First, apologies, but there won’t be any audio tonight. Big-time technical difficulties with the site we use to upload sound. Hopefully we’ll have video of Alain Vigneault’s post-game presser up on top of the blog later on.
Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the Rangers:
Ducks 2, Rangers 1.
Team Notes:– The Rangers were defeated by the Anaheim Ducks, 2-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to end their winning streak at three games. – The Blueshirts are now 6-8-0 overall (12 pts), including a 2-2-0 mark at home this season. The Rangers have won five of their last seven games. – The Rangers have held opponents to two or fewer goals in each of the last seven games, and eight of the last nine. The current streak of seven games is their longest since holding opponents to two or fewer goals in eight straight games from Dec. 31, 2009 at Carolina to Jan. 14, 2010 vs. Ottawa. – The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 2-2 (1:26) in the contest, and is now 27-31 (87.1%) in the last nine games. – New York out-shot Anaheim, 33-25, including a 25-12 advantage after two periods. The Rangers have out-shot their opponents, 117-82, in the last three games. – The Rangers won 39-67 faceoffs (58%) in the contest, led by Derick Brassard (10-12, 83%) and Brad Richards (10-17, 59%). – The Blueshirts out-hit the Ducks, 35-26, including 15 players credited with at least one hit in the contest.
Player Notes:– Michael Del Zotto notched his first goal of the season, two shots, and two hits in 20:36 of ice time. He has now registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games. – Ryan Callahan registered an assist, tied for the game-high with six hits, and was credited with two blocked shots in 18:43 of ice time, while making his return to the lineup after missing the previous seven games with a broken thumb sustained on Oct. 16 at Washington. He has now tallied a point in each of his last three games (three goals, one assist over the span). – Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves and is now 4-6-0 overall, including a 2-2-0 mark at home this season. He has held opponents to two or fewer goals in each of his last four appearances, and five of his last six contests. Lundqvist is now 3-3-0 with a 1.52 goals against average, .939 save percentage, and two shutouts in his last six games. – Carl Hagelin tallied an assist and logged 13:00 of ice time. He has now recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in four games since returning from injury. – Brad Richards registered a team-high, five shots on goal, and tied for the game-high with 10 faceoff wins (10-17, 59%) in 20:02 of ice time. He leads the team with 50 shots on the season.
- Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “Well this is a game of mistakes and making your opponent pay when they make mistakes. In the first period we had a couple of neutral zone turnovers and that led to them capitalizing on some of those mistakes. After that, I thought in the second we had some opportunities to make them pay, but we only made them pay once. They’re a good team and they showed it tonight, why they are up in the high echelons of the NHL. They don’t give you a lot and they play tight. In the third, we had a number of opportunities that I would have liked us to be able to generate.”
- Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “It’s definitely a lesson for all of us that you have to be so careful with the puck, especially when you play top teams and their top lines. They’re so fast at turning mistakes into scoring chances and they’re good. You have to give it to them as well. That’s why they’re a top team. We have to be smart and hungry and play a desperate game from the get go.”
- Ryan Callahan on Anaheim’s early goals … “I thought we responded pretty well. Obviously at home you never want to get down 2-0 early in the game. I don’t think our start was where it needed to be, but our response after that in the second and in parts of the third, I thought we were all over them. We had a couple of chances that we need to bury, (we had) a power play late that could have tied up the game. We wish we would have capitalized on it.”
Team Schedule:– Tomorrow – Practice, 12:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center – Next Game – Wednesday, Nov. 6 vs. Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m. ET – TV: NBCSN)