From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
December 17, 2009 – New York Rangers 5, New York Islanders 2 (Game #34, Road #17)
• The Blueshirts defeated the New York Islanders, 5-2, tonight at Nassau Coliseum to improve to 15-16-3 (33 pts.) overall and 8-7-2 (18 pts.) on the road.
• The Rangers notched three goals in six power play opportunities, and have now tallied seven power play goals in their last four games for a 36.8% (7-19) success rate.
• The Blueshirts registered a 62% (29-47) success rate in the faceoff circle, and finished 60-98 (61%) on faceoffs in the home-and-home set against the Islanders.
• Rangers Alternate Captain Ryan Callahan tallied a career-high four points (two goals and two assists), including a pair of power play goals; he has now registered eight points (five goals and three assists) in the last seven games.
• Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves, including 28 through the first two periods, and stopped 61 of 65 (.938%) shots in the home-and-home set vs. Long Island.
• Marian Gaborik recorded his team-leading 14th multi-point effort of the season with three power play points (one goal and two assists), and registered a team-high five shots; he currently leads the league in scoring with 45 points, ranks first with 24 goals and 12 power play goals, and is tied for the league lead with 18 power play points.
• Vinny Prospal and Michal Rozsival each finished with two assists in the contest; Prospal improved his season total to 23 assists, including nine on the power play; Rozsival led all skaters with a season-high 26:37 of icetime, and now has three assists in the last five games.
• Rangers Captain Chris Drury and rookie Artem Anisimov each notched one goal apiece in the game; Drury also led all skaters with 11 faceoff wins in 16 attempts (69%).
• Dan Girardi and Sean Avery recorded one assist apiece for the Rangers; Girardi registered two assists in the home-and-home set against the Islanders; Avery also tied for the game-high with four hits in the contest.
• The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, December 18, is 12:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.
• The Rangers return to action on Saturday, December 19, when they will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wachovia Center (1:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matinee matchup; the game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.