Hurricanes 3, Rangers 1 … post-game notes and audio

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Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR, post-game audio courtesy of the Hurricanes:

Hurricanes 3, Rangers 1.

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Team notes:

–        The Rangers were defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1, tonight at PNC Arena, in their second meeting in five days. New York is now 8-4-1 in their last 13 games, and 17-6-0 in their last 23 contests on the road.

–        The Blueshirts have posted a record of 35-27-4 overall (74 pts), including a 19-12-0 mark on the road this season.

–        The Rangers’ penalty kill held the Hurricanes scoreless in four power play opportunities (7:06). New York has not allowed a power play goal against in the last five games (13 times shorthanded), and has tallied three shorthanded goals over the span. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is now 19-20 (95.0%) in the last seven games.

–        The Blueshirts were credited with 17 blocked shots, including four players who registered two or more blocked shots in the contest. Ryan McDonagh led the team and tied for the game-high with four blocked shots.

Player notes:

–        Kevin Klein tallied his first point as a Ranger with a goal, and was credited with two hits and three blocked shots in 15:13 of ice time. The goal was his second of the season, and first since Dec. 27 at Dallas.

–        Mats Zuccarello registered an assist and two takeaways in 17:17 of ice time. He has tallied a point in eight of his last nine contests, registering 10 points (two goals, eight assists) over the span, and has assists in seven of his last eight games. The assist was his 30th of the season, and he now ranks second on the team in assists and is tied for first in scoring with 45 points.

–        Benoit Pouliot recorded an assist and three shots in 15:18 of ice time. He has tallied five points (two goals, three assists) in the last nine games.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves and is now 24-21-4 overall, including a 12-9-0 mark on the road this season. It was the 13th time this season he has registered 30 or more saves in a game, posting a record of 9-3-1 with a 2.15 goals against average, .941 save percentage, and two shutouts in those contests.

–        Derek Dorsett led all skaters with six hits and registered two shots on goal in 8:45 of ice time, while making his return to the lineup after not dressing in the previous two games.

–        Martin St. Louis registered a team-high, five shots on goal, and led all team forwards with 20:03 of ice time.

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  1. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    The 2nd pair is soooo inconsistent. One is on the wrong pair and the other is injury prone, I’d let one walk and trade the other.

  2. What a horrible game this was. From start to finish.

    Am I the only one who thinks that MSL has no chemistry with his linemates?

  3. Duguay will call you back if you donate $100. If you donate $200, he won’t call you back.

  4. I would get #19 as far away from MSL as possible. The Glory that was their Rome is of another day.

  5. Richie and Kreider working out off season in Connecticut for the fight that never comes.

  6. Pleasant to watch Richie standing in front of the net, pretending to forecheck, then watching the two Dmen roar up the ice as he glides to the bench.

  7. I think we need more offense first-and-only guys making north of $5.5MM. That’s how you build a winner in this league, just ask … *oh I don’t know maybe the team that beat us tonight*.

    E. Staal: $8.25MM
    Semin: $7MM
    J. Staal: $6MM
    Skinner: $5.725MM

    [emphatically rests case]

  8. eddie eddie eddie on

    richards is a 1000 LB anchor on this team….Hags has also been putrid the last 5 games…

  9. Richie buy out is NOT a forgone conclusion!

    Nash is good! $7.8 Million Dollar Man. No Movement Clause. But, he isn’t even a top 30 forward in the NHL.

  10. Hagelin is horrible in the offensive zone…no imagination what’s so ever… and he’s hands are made of cement.

  11. MSL went from averaging a point per game to averaging a point every four games. Sounds about right. So pathetic.
    Tonight’s effort brings shame to the sweater.

  12. Not giving Nash a bye by any angle, but simple as it sounds, I think that if you have an eight or a nine million dollar guy in your lineup, you owe yourself to have someone on the ice with him who will accept no nonsense or intimidation and make it stick.

  13. Reginald Dunlop on

    Staal was putrid tonight…….2 bad pinches without forward support leaving Stralman hanging out to dry, Stralman guilty of trying to cover everyone on the 2nd goal……..on the 3rd Staal loses 2 battles for puck by holding his stick like a golf club and no physicalness….bad night…….

  14. coos, very true. I will make it simpler. With type of money, you need to put up points almost every night and at least be involved around the net and in the attack. That’s what should be expected. Enough with the weak outside shots and curling away from contact.

  15. eddie eddie eddie on

    smart money says the rangers rebound and beat minnesota then winnipeg…

    can’t hit a HR every time up to bat….this too shall pass…

  16. Stranger Nation on

    2nd goal – Strlman provided a textbook example of how NOT to play a 2 on 1.
    Do not rush to one player leaving the other side of the ice open
    Do not feebly check the player and fall down on the ice
    Do not sit on your arse and watch that player cruise over from boards to flip in an easy lay up.

  17. -Nash- is overpaid, so he’s really more like a fake $8-9m player when he is on the ice.

  18. The Callahan trade is looking like a disaster. We got a one dimensional top scorer who is at the very end of his career and he is not even scoring for us. 1 assist in 4 games. This is pathetic. Whoever thought this was a good trade is an idiot. Look at players that were had for far less they are producing more with their new teams. Even Callahan produced 2 assists in 3 games for Tampa. Sather is the biggest loser at this trade deadline. Then we trade away 5th rounder for a guy who will just sit as a healthy scratch and become a UFA.

  19. eddie eddie eddie on

    QQQ – don’t be a tool. The problem isnt MSL, it’s the two cardboard cement stiffs he has as line-mates that are the problem…

  20. “QQQ – don’t be a tool. The problem isnt MSL, it’s the two cardboard cement stiffs he has as line-mates that are the problem…”

    ok, but still he is last year’s Art Ross winner, he should be helping those stiffs scoring.

  21. eddie eddie eddie on

    QQQ – i dont think Christ himself could help those two (hags and secretariat)

    Semen is important in the Canes room

  22. Stranger Nation on

    Wicky – The Perfect Storm has hit and we are just cresting over the first wave.
    My prediction: pain…lots of it

  23. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    SN
    Yep, I’d have 6 players gone from tonight’s line up before next season.

  24. Eddie,imagine if the islanders were to get Semin, think of the Wang/Semin combos we could spin off.

  25. Semen hit Clitsome! Semen hit Clitsome! Semen hit Clitsome! Do you believe in miracles?! This one will last a lifetime!

  26. eddie eddie eddie on

    wicky – I’d trade Stepan and Hags, not re-sign Stralman, and cut richards….

  27. This might be a record. Almost two hours and probably a couple hundred comments after the game, and nobody has blamed Boyle yet.

  28. Stranger Nation on

    In less than 2 seasons we went from a physical team with little top line skill that couldn’t score to a non-physical team with top line skill that can’t score.

  29. Stranger Nation on

    once again, thought Klein played well, not just because he scored.

    Love how Salmon Joe bring up how these players scored a lot in the minors, but changed there game when they hit the pros

  30. Sam is a nice bloke, but he is loathe to name names. In fact he goes overboard to praise someone who has made six bonehead plays in a period, by saying, first chance he gets, “nice move by Hagelin, fighting in the corner” or somesuch.

  31. Can the day off yesterday be the reason why they played so poorly? I bet they all went out and got wasted last night.

  32. Dorsett, in his measly 8 and a half minutes, wore the jersey proudly at least. Too bad that can’t be said for the big earners.

  33. Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals but is ranked 839th in +/-…that’s third from last…

  34. These guys who are not lighting the lamp assure themselves of little help from the tougher guys because the dearth of scoring gives them little ice time or gets them Prucha’d. In effect, they deserve themselves and their predicament.

  35. eddie eddie eddie on

    Morph Richards into Evander Kane and swap Hags with Ladd and this team can play for the cup….not that far away….

  36. eddie eddie eddie on

    rangers got some help tonight….things will improve next game….I’d bet the farm….

  37. They’ll tickle us with possibilities, but very unlikely they go far in the playoffs as constituted.

  38. This season’s a lost cause.

    Maybe the playoffs, maybe not….

    If the playoffs? maybe done in a round, no more than two.

    Another one bites the dust.

    20 years and counting now.

    Oh well.

    Nothing I can do to change the outcome anyway.

    It also appears to me, we’re not getting closer, either .

  39. This team is too much too weak down the middle and in front of both nets. Not close to championship calibre.

  40. “Morph Richards into Evander Kane and swap Hags with Ladd and this team can play for the cup….not that far away….”

    What about Stepan, St. Louis,Stralman, John Moore, Nash, etc. These guys might be too soft for playoffs.

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