From the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
January 20, 2013 (Game 2, Home Game 1)
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
- The Rangers were defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-3, tonight in their 2013 regular season home opener at Madison Square Garden.
- The Blueshirts out-hit the Penguins, 30-21, in the contest.
- The Rangers notched one power play goal in four attempts (6:00), while the Blueshirts tallied one shorthanded goal.
- Two Blueshirts notched a goal while making their Madison Square Garden debut in tonight’s contest – Taylor Pyatt and Rick Nash. The last time the Rangers had two or more players tally a goal while making their MSG debut as a Blueshirt was Oct. 3, 2009 vs. Ottawa – Vinny Prospal, Michael Del Zotto and Marian Gaborik.
- Rick Nash notched his first goal as a Ranger with a shorthanded tally, tied for the team-high with five shots on goal and tied for the game-high with four hits while making his Madison Square Garden debut as a Ranger. He has now tallied 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in nine career home openers.
- Taylor Pyatt registered his first point as a Blueshirt with an even strength goal at 6:04 of the third period, and was credited with three hits while making his Madison Square Garden debut as a Ranger.
- Ryan Callahan tallied a power play goal at 9:55 of the first period, and was credited with three hits and three blocked shots in 19:21 of ice time. He is now one point shy of his 200th career NHL point.
- Brad Richards recorded two assists, including one on the power play, won a game-high, 13-22 (59%) faceoffs, and led all forwards with 21:43 of ice time. He registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the Rangers’ back-to-back set to begin the season, after tallying a goal yesterday at Boston. Richards has now registered 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 12 career home openers.
- Derek Stepan registered two assists in the contest, including the lone assist on Nash’s shorthanded goal. He is now three points shy of his 100th career NHL point.
- Michael Del Zotto tallied one assist, registered three shots on goal and logged a team-high, 23:35 of ice time. He has now recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in four career home-opening games.
- Arron Asham was credited with two takeaways and assessed a fighting major while making his Rangers debut.
- Henrik Lundqvist (14-18, 29:11 TOI) and Martin Biron (19-20, 30:42 TOI) combined to stop 33 of 38 shots in net (one empty net goal).
- John Tortorella on Rick Nash… “He’s probably been our best player. I’m not too interested in singling out our players, but he’s the real thing. You can see that.”
- Rick Nash on tonight’s game… “We weren’t sticking to our system. We have a great system if you stick to it – it involves everyone trusting each other and making sure everyone is in position. Tonight we weren’t.”
- Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “We have to take these last two games and look at them, watch the video, and learn some things from them. I think we got away a little bit from the way we were playing last year – the hard-nosed style, in your face. I think it starts with that, and it trickles from there into our systems. Obviously we expected our systems not to be perfect from the start, but at the same time, they need to be better than they are.”
- Please note there is no practice scheduled for tomorrow, Jan. 21.
- The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. – TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Original Six matchup.