Rangers 4, Wilds 1 … post-game notes & quotes


Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:

Rangers 4, Wilds 1.

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Team notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the Minnesota Wild, 4-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden, in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts tallied four unanswered goals to erase an early 1-0 deficit, and have now registered 13 goals in their last four games.

–        The Blueshirts improved to 17-18-2 overall (36 pts), including a 7-10-2 mark at home this season.

–        The Rangers’ win tonight was their first against the Wild at Madison Square Garden since a 2-1 victory on Mar. 24, 2009. They have won three of their last four games against the Wild at home, and have won three of their last four games overall against Minnesota.

–        New York has posted a combined record of 7-5-1 in back-to-back games this season, including a 4-2-1 record in the first game of the set (2-1-1 at home; 2-1-0 on the road).

–        The Rangers’ power play was 1-2 (2:22) in the contest, and is now 10-43 (23.3%) in the last 13 games.

–        The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 2-2 (4:00) in the contest, and has now held opponents scoreless in 14 of the last 20 games (46-52, 88.5% over the span).

–        The Rangers won 28-54 faceoffs (51.9%) in the contest, led by Brad Richards’ team-high, 11 faceoff wins (11-17, 65%). The Blueshirts are now 318-589 on faceoffs (54.0%) through 10 games in the month of December.

–        New York out-shot Minnesota, 36-25, in the contest, including a 17-5 advantage in the second period. The Blueshirts have now out-shot their opponent in five of the last six games (tied on shots in the sixth game), and hold a 187-151 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have registered 30 or more shots in seven of the last 10 games.

–        The Rangers were credited with 31 hits, led by Benoit Pouliot’s season-high, six hits. The Blueshirts had eight players register two or more hits in the contest.

Player notes:

–        Cam Talbot made 24 saves in the contest to improve to 7-2-0 overall, including a 2-1-0 mark at home this season. He is now 3-1-0 with a 1.76 goals against average, .935 save percentage, and one shutout in four career games against Western Conference opponents.

–        Mats Zuccarello notched a goal to extend his point streak to three games (two goals, two assists over the span), and registered three shots and two blocked shots in 16:19 of ice time. He has recorded a point in 10 of the last 15 games, registering five multi-point performances and 15 points (six goals, nine assists) during the stretch. Zuccarello leads the team in scoring with 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists) in the last 29 games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at Philadelphia.

–        Carl Hagelin tallied a goal and three shots in 17:06 of ice time. He has notched three goals in the last four games, and is now tied for third on the team with eight goals on the season.

–        Derick Brassard registered two assists, including one on the power play, to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists). Six of his last nine points have been registered while on the power play (two goals, four assists), and he has tallied five points (one goal, four assists) in his last five games. Brassard is now two points shy of his 200th career NHL point.

–        Benoit Pouliot notched a power play goal to extend his point streak to four games (two goals, two assists over the span), led all skaters with a season-high, six hits, and tied for the team lead with four shots in 14:38 of ice time. He has now tallied six points (three goals, three assists) in his last eight games, including three goals in his last six contests.

–        Chris Kreider recorded a goal, two hits, and two takeaways in 11:22 of ice time. He has recorded three points (two goals, one assist) in the last four games, and is now tied for the team lead with nine goals on the season.

–        Ryan McDonagh tallied a power play assist, two hits, and a plus-two rating in a team-high, 25:32 of ice time. He leads Rangers defensemen and is tied for 15th among league defensemen with 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) on the season.

–        Rick Nash registered an assist, tied for the team-high with four shots, and was credited with two blocked shots in 14:48 of ice time. He has now tallied 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the last 13 games, with three assists in the last four contests.

–        Derek Dorsett tallied an assist and logged 13:19 of ice time. He has now registered a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist over the span).

–        Brian Boyle recorded an assist, three shots, and two hits in 14:02 of ice time. He has tallied two assists in the last four games.


Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “I’m not sure if it sparked us, but I do know that I thought our compete level, especially in the second period, was probably our best four-line, six-defense pairing in a long time. We rolled four lines, each time playing very smart and simple. They were doing great things with the puck. What we need to do now is get ready for Toronto and follow up on this performance.”

Cam Talbot on tonight’s game… “We have been giving up leads and coming back and tying it, then going ahead, and giving it right back again.  Tonight we kept our foot on the throttle and we started to play good defense, so I think that’s something we have to do more.  It was an all around great effort by the guys tonight.  It’s a good team win.”

Derick Brassard on tonight’s game… “I think our bench was really positive and that’s something that we need to be positive all of the time. I think we just stuck with it after we found our way. We had a big goal from Carl (Hagelin) that got us going.”

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  1. Why are Richie and Nash rarely, very rarely, very very rarely anywhere near the front of the net except very occasionally gliding by? Richie never wanted to be in harm’s way, and Nash is imprinting.

  2. Nash simply must be gun shy. I remember being surprised at his game last year. This season he has been very Richardesque. They share the burden of my intense dislike.

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

    We did this tonight with our positive energy. I believe this is true. Tonight you got a glimpse of what is to come. I will expect those of you who doubted me to become Za’rat believers. Be the fan that I showed you. Become it! Cheer cheer cheer!!! Never boo!! Never ever!!

    We are rangers fan!
    We couldn’t be prouder!
    If you can’t hear us!
    We’ll shout a lite louder!

  4. Zarat, your enthusiasm is contagious and I hope you’re right but even you have to admit that at times this season these guys have deserved a hearty boo or two.

    Tonight’s effort should be applauded others on this home stand, not so much.

  5. “They share the burden of my intense dislike.”

    Sounds like ‘do not go gentle into that good night.’

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

    Star Cam makes everyone better with his presence in the locker room and on the ice. His presence makes it easier for the defense to play freely and the offense to score. His *toughness* cannot be questioned.

  7. Kenneth, seek therapy. Take the Rorschach in the back of the cab. Don’t wait to get to the hospital.

  8. I wonder how long it would be before the league and the union would seek redress and sanctions against any NHL team which bypasses participation in FA signings for an extended time period?

    Imagine where this team would be had it not signed a single FA over the past 10 years? We all know the names of the absolute “bombs” who have come in here and literally stolen MSG and the fans money, via default performance cameos, starting with that GD wimp/ fairy/ payroll robber/ junk food “restauranteur” / P.T. wiffle ball on skates player, Drury, my all-time despised New York Ranger, although, as a hired mercenary, I don’t really consider him as ever truly being a Ranger.

    This team would be younger, better, and financially much healthier, were it not for its colossal mistakes in the FA grab bag. Plus, some teams benefit from the FA system because their G.M. has a handle on it and makes team upgrade signings. The Rangers are not one of them.

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

    As Maloney said, the teams needs to stop trying to be tough because the roster isn’t constructed to be tough. Rather, they should employ their speed.

    Star Cam brings *toughness*, *speed*, and *inspiration*. Ultimately, Star Cam brings *cromulence*.

  10. Kenneth again puts words in others’ mouths. Maloney said (over and over and over again) that they MUST play tough, stick up for one another, not necessarily fight.

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

    _Kenneth, seek therapy._

    Give me the name of your therapist, and I will carry out your wish. (:

  12. I agree guys, give Hank an extended break. Talbot seems legit and I don’t have that nervous feeling I had when Beer on would get a start.

  13. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    What Maloney has emphasized is that it’s not not fighting Mano a Mano, but standing together as a team I.e. You **** with one our guys, now we **** with you….mang.

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

    Maloney said the roster isn’t constructed to out-muscle opponents and match other teams physicality, and that the team must use its speed to attack the opponent.

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

    _stick up for one another_

    That is not an example of *toughness*, that is an example of *team unity*.

  16. Maybe Maloney doesn’t remember getting his and his team’s azz thoroughly kicked by the skill challenged Flyers.

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

    _Maybe Maloney doesn’t remember getting his and his team’s azz thoroughly kicked by the skill challenged Flyers._

    Maloney understands that there are multiple facets of a hockey team besides *toughness*

  18. “If only Zuccs feistiness came in a bigger package.”

    Isn’t smallness a prerequisite for feistiness? Nobody calls Chara feisty!

  19. Joe Pesci: “You think I’m feisty? What do you mean, feisty? I’m a little guy with big mouth? Is that what you’re trying to say? How am I feisty?”

  20. Best game since the Montreal game. You could play far more confidgently when you don’t have to worry about giving up bad goals. Great line combinations. Wonder what happens if Henik starts tomorrow. Another days rest May be in order. What type of playersuld we get for Henik and NCash or Richards Worse??? Dorsett’s been playing well

  21. I believe Feist was/is a breed of dog and that’s where the word comes from. I figure, since I’m picking up a new vocabulary word per five posts that I would just throw that tidbit out there.

  22. Did a crossword recently with the clue: Integral part of a battery. Took me an hour to figure out the answer was ‘pitcher.’

  23. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Deon – “they need to matriculate the ball down field”

    I swear I will use “matriculation, or one of its variants, in every post I make.

  24. Saturday NYT are the toughest ones, e, as you know. I struggle through eventually, put it away for a day, come back, and on and on usually. Sometimes I get lucky and get through it by Sunday.

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

    I know many have negative energy towards Mr Lundqvist. You must vanish those feelings! Turn that in to positive energy! Before his next start, when you wake up in the morning I want all of you to say this 100 times out loud!

    Henrik Lundqvist will be perfect! Henrik Lundqvist is my rock!
    Henrik Lundqvist will overcome!
    Henrik Lundqvist has been cured!
    Henrik Lindqvist we believe in you!

    I want to walk down 7th Ave and hear you chanting loud and clear! Send the energy through the walls of MSG! Send it! It will happen!

    I guarantee it as I did tonight!

  26. Saying the players have little confidence in Henrik is ridiculous, imo. They have too much to worry about with their own games.

  27. Pope, doing crossword, to his lead Cardinal: What’s a four letter word for a nasty female relative?”
    Cardinal: “That would be ‘aunt’ your Holiness.
    “Oh. Do you have an eraser?”

  28. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Seriously? That’s beyond insane. We’ve done 3 Saturdays in 5 years.. …To be fair, I look at Saturday puzzle about once every never. Friday isn’t exactly different..Mon – Thurs doable…

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

    Hanka has not inspired confidence in his teammates this season. Look it up, there is an advanced metric measuring confidence inspired in teammates by goalie. Hanka is last in the category this season.

  30. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Monday is a sprint. I find the Thursday puzzle my favorite. Wednesday can be tricky clever.

  31. Monday to Thursday builds confidence, then Friday makes you struggle, and Saturday is the bomb.

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

    I am Za’rat T Jones. Follow me! I represent the fan you must be! You must all stop being comfortable as prisoners of misery! We are rangers fans! We are the power and force of our boys!

    I see too much negativity on this blog. It must change! This is where the most energy can be produced. This is the top blog! It is up to you, my fellow fans! You MUST listen and cheer cheer cheer!!!

    We are rangers fans!
    We couldn’t be prouder!
    If you can’t hear us!
    We’ll shout a little louder!

    Cheer! Cheer! Cheer!

    Never ever doubt the power of positive!

    This is the last chance we have to make it work!

    If you blow this homestand, the season will be in jeopardy!



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

    I will follow you Za’rat. I will follow you to *freedom*.

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

    I will follow you, if you allow me to lead. Lead us all to *freedom*. (:

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

    Freedom? How about better? How about the Stanley Cup?!?!? That’s better than freedom!

  36. Kenneth, are you dyslexic, or do you mean to put a frowny, mad face at the end of your posts? (:

  37. I think Kim Jong Un has a thing for Denis Rodman. How’d you like to get a live color tweet of THAT melange?

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

    We will win *in front of Cam Talbot*. We are the 2014 Stanley Cup Champions.

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

    Kim Jong Un is going to have Dennis Rodman executed following their first disagreement. (:

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

    I am contractually obligated by Mister Carp to agitate, frustrate and incapacitate.

  41. mc d officially provimg – despite some struggles – he has now taken over from staal as nyr’s off limits dman.

    zucc looking like a dtrong resign – lets hope he continues and, if so, is resigned at a reasonable salary..not some clarkson joke contract

    poulet – good he is seemimg to finally getit..ok w him if he keeps it up but….


    cam….attaboy, thought he deserved a star

    nash…better but wtf…i mean come on…get in the f’ing game

  42. Well, I have some wealthy relatives stopping by early tomorrow who might include me in their wills, so I am forced now to pack it in so that I will be able to greet them at the door with the proper smiley-eyed elan. Thanks everyone for a semi-brilliant and entertaining post-game!

  43. Zucc is signed for only this year at a million one. Last year got 700 thou, probably pro-rated even less for short year. If he keeps it up, Slats will have to include him in his RFA and UFA longer-term negotiations.

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