From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
January 6, 2010 – New York Rangers 5, Dallas Stars 2 (Game #43, Home #23)
· The Rangers defeated the Dallas Stars, 5-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden to improve to 21-17-5 (47 pts.) on the season, including a 10-10-3 mark at home; New York have recorded points in nine of their last 10 games (7-1-2).
· Sean Avery notched a power play goal, and added three assists for a game-high four points; his four points and three assists tie his single game career high (last – Mar. 17, 2007 vs. BOS), and the three assists are a Rangers season-high; he also registered four hits and a plus-three rating.
· Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves while making his 17th straight start; he has now held opponents to two or fewer goals in 13 of the last 16 games.
· Defenseman Michal Rozsival recorded two assists, including one on the power play, and blocked three shots in 20:14 of icetime; he has now registered eight assists in the last 10 games.
· Ales Kotalik responded to Dallas’ game-tying goal early in the second with the go-ahead goal at 8:23 of the middle frame; Kotalik has now recorded three goals and seven points in six career regular season contests vs. the Stars.
· Marian Gaborik notched the Rangers’ second goal of the game at 15:47 of the first period; he has tallied a point in 32 of 41 games this season, including five goals and 11 points in the last 10 games.
· Erik Christensen recorded an assist on Gaborik’s first period goal to extend his point streak to four games, registering five points (two goals and three assists) over the span.
· Captain Chris Drury gave the Rangers a two-goal advantage mid-way through the third period and finished with a 56% (9-16) success rate in the faceoff circle; he has recorded a point in back-to-back contests (one goal and one assist).
· Rangers defensemen Matt Gilroy and Wade Redden each collected one assist in the contest, and Ryan Callahan completed the game’s scoring with an empty-netter at 18:55 of the third.
John Tortorella on secondary scoring… “Not only to help us to win but also help guys gain confidence as we talk about more consistent play. Hopefully we keep chipping it in and scoring some goals so it is not 2-1 and every mistake is a determining factor.”
Henrik Lundqvist on back to back wins… “It’s very important that we get back on track here at home. We have been pretty good and consistent on the road but if we’re going to have a good run here in the next couple of months, we need to start playing a lot better and start winning at home. We’re moving in that direction and it’s a great feeling to win at home.”
Ryan Callahan on the team’s play as of late… “I thought we have been playing well as of late. Minus that one game at home against Philly, I thought we have been playing good hockey. No matter what people are saying about us, we are playing good hockey and the guys in here know that. I thought we played well tonight.”