From the Rangers:
March 4, 2010 – New York Rangers 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 5 OT (Game #64, Home #34)
· The Rangers were defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-4, in overtime tonight at Madison Square Garden, ending their winning streak at three games. New York is now 4-1-1 in their last six contests, having out-scored their opponents, 20-13, over the span.
· New York has now posted a record of 29-27-8 (66 pts.) on the season, including a 14-15-5 (33 pts.) mark at home this season.
· Henrik Lundqvist stopped 50 of the 55 shots he faced, both career-highs, and is now 26-22-7 on the season, including a 13-14-5 mark at MSG. The last time a Rangers goaltender recorded 50 saves in a game was on Oct. 30, 1996, when Mike Richter made 53 saves in a 6-1 win at New Jersey, and the 55 shots were the most allowed by the Rangers since they allowed 62 shots on Jan. 31, 1991 at Vancouver (3-3).
· Michal Rozsival notched one goal and added an assist to record his fourth multi-point effort of the season. He has now registered four points (one goal and three assists) in the last four games.
· Brandon Dubinsky tallied a power play goal at 12:49 of the second period to establish a new career-high in goals, with 15 on the season. He has notched three goals in the last four games, including one goal in each of the last two contests.
· Olli Jokinen recorded two assists and tied for the team-high with five hits in the contest. He has registered three multi-point performances in eight games as a Ranger.
· Rangers Captain Chris Drury notched a power play goal at 14:39 of the first period and won nine-of-13 faceoffs (69%), while leading all team forwards with 23:21 of icetime. He has now registered four points (three goals and one assist) in the last six games.
· Sean Avery registered one assist and four hits, and he now has four points (two goals and two assists) in the last three games. Avery has tallied 11 points (four goals and seven assists) in 17 career regular season contests vs. Pittsburgh.
· Rangers Alternate Captain Vinny Prospal recorded one assist and tied for the team-high with five hits. He has now registered 11 points (five goals and six assists) in the last nine games.
· Michael Del Zotto recorded one power play assist and logged 18:56 of icetime, in his return to the lineup after missing the previous two games due to injury. He leads the team with 15 power play assists on the season.
· Artem Anisimov opened the game’s scoring with an even strength tally at 2:17 of the first period. Anisimov has now recorded four points (three goals and one assist) in six career regular season contests vs. Pittsburgh.
· Defenseman Wade Redden tallied an assist on Anisimov’s first period goal, and he has now recorded an assist in each of the last two games.
· Rookie defenseman Matt Gilroy tallied one power play assist, and he has now registered four assists in the last seven games.
· Dan Girardi led all skaters with five blocked shots, and also registered four hits in 23:05 of icetime. Girardi entered the contest leading the team and ranked seventh in the NHL with 135 blocked shots on the season.
· The Blueshirts practice schedule for tomorrow, Mar. 5, is 11:00 a.m. at the MSG Training Center.
· The Rangers return to action on Saturday, Mar. 6, when they will face-off against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set; the game will be televised live on MSG Plus and can be heard on 970 The Apple.
John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “Hank was outstanding and gave us an opportunity. We will look at some things – what we did good, what we did wrong. At the end of the night, we grabbed a point out of here. Although it is an ugly one, it is a point. We will take that and go to Washington tomorrow.”
Chris Drury on tonight’s game… “We’ll take the point and learn from it and get ready for a heck of a Washington team. We’re obviously getting down to it, we have 19 games left. Everything kind of gets more physical, a little more nasty as the season progresses, especially within the division.”
Brandon Dubinsky on tonight’s game… “We did find a way to get a point and points are important. Especially for us right now at this time of the year. We will take them any way we can get them. Like I said, we just have to tighten up defensively and we’ve obviously shown we can put a few more in the net than we have been previously. If we just take care of our zone we’ll be fine.”