10:27PM: The following quotes are from the Rangers:
- John Tortorella on tonight’s game…
“They changed the complexion when we were down and scored a goal. They changed the momentum plus scored a goal and drew a penalty so it was good stuff for us.”
- Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game…
“Tough start, but we came back and that was big. Overall, I think we had enough chances to win this game. I only stopped two of four in the shootout. I have to be better. You face really good players. I think the last one was a really good shot. Ovechkin, I felt like I had him, but I didn’t get the stick down.”
- Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game…
“I thought after the first ten minutes we responded well, getting two goals and tying it up after the first. We had
9:44PM: First Period:
- Nicklas Backstrom 5 (power play) (Assists: Alex Ovechkin 15, John Carlson 11)
- Alex Ovechkin 16 (Assists: Steve Oleksy 5, Nicklas Backstrom 24)
- Arron Asham 2 (Assists: Kris Newbury 1)
- Derek Stepan 9 (power play) (Assists: Brad Richards 12, Marian Gaborik 10)
- Rick Nash: STOPPED
- Matt Hendricks: STOPPED
- Ryan Callahan: MISSED
- Alexander Ovechkin: SCORES
- Derek Stepan: SCORES
- Mike Ribeiro: STOPPED
- Brad Richards: STOPPED
- Nicklas Backstrom: SCORES
- The point is important, but with the way the game changed after Arron Asham scored, I can’t help but think they probably let a second one slip away.
- Special teams were the difference, in a good way, for the Rangers in regulation. They scored on their 5 on 3 and while they gave up a PP goal, they were able to stop Washington when they had a 5 on 3.
- I guess the game can be summed up by: Ovechkin (1 goal and shootout goal) and Backstrom (1 goal and shootout winner) vs Gaborik (1 assist), Richards (1 assist and shooutout shot missed) Nash (0 points and shootout shot missed)
- I didn’t think that Marian Gaborik was moved to the third line because he was bad, but because it moved him to his natural position of RW and should have provided the Rangers with an advantage in matchups.
Rangers game notes, below
– The Rangers were defeated by the Washington Capitals, 3-2, in the shootout tonight at Madison Square Garden. New York has recorded a point in five of their last seven home games, posting a record of 4-2-1 over the span.
– The Blueshirts are now 15-13-3 (33 pts) overall, including a 10-6-2 mark at home this season.
– The Rangers have registered a point in eight of their last 10 regular season games against the Capitals (7-2-1 over the span), out-scoring Washington, 34-19, over the span.
– The Rangers have posted a record of 21-6-3 in their last 30 games against Southeast Division opponents, including a 6-3-1 mark against the Southeast Division this season. The Blueshirts have out-scored their Southeast Division opponents, 94-62, over the span.
– The Rangers’ power play was 1-2 (2:25) in the contest, and is now 10-52 (19.2%) in the last 19 games.
– New York out-shot Washington, 32-24, including a 25-10 advantage after the first period. Ryan Callahan led all skaters with a season-high, nine shots on goal.
– The Rangers out-hit the Capitals, 47-27, led by Ryan Callahan and Brian Boyle, who tied for the game-high with six hits apiece.
– The Blueshirts were credited with 23 blocked shots, including eight players with two or more blocked shots. Ryan McDonagh and Steve Eminger tied for the team-high with three blocked shots apiece.
– Derek Stepan tallied a power play goal, converted his shootout attempt, and won 11-20 faceoffs (55%) in 19:52 of ice time. He has now tallied a point in 10 of the last 13 games (six goals, six assists over the span).
– Arron Asham notched a goal and was credited with three hits in 6:39 of ice time, while making his return to the lineup after missing the previous 15 games due to injury. He is now six goals shy of his 100th career NHL goal.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves through regulation and overtime, and stopped 2-4 shootout attempts. He is now 13-12-2 overall, including a 10-6-1 mark at home this season. He has held opponents to three goals or fewer in each of his last 12 games (6-5-1, 1.98 GAA, .928 Sv% over the span), and has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 17 games this season.
– Marian Gaborik recorded a power play assist and five shots on goal in 19:54 of ice time. He has now tallied a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist over the span).
– Brad Richards registered a power play assist, and was credited with two hits and two blocked shots in 19:58 of ice time. He recorded a point in each of the three games against Washington this season (one goal, two assists), and is now two points shy of his 800th career NHL point.
– Kris Newbury tallied an assist and was credited with three hits in 8:55 of ice time, in his first game with the team