Asham gets in there on this road trip. He produces more than a lot of what I saw people do tonight.

  4. Good morning, boneheads!

    Wasn’t pretty. The new system will take time to adjust. It seems they adopted the new offensive style with d-men joining the rush, passing first, and carrying the puck. My guess is that it’ll take longer to figure out how to reverse to defensive coverage. Coverage in front of their own net remains an issue.

    Gotta look for positives. There were a few. Staal seems to be ready, he was their best player. You can see he is hungry for hockey.
    Richards looked pretty good last night in the offensive zone. I liked their passing last night, I think even Fran ( where is he, btw?) would proud of it.
    I liked that Nash showed his emotions. He tried to protect his center. Doesn’t matter if he isn’t a great fighter, or shouldn’t fight. He was willing. The rest of this team should take a note. This attitude seems to be lacking for more than a year now. They need it. Bad.

  5. bull dog line on

    other than the fight, I thought Nash was awful. selfish soft player. Hank was badly outplayed.

  6. boxcareddiehospodar on

    Same old same old.

    I can’t believe after 1 game I am saying:

    No room for Kreider!

  7. bull dog line on

    I thought the same thing while watching the game Boxcar. they could have used Kreider speed, and size last night to get in on the forecheck.

  8. bull dog line on

    there is no room for him because they decided that Richards is a left wing. Pouliot is top 6, and for some reason Pyatt needs to play.

  9. Not a shocking result given that they never had one pre-season game where more than half the regulars played.

    There’s definitely a more up tempo pace to the transition game and forecheck but right now it’s coming at the cost of defensive coverage. Special teams look different that’s for sure. The PP looked better but the PK looked a lot worse.

  10. I only watched the first period but it looked like the same thing I saw in preseason. Wide open skating which at times almost led to breakaways or odd man rushes the other way, giveaways around lundquist which led to a goal and they can’t finish. Unless something changes in the first 9 games this team will be lucky to win 2 out of the first 9. There is no way I see them beating any of the West teams. It’s going to be a long season. Rangers will struggle to make the playoffs. I’m not on the ledge because I don’t have high expectations for this team this year.

  11. Observations:

    I thought I was watching the circa 1983 San Antonio Spurs

    Stralman= Lyle Overbay

    Nash is now our best fighter

  12. Stranger Nation on

    and the Ledge has officially been opened for the season.

    LW low down:
    Pull-out: atrocious
    Richards: one way player who didn’t do much 5v5
    Pyatt: OMG, another season of this lumbering load not hitting anyone
    Miller: best of bunch, good jump

    Cally comes back and MZA or Pull-out comes off 2nd line and then what? Miller to Hartford, except he may be best of the bunch

    Who put this team together? What a flippin mess!

  13. On a different note, because of government shutdown, NIH can not initiate a few clinical trials for cancer-stricken children that were supposed to start this month. Enough, idiots.

  14. It’s much too soon for definitive judgements. I liked their speed and once they figure out the where and when of things they will be better.

    Ilb, I’ll agree and disagree regarding the passing game. Their short game is better, but they attempt too many two line passes that fail and create scoring chances against us.

    I can’t help but think that this game would have been very different w/ Callahan in the lineup.

  15. I forgot to mention and agree. Pouliot stinks, don’t like him. What a waste of a roster spot.

  16. Heave Ho- agree on long passes, but that is a new concept for them, and long passes require some knowledge of where your linemates are. That will take time.

  17. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    Terrible game. I know it’s a new coach and all, but they looked completely disorganized. They had trouble getting out of their zone all night, and there didn’t seem to be much of a battle plan.

    And the talent level is sooooo thin. I can’t think of a decent offensive threat since Jagr-Nylander-Straka (if I forgot a really good line, please don’t pile on).

    Adding Cally and Hagelin don’t make us top-six fearsome.

    Why is this organization so inept at drafting or signing offensive talent? With all the hand-wringing about Hank, maybe we should analyze why we haven’t scored consistently since the ’04-’05 lockout.

    And as for Nash, at least he showed a pulse in his dancing bear act with Hanzal.

    A crappy morning and three more days to think about it.

  18. Stranger Nation on

    Yotes forwards:
    Vrbata: 6’1″ 195
    Hanzal: 6’6″ 230
    Chipchrra: 6’2″ 200
    Doan 6’1″ 230
    Ribiero: 6′ 177
    Klinkhammer: 6’3″ 230
    Boedker 6′ 210
    Vermette 6’1″ 200
    Moss 6’4″ 210
    Korpkoski 6’1″ 200

    you get the idea….

  19. Stranger Nation on

    Vrbata: 6’1” 195
    Hanzal: 6’6” 230
    Chipchrra: 6’2” 200
    Doan 6’1” 230
    Ribiero: 6’ 177
    Klinkhammer: 6’3” 230
    Boedker 6’ 210
    Vermette 6’1” 200
    Moss 6’4” 210
    Korpkoski 6’1” 200

  20. I thought alot of good happened last night surrounded by some obvious bad.

    The defensive zone coverage was atrocious. It seemed to me at times that the defensemen and forwards were mentally trying to process the new scheme instead of just acting on interest.

    In addition you saw when things got scrambly they sort of reverted to torts style instead of being composed and making short passes to get out of danger.

    That sort of thing takes time to get used to since it has to be 2nd nature and changing it after a few years of doing it one way isn’t easy.

    I think the PK was the thing that concerned me the most. I couldn’t quite pinpoint what the differences scheme wise for the PK were but the slow reaction times of pyatt and boyle were much more readily apparent than they were last year.

    IMHO I thought Richards looked decent much better than he did last year so there is that.

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