From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
January 25, 2010 – New York Rangers 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (Game #53, Home #28)
· The Rangers were defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden, and are now 10-6-4 in their last 20 games.
· The Blueshirts have now posted a record of 24-22-7 (55 pts.) overall, including a 12-12-4 (28 pts.) mark at home this season.
· Rookie forward Artem Anisimov recorded his first career multi-goal game with two goals and established a career-high with six shots on net; he also won a team-high 11 faceoffs in 15 attempts for a success rate of 73%.
· Christopher Higgins tallied the primary assist on Anisimov’s goal at 13:04 of the second period, and finished with a plus-two rating in 18:35 of icetime; he has now registered three points (one goal and two assists) in the last four games, and has posted a plus or even rating in eight of the last nine games for a plus-three rating over the span.
· Enver Lisin registered one assist and a plus-two rating in 10:51 of icetime; the plus-two rating tied his season-high (Oct. 24 at Montreal); Lisin has now recorded two points (one goal and one assist) and a plus-two rating in the last four games.
· Defenseman Dan Girardi recorded an assist on Anisimov’s goal at 3:15 of the third period, and logged 19:42 of icetime; Girardi has tallied two points (one goal and one assist) in the last four games, and has posted a plus or even rating in eight of the last 12 for a plus-three rating during the stretch.
· Ryan Callahan registered six hits and four shots on goal in 19:20 of icetime while skating in his 200th career NHL game.
· Marc Staal led the team with a personal season-high seven hits, and tied for the team-high with 23:12 of icetime.
· The Rangers return to action when they will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their fourth and final meeting this season; the game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
John Tortorella on Artem Anisimov… “He has played well. Although he has not put up a lot of numbers, he has really. He is one of the guys I am using quite a bit away from the puck, late in games. His defensive awareness has really improved. As he grows and gets stronger, he is just a kid, he is going to be a very good player.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “This one was painful. We battled back and it was a pretty good game. In the second period we played pretty well and we came out in the third and kept it going. I don’t know what to say. That was bad timing , when we got that penalty, they get a lucky goal on a deflection off our player. We have had a bunch of these games this year. It could be a different story if we manage to win these games. We have a tough time winning games like this but we definitely played a lot better than the last two games. That is a good thing.”
Brandon Dubinsky on the 2nd intermission… “I thought we were good here in the room and we knew we just had to fight for another 20 minutes out there to try and get 2 points. Arty (Artem Anisimov) scores a big goal there, but we have to respond after that. It starts with my line. We have to make sure we are strong defensively, especially when it’s tough to put pucks in the net. We have to make sure we are doing our jobs and try and keep confident here. From now on we have to try and stay confident and believe in what we got here. We have to believe in what we can do and get over this.”
Bonus quotes (from me):
Marian Gaborik: “We’ve got to manage to keep the lead if we have it in the third period like that. It happened in the last game against these guys too. We play a good game, but we have to hold onto the lead. … when they tied it, we can’t let them score the go-ahead goal.”
Dubinsky (on the winning goal): “I was maybe a little late trying to get there. I’m not going to sit here and say it was my guy or another guy’s. We’ve got to do a better job and make sure we’ve got to make sure we’ve got a high guy and make sure they don’t get an odd-man rush and make sure they don’t even get that opportunity.”
On the six-minute power play: “We’ve got to find a way to get that going. It’s certainly a privilege to be on the power play there, and guys gotta make sure, all of us, the 10 guys who go out there night in and night out, we’ve got to find a way to get those timely goals. It would have been big. We had three in a row, and if we get one early there, or two there, it’s a different game. We’ve just got to find a way to battle hard and at least get some momentum off it. I felt that they got momentum off it because we didn’t get anything going. Those are big plays.”
Lundqvist (on the long power play): “They’re a good team. They made it tough to get something going on our power play. Special teams were the difference and it’s funny but a lot of times against Pittsurgh, the special teams in the end will be the difference.”
On the winning goal: “It was just bad positioning. I tried to reach for it on the rebound and I went down to make a block and he just found a hole there above my pad. You know, everything happens so fast. You sit here and maybe think what I would have done differently — maybe not reach for the puck and just get back in position. But I didn’t see the guy coming, I reached for the puck, and then I saw him and I was a little too late there.”
You should know that Tortorella answered only three questions, because by now nobody wants to be shouted down when they ask something he won’t answer.
I asked him about the six-minute PP
“Yeah, we struggled,” he said. “We would like to score a goal there and yet we end up leading 2-1 after that. Power play struggled.”
And before the quote above about Anisimov, he said, “We played much better as far as away fro the puck, in our end zone, we played better. We have to find a way to win a gane when we’re up 2-1.”
After the Anisimov quote, there was a long pause and he said, “Thank you” and left.