Post-game notes and quotes courtesy of the Rangers:
Kings 1, Rangers 0.
– The Rangers were defeated by the Los Angeles Kings, 1-0, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to complete their fourth back-to-back set of the season.
– The Blueshirts are now 10-10-0 overall (20 pts), including a 4-4-0 mark at home this season. The Rangers are 8-4-0 in their last 12 games, after beginning the season with a 2-6-0 record.
– The Rangers have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 11 of the last 13 games, and 12 of the last 15. New York has allowed 21 goals over the last 13 games (1.62 goals against per game), and 25 goals in the last 15 contests (1.67 goals against per game).
– The Rangers and Kings have been separated by one goal in five of their last seven meetings, including three contests that required extra time.
– New York has now posted a combined record of 5-3-0 in back-to-back contests this season, including a 2-2-0 record (0-1-0 at home; 2-1-0 on the road) in the second game of the set.
– The Rangers’ last two games both ended in a 1-0 score. The last time New York skated in two consecutive 1-0 games was during the 2007-08 season, on Oct. 20, 2007 at Boston (0-1, SO) and Oct. 23, 2007 at Pittsburgh (0-1).
– The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 1-1 (2:00) in the contest, and have now held their opponents scoreless on the power play in each of the last three games (six attempts) and four of the last five (10-11, 90.9% over the span).
– The Rangers out-shot the Kings, 37-30, including an 11-6 advantage in the first period and a 15-11 advantage in the third.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves and is now 6-8-0 overall, including a 4-4-0 mark at home this season. He has held opponents to two or fewer goals in eight of his 14 starts, including six of his last eight games since returning from injury in the home opener on Oct. 28 vs. Montreal. Lundqvist is 4-4-0 with a 1.64 goals against average, .942 save percentage, and one shutout in his last eight games since returning.
– Derek Dorsett was credited with three hits in 12:03 of ice time while skating in his 300th career NHL game.
– Dominic Moore registered a season-high, four hits, and tied his season-high with four shots on goal in 10:32 of ice time, while skating in his 100th career game as a Ranger.
– Brad Richards led all skaters with seven shots on goal and logged 21:04 of ice time. He leads the Rangers with 72 shots on the season.
– Dan Girardi was credited with a game-high, four blocked shots, and tied for the team lead with four hits in the contest. He leads the Rangers with 51 hits and 41 blocked shots on the season.
- Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “I thought we had some good looks, again. On our power play, we had about 50 seconds of five-on-three out there and we didn’t connect, so our execution might have been a little bit off. The right ideas and the right things that we were trying to do were there, but tonight we just couldn’t get one in the net.”
- Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “It’s a tight game and we talked about, going into this game, that it’s going to be an ugly one because they play really tight. It’s the small battles all over the ice that made the difference. It felt like in the second period they took charge a little bit, but we came back strong.”
- Ryan Callahan on the team’s recent play … “I feel like we are playing the way we need. Tonight, like I said, I thought we were a little inconsistent. Overall, if you want to evaluate the last couple games and this stretch here, we are getting better and starting to play the way we need to, and we are getting rewarded.”
– Tomorrow – Off
– Next Game – Tuesday, Nov. 19 vs. Boston (7:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG 2)
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