Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
The Wrap: Lundqvist, Torts, Bryz quotes, select stats. Enjoy.
Big night in Philadelphia, as we wrap up here at Wells Fargo. Plenty to chew on. Still don’t know who first-round opponent will be, thinking Washington, but...
First, some more quotes:
Lundqvist: “I was struggling all third period. I told Marty (Biron) to be ready just in case I couldn't go. A couple of times I was like, ‘I'm out of here.’ I can't really hold a stick. It was tough in the third. Luckily they didn't shoot any hard ice shots, that would have been tough for me. I wanted to stay out there. It was a fun game. I just tried to battle….It will be a couple of days that's for sure. We'll see how it feels in two days. It's going to be sore tomorrow. Hopefully I'm okay for the next game. It was tough. Usually, I'm pretty strong in my hand to hold a stick and get a lot of balance. When you don't have that you get a little insecure, but it worked out today."
Lundqvist: "So proud of what we have done so far this year. This group has been amazing. They show up everyday and they work really hard. Our top players have been scoring at the right time. Then you have the guys that show up to work really hard and play the physical game. Everybody has been bringing a lot to the table here the whole year."
Lundqvist on the season sweep of the Flyers: “The Winter Classic was the highlight of the year.”
Tortorella: “The biggest thing is our consistency, not getting into too many valleys, in March we had some.”
Tortorella on Lundqvist: “He was unbelievable; it’s a game… we win it, but you go up 4-0 and it’s hard to keep yourself going. Philly has come back…done it all year. I’m glad Hank got a bunch of work.”
Ryan Callahan on penalties: “Henke played great for us. He killed off a lot of those penalties by himself. We realize that, so we have to stay out of the box especially come playoff time."
Marc Staal: “You get four in the first, you have a tendency to try and protect it and we sat on it a little bit. Penalties obviously didn’t help.”
Staal, whose pass to Gaborik on the winger’s goal was his first PP assist, on himself: “The last three or four, I feel my confidence is back up there, I’m making plays with the puck, so it’s a good time to start feeling good and hopefully, it’s going to start getting better.”
Staal on surviving March: “We were sitting on top and everyone was gunning for you. They were no easy games. I thought we handled it very well when we lost a couple….We’re confident, we’ve been playing well. We’ll iron out some things in the next week or so and hit our stride come playoff time.”
Dan Girardi on the last two games:
“We can’t just play it out….”
Girardi on how this year’s team is “totally” different: “We’re more resilient, nothing gets to us, we don’t let a goal really bother us and coming back for wins and holding on to leads in the third, that’s what separates us.”
The Rangers are 7-2 in the last nine and 24-11-5 on the road….They have won an incredible eight straight against the Flyers, outscoring them 34-13….the four first-period goals tied a season-high… Ryan McDonagh (goal, assist) had five hits and two blocked shots, and his 28:13 of ice time was a game-high. Kid is something else… Captain Callahan is one goal shy of 30 and two points shy of 200 career NHL points…. Brad Richards, two assists, surpassed the 40-assist mark for the 10th time in 11 NHL seasons…Brian Boyle won 15 faceoffs and has four goals in the last seven games
From the Flyers:
Ilya Bryzgalov: “I think I could play better. Like I said before, I was rusty and after missing a couple games and practices I have to recreate the game motions again. I liked our character. We didn't give up after it was four nothing. We battled hard and if we were a little bit more lucky, we could have tied up the game and who knows how this could have ended.… Everybody has their own places and playoffs are new...zero to zero. Everybody has a zero in the columns."
Kimmo Timonen: “I don't care if we lost 10 games in a row against them. What I care is how we play going into the playoffs, and that's not the way you are going to win in the playoffs. It doesn't matter if it is the Rangers or whoever.’’