Capitals 4, Rangers 1 … post-game notes and quotes


Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the Rangers:

Capitals 4, Rangers 1.

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Team notes:

– The Rangers continued their franchise record, nine-game homestand, tonight with a 4-1 loss against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden.

– The Blueshirts are now 15-15-1 overall (31 pts), including a 5-7-1 mark at home this season.

– New York has posted a combined record of 6-5-1 in back-to-backs this season, including a 3-3-0 mark in the second game of the set (1-2-0 at home). The Rangers are now 16-8-2 in the second half of back-to-back games dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season.

– The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 2-2 (4:00) in the contest, and has now held opponents scoreless in 11 of the last 14 games (32-35, 91.4% over the span).

– New York won 29-57 faceoffs (51%) in the contest, and is now 99-175 (56.6%) on faceoffs in the last three games.

Player notes:

–        Benoit Pouliot notched the Rangers’ lone goal and registered two shots in 9:15 of ice time, while making his return to the lineup after not dressing yesterday against New Jersey. He has now recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in his last three games.

–        Michael Del Zotto tallied an assist, and was credited with two hits and two shots in 20:38 of ice time, while making his return to the lineup after not dressing yesterday against New Jersey. He has now registered two points (one goal, one assist) in his last three home games.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves and is now 9-12-1 overall, including a 4-6-1 mark at home this season. His shutout streak against the Capitals ended at 202:28, dating back to the beginning of Game 6 of their 2013 Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup. Lundqvist is now 2-2-0 with a 3.50 goals against average and .906 save percentage when posting 30 or more saves in a game this season.

–        Lundqvist has now started on consecutive days 67 times in his career, posting a record of 41-19-7 with a 2.06 goals against average, .930 save percentage, and six shutouts in the second game of the back-to-back set.

–        Dan Girardi registered a game-high, six hits, and was credited with two blocked shots in 22:38 of ice time. He leads the Rangers with 75 hits and 53 blocked shots on the season.

–        Ryan McDonagh tied for the game-high with four shots and three blocked shots, and led all skaters with 24:53 of ice time. He leads the Rangers in average ice time, logging 23:39 per game.


Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “That’s just hockey. You can talk all you want; you have to have those words become actions on the ice and the right kind of actions. Right now we are a .500 hockey team. When the other team scores a goal we don’t seem to have much of a push. I firmly believe this group is much better than that, but we are not showing it. We can talk all we want behind closed doors, but it’s up to everybody to find it.”

Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “It was a pretty tough game. They are a skilled team. Every time you play them if you lose the puck in the wrong area they are going to come and make some good plays to get in front of you. That second period obviously is what killed us. We have to talk about a few things. We know we are a good team, but we just have to get better.”

Ryan Callahan on looking ahead to next game… “We have to respond. This is not good enough at home. We have a long home stand, and now it takes the guys in here to respond and be better. It starts Tuesday night and that’s how we are looking at this. We have a challenge in front of us and now we have to answer it.”




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  1. AV: “The next guy who comes in here wearing a dress is going directly to Hartford. If you have to wear a dress, wear it at home.”

  2. Closed door meeting:

    Boyle to Zucc: ” yo little man, step away from Delzotto and get over here next to me, so I can rest my beer on your head while I undress my self.”

  3. They fire Sather and bring in someone from outside, he announces his 5 year plan. See you in 2019.

  4. Stranger Nation on

    A team can have 1 or 2 undersized players, but not 6 or 7

    You can have only 2 of the following and trade/cut/demote/retire the rest; Step, Richards, Cally, Zucchini, Hags, Del Zotto, Dom Moore, Stralman

    Then you get rid of Pullout Couch and Gomer Pylon

  5. “Mr. Dolan, like the Knicks, we’re gonna need to break it down, build it back up again.”

  6. Sad, sad excuse for a hockey team. Out muscled, out hustled, and beaten on home ice by a rinky-dink mninor league goalie. It’s time to wake up and take out the garbage. MSG is full of it.

  7. The drop off in scoring past the first couple lines in insane. Brassard has the most goals with 5. In 30 games. Dominic Moore and Taylor Pyatt combined have scored as many goals this season as I have.

    Plus/Minus is a BS stat, but it can paint an overall picture. Only 6 players are a + number and 2 of those are even. There is no way that spells a successful team.

  8. JR – “Rangers had a closed door meeting tonight, which can only mean that they talked out their discongruencies.”

  9. Sather: “My Cuban didn’t taste so good tonight … wait, the game’s over? …. did we tie?”

  10. THE Kreider: “First chance I get, I’m signing with a real team and the coming back to light-up the Rangers every time I play them.”

  11. Richards: “Can’t wait to twist my ankle in the third period of Game 82 … neiiighhhhhhh”

  12. If Kreider was traded, he might not come back to haunt the Rangers with goals, but he would intimidate them and skate by the bench saying: ‘Who’s going to do anything about it?’ That’s how bad things have become.

  13. Richie, untouched, falls to ice in game 82. Trainer comes out. “What happened?”

    “I don’t know, I can’t move.”

  14. Matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties!!"Boy on

    THere is nothing worse than watching a game like that on tv….except being there. Worse that me, as I got to leave when I wanted to, poor Carpy had to wait to deal with the post game interviews.

    Do you know that feeling after you regurgitate, that acidic taste in your mouth? That’s what anyones is like that was unfortunate to be the the world’s most confused, quiet, and transformed arena. Abysmal.

  15. Matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties!!"Boy on

    I was amazed
    zuccs was one of our better players. Not that it’s anything more than a fly, but he hit some Craps, found the puck, some quality passes, 2 shots. He was good.

    You might think Hank sucked. THe first 2 he let in sucked. But he also mad 4=9 big time quality saves. Any of those could have scored.

  16. Some credit to Nash for defending himself. Nobody playing with any passion or stones. Incredibly that includes Cally. These guys need a good shake up. Ah, forget it. Nothing will change until Slats is gone, and since Slats will be allowed to die behind his work desk, all of our whining is for nothing until he kicks the bucket.

  17. It is pretty obvious that a trade needs to go down…would anyone in their right mind take Richards, and if so, does he have a no move clause?

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