Courtesy of the NYR:
– The Rangers were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens, 2-0, tonight at Madison Square Garden, in their 2013-14 regular season home opener.
– The Blueshirts are now 3-7-0 overall (6 pts), including a 0-1-0 mark at home this season.
– Tonight’s contest is only the third out of the last nine meetings between the Rangers and Canadiens that was decided by fewer than three goals.
– The Rangers’ penalty kill was 5-6 (8:59) in the contest, and is now 29-34 (85.3%) in the last seven games.
– The Blueshirts have now posted a record of 36-35-16 in 87 home openers all-time at Madison Square Garden.
– The Rangers out-hit the Canadiens, 20-12, including five players who were credited with two or more hits in the contest.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves and is now 2-5-0 overall, including a 0-1-0 mark at home this season.
– Chris Kreider tied for the game-high with five hits in 17:43 of ice time. He has now registered 4.7 hits per contest this season.
– Brian Boyle registered a game-high, four shots on goal, and won 8-12 faceoffs (67%) in 14:57 of ice time. He leads the team with a 55.2% faceoff winning percentage on the season.
– Dan Girardi was credited with two hits and a team-high, three blocked shots in 20:14 of ice time. He is now two games shy of his 500th career NHL appearance.
– Derek Dorsett registered four hits in 11:01 of ice time while making his regular season Madison Square Garden debut.
– Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “We are doing a lot of the right things. If you look at the game we had net presence. Every time we took a shot, we had people converging to the net trying to win the battle in front of their net. Give them credit. Their guys did a good job of protecting their goaltender. Their goaltender did a good job of controlling the rebounds.”
– Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “It’s fun to play here again. I think we did a lot of good things. We just hoped for an early goal for us to get the energy and confidence and get the building going. It was kind of a tight game. It was a disappointing loss but it was great to be back.”
– Brian Boyle on the power play… “The puck was bouncing a little bit. Again, you want to try to get two and three opportunities. I wasn’t out there with those guys tonight and they had some decent looks. Montreal cut the lanes and blocked some shots at some key times. We try to do the same on the kill. It’s a small margin in terms of winning and losing.”
New York Rangers Transaction Update:
– New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced that the club assigned forward Jesper Fast to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) following tonight’s contest. Fast, 21, has skated in eight games with the Rangers this season.
– Next Game – Tuesday, Oct. 29 at NY Islanders (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)