From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES
November 9, 2010 – New York Rangers 3, Washington Capitals 5 (Game No. 15, Home No. 8)
- The Rangers were defeated by the Washington Capitals, 5-3, tonight at Madison Square Garden, and are now 7-7-1 overall, including a 2-5-1 mark at home. The Blueshirts have posted a record of 7-3-1 vs. the Capitals in their last 11 regular season meetings at MSG.
- Brian Boyle registered his second multi-goal performance of the season with two goals, led all skaters with five shots, and won a team-high, 10 of 18 faceoffs (56%). He opened the game’s scoring at 4:02 of the first period and tallied a power play goal at 12:56 of the first. Boyle has notched three goals in the last three games, and ranks second on the team with a career-high, seven goals.
- Derek Boogaard tallied an unassisted goal at 3:15 of the second period to snap a 234-game goalless drought, dating back to January 7, 2006. Boogaard ended his goalless streak 21 games shy of former New Jersey Devils defenseman Ken Danyeko’s record, 255-game goalless mark.
- The Rangers notched one power play goal in four opportunities (4:47) and have now tallied eight power play goals in the last 10 games, registering a 20.5% (8-39) success rate over the span. The Blueshirts’ power play is now 14-56 for a 25.0% success rate in 11 games at MSG since 2005-06. New York registered six goals in 17 power play opportunities (35.3%) in four games vs. the Capitals in 2009-10, which were the most by New York against any team last season.
- The Blueshirts were credited with 33 hits in the contest, and have now registered 73 hits in the last two games. New York leads the NHL with 429 hits, averaging a league-high, 28.6 hits per game.
- Dan Girardi registered the primary assist on Brian Boyle’s opening goal at 4:02 of the first period, and logged a team-high, 24:47 of ice time. He is now tied for first among team defensemen with six assists, and ranks second in scoring with seven points.
- Sean Avery recorded an assist on Brian Boyle’s goal at 4:02 of the opening frame, and logged 16:30 of ice time. Avery ranks third on the team with seven assists on the season.
- Ryan Callahan led all skaters with five hits and five blocked shots, and led all forwards with 22:42 of ice time. Callahan is currently tied for second in the league with 56 hits, and leads all NHL forwards with 25 blocked shots.
- The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, November 10, is 12:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.
- The Rangers will continue their longest homestand of the season when they face-off against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, Nov. 11, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). The game will be televised live on MSG Network, and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
John Tortorella on Brian Boyle… “He has put his work in during the summer. Honestly, when camp started he was on the outside looking in. He has taken it upon himself to improve himself in all areas and he is certainly paying dividends for us here.”
Dan Girardi on tonight’s game… “I think we played really well tonight. We held them to four shots in the third and gave ourselves a chance to win. We battled hard, we worked hard but we have to find a way to get that big goal or the lead and hang on there.”
Brian Boyle on tonight’s game… “We had them. I thought we were going to get one at the end. We want to win at home. That would have been a great win for us. That is how it goes sometimes. You can’t fault the effort but you have to find a way to win.”