Devils 3, Rangers 2 … post-game notes & quotes


Post-game notes and quotes courtesy of the NYR:

Devils 3, Rangers 2.

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Team Notes:

– The Rangers were defeated by the New Jersey Devils, 3-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to end their winning streak at three games.

– The Blueshirts are now 9-9-0 overall (18 pts), including a 4-3-0 mark at home this season. The Rangers are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games, after beginning the season with a 2-6-0 record.

– The Rangers and Devils have been separated by two goals or less in 16 of their last 23 meetings.

– The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 3-3 (4:57) in the contest, and is now 39-45 (86.7%) in the last 13 games.

– The Rangers out-hit the Devils, 27-17, including 12 players credited with at least one hit and five skaters with three or more.

Player Notes:

– Marc Staal registered his 100th career NHL point with a goal and recorded two shots in 18:09 of ice time. Staal has now recorded 26 goals and 74 assists in 406 career games.

– Dan Girardi notched his first goal of the season, and registered four shots and three hits in 19:14 of ice time. He has tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in the last three games.

– Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves and is now 6-7-0 overall, including a 4-3-0 mark at home this season. He is now 5-4-0 with a 1.80 goals against average, .931 save percentage, and two shutouts in his last nine games.

– Chris Kreider recorded two assists and two shots on goal in 17:33 of ice time. He has now registered nine points (two goals, seven assists) in the last eight games, and 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 11 games following his recall on Oct. 20.

– Mats Zuccarello tallied an assist to extend his point streak to a career-high, four games (one goal, three assists over the span), and registered four shots in 18:32 of ice time. He has now registered nine points (one goal, eight assists) in the last eight games, and 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 10 games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at Philadelphia.

– Ryan McDonagh registered an assist to extend his point streak to a career-high, four games (two goals, three assists over the span), and recorded four shots in a team-high, 25:32 of ice time. He has now tallied eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last eight games.

– Ryan Callahan was credited with a game-high, seven hits, and led all forwards with 23:01 of ice time. He now ranks second on the team with 37 hits on the season.

Post-Game Quotes:

– Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “We are disappointed. Two of the three goals we gave up went off of us, one was a goal that Hank would want to have back. It was that type of game. They defend really well. I thought for the most part we did a good job of doing what we need to do with the puck to get it through the neutral zone and get some chances in the offensive zone. We came up short. I thought we did a lot of the right things, but obviously we came up a little short tonight.”

– Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “We did a lot of good things as a team. (New) Jersey played well, they played hard in their own end and they don’t give up that much but we still created chances. A lot of good things, but we needed to find a way to win there and we didn’t.”

– Ryan McDonagh on playing the Devils… “They keep it tight. They definitely keep numbers. We didn’t have a lot of odd man looks. They blocked a lot of shots too. I know I had some good looks in the slot. We had a lot of shot attempts. I think they did a good job blocking them and not giving us a second look.”

Team Schedule:

– Tomorrow – Practice, 12:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center

– Thursday, Nov. 14 – Off

– Friday, Nov. 15 – Practice, 11:00 a.m. at MSG Training Center

– Next Game – Saturday, Nov. 16 at Montreal (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG 2)



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  1. Stralman’s ability to be *completely* flat footed around the blue line (in either zone) and then get a total *brain* freeze about whether to play the man or the puck *and* then end up a few strides behind because of said brain freeze is really, *really* unparalleled.

  2. I thought *Stralman* looked OK under the Tort system. I think he looks *exposed* under this system and it’s only going to get *worse* as they continue to turn on the *Jets*

  3. I’m more disappointed in Hags gliding to the puck, that allowed the goal. That’s not like him, angle or no angle he wasn’t moving his feet. Then the “1 Per center” goes in.

  4. Stranger Nation on

    Does the Kreider look a little like Clark Kent?

    Love the way he stepped into scrum and gave a face wash.

    Miller had some jump; when Nasher comes back , put them with Broshard.

    Bucky with 6min of PP time, credited with 1 shot and passed when he should have shot in front of net. Whatever…

  5. At the game, it’s interesting to read the comments to see how the TV audience view differed from the live one. A few points, in no particular order:

    1. You can’t blame Girardi for goal #2, that’s on Lundqvist all the way. Say what you will, Fatso doesn’t let in the easy ones that fundamentally every goalie should stop.
    2. Kreider showed more sand in the offensive zone on the boards than the next two guys combined.
    3. Ghosts in the game (offensively) – Brassard, Stephan, Richars, pretty much all the D. Yeah, I know Girardi got a goal but other than that there was little generated from the blue line.
    4. I don’t know how many times they tried dump to and chase but it never worked.
    5. Faceoffs. The final stat was close to 50/50 but through two periods is was closer to 65/35 Devils and really put a damper on any sort of pressure.
    6. If the bounces had gone Jagr’s way, it wouldn’t have even been close. Even with the loss, I hope Hank sends Jagr a text about shutting him down.
    7. I saw very little aggression between the teams, something you wouldn’t expect, given what has traditionally been a rivalry. The lone exception being Boyle spearing/slashing someone as they both skated to the bench.
    8. It’s bad when I notice Dorsett doing more good things than Brassard, isn’t he the thrown-in on the trade?
    9. The Rangers had lots of shots but 90% of them must have been on the perimeter. Again, Fatso isn’t going to let in a shot he can see all the way from the blue line.
    10. Too many plays no one went to the net or pulled off to the outside. Per point #9, you’re not going to score if there isn’t anyone there screening or ready to put in the garbage goal.

  6. Matty"We'veBeenSatherized"Boy on

    JJP, it always looks different on tv. I agree goal 2 was on Henrik. Well, Hags coasted, Carter gets the puck, but if Henrik isn’t lazy with his positioning, it’s stopped. He did make other good saves, including Jagr’s break.

    Face facts. Tonight, Marty didn’t let in crap. But he does, he has.

  7. Matty"We'veBeenSatherized"Boy on

    Hey, and even in the loss, Le Kreider did some good things offensively. He moves his feet, he plays with snarl.

  8. Clarke Kent? If THE Kreider would score 1 -2 more goals every 10 games, he’d look more like Superman.

  9. Stranger Nation on

    Papa – who would have thought Step is the weak link on that line now? he had a decent look cutting in front with the puck on edge, but other than that is rarely getting the puck with time and space.

  10. Strange, When Nash returns, I’d be tempted to put Brassard with Kreider and Zucc and move Step back with Nash.

  11. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Do you guys realized with 7:45 left in the third Sam told us jagr tried a “one handed reach around”

    Just saying

  12. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    73-9 is still a pretty good record!

    If you guys could only keep one of girardi or staal, which one would it be?

  13. Mashinter had five shifts. Don’t think AV has much confidence in him. Probably time for a new face from the farm.

    At least the Pullout frequent flyer miles continue to add up, hopefully he’ll be able to use them when he gets traded.

  14. Matty"We'veBeenSatherized"Boy on

    When Aaron Voros and Enver Lisin were let go, I knew it would be a hard few years.

  15. JJP, thanks for the observation of being at the game vs. TV broadcast, interesting cmoparison if you can please do that for Saturday’s game.

  16. Matty"We'veBeenSatherized"Boy on

    Papa, time to call in MacT, Larmer, Anderson and a few others??

    Perhaps Craig Mac has a few first rounders he’d like to give us like Uncle Glennie did in 1993-94 to put us over the top?

  17. Matty"We'veBeenSatherized"Boy on

    I can tell you one thing, Sis, it will be MUCH louder at the arena on Saturday night.

  18. Matty"We'veBeenSatherized"Boy on

    Allain Vanilla turned into chocolate with that Hank comment tonight. Dem’s fighting word. If Hank hears, he will request either a new coach or a trade. Possibly a more diplomatic coach, like John Tortorella.

  19. Matty"We'veBeenSatherized"Boy on

    Word has it that Hank has asked AV if the team can play a more defensive style in front of him. He has found the new offensive style too offensive, the insider said.

  20. Matty"We'veBeenSatherized"Boy on

    Coos :))))

    He’s a nice guy. The voice doesn’t belong on prime time. Where is Anson????

  21. Stranger Nation on

    coos – funny stuff. he needs a little decaf. Elaine probably tired of his boyish French accent

    good thing he had a partner like Trout face to ease the transition

  22. Trout Wig: “What do you do in the locker room?”

    MB: “Some of us go in the other room and tape our sticks, and like that. Boyle kids around, but he’s dead serious. I mix Gatorade with water and drink it.”

    Trout Wig: “Amazing insider stuff. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more of it.”

  23. Wig to McDonuts: “How does it feel to be compared with Bobby Orr?”

    McD. “Somebody actually said that?”

    Wig: “Well, no, but…”

  24. “He dances around nude, laughing like a loon, but when the puck drops, he’s very professional.”

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