From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
March 18, 2010 – New York Rangers 3, St. Louis Blues 4 (Game #71, Home #38)
· The Rangers were defeated by the St. Louis Blues, 4-3, tonight at Madison Square Garden, in their second and final meeting of the season. The last time the Rangers and Blues played twice in a season was 2002-03 (0-1-1).
· The Blueshirts have posted a record of 31-31-9 (71 pts.) on the season, including a 15-17-6 (36 pts.) mark at home.
· The Rangers now own a .641 winning percentage all-time vs. the Blues (74-38-16-0), which ranks as the third highest winning percentage against an opponent in franchise history behind San Jose (.722%) and Vancouver (.688%).
· New York tallied one power play goal in five attempts, and have now registered seven goals in 31 attempts over the last eight games (22.6%). In the last nine games at MSG, the Rangers have notched 11 goals in 39 power play opportunities (28.2%).
· Marian Gaborik notched one goal and added two assists for his team-high 23rd multi-point performance of the season, and his eighth game with three-or-more points. He has now registered seven points (two goals and five assists) in seven games since returning from injury on Mar. 6 at Washington.
· Rangers defenseman Wade Redden tallied one goal and added an assist on Gaborik’s first period goal. He has registered 10 of his 14 points at MSG. Redden’s goal at 7:11 of the third period was his 450th career point.
· Alternate Captain Ryan Callahan notched the Blueshirts’ first goal of the game with a power play tally at 5:52 of the first period, and led the team with five hits in the contest. He has now registered three points (two goals and one assist) in the last three games.
· Olli Jokinen recorded one power play assist and registered three hits in the contest. The Rangers power play is now 13-of-57 (22.8%) since Jokinen was acquired from Calgary on Feb. 2, and he has been on the ice for 10 of the 13 goals, registering six power play points (one goal and five assists) over the span.
· Alternate Captain Vinny Prospal registered one assist and led the team with four shots on goal. He has now recorded five points (three goals and two assists) in the last five contests.
· Brandon Dubinsky recorded an assist on Redden’s third period goal, and logged 20:08 of icetime. He has now reached the 20-assist plateau for the third straight season.
· Dan Girardi led all skaters with five blocked shots and logged 20:42 of icetime. He entered tonight’s contest tied for seventh in the NHL with 151 blocked shots on the season.
· The Blueshirts’ next practice is scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 20 (11:00 a.m.), at the MSG Training Center.
· The Rangers will return to action on Sunday, Mar. 21, when they face-off against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden (12:30 p.m.), in a matinee matchup between Original Six opponents; the game will be nationally televised live on NBC and can be heard on 970 The Apple.
John Tortorella on the playoff race… “We get ready to play another game. They are not down. There is no sense of being down. It is just a matter of playing another game and trying to win.”
Henrik Lundqvist on bouncing back for Sunday’s game in Boston… “That is the only thing we can do right now as a team and as an individual. We know we can play well. I know I can play well. It is very disappointing to be in this position, but we have to stay positive and try to turn this thing around.”
Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “I thought we competed well. I thought our work ethic was there. We got a lot of pucks to the net; we were crashing the net; we had a lot of opportunities. If we can bring that into Boston right off the start I think we will be good.”