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Post-game notes

Posted By On February 26, 2011 @ 1:03 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 60 Comments

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February 25, 2011 – New York Rangers 6, Washington Capitals 0 (Game No. 63, Away No. 33)

*       The Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 6-0, tonight at Verizon Center to improve to 33-26-4 overall, including a 19-13-1 mark on the road.  New York has now won four of their last six games.
*       Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 35 shots he faced to record his league-leading eighth shutout of the season, 32nd of his career, and improved to 25-20-4 overall with a 15-10-1 mark on the road.  He is now tied with John Ross Roach for third on the Rangers’ all-time shutouts list with 35 career shutouts (including three playoff shutouts).
*       Erik Christensen registered a career-high, four points (two goals, two assists), including one power play goal, and posted a plus-three rating.  His two goals also tied his career-high, last accomplished on April 7, 2010 vs. Toronto.
*       Brian Boyle tallied two points (one goal, one assist), was credited with a game-high, five blocked shots, and posted a plus-three rating in 18:20 of ice time.  His assist on Christensen’s goal at 14:47 of the first period was his 30th point of the season, and his goal at 19:26 of the third period was his 20th goal of the season.
*       Derek Stepan notched a power play goal, and added an assist on the game-winning goal in 15:18 of ice time.  He has now registered six points (three goals, three assists) in the last eight games.
*       Vinny Prospal recorded one goal, added a power play assist and posted a plus-two rating.  He has now registered six points (three goals, three assists) in 10 games since returning from injury on Feb. 3, including five points (two goals, three assists) in the last seven contests.
*       Steve Eminger opened the game’s scoring with an even strength goal at 5:56 of the first period, and posted a plus-two rating in 17:35 of ice time.  He is now three games shy of 400 career NHL games, and 10 points shy of 100 career points.
*       Ryan Callahan tallied the primary assist on Christensen’s power play goal at 4:19 of the second period to capture third star honors.  He has now registered nine points (six goals, three assists) in 11 games since returning from injury on Feb. 1, including seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last six contests.
*       Michael Del Zotto and Mats Zuccarello each registered an assist on Stepan’s power play goal at 17:52 of the second period.  Zuccarello is now ranked second on the team with seven power play assists, and has recorded eight assists in the last 12 games.
*       Michael Sauer tallied the primary assist on Christensen’s even strength goal at 14:47 of the first period, and has now registered three assists in the last five games.
*       Matt Gilroy and Brandon Prust recorded one assist apiece for the Rangers.  The Rangers improved to 6-1-1 when Gilroy registers a point, and are 15-5-1 when Prust tallies a point.
*       Ruslan Fedotenko made his return to the lineup after missing the last 14 games following an appendectomy on Feb. 2 and a separated shoulder sustained on Jan. 19 vs. Toronto.
*       The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Feb. 26, is 12:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.
*       The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, Feb. 27, at Madison Square Garden (1:00 p.m.), in the first game of a three-game homestand.  The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio and newyorkrangers.com.

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