Here are some post-game quotes. I’ll add the Rangers’ post-game package to the bottom in a little while.
“It’s a big character game for us as well, not only to score six goals, but to come back after a 2-0 lead at home where we’ve been struggling of late. So it was a good game for us to break out goal-wise, but also to show some character here in the room.”
“Guys came in here and said, yeah, we’re down 2-0, but we didn’t have a bad start.”
“Obviously, nobody seemed happy in here when we’re not scoring goals the last two or three games. So guys want to put the puck in.”
“It’s a weird game. You can definitely see it when a team’s playing with confidence or when a guy’s playing with confidence, and I thought you saw that after we got a couple of goals tonight. We started to play with a bit of a swagger again and that’s what we need to do.”
“Some guys really stepped up to the plate, that physical play and showing them that we’re not going to back down and scrapping a couple of times really gave our bench a lift and helped keep the momentum on our side.”
“I’m not going to say we’ve been fruatrated because I’ve said all along that we’re capable of scoring and playing well.”
“I’m playing on the top line there, and on any team the top line needs to be producing, so I do put a lot of pressure on myself. I’m pretty sure (Callahan) feels the same way. It’s important for your top lines to produce for your team to win.”
“It shows a lot. It shows a lot of character on his part. It shows a willingness to compete, a willingess to win, a to stick up for his teammates and be there. Same thing with AV and Sean and even Lis(in). It shows how much guys want to win and how much this game meant to us tonight.”
“I’ll never say it’s more important than the gioals, because we need the goals dearly. But that’s important stuff as you go along here. Again, I think for quite a while I think we’ve played harder along the boards. We’ ve had some blips on the screen as we’ve gone through it, but it’s been more consistent. And tonight in that type of situation, I thought some guys stepped up. Aves has a big fight, AV, lisin, Brian Boyle’s in there, Wade Redden. Everybody stuck up for one another, so from a team concept that’s important.”
“You never know how games are going to be played, you never know what triggers it. … The important thing is how you respond, and I thought we responded the correct way. Sometimes this year I don’t think we’ve responded correctly in those type of situations.”
“The guys pull for him in that type of situation. He’s been run over here in this city for quite a while, since he’s been here. I’m glad for the guy. I’ve seen him in his career and he’s a pretty tough guy, a pretty good fighter. I’m glad he stood in there, trying to get involed with our team here. And I’m sure the boys == well I know they were happy for him. No matter whether he wins the fight, loses the fight. It’s good he stood in there.”
“Cally ignited us tonight. He did a lot of good things. Dubi and Cally. … Those type of players, the secondary scoring, it’s important. Because I believe Gabby will get going again, and Vinny Prospal will get going again, then you hget a little bit of consistency with the othdr two guys coming in behind them. Not just the goals, but the way they played. I thought they did the right things along the well. Dubi was good in a lot of areas.”
FROM THE RANGERS:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
January 17, 2010 – New York Rangers 6, Montreal Canadiens 2 (Game #49, Home #26)
· The Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 6-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden, in a matchup between Original Six opponents; the Blueshirts have now recorded a point in 13 of their last 16 games (9-3-4).
· The six goals were the most recorded by New York in a game since they tallied seven goals on Nov. 23 vs. Columbus at Madison Square Garden; Callahan’s goal at 0:57 of the second period snapped a 147:02 scoring drought at home for the Rangers.
· New York have now posted a record of 23-19-7 (53 pts.) overall and 11-11-4 (26 pts.) at home this season; the Rangers improved to 9-2-1 (19 pts.) against the Northeast Division, and have out-scored their opponents, 39-22, in 12 games this season.
· Ryan Callahan tallied the Rangers’ first goal 57 seconds into the second period and finished with four points (two goals and two assists), including a power play goal at 4:56 of the third; the four points tied his career-high (last – Dec. 17, 2009 at NY Islanders), and he has now recorded 17 points (seven goals and 10 assists) in the last 19 games; Callahan also led all skaters with seven shots on goal, tying his career-high, and posted a plus-three rating.
· Brandon Dubinsky notched two goals, including one shorthanded tally and the game-winner, added one assist and posted a plus-three rating; his shorthanded goal at 8:28 of the second period was the first three-on-four goal scored by a Ranger since Adam Graves notched a three-on-four tally in the first period on Oct. 25, 1996 at Florida; Dubinsky also won a game-high 12 faceoffs, and registered an 80% (12-of-15) success rate in the faceoff circle.
· Marian Gaborik recorded his team-leading 18th multi-point performance (one goal and two assists), and finished with a plus-three rating; the Rangers improved to 12-5-1 when Gaborik registers two or more points
· Henrik Lundqvist made 18 saves to improve his record to 21-15-6 on the season; he has now held opponents to two or fewer goals in 17 of his last 20 games, posting a 10-5-5 mark, 1.76 goals against average and .942 save percentage over the span.
· Rangers Captain Chris Drury (one goal and one assist) and Alternate Captain Vinny Prospal (two assists) each registered two points; defensemen Marc Staal and Michael Del Zotto recorded one assist apiece.
John Tortorella on the team… “After the first period, they kept themselves together. Even during the first period, although we were down 2-0, I thought we had some good minutes there as far as our forecheck was concerned. Everybody played. I think they played for one another, they stuck up for one another.”
Ryan Callahan on the team’s confidence… “It’s a big character game for us, not only to score six goals but to come back from a 2-0 deficit at home where we’ve been struggling of late. So it was a good game for us goal-wise but also we showed some character in the room.”
Henrik Lundqvist on the team’s scoring… “We score some goals. We feel the energy in the building, on the ice, on the bench and you get confidence. Sometimes you try and try and there is no result. It is tough to stay on the course. Sometimes you try to do too much. When it pays off like that you can feel the energy on the ice. We know we can score. It has just been a couple of games here where we have had a tough time doing it.”