- On Rick Nash’s play rubbing off, “we need him to play the way that he is, we are no different than any other team. You need your top players to be your top performers and that is what Rick is doing for us now.”
12/17/14 | 8:27AM: Tallinder said that he requested to be released so that he could start talking with other teams. (Aftonbladet)
Tallinder said that the Rangers are already at 50 contracts and would need to “break one” to get him on board. (Aftonbladet)
He said that he would prefer to stay in North America but is also willing to return to Sweden. (Aftonbladet)
12/16/14 | 6:45PM: The Wolf Pack have released defenseman Henrik Tallinder from his PTO. (AHL Transaction Wire, via Zipay)
For a lot more on Tallinder, click HERE.
- Rick Nash (19) Wrist shot – ASST: NONE
- PPG – Chris Kreider (5) Wrist shot – ASST: NONE
- SHG – Rick Nash (20) ASST: Derek Stepan (13), Dan Girardi (6)
- Derek Stepan (3) Wrap-around – ASST: Martin St. Louis (13), Henrik Lundqvist (1)
- Jiri Hudler (13) Tip-in – ASST: Mark Giordano (23), Matt Stajan (3)
- EN – Carl Hagelin (7) Backhand shot – ASST: Kevin Hayes (8), Lee Stempniak (7)
- PPG – Curtis Glencross (6) Snap shot – ASST: Sean Monahan (10), Dennis Wideman (9)
- You can’t ask for a much better three-game trip out to Western Canada. The Canucks game was the best of the bunch but tonight was better than Sunday and overall it’s just more signs pointing in the right direction.
- Unlike the previous two games, Henrik Lundqvist was tested at times tonight and was very good.
- Rick Nash has been the MVP for the Rangers this season and there really isn’t a worthy contender. He’s been dominant at both ends of the rink and I don’t know if I have seen him play this well since the 2010 Olympics.
- At times tonight we saw the Chris Kreider that the Rangers need. He was using his speed, getting into the offensive zone alone and probably could have ended up with at least another goal.
- It’s 4 in a row heading into a home and home on the weekend with Carolina. It seems like the Rangers have turned the corner but it still may be a little earlier to say for sure that they are past their inconsistency and struggles.
11:22PM: Miller returned to the bench with 5:48 left in the third period.
12.16.14 | 11:11PM: JT Miller went to the Rangers locker room early in the third period with Rangers trainer Jim Ramsay.
Mark Giordano stepped up and hit Miller at the blue line 5:53 into the third period.
Earlier in that shift Miller was tripped up off a faceoff by Matt Stajan
John Giannone said on MSG, “he knew something was wrong when he got to the bench, screamed an obscenity, summoned Jim Ramsay and they headed off to the locker room. He pretty much knew right away that something was wrong.”
He was hit earlier in the game by Bouma which led to Tanner Glass fighting Bouma.
Miller has played 13:31 tonight and was 4 and 8 on faceoffs. He had 1 giveaway, 3 takeways and 2 blocked shots.
- “we are getting all sorts of chances tonight because they are just blowing up the ice. Both defensemen are joining the rush almost every single time and that is creating an opportunity for us but for every chance that we can they are getting chances too, it’s a different type of game, you want to take advantage of the opportunities but also take care of your own end.”
- Do you hunker down in the third, “they will take every possible chance in the third, we need to keep not only one guy high but two. We have to match their numbers in our end, 3 on 3, 4 on 4 or 5 on 5.”