10:25PM: The following quotes are from the Rangers:
- John Tortorella on Ryan Callahan…
“You talk about Ryan Callahan; you call him a grinder or a banger. He gets overlooked as far as his offensive abilities and his talents because the other stuff sticks out, but that’s always in his game. That’s why he’s our captain and leads us in how we need to play.”
– Rick Nash on tonight’s game…
“We have to get streaky. I think if we just build momentum off of tonight and carry it into the next one, we were doing a lot of good things so I think we’ll be fine.”
– Carl Hagelin on Rick Nash’s return…
“When you get a guy like that back everyone wants to bring their level up to where he is which is tough – he is one of the best players in the league. You can see how he brings size, and how the other team really respects him, and starts playing tentative around him.”
- Three: Carl Hagelin
- Two: Henrik Lundqvist
- One: Ryan Callahan
- The Rangers did exactly what they wanted to do, build off the third period against Winnipeg, and dominated nearly the entire game.
- Just like the last game against Tampa Bay, Rick Nash was tremendous and gets rewarded with a late goal.
- Maybe it was because Nash was back, but Brad Richards was pretty good tonight. He capped it off with the nice pass on Nash’s goal. He won 17 faceoffs and lost 3.
- Henrik Lundqvist didn’t have a lot of work early, but Tampa Bay came on late and he made a bunch of big saves.
- The losing streak is over, the Rangers are healthy and all the patience and staying the course paid off for them. As is always the case, this is a nice win but they need to work on stringing together some wins to make up for the points they didn’t get during their losing streak.
Rangers Game NotesTeam Notes:
- The Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to complete their season series against the Lightning.
- The Blueshirts improved to 9-8-2 (20 pts) overall, including a 7-4-1 mark at home this season.
- The Rangers swept the season series against the Lightning (3-0-0), having out-scored Tampa Bay, 12-4, in three games.
- The Rangers have registered a point in 16 of their last 19 games against the Lightning (12-3-4 over the span), dating back to a 2-1 win at Tampa Bay on Oct. 4, 2008.
- The Rangers improved to 19-4-2 in their last 25 games against Southeast Division opponents, including a 4-1-0 mark against the Southeast Division this season. The Blueshirts have out-scored their Southeast Division opponents, 84-51, over the span.
- The Rangers held the Lightning scoreless in three power play attempts against (6:00), and are now 27-29 (93.1%) on the penalty kill in the last 10 games.
- The Blueshirts out-shot the Lightning, 42-25, including a 20-3 advantage in the first period. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Rangers had a 17-shot advantage in a period was on Jan. 9, 2010, when New York out-shot Boston, 21-3, in the second period. The Rangers’ 42 shots tied their season high.
- The Rangers won 38 of 57 faceoffs (67%), led by Brad Richards (17-20, 85%) and Derek Stepan (11-17, 65%).
- Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves and is now 8-7-1 overall, including a 6-4-0 mark at home this season. He has held opponents to two goals or less in nine of his last 13 games, posting a record of 7-5-1 with a 1.99 goals against average and .927 save percentage over the span. Lundqvist has now started 29 of the Rangers’ last 31 contests against Tampa Bay, posting a record of 16-7-6 during the stretch.
- Rick Nash notched a goal, added a power play assist and registered a career-high, 12 shots on goal in 19:15 of ice time, while making his return to the lineup after missing the previous four games due to injury. He has tallied an assist/point in each of his last five games (two goals, five assists over the span).
- Carl Hagelin opened the game’s scoring with an even strength goal at 7:23 of the first period, and registered five shots on goal in 17:29 of ice time. He has now tallied nine points (six goals, three assists) in the last nine games.
- Derek Stepan notched a goal and won 11-17 faceoffs (65%) in 19:39 of ice time. He now has points in five of the last eight games (three goals, two assists over the span).
- Marc Staal registered a power play goal and logged a game-high, 26:40 of ice time. He has now recorded eight points (one goal, seven assists) in the last 12 games, including three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four contests.
- Ryan McDonagh tallied two assists and logged 25:34 of ice time, in his return to the lineup after missing the previous game due to injury. He has now registered seven points (two goals, five assists) in his last nine games.
- Ryan Callahan recorded an assist and was credited with two hits in 23:14 of ice time. He has now registered three points (two goals, one assist) in the last four games.
- Dan Girardi registered an assist and was credited with a team-high, three blocked shots in 21:22 of ice time. He has now tallied six points (one goal, five assists) in the last nine games, including an assist in each of the last two contests.
- J.T. Miller tallied a power play assist and registered four shots on goal in 12:33 of ice time. He has now recorded two assists in the last four games.
- Brad Richards recorded one assist, three shots on goal, and won 17-20 faceoffs (85%) in 21:36 of ice time. He has now tallied two assists and won 28-37 faceoffs (75.7%) in the last two games.