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2013-14 Postgame

First Period:
  • Justin Williams (9) Backhand shot - ASST: Dwight King (8), Jarret Stoll (3)
Second Period:
  • PPG - Chris Kreider (5) Tip-in - ASST: Ryan McDonagh (13), Brad Richards (7)
  • SHG - Brian Boyle (3) Slapshot - ASST: Carl Hagelin (5)
Third Period:
  • PPG - Marian Gaborik (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Drew Doughty (13), Jeff Carter (15)
Overtime:

Double OT:

  • Alec Martinez (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Tyler Toffoli (7), Kyle Clifford (6)
Stats:

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11:48PM: Quotes from the Rangers:

Alain Vigneault on the difficulty of responding to the first goal of the game??Well, I know there wasn't a lot of shots on net. But we felt we played a real good period, the pace was good, there wasn't a lot of room, both teams were battling real hard for ice. That was their only chance in the first period. We out-chanced them 4-1. We had some real good looks. Stuff like that happens. Effectively we came out hard in the second and we kept trying.?

Henrik Lundqvist on tonight?s game??Well you try to stay positive right now, but it?s tough, it?s really tough. We are doing a lot good things, but you look at the goals and we put two in our own net and then just a tough play on the third one. At some point, you are going to need some puck luck and we don?t have any right now. It feels like they have all of it. We always talk about how you have to earn that puck luck, but I think we are working really hard and doing a lot of good things but when they score goals like that when it feels like we are right there and doing the right things, obviously it?s mentally challenging to try to overcome that first goal. And I think we played good in the second and they get that fluky bounce again on the second. It doesn?t matter what you think you deserve out there, you just have to find a way to win games and that?s what they have been doing. We can sit here and say we?ve played really well but at the end it?s about finding ways to win, and we haven?t done that.?

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First Period:
  • Benoit Pouliot (4) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
  • SHG - Carl Hagelin (7) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
  • Kyle Clifford (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jeff Carter (14)
Second Period:
  • Drew Doughty (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Justin Williams (12), Kyle Clifford (4)
Third Period:

OT:

  • Justin Williams (8) Snap shot - ASST: Mike Richards (7)
Stats:

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12:13AM: Quotes via the Rangers

Martin St. Louis on the game winning goal??Good play on the wall by Richie (Brad Richards) to keep the puck in, and obviously Hags (Carl Hagelin) being in good defensive position, also offensive position to be able to slide it over to me. I felt I had room, and I tried to trust what I saw, and obviously I?ve gone to that side quite a bit that last few games and he?s made some good saves on me. Sometimes you just have to keep trusting what you see and I was fortunate to get it by him.?

Carl Hagelin on the team??I think for us it has been key all year, just to take it day by day. We are obviously up 3-1, but we know how this can turn if we don?t do the things we need to do. Our focus now is on the next game and to play Ranger hockey.?

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12:02AM: Quotes via the Rangers:

  • Henrik Lundqvist on moving on from tonight?s game??It?s going to be tough for a couple hours but then you have to let it go. That?s part of playing in the playoffs, short memory, and win or lose you have to move on. Again, we did so many good things but it?s about winning, finding ways to win games. We had our chances to put this game away the way we were playing, so we just have to continue, I think, with our game plan. I thought the way we were playing was really good. It?s just that second goal put us in a tough spot. Obviously we came back, then it?s just tough luck on that goal.?
  • Brad Richards on tying the game late in the third period??We were definitely confident. It was a big goal. It?s tough right now, obviously, we went out there with other intentions. That?s the way hockey goes sometimes, but you have to live with it, clear your head up, move on, battle hard the next day and get back to work.?
  • Ryan McDonagh on tonight?s game??I thought for the most part we really competed hard. We put a lot of pucks on the net, which we talked about doing. He (Dustin Tokarski) saw a lot of pucks too, so maybe one thing we can do is take away his eyes. You saw that last game he didn?t see some of the shots. We?ll be shocked here tonight, but obviously we won?t have any let down for the next game. It?s a new series and we feel like we want to get back to playing the strength of our game.?
11:09PM: First Period:

  • Carl Hagelin (5) Tip-in - ASST: Martin St. Louis (7)
Second Period:
  • Andrei Markov (1) Snap shot - ASST: Max Pacioretty (5), Brendan Gallagher (6)
Third Period:
  • Daniel Bri?re (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Thomas Vanek (4), Rene Bourque (2)
  • Chris Kreider (3) Tip-in - ASST: Dan Girardi (5), Derek Stepan (8)
OVERTIME:
  • Alex Galchenyuk 1 (Assists: Tomas Plekanec 5, Brian Gionta 5)
Stats:

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First Period:
  • Martin St. Louis (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Dominic Moore (3), Kevin Klein (3)
  • Mats Zuccarello (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan McDonagh (3), Dominic Moore (4)
Second Period:
  • Rene Bourque (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Brian Gionta (4), Lars Eller (6)
  • Chris Kreider (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Rick Nash (6)
  • Brad Richards (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Mats Zuccarello (6), Marc Staal (3)
Third Period:
  • PPG - Ryan McDonagh (2) Slapshot - ASST: Derek Stepan (5), Chris Kreider (2)
  • PPG - Derek Stepan (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Martin St. Louis (6), Ryan McDonagh (5)
  • PPG - Rick Nash (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Mats Zuccarello (7), John Moore (1)
  • SHG - Lars Eller (5) Slapshot - ASST: NONE


Stats:?

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First Period:
  • Brian Boyle (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Dominic Moore (2), Derek Dorsett (1)
Second Period:
  • Jussi Jokinen (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Olli Maatta (4), Evgeni Malkin (8)
  • PPG - Brad Richards (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Martin St. Louis (5), Derek Stepan (4)
Third Period:

Stats:

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Game Six starts at 7PM


First Period:

  • PPG - Chris Kreider (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan McDonagh (2), Brad Richards (5)
  • Derick Brassard (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Mats Zuccarello (3), Benoit Pouliot (4)
Second Period:
  • ?Evgeni Malkin (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Kris Letang (4)
  • Derick Brassard (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Anton Stralman (4), Mats Zuccarello (4)
  • PPG - Ryan McDonagh (1) Slapshot - ASST: Mats Zuccarello (5), Derick Brassard (3)
Third Period:
  • ?EN - Kevin Klein (1) Snap shot - ASST: Chris Kreider (1), Rick Nash (5)
Stats:

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11:22PM: From the Rangers:

Alain Vigneault on tonight?s game??We didn?t pick a good night to manage the puck the way we did tonight. I don?t want to take any credit against Pittsburgh, they forced the play and they played a real solid game without the puck that obviously forced us into a lot of those turnovers. Our puck management tonight and execution tonight weren?t very good and ultimately cost us the game.?

Henrik Lundqvist on the series??I think when you play against this team you have to realize that every little play matters. They have the skill, and they do make you pay if you are not careful. I think we did a good job of that in the first game, just playing a very simple game. That?s how we have to go there. Every little play matters against this team, especially in the playoffs when sometimes it might be hard to create that big scoring chance. We just have to stick together. It?s a tough feeling, no question, to lose two in a row at home here. We will try to learn from the last two games and realize what we need to do better. Just look at yourself, what can I do better to help this team win? And that?s the way we all have to look at it right now.?

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First Period:
  • Benoit Pouliot (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Dan Girardi (3)
  • Brad Richards (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Carl Hagelin (3), Dan Girardi (4)
Second Period:
  • Lee Stempniak (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Beau Bennett (4), Marcel Goc (1)
  • James Neal (2) Snap shot - ASST: Jussi Jokinen (3), Evgeni Malkin (5)
Third Period:

Overtime:

  • Derick Brassard (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Benoit Pouliot (3)
Stats:

 

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10:45PM: From the Rangers:

Alain Vigneault on the series??In Game 7 like this, I would rather go with experience and he (Daniel Carcillo) had been in those situations before. He came up and did a good job, obviously scored that big goal for us. That and the fact that we got great fan support tonight ? they were behind us from start to finish and really helped us along. With four games in six nights it was a tough grind for both teams and they have some real quality players.?

Henrik Lundqvist on tonight?s game??It is a relief and it?s a proud feeling too. We talked about it during the series, it doesn?t matter if you feel like you?re the better team, it?s about finding ways to win hockey games, and that?s what we did today. We played outstanding. We created so many chances and we played really smart. We knew they were going to push in the third and they came pretty hard, but the puck management was really good. It?s just exciting, that last minute is so intense and you?re nervous but at the same time you just want to see what?s going to happen next. The final second, that?s probably the best feeling.?

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First Period:
  • Dominic Moore (1) Wrap-around - ASST: Brian Boyle (2)
  • Matt Read (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Akeson (1), Braydon Coburn (1)
Second Period:
  • PPG - Jakub Voracek (2) Deflected shot - ASST: Brayden Schenn (2), Mark Streit (1)
Third Period:

Stats:

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First Period:
  • Derek Stepan (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Rick Nash (3), Martin St. Louis (3)
  • Martin St. Louis (2) Tip-in - ASST: Dan Girardi (1), Rick Nash (4)
  • Mark Streit (1) Snap shot - ASST: Jakub Voracek (1), Claude Giroux (2)
Second Period:
  • Dan Girardi (1) Slapshot - ASST: Brad Richards (3), Carl Hagelin (1)
Third Period:

Stats:

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3:48PM: Quotes from the Rangers:

Alain Vigneault on today?s game?? ?We knew that they were going to come out with a good game. We had a good start. There wasn?t a lot of room out there in the first period. In the second period, this game can be funny sometimes. I thought it was our best period of the night. We had some grade A chances, our power play had some great looks and they scored two and we didn?t. At the end of the night that was the game.?

Martin St. Louis on not capitalizing on the team?s scoring chances??You have to give credit; Ray Emery played a pretty good game. We did a good job generating some chances, but at the end of the day we, collectively, have to find the back of the net.?

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10:50PM: From the Rangers:

Alain Vigneault on the team?s play? ?When we play fast, like when we go north, south quick, we are tough to handle. We have a few guys that have good speed and they don?t mind going on the outside. That?s what we did tonight and that?s why we were able to have a pretty good game.?

Brad Richards on tonight?s game??I think we controlled play, didn?t give them much but probably played a little too much on the outside at times, but that happens. There was no other thought than to keep controlling the puck and keep trying to get it behind them. In a series sometimes having the puck and wearing them out can benefit you later in the game. That was our main goal. We would like to get more pucks to the net and we?ll try to do that.?

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10:33PM: Quotes via the Rangers:

Alain Vigneault on tonight?s game??For some reason it took us a while to get our legs and that?s when the goaltender needs to come up big. That?s what Hank (Henrik Lundqvist) did, permitted us to stay in the game, find a way to come back and win the game.?

Henrik Lundqvist on tonight?s game??We showed some patience, it?s not an easy game. It felt like they came out pretty good, but after that they were just waiting for something good to happen to them and we took over the game. But it was definitely a tough one to just get going. The energy wasn?t really there. It felt like they were trying to slow down the game a little bit, but again, the big thing here is to stay patient and don?t start taking chances because we are a good enough team to create our chances without taking any. We did a good job with that, and in the end we came out with some big plays and some big kills on the PK and that final goal was just a beauty.?

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10:27PM: From the Rangers:

Alain Vigneault on tonight?s game??We talked about, before the game, that we have been playing good hockey for a long time and we want to go into the playoffs feeling good about our game. For the most part tonight, that?s what we did. Offensively we had one of our best scoring chance night for the year. We are going to be over 20 and that?s a lot of scoring chances in a game. We kept them close to 10 I think, so it?s a good night. The power play scored a couple tonight and we had the Zuccy (Mats Zuccarello) wave before the game.?

Henrik Lundqvist on the remaining regular season games??You want to get good habits and you want to try to play the game you want to play next week. You don?t want to change anything, your approach or your focus on the details, it needs to be here now and it needs to be there next week. You can?t take any shortcuts. You just need to focus the same way and take every game as an important game. Who knows, it can play a huge part in the end if we get the extra points here down the stretch and it put us in a better position.?

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10:48PM: Quotes via the Rangers:

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.?

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First Period:
  • John Moore 4 (Assists: Mats Zuccarello 38, Benoit Pouliot 20)
Second Period:
  • Andre Benoit 7 (Assists: John Mitchell 19, Ryan O'Reilly 33)
  • Derek Stepan 16 (Assists: Kevin Klein 7, Dan Girardi 18)
Third Period:
  • Tyson Barrie 11 (Assists: Paul Stastny 33, Erik Johnson 28)
OT:

Shootout:

  • ?Tyson Barrie: SCORES
  • Mats Zuccarello: missed
  • Ryan O'Reilly: missed
  • Marty St. Louis: stopped
  • Gabriel Landeskog: misses
  • Brad Richards: STOPPED
Stats:

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First Period:
  • Mats Zuccarello 16 (Assists: Anton Stralman 10, Benoit Pouliot 19)
Second Period:
  • Derick Brassard 18 (power-play) (Assists: Raphael Diaz 13, Mats Zuccarello 36)
  • Rick Nash 24 (Assists: Derek Stepan 36)
  • Rick Nash 25 (short-handed) (Assists: Derek Stepan 37)
Third Period:
  • Mats Zuccarello 17 (short-handed) (Assists: Derek Stepan 38, Marc Staal 10)
Stats:

Adam's Thoughts:

  • This is how you wanted to see the Rangers respond after they lost on Friday night. They had the puck almost the whole game, barely had to defend and Cam Talbot maybe had to make one or two tough saves. The Rangers took what the Oilers gave them and capitalized in all areas of the game and all three zones, especially short handed.
  • Two goals from Rick Nash is nice, he was strong all over the ice, but it was a key two goals for Mats Zuccarello who hadn't scored since the outdoor game against the Devuls. His hand still seems to be a bit of an issue but looked good enough on his two goals.
  • Derek Stepan is playing like the player he was in the second half of last year and the player he was expected to be all season this year. It's better late than never and at the right time for the Ranger as he is finally in top form as the Rangers head towards the playoffs.
  • This was the best game of Marty St. Louis' in the last little while. He had a couple of high quality chances and at least seemed to look comfortable with Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin. Would almost be fitting if he got his first on Tuesday against the coach who desperately wanted him in New York when he was there.
  • The Rangers technically scored a PP goal tonight, with two seconds left, but it's still struggling and needs to break out of this funk. Lack of PP scoring has hurt the Rangers the past few years and it's bound to do the same again if they can't get it going.

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11:24PM: Quotes via the Rangers:

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.?

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10:51PM: From the Rangers:

Alain Vigneault on tonight?s game??We talked about winning the second and then winning the third period. We obviously didn?t execute the way we wanted to in the first period. That?s a team I know very well, and usually when they have a lead they can keep the lead. We found a way tonight. I thought we were a little bit low tonight, not as high as we usually are emotionally and physically on the ice. It took us a while to get going, but we found a way. I thought our second period was really good, and the third we were down by a goal. We knew there wasn?t going to be a lot of room, there wasn?t. But we found a way to tie it up and get it done in overtime. It says a lot about the group here.?

Henrik Lundqvist on the past week??It was a roller coaster. It was definitely a special one. The way it started with the ceremony, was just a memory for life. To see my parents walking out there, my family my wife, my kid, it was a very special moment in my career, I must say. The first period, it was a tough test for us in this game, a couple times. But we showed so much character. We sat here a week ago talking about playing really well, but not finding ways to win. For the past seven, eight days, we have done that. Finding different ways to win hockey games ? that?s all that matters right now, and it?s huge for us.?

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First Period:

Second Period:

Third Period:

  • Nick Foligno 18 (Unassisted)
  • Derek Stepan 14 (Assists: Ryan McDonagh 26, Anton Stralman 8)
  • Derick Brassard 16 (Assists: Anton Stralman 9, Mats Zuccarello 33)
  • Carl Hagelin 17 (empty net) (Assists: Mats Zuccarello 34, Marc Staal 9)
Stats:

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First Period:
  • Mike Hoffman 2 (Assists: Erik Condra 9, Marc Methot 15)
  • Rick Nash 21 (short-handed) (Unassisted)
  • Mika Zibanejad 13 (power-play) (Assists: Jason Spezza 38, Erik Karlsson 45)
Second Period:
  • Derick Brassard 14 (Assists: Carl Hagelin 13, Kevin Klein 5)
  • Benoit Pouliot 12 (Unassisted)
  • John Moore 3 (Unassisted)
  • Ryan McDonagh 12 (Assists: Derick Brassard 24, Dan Girardi 16)
Third Period:
  • Milan Michalek 12 (Unassisted)
  • Derek Stepan 13 (Assists: Mats Zuccarello 31)
  • Derick Brassard 15 (Assists: Mats Zuccarello 32, Martin St. Louis 35)
  • Bobby Ryan 23 (Assists: Eric Gryba 9, Clarke MacArthur 27)
  • Rick Nash 22 (empty net) (Assists: Chris Kreider 19, Dominic Moore 11)
Stats:

Adam's Thoughts:

  • The Rangers spoke the other night about getting points anyway that they can and they did that tonight in a game where they were leaving guys open all over the ice. This wasn't at all a great game for the Rangers defensively but it's a win and an important two points.
  • One thing the Rangers did extremely well tonight was making the Senators pay when they made mistakes....which was often. Neither side was particularly strong defensively in this game.
  • Important for the Rangers is the scoring balance with six different scorers and goals from guys who need to score. Good for Derick Brassard who was red hot before the all-star break but struggled since. He had a big game and is a big part of the Rangers scoring depth at center.
  • Also important was the amount of points put up by key offensive players like Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan.
  • Again, it's two points and you try not to quibble with how you got them, bu the Rangers need a much stronger effort defensively moving forward.
  • Marty St. Louis came close to getting his first goal as a Ranger and was credited with 3 attempts, 1 on goal, 1 missed, 1 blocked.
  • Congrats to Henrik Lundqvist who with win 302 becomes the Rangers All-Time leader in wins
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7:19PM: Quotes and game notes via the Rangers:

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.?

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11:22PM: Marty St. Louis said, "It's the first time that I played with them today, I had different linemates here and just trying to find my rhythm and feel comfortable with it. Just happy to get the win."

11:17PM: On MSG, Alain Vigneault said "On Marty St. Louis' new line, "they had some moments, it was a 4 line rotation and they had some moments. Tonight the big line was Brad's line with Hags and Poolie, it looked a like his former line. He was playing with Hags and before he was playing with Cally and Cally was the net presence always driving the net and Poolie does that and does it really well. I thought that the other lines were pretty good and hopefully we will get some chemistry going with Brass' line."

10:32PM: First Period:

  • Carl Hagelin 14 (Assists: Benoit Pouliot 15, Kevin Klein 3)
  • Dustin Byfuglien 17 (Assists: Blake Wheeler 29, Tobias Enstrom 14)
  • Andrew Ladd 19 (Assists: Bryan Little 34, Michael Frolik 21)
  • Chris Kreider 17 (Assists: Derek Stepan 34, Dan Girardi 15)
Second Period:
  • Carl Hagelin 14 (Assists: Martin St. Louis 34, Kevin Klein 4)
Third Period:
  • ?Carl Hagelin 16 (Assists: Brad Richards 30)
Stats:

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First Period:
  • Nino Niederreiter (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Kyle Brodziak (15)
Second Period:
  • PPG - Derek Stepan (12) Snap shot - ASST: Ryan McDonagh (25), Rick Nash (12)
Third Period:
  • Zach Parise (23) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Pominville (22), Mikael Granlund (29)
Stats:

Adam's Thoughts:

  • ?The Rangers were better than they were against Minnesota but also played a much better team and a team with a good structure and defensive mindset. The Minnesota defense held the Rangers in check through the first two periods before the Rangers started pushing the pace a bit more and getting more chances in the third. They had some good chances to tie the game but Darcy Kuemper made some saves and ultimately it's two straight losses.
  • As has been the case at other times this season, the Rangers need a lot more from their top players, Brad Richards and Rick Nash especially. Some moments here and there but nothing consistent.
  • Marty St. Louis isn't exempt but he is at least getting one high quality chance per game. I think when he gets one his game will go to another level. Right now it seems like a lot of guys are trying to force him the puck and when he gets it he is trying so hard to make a play that its hurting him.
  • I thought Cam Talbot was really strong tonight and certainly gave the Rangers a chance to win.
  • Things don't get easier for the Rangers. Winnipeg is pushing for a playoff spot, San Jose is a top team the league, Ottawa is pushing and then it's a huge game next Friday against Columbus and then Saturday against the Devuls.
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3:44PM: Quotes via the Rangers:

Alain Vigneault on today?s game??It was definitely, for both teams, a playoff type game. Everybody was bunched together and Detroit plays that type of game where there isn?t a lot of space or room on the ice. They are a team who are champions, at I guess it must be legal interference because the referees don?t call penalties, but they are real good at taking you off stride and getting in front of slowing you down. You have to fight through that and you have to make sure you make the high percentage plays and keep making those plays and that?s what we did. That last shift at the end of the second period was a real big momentum shift for us. We took charge there and came right out in the beginning of the third and scored. After that we had a few breakdowns, and when we did Hank, like he has done real well with this year, he?s made the key saves and we just kept going from there.?

Henrik Lundqvist on today?s game??It felt really good to play a solid 60 minute game and come back home after a big win in Carolina.? It was important for us to beat this team. They?re right behind us.? We discussed it yesterday; we took the option not to skate, whatever it takes right now to prepare for each game like in the playoffs. That?s the way it feels right now.? We approach every game like a must-win.? So it?s fun to be out there and play, and I thought we played a really strong game again. All over the ice we put a lot of pressure on them.? We played really well in our own end.? I think in the first ten minutes they got a couple odd man rushes but after that we kind of adjusted and played a lot better.?

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9:39PM:First Period:
  • Jordan Staal 12 (Assists: Alexander Semin 17, Ron Hainsey 10)
Second Period:

Third Period:

  • ?Ryan McDonagh 11 (short-handed) (Assists: Rick Nash 11)
  • Jeff Skinner 24 (penalty shot)
  • Rick Nash 20 (Assists: Derek Stepan 31, John Moore 9)
  • Derek Stepan 11 (power-play) (Assists: Martin St. Louis 33, Brad Richards 29)
  • Carl Hagelin 13 (empty net) (Assists: Mats Zuccarello 29, Dan Girardi 14)
Stats:?

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10:21PM: Quotes via the Rangers:

Alain Vigneault on tonight?s game??I thought we played a real hard game. Every inch on the ice was really battled for. They?re a big team; they?re a skilled team, they?re a physical team. You?ve got to work extremely hard and I thought we did that the whole game. Five-on-five it was a very even game. The difference was the power play. We had an advantage at the beginning of the third. We didn?t get anything off it. Their power play did what they?ve done very effectively this year. Right off the draw they established a shot. Within a few seconds they take the shot, they score.?

Henrik Lundqvist on tonight?s game??We expected a tough challenge but we played really well.? Like I said, 5-on-5 we did a great job and we did all the things we talked about.? It just came down to one play there.? We came out and played really strong and a lot of things we will take with us for the next couple games.?

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10:48PM: Quotes via the Rangers:

  • Alain Vigneault on tonight?s game??We are playing real solid, in my estimation, at both ends of the rink. Not giving the opposition tons of chances, tons of opportunities, and the chances we are getting, a lot of them are Grade A chances that we have a better chance to finish on those. Tonight, we were in great defensive position on the fore check. We create the turnovers. He (Nash) is going in alone on the goaltender. That 5-on-3 was an ideal situation.?
  • Henrik Lundqvist on tonight?s game??I think special teams ? the way the power play is playing right now is just lifting the whole team, the energy and confidence, scoring the goals we?re scoring and then the PK has been really good. If you can win the special teams you have a good chance of winning every game. When you get the start we had tonight it?s more about being smart about the rest; making sure you manage the puck, just being smart all over the ice. I thought we played a really good game. We didn?t give them much. Our mindset after the first [period] was let?s take care of business and we need these points as a team.?
  • Ryan Callahan on Rick Nash????????? ?He?s got confidence, you can tell that. With the way he?s holding onto pucks in the offensive zone, just putting the puck in the net. He?s such a big body out there, when he grabs it he controls the game. When he?s playing you can notice it.?
10:02PM: First Period:
  • Rick Nash 13 (Unassisted)
  • Rick Nash 14 (power-play) (Assists: Brad Richards 24, Ryan McDonagh 21)
  • Derek Stepan 9 (Assists: Michael Del Zotto 9, Dan Girardi 10)
Second Period:
  • Alex Ovechkin 35 (power-play) (Assists: Mike Green 21, Nicklas Backstrom 38)
  • Ryan Callahan 9 (short-handed) (Assists: Dominic Moore 5, Dan Girardi 11)
Third Period:

Three Stars:

  • Three: Henrik Lundqvist
  • Two: Ryan McDonagh
  • One: Rick Nash
Stats:

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First Period:
  • Marc Methot 4 (Assists: Cody Ceci 4, Milan Michalek 13)
  • Brad Richards 13 (power-play) (Assists: Derek Stepan 21, Ryan McDonagh 20)
Second Period:
  • Rick Nash 12 (Assists: Derek Stepan 22)
  • Derek Stepan 8 (Unassisted)
Third Period:
  • Mats Zuccarello 13 (Unassisted)
Stats:

Adam's Thoughts:

  • The Rangers took over this game mid-way through the first and when they tied the score. It was a strong effort from the Rangers and they were able to capture the momentum with Ottawa spending a lot of time in the box. They made things easy for Cam Talbot with strong defensive play, until the third when Ottawa started to press, and continue to bring a high level of effort and offense on a game to game basis.
  • A strong game, in terms of points, for Derek Stepan who had been snakebitten as a goal scorer but was till creating fairly consistent offense for his linemates. Hopefully this is the start of him getting his game back in order.
  • That was one hell of a shot from Rick Nash. So often he goes to the net when he is on a bit of a break like that but he showed off his shot and blew it past Anderson.

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10:26PM: Quotes via the Rangers:

Alain Vigneault on tonight?s game??That?s just hockey. You can talk all you want; you have to have those words become actions on the ice and the right kind of actions. Right now we are a .500 hockey team. When the other team scores a goal we don?t seem to have much of a push. I firmly believe this group is much better than that, but we are not showing it. We can talk all we want behind closed doors, but it?s up to everybody to find it.?

Henrik Lundqvist on tonight?s game??It was a pretty tough game. They are a skilled team. Every time you play them if you lose the puck in the wrong area they are going to come and make some good plays to get in front of you. That second period obviously is what killed us. We have to talk about a few things. We know we are a good team, but we just have to get better.?

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11:16PM: Quotes from the Rangers:

Alain Vigneault on tonight?s game??It was a hard fought game, with not a lot of room for both teams. Both teams were defending well and competing real hard. We go out there in the third period? we had a great scoring chance, shorthanded, right off the bat. We had two really good scoring chances on our first power play where we could have put the game? I don?t want to say ?out of reach,? but could have had a cushion. All that we gave up were two little mistakes that were grade A chances that ended up in the back of our net. Other than that we played a pretty solid period overall.?

Henrik Lundqvist on tonight?s game??It?s a big point. We never gave up so that?s a good sign. We just didn?t get the bounces tonight.?

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9:33PM First Period:
  • Rick Nash 5 (Assists: Derek Stepan 15, Ryan McDonagh 11)
Second Period:

Third Period:

  • Brad Richards 8 (power-play) (Assists: Derick Brassard 8, Mats Zuccarello 13)
  • Mats Zuccarello 5 (Assists: Brad Richards 14, Ryan McDonagh 12)
  • Tyler Ennis 5 (Assists: Zemgus Girgensons 7)
Stats:

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First Period:
  • Brad Marchand 4 (Assists: Zdeno Chara 5, Loui Eriksson 9)
  • Rick Nash 3 (Assists: Brad Richards 11, Carl Hagelin 6)
  • Ryan McDonagh 6 (Assists: Derick Brassard 6, Ryan Callahan 4)
Second Period:

Third Period:

  • Patrice Bergeron 7 (Assists: Brad Marchand 7, Johnny Boychuk 5)
  • Zdeno Chara 6 (Assists: David Krejci 15)
Stats:

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First Period:
  • Derick Brassard 5 (power-play) (Assists: Mats Zuccarello 11, Derek Stepan 12)
Second Period:
  • Brad Richards 7 (Unassisted)
Third Period:
  • Rick Nash 2 (Unassisted)
  • Scottie Upshall 5 (Assists: Brad Boyes 5)
  • Nick Bjugstad 3 (Unassisted)
  • Mats Zuccarello 3 (power-play) (Assists: Chris Kreider 10, John Moore 3)
  • Carl Hagelin 5 (empty net) (Assists: Ryan McDonagh 8)
Stats:

Adam's Thoughts:

  • The win is what is important, and the five goals are nice, but the Rangers did not have the puck enough tonight. The Rangers were solid defensively and limited quality chances for the Panthers, but overall the Panthers had the puck for most of the game and nearly the entire second period. The important thing for tonight though is that they found a way to win which is something they haven't done enough this seaosn.
  • The third goal, Rick Nash's goal, is exactly what Alain Vigneault has been talking about when it comes to pouncing on teams when they make a mistake. They took advantage of some turnovers, Nash found a loose puck and fired it past Tim Thomas.
  • The first goal the Rangers scored, Derick Brassard's, was nice of a passing play on a power play as you can have.
  • The Rangers will need to be a lot better this weekend, against Boston and Vancouver, than they were tonight if they want to pick up more points.

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10:28PM: Quotes via the Rangers Game Notes:

Alain Vigneault on making in-game adjustments?

?We have to continually emphasize certain things. When Florida was coming on in the second period there were two things that were happening. First, we were on the wrong side of the puck and when we did get the puck, because we were on the wrong side, we couldn?t come off clean. They were able to capitalize and force the play on a couple of turnovers. [Henrik Lundqvist] made some real big saves and we were able to come out of there 2-2 at the end of the second period.?

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6:55AM: Quotes from the Rangers:

?Alain Vigneault on tonight?s game??I wouldn?t say they controlled stretches. When they got off their first shift they got a great scoring chance. Crosby, a great player, beat a great defenseman when Staal had moved, but Hank did what he was supposed to: stop the puck. They had three grade A scoring chances and he made three unreal saves, but after that I thought the play was pretty well balanced on both sides. They didn?t get another scoring chance five-on-five and then they made a couple of mistakes and we made them pay. This is a game where when somebody makes mistakes they are going to pay and you?re going to win some games and that?s what happened.?

-??????? Henrik Lundqvist on tonight?s game??It?s a big game for us. We talked about it before the game that we didn?t want to lose two in a row at home. It was important for us to step up and we played against one of the best teams in the league. We did so many good things and I felt like the penalty kill played a huge part too. Their power play is really skilled, but we stepped up and killed them off.?

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10:57PM: Quotes via the Rangers:

  • -??????? Alain Vigneault on tonight?s game?

?Well this is a game of mistakes and making your opponent pay when they make mistakes. In the first period we had a couple of neutral zone turnovers and that led to them capitalizing on some of those mistakes. After that, I thought in the second we had some opportunities to make them pay, but we only made them pay once. They?re a good team and they showed it tonight, why they are up in the high echelons of the NHL. They don?t give you a lot and they play tight. In the third, we had a number of opportunities that I would have liked us to be able to generate.?

  • -??????? Henrik Lundqvist on tonight?s game?
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    10:206M: The following quotes are from the Rangers:

    • -??????? Alain Vigneault on tonight?s game?

    ?Hags? (Carl Hagelin) speed definitely helps us. When he scores the way he does tonight and backing down their defense the way he does, it?s so important to the team having success and winning games. He came out with two big goals for us. Today Hank (Henrik Lundqvist) was, in my mind, the best player on the ice. He permitted us to find our legs and find a little bit of rhythm. We had a couple of breakdowns, but he did what a goaltender is supposed to do and he made some real big saves tonight.?

  • -??????? Henrik Lundqvist on tonight?s game??I felt like the last few games my focus has been good. I really try to focus on the things that I can control. It?s so important for the goalie to not get rattled or pay attention to things that don?t really matter. Having a lot of traffic and bodies in front, that?s part of hockey. They started off the game really well and we weren?t able to take charge right away, but they came out flying. After a while, we started to take over the game. That first goal was huge for the game and for us to start settling down a little bit.?
  • -??????? Derek Stepan on his hat trick??My two linemates (Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider) have created some pretty good looks for me, and I wasn?t able to find the back of the net. Tonight they continued to do it, and I was fortunate enough to find the net a couple times so that?s good.?
  • 9:36PM: First Period:
    • Carl Hagelin 1 (Assists: Benoit Pouliot 2, Brad Richards 5)
    Second Period:
    • Carl Hagelin 2 (Assists: Taylor Pyatt 1, Ryan McDonagh 4)
    • Derek Stepan 1 (power-play) (Assists: Chris Kreider 2, Mats Zuccarello 3)
    • Andrej Sekera 2 (power-play) (Assists: Jiri Tlusty 2, Justin Faulk 6)
    Third Period:
    • Derek Stepan 2 (Assists: Mats Zuccarello 4, Chris Kreider 3)
    • Derek Stepan 3 (Assists: Mats Zuccarello 5, Chris Kreider 4)
    3? Stars:
    • 3: Carl Hagelin
    • 2: Derek Stepan
    • 1: Henrik Lundqvist
    Stats:

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    10:35PM: Quotes via the Rangers:

    • ??? Alain Vigneault on tonight?s game??I think our game has been getting better. It?s been getting better on both sides of the rink, defensively and offensively. We are doing a lot of the things that we have to do to put some good performances together, and that?s what we did tonight. We came out extremely hard and spent a good portion of the first two periods in their end. We had some great chances and their goaltender kept them in [the game].?
    • -??????? Henrik Lundqvist on the team?s momentum??Ever since we came back, the guys have stepped their game up. We were looking for our game a little bit and we were playing the best teams in the league at the time and we got exposed a little bit, but coming back, we are finding our game more and more and trusting each other more and more and that?s a big thing. We need to continue to improve but it?s looking better and better.?
    • -??????? Ryan McDonagh on tonight?s game??I think guys are getting pretty confident.? There is good chemistry as far as where pucks are going.? It?s not a big adjustment; it?s just a matter of making simple plays, not trying to be pretty.? We were pretty simple against this team and worked them down low and that?s where we generated offense.? I think it was a good example tonight of what we need to continue to do.?

    Team Schedule:9:33PM: First Period:

    • Derick Brassard 2 (power-play) (Assists: Michael Del Zotto 2, J.T. Miller 1)
    Second Period:
    • Chris Kreider 2 (Assists: Mats Zuccarello 2, Ryan McDonagh 3)
    Third Period:

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    First Period:
    • Chris Kreider 1 (power-play) (Assists: Brad Richards 4, Derek Stepan 6)
    Second Period:
    • Cal Clutterbuck 1 (Assists: Matt Carkner 1)
    • Peter Regin 2 (Assists: Travis Hamonic 4, Andrew MacDonald 3)
    Third Period:
    • Ryan McDonagh 2 (power-play) (Assists: Derek Stepan 7, Mats Zuccarello 1)
    • Benoit Pouliot 2 (Assists: Carl Hagelin 1, Michael Del Zotto 1)
    Stats:

    Adam's Thoughts:

    • An important win for the Rangers and much like the Detroit game, probably felt they were the better team after two and found themselves losing. They stayed with their game, took advantage of an early PP and then Benoit Pouliot continued his strong play by burying the winner.
    • That was one hell of a criss-cross play between Pouliot and Carl Hagelin on the winner.
    • There will be a time, and it looks like it's coming soon, where noting a strong game by Chris Kreider won't be necessary. This is game four for him and his third straight game making a big impact. He even got his first goal tonight, in the area Alain Vigneault wants him to be, which should hopefully lead to more.
    • Cam Talbot picks up his second win of the season and was solid. In his last two games the Rangers have scored six goals. In Henrik Lundqvist's last two games the Rangers have scored zero.
    • The power play looked like something we haven't seen in years. They were moving quickly, making smart decisions, shooting and then getting the rebounds.
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    11:16PM: From the Rangers:

    • -??????? Alain Vigneault on tonight?s game??We are doing a lot of the right things. If you look at the game we had net presence. Every time we took a shot, we had people converging to the net trying to win the battle in front of their net. Give them credit. Their guys did a good job of protecting their goaltender. Their goaltender did a good job of controlling the rebounds.?
    • -??????? Henrik Lundqvist on tonight?s game??It?s fun to play here again. I think we did a lot of good things. We just hoped for an early goal for us to get the energy and confidence and get the building going. It was kind of a tight game. It was a disappointing loss but it was great to be back.?
    • -??????? Brian Boyle on the power play??The puck was bouncing a little bit.? Again, you want to try to get two and three opportunities.? I wasn?t out there with those guys tonight and they had some decent looks.? Montreal cut the lanes and blocked some shots at some key times.? We try to do the same on the kill.? It?s a small margin in terms of winning and losing.?
    10:16PM: First Period:

    Second Period:

    • Tomas Plekanec 6 (power-play) (Assists: Michael Bournival 4, Brian Gionta 4)
    Third Period:
    • Alex Galchenyuk 2 (Assists: Lars Eller 4, Brendan Gallagher 3)
    Stats:

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    First Period:
    • Drew Miller 1 (Assists: Joakim Andersson 2, Danny DeKeyser 2)
    Second Period:
    • Benoit Pouliot 1 (power-play) (Assists: Brian Boyle 3, Ryan McDonagh 2)
    • Daniel Alfredsson 2 (power-play) (Assists: Pavel Datsyuk 7)
    Third Period:
    • Mats Zuccarello 1 (Assists: Dominic Moore 1, Marc Staal 1)
    Overtime:
    • Derick Brassard 1 (Assists: Benoit Pouliot 1)
    Stats:

    Adam's Thoughts

    • This was probably the Rangers best overall game of the season. All game long, while they were losing, I kept thinking that if they play this way most nights they will win more than they lose. They never stopped working, they kept going to the net, pretty much every player contributed and they picked up a well deserved win.
    • Mats Zuccarello had a brutal turnover that led to the first Red Wing goal but he made up for it with the Rangers second goal. He is playing to keep his spot in the lineup and his confidence was clearly sky-high after scoring.
    • Benoit Pouliot has taken some heat this season but he was all over the place tonight, scored a goal and made a big play to set up Derick Brassard for the OT winner. The two of them, especially Brassard, looked like they had weights fall off their shoulders when they scored. You just hope that they can build on it.
    • Cam Talbot picked up his first NHL win and was great. He kept the Rangers in the game when they were down and made sure that he was going to do everything he could to get the Rangers a win. There is no doubt, at least after two starts, that he can be an NHL goalie.
    • Chris Kreider was outstanding in the first period and was very solid all game long. He looks confident and comfortable on the ice and like a person who doesn't want to be in Hartford anymore.

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    First Period:
    • Andrei Loktionov 1 (Assists: Anton Volchenkov 3)
    • Adam Henrique 2 (Assists: Rostislav Olesz 1, Jaromir Jagr 2)
    Second Period:
    • Michael Ryder 3 (power-play) (Assists: Jaromir Jagr 3, Marek Zidlicky 6)
    • Dainius Zubrus 2 (Assists: Bryce Salvador 2, Marek Zidlicky 7)
    Third Period:

    Stats:

    Adam's Thoughts:

    • It's a frustrating night for the Rangers who for the second time this season follow up a win with a night where they were sloppy, looked lost and had trouble with the small details.
    • The Rangers are missing half of their top-six forwards bu there is still enough talent in the lineup to create and generate offense.
    • Mats Zuccarello isn't producing anything, Derick Brassard, who is supposed to be a key player, is producing just a bit more than Zuccarello and the rest of the team, save for Brad Richards and Derek Stepan (though all of his point are secondary assists) aren't doing much.
    • Henrik Lundqvist didn't get a lot of help tonight but he let in some tonight that he usually stops.
    • The Rangers next game isn't until Thursday and it's against the Flyers, who have a week off prior to the game. Then it's Detroit and then the home opener.

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    First Period:

    Second Period:

    • John Moore 1 (Assists: Brad Richards 2, Ryan McDonagh 1)
    • Ryan Callahan 3 (Assists: Brad Richards 3, Derick Brassard 4)
    Third Period:

    Stats:

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    First Period:

    • Alexander Steen 4 (Assists: T.J. Oshie 2, David Backes 2)
    • Ryan Callahan 1 (power-play) (Assists: Derick Brassard 2, Derek Stepan 4)
    Second Period:
    • David Backes 3 (Assists: Alexander Steen 2)
    • Derek Roy 2 (power-play) (Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk 2, Alexander Steen 3)
    • Brad Richards 4 (Assists: Derick Brassard 3)
    • David Backes 4 (Assists: T.J. Oshie 3, Alexander Steen 4)
    Third Period:
    • Ryan Callahan 2 (power-play) (Assists: Brad Richards 1, Derek Stepan 5)
    • Vladimir Tarasenko 3 (power-play) (Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk 3, Derek Roy 3)
    Stats:

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