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NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES

January 13, 2011 – New York Rangers 1, Vancouver Canucks 0 (Game No. 45, Home No. 22)

• The Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 1-0, tonight at Madison Square Garden to improve to 26-16-3 overall, including an 11-9-2 mark at home.  New York has registered a point in 21 of their last 30 games (19-9-2), and is 9-4-1 in their last 14 games at home.  With the regulation win, the Rangers ended Vancouver’s 17-game point streak, dating back to a 5-4 shootout win vs. Anaheim on December 8 (last regulation loss was 3-2 vs. St. Louis on December 5).

• New York improved to 13-3-3 in one-goal games.  Their .684 winning percentage in those games ranks first in the NHL.

• The Rangers last win vs. the Canucks was a 4-3 victory at Madison Square Garden on February 2, 2004.

• Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 31 shots he faced to record his sixth shutout of the season and 30th of his career, and is now 19-13-3 overall with a 7-7-2 mark at home.  He has registered a 12-5-2 record with a 1.70 goals against average, a .938 save percentage and four shutouts in his last 19 games.  Lundqvist moved into a tie with John Ross Roach for third on the Rangers all-time regular season shutouts list (30), and is tied with Mike Richter for fourth on the Rangers all-time shutouts list (regular season and playoffs combined) with 33 career shutouts.

• Wojtek Wolski registered his first point as a Ranger, tallying the only goal of the game, on the power play, at 7:18 of the second period.  Wolski made his Rangers debut vs. Montreal on Tuesday, following his trade from Phoenix in exchange for Michal Rozsival on Monday.

• Marian Gaborik tallied the primary assist on Wolski’s power play goal, and tied for the game-high with six shots on goal.  Gaborik has recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) in nine games vs. Western Conference opponents this season.

• Brandon Dubinsky recorded an assist on Wolski’s power play goal, tied for the game-high with six shots on goal and won five of eight faceoffs (63%).  He has now registered 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in the last 19 games, including 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in the last 10, and is one assist shy of 100 career assists.

• New York was credited with 38 hits in the contest, increasing their league-leading total to 1,304 on the season.  Ruslan Fedotenko was credited with a game-high, six hits, tying his season-high, and is now tied for fourth on the team with 101 hits.  The Rangers have registered 77 hits in the last two games (39 hits vs. Montreal on Tuesday).

• The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Jan. 14, is 12:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.

• The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, Jan. 15, at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.  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 tonight’s game… “The thing I like about it is that everybody contributes in all of the little things.  I think that is what is helping us in these type of games – the little things.  I think we are a good team.  More importantly, the players think they are a good team.  We played harder tonight than the Montreal game.  I don’t think we played bad against Montreal but tonight was a grittier effort and we battled.  We are growing as a team.”                                                                                       

Henrik Lundqvist on his 30th shutout…  “30 is a good number.  Hopefully I can keep it going a little bit longer.  Every shutout is important.  This was a good win to come back.  It is so important to respond with two points.  This helps us in the standings.”

Wojtek Wolski on tonight’s game… “It was exciting.  The fans, our team and our coaching staff was involved and putting the effort into it.  We are excited to get the win.”

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  1. ORR, and ZzZz Re: Boogaard & Co.
    I don’t remember any Force Major, Act of God or illness/trauma stipulations in your Contract Agreement. In Preambula, thou it was ”…if he plays”, wasn’t it? And he is not. That’s why our goal production suffers now. We miss this big, gentle sniper.LOL.

  2. I really dont understand the officiating in the NHL.

    Drury bats a canuck pass out of the air, it goes into the stands, and he gets a penalty. Does that mean that when a shot gets deflected into the crowd that is also a penalty?

    The non-call on Avery was also a joke. We might as well trade / reddenville him because he’s a liability for us officiating-wise.

    The “gourmet shot” Staal took was insane. I hope Burrows gets suspended. How do they miss that?

    Couple that with the slew foot on Dubinsky the other night, 5 feet from the ref… what the hell?

    I’m beginning to think that the league has it out for us!

  3. Wolski became the 17th Rangers player credited with at least one game-winning goal, most in the NHL this season.

  4. Yeah, it was wonderful, tense, conative, strong-willed victory. This type of wins means a world for organization and fans and is worth a lot for collective psyche. Obviously, mostly there are right guys in this team and coach is working in right direction.

  5. Rangers set a lot of NHL mini-records this season, indicative of hard work, selflessness, playing intensity and team willpower. In short – Team Character. And even regardless of any potential season outcome, we have to be (I definitely am) grateful to them all.

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