From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES
October 12, 2009 – New York Rangers 7, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (Game #6, Home #3)
The Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 7-2, in front of a sold-out crowd (18,200) at Madison Square Garden to extend their winning streak to five games.
The last time the Rangers scored seven goals in a game was April 1, 2007 vs. Toronto; New York have now out-scored their opponents, 12-3, in the third period this season.
New York have sold out 159 consecutive regular season games, dating back to November 5, 2005 against New Jersey; the last regular season non-sellout was October 31, 2005 vs. Montreal (17,697); including the playoffs, the Rangers sellout streak is now at 173 games.
The Blueshirts improved to 5-1-0 overall, including a 3-0-0 mark at home; the Rangers are in the midst of a seven-game home winning streak dating back to last season, and are 11-1-0 in their last 12 regular season games at MSG.
New York tallied two goals in six power play opportunities, and have now registered seven power play goals in their last four games (7-20, 35.0%).
The Rangers had eight players record two-or-more points in the contest, led by defenseman Wade Redden’s three-point (one goal and two assists) effort.
Dan Girardi registered his first career multi-goal performance with two goals, including the game-winner, and has now recorded three goals in two days.
Marian Gaborik tallied two, third period points (one goal and one assist) and registered a game-high, plus-three rating; he has now recorded at least one point in each of the Rangers six games (five goals and nine points) this season.
Sean Avery notched two goals, including one on the power play, and has registered three points (two goals and one assist) in the last two days.
Artem Anisimov recorded his first career multi-point game with two assists; Vinny Prospal extended his scoring streak to five games (one goal and seven points) with two assists.
The Rangers practice schedule for tomorrow, October 13, is 12:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.
The Rangers return to action on Wednesday, October 14, when they will face-off against the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their third game in four nights at MSG; the game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
John Tortorella on the third period…
“We have had some good third periods and we had another one tonight and I think the conditioning had something to do with it. That is an important part, finishing the game. We felt we were fortunate, Hank made some good saves there in the second. We just wanted to get back on the attack and try to play in their end zone. I don’t know if it is conditioning related but we had another good third period so that is good news.”
Chris Drury on the team’s early start…
“Like I said before game 1, you are not going through a camp like that and not coming out together as a group…as physically demanding as it was. It forces you to come together. You can’t do it alone.”
Henrik Lundqvist on the defense…
“Our defensive game actually improved. It is tougher for teams to create scoring chances, I think, when we stay aggressive, when we play the way we want to play. We can see that already last year when Torts (Coach John Tortorella) came in and we changed our style of play. It is tougher for teams to create chances. When we play the way we play, we are great offensively and defensively. It has been good. They have done a great job the last couple of games.”
Henrik Lundqvist on the offense…
“It is a good feeling to know you have guys that can score when the game is really tight. This year we have a lot of guys who can step up and score. We had a couple of goals tonight that were mentally really important. Not only the first line, (we have) three or four lines that can score – it is huge for us.”
Dan Girardi on the team…
“I think we feel pretty good. At the same time we have to respect our opponents (and) make sure we play hard. We have to keep working hard every day in practice. Good things will come with hard work.”