Post-game notes, quotes


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From the Rangers:


March 15, 2011 – New York Rangers 6, New York Islanders 3 (Game No. 71, Home No. 35)

• The Rangers defeated the New York Islanders, 6-3, tonight at Madison Square Garden to improve to 37-30-4 overall, including a 16-16-3 mark at home.  The Blueshirts have won four of the last five games.

• Tonight marked the ninth time this season New York registered six or more goals in a game, which is the most since they tallied six or more in nine games during the 1998-99 season.  The Rangers registered 21 shots on goal in the first period, which ties their season-high for most shots in a single period (Jan. 16 at Montreal).

• The Blueshirts tied their season-high with three power play goals in five opportunities (7:50), previously set vs. Pittsburgh on Feb. 13.  The Rangers have now tallied 14 goals in 37 power play opportunities (37.8%) in their last nine games vs. the Islanders, including 9-20 (45.0%) in five games this season.

• The Rangers have registered 10 power play goals in 37 attempts (27.0%) in their last 10 games.

• Marian Gaborik notched two goals, including the game-winning, power play goal, and led all skaters with seven shots on goal to extend his scoring streak to three games (three goals, one assist over the span).  Gaborik’s second goal of the game at 12:43 of the third period was his 20th of the season, marking the seventh time in his 10-year career he reached the 20-goal plateau.

• Ryan Callahan tallied one goal and added a power play assist to capture second star honors.  He leads the Rangers in scoring with 11 goals and 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) in 19 games since returning from injury on Feb. 1, including 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in the last 14 contests.

• Bryan McCabe registered two power play points, including his first goal as a Ranger at 19:11 of the second period.  He has now recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games.

• Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 25 shots to improve to 29-24-4 overall, including a 12-13-3 mark at home.  He is now 4-1-0 with a 2.17 goals against average, a .925 save percentage and one shutout in the last five games.

• Thirteen different Blueshirts recorded at least one point, including four who registered two.  The last time the Rangers had at least 13 players with a point in a single game was Jan. 19, 2010 at Tampa Bay (16 players).

• Erik Christensen recorded his fourth multi-point effort of the season, including a power play goal at 14:52 of the first period and the primary assist on Gaborik’s third period goal.  He has now registered at least one point in five of his last seven games (five goals, four assists over the span).

• Brandon Prust opened the game’s scoring with a shorthanded goal at 3:47 of the first period.  He is now tied for the league lead with a career-high, five shorthanded goals on the season.

• Vinny Prospal recorded one power play assist to extend his scoring streak to seven games (one goal, seven assists over the span), and has tallied 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in the last 10 contests.  He leads the team with 10 assists and ranks second in scoring with 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 18 games since returning from injury on Feb. 3.  Prospal’s seven-game point streak ties the Rangers’ season-high, previously set by Ryan Callahan from Oct. 21 at Toronto to Nov. 1 vs. Chicago (four goals, seven assists).

• Ryan McDonagh and Brandon Dubinsky each registered an assist on Prust’s shorthanded goal at 3:47 of the first period.  McDonagh also led all skaters with a season-high, six hits.  Dubinsky is tied for eighth in the NHL with four shorthanded points on the season (two goals, two assists).

• Artem Anisimov tallied one assist and four shots on goal in the contest, and has now recorded six points (three goals, three assists) in the last seven games.

• Defensemen Dan Girardi, Marc Staal and Michael Sauer, and forward Mats Zuccarello each registered one assist apiece for the Rangers.  Girardi also led all skaters with 24:05 of ice time, and has recorded three assists in the last five games.  Sauer has tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in the last two games, and Zuccarello has registered four points (three goals, one assist) in the last five games.

• Please note the Blueshirts do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, Mar. 16.  The Rangers’ next practice is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Mar. 17, at the MSG Training Center.

• The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday, Mar. 18, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up.  The game will be televised live on MSG 2 and can be heard on 970 The Apple and


John Tortorella on the power play… “I think for the last little while it has been okay.  I think it has come along.  I think we have people making key plays.  Zuc (Mats Zuccarello) made some key plays on the power play.  Caber (Bryan McCabe) made some plays – obviously the goal.  Vinny Prospal makes plays that not too many guys can make.  Guys have made plays.  We have had the puck more and I thought that was the key tonight.”

Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “We created a lot of scoring chances.  In the second period we started off a little bit on our heels.  It was an important time when the power play came up.  It was a big win.”

Marian Gaborik on coming back home after the road trip… “We had a hard skate yesterday.  It was good to get the jetlag out of our system and it was good to come out hard.”

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