From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
October 11, 2010 – Game No. 2, Away Game No. 2
New York Rangers 4, New York Islanders 6
Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
• The Rangers were defeated by the Islanders, 6-4, today at Nassau Coliseum in a matinee match-up between Atlantic Division rivals. The Blueshirts are now 1-1-0 on the season, including a 1-1-0 mark away from Madison Square Garden.
• Two of the Rangers’ four goals were tallied by defensemen – Michael Del Zotto (power play) at 8:28 of the middle frame and Dan Girardi less than five minutes later, at 13:01 of the second. Last season, Rangers’ defensemen notched 32 goals on the season, led by Del Zotto (nine) and Marc Staal (eight).
• The Blueshirts’ power play tallied two goals in four opportunities to improve to a 28.6% success rate (2-7) this season. Last season, the Rangers’ power play converted at a 22.7% success rate in the season series, registering five goals in 22 chances.
• Brandon Dubinsky notched a power play tally at 13:57 of the first period to give the Rangers their first goal of the game, and added a power play assist mid-way through the second period to register his second multi-point effort in as many games. Last season, he tied his career-high with 10 multi-point performances. Dubinsky also led all Rangers’ forwards with 21:25 of ice time.
• Artem Anisimov tallied his first goal at 12:46 of the second period, and added a power play assist in 17:52 of ice time. He also led all skaters with 14 face-off wins in 21 attempts (67%).
• Michael Del Zotto registered two power play points, including his first goal of the season at 8:28 of the second period, and logged 21:23 of ice time. Last season, Del Zotto led all NHL rookies in power play assists (18), ranked second in power play points (22) and tied for fifth in power play goals (four), and also tied for 10th among NHL defensemen in power play assists and 12th in power play points.
• Dan Girardi registered his third point in the Rangers’ first two games with an even-strength goal at 13:01 of the second period to give the Blueshirts a 3-2 advantage. Girardi also tied for the team-high with four shots on goal, led the team with four hits and registered a game-high, five blocked shots in 22:51 of ice time.
• Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan and Alex Frolov each collected one assist in the contest. Gaborik’s assist was his second in two games after registering a career-high, 44 assists in 2009-10. He was also awarded his fifth career penalty shot attempt, while shorthanded at 11:08 of the first period, which was stopped by Rick DiPietro. Callahan registered an assist on Anisimov’s third period goal, and tied for the team-high with four shots and recorded three hits in 21:21 of ice time. Frolov assisted on Girardi’s goal at 13:01 of the second, and now has two assists in as many games as a Ranger.
• Defensemen Marc Staal and Michal Rozsival both tallied one assist in the contest. Staal also blocked two shots and logged 23:13 of ice time. Rozsival added two hits and led all skaters with 27:38 of ice time.
• The Rangers do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, October 12. The Blueshirts’ next practice is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 13, at the MSG Training Center.
• The Rangers will return to action on Friday, October 15, when they will face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their 2010-2011 regular season home opener. The match-up between Original Six opponents will be broadcast live on MSG Network and can be heard on 970 The Apple.