Rangers 3, Red Wings 0 … post-game notes & quotes


Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:

Rangers 3, Red Wings 0.

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Team notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 3-0, today at Madison Square Garden, in an Original Six matchup. Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves to post his 300th career victory and 49th career shutout. New York has now registered points in nine of their last 12 games (8-3-1), and in five of their last seven games at MSG (4-2-1).

–        The Blueshirts have posted a record of 35-26-4 overall (74 pts), including a 16-15-4 mark at home this season.

–        The Rangers finished their season series against the Red Wings with a 3-0-0 record, including shutouts in each of their last two meetings. The last time the Blueshirts swept the season series against the Red Wings when playing them more than once in a season was during the 1985-86 season (3-0-0). That was also the last time the Rangers won three games against the Red Wings in a single season. The last time the Rangers shutout the Red Wings twice in one season was in 1970-71.

–        The Rangers’ shutout streak against the Red Wings is now at 144:58, dating back to 19:49 of the second period on Oct. 26, 2013.

–        The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or less in 38 of 65 games this season, including 15 of their last 21 contests, and in six of their last eight at home. New York is 30-8-0 when holding opponents to two goals or less. The Blueshirts have held the Red Wings to two goals or less in each of their last four meetings.

–        The Rangers’ penalty kill held the Red Wings scoreless in three power play opportunities (5:24). New York has not allowed a power play goal against in the last four games (nine times shorthanded), and has tallied three shorthanded goals over the span. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 15-16 (93.8%) in the last six games.

Player notes:

–        Henrik Lundqvist registered his 300th career win with a 30-save shutout, the 49th of his career, and improve to 24-20-4 overall with a 12-12-4 mark at home this season. He became the 29th goaltender in NHL history to reach the 300-win mark, and is one of six active goalies with at least 300 wins. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lundqvist is the fifth fastest goaltender to record 300 wins (560 career regular season games). Lundqvist is now tied with Ed Giacomin for the franchise lead in career regular season shutouts (49), and is one win shy of Mike Richter’s franchise record 301 career victories.

–        Lundqvist has held opponents to two goals or less in 12 of his last 17 games (12-4-1, 2.00 GAA, .933 Sv%, 2 SO), and is 14-5-2 in his last 21 (2.17 GAA, .928 Sv%, 2 SO). Today’s game was the 12th time this season he posted 30 or more saves, improving to 9-2-1 with a 2.07 goals against average, .943 save percentage, and two shutouts in those contests.

–        Chris Kreider notched two goals and four shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 12:30 of ice time. The two-goal performance was his second career multi-goal game. Kreider has notched three goals and four points in the last five games, and is now tied for second on the team with 16 goals this season.

–        Derek Stepan tallied two assists to extend his assist/point streak to six games (one goal, eight assists), and posted a plus-two rating in 16:56 of ice time. He has recorded 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in the last 16 games, and is now tied for second on the team with 44 points this season.

–        Ryan McDonagh recorded two assists to extend his point streak to four games (three goals, two assists), and posted a plus-two rating in a team-high, 22:49 of ice time. He now ranks fourth on the team with 24 assists this season.

–        Brian Boyle notched the game’s opening goal at 5:14 of the first period and was credited with three hits in 9:54 of ice time. He has tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in the last three games, and is now three points shy of his 100th career point.

–        John Moore registered an assist, two shots, and two hits in 15:37 of ice time. He has recorded an assist in each of the last two games, and he now ranks third among team defensemen with 10 assists this season.

–        Dominic Moore tallied an assist and two shots in 11:38 of ice time. He has registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last three games.


Alain Vigneault on today’s game… “It was definitely, for both teams, a playoff type game. Everybody was bunched together and Detroit plays that type of game where there isn’t a lot of space or room on the ice. They are a team who are champions, at I guess it must be legal interference because the referees don’t call penalties, but they are real good at taking you off stride and getting in front of slowing you down. You have to fight through that and you have to make sure you make the high percentage plays and keep making those plays and that’s what we did. That last shift at the end of the second period was a real big momentum shift for us. We took charge there and came right out in the beginning of the third and scored. After that we had a few breakdowns, and when we did Hank, like he has done real well with this year, he’s made the key saves and we just kept going from there.”

Henrik Lundqvist on today’s game… “It felt really good to play a solid 60 minute game and come back home after a big win in Carolina.  It was important for us to beat this team. They’re right behind us.  We discussed it yesterday; we took the option not to skate, whatever it takes right now to prepare for each game like in the playoffs. That’s the way it feels right now.  We approach every game like a must-win.  So it’s fun to be out there and play, and I thought we played a really strong game again. All over the ice we put a lot of pressure on them.  We played really well in our own end.  I think in the first ten minutes they got a couple odd man rushes but after that we kind of adjusted and played a lot better.”

Brad Richards on Henrik Lundqvist’s 300th win… “It’s great for him. He’s been the face of the franchise and will continue to be that, and that’s why. He’s only been in the league eight or nine years and it seems like it’s 30 or 40 wins each year. That’s stability for the organization and a great accomplishment for him.”

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  1. bull dog line on

    if you are talking about the way McDonagh handles himself on the ice, his composure, and demeanor, then yes he does remind of Leetch. his game is very different though.

  2. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Leetch was a much better stick handler, passer, better shot, overall skill….McD is similar in that they both were/are calm with the puck and neither gets frazzled…their brains play the game in slower motion than other players…

  3. sorry about that av is doing a fantastic job we now have 4 definite offensive lines and defensive pairings that play well together also Henrik has found his game

  4. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Filthy has coming up: NJ, Pitt, Pitt, Dallas, Chicago, St Louis, LA….it’d be great to see them lose every game…

  5. Admiral Akbar on

    Not that this has anything to do with the game, but AV’s suit, shirt, and tie combination were dapper. That guy can dress! And he can coach!

    Loved Torts, but Slats made the right move with AV.

  6. Carp- biggest difference between Leetch and McD….Sather would have no problem with giving McD a no movement clause :)

  7. Observations: Is it my imagination or is Nash -playing better since he’s been on the PK. Officiating the worst ever. Poilet playing real well. Man can J Moore ever turn on the speed ; great game. When the four lines play their speed game they control neutral ice for most of the game. It’s hard to win skating backwards. Defense getting out very quickly is key..I honestly believe MSL is going to make the entire team better. Henik is still the wild card. Plays the way he plays today no problem.

  8. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Wow, terrible tragedy for matt Stajan and his family.

    Best wishes to them.

  9. Exactly what I mean, bulldog. Way he thinks the game during & way he explains & analyzes it after, too. Not far fetched to say he’s the 2nd best D since Park.

  10. jpg's sister on

    cfarp, did you hear what Girardi said to Hank when he gave him the puck for his 300th win? I thought Hank said, Okay.

  11. My money’s on Big Mac being Captain with Geradi , Staal or Richards if he’s still here as alternates

  12. If Staal re-signs for long term this summer he’ll get the ‘C’. If he doesn’t, in my mind he’s gone to Carolina. Sather will trade his arse before camp.

    Pay attention now and

    Book It.

  13. I think McDonut should get the “C”. But you can’t go wrong with Girardi either.

    I don’t want Stahl to get the “C” until he’s locked up long term. He’s a UFA after next season, if I’m not mistaken. If they want him to be the next captain then re-sign him first then give it to him.

    As long as Richie Rich or Nash doesn’t get the ‘C” I’m happy.

  14. Nice to beat a team that’s not on their game, the way we should…will be convinced when we win a few against serious competition. Was nice to see much of the game played in the Wings’ end of the ice…good all around effort and preservation of the shutout at the end. Not sure I agree with THE’s star. He needs to work more on his play without the puck and the thinking part of the game (sorry, Miami!)

  15. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I’m shocked that carp doesn’t have a #17 or #28 with Moops on the back

  16. Color crew with the old war stories instead of covering the action. Yak, yak while big hits, rushes ignored. It’s like they’re all in a bar someplace instead of being OUR game representatives.

  17. Justin Falk has been entering the Garden at Tower C for a month, then proceeding to the hot dog station, so he should get the C.

  18. Kreider gets two C’s

    ‘And I said see, CC Kreider,
    Oh, see what you have done.
    I said see, CC Kreider,
    Oh, see what you have done.’

  19. Nice one Coos !!

    I’ll be singing CC Kreider tomorrow, it’ll slay the boys.

  20. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    That was an excellent win against an injury weakened team. BUT, it was a team we needed to beat. A game we needed to win. They found a way.

    Very impressive.

  21. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    MacD is THE second best defenseman we have had in the last 30 years. What a game. What a season. He just gets better and better. Let the offensive side of his game evolve.

    Just wow.

  22. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Matty – I have McD ahead of Poti behind Park. Close behind Gilles Marotte…

  23. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    I’m thinking Jay Wells or Bruce Driver. Both are in the HOF, no?

  24. Arrived in Turkey for a trainingcamp with my soccerpansy team. Positively surprised with this win!

    Hoping for a week of 20+ degrees and sun so I can work on my tan…

  25. Stranger Nation on

    Red Wings were less than a dozen; not so hot and spicy.

    Garden was a little dead; classic Sunday matinee with lots of cotton candy to sell and T-shirt tosses for the Garden faithful and their kiddies. Way too bright in there.

    Did Detroit team just beat Debbies 7-4?

  26. In response to Hank’s 300th win, you have to appreciate just how good he is.

    Also, out of all the 29 goalies with 300 wins, Hank has the 2nd lowest recorded save percentage (behind Hasek) and 3rd best GAA (behind Hasek and Brodeur)

    When its all said and done, I wonder how high he can climb. He could very well get 500 since he averages 30 wins every year. He only needs 104 wins to crack the top 10, 147 for top 5 and 184 for top 3.

    Hank just might retire as one of the best goalies that ever lived…

  27. Another interesting factoid, Cam Talbot has the best career GAA and SV% of any goalie with at least 10 wins

  28. Luongo – Age 34 – 368 Wins
    Nabokov – Age 38 – 346 Wins
    Khabibulin – Age 41 – 333 Wins

    Hanka Hanka – Age 32 – 300 Wins

    Those are the only active goalies ahead of him, excluding Brodiva. Impressive!

  29. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Is Larry Brooks now reading my posts?

    The single most ineffective way to run a front office in the NHL in the year 2014 is to wait till the end of the contract to renegotiate. It happened with Prust, It happened with Girardi, with Callahan, and with others. One of the few he addressed earlier than he should have was Hank.

    Find out if it can be worked out. If yes, sign him. If not, trade him. As simple as that.


  30. All this talk about jerseys, anyone know where I can get a legitimate Reebok replica one for less than $170?

  31. However, lately I have become polyphiloprogenitive.

    Amazing how these linksmen become a bundle of nerves on Sundays. Suddenly, the soft and supple hands become iron claws.

  32. First repost re: Staal….

    Papa Bear

    Staal will have to commit to a new deal over the summer before he gets the C.

    That’s why they’re not going to name a Captain till next season. If they can’t get Staal to agree to an extension, he’ll be gone before you know it.

    March 9th, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Repost # 2

    Papa Bear
    If Staal re-signs for long term this summer he’ll get the ‘C’. If he doesn’t, in my mind he’s gone to Carolina. Sather will trade his arse before camp.

    Pay attention now and

    Book It.

    March 9th, 2014 at 6:38 PM

  33. By already posturing through the Brooks article, unless Sather offers a Weber type max deal, my gut? Staal would like to play with his bros in Carolina.

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