From the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES
December 6, 2009 – New York Rangers 1, Detroit Red Wings 3 (Game #29, Home #14)
The Rangers were defeated by the Detroit Red Wings, 3-1, in front of a sold-out crowd (18,200) at Madison Square Garden.
New York have sold out 170 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 184 games.
The Rangers are now 14-14-1 (29 pts.) on the season and 7-7-0 at home; in their last 23 regular season games at MSG, New York are 15-8-0, and have out-scored their opponents, 77-55, during the stretch.
New York currently ranks second among Original Six teams in head-to-head match-ups since the 2005-06 season, posting a record of 34-17-9 (77 pts) over the span.
Brian Boyle opened the game’s scoring at 15:56 of the first period, off a feed from Christopher Higgins; Higgins now has points (one goal and two points) in back-to-back games.
Rookie defenseman Michael Del Zotto led all skaters with a season-high seven hits and logged a team-high 24:45 of icetime; Del Zotto now ranks second among all first-year skaters with 71 hits.
Chris Drury led all skaters with 14 faceoff wins in 24 chances (58%) and blocked three shots in 21:30 of icetime.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28 saves, including 14 in the first period, and has stopped 64 of 67 shots (.955%) in the last two nights.
Ilkka Heikkinen tied for a team-high with three blocked shots in his Garden debut.
The Rangers next practice is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 8 (11:00 a.m.), at the MSG Training Center.
The Rangers return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 9, when they will face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center (8:30 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up; the game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “Well we can say it is unfair…whatever. We just came away empty. I thought it was important tonight that we get consecutive games. I thought we played two good games. You just want to get something out of it, at least a point out of it but we didn’t. We just have to fight through it. We fought through it after a shaky start. We will just get back at it.”
Henrik Lundqvist on the the last two games…“I like the way we play in our own zone. It feels like we are more in control and we are not running around too much and guys are doing a good job with that. We have calmed down a little bit. You don’t feel like you have to cover up for anyone else. They are doing a good job coming back. That is a good thing and something we will keep on doing. We played well enough in our zone and in the defensive zone to win this game.”
Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “It is a tough game to lose. They are all tough game when you lose them. It is tough when you feel like you play a good 60 (minutes) and they score late in the game. It is a tough loss.”