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Friday - January 21st

Elliot Friedman on the NHL Network today, talked a number of teams including the Rangers. He mentioned that Chris Drury is a "stealth guy", someone who goes a bit under the radar.

With respect to who they might be interested in, he reiterated that the team had shown some interest in Jacob Chychrun of the Arizona Coyotes. It's not a new rumor by any means, and we're still 2 months - to the day - from the trade deadline, but he did make the connection.

He also said he expects Drury to make some moves, and possibly a forward would be something they'd look at.

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August 19th, 2021

Earlier this year the Rangers won by a margin of nine goals as they beat the Flyers 9-0. How many times has the margin been bigger?

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JASON STRUDWICK
(2005-2008)
  Born: Jul 17 - 1975  
  Position: Defense  
  Games Played: 125  
  Goals: 4  
  Assists: 5  
  Points: 9  
  Penalty Minutes: 108  
 
Donald Brashear was victimized twice during the game


Rangers Mauled By Sharks
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 11:33:20 PM - October 19, 2009
The Rangers streak of seven straight wins came to an emphatic end last night, courtesy of the visiting Sharks. After jumping out to a 2-0 lead, the Rangers collapsed to allow six unanswered goals on the way to a 7-3 blow-out of the home team - boxscore.

In a mild surprise mood, John Tortorella made the decision to start Stephen Valiquette in net for just the second time this season, his previous start having resulted in a 3-0 shutout of the Anaheim Ducks.

As it turned out, Valiquette would allow 5 goals on 18 shots and spend the final period watching from the bench. And while Valiquette was in a position to change the game, it clearly was not his fault alone.

Brashear, Boyle and Kotalik combined for a horrific -9 on the night, with Brashear in particular guilty of being beaten one on one for two of the Sharks goals. Not that the trio were alone in having difficulties dealing with the San Jose pressure and speed.

This was particularly apparently with respect with dealing with the Sharks' ability to transition the play the other way quickly to counter Tortorella's aggressive style. The Rangers defense were caught on several occasions, and the forwards were unable to cover adequately.

With the Devils set to visit the garden Thursday, Tortorella will have a couple of extra days to try and get the Rangers to re-focus and regroup before facing another aggressive forechecking team.

Turning point
The Rangers were cruising along at 2-0 and appeared to have the better of the Sharks in the early play. Goals by Drury and Del Zotto gave the home town fans the feel that this was going to be another win for the Blueshirts. With each team fielding their fourth lines, Donald Brashear was back to cover for a pinching Redden, but could not handle the puck. Brad Staubitz collected the puck and raced down the wing two on one and beat Valiquette with a nice shot to the far side. The goal gave the Sharks a jolt, and they'd go on to score six unanswered goals in the game.

Team Report Card
�B+ Sean Avery - would have been higher but for a couple of penalties that didn't help the Rangers' chances. Certainly the refs did him no favors, but the beatings he took tonight in the name of making a play were what we know and love. Was a key part of two of the Rangers' goals, setting them up with hard work along the boards.

�B+ Michael Del Zotto - One of the better performers for the Rangers at both ends of the ice, though it's clear he still doesn't have the size to pull off every hit. Gamely battled to the end, one of the few that did so.

�B+ Enver Lisin - Since being moved to the fourth line, Lisin's game seems to have improved...either that or his luck has. His quick wrister for the Rangers third goal with the game already pretty much decided was a nice reward for his efforts, and he didn't give up despite the score line.

�B+ Marc Staal - Was on the ice for both of the Sharks PP goals, but it's hard to fault Staal on either, especially considering he also broke up a couple of chances including a shorthanded 2 on 1 in the second. His shot from the point was tipped in by Drury for the Rangers first goal.

�B� Marian Gaborik - by his standards, Gaborik didn't have his best night. Stil had a couple of the best chances for the Rangers, but seemed to be lacking that extra zip that we've seen in recent games.

�B- Artem Anisimov - had a couple of the best moves we saw all night, and is looking a lot more confident with the puck than earlier in the season. Needs to work on his defensive game a bit, we hardly ever notice him in a positive light when the puck is in his own end.

�B- Chris Drury - Started the game well, but like the Callahan and Higgins, appeared to fade as the bigger and faster San Jose forwards started to knock his line around.

�B- Brandon Dubinsky - One of the few Ranger forwards who was able to create room, and he made a couple of nice passes to set Gaborik up for the shot as a result. We still want to see Dubinsky make more chances for himself though.

�B- Henrik Lundqvist - It's always hard to come in when your team is down by three goals, and tonight was no exception. The Rangers were all about the risk taking by the time Lundqvist relieved Valiquette and his inability to find the puck early in the third cost the Rangers their sixth goal. The final goal really gave Lundqvist little chance either, but he did make several strong saves the rest of the period.

�C+ Ryan Callahan - The Rangers' hardest working player has been fading a little of late. It's not surprising given his 100 percent effort each night, but tonight he had difficult generating anything and he seems a little tired.

�C� Matt Gilroy - Picked up his second NHL point with a second assist on Enver Lisin's goal. Started fairly well, but seemed to struggle a little as his partner's game deteriorated...hard to say who had the greater effect on who.

�C� Vaclav Prospal - Prospal's game has been fading a bit lately, perhaps as a result of the hits he's been taking - tonight was no exception. Perhaps some R&R is in order for the veteran.

�D+ Dan Girardi - did not have a strong game positionally and was on the ice for 4 of the Sharks' 7 goals, including both PP tallies, and was caught trailing the play on more than one of those goals.

�D+ Wade Redden - one of the least effective games this season for Redden, who appeared to struggle with the speed of the Sharks and also with his decision making on when to pinch. Looked a little more like last year's version than this years. Finished a -3 on the night.

�D+ Michal Rozsival - A day late, and a dollar short for Rozsival, who was the guy coming back to cover Jed Ortmeyer on the third goal. The veteran took too long to come back to the crease after working along the boards, and allowed the back door play that seemed to seal the game for the Sharks. Once again had no shots on goal.

�D� Brian Boyle - When a fourth liner is on for a goal against, it's not good...when he's on for three goals against, he's had a terrible night. Boyle may not have been the main contributor to the Rangers loss, but he was no help either.

�D� Christopher Higgins - Started the game with more jump than the last couple, but after taking a penalty, immediately returned to his unconfident self. At the rate things are going, Higgins may end up on the fourth line allowing Kotalik and Lisin to work on the third.

�D� Ales Kotalik - Another of the -3 bunch tonight, it looked as if Tortorella might have given up trying to play him on the third line by the fourth period. He hasn't looked good in either outing with Anisimov and Avery/Higgins. Just as well he continues to contribute on the PP.

�D� Stephen Valiquette - Say what you will about who's fault it is the Rangers lost, but Valliquette himself would be first to admit that he didn't have a good night. Playing deeper than we're used to seeing, and also allowing more rebounds than normal, and it amounts to a night that wasn't one to remember.

�F� Donald Brashear - Our first F of the year goes to Brashear. The oldest Ranger looked slow and unsteady as he got victimized by both Brad Staubitz and Patrick Marleau for goals against. He was also on the ice for the Sharks' 6th goal early in the 3rd period...why he was even out there at that point is anyone's guess, especially if Tortorella was trying to win - as was suggested by his substitution of Lundqvist for Valiquette

Fight Card
No fights

Special Teams
The Power Play continues to produce for the Rangers, with Del Zotto scoring his third tally on the man advantage to give the Rangers a 1 for 3 record on the night. The goal game shortly after a quick whistle denied the Rangers a goal earlier in the same PP. If they'd had generated more forecheck, then perhaps they might have earned a couple more chances.

On the PK, the Rangers looked to have killed off Redden's high sticking call, only to see Dany Heatley make a class move to kick the puck up to his stick while skating at full speed. The Rangers looked a little shell-shocked by the time they allowed David Setoguchi to score from the doorstep to give the Sharks a 4-2 lead. New York finished a disappointing 5 for 7 on the night when short a man.

Lines
Vaclav Prospal - Brandon Dubinsky - Marian Gaborik
Sean Avery - Chris Drury - Ryan Callahan
Christopher Higgins - Artem Anisimov - Ales Kotalik
Aaron Voros - Brian Boyle - Enver Lisin

Marc Staal - Dan Girardi
Wade Redden - Matt Gilroy
Michael Del Zotto - Michal Rozsival

Henrik Lundqvist
Stephen Valiquette

Aaron Voros - Healthy

Injury Report
No injuries

Facts & Stats
The Rangers seven game winning streak ended, as did their 12 game streak at home. The loss leaves the Rangers 4-1-0 on the season at MSG.

The loss also ended any chance of setting the best start to the season through 10 games (9-1-0 set back in 1983-84), though it'll be the way they bounce back that will be a better indicator.

Gabroik's perfect record of at least a point in every game came to an end, as did Prospal's 7 game point scoring streak.

Higgins was shifted down to the third line, swapping out with Sean Avery who moved up. The Long Island native has yet to register a goal this season. Kotalik once again started on the third line, with Lisin on the fourth.

It was just the Sharks' first third win in twelve attempts at MSG. The last time the Rangers lost at home to the Sharks was a 5-1 loss on October 22nd, 2001.

Current Streaks
Michael Del Zotto - 2 game goal scoring streak (2 goals)
Enver Lisin - 2 game goal scoring streak (2 goals)

Michael Del Zotto - 3 game point scoring streak (2-2-4)
Enver Lisin - 2 game point scoring streak (2-0-2)
Marc Staal - 2 game point scoring streak (1-1-2)

Henrik Lundqvist - 6 game winning streak

Milestones
Ryan Callahan - Tied career high 4 power play points
Chris Drury - 800th NHL regular season game
Matt Gilroy - 1st NHL assist

NHL Debuts
None

Ranger Debuts
None

Season Debuts
none

Next Game
Thursday October 22nd, vs. Devils - 7:00pm MSG


Profile of the Author:
Has been an active follower of the New York Rangers since the 1996-97 season. Began OutsideTheGarden.com in 2001, and has continued to collect data and provide analysis on the team through to the current day.

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