I don’t know if you saw this story about Ron Low, who is an absolutely wonderful person, a guy you all would personally love, despite his troubles coaching a dreadful Rangers team once upon a time.
Our best wishes are with him, and I hope the pieces of carcillo who did this are caught and spend a good long time inside.
We got a little sidetracked last night, so here are the post-game notes.
From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
March 25, 2010 – New York Rangers 4, New Jersey Devils 3 SO (Game #74, Road #35)
• The Blueshirts defeated the New Jersey Devils, 4-3, in the shootout tonight at the Prudential Center, to close out their 11th of 13 back-to-back sets on the season.
• New York improved to 33-32-9 (75 pts.) overall, including a 17-15-3 (37 pts.) mark in 35 road games this season. The Rangers finished their season series vs. the Devils with a record of 3-2-1, and are now 13-5-2 overall against the Devils with a 6-3-1 mark at New Jersey since the start of the 2007-08 season.
• The Blueshirts now own a record of 7-2-2 in the second game of back-to-back sets this season, including a 4-1-1 mark when the second game is on the road.
• The Rangers notched one power play goal in three chances tonight, and have now registered 10 goals in 46 attempts over the last 11 games (21.7%). The Blueshirts penalty kill held the Devils scoreless in three attempts in tonight’s contest, and are now nine-for-nine on the penalty kill in the last three games (100.0%).
• Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves through regulation and overtime, and turned aside all three shots faced in the shootout, to record his 30th win of the season and improve to 30-26-8 overall with a 15-10-2 mark on the road. Lundqvist is the only goalie in NHL history to post 30 or more wins in each of his first five seasons, and became the first Rangers goaltender in franchise history to record five consecutive 30-win seasons. Lundqvist has now matched-up against Martin Brodeur in 26 career regular season contests, posting a record of 17-4-5 with a 1.75 goals against average, a .938 save percentage and four shutouts over the span.
• After trailing 1-0 following the first period, Brandon Dubinsky notched the Rangers first goal of the game with a power play tally at 7:32 of the middle frame, and finished the contest with a career-high eight shots in a season-high 26:48 of icetime. The Rangers have now posted a record of 10-1-3 in games when he tallies a goal.
• Rangers Captain Chris Drury notched the game-tying goal with 17 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime, and finished with three blocked shots in 23:27 of icetime. Drury has now tallied six points (one goal and five assists) in the last seven games. The Rangers improved to 9-2-1 in games when he records a goal.
• Michael Del Zotto recorded two assists, including one on Dubinsky’s power play goal and one on Drury’s game-tying goal with 17 seconds remaining in regulation. The rookie defenseman has now registered five points (two goals and three assists) in the last three games.
• Erik Christensen tallied the primary assist on Drury’s game-tying goal, and notched the game-deciding goal in the shootout. Christensen improved to 18-of-34 in the shootout for his career (52.9%), including eight game-deciding goals. He has now tallied 11 points (three goals and eight assists) in the last 13 games, and six points (one goal and five assists) in the last four games vs. Atlantic Division opponents.
• Rookie Artem Anisimov registered one goal and four shots in the contest, and he has now tallied a goal in back-to-back games. The Rangers are now 7-2-2 when he notches a goal, and 12-5-2 when he records a point.
• Sean Avery recorded his second power play assist in as many games, and has now registered six points (three goals and three assists) in six games since not dressing on Mar. 12 at Atlanta. The Rangers improved to 7-2-0 when he tallies a goal, and 15-6-2 when he records a point.
• Jody Shelley and Brandon Prust each collected an assist on Anisimov’s third period goal. Shelley has now registered an assist in each of the last two games, and now has three assists in the last four games vs. Atlantic Division opponents. Prust has recorded three points (one goal and two assists) in three games vs. the Devils since joining the Rangers on Feb. 2.
• The Rangers return to action on Saturday, Mar. 27, when they will face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup. The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.