Rangers 1, Canadiens 0 … post-game notes


Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Rangers 1, Canadiens 0.

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Team Notes:

– The Rangers defeated the Canadiens, 1-0, tonight at Bell Centre, in an Original Six matchup. The win ended an eight-game winless streak for New York in Montreal (last win – Mar. 17, 2009, 4-3 SO), and was their first in Canada since the 2011-12 season (Mar. 28, 2012 at WPG, 4-2).

– The Blueshirts are now 10-9-0 overall (20 pts), including a 6-6-0 mark on the road this season. The Rangers are 8-3-0 in their last 11 games, after beginning the season with a 2-6-0 record.

– The shutout was the Rangers’ first at Montreal since a 5-0 win on Feb. 25, 1967 (Ed Giacomin). The last time the Blueshirts defeated the Canadiens 1-0 in Montreal was Jan. 18, 1940 (Dave Kerr).

– Tonight’s win was the Rangers’ first at Montreal in regulation since a 5-3 victory on Feb. 3, 2008.

– The Rangers and Canadiens have been separated by two goals or fewer in three of their last five meetings.

– The Blueshirts improved to 4-1-0 against Atlantic Division opponents this season, and are 2-1-0 against Original Six teams.

– New York has now posted a combined record of 5-2-0 in back-to-back contests this season, including a 3-1-0 record (1-1-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road) in the first game of the set.

– The Rangers’ power play was 1-3 (4:03) in the contest, and has now notched a goal in six of the last nine games, converting 7-32 (21.9%) with the man advantage over the span.

– The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 2-2 (4:00) in the contest, and is now 41-47 (87.2%) in the last 14 games.

– The Rangers have now registered a point in 99 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 93-0-6 over the span. New York is 7-0-0 when leading after the second period this season, and have held opponents to a league-best, 10 goals against in the final frame.

– New York out-shot Montreal, 34-22, in the contest, including a 15-7 advantage in the first period and a 10-5 advantage in the third. The Blueshirts had 17 of 18 skaters record at least one shot in the contest, led by Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin who tied for the game-high with four shots apiece.

– The Rangers were credited with 21 blocked shots, including 12 player with at least one blocked shot in the contest and seven players posting two or more.

Player Notes:

– Cam Talbot turned aside all 22 shots faced to post his first career shutout, and is now 4-1-0 overall with a 4-1-0 mark on the road this season. He has now won each of his last four contests, posting a 1.46 goals against average, .951 save percentage, and one shutout over the span. Talbot has yet to allow more than two goals against in each of his five career NHL appearances.

– Talbot is the first Rangers rookie goaltender to post a win in four straight appearances since Henrik Lundqvist won in four straight games from Feb. 1, 2006 vs. Pittsburgh to Feb. 10, 2006 vs. Toronto.

– Ryan Callahan notched the game’s lone goal with a power play tally at 5:25 of the second period, and was credited with two hits and two blocked shots in 17:31 of ice time. He has registered five points (three goals, two assists) in six games since returning from injury, and eight points (six goals, two assists) in his last eight games.

– Callahan’s goal was the Rangers’ first in Montreal since Jan. 15, 2012 (John Mitchell at 12:49 of the first period), and gave the Blueshirts their first lead in Montreal since Jan. 15, 2011 (New York held a 1-0 lead with a Brian Boyle goal at 6:58 of the first period, until 13:19 of the first).

– Brad Richards tallied a power play assist and four shots in 17:24 of ice time. He has recorded six points (one goal, five assists) in the last five games, and seven points (one goal, six assists) in the last seven games.

– Derek Stepan registered a power play assist and two blocked shots in 17:33 of ice time. He entered tonight’s contest tied for sixth in the NHL in power play assists and 14th in power play points, and has now tallied nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last nine games.

– Chris Kreider led all skaters with six hits and registered three shots in 17:38 of ice time.

– Dan Girardi was credited with four hits and a team-high, four blocked shots in 23:27 of ice time.

Team Schedule:

– Next Game – Sunday, Nov. 17 vs. Los Angeles (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)

 Photo by The Associated Press.


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  1. Not for nothing, John Giannone called a good game tonight. Actually focused on the play by play.

    Sam better shape up.

  2. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kooz – Magnus Carlsen, at the tender age of 23, has joined Fischer and Kasparov as the 3 greatest players of all time.

  3. Matty"NashWillBeBack"Boy on

    Papa, good question about just how good Talbott is. I do believe it is a bit early to gauge. I do like his puck handling, calm demeanor, and the way he covers so much of the net.

  4. Hope he continues on, eddie. Seems like everyone had at least a bit of interest in Chess when Fischer was on his run. Maybe that was abetted by the Cold-ish War.

  5. Matty"NashWillBeBack"Boy on

    May be good for him to get a change. Still, hard to give up on a young kid that, at one point, did play well. What happened? Is it just that he’s on the wrong side? Did Torts destroy him? Was year 2 of not being prepared that much of a problem for him?

    Dunno, but would think Edmonton or Buffalo might want to take a stab.

  6. Matty"NashWillBeBack"Boy on

    That The Prince did. But, he also has a cluttered crease, making it hard to see. He did a good job at getting to seconds and thirds.

  7. 4-1 is pretty good. The interesting thing is he has played five games already, not twenty games into the season. On pace to play twenty?

  8. for a 1 nothing victory, it sure was dominating. a lot of guys played real well, but I thought Boyle was very good. he made quite a few subtle plays. liked Dorsett’s game as well. Falk brings a different look to the D with his physical play.

  9. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Bulldog – agree completely on Boyle. I counted at least 4 little break ups plays in his own end with his stick….

    Kooz – Fischer boom was great for chess world wide. And yes, the Cold War helped. The decadent west usurped the soviet stranglehold it had on chess…

  10. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    This world championship is the first, I think, since Lasker-Capablanca in the early ’20s that a soviet has not played for the world championship….

  11. THE KREIDER had a really good game, just imagine what the score would have been if he could have buried his chances. Cam Talbot get the #1 player of the game.

  12. MDZ and Fast to Edm. For Eberle.

    Friend of a friend of a friend says will be announced by Tuesday

  13. Heard the same…. Sather looking to help his buddies in Oil country. MDZ is in with 2 or 3 other names for Eberle

  14. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Eberle is a pure scorer. But I’d rather have a monster D man. Maybe Folk is that guy…. He played well tonight… Just one or two errors in his own end…

  15. Well I heard through the grapevine,
    Not much longer would DelZotto be here,
    Well I heard it through the grapevine
    And I’m just about to lose my mind,
    Honeys honey, yeah

  16. If The Kreider could start putting the puck in the net once in a while, this team might actually have a chance of graduating from Clown-School.

  17. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The Kreider hit a post tonight. The goals will come. My prediction: next year he scores 30+

  18. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Lmao at someone on go time thread saying Stralman was “cheap” d man…1.7 mil is not cheap.

    If he make 900k, that’s cheap.

  19. Yay! Wick!

    $1.7M is a lot of money for indecisive garbage!

    I bet Falk and Mcllrath make less! Kind of like that Talbot vs. Biron thing…

  20. These trade rumors are garbage. If they aren’t announced by Rod then they aren’t real. Might as well be reading tweets by the Hockey Rodent or Incarcerated Bob.

  21. He’s cheaper than the one who was sitting in the press box tonight!

    Remember, the one who scored 41 points or something like that about 3 years back?

  22. Stralman at $1.7 is actually one of the cheapest top 4 D Men in the league.

    Though that will change next year. He’s gonna get a big raise from someone.

    Book It.

  23. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    He is cheaper than mdz and mdz needs to sit.

    He isn’t a top 4 on most teams!

    Just stating a fact.

  24. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    And I quite frankly wouldn’t have him in the top 4 on this team, J Moops is better than him IMHO.

  25. Wick, news flash.

    Even though you may not agree with the depth chart or the coaching staff, Stralman plays in the top 4 on this team, thereby making him a ‘top 4 DMan.’

    Thus my argument, at $1.7, he is in fact cheap when comparing his salary with the salaries of other top 4 dMen in the league.

  26. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Your logic is so very sound papa (s)

    And I am well aware of what line Pouliot played on.

  27. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Hamrlik was a quality top 4 d man in the league last season and then a quality 5/6 d man last season, so was eminger…definite nhl d men!

  28. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    And you still didn’t define big raise…double his salary? Triple? I mean it has to be a lot, you swear he is the Norris winner this season, so how much does the Norris winner make next year?

  29. With The Kreider up and ,Cally and Hagelin back in the line-up, I believe Poilett’s days as a top 6 forwarded came to a rightful and abrupt end.

    However, when he did play in the top 6, I would not be comfortable categorizing his contribution ( or lack there of) as a “bargain” irregardless of his salary. The guy was a liability on the ice.

  30. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    And I feel exactly the way you do about Pouliot about Stralman. Overpaid for what he does/doesn’t do.

  31. Wick, I have no issue with your position on Strallman or for that matter any other player we may differ on. We are all entitled to opine. And believe me, you are really hammering home your point by invoking the likes of Hamrlik, Poillet and whoever else you choose to present in comparison to Stralman. Very strong and persuasive argument, Poilett and Hamrlik vse Stralman. Yet, it’s my logic that is bad???

    As I’ve said before, two separate coaching staffs during the last two seasons and each started the year with Strallman in the 5th to 7th slot on the D depth chart. Both times, he worked his way into the top 4.

    So, no offense, I’ll continue to trust the coaching staff and my own observations. Check the salaries of other top 4 DMen, based on his contributions to the team, the guy is a bargain.

  32. And having said all that, as I’ve said before, if they could land a better player than Stralman for the top 4 , I’m all for it, 100%.

  33. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    My point is simple, just because a guy plays a certain position (ie the 4 spot), doesn’t mean he is a 4 d man, it means that right now he is “the best option in the coach’s eyes”.

    Under both regimes the 4 was “supposed to be” mdz, but he failed at that under torts and after being given a *clean slate* under AV, he is in the press box. Stralman is a 6/7 on most nhl teams and is overpaid as a 6/7.

    Norris being a 4 on this team shows the apparent lack of confidence in what is behind him on the depth chart in the coach’s eyes, not necessarily a ringing endorsement of Norris himself.

    If you read a lot of the trade “rumours” regarding mdz, they say the rangers are looking for a d man to play a lot of minutes coming back the other way (perhaps another d man needing a change of scenery). You may read into that differently, but I don’t see Staal, OPG, or mcdonut getting moved to the bottom par, and most bottom pair d men don’t play a lot of minutes.

    My take is they want to move Stralman where he belongs and that is not in the top 4.

    Personally, because this team lacks toughness and nastiness, I’d rather let a kid like mcilrath earn his stripes or have Bickel up here and put j Moops on the second pair and save some cap space, but that is just me.

  34. Real Stralmam debate!

    I agree that yes only moved up because of the failings of Del Zotto. But what’s he actually good at? He’s horrid in his own end. Weak in the neutral zone. Not a very good puck handler. Not very effectively physical, poor hockey IQ and on and on and on

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