The New York Rangers (45-20-7) defeated the New Jersey Devils (41-27-5) by the score of 4-2, tonight. For a boxscore and recap go to Yahoo! Sports.
...can you say playoffs Rangers fans?
...listen, I can't predict what's in store for this team going forward, but if they go on a nice run to end the season and into the playoffs, every Rangers fans should send a thank you note to Devils coach Peter DeBoer for waking this team from its recent slumber by basically challenging to the Blueshirts to a game opening brawl which they were more than happy to accept. Strategy completely blew up in his face by giving all the momentum to the Rangers and the MSG crowd. It's been awhile since we've seen that Rangers team and it was great to have them back.
...welcome to the season Brandon Dubinsky.
...amazing how much better of a team the Rangers are with Callahan in the line-up. Made life miserable for Brodeur.
...not exactly a classic Lundqvist/Brodeur match-up.
...little bit of a tough go for Stepan recently so it was nice to see him clinch the win with a sweet deflection.
...i guess Zuccarello HAS sparked the power play.
...hey Carter, you got knocked the F out!
...Boyle's stat line: two blocked shots, six hits and 13 of 18 on faceoffs. That's the type of performance you need to win these games.
...line of the night by Rupp to Clarkson, "You better be careful. If you keep talking I'm going to knock you out on national TV." Unreal!
...not sure any team in the NHL can handle Hagelin's speed.
...off tomorrow then Red Wings in town on Wednesday.
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John Tortorella post game...
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@TheNYRBlog is there a possibility that bickel might get a call from shannaban for planting Carters face in the ice?
Great win...loved the grit, the enthusiam. But let's face it, there were times in the second period when the Rangers were losing battles on the boards and could not get out of their own zone. Similar to the Penguins game. There is still work to be done. And this team will have to be operating on all cylinders to get deep in the playoffs.
I thought that Dubinsky played a very good game tonight. I hope he keeps it up.
Zuccarello is an animal. The guy sees the ice very well, make his line mates better players and is not afraid to hit someone. I hope he stays for good!
It seems as if a lot of you despise Emrick. I happen to like him. He was even better when he and JD did the national games together.
And I do have to point out one thing, does Pierre McGuire know his high school/collegiate/international hockey or what?
It's sad that if zucc was only 3 to 4 inches taller he would be a second to first liner on this team without question. It's really unfair that someone with his extreme skill also has the genes that makes him "normal people small"
Boyle was solid and his line was a'forecheckin like champs, but he's a stone-handed stiff. He has to bury some of those chances. MZA was pretty good even strength. Bickel BLASTED Carter and during the fight all they were saying was how Carter got in two rights??? Stupid Emerick still has his Devil slant. And can someone fire a puck at earthworm Jim Mcguire in his little cubby he's got there. I mean, sometimes he has some good insight like the Rupp quote, but I don't need every player's alma mater ALL game. "Doc and Enzo!". Stop.
"You better be careful. If you keep talking I'm going to knock you out on national TV." Outstanding!!!!
2005 Swedish Elite League MVP - Henrik Lundqvist
2010 Swedish Elite League MVP - Mats Zuccarello Aasen
Love Secondary scoring (Zucc And Dubi), Zucc finishing 3 checks, Rupp on the 3rd line, Bickle's game, Callys all around game. Man the Rangers were up for his one and it showed
What Rupp said to Clarkston may have supplanted Avery's, "career minor leaguer" as my favorite line dropped on Clarkston.
Boyle is a beast shot-blocker/PKer. But he is as bad offensively as he is good defensively. He gets so many chances and I'm never suprised that he never buries one. Cally in the slot on the PP or maybe Rupp
If you look at his season game log,Stepan has been pretty much feast or famine in his point production,lets hope with the 2 points tonight he goes on a prolonged feast.Still,he's only 21 and with those points tonight he surpasses his total from last year,so there's clear progress.Speaking of age,with Erixon in for Strallman is this the youngest defense in the Rangers history?I think the 6 of them average out to under 24 years old.
Welcome back Ranger hockey! Thats the Ranger team we've been missing. This is the grit these guys need to bring everyday. Pretty sure they didn't pass up a chance to finish a single hit.
Zuccs solid again, looks like he played himself onto this team for the near future. To be honest, I didn't think he had it in him.
@GraigGiuliani I dunno, Doc is my favorite commentator. he's so damn quick and witty and always gets it right, unlike Sam and Joe (ugh)
@GraigGiuliani I've heard him call some games okay, but that's pretty rare. Emrick at his WORST was the Winter Classic when Richards scored "RRREEEEEHHCHURDS"
It's ALWAYS used in promos and I CRINGE!
@GraigGiuliani I totally agree. For years, I have hated listening to him on national broadcasts. Can't understand how he gets so much work.
Watching Hagelin gets me so pumped. He skates at top speed all the time. You hear about some guys who have that "extra gear," like Gabby. Hagelin doesn't have an extra gear, he has one gear: really motherf***ing fast. All the time. Kinda reminds me of Bure when he was at his peak, just flying all over the place--in the corners, through the middle, along the boards. Just blazing.