Maple Leaves 3, Rangers 2 (OT) … post-game notes & quotes


Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:

Maple Leafs 3, Rangers 2 (OT)

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Team notes:

– The Rangers were defeated by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2, in overtime tonight at Madison Square Garden, in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts erased a two-goal deficit with a pair of shorthanded goals in a 79-second span early in the third to force overtime and earn a point in the contest. New York is now 17-8-2 in their last 27 games overall, and 9-5-2 in their last 16 games at home.
– The Blueshirts have posted a record of 33-26-4 overall (70 pts), including a 15-15-4 mark at home this season.
– The Rangers notched two shorthanded goals in a span of 79 seconds early in the third period, with both goals being tallied while killing the same penalty. The last time the Blueshirts registered two shorthanded goals in a game was Dec. 10, 2011 at Buffalo. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Rangers tallied two shorthanded goals in less than 90 seconds was Feb. 21, 1981, when Don Maloney notched a pair of shorthanded goals in a 34-second span against Washington.
– New York has now recorded a point in 15 of their last 18 meetings with Toronto (12-3-3 over the span).
– The Rangers and Maple Leafs have been separated by two goals or fewer in 10 of their last 14 meetings (5-3-2), including seven games decided by one goal (4-1-2).
– New York out-shot Toronto, 37-29, with 16 of 18 skaters registering at least one shot on goal in the contest. The Rangers have been credited with 258 shots on goal over the last seven contests (36.9 shots on goal per game), and have out-shot their opponent in nine of their last 11 games and 13 of the last 16.
– Ryan McDonagh tallied his 10th goal of the season in tonight’s contest, making the Rangers the first team in the league to have 10 players register at least 10 goals for them this season.

Player notes:
– Dominic Moore registered two shorthanded points, including one goal and one assist, recorded three shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 13:24 of ice time. His two shorthanded points mark a single-game career-high, and he has now tallied six points (two goals, four assists) in his last nine games.
– Ryan McDonagh notched a shorthanded goal and three shots in a game-high, 29:48 of ice time. The goal was his 32nd point of the season, which ties his single-season career-high established during the 2011-12 season. McDonagh has now recorded a goal in each of the last two games, and became the 13th NHL defenseman to reach the 10-goal mark this season.
– Derek Stepan tallied a shorthanded assist to extend his assist streak to four games (five assists), and logged 16:49 of ice time. He has recorded 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in the last 14 games. The assist was his 30th of the season, the second time he has reached the mark, and his 40th point of the season. Stepan has reached the 40-point mark in each of his four NHL seasons. He leads the Rangers in assists and ranks third in points this season.
– Brian Boyle registered a shorthanded assist and logged 11:16 of ice time in the contest. He is now four points shy of his 100th career NHL point.
– Martin St. Louis recorded three shots on goal and logged 20:11 of ice time while making his Rangers debut, following his trade from Tampa Bay earlier today.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves and is now 22-20-4 overall, including an 11-12-4 mark at home this season.
– Brad Richards led the team with four shots and won a team-high, 12-18 faceoffs (67%) in 19:00 of ice time. He leads the Rangers and ranks 11th in the league with 206 shots on goal this season.


Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “We were playing against a team that plays a fast game and is real good on the rush with good tempo. I thought for the most part we were able to control some of their skill and some of their rush. I would have liked to see us be a little bit more effective. We spent a lot of time in their end and a lot of time with the puck, but didn’t get a lot inside or quality chances off the puck possession time that we had… so that’s an area we are going to have to be better. Five-on-five tonight I don’t think we were as good as we have been in the past.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “Every point is important right now, so it’s annoying the way it ended. It felt like we definitely had the chance to get the two points. We played really well and worked ourselves back into this game. It’s a big frustration right now to not come out of it with two points.”
Martin St. Louis on today’s events… “There were a lot of emotions today. I was blessed to play in one place for 14 years. I’ll cherish those years. Tampa’s been a home for my family and I have nothing but great memories. The fans have always been awesome to me. I kind of grew up there, so to speak; I grew up as a player and I’m thankful for everything the Lightning has brought to me and my family. It was a tough day for my family, but we are all excited to be here. This is an opportunity for me to play with a big market team, and it’s going to be a challenge obviously. Being somewhere for 14 years, it’s just different – getting ready for the game, just little things that you’re used to. New locker room, new team, new teammates – I have to get acclimated. I like what we have here. I think tonight was a gutsy comeback. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the extra point, but I was happy to come here and just break the ice, I guess. I was able to fly in and get that first game over with.”

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  1. yeah… i don’t care about this team either…as long as they’re losing. Once they start winning, I’m gonna put my Rangers jersey back on :)

  2. how in the hail
    did McD and Hank
    get the votes to be 3rd and 4th?!?!?

    did maple leaves fans visit the board??!

    whatta joke!
    would have accepted Cam getting the votes instead

  3. Except its not paraphrasing anyone who is still here. Angrily still here is pretty much the opposite of walking away then coming back if things get good.

  4. Olga Folkyerself on

    I care about the team. I don’t care for Sather and how he runs it. (Ruins it)

  5. Stranger Nation on

    Henk has been off obviously since Soshi – fighting it big time.

    My guess is the time change has completely screwed up his nap schedule.

  6. Great stat:
    “According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Rangers tallied two shorthanded goals in less than 90 seconds was Feb. 21, 1981, when Don Maloney notched a pair of shorthanded goals in a 34-second span against Washington.”

  7. Mister D

    We, the diehards, are always here, no matter what. I was mostly talking about some individuals from the previous thread who suddenly appeared to poop all over the place during this slight skid.

  8. McDonut had some tough moments tonight…He’s fine.

    10 goals and counting…his offensive ability keeps improving…

  9. i think i was just shocked at McD’s multiple screwups
    the first time i was like, “WHOA! that was McD?!?!”
    it happened again and again and again
    and on the winning goal

    they’re not right.
    they either are still on a beach or in Sochi
    why it’s so concerning is that teams below us
    are doing the opposite
    and we’re back to another
    backing into the playoffs

  10. Who leaves a country packed with ponies to come to a non-pony country? It doesn’t make sense! Am I wrong?

  11. Here is pretty cool list….active players since 2007-08 with most points:

    Player GP Points
    Ovechkin 496 602
    St. Louis 515 551
    Malkin 430 536
    H Sedin 514 530
    Crosby 371 526

    The next Ranger on the list is Richie at #21.

  12. McD, at least, was fighting for the puck. Nash and especially Richie were playing tiddlywinks.

  13. _McD, at least, was fighting for the puck. Nash and especially Richie were playing tiddlywinks._

    But if it went the other way, they’re in great position for a point. You’re undervaluing that. The goalie or defense will get blamed for a goal against BUT the scorers will get credit for the goal. Its math, dude.

  14. when aren’t they playing tiddlywinks?

    probably because it was McD and it was multiple times
    that it was so shocking

  15. Olga Folkyerself on

    Wait and see. McDonagh was hurt by that check and he will miss time.
    Nash and Richie just stink and will continue to play.

  16. _probably because it was McD and it was multiple times
    that it was so shocking_

    Right, so twice Richards was bailed out because someone sucked harder. Check the second goal again and he’s just watching with a man there for a rebound. Third goal its easier to (rightfully) pin McD, but he’s not there to cover because, really, why should he be. Its OT. Lots of breakout potential. Unless you can handcuff him to a man one on one, you can find an excuse. Over and over.

  17. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Was at the game tonight. Pretty MSG quiet crowd.

    St. Louis is a good player. Actually, it was obvious he is our best forward. Man, is he smart. And he had no time to practice with anyone.

    I look forward to seeing him grow with the team.

  18. Stranger Nation on

    McBrando looked human at times and our team cannot tolerate it. Amazing how many times he saves our bacon.

    Staal was also off tonite, in fact, I would imagine any Ranger who has been in the room over the last 3 or 4 years was a little put off by the events of the day.
    McD, Girardi, Cally, Staal, Step, Boyle.

  19. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    The Rangers played best when Richards was in the box.


  20. Also, I think he should wear the “C” because he’s a veteran and its been almost a full year since he had to get scratched in the playoffs.

  21. Hagerstown Md. Rangers fan on

    Tell me if I’m off base here but does it not seem as if the Rangers and Henrik in particular have lost there edge since the Olympic intrusion? It seems that way to me. I accept that I could be wrong but something is missing. They are giving up golden scoring chances over and over. They better fix it and fast or there going to be on the outside looking in.

  22. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Yea. It’s a pretty big shake up for the core of this team. They’re pro’s. THey’ll put it together. No worries.

  23. _It’s math dude?_

    Its math, dude. A point for will _always_ beat a point against you’re responsible for.

  24. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    They’ve played 3 games since the Olympics. THey could have beaten Philly. Just some bounces. Bad loss.

    Boston? THey are simply better.

    Tonight? I think you can excuse their heads being a little foggy.

    Give them a few days. THey’ll be ok. It’s a pretty darn good lineup. Darn good. Small, but darn good.

  25. If I’m remembering correctly, Hank gave up a penalty shot, a lost man in front and a wide open lost man in front. If you want to pin the goalie … ok. They were both outstanding tonight in a game that should have been like 6-5.

  26. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Hank had some huge saves tonight. He came around in the second. A couple of them in front of us, I was impressed. He’s back now. Don’t worry about him.

  27. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Honest? Bernier let up a lot of rebounds and was to be had tonight. We didn’t put enough quality shots on him. Don’t be fooled by the amount of shots.

  28. Hagerstown Md. Rangers fan on

    You guys are right about Hank tonight definitely not his fault. He was left out in the wind on the game winner. But he was not himself in Philly and not overly impressive in the Boston game. Of course the problem is just too many good chances against him. Maybe I’m being just a little critical but it’s hard to forget what happened in 06 after the Olympics. They were not the same. Just hoping it’s not deja vous all over again. Some bounces going our way for a change would be nice.

  29. It would also be nice if some of our centers and wings picked up a check every now and again.

  30. _It would also be nice if some of our centers and wings picked up a check every now and again._

    Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. That’s not their responsibility. The common man type who might do that at the risk of missing an odd man rush is a thing of the past.

  31. Stranger Nation on

    While I do not blame Henk for this loss, he has looked off the last 3 games. Beaten on penalty shot, scrambling in crease to find puck, and looking behind him on a shot.

    Another game like Philly when we came out like gangbusters but could not pot any goals and before ya know it we are down 1-0.

  32. Perfect solution to today is to watch “The Joys of Painting” on Youtube for the rest of my life.

  33. latona- bob ross could gently talk dolan into firing sather and himself and make them feel good about it, all the while putting the rest of us in sort of a hibernation like state

  34. lets be honest here, hank gave up 1 more goal tonight than the leafs goalie. at his salary, he just cannot keep being avg. or just solid. he needs to get back in form no doubt. i love hank, but whats this 12 goals against last 3 games?

  35. Robby Bonfire on

    Considering that this team has no present and no future of any import, to speak of, I cannot remember when I cared less about the result of any game or upcoming slate of games, or when I paid more attention to college basketball than NHL hockey. This year is a first, in that regard.

    This General Manager has completely lost all contact with sanity and reality and is a walking human Titanic, in my book, who is well on his way to making this the oldest, most decrepit team in the NHL, with the most barren “farm system” out there.

    And consider this – as he hangs on around here until he is 80+, the people he has been grooming to replace him will have also become too old to be of any serviceable value to this organization, short of their own retirement.

    I rank the New York Rangers organization 30th and last in terms of potential for upscale viability in this league. The firebombing of Dresden has come to Broadway and the smoldering ashes are blacking out the sky around here.

    Given the hapless state of both his NBA and NHL franchises, can “Mr. Incompetent” Dolan be recalled by the Board, or something? Because this is an unmitigated administrative disaster, we are witnessing.

  36. While I am glad that Callahan wasn’t re-signed at his ridiculous demands, I think this was by far the worst trade that Rangers made since I became a Rangers fan.

    we essentially gave up more than 3 1st rounders for a 38 yearold undersized player. This is when we needed to upgrade our size and toughness more than scoring. The only way this trade works is if St. Louis mentors Zuccarello and Zuccarello turns into as productive player as St.Louis for the next 10-12 years.

    I am very pissed off that Sather failed to trade away a guy like Boyle who doesn’t really fit well and is taking a spot away from Miller.

    I do not understand why Sather did not upgrade the defense of Stralman and John Moore.

    I hate how Sather is throwing away picks instead of using prospects that don’t have much chance to play here and just go to waste as trade bait.

    Not even sure if we’ll make the playoffs the way teams behind us improved.

    I see we are the only team that had a ridiculously dumb trade this trade deadline.

    It boggles the mind why Sather would be so obsessed at getting a 38 yearold undersized player who is bound to hit a wall very soon. Why couldn’t he trade Callahan to Blues for whatever they were offering? A big mean power forward like Stewart who can score, hit and fight is exactly what we needed.

  37. Robby Bonfire on

    “Making the playoffs,” with its first round of 16 teams, is the ultimate objective of loser organizations. I submit that is not even the objective of this organization. The objective of this organization is NOT to make the NBA team in New York, look inferior, by comparison, which, granted, is becoming harder to do all the time.

  38. Doodie Machetto on

    I had it Moore-Lundqvist-St. Louis.

    Honestly, I thought after Dominic Moore it was pretty hard to find someone to give a star to. Lundqvist was fine; you certainly can’t pin any of the goals on him. But you like to see your star netminder maybe steal one of those back, especially the penalty shot, as Bozak just absolutely had his way with Lundqvist. I wonder what Lundqvist is career-wise against penalty shots. I feel like he lets those in at a much higher percentage than he does shootouts.

    St. Louis was energetic, but man, were there growing pains between him and his linemates.

    The defensive zone coverage remains atrocious. Now the defensemen are all getting into the act. It’s just terrible. This team is about to go on a big losing streak. I’m thinking 6 games total, including the three already dropped.

  39. Doodie Machetto on

    As for St. Louis, his act is stinking more than Pepe Le Pew right now. His open letter to the Tampa fans and media says he doesn’t want to go into the specifics of him leaving, but then he openly discusses it after his first game in NY less than 10 hours later. Just seems really disingenuous, especially since he’s the big baby who sparked the whole move and strong-armed his way to the team he wanted.

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