Flyers 4, Rangers 2 … post-game notes & quotes

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Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR; Alain Vigneault and Dan Girardi transcripts courtesy of the Flyers:

Flyers 4, Rangers 2.

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Team notes:
– The Rangers were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, today at Wells Fargo Center, in a Metropolitan Division matchup. The loss ended their road winning streak at six games, one shy of tying the franchise record for longest such streak. New York is now 17-7-1 in their last 25 games overall, including a 12-5-0 mark in their last 17.

– The Blueshirts have posted a record of 33-25-3 overall (69 pts), including an 18-11-0 mark on the road this season. The Rangers have won 16 of their last 21 contests away from Madison Square Garden.

– The Rangers power play was 1-3 (5:25) in the contest. The Blueshirts are now 12-57 (21.1%) with the man advantage in the last 19 games, and 20-87 (23.0%) in the last 27.

– New York out-shot Philadelphia, 35-31, including a 25-17 advantage after two periods. The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in 23 of the last 30 games, holding a 1,042-890 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have posted 30 or more shots in 27 of the last 34 contests.

– The Rangers were credited with 28 hits and 22 blocked shots in the contest. Dan Girardi was credited with a team-high, five hits, and tied his season-high with six blocked shots. Ryan McDonagh led all skaters with a season-high, seven blocked shots.

Player notes:

– Derick Brassard tallied a power play goal in 16:04 of ice time to extend his point streak to eight games (five goals, five assists over the span). The eight-game point streak is the longest by a Rangers player this season, and ties his career-high established in 2010-11. Brassard’s power play goal was his sixth of the season, and 16th power play point, tying his career-high in both categories (2010-11). He is now tied for the team lead in power play goals and power play points, and ranks fourth with 36 points this season.

– Chris Kreider notched a goal and two shots in 15:10 of ice time. He has tallied a point in each of his four career games against the Flyers (three goals, two assists), and now ranks fifth on the team with 31 points this season.

– Derek Stepan registered an assist and won a team-high, 10-19 faceoffs (53%) in 18:24 of ice time. He has now tallied 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in the last 12 games, and ranks third on the team with 27 assists and 37 points this season.

– Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves and tallied a power play assist, and is now 22-19-3 overall with an 11-8-0 mark on the road this season. The assist was his third of the season, which ranks second in the league among goaltenders. The loss ended Lundqvist’s personal winning streak at five games.

– Rick Nash tallied an assist and three shots in 17:01 of ice time. The assist was his first since Dec. 31 at Florida, as the forward registered 12 straight goals over the 19-game span.

– Brad Richards recorded a power play assist and three shots, and won 6-10 faceoffs (60%) in 18:57 of ice time. He is now tied for the team-lead with 28 assists, 43 points, and 16 power play points, and leads the team with 13 power play assists this season.

– Derek Dorsett was credited with four hits and one blocked shot in 8:42 of ice time, while making his return to the Rangers lineup after missing the last 18 games with a broken fibula sustained on Jan. 3 at Pittsburgh.

Quotebook:

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault

What did you think was the key to that game?

We had a decent start in the sense that we forced them to take a couple of penalties. Our power play could have given us the lead there but their goaltender mad some big saves. They made us pay on a couple opportunities after that but we battled back hard in the second period and in the third period we just didn’t get enough looks. I didn’t mind part of our game. Five on five I thought we were alright but it was a hard fought game and they were able to capitalize on a few more of their chances than we were.

What did you think of [Lundqvist’s] game with it being his first game back?

He battled hard and gave us a chance to win. That’s what you expect from your goaltender.

Carcillo showed a lot of discipline in not getting into a fight. Was that in response to word from you?

No, that was his call. That line is there to bring energy and play hard and for the most part I thought they did that tonight.

Can you talk specifically about [Dorsett] tonight?

He tried real hard. Obviously I think right now he’s trying to get his legs in, trying to skate the way he was prior to the injury. He blocked a big shot there one time. He’s going to do what he can to help us win games. We don’t have any time to dwell on this one. We have Boston coming into our building tomorrow night so we’re going to get home and get ready for tomorrow.

Did you ever get an explanation to the one face-off to the left?

They just felt at the time that’s where it should be. It is what it is.

Do you like that line well enough to come back with it.

I’m going to have to watch the game again. Because of [Carcillo] spending most of the second period in the box they didn’t get the same number of shifts that I maybe would have liked so I’ll watch the game and make up my mind for tomorrow.

 Was there something you didn’t like about Stralman’s games or that you did like about Klein’s to switch them up?

I thought [Stralman] in a couple of situations was fighting there a little bit, fighting it with the puck. Klein I thought was a better D tonight so that’s why he moved ahead.

Rangers Defenseman Dan Girardi

On his new contract

“I’m just glad it’s done and I’m really happy to be a Ranger – hoping to finish my career here.  To say you played your whole career on one of the original six teams, in New York, the Rangers – It’s something special to me and my family.”

Was there anything in particular that made you come together?

“It’s a lot of thinking to do. It’s not just come on the ice with the team and that’s your job. Away from the rink, where you’re going to live… there’s just so much stuff that goes on in your head. At the end of the day I knew I wanted to be a Ranger. Both sides just hammered it out pretty quickly there once we decided to get ‘er going.   And like I said, I’m just really excited about the deal and to be a Ranger for my career. I just want to help this team win the best I can. “

Has this been a distraction for you or tough to focus?  

Never at the rink or during a game. At home you’re always thinking about different things. Just talking to your folks and talking through everything. I wish we could’ve  done it earlier. That’s part of it; negotiating all that part of it. I’m just glad to be done and over with.

For today’s game, it seemed like they got a jump on you in the first period, 2-0. It seemed like a sluggish start too.

“I think it was a little bit of us. They had a tough one here the other night against San Jose. The coaches told us, we knew they were going to come out hard and physical and want to to get a good start, and we just weren’t able to match the intensity, match the hitting. We did a good job of winning the second period and putting ourselves in a spot, but we just couldn’t get that tying goal in the third. I thought after the first period that we brought the battle level up and started matching their intensity.”

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  1. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    Tortorella would have been ballistic after a sloppy game like this.

  2. trade some softies out of here.

    “I’m just glad it’s done and I’m really happy to be a Ranger – hoping to finish my career here. To say you played your whole career on one of the original six teams, in New York, the Rangers – It’s something special to me and my family.”

    Girardi for captain please.

  3. SalmonJoe says #27 is a good baseball player. So, we have that going for us as well as enlightenment on our deathbeds.

  4. bull dog line on

    a guy like Chris Stewart would have been a help today. the Rangers looked small today.

  5. Espo is so lost that he actually criticizes #24 for playing like he’s 6’5. If he didn’t play that way, he’d be making 3 million and love it.

  6. Oh please Callahan is not playing like he is 6’5″ and never did, playing like 6’5″ means you are bullying people around.

  7. leetchhalloffame on

    And this game shows why the Rangers are Stanley Cup pretenders this season. Pansies.

  8. I would be pretty happy if we trade Callahan + good prospect for 1st rounder + very good prospect.

  9. Flyers win
    Caps win
    Devils win
    Columbus wins
    Tampa wins

    Rangers lose.

    Hell of a day

  10. I don’t understand the comparisons from Callahan to Brown. Brown is bigger, more sturdy, a better checker, a better fighter, a better playoff performer, and a Stanley cup champion. Imo the only thing they have in common is the C on their jersey.

  11. Luongo scratched for the outdoor game.

    Jason Botchford @botchford

    Luongo: “I’ve always wanted to play in an outdoor game.”
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    Lu: “I don’t want to go through this whole thing again”
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    Luongo said he had been looking fwd to this game from start of year
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    Bob McKenzie ? @TSNBobMcKenzie

    “@NHLonTSN: Eddie Lack will be starting for the Canucks in the Heritage Classic. #TSN #NHL”/This is going to get really interesting now.

    Tortorella hates Luongo

  12. Sorry Carp, I am tweeking u a bit, agree about 90 percent. But TB n the Habs are better.

  13. @SabresPR: The #Sabres have announced that Pat LaFontaine has resigned his position with the team to resume his previous role with the NHL.

  14. Imagine the dearth of D talent in Hartford if Stralman is about to be re-signed with a fat raise from his million eight.

  15. @LavoieRenaud: The last straw was the Ryan Miller trade. Pat Lafontaine was pushing to give Miller an extension. Tim Murray was pushing for a trade.

  16. simply stated they didn’t freakin deserve to win this game could you name anybody any player that put out

  17. @hfialkov: Panthers source says they “won’t move” Boyes and “may have some good pieces coming our way.” #FlaPanthers

  18. LOL @ the Sabres.

    Saw Rinaldo had a field day with the Rangers today- color me not surprised.

  19. Totally agree that this is a marshmallow team. We’re not going anywhere.

    Trade half these clowns.

  20. Klein looked about as bad as Stralman on the Flyer 4th goal. We need a RH DMAN and it’s not McIlrath.

  21. @TSManiscalco: Glenn Healy is reporting Ryan Callahan could be coming to Buffalo. #Sabres #SabresShakeup

  22. bull dog line on

    don’t know if you are fooling around or not Manny, but that makes sense. if Buffalo is where Cally wants to be, and Buffalo knows that, why not get started now. the Rangers were interested in Stewart. it is possible Buffalo trade for him just for that reason. to trade him for Cally.

  23. If we hit the open nets today (at least 3), play better on the PK, different story.

    Philthy is still a team of thugs with one or two 2 hockey players.

    We have no answer for Simmons. That guy is a beast with a nasty streak.

  24. The media is making a big deal of Torts sitting Luongo. Have they seen Luongo play the last couple of games? The Olympic break must have cause them to forget. Eddie Lack has been really good the last two games. Should have won last night but none of the Nucks could score in the shootout. Had tree chances to win it.

  25. bull dog line on

    McIlrath with a goal and fight so far tonight. an assist away from the Gordie Howe hat trick.

  26. If that assist comes in the next three weeks, can it be called an accumulated Gordie Howe hat trick?

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