From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
December 26, 2009 – New York Rangers 2, New York Islanders 3 OT (Game #38, Home #19)
The Rangers were defeated by the New York Islanders, 3-2, in overtime, ending their winning streak at four games; the four-game streak was the Blueshirts longest since winning seven consecutive games from Oct. 3 vs. Ottawa to Oct. 17 at Toronto.
The Blueshirts are now 18-16-4 (40 pts.) on the season, including an 8-9-2 mark at home.
The Rangers have recorded points in each of their last five games (4-0-1).
Brandon Dubinsky tallied two goals, including the game-tying goal with 47 seconds remaining in regulation time and won a game-high 12 faceoffs in 16 attempts for a 75% success rate; he now has three-game point-scoring streak (three goals and two assists).
Chris Drury notched one assist and recorded a plus-one rating in 17:48 of icetime; he has now recorded five points (three goals and two assists) in the last four games.
Michal Rozsival recorded two assists in 19:56 of icetime; he now has tallied five assists in the last five games.
Ryan Callahan notched one assist and delivered four hits in 20:02 of icetime; he has tallied seven points (two goals and five assists) in the last five games.
Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves on 22 shots in his 12th consecutive start; he has stopped 155 of 163 (.950%) shots over the last five games.
Rookie defenseman Michael Del Zotto delivered a team-high five hits in 23:39 of icetime; entering tonight’s contest, Del Zotto ranked third among all first-year players with 82 hits.
Marian Gaborik logged a team-high 25:04 of icetime and tied for the game-high with five shots
Two Rangers prospects tallied points for Team USA in tonight’s 7-3 victory over Slovakia in their opening game of the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championships; Captain Derek Stepan recorded one goal and two assists for three points and Chris Kreider notched a power play assist on the game-winning goal. Team USA next plays on Sunday, Dec. 27 vs. Switzerland.
The Rangers practice schedule for tomorrow, Dec. 27, is 12:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.
The Rangers return to action on Dec. 30, when they will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their first game of three in four nights; the Blueshirts defeated the Flyers, 2-1, in their first meeting of the season on Dec. 19. The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “I thought we played hard. I thought we developed a lot of scoring chances, we couldn’t score but we stayed with it. We will take the point and try to find some good stuff out of it. I thought we played really hard to get back into it in the third period.”
Brandon Dubinsky on the tying goal… “I was just trying to be there, ready. Time is winding down there, we know things are going to go to the net to try and get some traffic and some sticks there and I think Cally (Ryan Callahan) made a great play. I feel like he shot for my stick and I was standing there ready for it and I made the play.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “They got a goal on our power play – that is always tough. The PK (penalty kill) was really good. I think if we tied the game a little earlier, I think we would have had them. They played pretty solid in their own end, kept us on the outside. We at least tied the game and got a point out of it.”