From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
January 4, 2010 – New York Rangers 3, Boston Bruins 2 (Game #42, Home #22)
The Rangers defeated the Boston Bruins, 3-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden to improve to 20-17-5 (45 pts.) on the season, including a 9-10-3 mark at home; New York have recorded points in eight of their last nine games (6-1-2).
The Blueshirts are now 35-17-10 (80 pts.) against Original Six opponents since 2005-06, and 13-3-2 (28 pts.) vs. Boston over the span; the Rangers have now posted a record of 7-1-1 (15 pts.) against the Northeast Division, and have out-scored their opponents, 30-17, in nine games this season.
Brandon Dubinsky recorded two assists, including his 100th career NHL point on Kotalik’s first period power play goal, and led all Rangers with 24:16 of icetime; he has now tallied nine points (four goals and five assists) in the last seven games.
Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 26 shots while making his 16th straight start, his longest streak since he started 19 straight during the 2006-07 season; he has now held opponents to two or fewer goals in 12 of the last 15 games.
Christopher Higgins tallied the game-winning goal at 1:29 of the third period; he now has six goals and 15 career regular season points vs. Boston.
Ryan Callahan notched two assists and delivered a team-high five hits along with a game-high four blocked shots in 20:15 of icetime; he has now recorded four goals and 12 points in the last 12 games.
Erik Christensen tallied one goal in 17:56 of icetime; he has now recorded four points (two goals and two assists) in the last three games.
Ales Kotalik notched one power play goal in 14:35 of icetime; Michael Del Zotto and Chris Drury recorded one assist apiece.
The Blueshirts practice schedule for tomorrow, Jan. 5, is 12:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.
The Rangers return to action on Jan. 6, when they will face-off against the Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set. The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “We come back and get a point after being down in the third period the other night. I think we did it against the Islanders, we came back. I thought we played really well in all facets of the game.”
Henrik Lundqvist on other guys scoring tonight … “Other guys stepping up now is huge for us. It is a big month. We need a lot of guys to step up and score for us.”
Brandon Dubinsky on tonight’s game… “The bottom line is we found a way to get two points here tonight. I thought we played a solid game. They’re a good team too, they pressured us and they had two opportunities and they found a way to score in the third. But there was a great play by Higgy (Christopher Higgins) to put the puck in the net and two points is two points, especially here at home where we have been struggling.”