Senators 3, Rangers 2 … post-game notes & quotes


Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:

Senators 3, Rangers 2.

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Team notes:

–      The Rangers were defeated by the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden in the first game of a three-game homestand. The Blueshirts are now 8-3-1 in their last 12 games, including a 7-2-1 record in their last 10 contests.

–      The Blueshirts are now 43-31-5 overall (91 pts), including a 18-17-4 (40 pts) at home this season. New York holds a four-point lead over Philadelphia for second place in the Metropolitan Division standings.

–      The Rangers outshot Ottawa, 43-31, in the contest. New York has registered at least 30 shots on goal in nine of the last 11 games, including 40 or more shots on three occasions, recording 382 shots on goal over the span (34.7 shots on goal per game). The Rangers have outshot their opponents in 16 of their last 23 games.

–      The Blueshirts won 34 of 61 faceoffs in the game (56%). Four of five Rangers who took a faceoff in the contest won at least 50% of their draws. Brad Richards led all skaters with 12 faceoff wins.

–      The Rangers’ penalty kill was 1-1 (2:00) in the contest. New York hasn’t allowed a power play goal in each of their last four games (11 times shorthanded), and is 43-46 (93.5%) with seven shorthanded goals in the last 17 games.

–      The Blueshirts were credited with 18 hits in the game, as four Rangers registered at least three hits in the contest. Brian Boyle and Mats Zuccarello tied for the game-high with four hits apiece.

Player notes:

–      Mats Zuccarello scored two goals, recorded three shots on goal, and tied for the game-high with four hits in 15:10 of ice time. The contest was Zuccarello’s fifth career multi-goal game – third this season – and his 14th multi-point game this season. Zuccarello extended his point streak to four games (four goals, three assists over the span), and has tallied 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in his last 22 games. Since Oct. 26, the Rangers forward has registered a point in 40 of 67 games, recording 57 points (19 goals, 38 assists) over the span. Zuccarello leads the team in points (57) and ranks second in goals (19) this season. He is also nine points shy of his 100th career NHL point.

–      Benoit Pouliot tallied the primary assist on Mats Zuccarello’s first goal, recorded two shots on goal, and was credited with three hits in 14:18 of ice time. Pouliot extended his point streak to five games, tallying five points (one goal, four assists) over the span. The Rangers forward has also recorded a point in six of his last seven games, registering seven points (one goal, six assists) over the span.

–      Derick Brassard tallied an assist in 14:58 of ice time while skating in his 400th career NHL game. The Rangers forward has recorded a point in six of the last 10 games, registering eight points (five goals, three assists) over the span. Brassard ranks fourth on the team in points (44) and fifth on the team in assists (26) this season.

–      John Moore recorded an assist, posted a plus-one rating, and recorded four shots on goal in 21:33 of ice time. Moore has registered a point in each of the two games he has played since he returned to the lineup (one goal, one assist), and has tallied five points (two goals, three assists), along with a plus-six rating in his last 10 games.

–      Marc Staal registered the primary assist on Mats Zuccarello’s second goal and recorded four shots on goal in 23:06 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman has tallied two assists in his last four games. Staal is tied for third among Rangers defensemen in assists (11) and ranks fourth among defensemen in points (14) this season.

–      Dominic Moore registered one shot on goal, was credited with one takeaway, and won six of eight faceoffs (75%) while skating in his 600th career NHL game. Moore has won 225 of 393 faceoffs he has taken in his last 46 games (57.3%).

–      Dan Girardi was credited with a game-high, four blocked shots and two hits while leading all Rangers with 26:11 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman leads the team in hits (189) and blocked shots (171) this season.

–      Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves in the contest. The Rangers goaltender is now 31-24-5 this season, including a 14-14-3 record at home. Lundqvist made at least 30 saves for the 19th time this season, including the third consecutive game, and is 13-4-2 with a 2.14 GAA, a .940 Sv%, and 2 SO when making at least 30 saves in a game this season.


Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “We had some chances, and if we score early I think it’s a different game. I wasn’t crazy about trading chances against a team like that. They have a couple of really skilled lines, and obviously the defenseman that love to join the attack at every opportunity. We had as many chances as they did in the first period. They scored and then we’re trying to fight out way back. Energy wise it was a challenge for us but our guys tried hard, but we just couldn’t get it done.”

Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “It felt like they were a little bit more on top of things in the first period. We came back strong in the second and third, but the first period cost us. I think Ottawa, when it comes to an offensive game they are one of the better teams in the League at creating big opportunities for themselves. They are very creative and they are skilled.”

Brad Richards on tonight’s game… “I think we just were half a step behind. We were a little slow doing things and they came; their D pinched hard on us at different areas of the ice. We just weren’t quite on top of it and executing, and that gave them some momentum coming the other way and [there wasn’t] enough zone time. They were opportunistic — a couple of chances and they buried them.”

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  1. I didn’t mean to be first or ruin your attempt. I need to go meditate and dig deep.

  2. Manny….I have been at Gold’s Gym for the last 9 months training my fingers to be quick enough to pull out a 1st in a Carp thread……Well played, sir!

  3. Henrik and St Louis are not helping this team you can’t build a team around 1 player

  4. AV plays every night a center who can’t skate and 2 enforcers who are told to not enforce. What’s not to like?

  5. Again the Hendrick up two years ago would have won this game.
    he’s very good but no longer great. just not making the big plays simply stated

  6. We may as well put a big ‘Y’ on our jerseys and admit that we are Yale west. Bring on Colgate! When we are tossed around by them, Hank can say that they are ‘very creative.’

  7. The other day I saw a guy hit up the exercise bike in a full suit. He took off the tie and blazer

  8. I don’t see us standing out from the lead pack anywhere except for a defenseman with his arm in a sling.

  9. If he was wearing khakis, a tie, a blue blazer, and Bass Weejuns, he must be from Boston College.

  10. We also have the largest disparity in attractiveness of assistant coaches with Arniel being hideous and Ulfie being handsome.

  11. Zucci got the biggest pair of balls on this team. Will definitely be a problem in the playoffs the rest of the league knows with very soft

  12. Thanks Carp…..Its close to playoff time and I had to come out from the dark shadows. Is their any truth that MSL is going through hard times with his wife hence it has messed up his head? We all remember what Olivia Munn did to Brad Richards last year…..Holy cow

  13. Ulfie is well dressed and will be in better shape at 80 than I am now, but his eyes screw up his entire look. They’re too small and close.

  14. Olivia got TBS? Terminal boredom syndrome? I have a buddy who lives in Nassau, Bahamas….He said Richie was down there during the Olympics break……and also Adam Graves who he got to play against in a beer roller hockey league….lol

  15. Good evening all! Well….tonight I was hoping for a double…the boys clinch and I get a one-on-one with Bruce….

    Instead, got to meet/take photo with Nils and have an awesome hockey chat with a Bruce bodyguard who kept checking the scores…

    Not a perfect night, but not too shabby either….Now let’s finish this season right!!!!

  16. Honestly I knew we would miss Cali but never knew we would miss him this much. St Louis is a bust. If Nash gave a crap he should have scored two or three goals tonight

  17. #19: (whispering) “We came out a little flat and….”
    I’ve been hearing that from him for 160 consecutive games.


    Brad Richards on tonight’s game… “I think we just were half a step behind. We were a little slow doing things and they came; their D pinched hard on us at different areas of the ice. We just weren’t quite on top of it and executing,…,”


    Just change the ‘we’ to you usual ‘I’, and you were dead on about your play…all the time, not just tonight.


    You know, if he didn’t make such a ridiculous amount of $$$. If he didn’t totally destroy Sather with his ridiculous contract. If he didn’t “leave some on the table”. If he just had average (instead of minimal) speed for that money. If he wasn’t a self-righteous back stabbing coach and captain-hating demon. If he didn’t promise to get MSL on track, but couldn’t. If he could back check a teensy bit. If he didn’t plain suck at the PP point, but get the entire year for the coach to realize it……

    I might appreciate what he does.

  20. New AV video on top … I would appreciate it if you guys would click on it even if you don’t want to watch it. Views mean everything, and if the numbers are up, I might travel for playoffs.

    Or might not.

  21. “the blind backhand turnover up the center of the zone which Karlsen picked off just before the Senators 3rd goal”

    Guess who? Norm?

  22. Ria( the silent bonehead) on

    Well alrighty then everybody click again. Lets get those hits up for Carp so he can be the “traveling man”. Its 1:57 a.m & my sister is asking me if I have meatballs in the freezer. LOL to myself.

  23. Ria clicked, then left the room to do the Rosary just in case this was sinful. :)

  24. I wish the boys would have won this one. Missing Kreider and McDonagh really hurts.

    Think if we had to call up as many minor leaugers as Detroit did. Our trading top draft picks for aging stars would really be exposed.

    I guess no matter how many times it was mentioned, that first period lull is unavoidable for some teams after a long road trip.

    I clicked the AV video, but I didn’t listen either. Most of what he says is vanilla fluff. Unless he is calling out the refs or JT Miller.

    I’d love to see him call out Richards just once. Office politics must be involved. For every good move he makes, he makes 5 bad ones, loafing on forecheck, backcheck, giving the puck away, not covering his man in this “man-to-man” defense………it really gets me mad. Its almost an obsession now.

    That whole Neil hit and the resultant power play topped it all off,unbelievable. how do the Ref’s get it that wrong?

  25. eddie: “That’s not math, that’s arithmetic.” :)

    Reminds me what Truman Capote said about Kerouac: “That’s not writing, that’s typing.”

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