From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
March 7, 2010 – New York Rangers 1, Buffalo Sabres 2 OT (Game #66, Home #35)
· The Rangers were defeated by the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1, in overtime tonight at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts have registered a point in six of their last eight contests, posting a record of 4-2-2 (10 pts.) over the span.
· New York is now 29-28-9 (67 pts.) on the season, including a 14-15-6 (34 pts.) mark at home this season.
· The Rangers power play converted one-of-two (2:41) opportunities, and is now three-of-seven in the last three games for a 42.9% success rate during the stretch.
· The Blueshirts have posted a record of 6-2-2 in the second game of back-to-backs this season, including a 5-1-1 mark following a loss in the first game of the set and 3-1-1 when the second game is at MSG.
· Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 of 32 shots, and is now 26-22-8 on the season, including a 13-14-6 mark at MSG. He is now 4-1-2 (10 pts.) with a 2.12 goals against average and a .939 save percentage in his last seven games, and has stopped a combined 80 shots in his last two games.
· Brandon Dubinsky notched a power play goal with 1:23 remaining in the third period to send the game into overtime. His goal ended the Rangers scoreless streak of 149:30, dating back to Dubinsky’s power play goal at 12:49 of the second period on Thursday vs. Pittsburgh. Dubinsky has notched three goals in the last four games.
· Defenseman Michael Del Zotto tallied the primary assist on Dubinsky’s power play goal, and registered three blocked shots in 21:04 of icetime. Del Zotto has recorded a power play assist in four of his last five games at MSG.
· Olli Jokinen recorded one power play assist and four shots on goal. He has now registered three assists in the last three games.
· Brian Boyle registered three hits in 8:58 of icetime while skating in his 100th career NHL contest.
· Rangers Captain Chris Drury led all forwards with four blocked shots and 21:26 of icetime, and won a game-high 11 faceoffs in 19 attempts (58%). Drury has now won 31-of-48 faceoffs in the last three games, for a 65% success rate over the span.
· Ryan Callahan registered a game-high six shots, and added four hits in 19:21 of icetime.
· Marc Staal and Jody Shelley tied for the team-high with five hits; Michal Rozsival logged a team-high 24:48 of icetime.
· The Blueshirts’ next practice is scheduled for Tuesday, Mar. 9 (11:00 p.m.), at the MSG Training Center.
· The Rangers return to action on Wednesday, Mar. 10, when they will face-off against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center (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 needed the two points, we got one. We have to keep on fighting. That is all we can do. There are a lot of questions about offense. The way we are trying to approach it is to make sure we are doing the right thing away from the puck so we can get the puck and have it more and try to generate more offense. We are going to continue to do that, continue to fight every night and see where we go.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “I think we played pretty well. We created some solid chances. We played really well on special teams, I think. It is big for us to get a point here but it is still a little frustrating to not get two points especially when we tied it. I felt like we were going to do this and get back on the winning streak. We come back late, get a point and we played pretty well.”
Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “It was a hard fought point for us. We got one late to tie up the game. I thought we had a good game, unfortunately we lost there in overtime.”