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Post-game notes and quotes courtesy of the NYR:
Bruins 2, Rangers 1.
Team Notes:– The Rangers were defeated by the Boston Bruins, 2-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden, in an Original Six matchup. – The Blueshirts are now 10-11-0 overall (20 pts), including a 4-5-0 mark at home this season. – The Rangers have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 12 of the last 14 games, and 13 of the last 16. New York has allowed 23 goals over the last 14 games (1.65 goals against per game), and 27 goals in the last 16 games (1.69 goals against per game). New York has allowed three goals in the last 161:32 of play, dating back to the 17:05 mark of the third period against New Jersey on Nov. 12. – The Rangers and Bruins have been separated by one goal in 20 of their last 25 meetings, and are now 12-6-2 in one-goal games against Boston over the span. – The Blueshirts out-shot the Bruins, 44-22, including a 33-13 advantage after two periods. It is the third time this season New York has registered 40 or more shots in a game. The Rangers have now out-shot their opponents in five straight games, posting 179 shots (35.8/gm) while allowing 129 shots against (25.8/gm) during the stretch. – The Rangers’ power play tallied one goal in three opportunities (5:58), and have now registered a goal in four of the last six games (4-22, 18.2% over the span). – The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 3-3 (6:00) in the contest, and have now held their opponents scoreless on the power play in each of the last four games (nine attempts) and five of the last six (13-14, 92.9% over the span).
Player Notes:– Henrik Lundqvist made 20 saves and is now 6-9-0 overall, including a 4-5-0 mark at home this season. He has held opponents to two or fewer goals in nine of his 15 starts, including seven of his last nine games since returning from injury in the home opener on Oct. 28 vs. Montreal. Lundqvist is 4-5-0 with a 1.68 goals against average, .938 save percentage, and one shutout in his last nine games since returning. – Lundqvist has started in 28 consecutive games against Boston, dating back to Jan. 13, 2007. – Derick Brassard notched a power play goal and three shots in 15:21 of ice time. He is now tied for third on the team with four goals, and ranks second with two power play goals on the season. – John Moore tallied a power play assist and four shots in 16:11 of ice time. The assist was his first career power play point. – Chris Kreider registered a power play assist and four shots in 17:53 of ice time. He has now tallied 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in the last 11 games, and 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 14 games following his recall on Oct. 20. Kreider was also awarded his first career penalty shot attempt, while on the power play at 6:16 of the first period (save). The Rangers’ last penalty shot attempt was last season, on Mar. 14 at Winnipeg (Marian Gaborik, save). – Rick Nash tied for the game-high with five shots on goal in 17:55 of ice time, while making his return to the lineup after missing the last 17 games with a head injury sustained on Oct. 8 at San Jose. – Justin Falk tied for the game-high with four blocked shots, and tied for the team-high with four hits in 10:18 of ice time. Ryan Callahan was also credited with four hits in the contest, while Ryan McDonagh registered four blocked shots. – Brad Richards tied for the game-high with five shots on goal, was credited with two blocked shots, and won a team-high, 10-15 faceoffs (67%) in 19:41 of ice time.
- Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “Right now we’re doing all of the things that we’re supposed to do. We are not giving the opposition a lot defensively, we’re playing well defensively and because our gap is good we are able to have a good transition and have a lot of scoring chances on the rush tonight. We spend a lot of time in their end with people in front of the net. They did a good job of not giving up second opportunities. Their goalie made some huge saves, but obviously we haven’t scored a five-on-five goal in three games and we’re doing everything we are supposed to do to get them. As a player you have to believe in yourself and keep working hard.”
- Rick Nash on returning to the lineup… “I felt okay. I felt a bit slow making plays; I had a couple of chances when I could’ve passed it but I just had my head down. But I think the timing, and the speed, that will come. The first period, the first couple of shifts it was tough. But I found (my game) and found some chances on offense.”
- Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “We had opportunities. We had great chances. We had great looks. It wasn’t like the 44 shots were all taken from the outside without rebounds or second looks. We had our opportunities. You keep playing like that, keep getting chances, they’re going to go in.”
Team Schedule:– Tomorrow – Practice, 11:30 a.m. at MSG Training Center – Next Game – Thursday, Nov. 21 at Dallas (8:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)
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