More to come shortly … maybe not as many as usual, because of the late start and I have to catch a train. Or maybe much later if I can type on the train.
From the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES
April 4, 2011 – New York Rangers 5, Boston Bruins 3 (Game No. 80, Home No. 39)
•The Rangers defeated the Boston Bruins, 5-3, tonight at Madison Square Garden to improve to 43-32-5 overall, including a 19-16-4 mark at home. The Blueshirts tallied five unanswered goals, including three in the game’s final 3:48, to comeback from a 3-0 deficit. The Rangers moved into seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings, and have a four point lead on the ninth place Carolina Hurricanes.
•New York is now 10-3-1 in their last 14 contests, and have posted a record of 5-0-1 in their last six games at MSG.
•The Rangers’ 43 wins is tied for seventh most in a single season in franchise history.
•Vinny Prospal notched two goals in the second period, and registered four shots on goal and a plus-two rating in a season-high, 21:14 of ice time. It is his first multi-goal performance of the season, having last recorded two goals in a game on March 12, 2010 at Atlanta. Prospal has now tallied 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in the last 19 games, and ranks second on the team in scoring with 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 27 games since returning from injury on Feb. 3.
•Michael Sauer recorded a career-high, two points, including the game-winning goal with 2:57 remaining in regulation. He has now registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last five games. Sauer also registered a plus-two rating, and was credited with a game-high-tying, five blocked shots.
•Derek Stepan registered one goal and one assist, and tied his career-high with a plus-three rating. He has tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in the last two games.
•Wojtek Wolski tallied the primary assist on both of Prospal’s second period goals (two assists). He has now posted seven multi-point efforts on the season.
•Brandon Dubinsky notched the game-tying goal at 16:12 of the third period and logged 20:42 of ice time. He has now recorded 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the last 13 games.
•Marian Gaborik and Brian Boyle each tallied an assist on Sauer’s game-winning goal. Gaborik recorded the primary assist on the game-winning goal, registered a game-high, five shots on goal and posted a plus-two rating. Gaborik has tallied an assist in each of the last three games (three assists), and Boyle has recorded two assists in the last three games.
•Marc Staal registered one assist and posted a career-high, plus-four rating in a game-high, 25:29 of ice time. He has now tallied six assists in his last eight games.
•Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to improve to 35-26-5 overall with a 15-13-4 mark at home. He is 10-3-1 with a 2.05 GAA, .933 Sv% and three shutouts in the last 14 games, and is 17-8-2 with a 1.95 GAA, a .945 Sv% and six shutouts when facing 30+ shots.
•Ryan Callahan tallied the primary assist on Dubinsky’s game-tying goal, and led all skaters with six hits. He leads the Rangers in scoring with 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 28 games since returning from injury on Feb. 1. The Rangers have posted a 24-7-1 mark when he records a point.
•Artem Anisimov also assisted on Dubinsky’s game-tying goal, and has now registered 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the last 14 games.
•Ruslan Fedotenko tallied one assist and was credited with five hits in the contest. He has now registered two points (one goal, one assist) in the last two games. The Rangers improved to 16-2-3 when he registers a point.
•The Blueshirts’ have an off-ice practice scheduled for 12:00 p.m. tomorrow, Apr. 5, at the MSG Training Center.
•The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday, Apr. 7, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). 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 were sluggish early on and Boston won a lot of races to the puck. We had some struggles as far as their quickness, but there was no panic. For such a young group, to stay within themselves is a great lesson. It is obviously a huge two points. We still control our own destiny. We will enjoy, get ready tomorrow, and get ready for Atlanta.”
Henrik Lundqvist on blocking shots… “They are there every night doing that. I think everyone is doing a great job paying the price. We are going to need it. We are going to need guys to sacrifice their bodies. That is the way we play…we play hard. When we do that we have a much better shot to win.”
Brandon Dubinsky on the atmosphere in The Garden… “It gives you goose bumps. It is a feeling you can’t describe. We fought so hard. We needed these points and that part of it makes it more emotional. We want to keep ourselves in the driver’s seat. That being said, we had a couple of minutes left in the game, so we had to settle the bench down and defend against one of the best teams in the league.”