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“Sure you’re happy with the first half (of the game), but certainly not with the outcome. We’re here to win games, not pat ourselves on the back when we think we deserve it. I would have liked to see us play a whole game like that.
“We played well right from the get-go, I think the first half of the game was pretty good. But you can’t win hockey games with the number of penalties we were given. Warranted or not, you’re not going to win when you’re taking (six) in a row. I disagree with a lot of those calls, but anyway . . .
“It’s tough to win in this league. And if we’re going to be taking that many penalties, it’s going to be tough for us to win. We need every break we can get here with this hockey club. We had to stay out of the box to give ourselves a chance. We didn’t do that.”
-Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins after the Bruins lost 5-2 to the Rangers. Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald has more on the game.
Catch the game highlights below...
via Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
Girardi was the recipient of a monster hit from Boston forward David Pastrnak at 10:55 of the second period, when the Blueshirts were in the middle of their torrid comeback. As Girardi reached up to play the puck with his hand at the center line, Pastrnak’s shoulder drove right into his chin.
There was a minor penalty assessed for an illegal check to the head, and after going through concussion protocol in the locker room, Girardi returned with no ill effects.
“I don’t really know it makes contact with my face at first, but it is what it is, I’m kind of vulnerable,” Girardi said. “He’s going to try to make a hit. He just hit me in the front of the face, so it wasn’t like it was the side-of-the-head hit or something. As soon as I got up, I was fine.”
Josh Jooris suffered a separated shoulder in the game too, a 5-2 win over the Bruins.
from Steve Zipay of Newsday,
More than 800 regular-season and playoff games and a locker full of records and endorsements later, Lundqvist has witnessed the game’s latest transformation from a net-front perch.
“When I entered the league [in 2005-06], it was still big and strong [players],” he said. “In the last three, four years, there’s a lot more shorter players. It’s about skating, it’s about speed, it’s about balance and skill. The rules changes helped, there’s a lot less holding, grabbing, hooking [allowed]. So it’s a faster game for sure, a lot of odd-man rushes, that’s really where you get hurt, but that’s also where you cash in.”
The new generation — think of the 24-and-under Team North America squad in the World Cup and dazzling players such as Vladimir Tarasenko and rookie Patrick Laine — has made goaltending tougher.
“It’s more challenging,” said Lundqvist, who won the Vezina Trophy in 2011-12. “They can shoot better, and in one-on-one situations against top players, they can pick the corners. You need to be square, you need to read the situation quicker. It’s challenging, but fun.”
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Through three games that include Monday’s 7-4 victory at the Garden over the Sharks in which seven goals were scored in the third period, the final two into San Jose’s empty net, it is mission accomplished for the 2-1 Blueshirts.
For the difference in pace from a year ago has been palpable. Everything is geared to playing much the way the Penguins did en route to winning the Stanley Cup. Speed. Pressure. More speed. More pressure.
“A copycat league,” is the way coach Alain Vigneault put it. Imagine if only the Rangers had Carl Hagelin.
But seriously, folks, changes in personnel have been accompanied by a change in mindset. The Rangers are quick on the puck, quick to move the puck, and, vitally, quick to defend. No more lollygagging.
Case in point, again, because it so starkly contrasts to last season, after Kevin Hayes turned over the puck at the offensive blue line 4:20 into the third it was No. 13 who hurried back for a takeaway at the defensive line five seconds later.
“Number 1, is to play with speed,” Stepan said. “Number 2, we want to defend, which maybe we got away from last season. We’re coming back hard and we’re coming back to take care of the middle of the ice.”
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Regarding the Rangers, who already will have completed more than 1/40 of their season after Monday’s match at the Garden against Stanley Cup finalist San Jose:
My, how time flies when you’re taking care of the defensive zone.
Yes indeed, wayward Winnipeg right defenseman Jacob Trouba fills a crying need for the Rangers, both in present and future tense, and the Blueshirts might well be able to get him for, say, Brady Skjei and Chris Kreider, maybe even for Skjei and J.T. Miller. They might as well add Dylan McIlrath to the package.
But that price is too high, even if it is obvious that the Blueshirts’ right side is questionable at full strength and already stressed attempting to cope with injuries to Dan Girardi (sidelined indefinitely with the hip flexor he sustained Saturday) and Kevin Klein (perhaps in against the Sharks after missing the first two with lower back problems). It is too high even if it seems at first blush as if the Rangers have an abundance of wingers.
There is no rush. The clock on Trouba, the 22-year-old unsigned free agent who is seeking a trade, won’t begin to tick meaningfully until the NHL’s Dec. 1 sign-or-else deadline comes into focus.
continued plus more on the Rangers...
from Justin Terranova of the New York Post,
“I like the fact that nobody is talking about the Rangers,” MSG Network analyst Joe Micheletti said. “When they start talking about who is going to win the division, the Eastern Conference, the Stanley Cup, they are never mentioned.”
Micheletti’s confidence is higher than most and based on a few factors: the potential he saw from young forwards Jimmy Vesey and Pavel Buchnevich in training camp and preseason, the potential for Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller to become stars this season and that Dan Girardi, Marc Staal and Rick Nash simply just cannot be as mediocre as they were last season.
“Rick Nash had the worst statistical year of his career, Dan Girardi had an injury-plagued off-year, Marc Staal same thing,” Micheletti said. “And you had all these factors and they still earned 101 points, and I just think it’s a long shot to say that these players with what we’ve seen from them in recent history are anywhere near being finished …
“The core guys who have been here a number of years came in with the attitude that ‘We didn’t play like we should have last year or accomplish what we wanted to do as a team.’ When you look at those things and you throw them all together, it has led to an enthusiastic, upbeat training camp.”
SAN JOSE, CA - Defenseman Dan Boyle today formally announced his retirement from the game of hockey, completing 17 stellar seasons in the National Hockey League - six of which he spent as a member of the San Jose Sharks.
Boyle played in 1,093 NHL games with Florida, Tampa Bay, San Jose and the New York Rangers, scoring 605 points (163 goals, 442 assists) and 693 penalty minutes. He was a member of Tampa Bay's 2004 Stanley Cup-winning team and appeared in 130 Stanley Cup Playoff games, adding 81 points (17 goals, 64 assists).
"Today, I would like to formally announce my retirement from the National Hockey League," said Boyle. "I've been fortunate and blessed to have had the opportunity to do what I most love to do. All I wanted to do as a young boy was have the opportunity to play ONE game in the NHL. Over a thousand games later, this whole experience seems surreal. I want to thank all four organizations for the opportunity, my teammates and the FANS for this amazing run that I will cherish forever."
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added 8:26pm, video below with replay....
from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
Despite an influx of youth, and despite a handful of underachieving veterans still on the roster, Vigneault is confident in his club. In his first meeting with the press Thursday, after the players came in for their physicals, Vigneault made it clear that he thinks highly of his team — even if he is not entirely sure of what he has yet.
“We still believe that we’re a very strong hockey team,” Vigneault said at the Westchester practice facility. “We’ve got some very good experience, some guys that have played big games, important games, big minutes. And we have some younger guys that are developing, improving. And now we’re adding some younger guys and a couple old players that can help us on the penalty kill.
“I see good speed, which is something that I like. As you guys know, I like to play a fast, high-tempo game, and we’d like to continue that. And that’s why we’ve got training camp here, to get everyone on the same page.”
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