Courtesy of the New York Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES
March 1, 2011 – New York Rangers 2, Buffalo Sabres 3 (Game No. 65, Home No. 32)
- The Rangers were defeated by the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden, and are now 33-28-4 overall with a 14-15-3 mark at home.
- The Blueshirts tallied one power play goal in three attempts (4:34), and have now notched at least one goal on the man advantage in three of the last four games (4-15, 26.7% over the span).
- Artem Anisimov notched an even strength goal at 6:05 of the third period, and was credited with three hits to capture third star honors. He has now registered six points (three goals, three assists) in seven career regular season contests vs. Buffalo.
- Erik Christensen registered a power play goal at 13:45 of the second period and logged 17:25 of ice time. He has tallied at least one point in two of the last three games, registering five points (three goals, two assists) during the stretch.
- Bryan McCabe recorded his first point as a Ranger with the primary assist on Christensen’s power play goal, and led all skaters with six shots on goal in 23:32 of ice time. McCabe made his Blueshirt debut on Sunday vs. Tampa Bay following his trade from Florida on Saturday.
- Ryan Callahan registered one assist and five shots on goal, and was credited with a game-high-tying, four hits in 21:50 of ice time. He has now recorded eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last eight games.
- Vinny Prospal tallied an assist on Christensen’s power play goal, and has now registered six points (two goals, four assists) in the last nine contests.
- Wojtek Wolski recorded one assist and three shots on goal in 17:09 of ice time. He has now tallied a point in three of the last five contests (two goals, one assist over the span).
- Ryan McDonagh logged a team-high, 24:44 of ice time, and was credited with three blocked shots and a game-high-tying, four hits. He has logged 20 or more minutes of ice time in seven of the last eight games.
- Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves and is now 25-22-4 overall, including a 10-12-3 mark at home.
- The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Mar. 2, is 12:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.
- The Rangers will conclude their three-game homestand when they face-off against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, Mar. 3, 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 tonight’s game… “We had many opportunities in the third but we can’t get that next goal. We will keep on working on it until we do.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “They have good players especially in front. They made some good plays, especially the second goal. We did a good job especially in the second half. We really stepped up. We have to try to get our game going from the start and get the lead.”
Erik Christensen on tonight’s game… “We got better as the game went on. There were a lot of turnovers in the first period. I think we did a better job as the game went on to just chip pucks and go get them rather than make passes. They are pretty good in the neutral zone. Once we did that we got in on the forecheck and created some opportunities. Like I said, we didn’t play bad but somehow it is not good enough right now.”