Sharks 1, Rangers 0 … post-game notes & quotes


Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:

Sharks 1, Rangers 0.

Click here for boxscore.

Team notes:

–        The Rangers were defeated by the San Jose Sharks, 1-0, today at Madison Square Garden, in a Sunday afternoon matchup. New York is now 20-11-2 in their last 33 games.

–        The Blueshirts have posted a record of 36-29-4 overall (76 pts), including a 16-16-4 mark at home this season.

–        The Rangers’ penalty kill held the Sharks scoreless in one power play opportunity (2:00). New York has not allowed a power play goal against in the last eight games (21 times shorthanded), and has tallied three shorthanded goals over the span. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is now 27-28 (96.4%) in the last 10 games.

–        New York out-shot San Jose, 41-29, in the contest, including a 20-11 advantage in the first period. The Blueshirts have registered 40 or more shots in five of the last 13 games, and have been credited with 452 shots on goal over the span (34.8 shots on goal per game). The Rangers have now out-shot their opponent in seven of their last nine games.

–        The Blueshirts won 35-63 faceoffs (56%), with four of five players posting a faceoff winning percentage of 50% or better in the contest.

Player notes:

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves and is now 25-22-4 overall, including a 12-13-4 mark at home this season. He has now held opponents to two goals or less in 14 of his last 20 games (13-6-1, 2.00 GAA, .934 Sv%, 2 SO), and is 3-2-0 with a 1.61 goals against average, .947 save percentage, and one shutout in his last five contests.

–        Dan Girardi registered three shots and tied for the game-high with three blocked shots in 26:20 of ice time. He has now been credited with 15 blocked shots in the last three games, and leads the team with 153 blocked shots this season.

–        Ryan McDonagh tied for the game-highs with six shots and three blocked shots, and led all skaters with 27:18 of ice time. He has now logged 25:00+ of ice time in six of the last nine games, and leads the Rangers with an average of 24:41 of ice time per game this season.

–        Derek Stepan registered three shots and won a game-high, 17-30 faceoffs (57%) in 16:55 of ice time. He established a new single-game career-high with his 17 faceoff wins.


Alain Vigneault on today’s game… “We came out real strong. Our guys were prepared to play. They followed the plan. They did what they had to do defensively, I thought, to keep that team as checked as good as I thought we could. They have three lines that can score and defense that can join the rush. I thought defensively we did what we had to do and offensively we did everything but finish. We had some great looks and open nets, but couldn’t pull the trigger. We threw enough pucks at the net to get a bounce or something, but we played a good game and we’re playing some good hockey. We just have to put it behind us and move onto the next one.”

Henrik Lundqvist on today’s game… “We definitely understand how important every point is right now. Again we go out there and play a really strong game against one of the best teams in the league, but it’s hard to be positive about things when you don’t win. Right now it’s about points. It’s not about playing great against good teams. It’s about finding ways to win and we didn’t tonight. It’s disappointing, but we have to regroup because there’s a lot of hockey left here. We have to get ready for the next one and we need two points in the next game.”

Brad Richards on today’s game… “I think he (Niemi) probably won them that hockey game.  We came out with a lot of jump, we had a lot of chances, but still need more.  The only thing we can do is try and figure out how to get more, more traffic, but I mean we had some looks that he saved or we just missed.  Right now, it seems like that’s just the way it is, but we gave ourselves a lot more looks than the last three games where we weren’t creating much at all.  That’s more our game.  Still a lot of games left and we have to take that, build on that effort, and get right back to work.”

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  1. ThisYearsModel on

    Big difference between this year and last year……we don’t spend the entire game playing zone defense in our own end with 6 goalies. Unfortunately, similar results are showing up on the scoreboard.

  2. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Pouliot brass Nash
    ENIGMA Stephanie msl
    Mza secretariat Hagar
    4th line

    That’s how I would do it with the players that play currently

    Pouliot brass Nash
    ENIGMA miller msl
    Hagar or mza Stephanie dorsett
    4th line

    Is how I would do it using what’s available

    I’m not really calling any of the 3 lines 1st 2nd or 3rd

  3. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers played well today. Got beat by a great goalie. The effort was there. To be honest, if they played that strong and lost every game 1-0, I’d have no complaints going 0-82

    Book it

  4. the people with no avatars is one step above the people in the white coats…that’s coming soon if they don’t start scoring goals!

  5. We can win any given night. 4 of 7 against the Big Boys not so much. Still rooting.

  6. Oncupin74yearsandcounting on

    I don’t believe in avatars… anyway That st.louis trade looks better everyday especially down the road .

    Do you think he can get 8 points in the remaining games ?
    Never mind the rangers sog ,the good teams always find a way to win..

  7. Isn’t avatar a movie? Can I post a movie on this blog? If so, tell me how please!

    I have a movie about a man who’s been performing in his job for 20+ years and achieving nothing but mediocrity yet apparently has a job for life granted by his rich man’s son owner.

    It’s not a finished product and therefore, doesn’t have a finalized title, but it’s work-in-progress name currently is ‘Frustration’.

    Anyone interested in viewing it??

  8. Guy had a wood eye. Asked this girl if she’d like to dance.
    ‘Would I? Yes,’ she answered.
    “Fat Azz,” he replied.

  9. Only people trying to lower their weight in the yearbook are Byfuglien and Brodeur.

  10. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    To say you peaked early, you had to peak in the first place.

    This will not end well.

  11. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers lost but played a great game against a top 3 team in the league…

  12. JBytes
    Players who’d probably be better than Nash: Ash, Bash, Cash, Dash, Fash, Gash, Hash, Lash, Mash, Pash, Rash, Sash, Tash, Wash.

    March 16th, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Lol !!!


  13. Rangers played well…

    will they make the playoffs?

    I doubt it…… and have no draft picks for a couple years.. thanks Glen

  14. We deserve a better owner, GM, scouting staff, players that play all out every night.

  15. Get the feeling with this group (few exceptions) of players and the veteran leaders / former stars that losing is acceptable / tolerable if they lose respectably.

    Exceptions: McD, Hank, Zucc

  16. Stop the panic people! You can see signs that they are turning the corner, and often, you will play great and lose before you get on a run. Similar to how you win games you should have lost when before you go on a slide.

    If they play like this (minus the snake bitten scoring) they are going to be fine.

    Do they have issues? Sure do! Do I think St Louis and everyone else is not going to score the rest of the year? Doubtful.

    Cheer up!

  17. Maybe St. Louis wanted to come here so badly so he could get more vacation time. He certainly took tonight off.

  18. Here’s the good news The Rangers played Very good game vs the best team in hockey . The bad news is that Richards freekken sucks and Ray Charles was in the control up in Toronto

  19. Something great Dave Maloney said on air about how MSL is too experienced when he tried to make an unexpected pass and his linemates weren’t ready for such a play. Poor guy.

  20. Maybe Dolan is a good owner because he’s more involved in other things? I could be wrong about that.

    If Dolan is a good, careless owner then we just need a solid GM

  21. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I think more than those 3 care papa…I think Pouliot cares, I think brass cares, it’s just difficult to tell on some of our higher paid players because if their playing style and personalities

    We need one of them to just come unhinged at some point and start screaming and throwing things

  22. Come and play for the Rangers. First, leave your talent home and check you compete at he door

  23. Carp candidly told us last season that there were plans (like buying our Richards) in place by Sather’s subordinates that were totally canned when Sather got healthy again.

    Stuff line that is why we blame the sole GM.

  24. Pickle, I think Gorton proved himself pretty capable when Slats Revere was sidelined with his pee problems.

  25. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    I’m sure most of the players are committed and disappointed with the way things are going….and some are satisfied with their paycheck and wine collections.

    I just don’t see them ripping off four or five in a row. In fact, I see them treading water while several teams leapfrog them.

    Call it lack of talent, lack of urgency, glass half empty, can’t get a break, whatever…I think MZA will be on vacation with DelZotto soon.

  26. Wick, Brass plays too inconsistent 4 me to consider him to be more than a # 3. Poillett does show grit.

  27. I agree with Papa about Brassard. The inconsistency kills me. But this team has no legit number one Center because we draft like crap and only stockpile defenseman.

  28. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    If you guys think brass is smaller than he’s listed, our whole roster is even smaller than we thought because he is bigger than all the top 9 Fwds not named ENIGMA, Nash, or Pouliot.

  29. Have I mentioned lately that I hate this style of hockey? It’s too much focus on speed. There is no room for error and there is no ability to win close games.

    Just my thoughts…

  30. I love that Bruins team. I mean, I hate them. But I love how they were built and how they played.

  31. Agreed, CARP. He certainly laid the foundation for it. Have to get my share of comments in since I can’t post tomorrow.

  32. When do we get our “Phil Jackson” to run the NHL side of the house?

    What do you mean we’ve had him for 12 years now?

  33. Stranger Nation on

    Can Step stop throwing the dump in pass to THE?
    Can Step try to make a pass to his linemates when entering the zone?
    Can Nash win a one on one battle?
    cCan Nash man-up for once?
    Can Richards put more juice on his ‘slapper’ or not shoot it?
    Can Richards man up for once?
    Can Staal wake up from the Olympic snooze?
    Can St. Louis score a goal?
    Can Stahlman hit someone in front of the net?

  34. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    To paraphrase Hanka Hanka, watching them is painful in so many ways.

    And if you can’t play more than .500 hockey at home, you don’t deserve to make the playoffs.

  35. For years (2009-2012) I thought Slats was a puppet and Gorton was pulling the strings.

    How naive that was. Of course, I had it backwards.

  36. Matty"UnbelievablySoft"Boy on

    Agree with E3’s 9:09 and SeaDubb’s 9:17.

    This wasn’t a bad game. Sucks they didn’t score. But, actually, as we all saw, they did!!

    40 shots and many blocked on a top 4 league team is a good step up. Play like this (and score) they will win games.

    PK is what, 21 for 21? (I know, the PP needs to wake up).

  37. Matty"UnbelievablySoft"Boy on

    So, last year, in May, when asked why he fired Torts, Sather said this:

    “We didn’t win the cup. It’s that simple.”


    Ok. Ok. Who’s gonna get fired this year, and why?????

  38. I love when they snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

    We need a #1 and 2 Center.

    on our wing and along the boards and in the slot more prime beef

    A lot More snarl and fire in front of Hank.

  39. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Odd question and don’t take this the wrong way, but you are in the lockerroom with these guys…are the heights and weights of these guys pretty accurate?

  40. This MSL trade makes me sick to my stomach. Even a pessimist like me didn’t expect this guy to just stop scoring so fast.

    I really hope Sather pays with his job for this disaster trade.

    He totally failed to address our true needs which was bigger and meaner players both on defense and at forward. Instead he made us softer, smaller and way older and gave up a ton of future in the process.

  41. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    16 total hits by our girls.

    4 for brass, 3 for carcillo, 9 more for the other 16 skaters combined.

    0 for overrated Stephanie!

  42. Nary a word said by any broadcaster or analyst about Richie’s 19 minutes, 2 shots, 0 hits, stellar play on the winning goal.

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