From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
March 14, 2010 – New York Rangers 3, Philadelphia Flyers 1 (Game #69, Home #36)
· The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-1, today at Madison Square Garden, tallying three straight goals after trailing 1-0 early in the first period.
· New York has registered a point in seven of their last nine contests, posting a record of 5-2-2 (12 pts.) over the span, and are 2-0-2 in their last four games at MSG.
· The Blueshirts are now 31-29-9 (69 pts.) on the season, including a 15-15-6 (36 pts.) mark at home. The Rangers improved to 6-0-1 in afternoon games this season.
· The Rangers power play converted one-of-five (9:30) opportunities, and has now registered six goals in 21 attempts over the last six games (28.6%) and 10-of-29 over the last seven games at MSG (34.5%).
· Sean Avery notched two goals and posted a plus-two rating in his return to the lineup after not dressing in Friday’s 5-2 win at Atlanta. Avery has now registered six points (four goals and two assists) in his last seven games, including four points (three goals and one assist) in the last four home games.
· Henrik Lundqvist made 17 saves to improve to 28-23-8 on the season, including a 14-14-6 mark at MSG. He is now 6-2-2 (14 pts.) with a 2.39 goals against average and a .940 save percentage in his last 10 games.
· Rangers Captain Chris Drury tallied two assists and tied for the team-high with four hits in 20:38 of icetime. Drury has recorded four assists, including three on the power play, in the last two games, and has registered five points (three goals and two assists) in the last six games at MSG.
· Defenseman Michal Rozsival notched the game-winning goal, on the power play, at 4:54 of the second period, and finished with four hits in a team-high 24:20 of icetime. Rozsival has now recorded four points (two goals and two assists) in the last four home games.
· Erik Christensen tallied two assists, including one on Rozsival’s game-winning power play goal, registered a plus-two rating and won 10-of-11 faceoffs (91%). Christensen has registered eight points (three goals and five assists) in the last eight games, including five points (two goals and three assists) in the last four games at MSG.
· Defenseman Dan Girardi notched one assist to extend his assist-streak to three games (three assists), and registered a team-high four blocked shots in 22:18 of icetime.
· Wade Redden registered one assist and a plus-two rating, and has now posted a plus or even rating in 10 of the last 11 contests (plus-seven).
· The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Mar. 15, is 11:00 a.m. at the MSG Training Center.
· The Rangers continue their three-game homestand on Tuesday, Mar. 16, when they will face-off against the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup; the game will be televised live on Versus and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
John Tortorella on today’s game… “It was probably one of our better team games. In the discipline part of it, in the neutral zone, away from the puck as far as taking away from their speed. We played hard. Everybody pitched in and we found a way to play a pretty hockey game.”
Chris Drury on playing with a sense of urgency… “Definitely sensed it just going into Atlanta after the New Jersey one. These are desperate times for us. Obviously every game is a big game and now we have to regroup and get ready for a real good Montréal team that is one of the hottest teams in the League.”
Henrik Lundqvist on the playoff race… “I think the key for us is not to look too far ahead. We know we have to win a lot of games, but we have to break it down one game at a time. Playoffs have started early for us. The last two games have been really good…focused, energy, special teams and especially the power play.”