Let's start with the opinions:
Maybe it's time to bring Michael Del Zotto back from the A. Seems as if everybody else has been tried on the PP point. I hear Evgeny Grachev is making strides as well in last couple weeks. Are the days numbered for Dale Weise/Kris Newbury?
Rangers are off tomorrow after losing both games in back-to-backs for the first time this season. Then there's five games in seven days before the All-Star break. Blueshirts still in sixth in East but things are tight, five points out of fourth and five out of ninth. Maybe Tortorella is feeling a little warm under the collar. He seemed to be particularly annoyed at some of the post-game questions the last two nights.
Flyers have won three straight from the Rangers for first time since 2004.
Guy who isn't going anywhere is Mats Zuccarello. Two assists gave him seven points in 12 games and the line of Zuke, Stepan and Wolski was dynamic in the third.
Assorted game-high numbers: Boyle had seven shots, Eminger six hits.
Should cool, calm and collected Henrik Lundqvist, who will start Wednesday here against the Leafs, have a little more Billy Smith in him?
In the right situation, according to coach John Tortorella, maybe.
With 17:03 left in the second period in Montreal on Saturday and the Canadiens, leading 3-1 and buzzing around the net, Lundqvist dove on Max Pacioretty after they collided, flinging punches. “I wish he would’ve hit him with more shots,” said Tortorella. “Situations arise where you need to stand up for yourself and spark a team, that was one. It can’t be every time he gets hit…. Where our team was at the end of the period, I think it was the right time to do it, Hank seized the moment there, and there are certain other times it may arise, and maybe he should.”
However, Tortorella said he had “no temptation to go with Hank” against the Flyers, despite his 5-2-1 run. “Marty Biron (7-3-0, 2.26 ) has played very well. Win, lose whatever, we need to stay with what we’re trying to do, so at the end of the year he’ll (Lundqvist) be fresh.”
Not only are the Rangers one of six teams invited to open next season with two games in Europe, possibly Sweden, the Blueshirts could return to the U.S. and play a string of road games to allow more time for continuing Garden renovations, a source familiar with the scheduling told Newsday.