Blue Jackets 4, Rangers 2 … post-game notes & quotes


Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the Rangers:

Blue Jackets 4, Rangers 2.

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Team notes:

–        The Rangers were defeated by the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden, as the team continued their franchise-record nine-game homestand.

–        The Blueshirts are now 15-17-1 overall (31 pts), including a 5-9-1 mark at home this season.

–        The Rangers’ penalty kill was 2-2 (2:03) in the contest, and has now held opponents scoreless in 13 of the last 16 games (36-39, 92.3% over the span).

–        New York won 39-63 faceoffs (62%) in the contest, led by Derek Stepan’s game-high, 14 faceoff wins (14-25, 56%). Brian Boyle also won 10-11 faceoffs (91%), while Dominic Moore won all seven of his faceoffs taken. The Rangers are now 162-293 (55.3%) on faceoffs in the last five games.

Player notes:

–        Dominic Moore notched his first goal of the season and won all seven of his faceoffs taken in 8:33 of ice time. The goal was his first as a Ranger since March 20th, 2006 against Boston.

–        Dan Girardi tallied a goal, four shots, and a team-high, three blocked shots in 24:42 of ice time. He has recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in the last six home games, including two points (one goal, one assist) during the Rangers’ current homestand.

–        Mats Zuccarello registered an assist and two hits in 19:41 of ice time. He has tallied a point in seven of the last 11 games, registering four multi-point performances and 11 points (four goals, seven assists) during the stretch. He has recorded 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) in 25 games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at Philadelphia, and now ranks second on the team in scoring with 21 points on the season.

–        Michael Del Zotto recorded an assist and two shots in 21:58 of ice time. He has registered three points (one goal, two assists) in his last five home games, and is now nine assists shy of his 100th career NHL assist.

–        Brad Richards tallied an assist and led all skaters with a Rangers’ season-high, nine shots, in 23:41 of ice time. He has tallied nine points (three goals, six assists) in the last nine games, and now leads the team with 16 assists and 25 points on the season

–        Cam Talbot and Henrik Lundqvist (L) combined for 23 saves in the contest. Lundqvist stopped 10 of 13 shots through the game’s opening 11:10, and is now 9-14-1 overall with a 4-8-1 mark at home this season. Talbot turned aside 13 of 14 shots faced in 47:47 of ice time in relief.


Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “Obviously, tonight down by one, down by two and down by three, it’s a big challenge. I thought the guys for the most part tried to battle back and tried to do some of the right things. We gave ourselves a chance. We needed a one goal game and unfortunately when you are behind you take some risks and that’s what happened on their fourth goal.”

Henrik Lundqvist on the start of tonight’s game… “I quickly watched the replay.  It hit the post and in I think.  I don’t know, I have to go over the goals again to see what happened.  Obviously where we are right now the starts are important, and me not coming up with the saves early, it’s hurting me and the team.  You just have to go through it, I guess, but it’s definitely a test for your confidence to believe in what you do, and not start to do too much.  You want to win more, sometimes you try too much instead of just sticking to what you need to do and keep it simple and just play your game.”

Brad Richards on tonight’s game… “We need to build off what we did in the second half of the game.  Obviously, it’s going to be a lot harder because teams aren’t going to be sitting on a 3-0 lead when you play them.  I think it was night and day (from) the Winnipeg (game) when we went out in the third and just went through the motions.  We had a push, and right before they score the fourth goal the puck is just lying on the goal line in traffic.  When things are going differently, maybe that finds its way in.  You get in a jam, it’s tough it seems like everything is going the wrong way, but you have to trust and believe that we’ll have our time with it going that way too.”

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  1. Dorsett: “Dad would be down at the shop and we’d wreck the house for him, me and my brothers.”

  2. “Some folks back home think me and my brothers might of burned down the local rink, but nobody was ever able to prove nothing.”

  3. I’d like to know from someone who was there and who knows hockey if Columbus took Nash out of the game, or if he performed a master float.

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

    _And then a year later traded pieces for a high cap hit superstar._

    One season remaining on his contract, now an expiring contract.

  5. _One season remaining on his contract, now an expiring contract._

    So if Nash were up this year or next or next, you would expect they’d trade Dubinsky, Anisimov, Erixon and the 1st back?

  6. Agreed, Papa, but that will never not be weird to me. If I were draft by Florida or Tampa Bay or Columbus or some other gross place to play, I’d be fired up to hit free agency and go to a better city, let alone a better team.

  7. Notwithstanding the high lite reel goal teaser we occasionally get from him, Nash makes me sick the way he can utterly disappear on the ice.

    He has the temperament of Kevin McReynolds, and that makes me sick too.

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

    Thank you, Carp. Columbus didn’t initiate the process of trading Nash because they didn’t want to.

    _Nash came to us and asked us to consider trading him. We agreed to accommodate his request as long as we could get a deal that would provide us with cornerstone pieces to help us compete for a Stanley Cup championship in the coming years._ -Howson

  9. Scumbag Lundqvist partying up his new contract with 4 straight losses and counting.

    Sather was out of his mind when he throw that contract at Lundqvist.

    McDonagh’s flaws and mistakes constantly go unnoticed as do Staal’s and Stepan’s.

    And AV I totally don’t get. Why would he play Talbot against Jets right after he beat Canucks? And why wouldn’t he play Talbot against garbage Devils especially when they play the Capitals next game and then he doesn’t play Talbot against a weak offensively team like Nashville.

  10. Stranger Nation on

    last season out most effective scoring line was hags – step – nash. Right now, all three are playing below par. Would it hurt to try them together again?

  11. Kevin McReynolds! Blast from the past. Could have been maybe the greatest Met position player ever if he had some warmer blood.

  12. It’s an utter disgrace that there are many, many families still not back in their homes post-Sandy. How could this be????

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

    _I feel very confident saying Ryan McDonagh has no flaws and will never have a flaw._

    He has no room for improvement. Pigs fly, too.

  14. Papa, imagine what they spent making and airing that dumb ‘we are stronga’ commercial, money that could have gone to some poor schlubs who lost their domiciles? Makes me sick.

  15. Out on a limb, but I bet McDonagh could even do simple division. He is amazing and does amazing things that some people here can’t do even if they try really hard.

  16. Kenneth literally rows everything down the his emotional Styx River to the island of intellectually absurdity.

  17. Stranger Nation on

    As someone who spent time in the Rockaways after Sandy, you could not believe your eyes at the devastation

  18. I am so sick and bored and fed up with this team that I wish they blow it all up and start some kind of rebuild. Why do we keep signing these boring players like Pyatt, Dom Moore, Halpern, Gilroy, etc?

    Why do we keep holding on to losers like Boyle, Christensen, etc?

    Why do we obsess and overhype our soft defensemen.

    Why do we keep giving out idiotic contracts like Richards, Lundqvist, Drury, Redden, Gomez, etc?

    Why did we buy Nash high and sell Gaborik low?

    Why did we fail to sign good grinders that can skate, hit, fight and score?

  19. I totally think it went wrong on the ice, Jonny, but I still think less of it has to do with Nash and more of it has to do with no Dubinsky and Anisimov replacements, and then Sather letting Prust, Mitchell, and Fedotenko walk and not replacing them either. Slats easily could have resigned the last two however, and if not, here are some players who could have replaced them and the others better than, you know, Jeff Halpern.

    Zenon Konopka, Adam Burish, and Paul Gaustad could have been really nice fourth liners last year.

    To replace Dubinsky it was definitely trickier, but I think Jay McClement could have nearly the trick. Maybe you couldn’t replace all of those players via free agency, I just think it was possible for Sather to have done a lot better job of it, and that wouldn’t make the Nash trade look so bad.

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

    It’s alright that you are intimidated by my intellectual capacity, most people are.

  21. If Don Cherry coached the Bruins, he would say, “Send all of them up here to me and I’ll send you mine and the when we meet in March, I’ll beat you 5-1.” :)) I believe he would (say it).

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

    You’re marked by your internet *toughness*, while I’m distinguished for my internet *skill*.

  23. The loss of Anisimov is crazy underrated too. Is he really any different than Hagelin these days? A guy you notice on the ice more than you notice in the box score who is still an easy carry for most any roster.

  24. I would make you soup and tell you you’re going to have better days ahead, Kenneth. I really would.

  25. I almost think of it like whack-a-mole, Jonny. Sather whacked-the-mole of acquiring another scorer, but then another two moles popped up and he had to go take what may vaguely resemble a piss. But then more moles appeared, and by that point Sather was chewing on his cigar in Banff.

  26. _Nash is a major disappointment. No spin required. Biggest disappoint of the Sather era?_

    Dear god, I wish.

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

    You will make me soup? You must not be hungry, having spent all day eating crow. (:

  28. Carp: As someone with a *finger* on the *pulse* of the team, do you think Nash is happy, or do you think he’d be receptive to a trade. To Montreal. For Pacioretty?

  29. eddie eddie eddie on

    it rain rike figh days. it crazy. i weary scayed. i say what happen to whether. it rain so hawd

  30. Boyler got 10 minutes; Ash 3; Pyatt 6, J Moore and the Undertaker 8 apiece. Kind of obvious AV isn’t delighted with Sather’s choices and ‘helpfulness.’

  31. I will make you soup and then tutor you on what’s funny enough to post and what should be reeled in for a second thought.

  32. Carp, contrasting expectations with results…….because we gave up assets other than money to acquire him………coming fresh off a trip to the conference finals and having him arrive pre-billed as the as the superstar who would put us over the top……

    Nash is the pits for me.

  33. Carp: Would you say I’m 100% wrong or just not technically right to say that you’ve verified that Nash wants to be traded. To Montreal. For Pacioretty.

  34. no, I don’t, Miami. But if you want to get a player who’s going to help turn this around, you’re giving up a Kreider or a McDonagh. Or else you’re getting more of the same in return.

  35. (Detroit needs defense, I have a thing for Abdelkader, Abdelkader plays mad hard and would be a great bottom 6 for us. Stralman for Abdelkader.)

  36. If Sather could pull off a Nash for no-Nash ( and get a future McDonoughts in the deal), now were talking.

  37. Much more is expected of Nash, but he did have a run of goals recently, albeit relatively useless ones. I still think he’s good for 35-40 for a full year. Where he was tonight is a mystery. I think he had 20 minutes of ice-time, but I hardly noticed him.

  38. eddie eddie eddie on

    this isnt AV’s fault. no coach, dead or alive, could win with this team…..maybe muckler’s corpse…

  39. I like that McD is being given a looser rein, but I think this coaching staff has him a bit confused. When he plays by instinct, he’s uber impressive.

  40. Nash only gets up for big games. What could possibly motivate him to play well against Columbus? (s)

  41. Stranger Nation on

    The first 2 goals were the direct result of Richards going forward to make a play in O zone, and not making that play as he and Nash coasted back. Guy was -3 with a pt tonite. Thats our Alt Capt skating back barely lifting his skates off the ice.

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

    That was a weak retort. My comment must have stung. Truth hurts.

  43. Oh man, E3, too much leek.

    “Nash is frighteningly Gaborik -is- in a far more attractive hockey-p- package than Gaborik.”

  44. Also, E3, Kenneth’s comment stung and weakened my retort due to the hurt caused by his truth.

    (You remember Kenneth, I’m sure. He’s the guy from earlier today who flubbed some pretty basic math. But don’t worry about that, he’s a good guy who knows relative toughness when he sees it.)

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

    Who was more responsible for tonight’s loss? The player that *flubbed* two open nets or the player that assisted on the goal that pulled the Rangers back within a goal?

  46. On a “feels like it should be bad for you versus really is bad for you” level, soup is about as good as you’re going to find.

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

    Every team would want that 4th line center because every team seeks a player with non-existent *skill*

  48. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I am making a delicious chicken and vegetables in a wine sauce on Saturday….3rd time in the last month –

  49. Kenneth, I know you like to pretend you *understand* advanced stats so I’d suggest you *check out* the box score from tonight then pretend you totally observed that during the game.

    But for real, tell me what soup you want when you come over. If its something I’ve never done, I’m obviously going to want to give it a trial run so I don’t humiliate myself.

  50. Roasting the chicken? The Thomas Keller fast-and-high method is awesome for that. Converted both my mother and my mother in law.

  51. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Chicken, onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots, zucchini, broth, parsley, rosemary, thyme, Chardonnay – into the crock pot – 8 hours, strain the liquid, then butter flour in pan – pour liquid back in – turns into nice gravy – pour over food – serve…

  52. I don’t really get crock pots. If you put a dutch oven (insert jokes) over steady low heat, its the same thing without necessitating another device.

  53. So like a lighter coq au vin, which I’m sure has a classical name that I’m unaware of because I don’t know classical foods. Sounds wonderful. Food is great.

  54. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Yes…same idea….but we use our crock pot 3-4 times a week….usually no more than 40 minutes prep – and no stirring, no sticking, no burning…and half the house is very aromatic….

  55. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Yes – it’s quite good and healthy to boot….I love to cook….food and wine is the best…we will be drinking some Madeira from 1860 with a caramel tort for dessert…

  56. As you can tell by the quality of my posts, I’m not tired yet and have nothing to do. Nothing pressing.

  57. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kenneth – you make many excellent posts when you discuss hickey or use humor…but busting Mr. D’s balls is getting old….I will happy to post remarks with you if you stop – fair enough?

  58. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kooz – I’m not tired yet either…but ready to snort some ambien in a bit will change that…

  59. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Pat Hickey # 16 in a long line of great 16’s

    Sieling, pavolich, noonan, the Avery, the brassard to name but a few….

  60. Ha, Kenneth, E3 is bored of you chasing me around like a young child chases around a cooler older child who is also very useful in the kitchen. That’s *embarrassing*.

    I hate wine. I wish I liked wine but I hate it and I feel like it ruins so many amazing combinations for me.

  61. Maybe that should be the new thing, we just talk about whatever dinner we’re making in between periods rather than talking about how GD depressing this current team is.

  62. I know a place
    Ain’t nobody cryin’
    Ain’t nobody worried
    Ain’t no smilin’ faces
    Mmm, no no
    Lyin’ to the races
    Help me, come on, come on
    Somebody, help me now
    (I’ll take you there)
    Help me, ya’all
    (I’ll take you there)
    Help me now
    (I’ll take you there)
    (I’ll take you there)
    Oh! Oh! Mercy!
    (I’ll take you there)
    Oh, let me take you there
    (I’ll take you there)

  63. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Mr. D – Kenneth has many good ideas and makes intelligent posts….I’m hoping he takes me up on my offer….I don’t mind him at all….but his busting your balls needs to stop…

  64. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Talking about food, recipes, and dinner plans is a great idea…. Tomorrow stir frying a bunch of vegetables in olive oil, over pasta and Parmesan cheese….Dutch crust bread and oil…

  65. hagerstown MD rangers fan on

    Duguay looks like he has chicken neck. Would it kill him to wear a tie.
    Anyway I am actually kind of sad about the way things are in Rangerland. This team reminds me a lot of 1998 and boy did that suck. Just 2 years ago are boys were so close. They just needed a little more goal scoring. They had pretty much all the other intangibles, toughness grit. they were miserable to play against. So our very excellent GM knows exactly what to do. He lets Prust, Fedetenko and Mithchell(not a real good player but certainly nasty) walk. Then he trades very serviceable 3rd liners Dubinsky and Anisimov for Nash who is clearly the largest invisible entity on the ice. It does not seem to work so the genius decides I know lets trade Gaborik for 3 marginal players to fix my last mistake. He has thus dug the whole even deeper and voila the Rangers are on their way to the bottom faster than the Titanic. Too bad. It looks increasingly like 1994 will have to last a lifetime. If there was no 1994 rooting for the Rangers would be analogous to rooting for the Chicago Cubs. Well, it’s still like rooting for the Cubs. Maybe if the human cigar could draft well he would not have blown up this team the way he has. Having said all this I’m coming to home for the game against the Pens on Wednesday. I’m not optimistic.

  66. Tomorrow here is the standard friday night pizza. I still have more shallots, so maybe caramelize half and chop the other half? We’ll see. Also, remind me to take the smoke detector down because that thing goes off every single time I go over 450 with the oven.

    (As for Kenneth, I enjoy the attempts at ball busting. He even made the great Maddux call yesterday or two days ago which I think probably helped him gain some confidence. We’re all a team here and we should support everyone.)

  67. Speaking of the Cubs, anyone who hasn’t see Manager Lee Ilia’s ’83 trip to never never land should check it out on youtube. Zowie. And funny? Couldn’t get funnier.

  68. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I save many of my old bottles….I have an 1844 that we drank 6 or so years ago that while empty, and corked, still possesses an amazing bouquet….as they all still do…

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

    Fair enough.

    How can anyone claim, with a straight face, that Nash doesn’t show up in big games? He has played in a whopping 16 playoff games. SSS.

  70. Look at E3 making everyone happy. I’m going to bed now, but when you know what soup you want, Kenneth, let me know.

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

    There have been plenty other “ace” pitchers that didn’t have a mid-90s fastball in their repertoire.

  72. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Cub fans have it far worse than we do….in 89, the giants played them in NL championships and I was there at the stick, third base line, great seats, pulling for them,,,,but it wasn’t to be…

  73. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kooz – these Madeiras hold their bouquet more than ten years after drinking if corked…

  74. (I don’t have an apron, Coos, but I know which one I’m getting. Kenneth, if you want to bring a really amazing housewarming gift for soup night, its the one from Timbuk2. Assuming you bring Lloyd, the apron will cost like half what you guys would pay for a comparable dinner out.)

  75. I remember seeing more than a few ace pitchers that, in my delusion at the time, I though I could hit. Catfish Hunter was one.

  76. Stranger Nation on

    I had DVR’d the first period and was laughing, yes, laughing at the turn of events as I watched with no surprise. The beginnings of apathy? Possibly…

  77. Stranger Nation on

    Henk playing back in net forces shooters to go high. If he came out more, that angle would be cut off. Is he too proud to change given his past succe$$

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

    _I had DVR’d the first period and was laughing, yes, laughing at the turn of events as I watched with no surprise. The beginnings of apathy?_

    I, too, could not help but laugh as Hanka Hanka kept getting scored upon.

  79. Send eddie to North Korea for the weekend! Bring something a tad warmer than you wore at Candlestick evenings.

  80. hagerstown MD rangers fan on

    E3 your correct Cubbies fans do have it far worse than we. Have not won WS since 1908. My grandfather was 8 at the time. Also they have not been to the WS since 1945. Now that is a record of futility. I imagine that kid that interfered with the foul ball in the NLCS with the Marlins is probably in witness protection. Still it is unbelievable how Sather the great has sabotaged this team with bad moves. Winning organizations don’t do that. Still Sather will never be canned. Neil Smith missed the playoffs 2x on his way to a 3rd miss and he gets canned never mind that he brought us the cup. Sather has missed the playoffs 5x’s and nothing. People get fired at Wal mart for a lot less incompetence.

  81. If they keep playing Donuts 28 minutes a night, and he plays in the Olympics, by March he’ll be dragging around the ice like Pyatt.

  82. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    It was a beautiful late September night if I remember….that October 16, game 2 of the WS, the earthquake hit – it was high 70’s that day….fall much nicer than summer….June and July the weather out here is cold wet and foggy

  83. Stranger Nation on

    Presume Zucc for Norway without knowing anything about their roster.
    Del Zotto for Italy
    Pullout for France
    Johnson for Hungary
    Falk for the Swiss

  84. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The difference is that because Dolan eats paste and crayons, his brain doesn’t work so well anymore….

  85. I thought the Undertaker was having a seizure on his first shift when he did a half Snow Angel / Drop and Roll behind the net.

    I thought to myself, uh-oh.

  86. Stranger Nation on

    Papa-he was shaky at times and passes werent crisp but I dont think he was on ice for a goal, was he? Cant remember

  87. The Poor Undertaker kid. I can only imagine his nervousness. He’s getting paid something like 67 grand down in Hartford.

  88. Alydar glides to the bench during opposing opposing rushes, and his replacement gets tagged with the minus.

  89. Hank is probably worried about his contract renewal. If Slats hadn’t slapped all that dough on him, that’s what would be being said.

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

    All those years, Hanka has been protected by his defense which received no credit for his success. Hanka is now unable to mask the flaws of his defense which now receive the blame for his struggles.

  91. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Hank doesn’t have his 10000 lb pads anymore either….Hank, like gabby, has seen better days.

  92. Hank was starting to look like that Robotron in the NFL promotions, with a little head sticking out on top.

  93. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    To be fair, hank’s D is horrid, the forwards can’t/won’t back check and he gets no run support….buy he has been really bad this year….

  94. Don't Throw Evrocks At Glass Houses on

    The Rangers have beaten exactly one team this season that has scored 3 or more goals against them. At least they were courteous enough to let us know how this game was gonna go earlier on than usual. That’s as positive as I can get.

  95. Interesting article about Robinson Cano. $240 million dollar contract, pays $600 in child support for his 3 year old.

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

    I wanted to be a stick handling king. But I didn’t have much time.

  97. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    One of these games, Hank, and his impressive stick handling skills, is going to score an own goal…

  98. Don’t know what’s up with Ash. Last year, I thought he was a useful 4th liner. Tonight he gets 3 minutes. Has he deteriorated that quickly? We keeping him for the all-out brawl that will never happen?

  99. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Unless there is a shakeup, I can’t see the Rangers making the playoffs…even in the crappy division they’re in…

  100. Kenneth – it’s not just the defenseman that helped Henke, it’s the team defense. Forwards sagging in and protecting the slot so they shoot from the boards. You could put any goalie in the league in net for this team and their stats would be brutal. It’s a crappy system for a team that can’t play it.

    AV already admitted that and said he’s going to make changes. We’ll see why he does.

    It’s just further proving that Torts played a certain way because he knew the horses we had weren’t thoroughbreds…except Richie.

  101. And Carp, this Nash is the same one that was in Columbus. That’s why he never was a PPG player and only cracked 40 twice (a long time ago too).

    He’d be amazing to watch in a pickup game because of his spins and plays around the net. But the consistency isn’t and has never been there even in juniors. I won’t deny he’s a great talent, but he’s not a superstar. He’s like an elite Pouliot.

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