FINAL
CHI
4
FLA
0
FINAL
VAN
0
COL
3
FINAL
DET
3
STL
5
FINAL
CAR
2
BOS
7
FINAL OT
MTL
2
BUF
1
FINAL
PHI
5
NJD
2
FINAL SO
PIT
4
NYI
3
FINAL
OTT
2
NYR
5
FINAL
TOR
4
WSH
6
FINAL
TBL
3
ATL
6
FINAL
MIN
1
CBJ
2
FINAL SO
NSH
3
DAL
2
FINAL
CGY
4
EDM
3
FINAL
SJS
4
ANA
1
FINAL
PHX
6
LAK
3
OTT
44-32-6
NYR
38-33-11

34 SOG
34 SOG

Rangers power past Senators in home opener

NHL.com | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM


NEW YORK -- When John Tortorella took over as coach of the New York Rangers last February, he had 21 regular-season games before the playoffs to implement his system.
 
He was forced to give his players the Cliff's Notes version of what he wanted. But when training camp opened last month, the players got chapter and verse on just how a Tortorella team is expected to play. That includes the 10 newcomers this season who are trying to pick up the nuances of Tortorella's systems on the fly.
 
Aiding the newcomers, though, is one of their own. Vaclav Prospal is no stranger to Tortorella's demands, having played parts of five seasons for Tortorella with the Tampa Bay Lightning. So when Tortorella gets barking, Prospal is the perfect translator from coach to player.
 
"He knows him," Marian Gaborik said. "We talk about it a little bit."
 
That's just what Tortorella wants to hear.
 
"We're trying to define how we're going to play," Tortorella said. "Vinny Prospal went through that with us when I had him in Tampa, in trying to teach this type of system. … I think he's going to help us there and I hope he does. I hope he has the wherewithal to, in his own way, have them understand. He's been through it. He understands how we're playing. I hope he does voice his thoughts to the guys as we play through this and really define our identity as a hockey team.
 
"Vinny understands me. We've had many ups and downs. He understands what's expected. … He's grown. I'm good friends with him now. I've known him a long time. We fought like dogs (but) we also have a mutual respect. I hope he understands how important it is to translate that. I think that needs to happen because the coaches can't be in the (locker) room all the time. If you're going to win in this League that room has to sustain itself, not from the coach. It has to sustain itself."
 
Prospal said he hasn't had to do too much talking because he thinks his teammates are adjusting just fine.
 
"Sometimes they ask me how tough he gets when he's mad," Prospal said. When asked what he says then, he laughed and said, "I think we've already seen that."
 
There was little for him to be mad about Saturday night. The top line of Gaborik, Prospal and Brandon Dubinsky combined for four of the Rangers' five goals in a 5-2 victory against the Ottawa Senators.
 
Rangers rookie defenseman Michael Del Zotto scored his first NHL goal, and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was terrific in stopping 32 of 34 shots.
 
Daniel Alfredsson and Peter Regin scored for the Senators, and goaltender Pascal Leclaire, in his first game since last December, made 29 saves, including 13 in the first period.
 
Dubinsky had a pair of goals and an assist, and Tortorella said he's seeing a different player than the one he inherited last season.
 
"I think he wants to prove that he's worth what he got (new contract)," the coach said. "That's not a bad thing. I don't begrudge him that at all. He is playing … he just has a different look about him, even when he's not playing, how he's handling himself. He's got to keep a straight line, he has to keep the right attitude and not get in the wrong type of arrogance. He has the right type of arrogance right now. He's played very well."
 
As has his line, which has five of the club's seven goals in its first two games.
 
"We seem to understand each other well out there," Gaborik said. "Just a matter of communication and making sure we know where we stand out there. … (Dubinsky) is strong on the puck, he's carrying the puck in the neutral zone. I just try to get open. We're good down behind their goal line in their zone. If we can be a little better defensively we can create a lot of 2-on-1s, 3-on-2s."

--Adam Kimelman, NHL.com Staff Writer
1st2nd3rdT
OTT
NYR
Scoring Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
03:20NYR Vinny Prospal (1) ASST: Marc Staal (2), Dan Girardi (1) 1 - 0 NYR
10:00NYR Brandon Dubinsky (1) ASST: Marian Gaborik (1) 2 - 0 NYR
15:36OTT Daniel Alfredsson (1) ASST: Jason Spezza (1) 2 - 1 NYR
19:09NYR Michael Del Zotto (1) ASST: Chris Drury (1), Chris Higgins (2) 3 - 1 NYR
3rd Period
12:04NYR Marian Gaborik (2) ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (2), Enver Lisin (1) 4 - 1 NYR
18:52NYR SHG - EN - Brandon Dubinsky (2) ASST: Michal Rozsival (1) 5 - 1 NYR
19:54OTT Peter Regin (1) ASST: Mike Fisher (1), Erik Karlsson (1) 5 - 2 NYR
Penalty Summary
1st Period
10:44OTT Alex Kovalev  Hooking against  Ryan Callahan
13:00OTT Peter Regin  Interference - Goalkeeper against  Henrik Lundqvist
16:09OTT Chris Neil  Too many men on the ice
2nd Period
04:52NYR Artem Anisimov  Holding against  Jonathan Cheechoo
10:54OTT Chris Kelly  Holding against  Ryan Callahan
3rd Period
00:24NYR Marc Staal  Hi-sticking against  Jason Spezza
05:41OTT Jarkko Ruutu  Interference against  Aaron Voros
07:17NYR Chris Higgins  Tripping against  Alex Kovalev
17:36NYR Donald Brashear  Fighting against  Matt Carkner
17:36OTT Matt Carkner  Fighting against  Donald Brashear
17:36NYR Brian Boyle  Hooking against  Ryan Shannon
20:00NYR Aaron Voros  Fighting against  Mike Fisher
20:00OTT Mike Fisher  Fighting against  Aaron Voros
shots by period
PeriodOTTNYR
1st913
2nd2013
3rd58
Total3434
Team Stats
CategoryOTTNYR
Power Plays0/40/5
Hits4128
Faceoff Wins2729
Giveaways65
Takeaways29
Blocked Shots1219
Penalty Minutes2018
  • OTTAWA
  • NY RANGERS
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4C. PhillipsD00-11021:29
9M. MichalekL00-22018:10
11D. AlfredssonR10-14018:28
12M. FisherC0113517:51
14C. CampoliD0000018:44
17F. KubaD00-24020:56
19J. SpezzaC01-21021:47
22C. KellyC00-1129:59
24A. VolchenkovD00-10019:41
25C. NeilR00-1107:01
26R. ShannonR00-23014:44
27A. KovalevR00-10220:25
39M. CarknerD0003517:05
41J. CheechooR00-11010:45
43P. ReginC1014213:41
65E. KarlssonD01-15017:41
71N. FolignoL00-10014:12
73J. RuutuL00-1128:45
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
33P. Leclaire2933.87958:36
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4M. Del ZottoD1011011:49
5D. GirardiD0131019:08
6W. ReddenD0011021:43
10M. GaborikR1135022:11
12A. KotalikR0003014:58
17B. DubinskyC2134022:36
18M. StaalD0112224:06
20V. ProspalL1014018:59
21C. HigginsL0122219:10
22B. BoyleC000026:21
23C. DruryC0111015:00
24R. CallahanR0003019:37
33M. RozsivalD0110021:50
34A. VorosL00-1054:36
42A. AnisimovC00-11212:14
81E. LisinR0105016:04
87D. BrashearL000056:11
97M. GilroyD00-11015:39
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30H. Lundqvist3234.94159:46