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March 18, 2011 – New York Rangers 6, Montreal Canadiens 3 (Game No. 72, Home No. 36)

• The Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 6-3, tonight at Madison Square Garden to improve to 38-30-4 overall, including a 17-16-3 mark at home.  The Blueshirts have won five of their last six games, including their last three games at MSG.

• The Blueshirts have tallied six or more goals in three of their last five games, including each of their last three home games.

• New York notched five goals in the first period, which is a season-high for goals in a single period.  The last time the Rangers scored at least five goals in a period was on Mar. 17, 2007 vs. Boston (six goals in Period 2), and the last time the Rangers tallied at least five goals in the first period of a game was on Dec. 15, 1999 vs. Los Angeles (six goals).  The last time the Blueshirts notched at least five goals in a period vs. Montreal was on Jan. 10, 1986, when they registered five goals in the second period.  *statistic courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

• The Rangers tallied three goals in a 67-second span of the first period – at 17:09, 17:41 and 18:16 (Callahan, Gaborik and Boyle) – which is the fastest three goals by the Blueshirts since they notched three in 65 seconds of the first period on November 8, 2001 at Long Island (Fleury, Leetch and McCarthy).

• Tonight marked the 10th time this season New York registered six or more goals in a game, marking the 26th time in franchise history the Rangers accomplished the feat and first time since they tallied six or more goals in 11 games during the 1996-97 season. *statistic courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

• Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 22 shots to register his 30th win of the season to extend his NHL record by registering 30 or more wins in six consecutive seasons to begin his career, and extend his team record with six straight 30-win seasons.  Lundqvist improved to 30-24-4 overall, including a 13-13-3 mark at home.  He is now 5-1-0 in the last six games, with wins in his last three contests.

• The Rangers have registered 11 power play goals in 42 attempts (26.2%) in their last 11 games.

• Artem Anisimov opened the game’s scoring with an unassisted goal at 5:28 of the first period, and added an assist to post his ninth multi-point performance of the season and capture first star honors.  He has recorded seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last six games.

• Ryan Callahan tallied one goal and tied his season-high with a game-high, seven shots on goal.  The goal was his 22nd of the season, which ties his career-high previously set during the 2008-09 season.  He leads the Rangers in scoring with 12 goals and 20 points (12 goals, eight assists) in 20 games since returning from injury on Feb. 1, including 18 points (10 goals, eight assists) in the last 15 contests.

• Vinny Prospal notched a power play goal and added an assist on the game-winner to extend his scoring streak to eight games (two goals, eight assists over the span), and has tallied 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in the last 11 contests.  He leads the team with 11 assists and ranks second in scoring with 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 19 games since returning from injury on Feb. 3.  Prospal’s eight-game point streak is a Rangers’ season-high, and the most by a Blueshirt since Marian Gaborik  posted an eight-game scoring streak from Nov. 5, 2009 at Edmonton to Nov. 25, 2009 at Florida.  The eight-game scoring streak is also the longest by Prospal since he registered a 13-game point streak from Oct. 26, 2005 at New Jersey to Nov. 20, 2005 at Carolina.

• Erik Christensen tallied two assists, including the primary assist on the game-winning goal.  He has now registered at least one point in six of his last eight games (five goals, six assists over the span), including a three-game point streak since not dressing in two games on Mar. 6 and Mar. 9 (two goals, three assists).

• Dan Girardi registered one goal, added one power play assist, and was credited with four hits and three blocked shots in a game-high, 28:03 of ice time.  His goal at 10:25 of the first period established a new career-high for points in a season, and his assist at 17:15 of the third was his 30th point of the season.  Girardi has recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in the last six games.

• Marc Staal recorded two assists, including one on the power play, and posted a plus-two rating.  He has registered three assists in the last two games.  Staal’s power play assist at 17:15 of the third period was his career-high-tying, 19th of the season.

• Marian Gaborik tallied the game-winning goal at 17:41 of the first period to extend his scoring streak to four games (four goals, one assist over the span).

• Brian Boyle notched one goal and registered five shots on goal in the contest, and is now tied for second on the team with a career-high, 21 goals on the season.

• Brandon Prust recorded one assist and was assessed a fighting major at 0:01 of the first period to capture third star honors.  Prust extended his scoring streak to three games, registering one goal and two assists over the span.

• Brandon Dubinsky registered one assist, was credited with four hits and won a team-high, 13 faceoffs in 17 attempts (76%).  He has tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games.

• Mats Zuccarello tallied one assist and has now registered five points (three goals, two assists) in the last six games.

• The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Mar. 19, is 12:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.

• The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, Mar. 20, at CONSOL Energy Center (12:30 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division match-up.  The game will be televised live on NBC and can be heard on 970 The Apple and


John Tortorella on the third win at home in a row… “You gain confidence.  We are really happy we accomplished that.  Even on the road, our starts have been better.  I thought this was a real important one.  With some rest in between home games, you need to find a way to win it and we did that.”

Brandon Dubinsky on tonight’s game… “We knew they (Montreal) were on a back-to-back and we knew we had to have a quick start.  The energy in the building was as good as it has been all year.  It was exciting and loud and that made us want to go.  It was a playoff like atmosphere.  It was exciting to play in that atmosphere and that rivalry and it was even bigger to put the puck into the net early on.”

Dan Girardi on tonight’s game … “We wanted to start off good at home.  The fans really got us going – they were nice and loud and we got off to a great first period.”

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  1. Gomez for Mcdonagh was a heist!!!!! Lather us with 4 more years of SATHER!!!! Stronzo! for rooting for the blackhawks on a rangers blog. Olga, you are lacking in savoir-faire! but we knew that already.

  2. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    If you can believe Torts- Hank sure looked shook up there. He might be OK now, but he wasn’t OK for the last couple minutes there…

  3. was just thinking, it sure has been a while since we’ve heard from Capt. Clutch and Uncle Glennie … maybe one of them would stop in for an update soon?

  4. Mao Ken Folkyerself on

    Rangers will be in 8th place and out in the first round. And you want 4 more years of that?

  5. Rhode Island Ranger on

    How many of the Rangers’ remaining opponents will be instructed to “go really hard to the net tonight”?

    Betcha Buffalo will on the 30th. What to do?

  6. JimboWoodside on

    Hopefully, by the 30th we will have a playoff position locked up – and maybe Buffalo will, too. Could be that we both are playing our backup goalies…that’s really wishful thinking, though…

  7. JimboWoodside on

    Captain Clutch is still out buying counterfeit San Marzano tomatoes for his pizza sauce…

  8. Gigantic win!!! Enormous!! Huge!! Colossal! Massive!!!

    G A R G A N T U A N!!!

    BUT…. if they had Auld in net to begin the game, we lose it 2-1

  9. Rhode Island Ranger on

    I fear the five remaining games after the showdown in Buffalo will still mean plenty. That’s why more high-speed “hockey plays” into LQ could be disastrous. Tonight was bad enough.

  10. Olga Folkyerself on

    It would be a huge benefit to get Lundqvist some rest before the playoffs. But there may be too many teams still in contention to risk a game with Johnson. I think it will go right to the wire again.

  11. JimboWoodside on

    I was just wishing out loud there, RIR…..but yes, we may have to go down to the wire—but hopefully, NOT till the last game of the season like last year…anything but that, please!!!

  12. JimboWoodside on

    3CP, do you really think so? Price didn’t look like he had too much of a chance on the goals he gave up…or am I mistaken?

  13. LOL NYR_FAN – nice picture, if I had a bit more ambition at this point it might be fun to Photoshop Leetch into the Sgt Peppers album cover, the Last Supper, with Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill in Yalta, etc

  14. Jimbo’re not mistaken…I was being negative on purpose :)

    GREAT picture of Prust!!! I love it! I’ll make it my desktop picture

  15. Olga Folkyerself on

    And put Sather at the Little Big Horn, on the Titanic, in the Kennedy Motorcade, and other major disasters..

  16. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers could have scored 12 tonight. Many excellent chances. Hank’s neck worries me. Put some icy- hot on it and hope it’s just soreness. A one game sabbatical sure would help me about now. Pittsburgh is playing well despite missing Queen Crosby and Malkin. Chad Johnson could steal a game. We will see soon enough.

  17. Maybe Johnson can steal a game like Valley-Cat stole a game for us back in 07 against the Blues.

    Won it in the shootout. Great game. Down two goals, and came back. God scored a big goal back when he was useful, and Jags, and Hossa scored in the shootout.

    One of the final 10 games of the season, and Hank clearly needed the rest, despite the fact that we were battling for the final spots.

  18. Judging by the number of “notched”, “tallied” and “registered” in these notes, it’s good to see Beninati has found another gig after losing the Versus job.

  19. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Hey all! Youse guys miss me? I’ve been reading, just not posting. Nice win tonight, Prust is a beast. Oh… And PK Subban spelled backwards is slewsfoots. Weird.

  20. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    There is superman, flash Gordon, batman, and james bond……. And then there is the man we call Prust. In Latin, Brandon Prust means heroic warrior god, fierce , loyal, and true. Similary, subban, means one with tiny pencil.

  21. Stranger Nation on


    Missed game, but sounds like the engine be purring. 3 different lines score within 90 secs – NICE! That and one of our D-man scored a flippin 5v5 goal – lordy lord.

    Nobody celebrates a goal better than Vinny. His smiling whiteys, the way he congratulates teammates, and the pure joy on his face is priceless. His return to form is a BIG reason for the uptick in Offense, Gabby and yes, even the vilified EC.

    The guinnies will be gunning for Hank on Sunday, but 2 can play that game.

  22. It truly was a very exciting game all the way through, and I am sure that this Subban has no consideration at all for
    not trying to fracture the opposition goal tender. Methinks he needs a bit of a taking to the woodshed.

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