The following are from Hockey Night Live:
10:15PM: John Tortorella:
- “I thought as the game went on we started to play better. Collectively I didn’t think we played that well. We still had a chance on the 5 on 3 but we came up empty.”
- “We didn’t move the puck well, I don’t think Nash touched it. We didn’t make the right plays and it didn’t work.”
- “We started the season and we did not play well enough to win, Boston did.”
- “Haggy takes a stupid penalty, Brian takes a yapping penalty.”
9:56PM: Ryan Callahan:
- On the penalties, “They impacted our first a little bit. It’s hard to kill that many penalties in a row and get everybody into the game.”
- On the 5 on 3, “Richie had a couple of good shots, one hit me, but at the end of the day we have to score on it. I thought that hurt us a little bit and killed our momentum”
- On what they need to do ” we need to increase our battled level, that is first. System-wise we aren’t where we want to be but that is expected. We just need to increase our battle level and level of compete and we will be better.”
Billy Jaffe, “I think the Rangers were okay tonight. They will be better tomorrow night with a game under their belt.
Ken Daneyko thinks that it will take about 7-10 days for Rick Nash to feel really comfortable with his teammates and linemates.
Dave Maloney on Nash, “How well he uses his frame. He protects the puck really well. We used to watch Jagr protect the puck in a similar way.”
Dave on the 5 on 3, “it’s a work in progress. I think Gaborik or Nash has to have the puck. You need your big guys shooting it.”
Rangers Game Notes:
- The Rangers opened their 2013 regular season campaign tonight with a 3-1 loss against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.
- The Blueshirts penalty kill was 7-7 (100%) in the contest.
- The Rangers out-hit the Bruins, 34-27, and were credited with 10 blocked shots in the contest.
- Four players made their Rangers debut in tonight’s contest: Jeff Halpern, Rick Nash, Taylor Pyatt and Brandon Segal. Rookie Chris Kreider also made his NHL regular season debut after skating in 18 playoff contests with the Rangers last season.
- Tonight’s loss ended the Rangers’ four-game winning streak at TD Garden. The Blueshirts are now 5-2-0 in their last seven games at Boston.
- Brad Richards tallied the Rangers’ first goal of the season at 12:50 of the second period. He finished the contest with a team-high (tie), three shots on goal, and led all forwards with 21:46 of ice time. Richards has now notched seven goals and 13 points in 12 career season openers.
- Rick Nash recorded the primary assist on Richards’ goal and was credited with two hits in 21:41 of ice time, while making his Rangers debut. He has now tallied five assists and 10 points in 10 career season-opening games.
- Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 31 of 34 shots in the contest. Last season, he made 30+ saves in 18 contests, posting a record of 12-5-1 with a 2.08 goals against average, .941 save percentage and two shutouts in those contests. Lundqvist is now 4-2-1 with a 2.42 goals against average and .919 save percentage in seven career season-opening games.
- Dan Girardi registered an assist and led all skaters with three blocked shots and 24:47 of ice time. Girardi has now tallied four assists in six career season openers.