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Post-game notes, quotes

Posted By On March 24, 2011 @ 11:02 pm In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 51 Comments

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March 24, 2011 – New York Rangers 1, Ottawa Senators 2 SO (Game No. 75, Home No. 38)

• The Rangers were defeated by the Ottawa Senators, 2-1, in a shootout tonight at Madison Square Garden, and are now 40-30-5 overall and 18-16-4 at home.  New York has now registered at least one point in a season-high, six consecutive games (5-0-1), and is 7-1-1 in the last nine contests.  The Blueshirts have posted a 4-0-1 record in their last five games at MSG.

• The last time New York posted a six-game point streak was from Mar. 24, 2010 vs. the Islanders to April 3, 2010 at Florida (5-0-1).

• Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 29 shots through regulation and overtime, and stopped four of five shootout attempts.  He is now 32-24-5 overall, including a 14-13-4 mark at home.  In the last nine games, Lundqvist is 7-1-1 with a 1.86 goals against average, a .936 save percentage and two shutouts over the span.  He is now one game shy of 400 career NHL appearances.

• Brandon Prust tallied the Rangers’ lone goal at 2:45 of the third period, and has now recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in the last six games.

• Marc Staal recorded the primary assist on Prust’s third period goal, and logged a team-high, 29:34 of ice time in his return to the lineup after missing the last two games due to injury.  The assist was Staal’s 20th of the season, establishing a new career-high for assists in a season and tying his career-high with 27 points.  He has now registered four assists in his last three games.

• Ruslan Fedotenko registered one assist and was credited with two hits in the contest.  Fedotenko also posted a plus-one rating, and is now tied for third on the Rangers with a plus-11 rating on the season.

• Brian Boyle was credited with a game-high, six hits, and he now leads the team with 216 hits on the season.  Entering tonight’s contest, Boyle ranked 11th in the NHL in hits.

• The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Mar. 25, is 12:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.

• The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Boston Bruins in an Original Six match-up on Saturday, Mar. 26, at TD Garden (1:00 p.m.), to begin a four-game road trip.  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… “It is a huge point as long as we understand, and we go back to work tomorrow.  And again, this team will respond.  They haven’t played many bad ones.  They haven’t played without energy many times this year.  Tonight everybody didn’t (play with energy) and tonight we steal a point.  We take the point, stuff it in your back pocket and move by this and get ready for a team that just spanked Montreal.”

Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “We want to win every game now but at the same time some nights it is going to be tough to get the goals you want.  It was good we battled back to tie.  They worked hard.  They still want to end the season on a good note.  Same with next week with the Islanders.  It is going to be a war.”

Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “These are playoff games.  We are battling for our lives right now.  Each point means so much.  The last couple of games we have approached them like playoff games.  Tonight we just didn’t have the effort we needed.”

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