From the Rangers … with Tortorella quotes from me right behind it.
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES
December 5, 2010 – New York Rangers 1, Ottawa Senators 3 (Game No. 29, Home No. 15)
•The Rangers were defeated by the Ottawa Senators, 3-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden, and are now 16-12-1 overall with a 6-8-1 mark at home. New York is now 6-3-0 in their last nine games.
•Brandon Prust notched the Rangers’ lone goal with his second shorthanded tally of the season at 10:50 of the second period, and was credited with three hits in 16:26 of ice time. He has now recorded five points (three goals, two assists) in the last nine games, and has posted a plus or even rating in each game during the stretch (plus-five).
•Brian Boyle registered the primary assist on Prust’s shorthanded goal, and won a team-high, eight faceoffs in 15 attempts (53%). Boyle has recorded a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist).
•Dan Girardi recorded his first shorthanded point of the season with an assist on Prust’s shorthanded goal, and was credited with three hits and two blocked shots in the contest. Girardi entered the contest tied for 18th in the NHL among defensemen in assists, and he is now tied for second on the team with 12 assists.
•Henrik Lundqvist stopped 22 of 24 shots and is now 11-10-1 on the season, including a 3-6-1 mark at home. Lundqvist has posted a 4-2-0 record with a 1.45 goals against average, a .946 save percentage and two shutouts in the last six games.
•The Rangers were credited with 41 hits in the contest to increase their league-leading total to 872 on the season. Ryan Callahan led all skaters with six hits, and now ranks second in the NHL with 117 hits. Marc Staal, who led the Rangers with 25:06 of ice time, was credited with five hits, and Brandon Dubinsky and Sean Avery both finished with four hits.
•The Blueshirts’ penalty kill held the Senators scoreless in one power play opportunity (2:00), and have now yielded just four goals in their last 17 games (46-50, 92.0% over the span) while tallying five shorthanded goals during the stretch.
•After an off-day tomorrow, the Blueshirts’ next practice is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the MSG Training Center.
•The Rangers will return to action on Thursday, Dec. 9, when they will conclude their home-and-home set against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m.). The contest will be televised live on MSG Network, and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio or at MSG.com.
John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “For me it was a tough one to eat because it was still a winnable game. I thought we did some really good things. We got some good looks with the power play but we couldn’t finish. As poorly as we started, I thought we regrouped and we could have won it.”
Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “I don’t think we started the way we needed to. We had a better second and third but our start definitely has to be better.”
Dan Girardi on tonight’s game… “We weren’t making the simple plays. We were trying to go across ice and up the middle. We weren’t settling the puck before we passed it. We just really have to simplify our game when things aren’t going our way.”