From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
December 23, 2009 – New York Rangers 4, Florida Panthers 1 (Game #37, Home #18)
The Rangers defeated the Florida Panthers, 4-1, to extend their winning streak to four games; this is the longest winning-streak for the Blueshirts since their seven-game winning-streak from Oct. 3 vs. Ottawa to Oct. 17 at Toronto.
The Blueshirts are now 18-16-3 (39 pts.) on the season, including an 8-9-1 mark at home; this marks the Rangers first victory at MSG since Nov. 23.
The Rangers killed off all four Florida power play opportunities and have now killed off 20 out of the last 21 penalties for a 95.2% success rate over the last five games.
Vinny Prospal tallied two goals, including the game-winner on the power play, for his sixth multi-point performance on the season; he now has three points (two goals and one assist) in the last two games.
Chris Drury notched one goal and one short-handed assist in 19:15 of icetime; he has recorded four points (three goals and one assist) in the last four games.
Marian Gaborik recorded a shorthanded goal and one assist along with a game-high seven shots; Gaborik’s tally is the fourth shorthanded goal of the season for the Blueshirts.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 33 of 34 shots, including 15 in the second period; he has now held opponents to two or fewer goals in nine of his last 10 games.
Ryan Callahan notched one assist and delivered a game-high five hits in 17:36 of icetime; he has tallied six points (two goals and four assists) in the last four games.
Marc Staal recorded one assist and skated a team-high 24:50 of icetime; he has now recorded two points (one goal and one assist) in back-to-back games.
Brandon Dubinsky tallied one assist in 17:47 of icetime; he has notched three points (one goal and two assists) in two consecutive games.
Sean Avery and Enver Lisin recorded one assist apiece.
The Rangers return to action on Dec. 26, when they will face-off against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the second game of a three-game homestand; the game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
Prior to Saturday’s game, the Rangers pre-game skate is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the MSG Training Center.
John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “We are again trying to find a way to win at home. I thought everybody contributed. Hank (Henrik Lundqvist) contributed when he had to. Our fourth line contributed. These games, before you break, you don’t want them to think it is Christmas too early. I thought we played well and we deserved to win the hockey game.”
Vinny Prospal on tonight’s game… “Hopefully it is starting to turn around for us. We have been able to put together the second longest winning streak since the beginning of the season. It doesn’t matter that the Christmas break comes now, we want to prolong this thing.”
Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “We are coming into this with confidence obviously with three big wins on the road. We weren’t happy what we showed last time we were here. We came in wanting to prove something and with the confidence from three road wins.”