Final: Rangers 4 Jets 2

10:31PM: The following quotes are from the Rangers:

–        John Tortorella on tonight’s game…
“I think they have confidence, it’s just when something doesn’t go right for them in the game, and we lost some of that quick resiliency. Maybe tonight was a good lesson for us. They have to grab something to keep themselves aware and I believe it will come. It’s a matter of winning and losing for players for them to feel good about themselves. Hopefully for us this is a step in the right direction.”
–        Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game…
“It felt pretty good to see the puck go in. I thought we played a really strong game. They came back and put us on our heels a little bit, but our second and third periods were strong. The key was our penalty kill. And the second goal turned the whole game around.”
–        Ryan Callahan on the second period…
“I thought we held on to the puck more in their end, to be honest with you.  The first period we spent a lot of time in our own zone.  We didn’t create much energy off of that.  Once we got it in their end, we created some chances, we had a couple a

9:30PM:First Period:

  • Derek Stepan 11 (Assists: Ryan Callahan 7, Rick Nash 17)
  • Nik Antropov 5 (Assists: Kyle Wellwood 7)
  • Zach Bogosian 3 (Assists: Ron Hainsey 11, Olli Jokinen 5)

Second Period:

  • Ryan Callahan 10 (shorthanded) (Assists: Mats Zuccarello 1, Ryan McDonagh 10)

Third Period:

  • Derek Stepan 12 (Assists: Anton Stralman 3, Ryan Callahan 8)
  • Rick Nash 13 (Assists: Brad Richards 14)

Three Stars:

  • Three: Henrik Lundqvist
  • Two: Derek Stepan
  • One: Ryan Callahan



Adam’s Thoughts:

  • The game started really well for the Rangers and then turned just as fast. This game had all the makings of turning into a season-ender for the Rangers when they went down two men, already down a goal, in the second period. Instead they tied it up and never really lost control from there.
  • Tonight was one of those nights where you see how much Ryan Callahan means to the Rangers and how much he sets a tone. His game had been lacking a bit but he was excellent tonight with a goal and three assists. The Rangers needed their captain at his best and they got that and more tonight.
  • Speaking of excellent, the entire line of Callahan, Derek Stepan and Rick Nash was great.
  • I thought that the Brad Richards, Mats Zuccarello, Marian Gaborik line was good and created a lot. Zuccarello though needs to stay out of the box. Other than the penalties, he was noticeable for the second straight game and added a nice element to that line.
  • I don’t think he has done anything wrong, but it probably makes sense to consider sending Chris Kreider down again. It becomes a numbers game and just as Kreider was starting to get his game going, Mats Zuccarello came in and has played well and seemed to take his spot. Arron Asham could back into the lineup, Kreider would play big minutes in Hartford and the team could call someone up to act as the spare forward.

Rangers Game Notes:

Team Notes:
–       The Rangers defeated the Winnipeg Jets, 4-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden, and have now recorded a point in six of their last eight home games (5-2-1).
–       The Blueshirts improved to 17-15-3 (37 pts) overall, including an 11-6-2 mark at home this season.
–       The Rangers have posted a record of 22-6-3 in their last 31 games against Southeast Division opponents, including a 7-3-1 mark against the Southeast Division this season. The Blueshirts have out-scored their Southeast Division opponents, 98-64, over the span.
–       The Blueshirts held the Jets scoreless in five power play opportunities (9:15), to improve to 10-4-1 when not allowing a power play goal.
–       New York has registered a point in 11 of 13 games when scoring the first goal this season (10-2-1).
–       The Rangers out-shot the Jets, 35-28, including a 28-17 advantage after the first period.
–       The Blueshirts out-hit the Jets, 28-20, led by Brian Boyle’s game-high, six hits. New York was also credited with 25 blocked shots, led by Dan Girardi’s game-high, five blocked shots.
Player Notes:
–        Ryan Callahan tallied four points, including a shorthanded goal and a career high-tying, three assists, was credited with four hits, and posted a plus-four rating in 23:45 of ice time. It is the fourth time he has posted four or more points in a contest. His first assist in the game was his 100th career NHL assist.
–        Derek Stepan notched two goals, including the game’s opening goal at 0:19 of the first and the game-winning goal, registered four shots on goal, and posted a plus-four rating in 21:37 of ice time. He has tallied a point in 12 of the last 17 games, registering 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) over the span. Stepan is now one game shy of his 200th career NHL contest.
–        Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves to improve to 15-13-2 overall, including an 11-6-1 mark at home this season. He has held opponents to three goals or fewer in each of his last 15 games (8-6-1, 1.98 GAA, .929 Sv% over the span), and has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 19 games this season. Lundqvist is now tied with Ed Giacomin for second on the Rangers’ all-time goalie wins list with 267 career wins.
–        Rick Nash registered a goal, added an assist, and posted a plus-three rating in 17:39 of ice time. He has now tallied 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) in his last 21 games.
–        Anton Stralman recorded the primary assist on the game-winning goal, four shots on goal, was credited with two hits and four blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 19:15 of ice time, while skating in his 300th career NHL contest. He is now two points shy of 100 career NHL points.
–        Mats Zuccarello recorded his first assist of the season, while shorthanded, and registered three shots on goal in 17:41 of ice time. Zuccarello signed with the Rangers as a free agent on Thursday.
–        Ryan McDonagh tallied a shorthanded assist and posted a plus-two rating in 27:42 of ice time. The Rangers improved to 7-1-1 in games when he records a point this season.
–        Brad Richards registered one assist and four shots on goal in 18:12 of ice time. He has now tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games.
–        Dan Girarardi was credited with a game-high, five blocked shots, registered three hits, and logged a team-high, 29:15 of ice time.
–        Michael Del Zotto was credited with four hits and four blocked shots in 27:08 of ice time.