Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:
Blues 2, Rangers 1.
– The Rangers were defeated by the St. Louis Blues, 2-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden, in their seventh home game in an eight-game span.
– The Blueshirts are now 27-23-3 overall (57 pts), including a 12-13-3 mark at home this season.
– The Rangers and Blues have been separated by two or fewer goals in 11 of their last 13 meetings dating back to Nov. 3, 2002, with nine of those contests being decided by one goal or fewer.
– The Blueshirts have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 31 of 53 games this season, including eight of their last nine games and 10 of their last 13. The Rangers have also allowed two or fewer goals in six of their last seven games at home, and eight of their last 10 at Madison Square Garden.
– The Rangers out-shot the Blues, 35-25, including a 28-18 advantage after two periods. The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in 17 of the last 22 games, holding a 766-647 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have registered 30 or more shots in 21 of the last 26 contests.
– Rick Nash notched a goal to extend his goal streak to four games (six goals during the streak), and a game-high seven shots in 18:22 of ice time. He has registered 10 goals in the last 10 contests, and leads the team with 17 goals this season.
– Derek Stepan tallied an assist to extend his point streak to four games (two goals, four assists over the span), and three shots in 19:17 of ice time. He ranks second on the team with 24 assists, and third with 33 points this season.
– Ryan McDonagh registered an assist and was credited with two hits in a game-high, 23:40 of ice time. He has tallied an assist in three of the last four games (three assists over the span), and is now tied for third on the team with 22 assists this season.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves to and is now 17-18-3 overall, including a 9-11-3 mark at home this season. He has now held opponents to two or fewer goals in each of his last seven games, posting a record of 5-2-0 with a 1.43 goals against average, .953 save percentage, and one shutout over the span.
– Kevin Klein was credited with two blocked shots in 15:46 of ice time while making his Rangers debut. Klein was acquired from Nashville yesterday in exchange for defenseman Michael Del Zotto.
Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “I thought we played a real hard game. Every inch on the ice was really battled for. They’re a big team; they’re a skilled team, they’re a physical team. You’ve got to work extremely hard and I thought we did that the whole game. Five-on-five it was a very even game. The difference was the power play. We had an advantage at the beginning of the third. We didn’t get anything off it. Their power play did what they’ve done very effectively this year. Right off the draw they established a shot. Within a few seconds they take the shot, they score.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “We expected a tough challenge but we played really well. Like I said, 5-on-5 we did a great job and we did all the things we talked about. It just came down to one play there. We came out and played really strong and a lot of things we will take with us for the next couple games.”
Brad Richards on tonight’s game… “It was a good hockey game. There’s not much either way. They scored a power play goal. I’m not sure what happened to them in Jersey, but we knew it was going to be a one goal game. There wasn’t much room out there. We generated a little momentum in the second. It was the first time in a long time I think our power play let us down. We were just not pounding the puck; if there’s anything that wasn’t on tonight that was it. It was a good hockey game. We played a real good hockey team. They scored on a power play and we don’t.”
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