From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
April 2, 2010 – New York Rangers 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 0 (Game #77, Road #38)
• The Blueshirts defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-0, tonight at St. Pete Times Forum, to improve to 4-0-1 in the last five games.
• New York improved to 35-32-10 (80 pts.) overall, including a 19-15-4 (42 pts.) mark in 38 road games this season. The Blueshirts are now 3-0-1 on their current, season-high six-game road trip.
• The Rangers notched one power play goal in three attempts, and have now registered 11 goals in 53 attempts over the last 14 games (20.8%).
• Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 30 shots he faced to register his fourth shutout of the season, and improve to 32-26-9 overall with a 17-10-3 mark on the road this season. It was the 24th career shutout for Lundqvist, moving him into a tie with Mike Richter, Lorne Worsley and Chuck Rayner for fourth on the Rangers all-time shutouts list. Lundqvist has now posted a record of 4-0-1 in the last five games, registering a 1.76 goals against average with a .942 save percentage and two shutouts over the span.
• New York opened up a four goal advantage in the first period, beginning with two goals in a 25-second span at 3:09 and 3:34 of the opening frame, and capped off by a power play tally at 14:55 of the period. The Blueshirts have now posted a record of 20-7-4 when scoring first, and are 16-4-3 this season when leading after the first period. The Rangers had 10 different players register one point apiece, including five unique goal scorers.
• Brandon Prust notched the game’s opening goal, which stood up as the game-winner, and he now has two points (one goal and one assist) through four games on the current road trip.
• Brandon Dubinsky recorded a power play goal, and has now registered four points (three goals and one assist) in the last five contests. The Rangers have now posted a record of 11-1-4 when he records a goal.
• Vinny Prospal tallied an unassisted goal at 11:21 of the first period and captured Second Star honors. He has now recorded seven points (five goals and two assists) in the last seven road games.
• Defenseman Marc Staal notched one goal and logged 23:12 of icetime in the contest. Staal has tallied a goal in each of the last two games, and now ranks second among team defensemen with seven goals on the season.
• Aaron Voros closed out the game’s scoring with an even strength goal at 13:50 of the third period, and registered two hits in 13:06 of icetime. Voros has now recorded a point in each of the last two games (one goal and one assist) and has skated in each of the last three games after not appearing in each of the previous 12 contests and 15 of the last 17 games prior to Saturday at Toronto.
• Five different Rangers recorded one assist apiece, including Marian Gaborik, Artem Anisimov, Dan Girardi, Michael Del Zotto and Anders Eriksson. – Gaborik assisted on Staal’s goal at 3:34 of the first period, and has now tallied eight points (four goals and four assists) in the last seven games. The assist is Gaborik’s 41st of the season, which ties his career-high previously recorded during the 2007-08 season. – Anisimov recorded the only assist on Prust’s game-winning goal, his third point (two goals and one assist) in the last five games. The Rangers improved to 13-5-2 in games when he records a point this season. – Girardi tallied the primary assist on Dubinsky’s power play goal, and logged a team-high 25:10 of icetime to capture First Star honors. He has now registered four points (one goal and three assists) in the last six games. – Del Zotto assisted on Voros’ third period goal, and tied for the game-high with two blocked shots and a plus-two rating. The rookie defenseman has now recorded seven points (two goals and five assists) in the last six games, including four assists through four games on the current road trip. New York has posted a record of 19-6-4 when he records a point. – Eriksson registered his first point as a Ranger with an assist on Dubinsky’s power play goal. The defenseman, who was acquired from Phoenix on Mar. 3 in exchange for Miika Wiikman and a seventh round draft pick in 2011, has skated in each of the last three games following his recall from Hartford (AHL) on Mar. 26.
• The Rangers return to action tomorrow, Apr. 3, when they will face-off against the Florida Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center (7:00 p.m.), to conclude their back-to-back set. The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.