Rangers 2, Capitals 0 … post-game notes


Courtesy of the NYR:

Rangers 2, Capitals 0.

Click here for boxscore.

Team Notes:

– The Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 2-0, tonight at Verizon Center, in their first divisional matchup of the season.

– The Blueshirts are now 2-4-0 overall (4 pts), including a 2-4-0 mark on the road.

– The Rangers have out-scored the Capitals, 8-0, in their last three meetings, including the 2013 playoffs.

– The Blueshirts improved to 5-1-0 in their last six regular season games at Washington, having out-scored the Capitals, 21-9, over the span.

– The Rangers have now registered a point in nine of their last 11 regular season meetings with the Capitals, posting an 8-2-1 record and out-scoring Washington, 36-19, during the stretch.

– New York out-shot Washington, 36-22, including a 21-6 advantage in the second period. The 36 shots are a season-high for the Rangers, while their 21 shots in the second were the most for the Blueshirts in a single period since March 15, 2011* (21 shots in the first period against NY Islanders). *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

– The Blueshirts’ penalty kill held the Capitals scoreless in four shorthanded situations (4:37), and are now 14-16 (87.5%) in the last three games.

– The Rangers out-hit the Capitals, 35-21, with 16 of 18 skaters registering at least one hit in the contest.

– The Blueshirts were credited with 22 blocked shots, including six players who recorded two or more blocked shots.

Player Notes:

– Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves to post his first shutout of the season, and 46th of his career. He improved to 2-3-0 overall this season, including a 2-3-0 mark on the road. Lundqvist is now three regular season shutouts shy of Ed Giacomin’s franchise record.

– Lundqvist has now shutout the Capitals in each of their last three meetings, including Games 6 and 7 of the 2013 playoffs. His shutout streak against Washington is currently at 180:00 mins.

– Brad Richards tallied two assists, five shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 20:13 of ice time. He has registered seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last five games, including four points (one goal, three assists) in the last two games.

– Ryan Callahan notched a goal, a team-high, six shots, and a game-high, five hits in 22:06 of ice time. He has now recorded three goals in the last two games.

– John Moore registered his first point of the season with a goal while skating four-on-four, and established a single-game career-high with five shots in 14:17 of ice time.

– Derick Brassard tallied an assist, posted a plus-two rating, and won a team-high, 10 faceoffs in 20:33 of ice time. He has now registered four assists in the last four games, including three assists in the last two contests.

– Ryan McDonagh recorded an assist and posted a plus-two rating in a team-high, 25:14 of ice time. He now leads all team defensemen in scoring with two points (one goal, one assist) this season.

– Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman tied for the game-high with four blocked shots apiece. Girardi was also credited with four hits in 24:08 of ice time.

Team Schedule:

– Friday, Oct. 18 – Practice, 11:00 a.m. at MSG Training Center

– Next Game – Saturday, Oct. 19 at New Jersey (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)

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  1. Stranger Nation on

    Coach Alain Vigneault confirmed what you could hear on that clip, which is referee Chris Rooney exclaiming it was accidental contact.

    But Vigneault wasn’t exactly buying the accidental part after the game.

    “I just looked at the replay there. If he couldn’t see him, I don’t know what else he was looking at,” said Vigneault, after the Rangers’ 2-0 win. “Obviously the principal point of contact was the head, so we’ll see.”

    Browuer gave his version of the events after the game:

    “I was at the end of my shift, [defenseman Mike] Green had the puck and was pulling it out of our zone. I was going for a change and there was a little incidental contact in the neutral zone,” he said.

  2. And as for the Brouwer hit, you guys are kidding yourself if you think that was intentional. He was watching the puck the whole way and when it got chipped up ice, he saw Stepan at the last second and put his hands up to brace for impact. Anyone who has been in that kid of situation knows its just a natural reaction when you see you are about to run into someone and don’t have time to avoid it.

    Completely unintentional. If he did that intentionally, he would’ve run his shoulder right into his head a la Cooke/Savard.

    Still a 2 minute penalty because despite being unintentional, it’s still interference, but that’s it.

  3. Matt "GetWellNasher"Boy on

    Brower: “So, since 21’s head was sticking out so much, I just happened to elbow it. Incidental.”

  4. Matt – that’s a natural reaction when that happens. You see a guy last second and brace for impact/protect yourself. It’s not like he tried to elbow drop Stepan. He just put his arms up and since Stepan was looking at the puck and not in the direction of Brouwer, it was right to the back of the head. That’s why it should’ve been a penalty, but nothing more.

  5. Jonny, I asked his elsewhere and will again: If that’s a teammate, do you really believe the contact is the same?

  6. You’re right, Matty. Have you ever heard a player, any player, ever, who caused a dangerous incident say anything other than, “I wasn’t trying to hurt or injure?”

  7. Miller looked decent, Falk wasn’t anything special. Just dropped the gloves once, but looks pretty shaky on D. He didn’t make any huge mistakes though.

  8. MD – in the heat of battle? I wouldn’t expect them to think that wasn’t a cheap shot. It’s their teammate and he got hurt on the play. But I’m not on the team and not on the bench. That’s what I saw on TV as an outside observer.

    But if I was on the bench, I’m trying to protect my teammate.

    Either way, Brouwer isn’t and shouldn’t be suspended or fined for that.

  9. No, I’m asking if Brouwer had “incidentally” run into Laich rather than Stepan. Same contact made?

  10. Turned off the TV, put on WFAN and the azzholes are STILL, STILL talking about indians and “racism.” What a bunch of sanctimonious losers.

  11. Wouldn’t it be interesting if MDZ isn’t sick, but is really part of a impending potential trade? Devil’s advocate.

  12. I imagine Hags has the highest trade value. We’ll see. Maybe no trade. Every year these guys, even with roster changes, start of slow. Two seasons ago I was thinking the season was over with all the no name third line players. Then they went on to be a team that couldn’t lose. Don’t think this team will be that but they can’t be/aren’t 9 to 2 bad.

  13. Stranger Nation on

    would trade MEZ and MZA in a heartbeat for a solid D man so Norris Stralman is not in our top 4.
    just learned over 60-% of NHL Dmen are Lefties so getting a righty not as important as getting a solid 2 way player

  14. Ah, I got you. I think so. Stepan was backing up then crosses over backward toward Brouwer. Had one of his teammates been doing the same thing, I think it’s a similar reaction and same result.

    Had Stepan been skating forwards or looking in that direction? It would’ve just been two guys colliding since he’d have time to react. He didn’t, Brouwer wasn’t paying much attention to him until the last second when he saw him in his way, and they collided with an unfortunate result.

    Luckily Stepan seems like he’s fine, but I don’t see anything malicious about this hit outside of the fact that its too the head. Like I said though, that was a last second reaction as Stepan just started to cross over that way.

  15. Stranger Nation on

    You are able to see where Brouwer is looking even though his back is to camera

  16. And I think since the Savard hit, everyone gets up in arms over every single hit to the head, even ones that are accidental. Most of the people calling for justice in these types of situations are guys who never played. Yet the guys who have played usually have a pretty good idea of what is legit and what isn’t (Weekes, Ferraro, analysts like them).

    Seems like both teams and fans though struggle to see it as objectively as the guys on the national media broadcasts, which I guess makes sense.

  17. It’s less the callers than the “hosts,” Strange. They all sound like my boring, know-it-all Uncle from the last cookout.

  18. Stranger – watch his helmet, it moves left to look at the bench, then right to look at the puck, then left again and boom, Stepan pops up in front of him. Seems to me like it was a last second thing.

  19. And anyone who ever played knows that if you’re skating straight ahead, even if your eyes are on the puck, you have constant peripheral vision, especially of someone right in front of you.

  20. Stranger Nation on

    just to play this out…his helmet looks at bench and then to the right. there is only one player between the bench and the puck…Step.
    So either he did not see him or chose not to get out of the way of a player skating backwards who obviously does not see him
    Good thing I still play the game and can relate to this play

  21. IMO, he knew that he could get away with one because of Step’s backward movement. “Ooops, sorry.” Anyway, who cares? It’s Oooooova.

  22. I didn’t mean the guys here. I meant the analysts on TV that aren’t former players. They freak out about every hit when the former players seem to be more logical about it.

  23. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Jonny is the all knowing, don’t argue with me, I played the game, just listen to me, I know everything…


  24. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    After the hit, Brouwer’s arm explodes upward ….unintentional???? Ahhhhhhh, I don’t think so

  25. Stranger Nation on

    it was a cheap play by a guy known for them. F the craps.

    Good thing Step went to Wisconsin to study hockey

  26. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Totally agree my brutha. And yet some here defend it…. What we need….what we need…….is…….

  27. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Oh but wait…I am….I mean it’s right in front of me….but I’m pretending to look at the wall….

  28. If you didn’t see the guy right in front of you, there’d be dozens of bodies all over the ice.

  29. eddie, my geographical knowledge of California is pretty limited, but have you ever been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium? I just saw a fascinating PBS program about their sea otter rescue efforts.. awesome stuff.. not sure if you are an animal lover like myself but I am really fascinated by the program..

  30. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Latona – yes I’ve been there only a few thousand times :). We are members….the jellyfish exhibit is the best.

  31. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    In fact, this area from big sur to Santa Cruz is world renowned for its devotion and dedication to bird and sea creatures…

  32. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    One of our best friends is the executive director of a non profit that rescues condors – he has held a bald eagle in his hands….could tell you stories galore

  33. Here in Jersey there’s not much of that ilk to get behind.. there are programs at the Meadowlands but I’ve had bad experiences there.. my neighbors and I have undertaken our own missions to protect the local critters.. but that program really captured me. I think I’m hooked.

  34. Ode to Latona

    ‘But green’s the color of spring
    And green can be cool and friendly-like
    And green can be big like a mountain
    Or important like a river
    Or tall like a tree.’

  35. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Are you interested in hearing the creatures that tour my property? Raccoons, skunks, bob cats, red foxes, wild turkeys, mountain lions, possums, deer up the wang…..and all kinds of birds (we’ve planted about 40 trees that attract everything from Owls to red tail hawks to turkey vultures….

  36. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The sea lions attract a lot of sharks….that is the sharks fav food….should you visit, you’d have a great time….

  37. That’s awesome stuff eddie.. here in the suburbs I don’t get much of that ilk.. but there are the regulars. Have a squirrel who looks in my bay window every evening and hangs with me.. a pair of rabbits who chill on the front lawn every night.. a resident gopher in the yard.

    Thanks for the ode, coos!

  38. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I don’t always get the O…but it’s special when I do….got some great compliments lately tho….

  39. If I were a sea otter, I’d find the fattest one of us and paint him up like a Killer Whale and we would all float around to our hearts’ content. As it should be,

  40. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Yeah white tailed bunnies too…and gophers?? My lord – do you know how many trees they have uprooted? Everything we plant now has to have a cage below ground to keep them out…

  41. coos, I’ll tell Brodeur that you’re looking for him but won’t tell him about the whale costume. Not that he needs much work..

  42. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    In pacific grove, it’s a lovely walk, you can see many many otters frolicking in the water….dolphins too certain times of the year…whale watching as well…

  43. Lats, knew Joe Raposo who wrote that. What a gentle genius who died too soon. He lived in my former town, Bronxville.

  44. Sounds awesome. I’m going to have to venture out there.. adding it to my list of places to go.

  45. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kooz – I must have told you that Timothy Bottoms has a ranch in big sur…quite a few condors live there…

  46. Joe Raposo sure did know how to connect with a young audience coos.. I can still recall many of those Sesame Street tunes..

  47. I have a very frisky black squirrel who frolics outside my window daily. Deer at night, but they eat my tomato plants and Hostas.

  48. e, The Paper Chase. One of my favorite old ‘academic’ flicks. “Mr. Hart, here’s a dime. Call your mother.”

  49. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    A red fox would eat out of our German shepherd’s food dish in the front ….and a skunk would eat from her bowl right against one of our back patio doors….

  50. Almost have a tear in my eye now, thinking about Joe Raposo and his sweet, simple, uplifting lyrics.

  51. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kooz – that is a pretty stanza – nature is incredibly healing – the many tones of green are lovely

  52. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    She was an inside dog unless we were out….she was always at my wife’s side – Always

  53. I can like good wine, eddie.

    A skunk was digging up my lawn a few weeks ago.. I watched in wonder.. they’re not too common around here although the old mutt’s been sprayed before. Never get foxes or deer by me although I’ve seen them at the park not far down the way early in the morning.

  54. My persona fluctuates from a Hockey Enforcer sticking up for teammates, to a teary-eyed goof listening to ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green.’ Help me, Jesus!

  55. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The raccoons are the worst…tore up my neighbor’s roof – causing major $$$$$ damage. They are seriously aggressive

  56. I had a skunk in Bronxville that literally decimated my lawn. Also washed plenty of stink off the old dogs.

  57. All the racoons seem to be gone around here. Was a time every day I was picking up garbage they strew, even from a sealed garbage can. Smart little suckers. Actually had a neighbor who made a pet of one, collar and all.

  58. Raccoons are the worst for sure – sometimes their howling keeps me up at night.. terrifying sounds I’ve heard nowhere else. When they come around I have to be extra vigilant about keeping an eye on the neighborhood strays.

  59. We’re getting coyotes around here the last few years. People with little dogs are alarmed.

  60. Never heard that, eddie, although shrieking would be a better way to describe the abominable noise those raccoons make. I couldn’t imagine having one as a pet, coos, but I suppose if it knew nothing else, it couldn’t be so bad.

  61. I think I would like to have been a kind and courteous Knight in King Arthur’s Court, but I would tell my enemies to not mistake kindness for weakness.

  62. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Coyotes are clever…they’ll send a female in heat over to lure a dog to chase it…dog begins to chase…and runs into the welcoming committee… Not pleasant…

  63. I bet the noise the coyote makes is something like the combined sound of MZA and MDZ when they spot a spider in their Caribbean hotel room.

  64. My yard is a pit stop for migrating ducks. In the late spring for what must be the last 20 years a male and female pair come around for a couple weeks.. open the pool early so they can splash about.

  65. We aren’t much different from coyotes except for the Social Contract, which seems to be disintegrating. It must be defended.

  66. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Well, I’d say more like when they play pin the tail on the donkey…only it’s not a tail…and there’s no donkey

  67. That hit should be reviewed, no doubt (ft. Gwen Stefani). NHL would probably suspend Stepan for “putting himself in a vulnerable position” or some similar bullcarcillo before sitting Brouwer.

  68. Something odd about someone who is still called Michael at 23, except Michael the Archangel.

  69. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ooooops I didn’t see him standing right in front of me as I was skating towards him pretending I didn’t see him as I was heading towards him

  70. If you leave home and make three left turns and return home and meet two masked men, are they the catcher and umpire, or Mats and Michael who thought you wouldn’t be back for a while?

  71. How many zeroes need to go on the end of that before it becomes weird for the Archangel, coos?

    Gotta get up early. Stay groovy, you two.

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