Rangers 4, Flames 3 (shootout) … post-game notes & quotes


Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:

Rangers 4, Flames 3 (shootout).

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Team notes:

– The Rangers defeated the Calgary Flames, 4-3, in the shootout tonight at Madison Square Garden, as the team continued their franchise-record nine-game homestand. Benoit Pouliot notched the game-deciding goal in the seventh round of the shootout to earn the extra point for the Rangers.

– The Blueshirts improved to 16-17-1 overall (33 pts), including a 6-9-1 mark at home this season.

– The Rangers’ shootout tonight was their first of the season. They were the only team in the league to have not had a shootout yet this season. This was also the latest the Blueshirts have gone into a season without having a shootout, eclipsing their previous team record of 24 games in 2010-11 (2-1 SO win vs. Nashville on Nov. 27, 2010). The Rangers’ last shootout was on Apr. 10, 2013 vs. Toronto (3-2 SO win), a stretch of 41 regular season games.

– The Rangers won their third straight game against the Flames, including each of their last two meetings at Madison Square Garden.

– The Blueshirts and Flames have been separated by two or fewer goals in 11 of their last 13 meetings, with eight of those contests being decided by one-goal. New York is now 8-3-0-0 in games decided by two or fewer goals over the span, and 7-1-0-0 in one-goal games.

– The Rangers out-shot the Flames, 32-21, in the contest, including a 26-10 advantage after the first period.

– New York won 39-67 faceoffs (58.2%) in the contest, led by Dominic Moore’s game-high, 13 faceoff wins (13-17, 76.5%). The Rangers are now 201-360 (55.8%) on faceoffs in the last six games.

Player notes:

– Derek Stepan notched a goal and an assist, posted a plus-two rating, and won 12-23 faceoffs (52%). The assist was his 100th career NHL assist, and he is now tied for first on the team with 16 assists and ranks second with 22 points on the season.

– Benoit Pouliot recorded an assist and notched the game-deciding goal in the seventh round of the shootout. He has tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in his last five games. Pouliot improved to 3-9 in the shootout for his career, with all three of his goals being the game-decider.

– Henrik Lundqvist made 18 saves through regulation and overtime, and stopped four of seven shootout attempts for the win. He improved to 10-14-1 overall this season, including a 5-8-1 mark at home. Lundqvist is now 45-30 all-time in shootouts. His 45 career shootout wins are second in the NHL only to Ryan Miller’s 47 shootout wins.

– Chris Kreider tallied the game-tying goal with 7:53 remaining in regulation, tied for the game-high with four hits, and posted a plus-two rating in 20:34 of ice time. He has now recorded five goals in the last eight games.

– Carl Hagelin registered a goal and tied for the game-high with four shots in 16:17 of ice time. He is now tied for fourth on the team with six goals on the season.

– Mats Zuccarello converted his shootout attempt and was credited with three hits in 18:03 of ice time, while skating in his 100th career NHL contest.

– Rick Nash tallied an assist, three shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 20:24 of ice time. He has tallied eight points (five goals, three assists) in the last 10 games.

– Dominic Moore tallied an assist and won a game-high, 13-17 faceoffs (76.5%) in 15:52 of ice time. He has registered a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist), and is 20-24 (83.3%) on faceoffs in the last two games.

– Dan Girardi registered an assist, was credited with two hits and three blocked shots, and logged 25:30 of ice time. He has tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in the last seven home games, including three points (one goal, two assists) on the current homestand.

– Brian Boyle registered an assist and was credited with two hits in 9:43 of ice time. He is now 11 point shy of his 100th career NHL point.

– Ryan McDonagh was credited with a team-high, four blocked shots, and logged a game-high, 31:01 of ice time. Tonight’s contest marks the third time in McDonagh’s career he has logged 30:00 or more of ice time in a regular season contest.


Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “There were quite a few moments that tested us. We were down by two early and had a kill to make at a critical time. We found a way, twice, to come back in this game which is something we haven’t done very often this year. There are quite a few elements that, hopefully, we can build on.”

Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “It was just a big relief to finally get two points.  I had a chance to close it (shoot out) out twice, and I didn’t do it.  I just had a feeling that if we don’t win this one, I’m not going to be a happy guy.  Finally, we ended the game there.  We worked really hard.  They scored a couple good goals, they had some puck possession, but we worked really hard and came back in this one.  It’s a big win for us.  Right now, you have to look at it as taking baby steps in improving, and start winning.  You can’t turn this around right away.  You start with one period, then two periods, then a game.  Then you start feeling good about yourself and where we are.  It’s a good feeling to at least get this one.”

Derek Stepan on tonight’s game… “You look at games this year and you talk about a kick-back or a push-back. Tonight was a good night for us to push back.”

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  1. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    iWicky “Frag Out!!!”
    They broke the play down on the broadcast and said the problem was along the boards and the group of 3 ranger players there (Norris, 12 year old, and secretariat). Went on to say most egregious error was secretariat.

    So while I appreciate and value the opinions of my fellow bloggers, I’m going to go with the professionals on the broadcast on this one.

    PS sorry you guys hate brassard so much!

    December 15th, 2013 at 11:19 PM

  2. Rob in Beantown on

    I think the Asian stuff is offensive too and potentially off putting to some. We should try to be more welcoming than that

  3. Opti grabbing it.

    I don’t hate Brassard Wick. I just personally put a lot if pressure on the Center to recognize breakdowns of his cohorts and to cover for them. I thought Brassard slid a but high anticipating a turnover on the back check and eventual breakout. That’s all. It’s not egregious. It’s hopeful though and slow.

  4. eddie eddie eddie on

    Rob – thank you, while your concern does put a chink in my humor bone, I’ll chill….that said, let’s call out all offensive humor…..

  5. Yes Coos, don’t want to offend anyone with my fat finger. Or should I say slightly overweight finger.

  6. eddie eddie eddie on

    ricardo – who can we designate as the head of the “Department of what’s allowed to be said without insulting someone?”

    Head? ooops i am sorry if that offends any born agains

  7. Stranger Nation on

    Wicky – isnt Richie a center, shouldnt he have realize a puck battle was lost 10 feet from him. I love the way they called out his complete lack of regard on telecast.
    Wish we still had Gabby…

    Thought McIlrath almost crossed the line between bravery and stupidity. Team gave him Broadway hat. Good thing at least they realize toughness matters.

  8. Stranger Nation on

    I’s surprised they still knew where the hat was. It was Richie’s idea. That hat just screams “Broadway!”

  9. I’m from Bwooklwyn, and sometimes when I talk, da people from udder places laugh at me. It’s awright, it’s not like I wanna break them legs or sumpfin. I just say fuggedaboutit.

  10. CARP, that was very nice to you to tweet Liam. I didn’t know you had such athosiasm about tweeting!

  11. eddie eddie eddie on

    well, boys, as innocent as I intended it, some people were truly offended by our puerile humor mocking our asian brothers and sisters. I am truly sorry if I offended anyone. Sincerely sorry….I will refrain from all further attempts at humor mocking our asian brethren…..

  12. eddie eddie eddie on

    feel free to make fun of me as long as you like :)…..Norm being the exception…..Only target off-limits is children….

  13. But we can still mock Wang right? Not because of his ethnicity but because he is the owner of the fish sticks.

  14. Rerax, eddie – it’s all good with me.. and I’m sure with them as well.. there’s overwhelming evidence on these pages to suggest your, as I know it, kind nature..

  15. I assumed all this was humor directed at the Isle’s owner. I guess I am stupid. I therefore, take offense at anyone calling Sather stupid, because I sense that this is thinly veiled humor directed at me and my stupic bruthas.

  16. eddie eddie eddie on

    latona – thank you for your kind words…I think some were offended and that makes me sad…so, I’m sorry…

    by the way, how is Brooke doing? Last I remember you telling me you hadn’t seen her as much…..this holiday season, you should call her and tell Happy Holidays…..I’m sure she’d appreciate it….

  17. eddie eddie eddie on

    kooz – it was directed all from wang’s perspective but I think some bloggers were really put off by it…..And, for that, I offer a mea culpa….

  18. eddie eddie eddie on

    Now, our goal should be to find something hysterical to riff on over and over that doesn’t hit so close to home…thoughts?

  19. Yeah, eddie, I’m not coaching indoor soccer anymore – the association decided my role would be better filled by a parent, but I digress. From what I hear, she’s doing well, but you’re right, I should check for myself.

  20. Thoughts? , very few actually but I know youse can come up with something. Heck, I don’t really even like hockey, I just come here for the jokes.

  21. eddie eddie eddie on

    seedubb :)

    Latona – as you know, she misses her dad terribly this time of the year….Call her up and tell her you were thinking of her and hope that she finds strength…..tell her e3 wishes the best :)

  22. We can’t make fun of peccadilloes. Armadillos, yes. They are sub-humans and part of the sloth family.

  23. I don’t know if I mentioned that I was involved with an after school tutoring programs that she attended, eddie. I interacted with her there sometimes – she was always pleasant and behaving like a child her age would, although that’s not to suggest she isn’t hurting. Her parents were prominent figures in my own and nearby communities, so they have a wonderful and successful support network which continues to operate to this day. I’m at MOST a periphery figure in her life whom she’d recognize by name and face and greet with a smile, but it’s right to reach out. Thanks for the reminder.

  24. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Latona – you hadn’t mentioned that you tutored. How wonderful of you. I’m sure a phone call would be warmly received and let her know that her Dad is watching over her and her family….

  25. I often drive past the spot in town where the tragic accident occurred, and it warms my heart to see fresh flowers ever present.. must be comforting to the family as well..

  26. Maybe I’ll put some flowers at the actual site.. I always wondered who maintained it.. that would be pretty cool.

  27. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I can’t see any way that someone would be offended by such a kind thoughtful gesture….

  28. Will do, eddie. I’ve gotta jet now – rots and rots to do tomorrow. Have a great week, and don’t sweat the small stuff. Everyone else too!

  29. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    Fighting from behind twice, coming up empty on a 5 on 3, and taking things to a 7 round shootout vs a bottom feeder. We still have things to work out. Not there yet, but close. Keep cheering them on! Glad you followed my advise. Things will turn good eventually. Keep cheering my fellow blue fans! Keep cheering!

    P.S was this game open to the general public? Place looked empty.

  30. I also apologize for my behavior. Certainly not intended to be hurtful, more along the lines of silly humor, sharing some laughs and passing the time. Feel bad if anyone is/was offended. I come from a place where it’s not so bad to poke fun at each other, but I also understand that there is a time and place and perhaps here is not that place.

  31. It’s always the one with the pristine grammar, fancy words and classic cars stashed in his garage.

    Igor and the Instigator.

  32. I agree with those who don’t like Sticks Up after a 3-point game “win.” It cheapens the meaning of a regulation win. Hope they really do get rid of the shootout monster, but Buttman will surely intervene to save his baby.

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