- How did it feel to be at MSG as a Ranger, “it felt great. It was a busy day for me. Things happened fast, getting to the rink and organized and getting on the ice. I was able to break the ice that fast, not think about it too much and just play the game.”
- On being with Richards and Hagelin, “I don’t know, I saw yesterday that we had a lot of good looks early on….not only do I have to get acclimated to my line mates but also 17-18 guys in the locker room. Trying to get a feel for how they play the game, situational stuff and PP. For me, it’s hard to get adjusted really quick but I got a practice under my belt today and keep building it up and getting better everyday.” To read more of this story, click here
12:13PM: Mats Zuccarello looks “fully functional” on the ice. (Gross)
12:12PM: “Carcillo down hard in practice after being hit on right leg by shot in front of net. Skating it off now. Wincing.” (Gross)
12:07PM: Carl Hagelin is not skating today and has been given a maintenance day by the team. (Andrew Gross)
Mats Zuccarello is skating in Hagelin’s spot with Brad Richards and Marty St. Louis. (Gross)
Diaz will meet the team in Carolina prior to tomorrow’s game against the Hurricanes.
During a pre game chat with John Giannone, Brad Richards described the day by saying “it’s different because Cally has been unbelievable to me here and has become a good friend and teammate…everyone knows my relationship with Marty so…I just hope it works out for both of them. I know Cally is going to a great spot and he will love it down there.”
After the game, Richards said on MSG “It was the first time I had a good friend coming and a good friend leaving which is very bizarre. It’s a weird feeling. You aren’t happy or sad and just sitting there wondering how to react and what to say to Cally. It’s a tough day for him and as an organization we got a great human being, a great leader and a great player so we move on and he will add to this group nicely.
Henrik Lundqvist said after the game, “It was a little bit shocking though there was a lot of talk about Cally. It’s tough to see him leave. He has been a great teammate, friend and player for this team for so many years. In the end this is the way we decided to go as a team. I am really excited about having Marty here, such a skilled player and a great guy too. It’s such a mixed feeling right now, to get to play with a player like that and then see a good friend and teammate leave so…I’m not really sure how to feel right now.”
Ryan McDonagh said on MSG, “I think our group was pretty good about moving past the deadline and being focused. It was kind of the same routine for us. Went about our meetings and just prepared, these are important games for us. We gotta, we can’t make mistakes defensively and with breakdown. We need to work harder to get inside and get those rebounds offensively.
Derek Stepan said “you try to understand that this is the way the business works. It takes some time to grasp a hold of it and it will be a different room for sure. I will miss him. I wish him all the best and we get a player in return and hopefully find a way to win hockey games down the stretch here. We need to focus on that.”
Stepan added that the Rangers leaders rallied the group to focus on the game at hand and trying to get two points.
Callahan is skating with Valtteri Filppula and Nikita Kucherov. (Erlendsson)
Below is a clip that the Tampa Bay Lightning have sent out showing Ryan Callahan step on the ice for his first practice as a member of the Lightning.
After the game Marty St. Louis met with the media for the first time since being traded (MSG) :
- On Wednesday, “A lot of emotions today. I was blessed to play in one place for 14 years, I will cherish those years. Tampa has been a home to my family and I have nothing but great memories. The fans have always been awesome to me and I kind grew up there, as a player and I am thankful for everything the Lightning has brought to me and my family. I have a lot of respect for Mr. Vinik and Steve Yzerman to honor my wishes and it was a tough day for my family but we are all excited to be here. This is an opportunity for me…to play in a big market team…it’s gonna be a challenge, it’s going to be different, just getting ready for the game and little things that you are used to, new locker room, new team, new teammates, gotta get acclimated. I like what they have here. I thought tonight was a gutsy comeback, unfortunately we couldn’t get the extra point but I am happy to just come here and break the ice to fly in and get that first game over with and move on.”
- On Marty, “for everything going on in his day or the last couple of days, flying in and playing I thought for the most part it was alright. We were playing against a team that plays fast and on the rush that has good tempo. For the most part we were able to control some of their tempo and rush. Where I would have liked to see us be more effective, we spent a lot of time in their end, a lot of time with the puck but not a lot on the inside. We didn’t get a lot of quality chances off the puck possession time that we had. That is an area we will have to be better. 5 on 5 tonight I don’t think we were as good as we have been in the past.
10:52PM: Quotes from the Rangers:
Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game…“We were playing against a team that plays a fast game and is real good on the rush with good tempo. I thought for the most part we were able to control some of their skill and some of their rush. I would have liked to see us be a little bit more effective. We spent a lot of time in their end and a lot of time with the puck, but didn’t get a lot inside or quality chances off the puck possession time that we had… so that’s an area we are going to have to be better. Five-on-five tonight I don’t think we were as good as we have been in the past.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game…“Every point is important right now, so it’s annoying the way it ended. It felt like we definitely had the chance to get the two points. We played really well and worked ourselves back into this game. It’s a big frustration right now to not come out of it with two points.”
Martin St. Louis on today’s events…“There were a lot of emotions today. I was blessed to play in one place for 14 years. I’ll cherish those years. Tampa’s been a home for my family and I have nothing but great memories. The fans have always been awesome to me. I kind of grew up there, so to speak; I grew up as a player and I’m thankful for everything the Lightning has brought to me and my family. It was a tough day for my family, but we are all excited to be here. This is an opportunity for me to play with a big market team, and it’s going to be a challenge obviously. Being somewhere for 14 years, it’s just different – getting ready for the game, just little things that you’re used to. New locker room, new team, new teammates – I have to get acclimated. I like what we have here. I think tonight was a gutsy comeback. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the extra point, but I was happy to come here and just break the ice, I guess. I was able to fly in and get that first game over with.”
9:50PM: First Period:
- Tyler Bozak 13 (penalty shot)
- Nazem Kadri 16 (Assists: Nikolai Kulemin 11)
- Ryan McDonagh 10 (short-handed) (Assists: Dominic Moore 9, Brian Boyle 10)
- Dominic Moore 5 (short-handed) (Assists: Derek Stepan 30)
- Tyler Bozak 14 (Assists: Phil Kessel 37, Paul Ranger 8)
- The Rangers pick up an important point in a game where I thought they played pretty well. They weren’t perfect but had enough chances and played well enough to win.
- Marty St. Louis was pretty good tonight for a first game though he didn’t make the same kind of first game impact that Derick Brassard, John Moore and Ryane Clowe did last year. You could see his offensive instincts and a lot of the small/subtle plays he makes to get the puck from the defense or put him in position to create offense.
- St. Louis’ line with Richards and Carl Hagelin looked pretty comfortable out there. Hagelin was trying to force the puck to St. Louis a little more than he should have but it was encouraging to see them all talking and going through things on the bench.
- A strong game from Dominic Moore who assumes a bigger role than he already had on the PK and in some defensive roles with Ryan Callahan now gone.
- It’s three losses in a row and all the sudden things are much more bunched up in the division.