Courtesy of the New York Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES
January 11, 2011 – New York Rangers 1, Montreal Canadiens 2 (Game No. 44, Home No. 21)
- The Rangers were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens, 2-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden. New York is now 25-16-3 overall, including a 10-9-2 mark at home. New York is now 8-3-2 in their last 13 games, and has registered a point in 20 of their last 29 games (18-9-2).
- Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots and is now 18-13-3 overall, including a 6-7-2 mark at home. He is now 11-5-2 with a 1.79 goals against average, a .935 save percentage and three shutouts in his last 18 games. Lundqvist also registered an assist to extend his assist streak to three games, tying the NHL record for longest assist streak by a goaltender. Two other goalies have posted three-game assist streaks in NHL history – Tom Barrasso in 1984-85 and 1988-89, and Ed Belfour in 2001-02. Lundqvist is the first Rangers goalie ever to record an assist in three straight games (goalie games played, not team games). *courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau
- Brandon Dubinsky opened the game’s scoring with an even strength goal at 4:15 of the first period, and logged 20:24 of ice time. He has now recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in the last four games, and 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in the last nine.
- Matt Gilroy tallied the primary assist on Dubinsky’s goal and tied for the team-high with four shots on goal. Gilroy has now recorded five points (three goals, two assists) in his last eight contests.
- New York was credited with 39 hits in the contest, led by Dan Girardi and Steve Eminger who tied for the game-high with six hits apiece. Eminger also led all skaters with a season-high, six blocked shots, and now ranks second on the team with 76 blocked shots.
- Marc Staal led all skaters with 25:26 of ice time, and ranks eighth in the NHL in average ice time (25:29).
- The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Jan. 12, is 2:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.
- The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, Jan. 13, 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 and newyorkrangers.com.
- POST-GAME QUOTES
John Tortorella on Wojtek Wolski… “He certainly was around the puck and had a number of opportunities to score. I thought he played hard. You can see his talent level. I thought he played a good game.
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “I thought we played a pretty good game. It could have gone either way. We definitely had our chances at the end to tie it up. They are a good team, they are a fast team. It was a fun game to play but unfortunately we came up short tonight.”
Brandon Dubinsky on tonight’s game… “We had our chances. The momentum went back and forth. We were right there. We had our chances. We had an opportunity to get two points on home ice. We have to make sure we don’t let these ones slip away and find a way to score when we have opportunities.”