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NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES

April 9, 2011 – New York Rangers 5, New Jersey Devils 2 (Game No. 82, Home No. 41)

• The Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils, 5-2, today at Madison Square Garden, to complete their 2010-11 regular season schedule with a record of 44-33-5 overall, including a 20-17-4 mark at home.  New York posted a record of 11-4-1 in their final 16 contests, and won six of their last eight games at MSG (6-1-1).

• New York currently sits in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings, and will advance to the playoffs with a Carolina loss tonight vs. Tampa Bay.

• The Blueshirts had 14 players register at least one point in the contest.  The last time they had 14 or more players with at least a point was January 19, 2010 vs. Tampa Bay (8-2 win, 16 players).

• Ryan McDonagh tallied his first career NHL goal, the game-winner, at 11:59 of the second period, and posted a plus-two rating in 22:12 of ice time.  McDonagh has posted a plus or even rating in 32 of his 40 games, and ranks second on the team and sixth among NHL rookies with a plus-16 rating.

• Rangers’ Captain Chris Drury notched a goal in his return to the lineup after missing the previous 27 games due to injury.  He tallied the goal at 3:14 of the first period, just 1:11 after the Devils took the lead.

• Vinny Prospal recorded his fifth multi-point performance of the season with two points, including the primary assist on the game-winner and a goal at 10:49 of the third period.  He has registered 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in the last 21 games, and leads the team with 14 assists and ranks second in scoring with 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) in 29 games since returning from injury on Feb. 3.

• Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves to improve to 36-27-5 overall, including a 16-14-4 mark at home.  His 36 wins are tied for sixth most in Rangers’ history.  He is 11-4-1 with a 2.10 GAA, .930 Sv% and three shutouts in the last 16 games.

• The Rangers were credited with 40 hits in the contest, led by Brian Boyle (eight) and Brandon Dubinsky (seven).  Entering today’s contest, Boyle led the Rangers and ranked 11th in the NHL with 232 hits.  Dubinsky also registered the primary assist on Brandon Prust’s goal at 16:06 of the second period.

• Wojtek Wolski notched a goal at 1:52 of the second period to tie the game at two goals apiece.  He has now registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last three games.

• Brandon Prust tallied one goal and was credited with four hits in the contest.  The Rangers improved to 19-7-2 when he registers a point.

• Marian Gaborik recorded an assist on the game-winning goal, and registered a game-high, five shots on goal.  He has now tallied four assists in the last five games.

• Ruslan Fedotenko and Michael Sauer each tallied an assist on Wolski’s second period, game-tying goal.  Fedotenko has now registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games.  Sauer has recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in the last three games.

• Erik Christensen and Mats Zuccarello each registered an assist on Drury’s first period goal.  Christensen has recorded 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in the last 18 games, and the Rangers improved to 15-4-0 when he registers a point.  Zuccarello has registered four assists in his last seven games.

• Dan Girardi, Derek Stepan and Artem Anisimov each recorded an assist in the contest.  Girardi completed the regular season with career-highs in assists (27) and points (31).  Stepan has recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in the last four games.  Anisimov has tallied 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in the last 16 games, and the Rangers improved to 24-6-2 when he records a point.

• The Blueshirts do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, Apr. 10.

POST-GAME QUOTES

John Tortorella on the team… “I think we have a plan.  I think that it is very important to have a plan.  I like the youth that we have infused.  I think we have used our minor league system.  The foundation, the guts of this team is our guys.  I think we are only going to get better.  I think we created an identity.”

Henrik Lundqvist on the year… “I think last year was really tough.  This year, it feels like we have been consistent the whole year.  We had a couple bumps here and there.  It is hard to be satisfied or disappointed right now.  If we are in, I think it is a great year.  If not, you cannot be happy about the year.  We will see.”

Chris Drury on his goal… “You don’t want to give them a chance to get comfortable with the lead and build momentum off of it.  Anytime you give up a goal you try to respond the right way and as fast as you can.”

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  1. back from the garden.

    nice 45 min trip back home.

    heres what i have to say

    i listened to tampa beat writer. no roloson no malone tonight all others are playing.

    guy boucher coach will not play top guys more then 20 mins according to their beat writer.

    again i will check in with u guys around 930 pm to see if we are in. i wont be watching. i just cant do it

  2. I was FirstCarped?

    Multiple repost…

    After losing to the Wild on 3 March, the Rangers were in 8th place on 70 points and had 16 games left in the season. They went 11-4-1 after that, including wins against Philadelphia (x2), Boston (x2), San Jose, Pittsburgh and Montreal.

    On the face of it, that’s a good record. Just frustrating that the losses included those dogs of performances against the Isles and Thrashers and that the Sabres and Canes have more than matched that record.

    Drury: “Hey, guys. Why don’t you all come over to my place to watch the game later? I’ll get some pizza in.”

    Other Rangers: “Er…yeah thanks, Dru. Oh, wait…I just remembered. I gotta…er, thing tonight. You know…”

  3. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I am never one to wish ill will on anyone, but I would not feel too bad should Cam Ward break his leg at some point before game time.

  4. Rhode Island Ranger on

    Today’s game was fun. In a strange way, tonight’s will be too… as long as Tampa doesn’t pull an Atlanta. Won’t be boring.

    No problem with Tampa’s lineup. More time for second, third and fourth line guys. Hopefully these guys will be energized.

    Carolina’s going to hustle like hell and hit them. Tampa will hit back. A hockey game just might break out. First period will speak volumes.

  5. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    It’s never an easy task when you must win. Pressure in on the canes.

  6. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Carolina long overdue for a stinker… Let’s hope tonight is the night.

  7. Rhode Island Ranger on

    Carolina doesn’t even have to stink. Let the score be tied going into the third, and they’re really going to feel it. Then it becomes a torture for them: spending their extra effort to backcheck earlier and more conscientiously OR pushing harder to score and taking some chances.

    A tie game in the third is what I want for Christmas. Let Carolina suffer for it if they’re going to get it.

  8. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    93 pts = better than expected…hope it’s enough to sneak in because the east is completely up fir grabs. Regardless of tonight’s outcome I could any one of the 8 make to the cup finals.

  9. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    RIR – agreed… Anything but a cane rout… Always tough to win a won game…and Carolina has to be somewhat satisfied that it’s their destiny…they have played to well for too long. There has to be a reason they are an 8th or 9th place team… They are due… Here is wishing for a TB 1-0 lead.

  10. Good win today boys and girls. Let’s hope Mike Smith can hold up tonight. Glad it’s not Roloson playing back to back for the Lightning tonight.

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