From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
December 30, 2009 – New York Rangers 0, Philadelphia Flyers 6 (Game #39, Home #20)
* The Rangers were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers, 6-0, to snap their five-game points streak (4-0-1); the five-game point streak was the Blueshirts longest since winning seven consecutive games from Oct. 3 vs. Ottawa to Oct. 17 at Toronto.
- The Blueshirts are now 18-17-4 (40 pts.) on the season, including an 8-10-2 mark at home.
- The Rangers out-shot the Flyers, 12-2, in the third period.
- Goaltender Chad Johnson made his NHL debut, stopping 17 shots after entering the game at the beginning of the second period.
- Rangers Alternate Captain Ryan Callahan led all skaters with six hits; he has now registered 136 hits on the season to rank third in the NHL.
- Rookie defenseman Michael Del Zotto logged a team-high, 23:02 of icetime, and recorded four hits and two blocked shots; he currently ranks third in the NHL among first year players in total icetime (765:32).
- Christopher Higgins led the Rangers with four shots in 19:59 of icetime.
- Two Rangers prospects rank among tournament leaders at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championships; Team USA Captain Derek Stepan is currently tied for the tournament lead in scoring with eight points (three goals and five assists) following a four point (two goals and two assists) performance in yesterday’s 12-1 victory over Latvia; Chris Kreider is currently pacing Team USA in goal scoring, tying for the tournament lead with four goals in three games after notching a hat trick yesterday vs. Latvia; Team USA next plays Canada tomorrow, December 31st, to close out their preliminary schedule and determine the winner of Group A.
- The Rangers return to action tomorrow, Dec. 31, when they will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a home-and-home set; prior to the game, the Blueshirts’ morning skate is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at RBC Center; the game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
John Tortorella on going forward… “We start over. That is the best thing for us right now is to get on a plane and play. Some things, obviously, there has to be some discussion on certain situations but we have to start over. We have to start over. The best thing for us is to play right away.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “We were into a really nice rhythm before the break. The last two games, I think, our energy was okay but not tonight. In our zone, we have to be ready to battle. We just made it way too easy.”
Marian Gaborik on tonight’s game… “We weren’t ready. They got three quick goals and then nothing was working out for us. It is obviously unacceptable. The positive thing is that we play tomorrow. We need to redeem ourselves.”