From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES
October 18, 2010 – New York Rangers 1, Colorado Avalanche 3 (Game No. 4, Home No. 2)
• The Rangers were defeated by the Colorado Avalanche, 3-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden. New York is now 1-2-1 overall, including a 0-1-1 mark at home.
• Alex Frolov notched his first goal as a Ranger with an even strength tally at 18:09 of the first period, and registered four shots in 20:22 of ice time. He has now recorded seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points in 25 career regular season appearances vs. Colorado. Frolov is tied for fourth on the Rangers in scoring with three points (one goal and two assists).
• Rookie Derek Stepan tallied his first career NHL assist, picking up the only assist on Frolov’s first period goal, and logged a career-high, 20:06 of ice time. Stepan is currently tied for first on the Rangers and third among NHL rookies in scoring with four points (three goals and one assist).
• Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 31 of 34 shots, including 16 saves in the first period, and is now 1-2-1 overall. Lundqvist has stopped 30 or more shots in three games this season.
• The Blueshirts out-hit the Avalanche, 32-23, led by Brandon Prust’s game-high, six hits.
• Michal Rozsival logged a game-high, 26:14 of ice time, and now leads the Rangers and ranks 14th in the NHL in average ice time (25:42).
• Defenseman Michael Del Zotto registered four hits and logged a season-high, 25:48 of ice time.
• Sean Avery and Brandon Dubinsky tied for the game-high with five shots on goal. •
• The Rangers are scheduled for an 11:00 a.m. off-ice workout tomorrow, October 19, at the MSG Training Center, with media availability to follow.
• The Rangers will return to action on Thursday, October 21, when they will face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up. The game will be televised live on MSG Network, and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
John Tortorella on Alex Frolov’s goal…
“You hope it helps him. I thought he won a lot of battles. You hope that helps his confidence. He is an important guy here to kick in some goals. I thought he gave us some good minutes. Hopefully he scores a goal that helps you.”
Henrik Lundqvist on the injuries to Chris Drury and Marian Gaborik…
“We can’t really focus on who is out. We have to just to do it together. What is good about this team this year is that we have four lines going. I don’t think there is that much focus on the first line. We have four lines going that work really hard so that is a good thing. Obviously they are key players but there is nothing we can do right now. We have to keep focus and get better.”
Erik Christensen on the power play…
“Just some bad luck I thought. That first power play we had, we had it in their zone for at least three quarters of it. We had some chances. They are a fast team and put a lot of pressure on us. That is one of the most difficult things on a power play, is getting control. It is tough to gain entry on some of those.”