Recap: Derek Stepan on JT Miller and going on the road

Derek Stepan12/10/14 | 3:29PM: Derek Stepan met with the media following practice today and discussed the Rangers upcoming road trip as well as JT Miller (NYR) :

  • Right now moving forward, our biggest concern each time we step on the ice is two points. We are going out west, western trips are sometimes good for the team to bond for a bit. But there is also a lot of travel, you get both, you get bonding but also travel. Our focus is on playing for two points each night and make sure we put good things on the ice.”

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Recap: Derek Stepan, Rick Nash and Carl Hagelin’s Olympic Comments

Carl Hagelin, Rick Nash and Derek Stepan met with the media on Tuesday to discuss their time at the Olympics.

Stepan said (Rangers)

  • What shape are you in, “I was able to skate quite a bit, I skated almost every morning. Off-days…it was just me and one or two other guys. You get a good skate and I knew that when the slotted time for their practice was done that I did a little work for myself too.”

Hagelin said (Rangers)

  • On the Olympics, “just being part of such a great team and tournament will give me confidence moving forward. Hockey is so much about experience when you have been through something it will help you down the road. I had a lot of fun and got to play with some of the best players in the world. Winning the silver medal was pretty good too.”

Nash said (Rangers)

  • On having a different role, “they prepared us for that in 2010. One of the big things going into the tournament was guys accepting roles that they don’t have with their club teams and everyone bought into the game plan.”

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Read: Ryan Callahan is part of the “Meat Line” in Sochi

Ryan CallahanThe line of David Backes, Dustin Brown and Ryan Callahan has been dubbed the “Meat Line.” (Puck Daddy via PHT)

Backes said that he is “the beef,” Brown is “the pork” and Callahan is “the chicken.”

Derek Stepan had a lot to do with the name of the line and Backes said that while Stepan has only gotten into one game, he has “added a lot of character” to the room. (Puck Daddy)

Stepan came up with the idea and started issuing each of them a different type of meat while making sure Callahan would be the chicken. (Puck Daddy)

When asked about how the line works, Callahan said that they all work well down low and Dan Bylsma said that all three players have the same hard working mentality. (Puck Daddy)




Read: Dan Bylsma on Ryan McDonagh

McDonaghSince being put with Ryan Suter on Team USA’s top defense pairing, Ryan McDonagh has been playing the right side and not his natural spot on the left side.

McDonagh has played the second most minutes on Team USA, behind Suter, with 81:34 in total and 20:23 per game.

He has 1 goal, 1 assist and is a plus three in four games.

Team USA coach Dan Bylsma said yesterday, “Ryan McDonagh has played the off side….he has played it in New York. He has played there a little bit, he has killed penalties on his off side and that is something that we were looking on and possibly counting on coming into the tournament. We made that change in game two and I think he has grown even stronger with a couple of games under his belt. With the two shut down pairs we have been able to get good matchups……maybe one thing I didn’t know as much of from Ryan McDonagh was how well he skated, we have seen that both offensively and defensively and that pair with the top four guys have been a good shutdown group for our team.”

Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe tweeted “Ryan McDonagh impressive all tournament. Playing his weak side, too.”

It’s been said that McDonagh has had a breakout tournament for Team USA.

Recap: Ryan Callahan on The Michael Kay Show

Ryan CallahanRyan Callahan was a guest on The Michael Kay Show following the USA win over the Czech Republic:

  •  On Team USA, “it was good. A little slow at the start but we got better as the game went on and we have gotten better as the tournament has gone on.”
  • On David Backes goal at the end of the first being a lift, “It definitely does, it’s a big goal. To get scored on in that last minute changes the momentum and it took us into the second.”
  • On Russia losing, “it was a little bit. Playing them two games ago you know how good they are and the caliber of player that they are so it came as a bit of a shock but we are worried about what we had ahead.”
  • Was today the best, “It was right up there. I thought our transition game today was the best it has been and created a lot of opportunities for us and hopefully we can get better.”

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FINAL: USA eliminate Czech Republic

USATeam USA defeated the Czech Republic 5-2 today to advance to the semi finals.

The USA scorers were: James van Riemsdyk, Dustin Brown, David Backes, Zach Parise and Phil Kessel.

Ryan McDonagh had an assist and played 19:39.

  • 7:39 in the first, 4:48 in the second and 7:12 in the third.

Ryan Callahan played 14:57.

  • 4:59 in the first, 5:39 in the second and 4:19 in the third

Derek Stepan was scratched for Team USA.

USA Practice: Ryan McDonagh paired with Ryan Suter

USARyan McDonagh was paired with Ryan Suter earlier today at Team USA’s practice. (Dan Rosen)

McDonagh and Suter were paired together on Saturday against Russia but split up against on Sunday.

Ryan Callahan was with Dustin Brown and David Backes.

Derek Stepan was skating as an extra.

USA plays with the winner of Czech Republic and Slovakia at 12PM tomorrow. Jonathon Quick will start in goal.