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


Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:

Rangers 4, Islanders 1.

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Team notes:
– The Rangers posted their 30th win of the season with a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders tonight at Madison Square Garden, to extend their winning streak to three games. The Blueshirts tallied three goals in the game’s final 7:46 to break a 1-1 tie. The Rangers have now won 14 of their last 20 games (14-5-1) and nine of their last 12 (9-3-0).
– The Blueshirts improved to 30-23-3 overall (63 pts), including a 13-13-3 mark at home this season. The Rangers have registered a point in eight of their last 11 games at Madison Square Garden (7-3-1) and 10 of their last 14 at home (8-4-2).
– The Rangers have now held opponents to two goals or fewer in 10 of their last 12 contests, nine of the last 11 at home, and 33 of 56 games overall this season.
– The Blueshirts have registered at least one point in 20 of their last 25 games against the Islanders, posting a record of 17-5-3 over the span, and have won eight of their last 11 games against the Islanders at Madison Square Garden.
– The Rangers won 36-63 faceoffs (57%) in the contest, led by Derek Stepan’s game-high, 12 faceoff wins (12-18, 67%).
– The Blueshirts were credited with 18 blocked shots, including four players with two or more blocked shots in the contest. Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh tied for the game-high with four blocked shots apiece.

Player notes:
– Henrik Lundqvist posted his 20th win of the season with a 38-save effort, and improve to 20-18-3 overall with a 10-11-3 mark at home this season. He has held opponents to two goals or less in nine of his last 10 games (8-2-0, 1.50 goals against average, .951 save percentage, and one shutout over the span), and is 10-3-1 with a 1.91 goals against average, .938 save percentage, and one shutout in his last 14. Tonight was the 11th time this season he posted 30 or more saves, and is now 8-2-1 with a 2.26 goals against average, .939 save percentage, and one shutout in those contests. Lundqvist is the only goalie in the league with an active streak of nine straight 20-win seasons.
– Lundqvist is now four wins away from the 300th of his NHL career, and five wins shy of Mike Richter’s franchise record of 301 career victories. Lundqvist’s appearance tonight was the 553rd of his career, moving him into a tie with Tiny Thompson for 50th on the NHL’s all-time goaltender appearances list.
– Derick Brassard registered his 30th point of the season with the game-winning goal at 12:14 of the third period, led all skaters with eight shots, and won 10-15 faceoffs (67%) in 14:40 of ice time. The goal extended his point streak to three games (one goal, three assists over the span), and moved him into a tie for fourth on the team in points. It is the fourth time in his career he reached the 30-point mark.
– Brian Boyle notched the game’s opening goal at 3:29 of the first period to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists over the span). He is now five points shy of his 100th career point.
– Marc Staal tallied two assists, including the primary assist on the game-winning goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 22:43 of ice time. He has two multi-point efforts in the last three games, registering four points (one goal, three assists) over the span.
– Brad Richards notched a goal and posted a plus-two rating in 19:37 of ice time. He has now tallied 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the last 14 games, and is tied for the team lead with 39 points this season.
– Mats Zuccarello recorded an assist on the game-winning goal to extend his point streak to three games (two goals, two assists over the span), and was credited with three shots and two hits in 14:20 of ice time. He has registered a point in eight of the last 12 games (five goals, four assists during the stretch), and is tied for the team lead with 39 points this season.
– Ryan McDonagh notched an empty net goal with 0:01 remaining in regulation, tied for the game-high with four blocked shots, and led all skaters with 23:56 of ice time. The goal was his 30th point and career-high, eight goal of the season. It is the second time McDonagh has reached the 30-point mark in his career, and he is now tied for fourth on the team in points this season.
– Dominic Moore registered the lone assist on McDonagh’s empty net goal to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, three assists during the streak). He has now recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in the last six games.
– Ryan Callahan tallied an assist, four shots, two hits, and won 3-5 faceoffs (60%) in 18:44 of ice time. He has now recorded two assists in the last three games.
– Carl Hagelin registered an assist on Brad Richards’ third period goal and was credited with one takeaway in 17:37 of ice time. He has notched two points (one goal, one assist) in the last three games.
– Anton Stralman posted a game-high, plus-three rating in 20:51 of ice time. He is now plus-eight in the last three contests.

Alain Vigneault on the Islanders… “This is a team that we have played three times here in the last five games. This is a team that we know real well. We know their tendencies. We know their strengths and we know what we need to do against them. We played on the ice against them and have watched a ton of video on what we needed to do. That 25 minute stretch there when we seemed to spend most of the time in our end and that’s when our goalie came up as big as he has all season for us. He made some unreal saves and had total control and permitted us to bring it to the third. Then we played a real solid third period.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “It was good to be back on the Garden ice. It felt really good. Preparations are back to normal and it was a fun game. It was a lot of fun to be out there. It was intense and there were chances both ways. I thought both teams played real well and real hard. Going down the stretch you are going to see more and more of these types of games where you have to work really hard to get in front of the net and the little plays will be the difference.”
Marc Staal on tonight’s game… “We have found a certain comfort level with the way we’re playing. We know what we expect of ourselves, we know what we have to do to win hockey games. We have been able to go into games with guys knowing their roles to make that happen. The effort, that consistency has been there, and we’ve been able to win more consistently.”

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  1. Not that it matters but, I prefer childish to immature.

    But, in hind-site, I guess I can live with either.

  2. Matty"SignCally"Boy on

    Carcillo soon to be sent to AHL.

    The C-A-P line (Carcillo-Aasem-Powe) line

    The C-H-A line (Carcillo-Haley-Aasen) line.

    They’ll ALL play 5 AHL minutes, too.

    The PLAN was to bring him here to send him to the AHL!! Take THAT for roughing up Gabby!!!

  3. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Carcillo has been a very good ranger. He deserves to play on the 4th line. Problem is Moore and Boyle are playing great hockey. I’d sit Richards and play Dorsett with Cally and hags….that’s a good checking line.

  4. Imagine the ranger and islander teams of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s playing back to back games without a single fight?

  5. Stranger Nation on

    If you played your cards right, this may be the time to “sell high” in the trading market.
    Thought Nsh was a passenger for most of the game save for last 10 minutes and Neither he nor Step can keep up with THE.

  6. I I were AV, I’d keep a stun gun on the bench and whenever it looked as if the Kreider was playing a little sleepy, I’d jolt him in the arse with it as he was going over the boards. it would help to get his motor going like the last 12-15 minutes tonight.

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

    We don’t have a top line.
    We don’t have a top line.
    We don’t have a top line.
    We don’t have a top line.

  8. Stranger Nation on

    Papa – me thinks THE is always ready to go but Step too slow and The Dude cant keep up with him

  9. Stranger Nation on

    We have a bottom 6 that is outscoring our bottom six and THAT is what you need for the Second season.
    All 3 D pairs are clicking as well.

  10. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I’m with *Papa* We have a 4th line. And it works. Build from the bottom up.

  11. SNation, agree. Step and Nash were sluggish tonight. Kreider seemed to be waiting for them to catch up to him in the neutral zone most of the night.

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

    _Build from the bottom up_

    You do not build from the bottom up. You build around the best with complementary role players.

  13. Stranger Nation on

    thought Hags played great tonite. He had some great passes to go along with the never ending hustle.

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

    _I still don’t understand all the Carcillo hate….the guy has played great_

    Carcillo has been in Beast Mode since his arrival.

  15. Stranger Nation on

    Papa – it seems to be like that a lot. He needs a center with wheels and decent hands and he will score 40

  16. Agree Eddie.

    Carcillo has been a positive addition, presence on the ice, contributor on the ice.

    When Boyle plays w/o fear, he plays better.

    1+1 = better

    Go Back to School and Do the Math You Knuckleheads.

    1+1 = Better.

  17. Agreed, Stranger. Hags and Cally are our best forecheckers – they relentlessly pursue the puck in the offensive zone. Even with that, I think we notice those aspects of their game more and more because they’re fettered to Traveller at center ice, limiting their offensive production.

  18. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ricardo – I respectfully disagree. Carcillo has been good for the team. This is the best 4th line the rangers have had in 20 years…

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

    Beast Mode Carcillo scored the GW on Wednesday night.

  20. Carcillo scores more goals per TOI than any other Ranger.

    Therefore, Carcillo is the teams most productive goal scorer.

    Makes sense.

    Go Back to School and Do the Math You Knuckleheads

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

    The Rangers have been on a roll since the Carcillo acquisition.


  22. Richie feels that the heart produces a finite number of heartbeats and he will not waste any playing D or backchecking.

  23. Have to admit that Slats was pretty sharp in realizing he needed an interim Dorsett type and found him.

  24. In 12 games with BJ’s last year, Marian Gaborik had 3 goals.

    In 12 games with Rangers this year, Carcillo has 2 goals.

  25. Joe Namath says that football made him stupid. Uh, maybe the sixty thousand gallons of Chivas Regal?

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

    If Cally is traded, give the captaincy to Carcillo.


  27. Stranger Nation on

    like Staal and THE giving the glove in the crease tonite. That has been missing from the team.

  28. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    SNation – agreed. Love the face washes. Staal has been a monster since his comeback…

  29. As Jeffrey asked of his Mother before leaving for school, “Did you pack the finger sandwiches, mother?”

  30. Stranger Nation on

    Man goes to see his doctor.
    Doctor says to him, “you have to stop masterbaiting so much”.
    Man says, why?
    Doctor replies,”so I can start the examination.”

  31. A man and a woman meet in an elevator.
    “Where are you heading today?” the man asks.
    “I’m going down to give blood.” The woman responds.

    “How much do you get paid for giving blood?”
    “About $20.”
    “Wow,” says the man, “I’m going up to donate sperm, and the sperm bank pays $100.”
    The woman angrily gets off the elevator.

    The next day, the man and woman meet in the elevator again.
    “Fancy meeting you again. Where you off to today?” The man asks.

    “Sperm bank,” she mumbles with her mouth full.

  32. Stranger Nation on

    husband and wife go to see their marriage counselor
    Wife says her husband is not intimate, does not listen, refuses to communicate, and never shares his feelings.
    Counselor asks husband if it is true and he shrugs his shoulders and agrees.
    Counselor walks over to wife, grabs her in loving embrace and kisses her passionately for about a minute
    He turns to husband and says she needs that 3 times per week and asks if he could he make that happen
    Husband says he can bring wife over to him on Monday and Wednesday, but on Friday he goes fishing.

  33. Sim Simmer, who got the keys to my Bimmer
    Who am I? The girls dem sugar…

    But that day you leave and yuh gone
    I know that girls, they going crazy
    I know the girls lumpsome all a dem a run come
    ‘Cause di whole a dem want dis baby

    I told you once and I told you twice
    That I am the girls dem sugar
    Now the girls dem attack mi and di girls dem a rush mi
    Because dem a drive inna mi Bimmer

  34. Do you get the feeling at times that the Rangers could kind of turn it on and off whenever they want look at the third. period

  35. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    In a federal prison, the jokes got to be so old and common the prisoners gave them numbers…so at night after lights out, they’d begin joke time – first joke – someone yelled “14” everyone roared hysterically..

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

    _MDZ for Klein was a terrific trade for the Rangers._

    Yes. Beast Mode Klein.

  37. Don’t disagree that Callahan is too expensive at 7 yrs/$42M but how many were on board for Richards at, essentially, 6 yrs/$57M

  38. Get ’em in now Kenny boy ’cause you’re out as soon as i fire up the laptop. Then you can go play w tiki & your Devils/Islanders friends

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

    _Get ‘em in now Kenny boy ‘cause you’re out as soon as i fire up the laptop. Then you can go play w tiki & your Devils/Islanders friends_

    What are you talking about?

  40. Truly Amazing how these NHL owners have hoodwinked us into rooting against players’ interests. We’ve all become GMs, playing the owners’ game. Not saying I’m not one of them.

  41. Kenny is back back back back back back gawwwwwn. I prefer Dan the man to beast mode Carcillo.

  42. “MDZ for Klein was a terrific trade for the Rangers.”

    are you joking? We should have gotten a 2nd rounder on top of Del Zotto. Klein is playing 13 minutes, while Del Zotto is hitting again and playing 17+ minutes

  43. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    #17 has been miles better with 8 than he was with 4….tho tonight the D pairs were scrambled quite a bit…

  44. I like Klein, and I wasn’t happy with Del Zotto, but still we should have gotten a 2nd rounder or at least a 3rd rounder in that deal considering the age difference and Del Zotto’s ability to be a 40+ point defenseman.

  45. They have MDZ all confused. They expect offensive production from him before he’s learned NHL level defense.

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

    Del Zotto has not reached his ceiling in five seasons. A change of scenery was best for him.

  47. Slats was not prepared to wait out MDZ’s potential maturation, imo. This and next year are vital so far as he’s concerned.

  48. “#17 has been miles better with 8 than he was with 4….tho tonight the D pairs were scrambled quite a bit…”

    I lost all respect for John Moore with his 41 hits in 53 games. what a joke, can’t wait to trade this guy.

  49. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Every team in the league could gave had Him and no one wanted him….if you use that argument with Avery, it’s apropos with MDZ as well…

  50. You can bet that Slats entertained a tom of opinion from the bright lights around him, and the coach, before he jettisoned a young defenseman who showed flashes of potential.

  51. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    If the return for MDZ is as bad as everyone is claiming, it means no other team wanted him bad enough to offer anything of value…that’s my point..

  52. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    This ranger team is exciting to watch. Still need some size and grit up front. But, as comprised, with Hank playing as good as he is, only Boston worries me in the east….Rangers will win two rounds, beating The pens and MAF in 7.

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

    Eight seasons with Micheletti in the booth. Where does the time go?

  54. ‘All I had was a Panama hat and a rubber band, but they proved sufficient. Mission accomplished. Flew into Toronto the same evening.’

  55. Moore maybe fast, but not much more than that. Weak hockey sense, does not hit, doesn’t score, does not scare or intimidate anyone. I would look to trade him.

  56. Aw, this was a really good post. Spending
    some time and actual effort to create a great article…
    but what can I say… I procrastinate a lot and don’t seem to get nearly anything done.

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