From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
January 19, 2010 – New York Rangers 8, Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (Game #50, Home #27)
· The Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 8-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden, marking the first time New York tallied six-or-more goals in back-to-back games since the 2006-07 season (Mar. 31 at Philadelphia, 6-4; Apr. 1 vs. Toronto, 7-2); the last time the Blueshirts notched six-or-more goals in back-to-back home games was Nov. 12, 2003 vs. Pittsburgh (6-2) and Nov. 23, 2003 vs. Ottawa (6-2).
· New York have now posted a record of 24-19-7 (55 pts.) overall and 12-11-4 (28 pts.) at home this season; the Rangers have now tallied a point in 14 of their last 17 games (10-3-4).
· New York notched three goals in the opening frame tonight, marking the third straight period the Rangers tallied three goals in a period following three-goal performances in the second and third periods of Sunday’s 6-2 win vs. Montreal; it is the first time since the 1998-99 season the Rangers accomplished the feat (third period of a 6-6 tie on Nov. 17 at Toronto and all three periods of a 10-2 win on Nov. 10 at Tampa Bay). *Statistic courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
· The Rangers had eight different goal scorers and 16 different players register at least one point; the last time the Rangers had eight players score a goal in one game was a 10-5 win on Dec. 13, 1992 vs. Montreal; New York’s 16 players with at least one point ties the franchise record for a single game, accomplished twice before – Oct. 25, 1984 at New Jersey (W, 11-2) and Feb. 17, 1985 vs. the NY Islanders (W, 9-3). *Statistic courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
· The Blueshirts converted two of four power play opportunities (3:56), and are now three of nine (33.3%) with the man advantage in the last two games.
· Marian Gaborik tied his career-high with four assists (last – Oct. 26, 2002 at Phoenix), and registered four hits and a plus-three rating; the four assists also mark a team season-high, and is the most recorded by a Ranger since Jaromir Jagr tallied four assists on Feb. 17, 2008 vs. Montreal.
· Brandon Dubinsky, Marc Staal, Vinny Prospal, and Christopher Higgins each registered one goal and one assist apiece, and Matt Gilroy recorded two assists; Dubinsky also posted a Gordie Howe Hat Trick, and Gilroy’s two assists marked his first career multi-point effort.
· Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves to improve his record to 22-15-6 on the season; he has now held opponents to two or fewer goals in 18 of his last 21 games, posting an 11-5-5 mark, 1.77 goals against average and .941 save percentage over the span.
· The Rangers return to action when they will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Wachovia Center (7:00 p.m.), in a matchup between Atlantic Division rivals; the game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
Henrik Lundqvist on the team crashing the net for goals… “We’ve been working on it for weeks now. That’s how you score goals; it’s in front of the net, in the blue, you just have to battle. It’s not often when you beat a goalie one-on-one, you have a clear shot. A lot of times, its deflections in front, it’s rebounds. And when you start getting those goals, then you start making nice plays too. The last few games we’ve been doing a good job of coming in front and creating opportunities for rebounds.”