From the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
December 19, 2009 – New York Rangers 2, Philadelphia Flyers 1 (Game #35, Road #18)
• The Blueshirts defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1, today at the Wachovia Center to improve to 16-16-3 (35 pts.) overall and 9-7-2 (18 pts.) on the road.
• The Rangers improve to 14-2-1 (29 pts.) in their last 17 games at Philadelphia dating back to a 3-1 win on Mar. 27, 2004.
• Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves, including 34 straight following Philadelphia’s first period goal, to close out the victory and improve to 7-1-0 at the Wachovia Center since the 2005-06 season; Lundqvist has held opponents to two or fewer goals in seven of his last eight games.
• Rangers Captain Chris Drury opened the game’s scoring with an unassisted goal at 5:16 of the first period; Drury has now tallied a goal in each of the last two contests.
• Rookie Artem Anisimov notched the game-winning goal, his second goal in two games, at 4:46 of the second period; Anisimov also won five of seven (71%) faceoffs.
• Ryan Callahan recorded an assist on Anisimov’s game-winning goal, and has now registered eight points (four goals and four assists) in the last five games.
• Defenseman Dan Girardi tallied one assist and logged 23:32 of icetime; Girardi has now recorded one assist in each of the last three contests.
• Marc Staal logged a Rangers season-high, 30:45 of icetime.
• Christopher Higgins tied for the game-high with three blocked shots; Sean Avery led all skaters with a plus-two rating, and tied for the game-high with four hits.
• The Rangers return to action on Monday, December 21, when they will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center (7:00 p.m.), to close out their three-game road trip; the game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
EVENING UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Here’s the official word on the transactions. Matt Gilroy is expected to be recalled following tonight’s Wolf Pack game. So he and Redden will play in Carolina most likely. The transactions have something to do with the Christmas roster freeze.
New York, December 19, 2009 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defensemen Bobby Sanguinetti and Ilkka Heikkinen have been assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).