From the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
March 18, 2013 (Game 28, Home Game 16)
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers 2, Hurricanes 1 (shootout)
- The Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 2-1, in the shootout tonight at Madison Square Garden, in the first game of a back-to-back set. Rick Nash (game-deciding goal) and J.T. Miller each tallied a goal in the shootout. New York has now won four of their last five home games.
- The Blueshirts improved to 14-12-2 (30 pts) overall, including a 10-5-1 mark at home this season.
- New York has won seven of their last eight games against the Hurricanes, having out-scored Carolina, 26-17, over the span.
- The Blueshirts extended their winning streak against the Hurricanes at MSG to four games, having out-scored Carolina, 13-5, during the stretch.
- The Rangers improved to 21-5-2 in their last 28 games against Southeast Division opponents, including a 6-2-0 mark against the Southeast Division this season. The Blueshirts have out-scored their Southeast Division opponents, 91-56, over the span.
- New York has posted a combined record of 3-4-0 in back-to-back games, including a 3-1-0 (2-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road) record in the first game.
- The Blueshirts held the Hurricanes scoreless in three power play attempts (3:08), and are now 49-56 (87.5%) on the penalty kill in the last 19 games. New York improved to 9-4-1 when not allowing a power play goal.
- The Rangers out-shot the Hurricanes, 36-30, including a 30-16 advantage after the first period.
- Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves through regulation/overtime and stopped 2-2 shootout attempts to improve to 12-11-1 overall, including a 10-5-0 mark at home this season. He has now held opponents to two or fewer goals in 14 games, including seven contests where he has surrendered one goal against.
- Derek Stepan notched a goal and registered three shots in 18:34 of ice time. He has now tallied a point in eight of the last 10 games, registering 10 points (five goals, five assists) over the span.
- Ryan Callahan tallied an assist, four shots on goal, was credited with three hits and won 4-6 faceoffs (67%) in 21:48 of ice time. He has now tallied seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last eight games, including a point in four of the last five contests (two goals, two assists), and is two assists shy of his 100th career NHL assist.
- Carl Hagelin recorded an assist and three shots on goal in 20:08 of ice time. He has now registered 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in the last 18 games, including five assists in the last seven contests.
- Michael Del Zotto tied his career-high with five shots on goal and was credited with three hits in 25:17 of ice time to earn second star honors.
- Dan Girardi tied for the game-high with six hits, led all skaters with five blocked shots, and registered four shots on goal in 26:09 of ice time.
- Ryan McDonagh was credited with four hits and two blocked shots, and logged a team-high, 27:30 of ice time.
- Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game…“We worked really hard and they started the game really well. I thought we played a lot better in the second and third periods. It wasn’t our best game but we found a way to win and that’s what we need to do right now. I don’t care how we do it as long as we get points.”
- Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game carrying over into upcoming games… “You hope it does. It means nothing if we don’t go into Jersey and play the same way, or go into Jersey and get a win. You’re only as good as your last game, so we have to go to Jersey and show that kind of effort we did in the second and third and pucks will start going in for us too. There’s no concern in this room. No matter what reporters say, anyone says, we know we have guys in here that can score goals and it’s going to come.”
- J.T. Miller on his line… “We have been really working on trying to own pucks down low. We don’t necessarily have to make the most chances, but just wear down the other team’s line playing against us. I think we did really well tonight, it was one of our best games together as a group.”
- The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils tomorrow, Mar. 19, at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m. – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), to complete their back-to-back set.
- Please note there is no morning skate scheduled prior to tomorrow’s contest. Rangers’ Head Coach John Tortorella will be available to the media at 5:45 p.m. at Prudential Center.