Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:
Bruins 6, Rangers 3.
Team notes:– The Rangers were defeated by the Boston Bruins, 6-3, tonight at Madison Square Garden, in an Original Six matchup. New York is now 17-8-1 in their last 26 games overall, and 9-5-1 in their last 15 games at home. – The Blueshirts have posted a record of 33-26-3 overall (69 pts), including a 15-15-3 mark at home this season. – The Rangers’ power play was 1-4 (6:05) in the contest. The Blueshirts are now 13-61 (21.3%) with the man advantage in the last 20 games, and 21-91 (23.1%) in the last 28. – New York out-shot Boston, 42-33, including a 20-9 advantage in the first period. The Rangers have registered at least 40 shots 11 times this season, including three times in the last six games. The Blueshirts have been credited with 221 shots on goal over the last six contests (36.8 shots on goal per game), and have out-shot their opponent in eight of their last 10 games and 12 of the last 15.
Player notes: – J.T. Miller notched the game’s opening goal at 3:20 of the first period and registered four shots in 14:59 of ice time. He has now tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in his last five NHL games, including two points (one goal, one assist) in three games since his recall from Hartford (AHL) on Tuesday.– Ryan McDonagh registered a power play goal and led all skaters with five shots in 21:30 of ice time. He is now tied for 10th among NHL defensemen with nine goals this season. – Brad Richards tallied a goal, four shots, and two hits in 18:37 of ice time. He has recorded 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in the last 20 games, including six points (three goals, three assists) in the last seven, and now leads the team in scoring with 44 points this season. – Derek Stepan registered two assists, including one on the power play, and two shots in 16:50 of ice time. He has recorded 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in the last 13 games, including an assist in each of the last three (four assists), and now leads the team with 29 assists this season. – Chris Kreider notched a power play assist, two shots, and two hits in 16:00 of ice time. He has recorded a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist), and ranks fifth on the team with 32 points this season. – Ryan Callahan tallied an assist, four shots, and two hits in 17:44 of ice time. He has now registered six points (two goals, four assists) in the last nine games. – Anton Stralman recorded an assist and was credited with two blocked shots in 16:44 of ice time. He has now tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in the last four games at Madison Square Garden. – Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves and is now 22-20-3 overall, including an 11-12-3 mark at home this season. Lundqvist has now started in 30 consecutive games against Boston, dating back to Jan. 13, 2007. – Kevin Klein was credited with a game-high, five blocked shots, and registered two shots on goal in 18:32 of ice time.
Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “The fact that we didn’t win tonight. We probably had one of our best first periods of the year and unfortunately we weren’t able to make the other team pay for some of their mistakes. We came away even, but I thought for the most part we played pretty solid and didn’t give the opposition many chances. They were able to capitalize on their opportunities and we weren’t able to capitalize on ours.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “I thought we played pretty good. Yeah they worked hard, but their goals were unbelievable with the bounces that they got, a couple of deflections and post and in. It’s a tough end to this game. We worked ourselves back in it and created a lot of chances and played really well in the net. When you give up six goals it’s not good enough, but thinking of the goals right now, quickly, it’s some tough plays. I tried to be in good position, but against Boston it’s about winning the battles in front of both nets. That’s where these games get decided and they are really good around the net making quick plays and getting to loose pucks. It’s disappointing.”
Ryan Callahan on this weekend’s back-to-back set… “Tonight, I don’t think that was a game that dictated the score. I thought we had some good minutes in that game. Our power play gets a chance to tie it up and they get a shorthanded one that puts them two ahead. This time of year, that’s two tough losses back-to-back.”
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