Rangers 3, Blue Jackets 1 … post-game notes

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Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Rangers 3, Blue Jackets 1.

Click here for boxscore.

Team notes:

–        The Rangers began their final back-to-back set of the season with a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at Nationwide Arena. After two scoreless periods, the Blueshirts tallied three unanswered goals in the third to pull two points ahead of Columbus into third place in the Metropolitan Division standings. New York has now won three of their last four games, including three straight on the road.

–        The Blueshirts have posted a record of 38-29-4 overall (80 pts), including a 22-13-0 mark on the road this season. Their 22 road wins leads the Eastern Conference, and is tied for first in the league overall.

–        The Rangers have recorded points in six of their last eight meetings with the Blue Jackets (5-2-1), including three of their last four games at Columbus (3-1-0 in those games).

–        The Blueshirts and Blue Jackets have been separated by two goals or fewer in each of their last six meetings, and in 13 of their 16 games all-time.

–        The Rangers allowed two goals or fewer for the 42nd time in 71 games this season. The Blueshirts improved to 32-10-0 when allowing two or fewer goals in a game this season.

–        The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 3-3 (6:00) in the contest, and is now 25-26 (96.2%) with four shorthanded goals in the last nine games.

–        The Rangers out-shot the Blue Jackets, 32-26, including a 26-15 advantage after two periods. Rick Nash led all skaters with seven shots on goal, while Brad Richards posted six shots on goal in the contest.

Player notes:

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves to improve to 27-22-4 overall, including a 15-9-0 mark on the road this season. He has held opponents to two goals or less in 15 of his last 22 games (15-6-1, 2.05 GAA, .933 Sv%, 2 SO), and is 5-2-0 with a 1.87 GAA, .940 Sv%, and one shutout in his last seven contests. The Rangers’ franchise leader in wins is now tied with Olaf Kolzig for 25th on the NHL’s all-time wins list with 303 career victories.

–        Derick Brassard registered his 40th point of the season with the game-winning goal at 11:31 of the third period, recorded four shots, and won 7-11 faceoffs (64%) in 16:00 of ice time. He has now registered three goals and four points in the last two games, and is tied for fourth on the team with 16 goals this season. It is the third time Brassard has reached the 40-point mark in the last four seasons.

–        Derek Stepan notched a goal and three shots in 17:20 of ice time. He has now tallied a point in 10 of the last 12 games, registering 13 points (four goals, nine assists) over the span, including a goal in each of the last two contests. Stepan now ranks second on the team with 48 points this season.

–        Mats Zuccarello recorded two assists and posted a plus-two rating in 18:11 of ice time. He has registered 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in his last 14 games, including four assists in the last two contests. Zuccarello now leads the team with 49 points, and is tied for first on the Rangers with 34 assists this season.

–        Anton Stralman registered two assists, was credited with two blocked shots, and posted a game-high, plus-three rating. It was his second multi-assist performance of the season, and he is now nine assists shy of 100 career NHL assists.

–        Carl Hagelin notched an empty net goal and logged 14:47 of ice time. He has now registered six points (five goals, one assist) in the last eight games, including five points (four goals, one assist) in the last four contests. Hagelin is now tied for second on the team with 17 goals this season.

–        Ryan McDonagh registered an assist, was credited with three blocked shots, and logged a game-high, 27:51 of ice time. He has recorded eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last 10 games, and has logged 25:00+ of ice time in each of the last five games. McDonagh is now two points shy of 100 career NHL points.

–        Marc Staal recorded an assist on Carl Hagelin’s empty net goal, was credited with two blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 23:09 of ice time. He has now posted a plus-five rating in the last two games.

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  1. Papa Bear (previous thread Carped by the Carpinator)
    BTW # 4

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    March 21st, 2014 at 10:21 PM

  2. “Future Captain Daniel Girardi saves the game.”

    Makes up for him standing in the crease watching Pizza Pizza score with 7.7 seconds left in game 5 in 2007.

  3. Toronto just called, Brassard’s GWG has been disallowed, “puck cannot be directed into the net off the goaltender’s equipment”.

  4. Personal use permitted on this, the worst blog of the internets, for the hot dog loving, hot dog quaffing blog master, mr. Carpenator and his hot dog buying friend Eric.

  5. Lots of choices tonight Bras, Hank, McD, Dorsett, Danny, Pull out, Nash not so much MSL and butt buddy Richie Rich

  6. Hey, whatever happened to that Ted guy who kept coming here and only saying the Rangers were going to re-sign Callahan?

  7. I liked the way Rupper would push and pull the thugs off-balance with his strong left arm.

  8. McD being out for 10 minutes would scare me a ton more than Nash being out for 10 minutes. Richie, it would be a blessing.

  9. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ritchie being out helps the rangers as much as the opposing benefits with Ritchie on

  10. ‘I guarantee all of you that Cally is not going anywhere. I can’t tell you how I know because I can’t reveal my source, who is on the inside, if you know what I mean. So, stop talking about it.’

  11. It hasn’t been the same around here since Normie left town.

    Oh where oh where has a our little Norm gone?
    Oh where oh where can he be?

  12. wow is MSL a joke or what? 3 assists in 9 games. Pathetic trade. Sather should commit suicide if he had any shame.

  13. And yet, he’s twice the player that #19 is. When he starts scoring, he’ll be 5X the player.

  14. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I thought the sharks game was really exciting,..,tonight had that playoff vibe to it..,,great game to win,,,,i predict we win out and finish in 2nd place

  15. Did anyone notice the plethora of serious Richie giveaways tonight? Luckily his teammates picked him up and Sam had nothing to say.

  16. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    MSL will start lighting it up soon enough. Great trade that will pay off in good time…

  17. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Watching Richards float like a butterfly sting like a pillow case is depressing…

  18. Coos, “Back on” would connote that I was off at one time.

    I’ve actually started to occasionally smoke weed again.

    I was seeking to acquire a supreme intellect, similar to Eddie. So I copped some Chronic.

    Whoa!!!

  19. While I haven’t found the intelligence I sought,

    I do find I spend more quality time on the can.

  20. I still fail to see how MSL is an upgrade over Callahan, and we gave up 2 1st rounders on top of that, what a cruel joke.

    Why is Sather in the last 2-3 years throwing away our high draft picks at garbage?

    essentially 2 2nd rounders for Clowe
    1st rounder for Nash
    2 2nd rounders for Erixon
    essentially 3 1st rounders for retiree MSL who stinks and is one dimensional.

    and at the same time he refuses to trade any of the players we don’t need for draft picks. This guy is simply not doing his job. He is not doing his homework, he lets trades come to him instead of looking for good trades.

  21. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    When MSL scores 4 goals to beat the Penguins in game 6, 4 games to 2, we will all rejoice at that trade…

  22. “MSL will start lighting it up soon enough. Great trade that will pay off in good time…”

    I hope you are joking, the guy is almost 39 and we just gave up essentially 3 very good prospects for him. Prospects who aren’t even 18 yet. This trade set us back years and we will start feeling it in 3-5 years.

  23. “When MSL scores 4 goals to beat the Penguins in game 6, 4 games to 2, we will all rejoice at that trade…”

    not me at least. I never wanted players like MSL on my team.

  24. NHL.com:

    “A former Columbus Blue Jackets forward was instrumental in the New York Rangers’ 3-1 victory Friday, but it wasn’t Rick Nash.”

    I couldn’t disagree more.

  25. Coos, while in Disney, I disappeared one afternoon (I believe it was the day before St Paddys) and happened upon an establishment called Raglan Road. While killing some time, I happened to converse with a bartender from the other side who recommended I sample some Redbreast Irish Whiskey.

    3 hours later my son found me and said “Pop, Whoa!”

    Tullamore Dew and the rest have nothing on Redbreast Irish Whiskey. I’ve been converted.

  26. Slats worries about soon being consigned to Sleepy Folks Rest Home without a Ranger Cup. I intuit that he cares little for 5 years down the road. He figures that’s OUR problem.

  27. leetchhalloffame on

    Has anybody here
    Seen our new friend Martin?
    Can you tell me where he’s gone?
    He scored a lot of goals for the Lightning
    But now that we’ve got him and he has none

  28. I wonder how many of us armchair hockey players could suit up and do a better job than Marty St. Louis has done. He hasn’t been a liability and has 2 primary game winning assists. Sure many of the critics could do much better.

  29. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    QQQ – so if the rangers beat the penguins and make it to the ECF, and MSL plays a pivotal role….you’ll not be happy? Are you really a rangers’ fan? Sounds like you secretly root for the flyers

  30. Eddie,

    I’m about to go out on the deck to fire up before I retire upstairs for the night. Just a couple of pokes.

    Whatever gets you through the night, it’s alright. It’s alright.

  31. Hated to lose Cally, but he priced himself out. I think MSL will prove to be valuable if and when we get into the playoffs.

  32. Nash showed some fire tonight. Played a physical game, really wasn’t shying away from much at either end of the ice, nice to see really.

    Must be nice to show up for work only when you “really” want to.

  33. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kooz – looks like y’all have internet access while some of us are putting mustard on air to feed our families…

  34. The gift.

    These men that play NhL level Hockey have a gift from the creator.

    Even of We practiced 24 / 7 for 20 years, most off us would never get close to their skill level.

    It’s a gift.

  35. Nash has to be engaged like that most nights. He was a beast. Better than just “good”.

  36. A gift, indeed. And to a man, hockyists are grateful and humble and acknowledge their good fortune. Other sports, not so much.

  37. Bruins shutout the Avalanche 2-0 for the the AV’s first time being shutout this year.

    Av’s pulled the goalie with 5 mins remaining… exciting finish. Boston is good…………

  38. “QQQ – so if the rangers beat the penguins and make it to the ECF, and MSL plays a pivotal role….you’ll not be happy? Are you really a rangers’ fan? Sounds like you secretly root for the flyers”

    anything short of a Cup is nothing to really be happy about. The only way this trade could redeem itself is if MSL helps us win the Cup, but don’t hold your breath, it isn’t going to happen.

  39. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kooz – most are humble Canadian farm boys raised well by parents instilling good values…

  40. There’s no other obvious explanation, e. McD’s dad said Ryan was a bit lazy as a young lad and needed to learn responsibility. Guess he did!

  41. The Steinbrenner-ization of sports. Can’t just enjoy the season, game by game, hope your team goes as far as it can go, maybe overachieve, pull off an upset.

    Nope. Anything short of a championship is a failure. If they reach the Stanley Cup final and lose in Game 7 triple-OT, it’s a failure.

  42. That is why the Nicky Fotiu story is another Miracle on Ice.

    Started to skate when he was 15 years old and scored 60 goals I the NHL!!!!

    Or Joey Mullen, 502 NHL Goals.

  43. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I enjoyed the sharks game carp – if that lost all 82 like that 1-0 I’d be happy

  44. So that’s three pretty good ones in a row, one fairly good one, one awful one, preceded by one really good one.

    But this team sucks.

  45. Normie reads but doesn’t comment. At least as Normie.

    Norm, we know you are among us.

  46. Speaking of shoe leather, when my ex-wife cooked, the flies took up a collection to fix the holes in the screens.

  47. I wouid enjoy a good playoff round even if they lost it. Heck, I enjoy each game!

    We’re nuts though. The people here are a special breed. Probably not in a good way

  48. It’s funny to apply the “cup or failure” theory to hockey. So many tes have *never* won one. The sport is so balanced and such a crap shoot dependent on injuries and minor changes.

    The best team doesn’t always win. Probably what makes it so fun.

  49. Carp’s memory goes back WEEKS. I only know what happened yesterday. Probably why I don’t hold grudges.

  50. “Nope. Anything short of a championship is a failure. If they reach the Stanley Cup final and lose in Game 7 triple-OT, it’s a failure.”

    For extra slow: Giving up the future for garbage like MSL was a failure, UNLESS MSL actually helps us win the CUP.

  51. Manny, ironically, if you have an underdog team that overachieves, it’s more rewarding than rooting for a world beater. Or maybe it’s only me.

  52. @NHLhistorygirl

    Chris Chelios said Sean Avery lived with him during 2004-05 lockout, but had to kick him out after 3 weeks.

  53. Now you reminded me! E3 called me an Irish drunk Tea Party Cretin. I forgot about that.

  54. That’s because when the cops came to the door, and Avery told them to take a hike, it was Chelios’ lease that was at stake.

  55. “So if they didn’t make the trade and didn’t win the Cup, what would that be?”

    perfectly fine with me, especially considering this lineup has almost no chance of winning the Cup.

  56. Few believed me when I said that a couple of retired Rangers told me that most of the team couldn’t take Avery and were happy to see him go.

  57. I don’t want to get my hopes up with Nash, but it would be nice if that’s the game we see from Nash the rest of the way.

    That’s the way to play the game! You can’t just float around, avoid hits.

    And as far as I’m concerned, he scored a goal.

    That’s two BS goals taken away from NYR in a week.

  58. That was an uber-obvious goal! Where are they getting these Zebras? But, now that I think back years, there were only a few of them who were really competent.

  59. Good thing for Dubi that Dorsett missed with that elbow. He’d be seeing stars going into early April. Or maybe #15 missed intentionally, just to let Dubie know what he was in for.

  60. Our #1 pair better get about 15 hours sleep. From what Steps said, when he roomed with McD, they would chose a movie and every instance, by the time Step put it on, MacTruck was snoring.

  61. One of the best defensive games of the year Zucci, Brass & Big Mac really something. If only Nash would play with a thorn up his ass like that every nite. Bad give a way by Poiliot but he over achieves just about every nite. Stralmaon & Klein strong games. Still got to get 3 of the next 4 points

  62. Coos, McDonuts should not be snoring at his age. It’s a precursor of heart disease. He may require a CPAP machine. .

  63. I’ll tell you our fourth line is doing the fantastic job particularly Dominic Moore one of the most underrated players on the Rangers right now

  64. John Moore has potential, but he’d best learn better positional defense and protect himself when run at before he tries to emulate McDonuts 100 foot play.

  65. Babe Ruth was a fat old man with little girl legs. And here’s something else I just found out. He wasn’t really a sultan.

  66. agree 100 percent, lone. Been doing it for months, consistently — Boyle’s brain-freeze pass up the middle in Ottawa notwithstanding.

  67. My former boss, a former hockey writer who steered me into the Rangers beat, used to use the word “cretin” all the time, especially talking about hockey goons. I kinda liked it.

    “That cretin Randy Holt …”

    … or “That cretin Paul Baxter.” …

  68. Stranger Nation on

    Dubi stopped playing knee hockey or they have a better skate sharpener in Lumbus. He still gets lost in D zone as Bros-hard was his man on GWG.

    Did Nash have onion soup for dinner…about time he tried

    McD willed this team on the quick answer back goal. He took a beating and kept on going.

    Soory but Sam Nosen is jusy horrible to listen to. Great to have Dave M in booth, but Sam should be moving on

    though we didnt score (officially), the 2nd period was one of the seasons best with 80% of the time with puck in O zone

    Big one tomorrow. Drive a stake thru Lou’s team

  69. Sam has a little trouble lately distinguishing among his 19’s and 16’s and 15’s and …

  70. JR: My neighbor told me he was an optimist. I thought he was an Accountant; never knew he had anything to do with eyeglasses.

  71. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    They could play in my back yard….I have instant replay all hooked up…I’m impartial

  72. I don’t get why AV prucha’s Dorsett? I like Dorsett’s energy much better than Carcillo’s.

  73. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    SNation – Sam hasn’t been good calling hockey games for the last 8 years…he’s too cozy and comfy….relies on stories of days gone past….funny, he’s nit as bad calling NFL games for Fox. Less comfy. Can’t rely on pathetic shtick like he does calling ranger games…

  74. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I agree re:,Dom Moore and the 4th line….rather them see more ice time not less…

  75. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Be nice if Richards came down with the flu. That way Carcillo and Dorsett could play…

  76. Nah Ya need Boyle’s reach on the PK. What’s everybody’s take on the captaincy this summer. I feel Big Mac, Staal & Nash in that order. There are those that feel Nash is well liked and a very quite influence in the club house and could win a close vote

  77. “This is a critical game,” Devils coach Peter DeBoer told the Devils website. “I’m glad we’re playing the Rangers. There’s no motivation needed when you play them. Not that we need any right now with the situation we’re in, but I think it’s the right opponent for us at the right time and we have to rise to the occasion.”

    i’m glad we are playing the Devils….73 points?

    If we win they are out…. kind of…..

  78. I used to visit Flyers blogs when they had goalie issues (with and without Bryz) and when they fired Laviolette. It made for some great comedy.

    Now it’s not fun anymore when they are beating the best teams in the league and Mason is playing like a legitimate top goalie.

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