The quote of the night went to Caps head coach Bruce Boudreau, who summarized the John Erskine/Derek Boogaard consecutive goals by saying:
I was joking with Comcast Sportsnet’s Corey Masisak after the game that I thought the game automatically ended if Boogaard scored a goal. He countered by saying, it was actually the world that ended. (I checked the Mayan calendar just to be sure. It’s okay folks, we’re safe.)
Ruslan Fedotenko wasn’t entirely thrilled with the new line combination of Derek Stepan, Alex Frolov and himself, simply because they didn’t produce last night despite some good scoring chances: “If we scored a few goals, I’d say we’d really be happy. We still need to focus on finishing.”
Via Andrew Gross, head coach John Tortorella is souring on Alexander Frolov who isn’t scoring and frankly not doing much of anything at the moment: “You can’t score, you’ve got to do the other stuff,” the bench boss said after the game.
Also from Gross, Steve Eminger was grateful his young partner had his back after suffering a possible knee-on-knee collision in the first period from Matt Hendricks: “Everything’s OK,” Eminger said. “I didn’t see a replay so I can’t really determine if it’s a knee. I tried to go by him. I don’t know if he stuck a knee out. I tapped (Mike Sauer) after it and said, ‘thanks a lot.’ If something happens to him, I’ve got his back. I’m grateful to him for sticking up for me.”
Here’s the link the NHL game highlight reel, including that sweet end-to-end rush by Alex Ovechkin to produce Mike Knuble’s game-tying-goal.
In the faceoff department, where the Rangers have been rather lousy, the team again was outdrawn 38-31, but both Brian Boyle and Brandon Dubinsky were sharp, combining to win 19 of 32 draws.
“That should be in the Guinness Book of World Records. That’ll never happen again. Not even in the same week, more or less the same minute.”
To answer a reader comment on the disallowed goal by Feds, the officials deemed that the puck crossed the goal line only after the Ranger forward made contact with Caps goalie Michal Neuvirth in the crease. You could have made the argument Fedotenko was forced into the goalie by a Caps defenseman, but the call seemed correct to me.