Read: Was Cee Lo Green taunting the Islanders last night?

This morning on Leafs Breakfast on TSN1 1050, Darren Dreger recounted his experience at Yankee Stadium last night.

Dreger said that one of the highlights for him was “Cee Lo Green, I don’t what was it, before the game, whatever it was, he was taunting Islander fans and boy did they turn on this short, little, stout man in a hurry. He would break into his own song and just stop and say ‘the Rangers are gonna kick the Islanders asses’ and they were outraged. So when he came up in the first intermission they put a slate up on the big screen at Yankee Stadium saying ‘coming up next Cee Lo Green’ and there was just this enormous ‘boooo.’ That was one of the highlights for me.”

@myboystepan on twitter sends in this report, “I think unintentionally. He started by asking fans of either team to cheer. For the Isles, he kept saying “you may be outnumbered, but make some noise” or something of that sort. Later, he focused only on Rangers fans, and asking them exclusively to make noise, once saying “if you think the NYR will kick the NYI ass, make some noise” It wasn’t clear if it was intentional or just a part of his overall poor performance skills.”

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Read: Will the Rangers have an advantage tonight because they already played outside?

Yankee Stadium 1:25Ryan Callahan said yesterday (MSG) that knowing what to expect from playing outside should help the Rangers tonight in their game against the Islanders at Yankee Stadium.

Callahan said, “you know the surroundings and the routines but it’s a new game and new team and we play at night so it’s a few new things to look forward to.”

Brad Richards said on Sunday (MSG) that he thinks that coming into Wednesday’s game with two points will help the Rangers and that they know to keep things simple because they have experienced the conditions and ice surface before.

Alain Vigneault said after the Devils that he doesn’t think that the Rangers will have an advantage on Wednesday that the Islanders will feed off of their first opportunity to play outside”

On Tuesday, Vigneault said “it is definitely not going to hurt. Probably, I think the individual it will help the most is Hank. To get the bearings, the fact that the people aren’t behind and that he has had the opportunity to have a practice and a game, I think should help him. We all saw how challenging it was for the goalies at the beginning of the game so it should help him. We have one game experience at Yankee Stadium so it shouldn’t hurt.”

Chris Kreider said that tonight’s game will be completely different from Sunday’s game and they will be “independent entities.” He said that the team will be able to take certain things from Sunday’s game but the key will be how they adjust to what is different.” (

Read: Henrik Lundqvist and Ryan Callahan on the ice at Yankee Stadium

Yankee StadiumFollowing practice today, Ryan Callahan said (MSG) that the ice at Yankee Stadium was “tough” and that being outside you expect it to be bumpy, rough and that the ice crew did the best they could with it.

Henrik Lundqvist said today (MSG), “I don’t expect the ice to be at the same level as when we play at the Garden but playing outdoor,s it’s a temporary ice and if the puck comes down maybe you put your glove behind the stick in case it bounces but I told the guys that on rims behind the net I may not play it as much in case it bounces but you have to kind of expect that. I thought the ice was pretty good though…. when it starts snowing it’s a different feeling and everything moves slower but they were out there a lot clearing the snow so it was fine.”

Brian Boyle said today that he didn’t like how some people were complaining about the ice and that it was the same for both teams. He added that “obviously” with the rink being built in the middle of the infield of a baseball stadium the ice isn’t going to be “normal.” (Daily News)

Following the game, there were mixed reports on how ice held up.

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Read: How the game changed when the Devils went up 3-1

Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 3.07.06 PMThe Rangers scored 4 goals in the second period last night against the Devils and 3 of them came off of odd-man rushes.

Patrick Elias said after the game on MSG, “they kept it simple and we didn’t. They were pretty patient without the puck,we were trying to be over aggressive, got caught our guys on the forechecking in their zone and then they got odd-man rushes.

Kevin Weekes and Mike Johnston said on the NHL Network last night that the Devils went away from the their structure and fell in love with a speed game that they couldn’t play.

Marty Brodeur said after the game, “In the second…some of the goals they scored they didn’t even shoot the puck on net. It went off of them or they tried to make a pass and it went off our guys. Just kind of a tough break, tough game to be part of and you’re looking forward to these kinds of events……. and then you have a result like that.” (SNY’s Nick Licalzi)

Rick Nash said after the game that nearly all of the Rangers goals were lucky and that “when you work hard and keep it simple” bounces will go your way.”

Pierre McGuire said this morning on TSN 1050 that the Devils made terrible decisions after they went up 3-1.

Adam Rotter: It was such an un-Devil like performance, with all of the defensive miscues, and not clamping down when up 3-1 but the Rangers took advantage when the opportunities were presented. There was another odd-man rush or two that they didn’t score on, Derek Stepan hit the post, and it seemed like the Devils started playing into how the Rangers wanted them to play. It turned out well for the Rangers who used their speed to get up the ice and put the Devils in a vulnerable position.

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FINAL: Rangers 7 Devils 3

4:24PM: First Period:

  • Patrik Elias 8 (Assists: Ryane Clowe 10)
  • Dominic Moore 4 (Assists: Anton Stralman 5, Brian Boyle 8)
  • Patrik Elias 9 (power-play) (Assists: Jaromir Jagr 27, Marek Zidlicky 20)
  • Travis Zajac 8 (Assists: Jaromir Jagr 28, Mark Fayne 3)
  • Marc Staal 3 (Assists: Dominic Moore 6)

Second Period:

  • Mats Zuccarello 14 (Assists: John Moore 8, Derick Brassard 19)
  • Mats Zuccarello 15 (Assists: Derick Brassard 20, Benoit Pouliot 11)
  • Carl Hagelin 12 (Assists: Ryan Callahan 11, Anton Stralman 6)
  • Rick Nash 18 (Assists: Derek Stepan 25, Marc Staal 5)

Third Period:

  • Derek Stepan 10 (penalty shot)



Adam’s Thoughts:

  •  This was a strange game with a lot of bounces but the Rangers came out on top and worked, especially in the second period, to get their bounces, force turnovers and score on odd-man rushes.
  • After the first the Rangers seemed to make an adjustment and started to push the pace and become the better team. They forced the Devils to turn it over and seemed to have an odd-man rush on every other shift. As the game went on the Rangers started to control the pace and play their kind of game.
  • Henrik Lundqvist struggled early, and admitted to Pierre McGuire that he wasn’t really ready because of the delay, but got better as the game went along and kept the Devils from mounting any sort of comeback.
  • It’s a lot better to look back on this game because it was a win, but this was a really important two points for the Rangers and a game they needed after dropping the last two.

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Picture: Overhead view of Yankee Stadium (With Alain Vigneault pre game comments)


Before the game on NBC, Alain Vigneault said, “okay men…we need to put our focus on the process. Just like we saw on the tape before the game, we know it’s gonna be a greasy game, that is how this team plays. With the puck in our zone, chip and slash. In the neutral zone move the puck before they set up in the offensive zone before they swarm, move it east/west or low to high. We have to move it quick, if we don’t have puck I want numbers coming back, I want numbers in our end and their top line, it’s a good line and we need numbers and good sticks and body position. Shift at a time, go out and have fun, it’s a great day to be here.”

NOTE: Start of the game to be delayed because of glare from sun

12:43PM: Clouds are coming and conditions for the players should get better as the game goes on. (Stephanie Abrams)

12:41PM: Puck drop at 1:38PM (Doc Emrick)

Bill Daly with Pierre McGuire:

  • “when I got here an hour and a half ago we had a bright sunshine over first base, no clouds, we took a look at the Rangers defensive end in the first period and the sun was too bright and the glare was too much for it to be safe for the players.”
  • On the ice, “I think Dan Craig’s guys did a great job with the ice. We were worried about the far corners and the sun but now we are getting some cooperation form mother nature with a cloud bank rolling in.
  • “We want the players out on the ice at 1PM and we want the puck to drop at 1:35″

Events at Yankee Stadium will start at 12:50PM. (Gulitti)

12:33PM: Teams will take warmups at 1PM (Mike Morreale)

“I was just on the third-base side, and I wouldn’t want to a goaltender looking into that glare.” (Jeff Klein)

12:32PM: John Giannone says that the hope sis for a 1:45PM puck drop.

12:23PM: The feeling at the stadium is that the glare may not be too bad and they could start soon. (SNY’s Nick Licalzi)

The end that has the glare is the one that Henrik Lundqvist will defend in the first and third period. (Katie Strang)

It is starting to cloud over the stadium (Tom Gulitti)

12:10PM: The NHL has announced that the start of the game at Yankee Stadium between the Rangers and Devils will be delayed an undetermined amount of time because of glare from the sun. (Rangers)

The glare from the sun has raised concerns about player safety (Zipay) and some players went out to the rink and said that it was not playable with the sun the way it is. (Gross)

The situation will be reassessed every half hour and the start of the game could be delayed until 2:30. (Tom Gulitti)

Yankee Stadium

GameDay: Rangers and Devils at Yankee Stadium

Game notes via the Rangers:

  • The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils, Jan. 26, in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium (12:30 p.m. — TV: NBC; Radio: ESPN 98.7).
  • The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 27-23-3 (57 pts).
  • The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the St. Louis Blues, 2-1, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, in their seventh home game in an eight-game span.
  • The Blueshirts have won 11 of their last 17 games (11-5-1) and six of their last nine, and are tied for third in the conference in ROW (24).
  • The Devils enter the contest with a 22-19-11 (55 pts) record to rank 11th in the Eastern Conference, and have won their last two games.
  • Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New York Islanders on Wednesday, Jan. 29 (7:30 p.m.), in the second game of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium.                                                           To read more of this story, click here