Rangers 3, Flyers 1 … post-game notes & quotes


Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:

Rangers 3, Flyers 1.

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Team notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to extend their winning streak to a season-high five games. Henrik Lundqvist posted his 30th win of the season with a 30-save effort, and Ryan McDonagh extended his point streak to five games with the game-winning goal in the second period. New York has now won six of their last seven games, and have won three of their last four at home.

–        The Blueshirts have posted a record of 41-29-4 overall (86 pts), including an 18-16-4 mark at home this season. With tonight’s win, the Rangers extended their lead over the Flyers to three points in second place of the Metropolitan Division standings.

–        The last time New York posted a five-game winning streak was Dec. 30, 2011 at Florida to Jan. 10, 2012 against Phoenix.

–        The Rangers have won 13 of their last 17 games against the Flyers, having outscored the Flyers, 58-32, over the span. The Rangers have held the Flyers to two goals or less in 14 contests over the span (12-2-0 in those contests). New York has also won eight straight games against Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden, dating back to a 7-0 victory on Mar. 6, 2011. The Rangers have out-scored the Flyers, 31-9, over the span, and have held Philadelphia to two goals or less in all eight contests during the streak.

–        Tonight’s contest was the 44th time in 74 games New York has allowed two goals or fewer, improving to 34-10-0 in those contests. The Rangers also improved to 24-2-0 when holding opponents to one goal or fewer this season.

–        The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 2-2 (3:28) in the contest, and is now 31-33 (93.9%) with four shorthanded goals in the last 12 games.

–        The Rangers out-hit the Flyers, 29-22, and were credited with 21 blocked shots in the contest. New York had eight players credited with two or more hits, led by Dan Girardi’s game-high, five hits, while Raphael Diaz led all skaters with four blocked shots.

Player notes:

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves to extend his winning streak to five games (1.79 GAA, .935 Sv%, 1 SO during the streak) and record his 30th win of the season. He improves to 30-22-4 overall, including a 14-13-4 mark at home this season. Lundqvist has now reached the 30-win mark in eight of his nine NHL seasons (he posted a league-leading 24 wins during the 2012-13 lockout-shortened season). The Rangers’ franchise leader in wins and shutouts passed Billy Smith for sole possession of 24th on the NHL all-time wins list with 306 career victories.

–        Lundqvist is now 8-2-0 with a 1.70 GAA, .941 Sv%, and two shutouts in his last 10 contests, and improved to 12-3-1 with a 2.18 GAA, .939 Sv% and two shutouts when registering 30 or more shots in a game this season.

–        Ryan McDonagh tallied a goal to extend his point streak to five games (three goals, four assists), and recorded three blocked shots in a team-high, 23:17 of ice time. He has tallied 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last 13 games, and is now tied for fifth among NHL defensemen with 14 goals this season.

–        Derek Dorsett notched a goal, two shots, two hits, and posted a plus-two rating in 10:04 of ice time. He has now recorded two goals in seven career games against Philadelphia.

–        Dominic Moore tallied a goal and won 6-7 faceoffs (86%) in 10:50 of ice time. He has now recorded more career goals against the Flyers (eight) than any other team.

–        Brian Boyle registered an assist, three shots, and a plus-two rating in 12:29 of ice time. He is now two points shy of 100 career points.

–        Kevin Klein recorded an assist, two hits, and posted a plus-two rating in 17:08 of ice time. He has now tallied five points (one goal, four assists) in the last nine games.

–        Dan Girardi led all skaters with five hits and was credited with three blocked shots in 22:10 of ice time. He leads the Rangers in hits (180) and blocked shots (162) this season.

–        J.T. Miller was credited with four hits and two takeaways in 13:19 of ice time, in his return to the lineup following his recall from Hartford (AHL) earlier today.


Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “I think both teams tonight knew the importance of this game, as far as we’re battling for a playoff spot, battling for a playoff position.  They had a couple games in hand, so we knew, for us, this was a real important game before we leave for this four game road trip here.  And our guys were ready, they came out real strong, even though Philly dominated us as far as shots, they got some chances on their power play at the end there, that’s when your goaltender’s got to come up big, and tonight it was obvious that when we had a couple breakdowns, he (Lundqvist) was the difference.”

Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “It was huge.  I thought we played a really strong game.  We wanted a good start, and we came out pretty good, I think.  They got some shots early in the first, but it felt like we were in control.  We have four lines going really hard right now, creating chances.  The fourth line gave us a lot of energy tonight.  It felt like they had a chance every shift they were out there.  That’s huge for us, to have a lot of guys playing really well right now.  We need it, we are playing a lot of good teams.  We just have to keep going here, not think too much, just keep on our details.  And it’s going to pay off to not make it too complicated for ourselves or think about the standings.  Let’s just focus on the process.”

Ryan McDonagh on tonight’s game… “Great job by our forwards all game, really putting pressure on their D, and not letting them come out easy very often.  At times, we were able to catch them throwing pucks, and our D, everybody did a good job of keeping pucks alive.  We really wore them down in the offensive zone.”

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  1. Marc Staal is not overrated/underrated by a single GM or coach in the NHL, all of whom would take him in a second.

  2. “Marc Staal is not overrated/underrated by a single GM or coach in the NHL, all of whom would take him in a second.”

    for free? I want a good return for him, because I know he is overrated around the league.

  3. carp, I happy to say I was completely wrong on the out come of tonight’s game. I am surprised how philly played a some what passive game, of course there 2 biggest D-bags wait until end of game before getting nasty and cheap. The nhl is hard to figure out sometimes, any team can win at any given night, parity at it’s best.

  4. Dorsett deserves more ice time. And, it’s kind of telling that our 4th line also contributes the face off wins that are lacking from the Hollywood guys.

  5. I think Girardi would be a better captain. McD is more serious and not very talkative kind of like Leetch who was a terrible captain. Girardi would be great and is signed with us basically till the end of his career.

  6. Box score proved that we were not as bad at face offs as I presumed from viewing the game.

    Score one for Doc and his stats

  7. Still laugh when I think about the thug caught trying to break into George McPhee’s car. :))))))

  8. Jeter wasn’t talkative and he was a fine Captain. I don’t think you can go wrong with either of our top pair D-Men.

  9. I should write a book of stories like that, coos. Like the one about Tie Domi — who was a great soccer player as a kid — starting a riot after a high school game, trying to pull the goalie’s bottom lip over the top of his head.

  10. tommy, do you owe me a hot dog?

    eric, I smell Frank Furters. Many, many, piles of steaming hot dogs, with mustard.

  11. CCCP: The kid’s all jacked up on Mountain Dew. Watch out, he will be all over you like spider monkey!

  12. QQQ, do me a favor. Don’t repeat what other people say in your comment. It reminds me of somebody who’s no longer here. thank you.

  13. Carp, don’t forget to put the dogs in the will. You’ll never be able to eat all of them whilst still wandering the earth.

  14. I think I’d go with Girardi as C.


    IF the Rangers were to win the Stanley Cup this year without a “C” on team, to whom does Bettman sweatily hand the Cup?

  15. 1. Girardi is older and has been a Ranger since 2007

    2. Girardi’s personality is more fit for a captain he can be serious and he can be funny.

    3. we do not want to give McD more reasons to demand a bigger contract once his runs out similar to Callahan, (not that McD is going to behave like a greedy ungrateful pig like Callahan did, but still…).

    4. Girardi can throw huge hits which is what you need your leader to be able to do. McD not a big hitter, sadly.

  16. “QQQ, do me a favor. Don’t repeat what other people say in your comment. It reminds me of somebody who’s no longer here. thank you.”

    who is no longer with us? He must have been a great man, I will try to stop in honor of him.

  17. Flyers were long an embarrassment to the NHL and a lot of fathers kept their kids from watching hockey and becoming fans. Simmmonds channeling tonight.

  18. My educated guess: Girardi will be in consideration, but it will be either McDonagh or Staal who gets the C, and probably Staal first. I just hope AV doesn’t muck it up and give an A to Nash or St. Louis or, God forbid if he’s still here, Richards.

  19. lol, Romeo. Johnson probably had 100 assists in a week. And NHL was part of the question!

  20. Carp. Who are your 3 picks for C and A’s and why?

    I don’t see Staal saying much ever on the ice, is he very vocal from what you see in the locker room?

    I’d imagine he’d have to have a new deal in place to be named Captain?

  21. Truthfully, I have no idea of the dynamic in that dressing room. I really don’t care as much who the Captain is, as much as I care about it NOT being Richards.

  22. I, for one, would love to read that book, Carp. Sometimes Kiner was more interesting than the Met game with his hilarious inside stories.

    One classic with the NYR has to be when Kovalov came here as a rook with an interpreter, and in practice, boarded Joey Kocur. Kocur, knowing he couldn’t cold clock the new golden boy, went to the interpreter and said “tell him the next time he does that, he goes home in a box, ok?”

  23. QQQ reminds me of someone who used to post on here and used to find fault with the Rangers at every turn, praise the lslanders constantly and always ended his/her posts with :) or ;) which I still don’t understand since I haven’t been 13 in almost 40 years and was never a pre-pubescent girl.

  24. Franklin Kistner on

    Thanks for what you do, Carp. Love AV, hate Sather, Girardi would be a great fit for Cap’n IMHO. Still cannot figure out your age, Carp. As a 72 year old retired journalist, I must say that you write much better than I ever did. You remind me of Arthur Daley. LETS GO RANGERS!

  25. Jim, I would pick Staal just based on him being the senior guy, a guy who has worn the A for a while, who is universally liked and respected. The other two D/men have all those qualities too, except the years with the A. That’s why i’d pick him & why I think he will be chosen. That said, the other 2 would be good choices and inevitably McMonster will be captain.

  26. With the way Girardi has been hitting lately I think he is my 1 and only choice. Captain needs to hit with authority and Girardi can do that. And HE is the senior guy on the team and it is an absolute disgrace that Staal received the A instead of Girardi several years ago.

    Staal is neither vocal, nor easy to understand when he talks.

    McD seems like a great choice from the way he plays, but it just seems very similar to Leetch, I wouldn’t take a chance and I prefer a captain to be more vocal.

  27. who is the Captain? irrelevant.

    I have had a few of those…

    It doesn’t really make a difference..

    something to talk about for the fans…. but makes absolutely no difference.

  28. When was the last time you spoke with Staal or saw him interact in the room, Q? Gretzky & Lemieux were pretty good captains who never hit anybody. Just admit, as many on the blog do, you have your favorites & it clouds your opinions … You more than most.

  29. I played hockey… putting that “C” on the jersey may make a difference or it may not…

    Has very little impact on the game..

    There are leaders.irrespective of the letters.

    the coach chooses leaders? doesn’t always work.

  30. I like Staal, Girardi, and McDonagh…..

    I have no idea what they are like in the locker room or what are they are like as people………..

    That’s why I don’t pretend to have an opinion.

    I vote for McDonagh :)

  31. Its important…its not always the captain. thats all I am saying.

    by the time you get to the NHL…it probably is the right person….

    do you think Brad Richards has lots of followers? you must know.

  32. Leetch was a great captain?! Carp, you need to brush up on your Rangers history.

    and I heard Staal talk many times in the interviews and he is not a good speaker at all.

    I honestly don’t know if Gretzky and Lemieux were good captains or not, but I would prefer a captain to be:

    1. be able to play physical
    2. obviously gritty, take hit to make a play, block shot if needed.
    3. at least somewhat vocal because he would need to argue with refs as well as to fire up and encourage our players.
    4. be well liked and respected.

    just a guy who is a very good player but is just silently leading by example is not enough and is not acceptable as a good captain.

  33. yeah whatever. Everybody except you knows that giving Leetch captaincy was a big mistake.

  34. hey Toronto..

    it’s not Reimer…..

    it’s you

    you suck again ……

    ha ha ha ha

    ask Edmonton… they know how to win……

    ha ha ha ha ha

  35. well…you are probably right.

    I casually followed the Rangers till Gretzky got here..

    I really shouldn’t comment on Leetch’s leadership… because I am ignorant there………..

    so……..no comment.

  36. I watched Messier in Edmonton and knew he was a leader…..

    but…I had no idea he could lead New York………

    so…. my judgment is suspect

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