Picture: Cam Talbot with the Broadway Hat/his post game comments

On MSG, Brian Leetch said of Talbot, “In the limited amount of time, less than 30 games, his numbers are outstanding. He is like Hank in that there is a confidence in the net, it’s nice to see your goalie make the saves and cover the rebounds.”

He added, “when a goalie gets shutout he definitely earns it. He had to make some saves, but I look at this and he will probably say that it was a team shutout.”

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FINAL: Rangers 1 Carolina 0

10:35PM: Quotes are via the Rangers:

  • Alain Vigneault on the team’s goaltending…“We are no different than any team in the NHL. You can’t win if you don’t get goaltending. Hank [Lundqvist] is playing the way we know he can. When we use Cam [Talbot] he’s given us some real good performances.”
  • Cam Talbot on tonight’s game…“It was a lot of fun, not a whole lot of work, so it’s always a good thing. The guys played really well in front of me and they didn’t give them a whole lot of quality opportunities which is always nice when you haven’t played a game in a few weeks.”
  • Ryan McDonagh on the team’s recent play…“I think just the confidence within our system and everybody’s roles. It seems like whatever line or d pairing is out there they understand the situation that they are in, what the score is in the game, and what we need to do to be successful. We talked a lot about details here and the last stretch here we’ve been able to create a lot of opportunities for ourselves being simple and detailed in our zone.”

9:36PM: First Period:

  • Ryan McDonagh (2) Snap shot – ASST: Derek Stepan (15), Mats Zuccarello (10)

Second Period:

Third Period:



Three Stars:

  • 3: Ryan McDonagh
  • 2: Anton Khudobin
  • 1: Cam Talbot

Adam’s Thoughts:

  • Well it’s six in a row and another mostly solid game for the Rangers.
  • Similar to last night, the only reason this game wasn’t a blowout was because of Carolina’s goalie. He made a ton of big saves to keep the Hurricanes in the game.
  • It’s two games without points now for Rick Nash but it’s also the second straight game where he was the Rangers best forward by a lot. His scoring pace may dip a little from where it’s been but you can’t complain when he puts forth an effort like he did tonight, and frankly, has done all season.
  • Cam Talbot didn’t have to stand on his head tonight but he made the important saves when he had to.
  • Tuesday against the Caps should be a fun/intense rivalry teams who will probably spend the rest of the season battling for a guaranteed playoff spot in the Metro Division.

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Read: Scott Arniel’s comments after 40 minutes

Scott ArnielJohn Giannone spoke with Scott Arniel after the second period and quoted him as saying:

  • “you can tell that this is a back to back, that these teams have traveled a bit. I like what we have done so far of getting through the neutral zone and we have had a lot of zone time, it’s just a matter of putting the puck in the net.”
  • “I would like to see us get the next goal because maybe that will take some of their will away. I know they must be saying that it’s only a one-goal game on the road, we just need to find a way and get our D involved.”

He added that Arniel said, “for five periods we have not been outworked by these team, we just need to make sure that it doesn’t happen for a sixth period and we will win the game.”

Read: Why that Rangers goal was waived off

NHL PuckSlowed down and blown up replays indicate that during a scramble around the Hurricanes net, early in the second period,  the puck crossed the goal line and should have been called a goal.

The play was blown dead on the ice, reviewed and the call of no-goal was confirmed by the NHL Situation Room.

Alain Vigneault, according to John Giannone, told the refs that their replays showed that the puck was in the net.

The referee, as quoted by John Giannone on MSG, told Alain Vigneault, “everyone was pushed into the crease and that is why he blew the whistle. The larger shot of the replay shows that the referee is waiving off the goal as it crosses the line. The ref is telling him that the puck is pushed into the net because of the bodies.

From the NHL, “At 1:49 of the second period in the Carolina Hurricanes/New York Rangers game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Carolina net. Video review confirmed that the puck did not cross the Carolina goal line. No goal New York.”

Recap: Kevin Klein with Sam Rosen on MSG

Kevin KleinKevin Klein spoke with Sam Rosen on MSG prior to the Rangers and Hurricanes:

  • On the new and improved Kevin Klein, “I guess so, you don’t expect to have this quite hot of a start but the pucks are going in for me right now. Team effort, forwards are getting us the puck and an opportunity to get it through and time with the puck. All those things help in creating offense.”

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Stats: The Rangers five game winning streak

RangersDuring the Rangers five game winning streak they are out scoring their opponents 19-8. (Ranger Game Notes)

The Rangers only allowed 5 goals on their four game road trip and scored 15. (Ranger Game Notes)

The Rangers are 7-2 in their last nine,  9-3 in their last 12 and 15-7-4 in their last 26. (Ranger Game Notes)

The Rangers goal scorers during the streak are JT Miller (3), Kevin Klein (2), Rick Nash (3), Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin (2), Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Mats Zuccarello (2), Marc Staal, Kevin Hayes.