Alain Vigneault on J.T. Miller…“I thought J.T. had some moments. I thought he was battling hard on the puck, making some real nice plays for a first exhibition game. It was a chance to see him in the middle. I thought he did some good things.”
J.T. Miller on his play tonight…“I just tried to play normal hockey. You prepare yourself as much as you want for the camp and the season, but you still have to play. You have to go out and catch on a little bit.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game…“I felt pretty good. It was a tough start, two deflections like that, but it’s just a good feeling to be out there again. Great crowd, almost sold out here for the first game of the preseason. It was definitely a fun feeling to be out there again. I did get a feeling, sitting here before the game, that it came fast, the turnaround (from last season). At the same time though, this is where you want to be. You want to play and get going and have a good training camp. I think this was a good first game for us.”
Ryan Malone on scoring a goal…“It definitely helps. You can’t really judge yourself on the points. You have to make sure you are constantly making plays, playing in the defensive zone, making forechecks and making sure all the little parts of the game are taken care of. It was a pretty good start tonight.”
9:36PM: First Period:
- Reid Boucher (1) Deflected shot - ASST: NONE
- Michael Ryder (1) Tip-in - ASST: Eric Gelinas (1), Adam Henrique (1)
- Carl Hagelin (1) Snap shot - ASST: J.T. Miller (1)
- PPG - Ryan Malone (1) Snap shot - ASST: J.T. Miller (2), Chris Mueller (1)
- Michael Ryder (2) Tip-in - ASST: Reid Boucher (1)
- PPG - Eric Gelinas (1) Slapshot - ASST: Patrik Elias (1), Marty Havlat (1)
- Chris Kreider (1) Snap shot - ASST: Danny Kristo (1), Cam Talbot (1)
- Jesper Fast (1) Slapshot - ASST: Tanner Glass (1), Steven Kampfer (1)
- Adam Henrique (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Michael Ryder (1), Tomas Kaberle (1)
- You could see the skill that Kevin Hayes has and why the Rangers think highly of him. It's only one game of seeing him and while I think he is close, I still think he should start the year in Hartford. It may only be a short time in Hartford, like Carl Hagelin and Ryan McDonagh, but I think, at least after one game, he should start with the Wolf Pack.
- I liked Ryan Malone tonight but I can't shake the feeling he is the kind of player who will get 10 points in his first 18 or so games and then get 3 in his next 15. He looks motivated but also a tad slow and I think mat catch up with him as the year goes on. He may be the kind of guy who needs to alternate in and out of the lineup as the 13th guy as the season goes on.
- JT Miller, Matthew Lombardi and Danny Kristo looked good. Jesper Fast scored a goal and looked nice on the PK. The battle for the final spots should be fun.
- Chris Kreider, Marty St. Louis and Carl Hagelin all look to be in nice form.
From the Rangers:
3 Stars on Broadway
- It’s Miller Time … J.T. Miller recorded two assists and tied for the game-high with two takeaways in 14:26 of ice time. Miller split last season between the Rangers and Hartford (AHL), and established AHL career-highs in goals (15), assists (27), points (42), plus/minus rating (plus-10), and shots on goal (128) in 41 contests with the Wolf Pack. He registered two points in four playoff games with the Rangers, and ranked sixth on the Blueshirts in plus/minus rating (plus-three) in the 2014 playoffs.
- Fast Start … Jesper Fast registered a goal and recorded two shots on goal in 13:22 of ice time. Fast skated in 11 regular season games with the Rangers last season, and tallied his first career NHL playoff point while making his NHL playoff debut in Game 1 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals vs. Philadelphia on Apr. 17. Fast led Hartford in power play goals (eight), tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (six), tied for second in plus/minus rating (plus-14), ranked third in goals (17), and finished seventh in assists (17) and points (34) in 2013-14.
- Bringing the power … Ryan Malone tallied a power play goal and led the Rangers with four shots on goal in 12:33 of ice time. Since entering the NHL in 2003-04, Malone is one of only five NHL players to register at least 150 goals, 350 points, and 650 penalty minutes.
- Carl Hagelin tallied a goal, was credited with two hits, and tied for the game-high with two takeaways in 14:23 of ice time. Hagelin established career-highs in games played (72), goals (17), game-winning goals (five), and shots on goal (144) during the 2013-14 season. He also led the team in shorthanded goals (two), tied for the team lead in shorthanded points (three), ranked second in goals (seven), and third in shots on goal (56) in the 2014 playoffs.
- Chris Kreider recorded a goal and led the Rangers with four hits in 15:47 of ice time. He ranked fifth among NHL rookies in goals (17), sixth in points (37), ninth in plus/minus rating (plus-14), and tied for second in power play goals (six) in 2013-14. Kreider also led the Rangers in power play goals (three) and shooting percentage (17.2%), tied for third in assists (eight), and tied for fourth in goals (five), points (13), and power play points (five) during the 2014 playoffs.
- Chris Mueller registered an assist and tied for the team lead with eight faceoff wins (8-for-15; 53%) in 12:55 of ice time. Mueller established AHL career-highs in assists (25) and power play goals (15), and ranked fourth on the Texas Stars in goals (32) and points (57) last season. He also registered 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 19 playoff games while helping Texas capture the Calder Cup.
- Danny Kristo recorded an assist and registered three shots on goal in 15:34 of ice time. Last season, Kristo led Hartford (AHL) in goals (25), tied for second in power play goals (seven), ranked third in points and game-winning goals (five), and finished fifth in shots on goal (146).
- Tanner Glass registered an assist and was credited with two hits in 12:46 of ice time. Glass ranked eighth in the NHL in hits (247) in 2013-14, and led his team in hits for the third consecutive season.
- Steven Kampfer tallied an assist and was credited with two blocked shots in 19:11 of ice time. He established AHL career-highs in games played (69), goals (six), assists (20), points (26), and shots on goal (145) with the Iowa Wild in 2013-14.
- Cam Talbot stopped 16 shots, and recorded an assist while playing in the second half of the game. Last season, Talbot led all first-year NHL goalies (minimum 15 appearances) in GAA (1.64) and SV% (.941), tied for third in shutouts (three), and tied for fourth in wins (12).
- Henrik Lundqvist made 11 saves while playing in the first half of the contest. Last season, Lundqvist established Rangers records for all-time wins (309), all-time shutouts (50), all-time playoff appearances (92), all-time playoff wins (43), and playoff appearances in one year (25), and tied the franchise record for all-time playoff shutouts (nine).
- Spreading the wealth … Ten different Rangers registered a point in the contest, including goaltender Cam Talbot.