From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
January 2, 2010 – New York Rangers 1, Carolina Hurricanes 2 OT (Game #41, Home #21)
* The Rangers were defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes, 2-1, in overtime today at Madison Square Garden in the second game of their home-and-home set.
* The Blueshirts are now 19-17-5 (43 pts.) on the season, including an 8-10-3 mark at home; the Rangers have recorded points in seven of their last eight games (5-1-2).
* Marian Gaborik tallied the game-tying goal at 9:08 of the third period; he has now recorded four goals and 10 points in the last eight games.
* Brandon Dubinsky recorded one assist and a game-high six shots in 23:49 of icetime; he has now tallied seven points (four goals and three assists) in the last six games, and is one point shy of 100 career NHL points.
* Erik Christensen notched one assist and won a team-high 11 of 17 (65%) faceoffs; he tallied three points (one goal and two assists) in the home-and-home set against Carolina.
* Captain Chris Drury blocked a season-high, six shots; Michael Del Zotto delivered a team-high five hits.
* Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 17 shots while making his 15th straight start, one shy of his career-high; he has now held opponents to two or fewer goals in 11 of the last 14 games.
* The Rangers return to action on Jan. 4, when they will face-off against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup; prior to the game, the team’s morning skate is scheduled for 10:40 a.m. at the MSG Training Center; the Blueshirts defeated the Bruins, 1-0, in their first meeting of the season on Nov. 1; the game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
John Tortorella on getting opportunities… “I thought we generated offense. I thought some of our best chances we shot wide, let alone the four or five posts we hit. We have to start to…we can’t be satisfied with generating scoring chances. We have to start scoring goals. We defend again. We held them to single digits chances against. It is something we have worked on. We generate some offense but we simply don’t score. You try to stay patient but the bottom line is that we have to start scoring in these type of games. We lose a point because we simply don’t bury a couple of our chances. It shouldn’t be going into overtime.”
Marian Gaborik on today’s game… “We have to be stronger. We have an edge in every game if it goes to the power play. We played hard, we played physical. We definitely outplayed them. It’s just too bad this was the outcome.”
Henrik Lundqvist on today’s game… “It’s a fast game and the difference between winning and losing is so small. Today, we could have killed this game but we didn’t. It’s definitely frustrating not to win this hockey game.”