Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:
Maple Leafs 3, Rangers 2 (OT)
Team notes:– The Rangers were defeated by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2, in overtime tonight at Madison Square Garden, in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts erased a two-goal deficit with a pair of shorthanded goals in a 79-second span early in the third to force overtime and earn a point in the contest. New York is now 17-8-2 in their last 27 games overall, and 9-5-2 in their last 16 games at home. – The Blueshirts have posted a record of 33-26-4 overall (70 pts), including a 15-15-4 mark at home this season. – The Rangers notched two shorthanded goals in a span of 79 seconds early in the third period, with both goals being tallied while killing the same penalty. The last time the Blueshirts registered two shorthanded goals in a game was Dec. 10, 2011 at Buffalo. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Rangers tallied two shorthanded goals in less than 90 seconds was Feb. 21, 1981, when Don Maloney notched a pair of shorthanded goals in a 34-second span against Washington. – New York has now recorded a point in 15 of their last 18 meetings with Toronto (12-3-3 over the span). – The Rangers and Maple Leafs have been separated by two goals or fewer in 10 of their last 14 meetings (5-3-2), including seven games decided by one goal (4-1-2). – New York out-shot Toronto, 37-29, with 16 of 18 skaters registering at least one shot on goal in the contest. The Rangers have been credited with 258 shots on goal over the last seven contests (36.9 shots on goal per game), and have out-shot their opponent in nine of their last 11 games and 13 of the last 16. – Ryan McDonagh tallied his 10th goal of the season in tonight’s contest, making the Rangers the first team in the league to have 10 players register at least 10 goals for them this season.
Player notes: – Dominic Moore registered two shorthanded points, including one goal and one assist, recorded three shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 13:24 of ice time. His two shorthanded points mark a single-game career-high, and he has now tallied six points (two goals, four assists) in his last nine games. – Ryan McDonagh notched a shorthanded goal and three shots in a game-high, 29:48 of ice time. The goal was his 32nd point of the season, which ties his single-season career-high established during the 2011-12 season. McDonagh has now recorded a goal in each of the last two games, and became the 13th NHL defenseman to reach the 10-goal mark this season. – Derek Stepan tallied a shorthanded assist to extend his assist streak to four games (five assists), and logged 16:49 of ice time. He has recorded 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in the last 14 games. The assist was his 30th of the season, the second time he has reached the mark, and his 40th point of the season. Stepan has reached the 40-point mark in each of his four NHL seasons. He leads the Rangers in assists and ranks third in points this season. – Brian Boyle registered a shorthanded assist and logged 11:16 of ice time in the contest. He is now four points shy of his 100th career NHL point. – Martin St. Louis recorded three shots on goal and logged 20:11 of ice time while making his Rangers debut, following his trade from Tampa Bay earlier today. – Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves and is now 22-20-4 overall, including an 11-12-4 mark at home this season. – Brad Richards led the team with four shots and won a team-high, 12-18 faceoffs (67%) in 19:00 of ice time. He leads the Rangers and ranks 11th in the league with 206 shots on goal this season.
Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “We were playing against a team that plays a fast game and is real good on the rush with good tempo. I thought for the most part we were able to control some of their skill and some of their rush. I would have liked to see us be a little bit more effective. We spent a lot of time in their end and a lot of time with the puck, but didn’t get a lot inside or quality chances off the puck possession time that we had… so that’s an area we are going to have to be better. Five-on-five tonight I don’t think we were as good as we have been in the past.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “Every point is important right now, so it’s annoying the way it ended. It felt like we definitely had the chance to get the two points. We played really well and worked ourselves back into this game. It’s a big frustration right now to not come out of it with two points.”
Martin St. Louis on today’s events… “There were a lot of emotions today. I was blessed to play in one place for 14 years. I’ll cherish those years. Tampa’s been a home for my family and I have nothing but great memories. The fans have always been awesome to me. I kind of grew up there, so to speak; I grew up as a player and I’m thankful for everything the Lightning has brought to me and my family. It was a tough day for my family, but we are all excited to be here. This is an opportunity for me to play with a big market team, and it’s going to be a challenge obviously. Being somewhere for 14 years, it’s just different – getting ready for the game, just little things that you’re used to. New locker room, new team, new teammates – I have to get acclimated. I like what we have here. I think tonight was a gutsy comeback. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the extra point, but I was happy to come here and just break the ice, I guess. I was able to fly in and get that first game over with.”
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