Courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
December 5, 2011 (Game 24, Home Game 10)
Madison Square Garden – New York, New York
Team Notes:– The Rangers were defeated by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden to end their home winning streak at seven games, and their overall winning streak at five. The Blueshirts are 12-3-0 in their last 15 games. – New York is now 15-6-3 (33 pts) on the season, including a 7-2-1 record at home. Despite the loss, the Rangers still have the fewest regulation losses in the NHL. – The Blueshirts tallied one goal in five power play opportunities (7:41), and are now 6-24 (25.0%) with the man advantage in their last six games. New York has also notched a power play goal in six straight home games (7-31, 22.6% over the span). – The Rangers out-hit the Maple Leafs, 41-27, and now rank third in the league with 646 hits on the season. – New York won 39-60 faceoffs (57%) in the contest, and now ranks eighth in the NHL with a 51.6 faceoff winning percentage on the season.
Player Notes:– Artem Anisimov notched a goal and tied for the game-high with seven shots on goal to earn second star honors. The seven shots on goal tied his career-high. Anisimov extended his point streak to three games (two goals, two assists over the span), and has now tallied 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in the last 13 games. – Marian Gaborik tallied a power play goal and logged 23:19 of ice time in the contest. He has registered five points (three goals, two assists) in the last four games, and is now four goals shy of 300 NHL career goals. – Michael Del Zotto recorded an assist, tied for the game-high with a season-high, seven hits, and was credited with three blocked shots in 25:03 of ice time. He has now tallied four assists in the last five games. – Derek Stepan registered the primary assist on Gaborik’s power play goal, and was credited with four hits in a season-high, 21:26 of ice time. Stepan now has an assist/point in each of the last three games (one goal, three assists over the span), and has tallied 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in the last 16 contests. – Brad Richards tallied a power play assist to extend his point streak to six games (four goals, six assists over the span), and won a game-high, 18-29 faceoffs (62%). Richards’ six-game point streak is the longest by a Ranger so far this season. He has recorded 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) in the last 16 games. – Brandon Prust recorded one assist and was credited with two hits in 9:18 of ice time. Prust, who was assessed a fighting major at 2:05 of the first period, is now tied for second in the NHL with eight fighting majors on the season. – Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 of 29 shots, and is now 11-5-3 overall with a 5-2-1 record at home. The loss ended his personal four-game winning streak. – Ryan Callahan tied for the game-high with a season-high, seven hits, and led all forwards with a career-high, 25:08 of ice time. Entering tonight’s contest, Callahan was tied for 13th in the NHL with 72 hits.
Post-Game Quotes:– Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game…
“We didn’t get going until the second half. You could see after the (Rangers) first goal we gained some momentum. It just shows how a game can change from a shift or a goal. They looked like they had everything under control after the third one and we came back and had some big chances in the end, but it wasn’t our night tonight.”– Dan Girardi on making a comeback…
“That’s been a staple of our team this year – not giving up or giving in. We had a tough start there down three goals but we popped a couple quick there and had a chance to tie in the third period but just couldn’t get that last one and it was kind of tough.”
Team Schedule:– The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, December 8, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first of three games in four days. The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.