Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:
Lightning 2, Rangers 1.
- The Rangers continued a four-game homestand with a 2-1 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at Madison Square Garden. The loss ended New York’s winning streak at three games.
- The Blueshirts are now 24-21-3 overall (51 pts), including a 10-11-3 mark at home this season.
- The Rangers and Lightning have now been separated by one goal in nine of their last 13 meetings.
- The Rangers out-shot the Lightning, 34-25, including an 11-6 advantage in the third period. The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in 13 of the last 17 games, holding a 593-492 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have posted 30 or more shots in 17 of the last 21 contests.
- The Blueshirts were credited with 31 hits in the game, including 16 of 18 skaters with at least one hit and eight who were credited with two or more hits. Ryan Callahan and Brian Boyle tied for the game-high with five hits apiece.
- The Rangers won 32-57 faceoffs (56%) in the contest, led by Brad Richard’s game-high, 16 faceoff wins (16-21, 76%).
- Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves and is now 15-17-3 overall, including a 7-10-3 mark at home this season. He is now 5-2-1 with a 2.33 goals against average and .925 save percentage in his last eight appearances. Lundqvist has started 32 of the Rangers’ last 34 contests against Tampa Bay, posting a record of 17-9-6 with a 2.19 GAA, .922 Sv% and two shutouts over the span.
- Brad Richards opened the game’s scoring at 11:55 of the first period to extend his point streak to six games (three goals, five assists over the span). He also tied for the game-high with four shots on goal, was credited with two blocked shots, won a game-high, 16-21 faceoffs (76%) in 20:38 of ice time. Richards is now tied for the team lead with 12 goals and ranks first with 35 points this season.
- Ryan Callahan tallied an assist, tied for the game-high with five hits, and was credited with two blocked shots in 18:10 of ice time. He has recorded a point in five of the last six games, registering five points (one goal, four assists) over the span.
- Carl Hagelin registered an assist and logged 16:48 of ice time in the contest. He has tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in the last six games.
- Ryan McDonagh tied for the game-high with five blocked shots, and registered three shots in a game-high, 25:48 of ice time. He ranks second on the team with 80 blocked shots this season.
Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “There were a lot of parts to our game that I liked tonight. I thought we generated some quality chances. Other than getting a little bit unlucky on their first goal, deflected by Boyler, and their second goal, it’s a little bit disappointing, not to say frustrating, because it’s something that we talked about this morning and showed on video. They did the exact same play a couple of seconds before, three shifts before as a matter of fact. We went through it this morning and it just happened a couple of minutes before. Then they get the breakaway off of that which is certainly very disappointing. We had enough chances to come back and at the end of the game we have to find a way to score more goals.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “I thought we played a really strong game. We had a lot of energy and a lot of speed. We created a lot of chances. It was a good hockey game, but we just came up a little short. We played really well. He [Tampa Bay Goalie, Ben Bishop] made some great saves and we had some good opportunities right in front. With some luck we should have had at least a point.”
Ryan Callahan on responding to tonight’s loss… “Just keep going. I thought it was a little bit of an inconsistent game, but a good effort at home. We have to carry that into the Detroit game. I thought our third period was good. Our end of the second was good. We keep playing like that and we are going to get the bounces and we’ll get the equalizer there and we just have to bring that into Detroit.”
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