Canadiens 2, Rangers 0 … post-game notes & quotes


Courtesy of the NYR:

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens, 2-0, tonight at Madison Square Garden, in their 2013-14 regular season home opener.

–        The Blueshirts are now 3-7-0 overall (6 pts), including a 0-1-0 mark at home this season.

–        Tonight’s contest is only the third out of the last nine meetings between the Rangers and Canadiens that was decided by fewer than three goals.

–        The Rangers’ penalty kill was 5-6 (8:59) in the contest, and is now 29-34 (85.3%) in the last seven games.

–        The Blueshirts have now posted a record of 36-35-16 in 87 home openers all-time at Madison Square Garden.

–        The Rangers out-hit the Canadiens, 20-12, including five players who were credited with two or more hits in the contest.

Player Notes:

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves and is now 2-5-0 overall, including a 0-1-0 mark at home this season.

–        Chris Kreider tied for the game-high with five hits in 17:43 of ice time. He has now registered 4.7 hits per contest this season.

–        Brian Boyle registered a game-high, four shots on goal, and won 8-12 faceoffs (67%) in 14:57 of ice time. He leads the team with a 55.2% faceoff winning percentage on the season.

–        Dan Girardi was credited with two hits and a team-high, three blocked shots in 20:14 of ice time. He is now two games shy of his 500th career NHL appearance.

–        Derek Dorsett registered four hits in 11:01 of ice time while making his regular season Madison Square Garden debut.

Post-Game Quotes:

–        Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “We are doing a lot of the right things. If you look at the game we had net presence. Every time we took a shot, we had people converging to the net trying to win the battle in front of their net. Give them credit. Their guys did a good job of protecting their goaltender. Their goaltender did a good job of controlling the rebounds.”

–        Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “It’s fun to play here again. I think we did a lot of good things. We just hoped for an early goal for us to get the energy and confidence and get the building going. It was kind of a tight game. It was a disappointing loss but it was great to be back.”

–        Brian Boyle on the power play… “The puck was bouncing a little bit.  Again, you want to try to get two and three opportunities.  I wasn’t out there with those guys tonight and they had some decent looks.  Montreal cut the lanes and blocked some shots at some key times.  We try to do the same on the kill.  It’s a small margin in terms of winning and losing.”

New York Rangers Transaction Update:

–        New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced that the club assigned forward Jesper Fast to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) following tonight’s contest. Fast, 21, has skated in eight games with the Rangers this season.

Team Schedule:

–        Next Game – Tuesday, Oct. 29 at NY Islanders (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)


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  1. Brian Boyle on the power play… “The puck was bouncing a little bit…”

    Brand-new, fresh, clean, slate of ice?

  2. At our current pace, we will be shut-out 24.6 games this season.

    Modern day record for being shutout in a season is 16 by the Columbus BJ’s 2006/2007.

    Rick Nash was the Captain of that team.

  3. With his 2 goals tonight, Molson Ice has outscored every Ranger but Cally and Richards as an Islander player and Sabre player.

  4. And, as opposed to Richie, I have actually seen Gabby fight for the occasional puck against the boards, and win!

  5. If the lose to the Fishsticks tomorrow, I have decided I will give up on the season and spend a year reading War and Peace followed by Moby Dick followed by The Pilgrims Promise followed by Das Kapital.

  6. Papa Bear
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    If they lose to the Fishsticks tomorrow, I have decided I will give up on the season and spend the year reading War and Peace followed by Moby JOHNSON followed by The Pilgrims Promise followed by Das Kapital.

  7. Heresy, perhaps, but I no longer give a damn about what Henrik thinks, or what anyone else on this team thinks. Just win, baby.

  8. Not sure onJohnson and Jane series.

    My sweet little granddaughter will only sit still and focus when I read her books on reptiles…… Lots of pictures………. And she really enjoys when I add in some of my reptile calls and sound effects.

  9. Matty"We'veBeenSatherized"Boy on

    No doubt some phantom calls. More on us than them.

    The good news was that Hank seems to be able to play through his groin injury. He lowered his GA, which excites his agent to no end. He played fairly well.

  10. Matty"We'veBeenSatherized"Boy on

    To be fair, we didn’t play awful bad, but my take was that Montreal was in charge and we weren’t anywhere near hard enough to play against. It was more like tennis than hockey.

    On offense, we <>. i’m not too sure where I’ve heard that before.

  11. Matty"We'veBeenSatherized"Boy on

    Coos, you got hope. Hope that we can rebuild soon with a real GM. I hope for that every day.

  12. Matty, somewhere out there is a little kid who will become GM and lead those of us who are still alive to the promised land! : )

  13. Matty"We'veBeenSatherized"Boy on

    I can’t remember a quieter opening night. Nor a more inferior, less star power team being introduced in the ON Ceremony, less personality.

    The fans had little reason to cheer. It was quiet. Very quiet.

  14. _Nice to see someone standing up for McDonuts after mugging. Not_

    Dorsett (I think it was) was there almost immediately.

  15. “To be fair, we didn’t play awful bad, but my take was that Montreal was in charge and we weren’t anywhere near hard enough to play against. It was more like tennis than hockey.”

    Matt, I said before that if we are not accosted in front of the enemy net after the whistle, we aren’t working hard enough.

  16. Matty"We'veBeenSatherized"Boy on

    Hope I am alive, Coos. Would love to see. Next 30 years?

    The garden is nice Much less personal.

  17. Mr D – Dorsett is always there if he is on the ice. Problem is, he’s the only one the opposition takes semi-seriously.

  18. In hindsight, through the years, I’ve wasted too much of my hard earned karma on this team in return for 1 measly Cup.

  19. The Rangers are like a government-run operation, stands full of paying stooges, except the government has no Cap.

  20. Did they play good tonight? It depends how you define good.

    Collectively, they are the most inept group of finishers ever assembled. Can anyone on this team get a clean shot off, from a decent angle, pick a corner and rip it?

  21. I have a Croquet set and Badminton paraphernalia in my backyard shed with nets, racquets, and shuttlejohnsons. Might give up hockey altogether.

  22. Nash is in a dark, silent room and may never play again, while the zebras whistle Kreider for “getting in the way.” Hysterical.

  23. Stranger Nation on

    Kreider is their best offensive player now. What the heck was he hanging in Hartford.

    We cannot score because Gabby goes to BJs. Nash goes to the quiet room and Cally, bless him, thinks hes a goalie.

    They have very little front line top 6 talent. Holy smokes this will be a long season ( he says in October)

  24. I’m surprised he’s still here. He’s lucky he’s got massive injuries, among myriad other excuses to hide behind so far.

    The gentle guy thing, it doesn’t work. Not here, not in NY. I can’t believe he didn’t explode over the way this game was called.

    NYR really should snatch up Laviolette before it’s too late and never look back. Firing John Tortorella to bring in Alain Vigneault to coach _these_ New York Rangers…someone thought this was going to make the team better? In what bizarro world?

  25. News flash from the new MSG which is no different than the old MSG.

    It still houses a dysfunctional hockey organization and their primary basketball star discussing free agency.

    However in further news from our writer we find that the scoreboard is impressive and if you don’t count goals they had a “pretty good period”!

    So while they still suck please enjoy the scoreboard and don’t bother to keep score!!!

    All of the above without an (S) or a smiley face!

    You simply can not make this stuff up! ;)

  26. All you fans who were rejoicing when Torts was stabbed in the back, I hope you’re enjoying this. Really. In fact, I hope you’re eating it up. Nice and slow. How’s “outta the playoffs” taste, suckas?

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