Courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
December 13, 2011 (Game 28, Home Game 13)
Madison Square Garden – New York, New York
- The Rangers were defeated by the Dallas Stars, 1-0, tonight at Madison Square Garden. After two scoreless periods, the Stars’ Trevor Daley tallied the game’s only goal with 4:59 remaining in regulation.
- New York is now 17-7-4 (38 pts) on the season, including an 8-3-2 record at home. The Rangers’ seven regulation losses are tied for the fewest in the league.
- The Blueshirts held the Stars scoreless in two shorthanded situations (4:00), and have now held their opponent scoreless on the power play in four straight games (16-16, 100.0% over the span) while tallying three shorthanded goals during the stretch. The Rangers’ penalty kill is 26-28 (92.9%) in the last nine games.
- Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves and is now 12-6-4 overall, including a 6-3-2 mark at home. He has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 14 games this season, and is now 10-3-1 with a 1.84 goals against average, .936 save percentage and one shutout in his last 14 games.
- Brandon Dubinsky was credited with a game-high, four hits and won 3-3 faceoffs (100%). He now ranks third on the team in hits (71), and is tied for second with a 52.0% faceoff winning percentage.
- Brad Richards led all skaters with five shots on goal, and led all forwards with 23:34 of ice time while facing his former team.
- Michael Del Zotto and Steve Eminger tied for the game-high with three blocked shots apiece. Del Zotto now ranks third on the team with 45 blocked shots on the season, while Steve Eminger ranks fourth with 38 blocked shots.
- John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “We played hard. I thought as far as the zone time we spent quite a bit of time in their zone. But I still don’t think we generated enough offense. We had some really good chances, three or four of them, but certainly not enough sustained.
Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “I think they sat back pretty well. Their defense was sitting back and they kept moving the puck backwards, and drawing us in and then attacking us. It was a bit back and forth that way, but at the same time I don’t think we got enough pucks in deep, worked them that well. When we started to do that, we had pressure, we had chances.”
- Brad Richards on the power play… “We had a couple of good looks, where lately those pucks have been going in. It’s just not enough -we didn’t do enough to get that goal to get ahead.”
- The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, December 14, is 2:00 p.m. CST at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
- The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, December 15, at Scottrade Center (8:00 p.m.), to begin a three-game road trip. The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.