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Post-game notes, quotes

Posted By On March 24, 2010 @ 11:44 pm In Uncategorized | 73 Comments

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March 24, 2010 – New York Rangers 5, New York Islanders 0 (Game #73, Home #39)
·         The Rangers defeated the New York Islanders, 5-0, tonight at Madison Square Garden, in the first network hockey telecast ever produced in 3D and the first live 3D sports telecast in North America.
·         The Blueshirts have posted a record of 32-32-9 (73 pts.) on the season, including a 16-17-6 (38 pts.) mark at home.
·         New York tallied two power play goals in six attempts, and has now registered nine goals in 43 attempts over the last 10 games (20.9%).  In the last 10 games at MSG, the Rangers have notched 13 goals in 45 power play opportunities (28.9%).
·         Marian Gaborik notched two goals and added one assist for his team-high 24th multi-point performance of the season, and his ninth game with three-or-more points.  He has now registered 10 points (four goals and six assists) in nine games since returning from injury on Mar. 6 at Washington, including six points (three goals and three assists) in the last two games at MSG.  His assist on Del Zotto’s power play goal at 8:30 of the first period was his 40th assist of the season, marking the second time in his career he reached the 40-assist mark.
·         Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to record his 23rd career shutout and third of the season.  He improved to 29-26-8 on the season, including a 15-16-6 mark at home this season.  Lundqvist has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 11 of his last 14 games, posting a 7-5-2 record with a 2.28 goals against average and a .926 save percentage over the span.
·         Rookie defenseman Michael Del Zotto tallied one power play goal and added a power play assist in 17:18 of icetime.  He currently leads all NHL rookies and ranks first on the Rangers overall with 17 power play assists, and is tied for the league lead among first-year players and leads the Rangers with 21 power play points.
·         Dan Girardi notched one power play goal, added an assist, and finished with three blocked shots and four hits in 23:06 of icetime.  Girardi has now recorded six points (one goal and five assists) in the last seven games.
·         Sean Avery tallied one power play assist, tied for the game-high with five shots and registered five hits to capture Second Star honors.  He has now registered five points (three goals and two assists) in five games since not dressing on Mar. 12 at Atlanta.
·         Erik Christensen recorded two assists, including one on Del Zotto’s power play goal, and registered a plus-two rating.  He has tallied five points (one goal and four assists) in the last three games vs. Atlantic Division opponents.
·         Rangers rookie Artem Anisimov opened the game’s scoring at 3:12 of the first period.  The Rangers improved to 6-2-2 when he tallies a goal, and are 11-5-2 when he records a point.
·         Marc Staal recorded one assist and led all skaters with a season-high eight hits.  Staal ranks fourth on the team with 24 points at even strength (five goals and 19 assists) this season.
·         Brandon Dubinsky collected one assist and registered a plus-two rating in the contest.  He has now registered four points (two goals and two assists) in the last six home games.
·         Rookie defenseman Matt Gilroy recorded an assist on Anisimov’s goal at 3:12 of the first period, and has now registered two assists in the last four games.  The Rangers improved to 8-5-2 on the season when he records a point.
·         Jody Shelley registered his first point at MSG as a Blueshirt, and has posted a plus or even rating in each of his 12 games as a Ranger.
·         The Rangers will conclude their 11th of 13 back-to-back sets tomorrow, Mar. 25, when they will face-off against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup; the game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
John Tortorella on the team’s play…
“Obviously, he (Gaborik) is an important guy but a lot of guys contributed tonight here.  To me, that was the most important thing, you just want them to feel good about themselves.  We know we have a hill to climb but if they can be loose and feel good about themselves and just allow themselves to play we will take our chance with it that way.  I am just glad with the way we played and won a hockey game.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game…
“When you get a win like this, you start to feel it again.  It has been a while since we have had this feeling.  The only thing we can do right now is continue to battle and fight.  Tomorrow is a big opportunity for us.  We play a great team but hopefully we match their game and maybe we can play better than we did today.”
Dan Girardi on tonight’s game…
“We did a real good job. We generated a lot of offense. It’s one game at a time for us.  It’s desperate times right now for us. We need a lot of wins.”

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