Post-game notes and quotes courtesy of the NYR:
Devils 3, Rangers 2.
Team Notes:– The Rangers were defeated by the New Jersey Devils, 3-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to end their winning streak at three games. – The Blueshirts are now 9-9-0 overall (18 pts), including a 4-3-0 mark at home this season. The Rangers are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games, after beginning the season with a 2-6-0 record. – The Rangers and Devils have been separated by two goals or less in 16 of their last 23 meetings. – The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 3-3 (4:57) in the contest, and is now 39-45 (86.7%) in the last 13 games. – The Rangers out-hit the Devils, 27-17, including 12 players credited with at least one hit and five skaters with three or more.
Player Notes:– Marc Staal registered his 100th career NHL point with a goal and recorded two shots in 18:09 of ice time. Staal has now recorded 26 goals and 74 assists in 406 career games. – Dan Girardi notched his first goal of the season, and registered four shots and three hits in 19:14 of ice time. He has tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in the last three games. – Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves and is now 6-7-0 overall, including a 4-3-0 mark at home this season. He is now 5-4-0 with a 1.80 goals against average, .931 save percentage, and two shutouts in his last nine games. – Chris Kreider recorded two assists and two shots on goal in 17:33 of ice time. He has now registered nine points (two goals, seven assists) in the last eight games, and 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 11 games following his recall on Oct. 20. – Mats Zuccarello tallied an assist to extend his point streak to a career-high, four games (one goal, three assists over the span), and registered four shots in 18:32 of ice time. He has now registered nine points (one goal, eight assists) in the last eight games, and 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 10 games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at Philadelphia. – Ryan McDonagh registered an assist to extend his point streak to a career-high, four games (two goals, three assists over the span), and recorded four shots in a team-high, 25:32 of ice time. He has now tallied eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last eight games. – Ryan Callahan was credited with a game-high, seven hits, and led all forwards with 23:01 of ice time. He now ranks second on the team with 37 hits on the season.
- Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “We are disappointed. Two of the three goals we gave up went off of us, one was a goal that Hank would want to have back. It was that type of game. They defend really well. I thought for the most part we did a good job of doing what we need to do with the puck to get it through the neutral zone and get some chances in the offensive zone. We came up short. I thought we did a lot of the right things, but obviously we came up a little short tonight.”
- Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “We did a lot of good things as a team. (New) Jersey played well, they played hard in their own end and they don’t give up that much but we still created chances. A lot of good things, but we needed to find a way to win there and we didn’t.”
- Ryan McDonagh on playing the Devils… “They keep it tight. They definitely keep numbers. We didn’t have a lot of odd man looks. They blocked a lot of shots too. I know I had some good looks in the slot. We had a lot of shot attempts. I think they did a good job blocking them and not giving us a second look.”
Team Schedule:– Tomorrow – Practice, 12:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center – Thursday, Nov. 14 – Off – Friday, Nov. 15 – Practice, 11:00 a.m. at MSG Training Center – Next Game – Saturday, Nov. 16 at Montreal (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG 2)