Wild 2, Rangers 1 … post-game notes


Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Wild 2, Rangers 1.

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Team notes:

–        The Rangers were defeated by the Minnesota Wild, 2-1, tonight at Xcel Energy Center, in the first game of a back-to-back set. New York is now 17-7-0 in their last 24 contests on the road.

–        The Blueshirts have posted a record of 35-28-4 overall (74 pts), including a 19-13-0 mark on the road this season.

–        The Rangers and Wild have been separated by two or fewer goals in 13 of their 16 meetings all-time.

–        The Blueshirts’ power play was 1-3 (5:42) in the contest, and are now 6-27 (22.2%) with the man advantage in the last nine games.

–        The Rangers’ penalty kill held the Wild scoreless in three power play opportunities (6:00). New York has not allowed a power play goal against in the last six games (16 times shorthanded), and has tallied three shorthanded goals over the span. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is now 22-23 (95.7%) in the last eight games.

–        New York out-shot Minnesota, 30-26, in the contest, including a 16-8 advantage in the third period. The Blueshirts have been credited with 388 shots on goal over the last 10 contests (38.8 shots on goal per game), and have out-shot their opponent in 12 of their last 15 games and 16 of the last 20.

Player notes:

–        Derek Stepan notched a power play goal and two shots in 18:19 of ice time. He has recorded a point in seven of the last eight games, registering 10 points (two goals, eight assists) over the span. Stepan is now tied for first on the team in scoring with 45 points (12 goals, 33 assists) this season.

–        Ryan McDonagh tallied a power play assist and logged a team-high, 26:18 of ice time. The assist was his 25th of the season, which ties his single-season career-high originally posted during the 2011-12 season. McDonagh has recorded six points (three goals, three assists) in the last six games, and is now four points shy of 100 career points.

–        Rick Nash registered a power play assist and tied for the team-high with four shots in 15:45 of ice time. He has tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games, and is now nine assists shy of 300 career assists.

–        Cam Talbot made 24 saves and has now posted a record of 11-6-0 overall, including a 7-3-0 mark on the road this season. He has now held opponents to two goals or less in 14 of his 17 career starts, including nine of 10 starts on the road. Talbot is 4-3-0 with a 1.73 goals against average, a .939 save percentage, and one shutout in seven games against Western Conference opponents this season.

–        Dan Girardi tied for the team-high with four hits, tied for the game-high with three hits, and was credited with a game-high, six blocked shots in 25:15 of ice time.


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  1. Seriously… Anyone who finds value in Nash at this point in his Ranger tenure is borderline delusional. Look up Nash in the dictionary, next to his photo are these words ..”empty suit, no heart, gutless loser”

  2. Everyone with an achilles problem tells you they fell off a horse or it happened playing basketball, or windsurfing. They never tell you the truth about the banana peel.

  3. Matty"UnbelievablySoft"Boy on

    There hasn’t been a team that has won an NHL championship without some playable toughness. We ain’t got none. Tonight was a brilliant display of how a team plays without it. 12 checks???? At crunch time???LOL!!

    Semenko, McSorley, LaRogue, Brown, to name a few. Oh!! And they were in Edmonton. Go figure.

    Remember the formula for a championship team, oh senile one???

  4. Achilles tendon injuries and bees are my two biggest fears/phobias in the world. Achilles attacking bees would kill me on the spot.

  5. Matty"UnbelievablySoft"Boy on

    Look forward to tomorrow night with Kane’s team. Holy Byfuglien!!!!

  6. Nash, being interviewed after the game, answering Giannone question:G: “The team took a lot of criticism after the last game about a seeming lack of effort. Do you think that you played better tonight?”

    Nasher: “I didn’t hear anything about lack of effort. And anyway, at this time of the season, we have to look forward, not back.”

    Interesting. The team heard nothing about Tuesday night from the coaching staff?

  7. eddie, Guaranteed Parise doesn’t tee that one up four times if Dorsett were there at net instead of Hags. He’d be right now putting ice bags on his glutes.

  8. The Nash trade is turning out really bad for the Rangers. At the time it seemed like a high price as well, but now it’s proven. The guy isn’t motivated to do much. Doesn’t show any heart, shy’s away from any body contact, and their now weak down the center when a few years back we were deep at the center ice position.

  9. Nash freakin sucks he was on ice for three goals did anybody count the amount of times

  10. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Ok, have I mentioned this team is way too soft?

    You have to play carcillo and dorsett both…and not on the same line.

    That selke winner Stephanie with a -2 lol

    Both guys on the second D pair need to go.

    Unless we just fall apart, I’m sure we will be in the top 8 in the least, just not sure where.

    Poor talbot with no crease clearing help at all.

    We need to change out 6 players to have a very very good team.

  11. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    This says it all

    Cam Talbot says of Parise’s winner: Too many bodies in front not being cleared.

  12. _I wonder if Sather uses medical mary jane?_

    _Mushrooms, NYR fan, all mushrooms._

    Please, do not insult these mind expending substances.

    Sather smokes s-hit because he has nothing but s-hitty ideas.

  13. We have two third line centers, and an aging, declined first liner, and a fourth line center that doesn’t produce anything. Essentially nothing down the middle, and no team toughness. I just don’t know how “pro” players who are getting paid millions don’t know this is a full contact sport. That should be ingrained in a young players mind just as they are learning the other basics. Unfortunately I’m not seeing improvement in the foreseeable future.

  14. They tried to get out of your own zone and couldn’t did anybody count the amount of passes that would totally be off target. Tthe Rangers to be successful must play a possession game which they’re not doing. Their defense has to get their crap together. St Louis has to score real soon. Simply statede team has to play with some desperation or their chances for playoffs could be damaged . Carp will the New Ryan be playing back st the Garden

  15. AV: “We had a bit of trouble putting the puck in the net 5 on 5, 5 on 4, and at the end there, 6 on 4 and 6 on 5.”

  16. St. Louis trade sure made sense. What an awful trade. 2 deadlines in a row Sather makes horrendous trades dumping our future for rentals at the end of their career.

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