From the Rangers:
- NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES
December 14, 2009 – New York Rangers 2, Atlanta Thrashers 3 SO (Game #32, Home #16)
The Rangers were defeated by the Atlanta Thrashers, 3-2, in a shootout in front of a sold-out crowd (18,200) at Madison Square Garden; the Blueshirts are now 14-15-3 (31 pts.) on the season, including a 7-8-1 mark at home.
New York have sold out 172 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 186 games.
The Rangers tallied two power play goals in five opportunities to improve to 30.0% (18-60) at MSG this season; each of the Rangers last four goals have come on the power play dating back to Saturday’s contest against Buffalo.
Ryan Callahan tallied two points on the power play (one goal and one assist) and delivered a game-high six hits; he has notched a goal in each of the last two games, and has four points (three goals and one assist) in the last five.
Marian Gaborik notched one power play goal in a game-high 28:19 of icetime, and has recorded four points (two goals and two assists) in the last four games; he has tallied a power play goal in each of the last two games to increase his league-leading total to 11 with the man advantage.
Rookie defenseman Michael Del Zotto tallied two power play assists in 21:19 of icetime; he has now recorded three assists in the last two games.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 25 of 27 shots in the contest, including 13 saves in the second period.
Chris Drury led all skaters with 16 faceoff wins, and finished with a 62% (16-27) success rate in the faceoff circle; Sean Avery registered a game-high seven shots.
Brandon Dubinsky logged 24:06 of icetime in his return to the lineup after missing the previous 13 games due to injury.
The Rangers practice schedule for tomorrow, Dec. 15, is 12:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.
The Rangers return to action on Monday, Dec. 16, when they will face-off against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a home-and-home set; the game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “Other than six or seven minutes at the beginning of that second period, I thought we played a good hockey game. We just have to keep on trying to build on it. We have to get over the hump of that second goal. We had our chances to score our third one but we didn’t get it done. We have a lot of good things to build off of.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “I don’t think it matters who we are playing right now. We have to see every game as an opportunity for us to turn this around. We have to keep pushing each other to have the energy that you need to win a hockey game. You can’t walk around and feel sorry for yourself. All of the guys have to work together.”
Chris Drury on tonight’s game… “We’ve got to keep doing the right things, keep playing like we’re playing. 48 shots and I think we got 38 last game – if we keep getting over 30 shots something’s going to give here.”