Early in the third period as he was carrying the puck into the Carolina zone, Brad Richards was slashed on the hand by Eric Staal.
Richards immediately took his hand off the stick, shook it to alleviate the pain and then went to the bench screaming at the referee and slamming the door.
Richards continued to play in the third period, he played 5:46, and picked up the secondary assist on Derek Stepan’s game winning goal.
Richards had an x-ray on his fingers last night but doesn’t think that they will cause a problem for him, “It’s a bit of a stinger while it happens and, hopefully, tomorrow I wake up a little sore and move on.” (North Jersey)
Jordan Staal 12 (Assists: Alexander Semin 17, Ron Hainsey 10)
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)
This had all the makings of one of those games where an unheralded goalie, though Khudobin has been strong this year, shuts down the Rangers and the Rangers drop a game they should win. Instead the Rangers found a way to break through, catch a couple of breaks, capitalize on them and end up picking up two huge points.
Mats Zuccarello looked as if he didn’t miss any time at all. He was strong with the puck, all over the ice and showed how much he was missed when he was out.
Marty St. Louis was strong once again and picked up his first point as a Ranger with an excellent pass to Derek Stepan.
Another short-handed goal and another goal for Ryan McDonagh who just gets better and better.
The Rangers acquired Raphael Diaz on Wednesday and Glen Sather said that Diaz was a player the team tried to acquire in the past and that he brings the ability to move the puck, make a first pass and play on the PP.
Alain Vigneault said yesterday that Diaz was brought in as a “depth guy” but if/when he gets the chance to play and if he plays well he will stay in the lineup. He added, “I will use the players that give us the best chance to win. Right now he has been brought in as a depth defenseman and we will see what happens.”
Diaz has played 134 NHL games, has 5 goals, 38 assists and has played:
11-12: 18:00 in 59 games
12-13: 21:33 in 23 games
13-14: 19:33 in 52 games (19:54 in 46 MTL games, 16:58 in 6 VAN games)
2:58PM: Diaz says that he likes to be an offensive player but the key is finding the right moment to jump into the play. He added that he will get an understanding of the Rangers system when he meets with the coaches on Saturday. (NY Post)
Alain Vigneault met with the media yesterday after the Rangers practiced and before they went to Carolina (Rangers):
How good was it to have Marty practice today, “for me, Marty had played 5 games in 7 nights prior to last night and yesterday was a challenging day. We went through a nice 35 minute practice with him though Hags didn’t skate today, he got an extra maintenance day, I think that for the most part we did what we had to do in practice. We worked on a couple of areas and we will get ready for a big tough game tomorrow.”
Will you have Zucc, “I would say right now that it’s a game time decision. He had a good practice today and I spoke with him briefly at the end of it and he felt pretty good. I think they were going to talk with the doctors a little later and make a decision.”