From the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES
November 30, 2009 – New York Rangers 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 5 (Game #27, Home #13)
The Rangers were defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-2, in front of a sold-out crowd (18,200) at Madison Square Garden.
- New York have sold out 169 consecutive regular season games, dating back to Nov. 5, 2005 against New Jersey; the last regular season non-sellout was Oct. 31, 2005 vs. Montreal (17,697); including the playoffs, the Rangers sellout streak is now at 183 games.
The Rangers are now 13-13-1 (27 pts.) on the season and 7-6-0 at home; in their last 22 regular season games at MSG, New York are 15-7-0, and have out-scored their opponents, 76-52, during the stretch.
The Blueshirts notched one goal in three power play opportunities to improve to 14-48 (29.2%) at MSG with the man advantage.
Marian Gaborik tallied two goals in the game, including one on the power play, to improve his league-leading goal total to 21 on the season; this marks his sixth career 20-plus goal season. He also registered a game-high seven shots in 22:23 of icetime.
Chris Drury collected a power play assist on Gaborik’s second goal of the game; the Rangers Captain has registered three assists/points in the last four games after missing the previous five to injury.
Marc Staal recorded one assist to extend his point streak to three games (one goal and two assists); he finished with five hits and led all skaters with 25:58 of icetime.
Rookie defenseman Michael Del Zotto tallied one power play assist and delivered a game-high six hits; entering tonight’s contest, he ranked third among NHL rookies in hits (56) and tied for fourth in points (five goals and 16 points).
Vinny Prospal recorded an assist on Gaborik’s goal at 3:12 of the second period; he now has four points (one goal and three assists) in the last three games at MSG.
The Rangers next practice is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 2 (11:00 a.m.), at the MSG Training Center.
The Rangers return to action on Saturday, Dec. 5, when they will face-off against the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena (7:00 p.m.); the game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “I thought we played better defensively, first of all. I thought we had the puck more. We generated some offense. It is discouraging. I thought there were a lot of good things for a lot of minutes of that game. Right now we are just not figuring out how to win it at key times. We need another big play, another big defensive play, another big offensive play, another big save. That is the fine line between winning and losing in this league and right now we are not getting it done.”
Marian Gaborik on the positives of the game… “I don’t think we gave them much. We gave them a couple of power plays. I think we had a lot of chances, quality chances. That is what we have to take out of this game.”
Chris Drury on tonight’s game… “I thought we did a lot of good things throughout the game. It’s really a frustrating loss. Hopefully we can take some good things from it, get a good week of practice and get ready for Buffalo.”