Rangers 5, Canucks 2 … post-game notes & quotes

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Post-game notes and quotes courtesy of the Rangers:

Rangers 5, Canucks 2.

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Team Notes:

– The Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 5-2, today at Madison Square Garden, in the second game of a back-to-back set.

– The Blueshirts improved to 14-13-0 overall (28 pts), including a 5-5-0 mark at home this season. The Rangers have won 11 of their last 17 games (11-6-0).

– New York tied their season-high with five goals in the contest. It was the fourth time the Rangers have scored five this season, and the second time they have done so in the last three games. The Blueshirts have tallied 12 goals in the last three contests.

– The trio of Derek Stepan, Rick Nash, and Chris Kreider combined for eight points (four goals, four assists), 12 shots on goal, and a plus-nine rating in the contest.

– The Rangers have posted a combined record of 6-4-0 in back-to-back games this season, including a 3-2-0 mark (1-1-0 at home) in the second game of the set.

– New York extended their winning streak against Vancouver to three games, out-scoring the Canucks, 10-2, over the span.

– The Blueshirts shutout streak against the Canucks ended at 157:14, from 18:36 of the third period on Nov. 3, 2009 to 15:50 of the second period today.

– The Rangers have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 16 of the last 20 games, and 17 of the last 22. New York has allowed 37 goals over the last 20 games (1.84 goals against per game), and 41 goals in the last 22 games (1.86 goals against per game). It is the 18th time this season the Blueshirts have held opponents to two or fewer goals, which is tied with Colorado for the NHL lead.

– The Blueshirts notched two goals in three power play opportunities (2:49), and is now 4-11 (36.4%) with the man advantage in the last three games.

– The Rangers have posted a record of 13-1-0 when tallying the game’s first goal this season, which ranks third in the NHL (.929 winning percentage). The Blueshirts have opened the game’s scoring in four of the last six contests.

– New York out-hit Vancouver, 34-25, including 11 players who were credited with two or more hits in the contest. Benoit Pouliot led the Rangers with five hits, while Justin Falk was credited with four hits.

Player Notes:

– Chris Kreider posted his first career hat trick, led all skaters and tied his career-high with six shots, and registered three hits and a plus-three rating in 14:31 of ice time. He has tallied 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in his last 17 games, including four points (three goals, one assist) in the last three. Kreider has registered 12 of his 16 points at home this season, which leads the team.

– Kreider is the first Rangers rookie to record a hat trick since Derek Stepan notched three goals in his NHL debut on Oct. 9, 2010 at Buffalo, and is the second Blueshirt to post a hat trick this season (Stepan on Nov. 2 vs. Carolina). It was the first multi-goal game and third multi-point game of Kreider’s career, and the three points tied his career-high for most points in a single game (three assists on Nov. 2 vs. Carolina).

– Rick Nash registered three points with one goal and two assists to extend his goal/point streak to three games (three goals, two assists over the span), and finished with five shots and a plus-three rating in 15:54 of ice time. He has recorded six points (four goals, two assists) in the last six games, and is now two points shy of 600 career NHL points.

– Cam Talbot made a career-high, 35 saves to win his sixth consecutive decision while making his Madison Square Garden debut, and improved to 6-1-0 overall this season. He has now made 30 or more saves in three games this season, posting a record of 3-0-0 with a 1.95 goals against average and .943 save percentage in those contests. Talbot has yet to allow more than two goals against in each of his seven career NHL starts.

– According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Rangers goaltender to win six straight decisions in their first year was Jim Henry in 1941-42 (seven straight), and the last goaltender to hold opponents to two or fewer goals in each of their first seven career starts was Frank Brimsek with Boston in 1938-39 (first 12 starts). Talbot is the first goaltender in Rangers’ history to hold opponents to two or fewer goals in each of his first seven career starts.

– Derek Stepan registered two assists and a plus-three rating in 18:09 of ice time. He has tallied five points (one goal, four assists) in the last six games, and is now two assists from his 100th career assist.

– Michael Del Zotto notched a power play goal and two shots in 17:43 of ice time. He has now registered two points (one goal, one assist) in three career games against the Canucks.

– Ryan McDonagh tallied a power play assist to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists over the span), and registered three hits and a plus-two rating in a team-high, 21:14 of ice time. He has now tallied 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the last 17 games, including four points (two goals, two assists) in the last five. The Rangers improved to 12-2-0 when he tallies a point.

– Brad Richards recorded a power play assist to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists over the span), and led all forwards with 18:26 of ice time. He has now registered 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 18 career regular season games against Vancouver.

– Mats Zuccarello tallied a power play assist, three hits, and two takeaways in 16:11 of ice time. He has tallied five points (one goal, four assists) in the last five games, and 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 19 games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at PHI. Each of his last three points have come on the power play (one goal, two assists).

– Derick Brassard registered a power play assist to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists over the span), and finished with three shots and two hits in 15:14 of ice time. He has recorded five points (two goals, three assists) in the last seven games, and is now eight points shy of 200 NHL career points.

– Dan Girardi tallied an assist and three hits in 19:43 of ice time. He has registered three assists in the last six games.

– Anton Stralman recorded an assist, and was credited with two hits and two blocked shots in 20:50 of ice time. It is the fifth time in the last seven games he logged 20:00 or more minutes of ice time.

Post-Game Quotes:

- Alain Vigneault on today’s game… “When I saw the twins (Henrik and Daniel Sedin) have a couple of their moments out there I knew we were playing against the Canucks. They’re a good team but what we had tonight was some great bounces. A couple of our players made some great defensive efforts and when that wasn’t there, Cam (Talbot) made some great saves. We were able to score a couple of talented goals and that was a big part of the night.”

- Cam Talbot on today’s game… “To get out in front by two goals there right away was pretty important for us, especially against a team like this who we know can score a lot of goals. It also helped me settle into the game a little here. A lot of adrenaline running through it – first game at MSG. That was a huge boost for us. We kind of climbed on Kreider’s back and kept going.”

- Rick Nash on today’s game… “They (Kreider and Stepan) definitely opened things up (for me). We had a lot of chances, we capitalized on our chances which was a good thing. Everything went well today.”

Team Schedule:

– Tomorrow – Off

– Next Game – Monday, Dec. 2 vs. Winnipeg (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)

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92 Comments

  1. Cpt. Insano, perhaps you need a reminder. We don’t use such language here. That’s a couple of times today. Please refrain.

  2. Coos, Boyler may be the nastiest, toughest bar room brawler north of Texas, but it don’t mean a hill of beans on the ice. Some guys can’t fight on while balancing on a thin blade.

  3. sorry Tortorella, Rangers are the better team today.

    Kreider with a great game……it was just a matter of time.

  4. Great line combinations AVshouldn’t change a thing. Fantastic balance . Also ,Cam”s a keeper Sucirony Kreider scoring a hat trick

  5. Matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties!!"Boy on

    Very entertaining game at MSG, the word’s quietest and most confused arena. Good for Kreider, good for Talbott, good for MDZ!!

  6. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Bulldog – I’d ride him until he loses….seems the right thing to do….not knocking Hank, but the kid is playing better IMO.

  7. Carp,

    Curious as to whether you think the media – in general – spent more time focusing on Torts than the fact that the Rangers 1) scored some pretty solid goals 2) had some pretty great individual efforts and 3) were largely responsible with the puck – much more than their last few periods? May be misinterpreting but the twattersphere seemed especially active with people gloating that Tort’s team was being beat on the PP or by Rangers presumably at odds with Torts during his reign. Even seemed like Trautwig tried to bait the krieder during his intermission interview.

    My point being – even though i’m not shocked – it appears that the media likes to make more of this win against Torts than it really is to the players – or in reality. Was he really that awful? I don’t condone anyone being ripped for doing their jobs (i.e. asking tough questions) but seems maybe some writers should have thicker skin. It’s not like he’s kicked anyone’s dog or called their wives ugly. Do you think the apparent focus on all things “Torts” is more a case of schadenfreude or are they simply drumming this up to get more eyeballs? Focus should be on DZ contributing (finally), Rangers playing an overall solid game (with some glaring exceptions), and the fact that Rangers just aren’t that tough (somebody please teach Boyler to fight before he gets killed out there).

    Torts was great coach for NYR…his time ended and for someone that knows what its like to be canned from a job you thought you were doing well – isn’t it time for the media to drop their hatred of Torts? Or are most just that sensitive? (For the record, you’ve always presented a very rational/balanced opinion regarding Torts so I’m not implying you as contributing to this Torts stuff).

  8. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The competition can only be good for the King, given Hank’s competitive streak. Tam could start for several teams right now me thinks….

  9. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    AV > Torts. At the very least, these Rangers are far more enjoyable to watch. Now if we only had someone like Lucic on our team….Sure wish our 4th line has Asham, Haley, and Bickel on it…..Sit poo-yo, Pyatt, and Richards….

  10. Poutine needs to go before Pyatt…Poutine has more offensive upside but he isn’t delivering and although he could be one of those sleepers that explodes in the playoffs – let’s be honest, that generally happens when playing AGAINST the Rangers so I think we need to ship him or sit him…he’s not likely to gain anything in return so just sit him. But, more alarmingly and less suprising, Richie seems to regressed…not sure which goal but i could swear i saw him behind the man skating half speed watching the shot go in…inexcusable. I don’t care if he returns to scoring…he better be bought out at the end of the year.

    AV better than Torts is arguable but for fans, it’s always going to be subjective so I’ll honor that opinion. Still don’t have skilled nough team to play true AV style so i’d caution saying this is all because Torts isn’t coaching anymore. That said, it was time for a change and that’s that

  11. Dallas was scouting the game today, so I took a look at there roster to see who would fit. I found a forward by the name of Antoine Rousell. seems to be a rugged player who can play a bit.

  12. Kreider had a great game but not sure why that has anything to do with Torts? Where’s his motivation? He clearly didn’t deserved to be up with the big squad despite this comment section’s obsession with anyone under 25 yrs old. Let’s not forget that AV kept him down too so not sure why Kreider has anything to prove to Torts…in fact, one might argue that Tort’s helped his development by not giving him time just because his age…if everyone in Hartford could easily replace any older Ranger on the roster every time they didn’t have a great game, don’t you think that would already be happening?

  13. Rob in Beantown on

    E3, I’m drinking some Barefoot 2012 Chardonnay on your recommendation. It’s better than I would have thought.

  14. My woman made me look for apartments today, that’s why I missed this epic THE Kreider hat trick.

    But I love my woman.

  15. Hah yes pimp…the thing about Poutine is i feel like he’s the kinda of player that does the same thing on other teams so this isn’t totally shocking. However, though I can’t confirm, he’s also the type of player that is struggling but then always has a breakout game against certain teams…mostly the Rangers..who I would be willing to bet are the team that is MOST associated with journeymen scoring for the first time in seasons, AHL callups scoring first ever NHL goals, or backups posting career numbers. Come one Elias sports bureau, where are those stats? I’d love to see Rangers vs callups and vs former Rangers compared to similar with other teams. My money says Rangers lead in most of those categories

  16. Malt O’Meal, poster Gravy and I keep track of these sorts of things. Also to be included in your associations are scoring goals in the first game at MSG and players scoring on significant nights in their own career (i.e. St. Louis’ performance against us the other night). On Poutine, I think he’s the player we look at in three seasons and say “Remember when that scrub Poutine was playing instead of Miller?”

  17. Miami, you had better call her THE Woman!;>)) I missed the game, too…too bad, sounds like an inspiring and fun game to watch!

  18. Regarding Boyle, Haven’t seen a big Irish heavyweight go down that quick since Gerry Cooney fought Larry Holmes.

  19. watching the Islanders for a bit. boy they have some serious leadership problems. Taveras was loafing in in the Dzone. no effort at all.

  20. It’s ashamed to see what a bunch of sissies this team has become. They get beat up by the Bruins with Boyle begging Chara not to beat him up and then the following day Boyle takes a beating from Bieksa of the Canucks. Two fights and Boyle doesn’t throw one punch. The whole bench gets challenged by Sestito and one of the smallest guys comes out and stands up, what an embarrassment. If this team doesn’t get some toughness they will be the laughing stock of the league

  21. All I can tell you is that had I not seen *THE* Kreider’s hat trick live today, I’d have offed myself by now.

  22. CARP, how much do you want to bet that Carter’s first game back is against NYR at Yankee Stadium and that he scores at least one goal in it?

  23. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    Let’s trade Nash for Pacioretty, to save cap space.

  24. Ken Dryden on MSG Hockey Night, watch it if you can. Intelligent Hall of Fame Hockey player talking intelligently about the state of the game.

  25. Miami Pimp: You realize, of course, this means you will have to go looking for apartments with her during the next Rangers game on Monday.

  26. Think of all the coin Dryden left on the table when he packed it in at 31.

    It would be like Hank retiring today.

    Maybe Dryden is not as smart as he sounds?

  27. I met Dryden at golf outing 21 years ago and sat across from him at lunch. Where a lot of guys might get fed up with all the pestering and endless repetitive questions that seem to follow celebrities, especially when they interact with the rest of us. He went out of his way to just be one of us. Maybe he wasn’t going out of his way, maybe that’s what he is. All I know is the guy seemed pretty down to earth for being a lawyer, member of parliament, an author, a professor and a hall of fame goalie. There was a lot hockey talk; much of it about the 72 Summit Series (it was the 20th anniversary). After he excused himself to finish his round, we looked at each other thinking “Did that just happen?”

  28. Recall Bickel, Haley and Ashram, start them the next game against the Bruin Crush.

    Watch as Bickel shoves his fist down Lucic’s mouth and Haley cracks Chara in the Nutz. Asham can take one for the team and crack Thorton over the head with his stick.

  29. Thanks Papa, it was a memorable day.

    I don’t know if I want to see Haley fight Charra, 5’10” vs. 6’9″

  30. Anyone see the end of the Alabama / Auburn game.

    Even the best coach in college football has a bad day now and again.

    Fire Nick Saban.

  31. “Watch as Bickel shoves his fist down Lucic’s mouth and Haley cracks Chara in the Nutz. Asham can take one for the team and crack Thorton over the head with his stick.”

    I’d prefer Asham go after Marchand, Papa.

  32. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    Lovejoy ties the Ducks game off the faceoff with 3 minutes remaining.

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