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


Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:

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, to end their winning streak at three games.

–        The Blueshirts are now 27-22-3 overall (57 pts), including a 12-12-3 mark at home this season. The Rangers have won six of their last eight games, and have points in eight of their last 10 (7-2-1).

–        The Rangers power play was 1-4 (5:29) in the contest. New York has notched a power play goal in eight of the last 10 games (9-35, 25.7%), including in each of the last three contests (3-13, 23.1% during the streak), and in 13 of the last 18 (17-65, 26.2%).

–        The Blueshirts out-hit the Islanders, 23-15, in the contest. Ryan Callahan tied his season-high with a game-high, seven hits, while John Moore and Benoit Pouliot were each credited with three hits.

Player notes:

–        Rick Nash notched two goals, including the game’s opening goal at 1:02 of the first period, to extend his goal streak to three games (five goals over the span), and registered six shots on goal in 17:45 of ice time. He has registered nine goals in the last nine contests, including five goals in the last three games, and leads the team with 16 goals this season. Nash also opened the game’s scoring in the Rangers last game, at 1:10 of the first period, on Sunday vs. Washington. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Rangers player to score a goal within the game’s opening 70 seconds in consecutive games was Jan Hlavac on Jan. 15, 2000 (0:50) and Jan. 16, 2000 (0:41).

–        Chris Kreider tied his career-high with three points, including a power play goal and two assists, and registered three shots in 16:04 of ice time. His power play goal at 9:34 of the second period was his 30th point of the season.

–        Derek Stepan registered a power play assist to extend his point streak to three games (two goals, three assists during the streak), and won a game-high, 13-21 faceoffs (62%) in 18:09 of ice time. He now ranks second on the team with 23 assists this season.

–        Brad Richards tallied a power play assist to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists during the streak), and led all skaters with seven shots on goal in 20:37 of ice time. Each of his three points on his current point streak have been registered while on the power play. Richards has now tallied 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the last 10 games.

–        Dan Girardi registered an assist and was credited with a team-high, three blocked shots in 22:06 of ice time. He has recorded three assists in the last two games.

–        Cam Talbot stopped 32 of 36 shots and is now 10-4-0 overall, including a 3-2-0 mark at home this season.


Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “They got some dynamic players. They have some players that can make something out of nothing. Obviously, their top line tonight had quite an evening. There was a hard fought battle by both teams, but at the end of the day we had a couple mistakes at wrong times. Two shifts where we extend our time on the ice instead of changing, one leads to a goal and the other leads to too many men on the ice when our guys are changing on the back check. They made us pay for it.”

Rick Nash on tonight’s game… “We wanted the two points tonight and we put ourselves in a good position to get them. We didn’t get the job done tonight. They played a good road style game and they got the two points.”

Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game…  “I don’t think (it felt like) it was a 3-1 game at the time. I thought they were controlling most of the game for large amounts of it.  We got off to that lead, but then we have to try and grab control of that hockey game. We needed to up our intensity, our energy… for whatever reason, we didn’t do it.”

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  1. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I have zippo problem with Pouliot cross checking the hell out of McDonald, he was getting mauled there.

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

    _dismiss the notion that teams don’t react one way or another to a loss_

    I believe this is a disagreement, then?

    Each game is separate from another. A win or loss has no impact on the performance or results of the next game.

  3. Aside from Nash and when Kreider didn’t suck…we SUCKED FROM HEAD TO TOE TONIGHT!!!

    Carp…was this because

    a.) We thought we could take it easy against the fishsticks


    b.) We are really that inferior to the sticks speed(supposed to be one of our assets)?

  4. Considering Hank was out and they had to hire an emergency goaltender, wouldn’t you expect them to come out and be really responsible with the puck and play smart? Instead they took the night off.

  5. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I’m just now watching the game and just saw the Pouliot cross checking penalty on McDonald and he was getting mauled and I don’t blame him for doing it

  6. I just thought a lot of guys played terribly, 2Leetch. Guys who’ve been pretty good for a bunch of weeks. Top two D pairs, lines 2, 3 and to some extent 4.

  7. Wonder who it was who was gliding to the bench throwing off the next line’s timing in that ugly, penalized change.

  8. My optimum DVR stinks. Takes forever to fast forward or rewind to a spot in the game, and really difficult to pinpoint a stop or slow-mo play.

  9. I have the Optimum DVR and I don’t even know how to use it. Same thing with my Honda’s clock. For years I’m an hour off one way or the other until the seasons change or one of the kids comes home from college. :)

  10. OK, the two guys who jumped on early were Kreider and Stepan, they were coming on for Richards and Hagelin. Callahan never got off, and Nash never came on. So … since it was off an icing and 62-19-24 were stuck on the ice and should have changed, going to the offensive zone instead of changing was mistake No. 1. Then, being out of gas and slow to the bench was mistake No. 2. That’s how I saw it.

  11. Thanx for the detailed explain. Didn’t mean to put you to that trouble. I knew #19 was involved. Kreider and Step shouldn’t have jumped of course, but no one tells you the circumstances and they leave everyone with the impression that the fault lies only with obvious.

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

    _at the end of the day, do you often have to untie yourself from all the knots you loop around and through?_

    If you do not believe in momentum from one game to another, then you cannot believe that a loss in one game affects the performance or result in the following game

  13. I knew you knew 19 was involved. And when I rewound it to the icing, and saw who was stuck on the ice for the d-zone draw, it was pretty easy to figure he would be involved, despite winning that draw. Should have changed immediately.

  14. Win, lose, or draw, I’m dog tired of that crummy ice that prevents some potentially sweet plays on either team from coming to fruition.

  15. Graves has the modesty of a Saint and the face of a pugilist. Cauliflower ears, scars, bumped nose, split lip.

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

    _Ah, but I don’t and I do, Kenneth. I don’t and I do._

    But you can’t, otherwise your beliefs would contradict each other. Therefore, you won’t.

  17. Someone played the puck when they weren’t even over the boards. I thought that was a kreider. But can’t be sure.

  18. Kreider was completely on the ice. So maybe it was Stepan. Kreider served the penalty, which tells me that AV probably thought he was guiltiest. Or maybe he was hoping for a breakaway out of the penalty box … which can’t happen when you give up a PPG.

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

    But can’t, mommy. You can’t, you can’t, you can’t. (:

  20. I assume the breakaway only because he’s been throwing Nash out as a PK guy for the last 12-15 seconds of a PK guy lately. Probably trying to generate offense there

  21. Kenneth…

    I have skipped over all your posts after I figured out you just wanted to draw attention to yourself. It has been great.

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


    I have no idea who you are or anything you have ever previously posted. Due to your belief that I only seek attention, I am thankful that I have no idea who you are.

  23. The ice gets better when the Knicks and the college kids in Knickerbockers go home for the year. Then we have to find other excuses.

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

    I missed the game because made the most amazing dinner, and I spent the rest of the evening thanking him :)

    I guess we didn’t win. It’s ok. We’re still the best looking team ever!

    If we win the stadium game I’ll be throwing a cocktail party at G-Lounge in NYC.

    Everyone’s invited! The bartenders promised me 1/2 price drinks for anyone with something “NY Rangers” on. A hat, t-shirt or jersey.

    If our boys lose there’s no discount, but I’ll still be there with my friends.

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

    No Kenneth we didn’t. Our booties were too sore from all those wins.

  26. Oh my dear god its not tough to believe that someone can believe you play harder off a loss but you don’t win better because of a prior win, right? Which isn’t even to say it bears out, but that the train of thought can exist. Lloyd would know what I mean.

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

    The results of one game do not impact the performance or results of a following game. If that is the belief that is held, then there is no carryover after a win or a loss. Oh my dear god that must be simple to understand, right?

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

    My booty has been very sore from all the Pozy booty shaking during the past few weeks. My Pozy booty is less sore than yours, Za’Rat, as my chief preference is to have the Rangers win and Hanka Hanka be shellacked in a win.

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

    Oo la la, Za’rat. My Pozy booty is ready to be swept off its feet.

  30. This was the worst game I’ve ever seen live in my life by NYR. All four goals were scored by Islandorks alone in front of the net (five if you include the empty net). Rangers, sans the first line, just looked poor from the get-go. Fishsticks really didn’t impress me much either; basically every time they entered the zone on the rush they looked for a cross-ice pass and after they were cycling they looked for a pass to the front of the net. I figured it out after ten minutes, NYR couldn’t figure it out all night. NYR squandered way too many chances. Officiating was pretty horrific too, there were several blatant uncalled penalties by NYI and some committed against them as well. I just knew when NYR took the too-many-men penalty the game was over.

    Fortunately, the tickets were really cheap and I sat next to a cool old man who reminded me of my grandpa which made it all better.

  31. I should note this is definitely the worst game I’ve seen McD play in a very long time. While everyone played poorly, he just seemed really off to me.

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

    I’ll bet you’re a real heartthrob, Kenneth. You are so nice. But you do know that my birth certificate has me listed as a “male” for some reason. Some on here were a little bit uncomfortable when they first heard it.

  33. Not to be a pedant, Latona, but the 1st line was more giveth-taketh than solid too, right? Unless the scoring is wrong, Kreider was on for 4 goals against and Step 3.

  34. I structured that sentence improperly, Mister D. The first line looked good from the get-go. Then it derped.

  35. I thought Talbot played fine. I wouldn’t fault him on any of the goals, and he made some sweet saves.

  36. I am really struggling with my analysis of the Kreider-Stepan-Nash line. My eyes told me they were really good, except for a soft backcheck by Nash on one of the goals. Yet Kreider has a goal and two assists and winds up minus-2 and in the box for the GWG.

    I meant, THE Kreider.

  37. I know they’re scoring. I hate the line. I think we’re far more efficient and productive if we split Kreider and Nash, both because of their offensive game redundancies and because of the defensive deficiencies (one inexperience, one … not inexperience).

  38. Agree with you Mister D
    I’m getting the feeling that for Kreider to become a top scorer being with Nash may be taking away from that. He’s trying to set up Nash rather than developing his scoring capabilities. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take the points this line is getting but the Kreider may function better on another line. Two defensive liabilities, both he and Nash.

  39. except that they really create room for each other, and Nash needs somebody to do the heavy lifting, and Kreider needs to do heavy lifting to be effective.

  40. The analysis is simple:

    Unless you clone THE KREIDER and put him on a line with THE KREIDER,, anyone who plays with him is a liability.

  41. CARP, what about POULET?

    Is Colonel Sanders Jr’s hot streak done? Are we back to his ways of old?

  42. Kreider can’t become what he could become if his role is doing the heavy lifting for our $8MM man.

  43. We have two creative, puck controlling forwards. Putting them both on the same line might help one (or the other) at times, but it diminishes the peak effectiveness that both theoretically should have when away from each other. Neither becomes less potent without the other, they just have to maybe work a little harder. Our best lineup, seemingly, would be with them apart.

    (PP or OT or late game excepted. Just talking normal ES ice time.)

  44. Callahan and Pouliot (when he’s playing well) are the kind of guys I’d rather see split with them. They can muck around in front of the net and screen and look for rebounds. Just feels like a better overall roster that way.

  45. Come on. You need his size in the corner. He does get down and dirty. Takes too many stupid penalties though

  46. Definitely split Kreider and Nash…they are the two most dynamic players on the team and make their line mates better…aside from the fact that they can blow by everybody and finish.

    Sure, put them together once in a while in the playoffs to dominate and such but, they should be separated to give the opposing defense more matchup problems.

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