Courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
March 3, 2013 (Game 20, Home Game 12)
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers 3, Sabres 2 (shootout)
- The Rangers defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, in the shootout tonight at Madison Square Garden, to improve to 2-1-0 on their current four-game homestand.
- The Blueshirts are now 10-8-2 (22 pts) overall, including an 8-4-1 mark at home this season.
- The Rangers and Sabres have been separated by one goal in nine of their last 13 meetings, including five that required overtime (two in the shootout).
- The Rangers held the Sabres scoreless in five power play attempts against (9:28), and are now 32-34 (94.1%) on the penalty kill in the last 11 games. New York improved to 6-3-1 when holding opponents scoreless on the power play.
- The Blueshirts tallied two goals in four power play attempts (7:33), and have now recorded a power play goal in five of the last eight games (6-27, 22.2% over the span).
- Rick Nash tallied the game-deciding goal in the shootout, and registered a power play goal and power play assist in 21:29 of ice time. He has now recorded a point in each of his last six games (three goals, six assists over the span).
- Derek Stepan notched a power play goal and won 16-27 faceoffs (59%) in 24:28 of ice time. He has now tallied a point in six of the last nine games (four goals, two assists over the span).
- Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves through regulation/overtime and stopped 2-2 shots faced in the shootout to improve to 9-7-1 overall, including a 7-4-0 mark at home this season. He has held opponents to two goals or less in 10 of his last 14 games, posting a record of 8-5-1 with a 1.98 goals against average and .927 save percentage over the span.
- Marian Gaborik recorded two power play assists in 18:00 of ice time. He has now registered three assists in the last three games.
- Michael Del Zotto tallied a power play assist and was credited with two blocked shots in 19:29 of ice time. He is now tied for second on the team with three power play assists this season.
- Ryan Callahan converted his shootout attempt to improve to 3-3 in shootouts this season, was credited with a team-high, six hits, and led all forwards with 26:04 of ice time.
- Dan Girardi was credited with a game-high, five blocked shots and logged 27:13 of ice time.
- John Tortorella on the Patrick Kaleta hit… “I’m glad we made them pay. It’s disgusting. It’s a lack of respect. Each team wants to beat the other team, but you have to respect what’s going on, on the ice.”
- Rick Nash on tonight’s game… “It’s a big win. I think we can come out a bit sharper. There wasn’t much there at the start. They played a good road period for the first two (periods). I’m proud of the guys, they stuck with it and we got a big win.”
- Derek Stepan on the penalty kill… “Special teams is a big part of the game, especially tonight. Our PK’s been better and better as the year has gone on. It stepped up tonight for sure.”
- The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Mar. 4, is 12:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center.
- The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, Mar. 5, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), as they conclude their four-game homestand.