Islanders 5, Rangers 3 … post-game notes & quotes


Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the Rangers:

Islanders 5, Rangers 3.

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Team notes:

–        The Rangers were defeated by the New York Islanders, 5-3, tonight at Madison Square Garden, as they continued their franchise-record nine-game homestand.

–        The Blueshirts have now posted a 16-18-2 record overall (34 pts), including a 6-10-2 mark at home this season.

–        The Rangers’ power play was 2-7 (12:15) in the contest, and is now 9-41 (22.0%) in the last 12 games. It is the fifth time this season the Rangers notched two power play goals in a game.

–        The Blueshirts had nine different players register a point in the contest. The Rangers have scored nine goals in the last three games, with seven different goal-scorers over the span. Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin have tallied two goals apiece during the stretch.

Player notes:

–        Benoit Pouliot notched a power play goal and three shots in 16:59 of ice time. He has now tallied five points (two goals, three assists) in his last seven games, including two goals in his last five.

–        Derek Dorsett tallied a goal, two shots, and was credited with two hits in 9:43 of ice time. He has now registered three points (one goal, two assists) in five career games against the Islanders.

–        Derek Stepan recorded a power play goal and two shots in 19:22 of ice time. He has notched three points (two goals, one assist) in the last three games, and now leads the team with 11 power play points (two goals, nine assists) on the season.

–        Henrik Lundqvist stopped 15 of 19 shots faced, while making his 538th career appearance. He has posted a record of 10-15-2 overall, including a 5-9-2 mark at home this season. Lundqvist passed Ed Giacomin for third on the Rangers all-time goaltender appearance list.

–        Mats Zuccarello established a career-high with his 24th point of the season, a power play assist, and registered three shots and two hits in 20:00 of ice time. He has recorded a point in nine of the last 14 games, registering five multi-point performances and 14 points (five goals, nine assists) during the stretch. Zuccarello leads the team in scoring with 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists) in the last 28 games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at Philadelphia.

–        Rick Nash recorded a power play assist and three shots in 19:05 of ice time. He has now tallied nine points (five goals, four assists) in the last 12 games.

–        Chris Kreider registered a power play assist and was credited with two hits in 12:42 of ice time. He has now recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in the last three games.

–        Derick Brassard tallied a power play assist and won 5-9 faceoffs (56%) in 13:51 of ice time. He has tallied five of his last seven points while on the power play (two goals, three assists), and ranks third on the team with nine power play points (four goals, five assists) on the season. Brassard is now four points shy of his 200th career NHL point.

–        Dominic Moore recorded an assist and logged 10:57 of ice time. He has tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games.

–        Anton Stralman registered an assist and was credited with three hits in 19:35 of ice time. He has recorded nine assists in 19 career games against the Islanders.


Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “I don’t think our confidence was an issue at all tonight. I thought five-on-five we played a real solid game. We gave up four scoring chances throughout the game. We got unlucky a little bit on the power play, the puck bounced on occasion that led to a penalty shot and the other one we just didn’t put the handle on it. We gave the team that has a tremendous amount of speed in their penalty killers grade-A scoring chances and they made us pay for it. I thought for the most part in five-on-five we played a pretty solid game.”

Rick Nash on tonight’s game… “I think when you outwork teams you will find the bounces start going your way. When you get outworked, that’s when they seem to go against you. So we’ve got to work; you’ve got to make your own luck. You’ve got to work for your bounces.”

Brad Richards on tonight’s game… “It’s tough right now, when you lose a game like that.  You feel like maybe you’re going to come out on top there when you get that lead and get the crowd into it, so it’s tough right now to really look at anything positive. Tomorrow will be a new day.”


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  1. Hags, 12 minutes; Kreider, 12 minutes; Miller, 11 minutes; Dorsett 9 minutes. Somethin’ here ain’t exactly clear.

  2. Vigneault's Vino on

    “Poor AV, not to make excuses for him, but to his credit he does have to deal with the remnants of the physical train wreck Torts left behind.

    This is why, young as this team is, it REALLY needs to begin a rebuilding program. Too much of the core of this team is just flat-out mentally and physically whipped!”

    That would imply that fatigue factors into the success or lack of success of a team. According to Carp, fatigue doesn’t impact the outcome of games, seasons or playoff series.

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

    Just great! Now Steve Somers is ripping Lundqvist. I say BOO TO YOU! I’m gonna be here all night BOOING all of you amature fans! If you don’t like it, go root for the Islanders or Devils! You don’t deserve this special team with so much past success and history!

    They tried really hard tonight! They didn’t lose on purpose!


    Think how that feels! Stop trash talking our team!

  4. As presently constituted, this group will never be awesome, but the fact that at this stage of the season, they do not play simple, intelligent positional hockey, with the players playing as a team and not as free agents, is all on the coaching.

  5. Here’s another thing: Yesterday: Optional. Today: Loss. Tomorrow: Day off. The guy never gets mad, does all of his teaching in the film room, doesn’t motivate. Doesn’t push.

  6. If Messier got hired and the team had this record at this point, with this play, it’d be the mistake of the year hiring him….but AV….

  7. The only guys who fit Avery’s size remark are Falk and Nasher, and I don’t think he’s talking about Falk.

  8. Thought Nash was 6’4″ but maybe Avery added an inch, like they did to his height when he was on the roster.

  9. Courtesy of NY Rangers – The Rangers have led by more than 8 goals in the third period twelve times in their history and have won 7.

  10. Ah that’s right, Sean doesn’t like Nash since his entrance here helped his boy Gaby get shipped out of town. He also didn’t like him on Columbus (they had a few run ins).

    Glad Sean could chirp in from the nail salon…(his tweets are hilarious though)

  11. Loved to see Boyler decide to crash the net. BTW, didn’t I read that tonight’s game- plan was for Nash to hang out in front? Did he demur?

  12. Boyle will jaw with anyone, stick his face in, just can’t fight. You could never challenge his courage.

  13. Longbeard since 1994 on

    Wonder what this team would be like at this point if the Captain was coaching this year instead of AV.

  14. Can’t see Mess doing much better, unless he started hollering like Torts, and appointed coaches who DEMAND positional play, puck control, and discipline.

  15. We’re missing Staal, yes, but AV has these Dmen, who were seen as a team strength, wandering all over the ice like a clown jail break. Only one Dman on each pair should be given that option, at most, starting with McD and Moore.

  16. The team would be the same, if not worse. Messier hasn’t shown any signs he can teach and or coach. Sure he’d be a motivator, but imagine him trying to teach Pouliot what he was doing wrong?

    This obsession with Messier being a head coach without him having any experience is ridiculous to me. Yes he helped win a cup here, but he was an arrogant Adams hole as a player. That works when you are a player since you need that to be successful, but it doesn’t work as a coach. When he is the assistant somewhere or earns his stripes in the minors, then sure. But I’m not hiring a rookie coach with no experience just because he was a great player. It’s Gretzky 2.0 waiting to happen.

  17. Rob in Beantown on

    Since Avery apparently still watches the games I wonder if we could get him to post here in the game threads

  18. LOL. Knick’s coach has team in a hotel on a 10PM curfew lockdown. AV doesn’t know what real turmoil is.

  19. Check out Avery’s airbrushed, bronzed picture in Wikipedia. He thinks he’s a combination of Johnny Depp and John L. Sullivan.

  20. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Jonny – giving your omnipotent all seeing power regarding what Messier could or couldn’t do as coach, what are your thoughts on the next powerball number drawing?

  21. boxcareddiehospodar on

    keep playing stephan and richards on the PP. They can’t even get the puck on goal.

    All you MDZ haters. Pound for pound the tougher player on this team. When he hits the opponent goes down.

  22. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    A coach has to be a leader….has there ever been a better field general leader in all of sports? Comparing what Messier could as coach to TGO’s coaching recorded is asinine

  23. “Naked, in the locker room, Boyler would bear hug Avery to death, like an Anaconda. :)”

    Shortly thereafter, MZA and MotZ would be seen quietly leaving together.

  24. V. VINO –
    You cannot SEE fatigue, but you can see MISTAKES which come about as a result of it. Mistakes come from a lack of focus, and a lack of mental discipline. So that I stand on my statement, it’s just that now, apparently, we have to dissect where fatigue comes from.

    By the way, the wearisome travel across time zones factor also renders teams sluggish and out of synch, at times. We see it as a component of at least 1/3rd of regular season games. Some nights this team is actually sharp and on top of its game. Then, 48 hours later, the team looks like the Hartford scrub unit. I didn’t invent the term “jet lag,” but who in this world has scientifically refuted its existence?

  25. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    My apologies, I keep forgetting that you played the game and your sweater hangs in the HoF….. My bad

  26. Longbeard since 1994 on

    Time to hold hands in the video room and sing Kumbaya again. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is _________Avery..

  27. Matty"We'reAbunchOfCreamPuffs!!"Boy on

    Going to be traveling for the next few weeks, luckily starting today. Missed the game.

    It was news over here, however, that AV still has other options open. Of course, they have had the “clean slate” and “slate cleaning” already. Nice and polished. They had the closed door meeting. They had the yelling. The threats.

    Hard to believe didn’t work with this well put together team.

    Next up:

    a seance….will try to reach Harry Howell with whole team for words of wisdom.

  28. Paul in sunrise on

    The team never practices? That 4 on 3 power play that we have seen in back to back games obviously is never practiced. Cost rangers two games. Kreider and hags in the dog house. JT miller not ready yet.

    Would trade for Matt Martin but roster freeze prevents me from doing so.

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

    BOO to the posters here!

    BOO to the media who bash them

    BOO to the attending fans who emailed asking for refunds

    BOO to the Islanders for cheating

    BOO to the referees for cheating

    BOO to Sean Avery for being Sean Avery

    BOO to many of you who boo my team.

    Take that you fools!

  30. Eddie – the great players usually struggle to be great coaches. It’s hard for then to help players who don’t see the game the same way they did. The ones who were successful usual started at the minor league or junior ranks first then worked their way up.

    Messier a arrogance won’t let him do that. He thinks he should just be handed a job over others who have put in the time to be a coach.

    So it’s not that I don’t think he can coach, but he needs experience. Bringing him in here is a gimmick move to keep fans happy.

    As for that powerball number, I’ll e-mail it over ASAP…

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

    First of all, 90% of you people have no idea what it’s like to actually play ice hockey, and many of you can’t spell either! So BOO!!!

    How does it feel to be boo’d?? It hurts right?

    Learn to spell
    Learn to play hockey
    Learn to be nice
    Learn to be supportive

    If you people were such big fans, why weren’t you actually planting your fannies in a seat at the game?

    Ohhhh.. You can’t answer that, can you?



  32. Oh and my jersey is definitely in the hall. Hall of stubborn idiots that think they are always right until proven wrong haha

  33. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Jonny – I respectfully disagree. One cannot peer into a crystal ball and predict the future. Maybe messier would suck! Maybe he wouldn’t. We will never know cause it didn’t happen…,

  34. “I would say this team is a train wreck, but that would be an insult to train wrecks.”

    -Steven Carollo

  35. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kooz – what doesn’t make sense is an opinion, which can never be proven/disproven, and holding it out as fact..,.you dig?

  36. Coos – I say haha so people know in not being serious. Some people have made that mistake here before.

    Eddie – fair enough and agree to disagree. I still enjoy your sarcastic comments and hilarious posts about the team though.

  37. Stranger Nation on

    Isles bring out the raw emotions. Better off to watch the last 20 minutes of Its A Wonderful Life.

  38. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Editor not happy with your work? Striking out with the girls (or is it boys?) which is it?

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


    Duh! I can read what you’re saying. That’s not nice. We’re fans. We’re supposed to be a team. A unit. A family. A squad.

    You’re just so uncool.

    BOO to you!

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

    I’m tired of hearing

    “This is what happens when you give a fraud king $60 million”

    Thats so dumb! He’s not carrying the money in his pads! He’s trying hard. What more do you want? Some days will be better than others. That’s life.

    Some you you dodo heads forget that the other team also gets a salary to play.

    I’m also sick of hearing “fire Sather”

    You think he likes losing? Glen Sather is one of the most accomplished coaches in the game of hockey. You can’t say it was all Gretzky. Gretzky came here and wasn’t exactly ringing the bell 90 times a year.

    Also hate hearing “rangers won a Stanley Cup once in their last 74 attempts”

    How many more cups do the Jets have? Toronto? Coyotes/Nordiques? Calgary? Vancouver? Blue Jackets? Panthers? Tampa Bay? San Jose? Anaheim? Los Angeles? Buffalo? Carolina/Hartford? Wild? Ottawa? St Louis? Washington?

    See? It’s not like everyone is running circles on us. You only get mad because the major successful teams are close to us like Islanders, Bruins, Devils, and Philadelphia had a couple too. If the Rangers were far away from them you would be happy?

    Fans like you make my skin crawl!

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

    Avery never ever said that. He may have said that he said it. But that doesn’t make it true.

    I’ve been going over all the goals Mr Liudqvist allowed. It’s not all on him. But if you want to give a goalie a free pass on goals allowed. Give it to Nabakov. Tonight was his night. Henrik is simply having a bad month. However, as a fan, it’s my duty to sit and wait for him to get back to his great ways.

  42. chef Alain 'Prost" C'est La Vie-gneault on

    AV is so bizarre with this conference and his seeming indifference towards the teams foibles. Now the post game interviews are becoming fun again to see how much crazier he will act.

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

    Anyway, I’ve been thinking and contemplating. I’ve been emailing and posing on blogs. Trying to figure out what we, as fans, can do to get the boys back to winning games at home. Them it dawned on me. It came to me like a gift from the gods of hockey! An early Christmas gift! I’ve figured out what’s missing.

    I would like to ask some of you that actually attend some games to join me in my efforts. I need a few good fans to help me while we all help the team. I will take it upon myself. I will have a friend film me so I can post it on YouTube to make an example to all NY Rangers fans all over the globe!

    I will stand up if we are down a goal or two. I will chant the following:

    (Crowd repeats)

    I believe!
    (Crowd repeats)

    I believe that!
    (Crowd repeats)

    I believe that we will win!
    (Crowd repeats)
    (Crowd repeats)
    (Crowd repeats)
    (Crowd repeats)
    (Crowd repeats)
    (Crowd repeats)

    I think it might help. You guys in? Can I count on you, my fellow fans, to help our boys win?

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


    It’s a reflection of the size of courage our fellow fans are showing.

  45. They actually cover it with a piece of carpeting so people can walk around the room without worrying about the damn logo now.

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

    I believe it was john Tortorella who stopped players from walking over it. Say what you want about the man, but he was a company man. I liked that. However, there were MANY things I did not like about his temper. I would guess that before he was hired in Vancouver, he took some sort of anger management course. He’s not as angry as he used to be, and it’s paying off on his teams record.

  47. time for the coach to be held accountable. he’s the one who decides the goalie, and the game plan. he’s failing.

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


    The organization put a large monetary interest in Henrik Lundqvist. Part of AVs job is to give Henrik a chance to play himself out of these hard times.

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

    Plus, when things go really bad for Lundqvist, you will know. When he gets a nickname as bad or worse than Andre “Red Light” Racicot, then you Canaletto him the back up.

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

    CORRECTION: Plus, when things go really bad for Lundqvist, you will know. When he gets a nickname as bad or worse than Andre “Red Light” Racicot, then you CAN DESIGNATE him the back up.

  51. Prince Talbot 6-2 and he sits on the bench, and the guy with a stiff neck plays,,,,?….he had no business starting him tonight. part of av’s job is to get 2 points out of as many games as possible…..he’s not doing that. he’s using the line generator he found in his office. Maybe he shouldn’t have this job since you are what your record says you are. That goes for the coach and his goalie. Talbot should play until he loses.

  52. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Problem with that, however, it might not be until march that the King sees the ice again….

  53. Take me down little Susie, take me down
    I know you think you’re the Queen of the Underground
    And you can send me dead flowers every morning
    Send me dead flower by the mail
    Send me dead flowers to my wedding
    And I won’t forget to put roses on your grave

  54. not dancin larry on

    Talbot was hot, playing well and looked great. Hey Hank is in a walk year, we are mediocre maybe, just maybe we can be savvy and ride this to our advantage organizationally, make a move, NO. Flame out mishandled by AV then of course 80 MILLION JOKE,WHY?? How many times will we see our team be buried. GM and Coach must go….

  55. not dancin larry on

    and don’t forget th stay puff marshmallow man. useless. ship him somewhere. anywhere.

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