From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
February 4, 2010 – New York Rangers 5, Washington Capitals 6 (Game #58, Home #30)
· The Rangers were defeated by the Washington Capitals, 6-5, tonight at Madison Square Garden; the 11 combined goals were the most at MSG since a 7-4 win on Nov. 23 vs. Columbus.
· The Blueshirts tallied four goals in six power play opportunities (4:57), the most since they notched five power play goals in a 6-1 win on December 29, 2007 at Toronto; eight Rangers players registered at least one power play point – R. Callahan, O. Jokinen, V. Prospal, M. Del Zotto, M. Gaborik, B. Dubinsky, M. Gilroy, and H. Lundqvist – the most for the Rangers in a single game since a 4-1 win on Mar. 15, 2009 vs. Philadelphia (eight players).
· New York has now posted a record of 25-26-7 (57 pts.) overall, including a 12-14-4 (28 pts.) mark at home this season.
· Rangers Alternate Captain Vinny Prospal notched two goals and two assists for a season-high four points; the four points also ties Prospal’s single-game career-high, accomplished six times before, the last time on Nov. 14, 2005 vs. Philadelphia (three goals and one assist); Prospal has now registered 11 points (three goals and eight assists) and a plus-seven rating in the last 10 games; he also tied for the game-high with five hits, which marks a personal season-high.
· Olli Jokinen registered two power play points (one goal and one assist) and led all skaters with seven shots on goal in his Madison Square Garden debut; his assist on Callahan’s power play goal at 8:58 of the first period was his first point as a Ranger; he has now recorded four points (one goal and three assists) in his last four games.
· Rangers Alternate Captain Ryan Callahan opened the game’s scoring with a power play goal at 8:58 of the first period, added a power play assist and tied for the game-high with five hits; Callahan now ranks second on the team in power play goals (eight) and power play points (17) on the season; he also logged a team-high 23:52 of icetime.
· Marian Gaborik recorded two assists, including one on the power play, and six shots in 20:51 of icetime; he has now registered 14 points (six goals and eight assists) and a plus-seven rating in the last 10 games.
· Rookie defensemen Michael Del Zotto and Matt Gilroy each recorded one power play assist and tied their career-high with four shots apiece; Del Zotto leads the team and ranks first among all NHL rookies with 13 power play assists on the season; Gilroy has now tallied five of his six assists at MSG.
· Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves and registered his first point of the season with an assist on Dubinsky’s power play goal at 18:48 of the second period; it was Lundqvist’s first point since he recorded a power play assist on the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win vs. the New York Islanders on Feb. 18, 2009.
· Forward Brandon Dubinsky notched one power play goal in 18:10 of icetime; he has now recorded 20 points (nine goals and 11 assists) in 27 games since returning from injury on Dec. 14 vs. Atlanta.
· Defenseman Marc Staal registered an assist on Prospal’s even strength goal at 16:50 of the first period; he ranks fourth on the team with 22 points at even strength, and has now recorded seven points (one goal and six assists) in the last 10 games.
· The Rangers will continue their three-game homestand on Saturday, Feb. 6, vs. the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in a matchup between Atlantic Division rivals; the game will be televised live on MSG 2 and can be heard on 970 The Apple.
John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “We created a number of scoring chances but being undisciplined and also giving up too many chances ourselves. We can’t lose that in our game as far as our defense. They are a great offensive team but we have to continue to work on our defense and let our offense go off of that.”
Olli Jokinen on tonight’s game… “The bottom line is that I have to help this team win hockey games. We have to find a way to win because everyone knows where we are in the standings. We have to play every game as a playoff game. We have to take something positive out of every game – we scored five tonight. We have to play a lot better defensively.”
Vinny Prospal on the team’s power play success… “I think we just shot the puck more. We shot the puck and went to the net and we got some bounces. We got some rebounds too. Our goals were on the rebounds, one was a five-on-three play and one was a tip in. That’s what you have to do when you’re struggling.”