Rangers 5, Hurricanes 1 … post-game notes & quotes


Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:

Rangers 5, Huricanes 1.

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Team Notes:

– The Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to extend their winning streak to three games.

– The Blueshirts are now 6-7-0 overall (12 pts), including a 2-1-0 mark at home this season. The Rangers have won four of their last five games.

– The line of Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello, and Chris Kreider combined for three goals and nine points in the contest.

– The Rangers extended their winning streak against the Hurricanes to nine games, dating back to Feb. 22, 2011. New York has out-scored Carolina, 36-17, during the streak.

– The Blueshirts have now won each of their last five games against the Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden, having out-scored Carolina, 18-6, over the span.

– The Rangers tallied one power play goal in four attempts (4:29), and are now 5-19 (26.3%) with the man advantage in the last five games. The Blueshirts have tallied at least one power play goal in three straight games (4-11, 36.4%).

– New York out-shot Carolina, 38-28, including a 27-14 advantage after two periods. The Rangers have out-shot their opponents, 84-57, in the last two games.

– The Blueshirts improved to 4-0-0 when leading after the second period this season, and have now registered at least a point in 96 consecutive regular season games when entering the third with the lead. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. WSH).

Player Notes:

– Derek Stepan posted his second career hat trick with three goals, and led all skaters with seven shots in 14:10 of ice time. His power play tally at 15:54 of the second period was his first goal of the season, and he has now tallied five points (three goals, two assists) in the last three games. It is also the second consecutive game Stepan has registered seven shots on goal.

– Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to improve to 4-5-0 overall, including a 2-1-0 mark at home this season. He is now 3-2-0 with a 1.42 goals against average, .943 save percentage, and two shutouts in his last five appearances.

– Carl Hagelin notched two goals, including his first goal of the season at 8:26 of the first period, five shots, three takeaways, and a plus-two rating in 17:44 of ice time. He has now tallied three points (two goals, one assist) in three games since returning from injury.

– Mats Zuccarello tied his career-high for most assists/points in a game with three assists to extend his assist streak to three games (five assists over the span), and posted a career-high, plus-three rating in 15:37 of ice time. He has now tallied six points (one goal, five assists) in the last five games, following his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at Philadelphia.

– Chris Kreider tallied a career-high, three assists to extend his point streak to three games (two goals, three assists over the span), and was credited with three hits and a plus-two rating in 15:01 of ice time. It was the first multi-point performance of his career, and he has now registered career-highs with four assists and six points in six games with the Rangers this season.

– Ryan McDonagh recorded an assist to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists over the span), posted a plus-three rating, and led all skaters with 23:06 of ice time. He has now tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games, and is tied for third on the team and leads Rangers defensemen in scoring with six points (two goals, four assists) on the season.

– Benoit Pouliot registered an assist in 14:59 of ice time. He has now recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in the last five games.

– Brad Richards recorded an assist and five shots in 18:44 of ice time. He has now registered two assists in the last three games.

– Taylor Pyatt registered his first point of the season with an assist, and was credited with two blocked shots in 12:39 of ice time.

– Dan Girardi tied for the game-high with four blocked shots and posted a plus-three rating in 19:16 of ice time.

Post-Game Quotes:

– Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “Hags’ (Carl Hagelin) speed definitely helps us. When he scores the way he does tonight and backing down their defense the way he does, it’s so important to the team having success and winning games. He came out with two big goals for us. Today Hank (Henrik Lundqvist) was, in my mind, the best player on the ice. He permitted us to find our legs and find a little bit of rhythm. We had a couple of breakdowns, but he did what a goaltender is supposed to do and he made some real big saves tonight.”

– Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “I felt like the last few games my focus has been good. I really try to focus on the things that I can control. It’s so important for the goalie to not get rattled or pay attention to things that don’t really matter. Having a lot of traffic and bodies in front, that’s part of hockey. They started off the game really well and we weren’t able to take charge right away, but they came out flying. After a while, we started to take over the game. That first goal was huge for the game and for us to start settling down a little bit.”

– Derek Stepan on his hat trick… “My two linemates (Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider) have created some pretty good looks for me, and I wasn’t able to find the back of the net. Tonight they continued to do it, and I was fortunate enough to find the net a couple times so that’s good.”

Team Schedule:

– Friday, Nov. 3 – Off

– Next Game – Monday , Nov. 4 vs. Anaheim (7:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)


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  1. lol, gretz talking about his love of baseball … he got tickets to a Yankees World Series while he was here and he was bragging that he was going to go watch the “finals.”

  2. I googled Bure, and on Wikipedia it say that Gretzky wouldn’t have retired in 99 if the Rangers would have signed Bure that summer. Any truth to that? My father always said that because of that roster the New York Rangers shortened the Great One’s career.

  3. MEMO from Dolan: All schmucks with microphones will heretofore refer to MSG as “transformed,” not renovated, not rehabbed, not restored, not anything but “transformed.” Any deviation from this edict will result in termination.

  4. How about a “transformed” hockey night live where they spend more than 5 minutes on the Rangers and AV’s press conference is longer than 37 second?

  5. Olga Folkyerself on

    I think Gretzky’s decision was influenced in part by Messier leaving NY to go to Vancouver.

  6. I agree to some extent, but Messier left after the 96-97 season Gretzky retired in 99, so to say that was the only reason wouldn’t be 100% correct.

  7. If we had stolen America from a Hurricane, would their windy progeny demand that Carolina change their name to the Tropical Storms?

  8. Stranger Nation on

    Pens shut out BJs, now on losing streak
    Artie -3, Gabby no goals in 2 games, Dubi no pts in 2 games

    Oh, sorry, we only talk about their good games…right?

  9. One of my Russian clients told me that the whole Varlamov mess is because he said that he is not going to marry her. Another one said that USA is trying to undermine the Russian Olympic hockey team. I think I read the same thing in NY post, that one of the Russian ambassadors said that.

  10. Olga Folkyerself on

    msrph- If I had a nickel for every mis-statement I made here, I’d have… well, a nickel.

    But that’s not the point!

  11. duckbillplatypus on

    Sorry…misclick…. Latona and Stepan the stars of the evening. I thought Nash was in lineup tonight checked game on yawhoo and saw name Nash not knowing of the Carolina Nash… drats!

  12. Olga Folkyerself on

    That’s the Spirit, jpg’s better sibling! Hawks are a good backup plan, as long as Sather runs things.

    Best Jersey in all of sports, too!

  13. Olga Folkyerself on

    What’s offensive? Do they display it in any negative connotation to native Americans?

  14. Just a decade ago, the Bruins could have changed their name to The Tea Baggers and no one would have said a thing.

  15. Rob in Beantown on

    I admit it is not as offensive as, say, the Redskins or Cleveland Indians. But I think the logo being just some dude’s face is somewhat problematic. Hence it being overrated

  16. I think the measure for offensive is just seeing if there is any other race or ethnicity you can substitute into the logo or name without it being offensive.

  17. Olga Folkyerself on

    Well, if you find it offensive, so be it. I don’t find it anymore offensive than Giants against tall people, or 49ers against Californians, or Rangers, against Texans.

  18. Brassard led the team in hits (5) and Boyle led the team in FO% (60%).

    Bole once again held off the stat sheet.

  19. McDonagh led the team in TOI and PP TOI. Kind of a big change for the kid, eh?

    Boyle led the team in PK TOI since I know you’re all curious.

  20. Rob in Beantown on

    I’d not be surprised if Hagelin would win in a race, but The Kreider seems more explosive off the puck

  21. Papa, sitting in front of a bottle of Bushmills, with a pencil point in his mouth the past three hours figuring stars of the game. Trying to add Stralman, having difficulty.

  22. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Speaking of the speed of Hagar and kreider, the other guy with wheels and always keeps pace with Hagar on the rush is Pouliot.

    Loved brassard going after Murphy after the dorsett low bridge.

    When Moore is healthy, he should stay in the press box. I would sit pyatt when cally comes back. Put cally with miller and brass and leave the other three lines alone at this point.

  23. Started slowly, picked it up. AV spreading the TOI wisely, IMO, keeping lines fresh late. Henrik the old Henrik again, doing a bit of hollering, too, when assignments are missed in front. I like it.

  24. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Norris looked,…well umm, not good.

    Mdz looked worse though.

    Need to bring up mcilrath.

  25. Hamrlik looked so sad last year, Strals looks good by comparison, but is not the answer by a long shot. When will the Undertaker be ready?

  26. And 4 minutes on top of it! Zebras are blind half the time, as with dangerous double wrist slash on Hags, but stare at little Dors like he’s Godzilla.

  27. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Remember when matt Bradley left the caps bench to fight for ovi? Can’t believe no one left the bench to help holtby.

    Someone should have went all Goddard!!

  28. Did I hear Daneyko, in disagreeing with Maloney about fighting in NHL say that no one wants to see “chitty” boring hockey?

  29. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Mario Maloney is such a turd!

    I forgot how much I couldn’t stand him and his stance on fighting!

  30. Looks like the dummys in the league office are going to let Emery get away with his outrageous net to net stroll and beat-down of opposing goalie, citing “no rule against it.” What will result from not employing logic is that the very on-ice retribution that they are supposedly trying to control will take care of it. Birdbrains.

  31. Stepan line was not good in the first, better in the 2nd and freakin undefendable in the 3rd!

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