- Alain Vigneault on the remainder of the preseason…“I think both teams right now are playing young players, and they’re trying to get a read on their young players. Everybody’s gonna try to make the best decisions that they can, but then the puck drops on October eighth, teams are going to have their veteran lineups on the ice. There’s still some time from now till then to decide what we’re gonna do. The other teams are gonna do what they feel is best for themselves.”
- Ryan Haggerty on playing his first game at MSG…“It was an unbelievable experience. Obviously it’s something you’re never going to forget, even if it’s a preseason game. Growing up in Stamford, being so close and being a Ranger fan, being able to come out and play my first game in a blue sweater is unbelievable.”
- Anthony Duclair on playing with the Rangers…“I’m just gaining confidence every day. The veteran guys here are really helping the young guys get comfortable; it makes a difference at the end of the day.”
- Ryan McDonagh on the young players having good games tonight…“There’s some spots to be won here, and these guys know it, coach is saying it. Asking us everyday what they need to do to get better on the ice, and talking to us in practice about situations that happened in the game before. So that’s great, that’s what you want to see from a young player, you want them to try move and make a difference every time he’s out there.
- Anthony Duclair (2) Snap shot - ASST: Ryan Haggerty (1), Ryan McDonagh (1)
- Ryan Haggerty (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Anthony Duclair (1), Ryan McDonagh (2)
- Jesper Fast (2) Tip-in - ASST: Dan Boyle (1), Kevin Hayes (1)
- Taylor Leier (1) Wrap-around - ASST: Shayne Gostisbehere (1)
- Ryan Haggerty (2) Snap shot - ASST: Chris Mueller (1)
- Jason Akeson (1) Snap shot - ASST: Zac Rinaldo (1)
- PPG - Chris Mueller (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Derick Brassard (1), Dan Boyle (2)
- Shayne Gostisbehere (1) Snap shot - ASST: Brayden Schenn (1)
- Jesper Fast (3) Slapshot - ASST: Kevin Hayes (2), Tanner Glass (1)
- 3: Jesper Fast
- 2: Anthony Duclair
- 1: Ryan Haggerty
- You can see why the team wanted to sign Haggerty and are high on him. He goes to the net, has good speed, good skills and can handle the puck around the net. You can see that he has some nice offensive skill which is another asset for the organization.
- Anthony Duclair was good again and really seems like he is above going back to the QMJHL. He needs to play though and that is where he is going to get the most playing time. The 9 game trial doesn't really matter for Duclair since his contract burns a year off no matter what this season. That means that the Rangers can keep Duclair around for, lets say 2 months, and then send him back to junior since his contract will burn no matter where he plays.
- I thought that each of the top two lines had some nice chemistry moments and I think that is how they will start the season.
- We saw what some of the young guys did tonight, we will get to see what the others, as well as Lee Stempniak can do tomorrow.
- Kevin Hayes had another strong game but I still think he is best suited to start in Hartford.
Game notes via the Rangers:
- Spreading the wealth … Nine different Rangers tallied a point in the contest, and seven different Blueshirts recorded at least two points. Four Rangers tallied a goal for the third consecutive preseason game, and at least nine Rangers have registered a point in each of the team’s three preseason games this year (10 players tallied a point in each of the first two preseason games). Over the first three preseason games, 10 different Rangers have recorded a goal and 22 different Blueshirts have registered a point.
- A Special (Teams) Performance… The Rangers were 1-for-1 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill in the game. New York has registered a power play goal in each of its three preseason contests this year, going 3-for-10 (30%) with the man-advantage. The Blueshirts are 10-for-11 on the penalty kill in three preseason games (90.9%).
- Shooting Gallery… New York outshot Philadelphia, 37-25, in the contest, including 14-5 in the first period. Seventeen of 18 skaters registered at least one shot on goal for the Rangers, while 12 different skaters recorded at least two.
- Hot at the Dot… The Rangers won 29 of 49 faceoffs (59.2%) in the game. Three of the four Blueshirts who took a faceoff in the game won at least 57% of draws they took, and two players (J.T. Miller and Derick Brassard) won at least 70% of their faceoffs.
- Hitting Machine… The Blueshirts were credited with 40 hits in the contest. Fifteen skaters were credited with at least one hit and nine different Rangers recorded at least three hits.
3 Stars on Broadway
- Rollin’ Ryan… Ryan Haggerty tallied two goals, including the game-winning goal, added an assist, and registered a game-high, five shots on goal. The 21-year-old is tied for second on the team in goals (two) and points (three) in the preseason. Last season, Haggerty ranked fourth in the NCAA in goals (28) and tied for fifth in the nation (10) in power play goals with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
- Duc of Manhattan… Anthony Duclair registered the first goal of the game, tallied an assist, and tied for the game-high with two takeaways in 15:27 of ice time. Duclair leads the Rangers in points (four), and is tied for second in goals (two) and assists (two) in the preseason.
- Fast Start… Jesper Fast recorded two goals and was credited with three hits in 14:39 of ice time. Fast leads the team in goals (three) and is tied for second on the team in points (three) in the preseason.
- Chris Mueller tallied a power play goal, recorded an assist, and registered three shots on goal in 13:45 of ice time. Mueller is tied for second on the Rangers in assists (two) and points (three) in the preseason.
- Ryan McDonagh tallied two assists and tied for the game-high with two takeaways in 19:47 of ice time. The Rangers’ 2013-14 MVP and Players’ Player Award recipient leads the team in assists (three) and is tied for second in points (three) in the preseason.
- Kevin Hayes registered two assists, posted a plus-two rating, and was credited with two hits in 15:16 of ice time. Hayes is tied for second on the team in assists (two) in the preseason. The 22-year-old was named a Hobey Baker Finalist as the top player in collegiate hockey last season, as he established career-highs in goals (27), assists (38), points (65), plus/minus rating (plus-34), power play goals (six), and game-winning goals (six) with Boston College.
- Dan Boyle recorded two assists, tied for the game-high with two blocked shots, and recorded three shots on goal in 17:34 of ice time. Boyle is tied for second on the team in assists (two) in the preseason. Over the last five seasons Boyle has led all NHL defensemen in power play points (104), ranked second in power play assists (80), and ranked fifth in assists (160) and points (212).
- Derick Brassard registered an assist, led all skaters in faceoff wins (13), and led the Rangers in faceoff win percentage (81.3%; 13-for-16) in 15:00 of ice time. Brassard is tied for second on the team in assists (two) in the preseason.
- Tanner Glass tallied an assist, was credited with a game-high, five hits, and recorded four shots on goal in 13:16 of ice time. Glass is tied for second on the team in assists (two) in the preseason.
- Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves to record his second win of the preseason. The Rangers’ all-time wins and shutouts leader has posted a 2-0-0 record in three preseason appearances this year.