From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
April 9, 2010 – New York Rangers 4, Philadelphia Flyers 3 (Game #81, Home #41)
· The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to conclude their 2009-10 regular season home schedule.
· The Blueshirts have posted a record of 38-33-10 (86 pts.) on the season, including an 18-17-6 (42 pts.) mark at home. New York improved to 7-1-1 in their last nine games.
· New York registered one power play goal in four attempts, and have now tallied 13 goals in 65 attempts over the last 18 games (20.0%). The Rangers also held Philadelphia scoreless in two power play opportunities, and are now 31-for-33 on the penalty kill over the last 10 games (93.9%).
· Marian Gaborik registered his 26th multi-point effort with two points (one goal and one assist), including the game-winning goal, and tied his career-high with his 42nd goal of the season. Gaborik has now tallied 13 points (six goals and seven assists) in the last 11 games.
· Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves to improve to 35-27-9 on the season, including a 17-16-6 mark at home this season. Lundqvist is now 7-1-1 in the last nine games, registering a 2.09 goals against average with a .925 save percentage and two shutouts over the span.
· Brandon Dubinsky notched his 20th goal of the season, marking the first time he reached the 20-goal mark in his career, and finished the contest with a game-high five shots in 22:58 of icetime. The Rangers are now 12-1-4 when Dubinsky tallies a goal.
· Rangers Captain Chris Drury tallied one power play goal and won a team-high eight faceoffs in 13 attempts (62%). The Rangers improved to 11-2-1 when he records a goal, and are now 4-0-1 in games when both Drury and Dubinsky score a goal.
· Erik Christensen registered two assists, including one on the power play, for his eighth multi-point performance and fourth multi-assist effort of the season. He has now registered back-to-back multi-point games after notching two goals in Wednesday’s 5-1 win vs. Toronto. The Rangers improved to 12-3-2 when Christensen records a point.
· Brandon Prust recorded one assist to extend his career-high point streak to five games, registering five points (three goals and two assists) over the span.
· Jody Shelley notched his first goal as a Ranger at 10:13 of the first period, and registered a season-high four shots in the contest. He has now tallied four points (one goal and three assists) in his last seven contests vs. Atlantic Division opponents.
· Artem Anisimov tallied one assist and registered four shots, and has now recorded six points (two goals and four assists) in the last nine games. Anisimov ranks fifth on the team in even strength scoring, having registered 25 of his 27 points at even strength.
· Defenseman Dan Girardi registered one power play assist and blocked three shots in 21:36 of icetime. Girardi has now tallied three power play assists in the last five games.
· The Rangers will close out their 2009-10 regular season schedule on Sunday, Apr. 11, when they will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center (3:00 p.m.), in the second game of a home-and-home set; the game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
John Tortorella on the team mentality… “I think we were counted out a few weeks ago by a number of people. We just decided that we are not going to count ourselves out. We just continued to try to peck away. Everyone knows what game it was, it was the Boston game, that was a tough one. I think the guys have done a really good job of gathering themselves and looking at it one game at a time. Not looking at the whole picture, just try to win a game. Now it does come down to the last game. It is great. I think it is great for both teams. It is a great opportunity for players to play in and we are looking forward to it.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “It was a team effort. We scored from all of the lines. They got an early lead but we bounced back and we played a really good first. It was a playoff game. It comes down to the last game. It is pretty exciting.”
Brandon Dubinsky on the mindset going into Sunday… “We haven’t accomplished anything yet. We haven’t accomplished anything until we find ourselves on Sunday night in that Top 8. After that, that’s when we are going to say that we have accomplished something, but it’s not going to end there. We are going to start over and have a bigger goal. Right now, our job is not done. Like Torts said, ‘We have another opportunity to play for something big on Sunday.’ We are excited for it and we will be ready.”