First, exhale. Christensen’s injury, according to John Tortorella, is simply a case of having the wind knocked out of him.
I’ll send along the Rangers’ notes later, or in the morning.
For now, here are some quotes:
On the first goal:”You’re always looking to get off to a fast start after a loss.”
On Lundqvist bouncing back after being pulled: “Such a big deal’s been made out of it, it’s caught me off guard—it’s a big deal when you take a goalie out. Hank, I know Hank can handle that. Like I’ve said, we’re not getting in without Hank. Hank was not playing well at that particular time. That’s all it is. To me it’s not a big deal. It’s part of coaching.”
On Christensen’s play: ”He was challenged a little bit before the game about stepping up, with a number of our top guys. Our fourth line can’t be our best line at this time of year. And he played well. I thought everybody played a little better.”
On Prospal’s goal: “It’s a great play by Vinny Prospal following up. You see a lot of players watch and you don’t get that chance to score. It’s a big play.”
On the Rangers’ 9-2-2 record in the second of back-to-backs this season: “I have no idea.”
He said it might be conditioning. Or, it “could be a mindset.”
On scoreboard watching: “We wanted to make the Philly games count and they do now. And we play them twice. So it’s within us. … You don’t have to look at the board anymore because it’s in front of us.”
On Dubinsky’s sticking up for Gaborik and taking the extra minor: “I don’t mind that. I haven’t seen a replay of the hit … it’s one of your top players. I just don’t agree with, and it happens a lot in our league now, good clean hits—and I’m not sure if it was or not—good clean hits, people put their hands up in the air, why they got hit, then there’s a scrum following. If it’s a clean hit, keep playing, That’s part of toughness, taking a good hit. I think in our game now, when there’s good hits on players, there’s too much crap that goes on after it. I think that’s where our game has gone to.
“I know it was a hard hit, and I still haven’t seen a replay of it, but if Dubi felt he needed to step in, that’s good. That’s our best player.”
“First period we really showed what we’re fighting for here.”
On rebounding from the Buffalo game: “You have to move on right away.”
On the home-and-home: “We know we have to win both, but we have to start in the first period Friday, and that’s it. We don’t have to look any further than that. It’s fun to be here. A couple of weeks ago I thought we were out, but we never gave up and we’re back in the race here.”
“A couple of weeks ago we weren’t in that position, but it’s just an opportunity to take advangtage of it and worry about what we’re doing and not what anybody else is doing.”
On sticking up for Gaborik: “It’s our best player. To be honest, I just saw them go down, and any time somebody takes a run at your best player you’ve got to be there, and I think even if you get the extra like I did—I don’t think I deserved the extra; I think I just went in there and was waiting around and he dropped his gloves before I did—but if you take an extra, usually your team’s going to kill it off because that’s good team toughness.”
On the roller-coaster of the final week or so: “It can be ups and downs. Obviously last night we were pretty down and unhappy with the way things happened, and obviously the game in Toronto where they came back and found a way in OT; but this time of year you can’t get down on yourselves. You can’t get too high or too low.
“It turns bad quickly, but it can also tirn good quickly. Look at where we’re at now versus where we were at 24 hours ago.”