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Rangers 4, Flyers 2: Post-game notes, quotes
Posted By On March 5, 2013 @ 11:19 pm In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL,Rangers Report | 21 Comments
From the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
March 5, 2013 (Game 21, Home Game 14)
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers 4, Flyers 2
– The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to extend their winning streak to three games. New York completed their four-game homestand with a 3-1-0 record.
– The Blueshirts improved to 11-8-2 (24 pts) overall, including a 9-4-1 mark at home this season.
– The Rangers have now won 10 of their last 11 games against the Flyers, dating back to a 7-0 win at MSG on Mar. 6, 2011. The Blueshirts have out-scored the Flyers, 41-18, over the span.
– New York extended their home winning streak against Philadelphia to six games at Madison Square Garden, out-scoring the Flyers, 24-7, during the streak.
– The Blueshirts tallied one goal in four power play attempts (6:02) in the contest, and have now recorded a power play goal in six of the last nine games (7-31, 22.6% over the span).
– Rick Nash registered two goals in the third period, including the game-winning goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 21:09 of ice time. He has now recorded a point in each of his last seven games (five goals, six assists over the span).
– Ryan Callahan notched two goals, including one on the power play, added an assist, and was credited with a game-high, five blocked shots in 21:45 of ice time. He also registered three shots on goal, three hits and posted a plus-two rating in the contest. Callahan has now registered six points (four goals, two assists) in the last six games.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves to extend his winning streak to three games and improve to 10-7-1 overall, including an 8-4-0 mark at home this season. He has held opponents to two goals or less in 11 of his last 15 games, posting a record of 9-5-1 with a 1.98 goals against average and .927 save percentage over the span.
– Derek Stepan tallied two assists, including one on the power play, and logged 21:40 of ice time. He has now tallied a point in seven of the last 10 games (four goals, four assists over the span).
– Marian Gaborik recorded a power play assist and a team-high, five shots on goal in 19:07 of ice time. He has now tallied four assists in the last four games.
– Ryan McDonagh registered an assist, was credited with three hits and two blocked shots, and logged a team-high, 25:06 of ice time. He has now tallied eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last 11 games, including three assists in the last three games.
– Dan Girardi tallied the lone assist on Rick Nash’s game-winning goal and logged 21:24 of ice time. He has now recorded three assists in the last four games.
– Micheal Haley was credited with three hits and logged 4:12 of ice time while making his Rangers debut. He became the 12th player to make their Blueshirts regular season debut this season.
– Brian Boyle was credited with four hits and two blocked shots, and won 11-13 faceoffs (85%) in 15:48 of ice time.
– John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “We found a way. It was a ground it out type of game the first couple periods. Nash steps up again in the third period, makes a couple big plays, and we found a way to win.”
– Rick Nash on playing at Madison Square Garden… “That’s my job, that’s what I am trying to do. These fans are great. It’s fun for me to play in front of a sold out building in a hockey city that truly loves the Rangers. I think it’s fun for our whole team to perform in front of these fans.”
– Dan Girardi on Rick Nash… “My theory is to give him the puck and let him do his thing. I just chipped the puck up the wall and he goes down and scores. It’s an easy game that way. He is such a dynamic player and he’s a game breaker. He had a couple of big goals there in the third period. That’s why we had to trade away a lot of guys to get a player like that. He has been big for us and I expect big things from him.”
– Please note the Blueshirts do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, Mar. 6.
– The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New York Islanders on Thursday, Mar. 7, at Nassau Coliseum (7:00 p.m. – TV: MSG Network; Radio: Bloomberg), in the first game of a back-to-back set.
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