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Post-game notes

Posted By On September 23, 2010 @ 11:05 pm In Uncategorized | 47 Comments

Ooops. I lied about the last post being the final post.

From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES 
September 23, 2010 – New York Rangers 4, New Jersey Devils 3 OT (Pre-Season: Game No. 1, Home No. 1)
 
• The Rangers defeated the Devils, 4-3, in overtime at Madison Square Garden in their opening game of their 2010-2011 pre-season schedule.
• Marian Gaborik notched two power play goals, including the overtime game-winning goal at 3:12 of the extra frame.  His power play tally at 6:43 of the first period opened the game’s scoring.  Last season, Gaborik tied for third in the NHL with 14 power play goals.
• New York notched two goals in seven power play attempts overall (12:24).  Last season, the Rangers ranked fourth in the NHL at home with a 22.9 power play percentage (38-166).
• Forward Alex Frolov led the team with two assists and three points in his Rangers debut.  He also led all team forwards with 22:25 of ice time, and tied for the game high with six shots on goal.  Frolov signed with the Rangers as a free agent on July 26.
• Martin Biron turned aside 17 of 19 shots in the game’s first two periods (40:00) in a no decision while making his Rangers debut.  Chad Johnson stopped six of seven shots in the third period and overtime (23:08) to register the win.
• Derek Stepan, the Rangers’ second round choice (51st overall) in 2008, tallied an assist on Gaborik’s first period power play goal and registered four shots in 18:14 of ice time.  Last season, Stepan established career-highs with 12 goals, 42 assists and 54 points while skating in 41 games with the University of Wisconsin Badgers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).
• Forward Brian Boyle notched the Rangers’ third goal of the contest with an even strength tally at 14:20 of the second period, and led the team with four hits.
• Defenseman Dan Girardi recorded an assist on Gaborik’s game-winning, power play goal at 3:12 of the overtime period.  Girardi also registered two blocked shots in 26:40 of ice time.
• Dale Weise, the Rangers’ fourth round choice (111th overall) in 2008, registered the only assist on Boyle’s second period goal.  Last season, Weise established career-highs with 28 goals, 22 assists and 50 points in his second season with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).
• Defenseman Marc Staal led all skaters with 27:37 of ice time.  Last season, Staal led the Rangers with a career-high 23:07 of ice time per game.
• After an off day tomorrow, the Ranges return to action Saturday, September 25, when they will face-off against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.), in the second game of their home-and-home set; the game will be televised live on MSG.  Prior to the game, the Rangers morning skate is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. at the MSG Training Center


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