Bruins 6, Rangers 3 … post-game notes & quotes


Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:

Bruins 6, Rangers 3.

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Team notes:

– The Rangers were defeated by the Boston Bruins, 6-3, tonight at Madison Square Garden, in an Original Six matchup. New York is now 17-8-1 in their last 26 games overall, and 9-5-1 in their last 15 games at home.

– The Blueshirts have posted a record of 33-26-3 overall (69 pts), including a 15-15-3 mark at home this season.

– The Rangers’ power play was 1-4 (6:05) in the contest. The Blueshirts are now 13-61 (21.3%) with the man advantage in the last 20 games, and 21-91 (23.1%) in the last 28.

– New York out-shot Boston, 42-33, including a 20-9 advantage in the first period. The Rangers have registered at least 40 shots 11 times this season, including three times in the last six games. The Blueshirts have been credited with 221 shots on goal over the last six contests (36.8 shots on goal per game), and have out-shot their opponent in eight of their last 10 games and 12 of the last 15.

Player notes:
– J.T. Miller notched the game’s opening goal at 3:20 of the first period and registered four shots in 14:59 of ice time. He has now tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in his last five NHL games, including two points (one goal, one assist) in three games since his recall from Hartford (AHL) on Tuesday.

– Ryan McDonagh registered a power play goal and led all skaters with five shots in 21:30 of ice time. He is now tied for 10th among NHL defensemen with nine goals this season.

– Brad Richards tallied a goal, four shots, and two hits in 18:37 of ice time. He has recorded 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in the last 20 games, including six points (three goals, three assists) in the last seven, and now leads the team in scoring with 44 points this season.

– Derek Stepan registered two assists, including one on the power play, and two shots in 16:50 of ice time. He has recorded 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in the last 13 games, including an assist in each of the last three (four assists), and now leads the team with 29 assists this season.

– Chris Kreider notched a power play assist, two shots, and two hits in 16:00 of ice time. He has recorded a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist), and ranks fifth on the team with 32 points this season.

– Ryan Callahan tallied an assist, four shots, and two hits in 17:44 of ice time. He has now registered six points (two goals, four assists) in the last nine games.

– Anton Stralman recorded an assist and was credited with two blocked shots in 16:44 of ice time. He has now tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in the last four games at Madison Square Garden.

– Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves and is now 22-20-3 overall, including an 11-12-3 mark at home this season. Lundqvist has now started in 30 consecutive games against Boston, dating back to Jan. 13, 2007.

– Kevin Klein was credited with a game-high, five blocked shots, and registered two shots on goal in 18:32 of ice time.

Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “The fact that we didn’t win tonight. We probably had one of our best first periods of the year and unfortunately we weren’t able to make the other team pay for some of their mistakes. We came away even, but I thought for the most part we played pretty solid and didn’t give the opposition many chances. They were able to capitalize on their opportunities and we weren’t able to capitalize on ours.”

Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “I thought we played pretty good. Yeah they worked hard, but their goals were unbelievable with the bounces that they got, a couple of deflections and post and in. It’s a tough end to this game. We worked ourselves back in it and created a lot of chances and played really well in the net. When you give up six goals it’s not good enough, but thinking of the goals right now, quickly, it’s some tough plays. I tried to be in good position, but against Boston it’s about winning the battles in front of both nets. That’s where these games get decided and they are really good around the net making quick plays and getting to loose pucks. It’s disappointing.”

Ryan Callahan on this weekend’s back-to-back set… “Tonight, I don’t think that was a game that dictated the score. I thought we had some good minutes in that game. Our power play gets a chance to tie it up and they get a shorthanded one that puts them two ahead. This time of year, that’s two tough losses back-to-back.”

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  1. Why does Sather always wait till the deadline to make trades when it was apparent months ago that we needed some trades?

  2. Seriously, Columbus calls and offers back Dubinsky, Anisimov, Erixon and a 1st, do you really pass? Certain guys can be great as next best players and not as best. Nash is proving this.

  3. Which reminds me of the T-shirt in Boston after Johnny Damon signed with the Yankees. Had his photo with the beard and said, “Looks like Jesus, acts like Judas, throws like Mary.”

  4. I know. Shakespeare couldn’t make them interesting. They all sound like Castro’s Foreign Secretary, with excuses, outright lies, and boredom. I suppose I’d be the same in the interest of unity (but maybe not). This is where some barking and leadership come in. Tired of hearing “we did some good things.” And the coach is the worst.

  5. I, for one, am not enamored of Paul McCartney. And when that group of Trillionaires sang “Imagine There’s No Money,” I -literally- figuratively puked.

  6. Damon lol. Did have hisself a chicken wing. Lost a lot of teenibopper fans when he got a haircut.

  7. If -Nash- isn’t traded by the deadline, I’m going with Normie to the other side of the mountain.

    Wait up Normie! I’m right behind you.

  8. Torts: “We played like the dogs that we are. And I shouldn’t insult dogs. Some of these guys here, and they know who they are, are not even in the category of dogs, not even close.”

  9. I’m like Torts. I prefer the company and companionship of furry friends to people..

  10. “The bounces,” lol. Like in we got bounced all over the ice. AV trying to squeeze 40 goals out of CarBomb, or use him to adjust Marchand’s nasy nose? Geesh!

  11. Stranger Nation on

    Had a chance in first to blow their doorsnoff and couldnt pot more than one

    Very telling stat – 3rd in shotsbon goal, 19th in goals scored. We just flip it at the net and hope for the best. Usually with nobody in front

    Klein -1 with 6 goals against..not bad

  12. “Face It. We are going nowhere, man.”

    Not just nowhere we are a dog chasing and biting its own tail.

    “I’m like Torts. I prefer the company and companionship of furry friends to people..”

    because of people like Tort :)

  13. Oh god reverse the score we win with Ryan Adams’ “New York, New York” playing over Stupidface Girlpuncher Lucic’s NHLN interview. Ha, suck it forever Bruins and fans! Rangers rule!

  14. Norm will be back. You can’t find humor like this in the sacristy or nave of a Bangor basilica mud igloo.

  15. Cannot fathom how we are beaten up in front of the net and after whistles and refuse to do the same. I think #27 is getting fed up, but he gets little help.

  16. If McD came into the locker room one time and hollered “Are you guys kidding me, or what?” I’d pin the A on him before he got back to the bench.

  17. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Just home from MSG.

    Call it what you want. That Boston team is SO well put together!! They played about 30 minutes or so, and when they wanted to over power us, they did. We had some good moments. Tukka made the big saves. Many more than Henrique.

    While we had some very good moments, especially in the first, when we didn’t emerge a leader by 2 or more after the period, it was obvious it was likely a loss.

  18. Our defensemen had the snot beat out of them this weekend. It was a brutal Saturday and the long and winding road brought us home to Sunday, Bloody Sunday for McDonuts.

  19. Can you imagine if Torts went to Sochi and saw all those stray dogs? He would have started another foundation!

  20. I bet when the Bruins lose, their fans that existed before the Cup lament what could have been of their roster had they kept Kessel and Wheeler.

  21. What’d I admit to? Usually, under torture, I scream a great deal and reveal very little. :)

  22. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Coos, MacD is an awesome defenseman. He does need help. A number of us here have been crying out for a stay at home oaf of a defensive defenseman. Just one guy with size.

    Is that McIlrath? Ask the GM.

  23. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Love it when other teams crash our net, take down our goalie and they don’t get a fist in their mouths.

    Love it when Lucic, Iginla and Kreijce steamroll over any of our lines and we have nothing that can stop them.

    Love it when Tory Krug, the smallest Boston player, has the GUTS to take on our one and only ‘fighter’, Carcillo.

    What does it say????????

  24. We do NOT use “could have been” here. What is that, pluperfect? Sounds like a Richards word.

  25. Mattty, you are 100% correct. I noticed that two years ago! (that you are 100% correct)

  26. I like AV as coach , but woukd like to see him change things up once in awile . Needs to shuffle the line up a little
    Hag Steph Nash
    Krieder Brass Zucc
    Poliot BR JT Miller
    Carcillo Moore Dorsett
    Thats after we package Cally and Boyle to Tampa
    Then we can have
    Hags Steph Nash
    Krieder Brass Zucc
    Poliot JT Miller MSL
    Carcillo Moore Dorsett Don’t know what to do with BR . But i don’t think Steph is going to be our # 1 Center next year .
    Would love to see Cally Boyle 2ed and one of Fast/Lindberg/ McIllrath/Bourgue/go to Vanc for Kessler .
    Add in Bieska and we can send Stralman and another 2ed .
    Would love to see a D of
    Klein/ Moore/ Allen

  27. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Interesting comment by Maloney post game. He was asked if the team was manhandled by both opponents this weekend. He said ‘yes’.

    Then he was asked what it says about the remaining 20 games and the PO’s. He said you can ‘fudge it for the remainder of the season, but it is easier the first 60’, but when the PO’s begin ‘it’s harder to do’.

    Maloney tells it like it is.

    Many of us know this team is built for the regular season.

  28. Cally: “You’re giving that dolt McDonagh 28 million. I’m supposed to have twice that!”

  29. Matty it says a bunch of guys playing for their contracts and themselves. If there was an ounce of care between them. They would defend each other even if they would lose. I feel like we haven’t got a legit enforcer since prust, and before that graves. This kind of stuff doesn’t belong in hockey.

  30. Not to look ahead, but we are in a quizzical quandry at center next year unless Step goes on steroids.

  31. This season looks like we’re Going To Hell In A Bucket, but at least I’m enjoying the ride.

  32. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Hedberg, we can still beat the teams that are not huge and less talented. But will have trouble with playable size, unless it is really slow.

    I’ll tell you, tonight, Chara was quite slow and he got caught a few times. Our speed was obvious around their ‘d’, generally, but when their ‘o’ got back, they were fine.

    I still think we make the PO’s, but this team, constituted as it is just will have a hard time with opponents with playable size and grit, let alone skill, like Boston.

  33. How could you enjoy riding in a bucket to hell? Sometimes you confuse the hell out of me.

  34. If we get MSL do we play him with BR’if so , we need to change up the lines a bit anyway . Kreider and Nash don’t mesh .They both need to play with someone who will feed them , if MSL comes abourd play him with Kreider and BR , and play Hags with Steph and Nash. Keep bras with Poliot and Zucc/Miller and then Play Miller on the fourth line with Moore and Dorsett. Bercause the way AV plays all 4 lines get equal TOI anyway. I do think he needs to ride his horse’s more than he does

  35. Couple of our guys had Chara lined up pinching and against the boards tonight and chose to eschew the opportunity.

  36. It became apparent that Carcillo didn’t get the message from AV that Saturday Nights Alright For Fighting when he turned down the opportunity to dance with Rinaldo in Philly yesterday.

  37. The K, in the D zone, is regressing again. Can he not just take a man if he has no idea what he’s doing?

  38. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    NYr, it’s not the most cohesive of teams, but they do have some offensive chemistry and some creativity. I have been wondering if they don’t defend each other because they know they would get pummeled or they don’t care about each other. I have to believe it’s a mix of those two.

    Carcillo is not an enforcer. He is a light/middleweight. Tory Krug challenges him? Hehehe. How embarrassing. Carcillo is an after thought. And Dorsett is a throw in, too.

    Agreed with the Prust comment. He should have been treated differently, as should have so many loyal players here, but this GM is all about negotiating hard and not caring about loyalty. Anyone who could trade Brian Leetch……

  39. I though Carcillo was trying to draw a penalty by not dropping the leather; maybe I’m wrong. Lately, he’s playing a bit too cute. As I said last post, he’s lately received coaching accolades and might actually be deluding himself into thinking he’s a hockey player.

  40. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Coos, I saw that, too. We had chances to hit Chara, especially, and we’d just stop and tap him. I don’t get it. Checking is part of the game n’est-ce pas??

  41. If the K doesn’t wake up, he may end up with another dose of the Come and Go Blues back to Hartford

  42. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    I don’t like Klein with Staal. Perhaps he’s a 2nd line defenseman out west…..on Nashville…..not so sure he’s that here, on this team, with these players.

  43. Hey guys, just one more check thrown or received and Nash and Richards will have combined for 100 total “times making contact with the opponent” on the season. Wow! Look out opposing hockey players!

  44. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    It’s ok. We have unlimited hotel rooms and ice capacity in Hartford.

  45. Coaching Confusion: To Richie, “don’t get hurt out there.” To Carcillo and Dorsett, “don’t take penalties.” To Kreider, “You’re doing too many things wrong, but I can’t tell you what they are.” To Moore: “Be aggressive in the O zone, but be sure to get back.” To Nash: “Take it at your own pace.”

  46. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    If we do get MSL, let’s play him with MZA and Hags. Shortest, smallest line in NHL history.

  47. 2.5 days till the deadline can we see some activity? This is ridiculous how few trades actually happen in today’s NHL.

  48. Papa, I was actually wondering about Klein and “western time”, sort of. Any chance his chasing has to do with an adjustment to man to man? Just doesn’t seem like the type of profile to end up lost as often as it seems like he has been so far.

  49. If we get MSL I think Hagelin goes the other way.

    Klein has yet to impress me, that trade still boggles my mind. I am sure we could have gotten better return for Del Zotto.

  50. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    I thought Richards had a pure goal scorers goal tonight. That’s something he couldn’t do last year, granted.

    His defensive play, however, may be just as bad as last year. With his goal tonight, what’d he finish, -3?, -4?

    His play, or lack thereof on the shorthanded goal was eerie. He was a total spectator. Didn’t move. Just watched. Amazing.

    What’s that do to team morale?

  51. Richie is useless defensively and needs someone to feed him as he eschews contact and stands flatfooted when he finally finds free ice. When the puck finds him (he won’t find IT) he can propel the rubber.

  52. I’ve said many times that Richie is a bad influence for the yutes. He gets back pats from the GM and the coaches for doing just what you don’t want them to get in the habit of. (Never end a sentence with a preposition)

  53. _Klein has made mistakes but half of Del Z’s_

    … and it would totally lead to twice as many goals against if only Henrik would protect Klein like he used to protect Del Zotto.

  54. And Torts, of all people, was one of his promoters. Two games like a Richie game, and Kreider had another train ticket to Palookaville.

  55. At the gates of hell, Brad Richards will gain enlightenment over how awful his turning on Torts really was.

  56. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Gotta say it, Coos, he is a bad influence. There are others on this team, too.

  57. “This is how you last in this league, son. You stay out of harm’s way, net 20 or so, go minus 10, collect the big bucks, get bought out and sign somewhere else. You can do this until at least 36, 37.”

  58. Ritchie is a very bad influence on the younger players. He needs to be tied to the Whipping Post.

  59. Makes me laugh that Richie wanted Torts out when Torts allowed him to play exactly like AV lets him play. He’s a world unto himself under any system, no matter how disparate.

  60. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Kreider actually fought through Chara on a rush in the second period right in front of me. Couldn’t believe my eyes. Kid is slowly putting his game together.

  61. Torts finally exasperated, sat him in the playoffs after 80 some games, and the long honeymoon was over as far as Richie was concerned.

  62. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    very impressive call by the weather men on this “Storm Titan” and it’s effect on NYC. Last week we might get ‘a big storm’. By Friday, it was 6-12″ possible. In Saturday’s paper, it was a foot.

    Yesterday it became 3-6. Now, what is it??

    A dusting to an inch??

    Well done.

  63. I’ve said before … I’ll take Kreider making a dope play like getting outside of Couturier a billion times before I’ll take whoever (wink … its Richards/Nash) trailing that same play because they didn’t cover or bust their asses out of the offensive zone.

  64. Hagerstown Md. Randers fan on

    So Carp you believe cigar aficionado will do something major? I’m sure your correct but will that be a good thing or a bad thing. The Callahan situation kind of has him boxed in. I would be very surprise if Cally brought back St.Louis. At any rate Wednesday will be an interesting day that’s for certain.

  65. (For the record, “dope play” there meant “like a dope”, not “oh damn that was dope”. It wasn’t. He looked terrible.)

  66. Nash for Dubinsky and a 1st, let them keep Anisimov and Erixon. Totally bet Columbus would accept.

  67. -Nash- bustin his but on a back check? Go Tell It On A Mountain, those days went by by when he returned from the Olympics.

  68. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Was listening to ‘Boomer’ on NHL Radio on Sirius. When it was suggested to him that the Ranger’s might buy out Richards this year, he was dumbfounded. “What? No way”

    All people see is that he scores and has some assists.

    Forget about his +/- , the fact he’s almost 2 minutes on every PP, and the ‘matador’ defense is overlooked.

  69. Very, very shocked if we got MSL for Cally. Slats would fly to Tampa to pick him up.

  70. McDonuts had some Angry Eyes when first jousting with The little ball of hate and then with Iginla late in the third.

  71. AND, soon as he’s hurt, he busts our Cap for YEARS. He has to go at year’s end.

  72. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Lol, Coos!!!

    That was one of the funniest press conferences EVER!!!

    “It’s a beautiful day”, she said, as the blizzard of snow came down so hard you couldn’t even see her!!! And DB is agreeing, “It’s almost stopped. Easy to walk to school in this!”

  73. Mac seems like he’s getting angrier. I’m so used to typing McDonuts, I almost forget his name. :)

  74. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    “WINTER STORM WARNING has been lifted for NYC. Uh, this storm’s going to be a little further south than we thought. Like in Washington, DC”

  75. That little woman was hilarious, Matty. Goes to show you the sad state of the people who rule our lives, both parties. Kerry said, like Neville Chamberlain, the night before Russia moved troops across the border, “I’ve been assured by my Russian counterpart that they have no such thing in mind.” We live in la la land.

  76. Reporter: “She’s assigned a car and a driver.”

    Press secretary: “We have no information on that.”

  77. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    I’m fighting it, Coos. But I am staying away from the political stuff. Biting my lip. Piercing it…but no comment, no comment, no comment!!

  78. Stranger Nation on

    Agree with a little line shuffle, especially with mza out
    Cant leave Richie in the pivot
    Hags – Brass – Nash
    THE – Step – Cally
    Richards – Miller – Pullout

  79. If Sather can somehow unload -Nash- for a decent return by the trade deadline, I will once again feel Glad All Over.

  80. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Hate to say it, but it might be worth it to break up the Nash-Step-THE line. Not so sure Step, even with the assists tonight is working well with the two of them. Sometimes it’s good to shake things up. I know AV doesn’t believe in it, but just speaking my mind.

  81. God: “Brethren, I send you sports, family, and the occasional good movie to divert your attention from the true horrors of the vagaries in life and with the purpose of keeping you from offing yourselves.”

  82. Stranger, my favorite line:

    Sheriff to Brando, “What are you rebelling against, son?”

    Brando: “Whatcha got?”

  83. “Klein has made mistakes but half of Del Z’s”

    he is almost 6 years older than Del Zotto, he better be making fewer mistakes.

  84. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Pat Leonard of the Daily News just on NBC Channel 4 Sports Extra with Bruce Beck. Asked if the Rangers were pushed around a bit tonight he declined and cited other factors, like coverage mistakes.,

    Pat, were you there? Were there forwards and defensemen, when they pressed, from Boston, camping out in front of our net? Where there a number of forced turnovers when our players were pushed off plays? Once the Bruins starting checking at the end of the first, and most of the second, did that turn the tide of the game? Did Tory Krug ‘attack’ Carcillo, and, in essence, say here’s the tinniest player on our team challenging your ‘fighter’? Did Lucic take out not one, but two Rangers on Hamilton’s goal?? Did this happen with other players, too?? Were our players shying away of hard hits? Did our players finish their checks on Boston’s all night? On Chara?

    Need I continue?

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