From the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
February 19, 2013 (Game 15, Home Game 10)
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Canadiens 3, Rangers 1
- The Rangers were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens, 3-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden to finish their three-game homestand with a 1-1-1 mark. New York is now 8-4-1 in their last 13 contests after dropping their first two games of the season.
- The Blueshirts have posted a record of 8-6-1 (17 pts) overall, including a 6-3-1 mark at home this season.
- Tonight’s contest is only the second time in their last six meetings the Rangers and Canadiens have been separated by fewer than three goals.
- The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 1-1 (2:00) in the contest, and have now held their opponents scoreless on the power play in each of the last six games (17 times shorthanded). The Rangers have posted a record of 4-2-1 when holding opponents scoreless on the power play.
- The Rangers and Canadiens combined for eight shots on goal in the first period (NYR – 5; MTL – 3), which is the fewest combined shots in a single period for the Rangers since Feb. 27, 2012, against New Jersey (First and Third Periods). *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
- The Blueshirts out-hit the Canadiens, 37-21, led by Brian Boyle’s game-high, six hits.
- The Rangers were credited with 20 blocked shots in the contest, led by Marc Staal’s game-high, four blocked shots.
- Anton Stralman notched the game’s opening goal at 12:29 of the second period, and was credited with two hits in 16:30 of ice time. He is now tied for the team lead among defensemen with two goals on the season.
- Carl Hagelin recorded an assist to extend his point streak to a career-high, five games (five goals, three assists over the span), and tied for the game-high with three shots on goal in 21:23 of ice time. He ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 10 points on the season.
- Derek Stepan tallied an assist and led all forwards with 22:33 of ice time. He has now registered a point in three of the last four games (two goals, one assist over the span).
- Henrik Lundqvist stopped 15 of 17 shots faced, and is now 7-6-0 overall with a 6-3-0 mark at home this season. He has held opponents to two goals or less in seven of his last 10 games (6-4-0, 1.90 goals against average, .927 save percentage over the span), and is 7-4-0 with a 2.00 goals against average and a .924 save percentage in his last 11 games.
- Brandon Mashinter was credited with three hits in 5:55 of ice time while making his Rangers debut in tonight’s contest. He is the ninth player to make their Rangers debut this season, along with Jeff Halpern, Rick Nash, Taylor Pyatt, Brandon Segal, Arron Asham, Benn Ferriero, Darroll Powe and J.T. Miller.
- Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “It’s a game of patience when you play a team like this. They play extremely boring, but they’re a smart team and they didn’t give up much. They were just waiting for mistakes and we didn’t make that many. They’re a quick team and I thought we played a pretty good game, we just didn’t come up with the big plays in the end.”
- Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “They’re good in the neutral zone. They clog it up pretty well. Throughout the game we kept telling ourselves to be patient with it, get pucks in deep. We tried to focus on not turning the puck over. The whole game it looked like we were always going to do that, and be the better of the two teams. Unfortunately in the third, we turn one over, got a 3-on-1 against us, and it ends up being the winner.”
- The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Feb. 20, is 12:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center.
- The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Ottawa Senatorson Thursday, Feb. 21, at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m. – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7).