Courtesy of the Rangers:
February 13, 2011 – New York Rangers 5, Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (Game No. 58, Home No. 28)
* The Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-3, today at Madison Square Garden to improve to 30-24-4 overall, including a 13-12-3 mark at home. New York is now 11-7-2 in their last 20 games at home.
* New York recorded their 30th win of the season, marking the sixth consecutive season the Rangers reached the 30-win plateau. The last time New York registered 30 or more wins in six straight seasons was 1985-86 to 1993-94 (nine seasons).
* The Blueshirts notched three power play goals in six opportunities (9:43), and are now 7-34 (20.6%) in their last seven games. The three power play goals were the most by the Rangers since they tallied four with the man advantage vs. Washington on Feb. 4, 2010 (L, 5-6).
* Ryan Callahan registered two power play goals, including the game-winner at 11:04 of the second period, and added a power play assist to capture first star honors. He has recorded five points (four goals, one assist) in six games since returning from injury on Feb. 1 vs. Pittsburgh. He was also credited with a team-high, five hits and led all team forwards with 21:35 of ice time.
* Marc Staal tallied two assists, including the primary assist on Callahan’s power play game-winner, and led all skaters with 29:51 of ice time. He has now registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last two games.
* Brian Boyle notched one goal, was credited with four hits and three blocked shots, and won a game-high, 11 faceoffs in 18 attempts (61%). He is now tied for the team lead with a career-high, 19 goals on the season.
* Artem Anisimov registered one power play goal and led the team with five shots on goal. He has now recorded seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last 11 games.
* Vinny Prospal recorded one goal and won eight of 14 faceoffs (57%) in the contest. He has registered three points (two goals, one assist) in five games since returning from injury on Feb. 3 vs. New Jersey.
* Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves to improve to 22-18-4 overall, including a 9-9-3 mark at home. He has held opponents to three or fewer goals in 35 of his 44 appearances this season.
* Dan Girardi registered one power play assist and a plus-two rating, and was credited with a game-high, seven blocked shots. The seven blocked shots tied his season high (Dec. 16 vs. Phoenix).
* Marian Gaborik tallied one assist to extend his assist streak to three games (four assists), and has now recorded an assist in six of the last seven games (seven assists). Gaborik has registered 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in the last 11 games.
* Mats Zuccarello recorded one power play assist, and has now tallied six assists in the last seven contests. He has registered 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in the last 13 games, and ranks third on the Rangers with 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) since joining the team on Dec. 23.
* Brandon Dubinsky tallied the primary assist on Prospal’s even strength goal at 1:34 of the second period to extend his scoring streak to three games (two goals, one assist). He has registered four points (two goals, two assists) since returning from injury on Feb. 1 vs. Pittsburgh.
* Derek Stepan recorded an assist on Callahan’s power play game-winning goal at 11:04 of the second period. He has now registered five points (two goals, three assists) in the last six home games.
* Wojtek Wolski registered one power play assist, and has now tallied 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 15 games as a Ranger. Wolski has tallied nine points (two goals, seven assists) in the last 12 contests.
* The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday, Feb. 17, at Madison Square Garden (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.
John Tortorella on coming out of the timeout…
“It was important that we scored the first goal. We needed to score our first goal before they got anything else. We did and we found a way, our power play works tonight and I thought everyone contributed throughout the night.”
Marc Staal on the power play…
“We moved the puck around quite a bit. We didn’t get locked into positions. We caused some confusion for their penalty kill. We got some tips and some rebounds. It was a good job by our power play.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game…
“After they scored two early ones, it was a tough start. We really stepped up especially with our power play. I think we moved the puck really well, and we were shooting the puck and getting deflections. We kept it simple. It was fun to see what we were working on this past week work out. It helped us score and gave us a lot of energy. Tonight, we created chances and scored goals, and I think everyone fed off of that.”