From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
April 7, 2010 – New York Rangers 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (Game #80, Home #40)
· The Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to improve to 6-1-1 in their last eight games. New York had 10 different players record at least one point, and 10 different players register a plus-two rating.
· The Blueshirts have posted a record of 37-33-10 (84 pts.) on the season, including a 17-17-6 (40 pts.) mark at home.
· New York held Toronto scoreless in four power play opportunities, and are now 29-for-31 on the penalty kill over the last nine games (93.5%).
· Erik Christensen opened the game’s scoring just 21 seconds into the first period, added his second goal of the game at 10:56 of the opening frame, and finished the contest with five shots and a plus-two rating. It marked his second two-goal game of the season, and sixth of his career. Christensen has now registered four points (two goals and two assists) in the last two games at MSG. The Rangers improved to 5-1-0 when he tallies a goal and 11-3-2 when he records a point.
· Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves to improve to 34-27-9 on the season, including a 16-16-6 mark at home this season. Lundqvist is now 6-1-1 in the last eight games, registering a 2.23 goals against average with a .929 save percentage and two shutouts over the span.
· Vinny Prospal notched the game-winning goal, added an assist for his 15th multi-point effort of the season, and registered a plus-two rating. The goal was his 20th of the season, marking the fifth time he has reached the 20-goal mark in his career.
· Brandon Dubinsky established a career-high for points in a season with two assists, giving him 45 points, and he has now tallied seven points (three goals and four assists) in the last eight contests.
· Marian Gaborik registered his career-high 84th point of the season with one assist, and posted a plus-two rating. Gaborik has now tallied 11 points (five goals and six assists) in the last 10 games.
· Olli Jokinen recorded his 12th multi-point performance of the season with one goal and one assist, and led all skaters with eight shots in the contest. Jokinen has tallied five points (two goals and three assists) in the last six games.
· Aaron Voros notched a goal at 12:35 of the third period, and has now registered four points (two goals and two assists) in the last five games. The Rangers have posted a record of 5-1-1 in games when he records a point.
· Brandon Prust recorded one assist to extend his point streak to four games, registering four points (three goals and one assist) over the span.
· P.A. Parenteau and Artem Anisimov each tallied one assist apiece for New York. Parenteau also posted a plus-two rating, and has now registered four points (two goals and two assists) in six games since being recalled from Hartford (AHL) on Mar. 26. Anisimov led all skaters with a career-high five blocked shots, and has now recorded five points (two goals and three assists) in the last eight games.
· Defenseman Michal Rozsival registered one assist on Prospal’s game-winning goal, and recorded four hits and a plus-two rating in 21:36 of icetime. The Rangers have now posted a record of 10-2-5 when he tallies a point.
· The Rangers will close out their regular season home schedule on Friday, Apr. 9, when they will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a home-and-home set to close out their 2009-10 regular season schedule; the game will be televised live on MSG Plus and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “It was important. We felt the key part of the game was our fore-checking, trying to pressure them. Starting with the first shift, that is what we did. You are always looking to get off to a fast start after a loss in a back-to-back situation.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “We had a great start and we handled it really well. We just kept playing and kept doing the right things out there. It was a really strong first and it was really important for us.”
Vinny Prospal on tonight’s game… “You are looking for a good start at home and if you can get a lead like that in your building you know your fans are going to get behind you. And when you are playing a team that has nothing to play for, that is the best thing that can happen to you.”