From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
March 21, 2010 – New York Rangers 1, Boston Bruins 2 (Game #72, Road #34)
• The Blueshirts were defeated by the Boston Bruins, 2-1, today at TD Garden, in a matinee matchup between Original Six opponents.
• New York is now 31-32-9 (71 pts.) overall, including a 16-15-3 (35 pts.) mark in 34 road games this season. The Rangers dropped to 10-5-2 (22 pts.) against the Northeast Division this season.
• The Rangers penalty kill held the Bruins scoreless in three power play attempts, and are now 55-of-61 (90.2%) against Northeast Division opponents on the season.
• New York has now posted a record of 37-20-10 (84 pts.) against Original Six opponents since the 2005-06 season, including a 14-4-2 mark vs. Boston over the span. The Rangers’ .627 winning percentage ranks second, trailing Detroit (.710%, 33-12-5) and ahead of Montreal (.626%, 57-32-10), Boston (.520%, 44-40-15), Toronto (.516%, 41-38-17), and Chicago (.453%, 21-26-6).
• Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 of 31 shots in net, and turned aside Daniel Paille’s penalty shot attempt at 16:13 of the second period. He has now stopped each of his two penalty shots faced this season, and is six-for-nine on penalty shots for his career. Lundqvist has now posted a record of 28-26-8 on the season, including a 14-10-2 mark away from MSG.
• Rookie defenseman Michael Del Zotto tallied a goal with 3:04 remaining in the third period, and finished the contest with three shots in 22:02 of icetime. Del Zotto has notched a goal in each of the last two road contests.
• Sean Avery recorded the primary assist on Del Zotto’s goal, and has now registered four points (three goals and one assist) in four games since not dressing on Mar. 12 at Atlanta. Avery has recorded eight points (five goals and three assists) in his last 10 games, including three points (one goal and two assists) in his last four road games, and has posted a plus or even rating in 12 of his last 13 contests (plus-five).
• Dan Girardi registered one assist and three hits in 21:13 of icetime. He has now recorded four assists in the last six games, and a plus or even rating in 15 of the last 17 contests (plus-10).
• Marian Gaborik led the team with 26:24 of icetime and registered four shots on net.
• Rangers Captain Chris Drury recorded a team-high five shots.
• The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Mar. 22, is 10:00 a.m. at the MSG Training Center.
• The Rangers return to action on Wednesday, Mar. 24, when they will face-off against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in a matchup between Atlantic Division rivals. The game will be telecast by MSG Network in 3D, and will be the world’s first ever hockey game and America’s first live 3D sporting even delivered to the home.
EVENING UPDATE, 7:33 P.M.: Andrew Gross is reporting that Ryan Callahan and Sean Avery both limped out of the arena in Boston today. Avery said he blocked a shot in the second period, though he played to the end. Callahan was having trouble with his right leg, according to Gross, although I thought it was his left leg when it happened. Either way, it’s the expected “lower-body injury” and the extent is unknown. Happy Birthday, Ryan!