10:19PM: The following quotes are from the Rangers:
John Tortorella on moving forward…
“I think that if we get some people back and we have that type of effort, some of the things that we do correctly, I think we’ll get on our way. We can say all the things we want to say, we just have to try to stay with it. And come to work tomorrow, see what our health is, keep on going about our business each day.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game…
“I thought we played really well, especially the second half. They had a strong second period. Obviously the fourth goal is something I’m going to think about for the next 24 hours. I think that we did a lot of good things; we just have to stay positive here. It’s definitely a step in the right direction.”
Marc Staal on the third period…
“I thought we grew. I thought we made more plays, were more confident with the puck, more patient. Guys were making nice plays tape-to-tape. We were buzzing around their net, so that was good.”
- Four losses in a row for the Rangers as they continue to pay for defensive mistakes.
- Ryan Callahan was Ryan Callahan tonight. The big players need to step up and he did much more than that tonight. He just can’t do it all by himself. His line was the Rangers best by a lot.
- The last Winnipeg goal, even though Anton Stralman scored shortly after, was deflating. It was one that Henrik Lundqvist definitely should stop.
- It’s time to send Chris Kreider down. No one else in Hartford can come up and play 4:33? I would expect it to happen soon, maybe tomorrow, with Rick Nash coming off IR and likely playing on Thursday. He needs to play big minutes in Hartford and the time for that is more than due.
- The way he played tonight, nearly 28 minutes, you never would have known that there was all of this concern about how hurt Dan Girardi was over the weekend.
Rangers Game Notes
- The Rangers were defeated by the Winnipeg Jets, 4-3, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to begin a four-game homestand.
- The Blueshirts have posted a record of 8-8-2 (18 pts) overall, including a 6-4-1 mark at home this season.
- The Rangers held the Jets scoreless in three power play attempts against (6:00), and are now 24-26 (92.3%) on the penalty kill in the last nine games.
- New York won 31-54 faceoffs (57%) in the contest, led by Brad Richards (11-17, 65%) and Brian Boyle (6-8, 75%).
- Anton Stralman tallied a goal, added an assist and was credited with two blocked shots in 23:51 of ice time. He has registered three points (two goals, one assist) in the last two home games, and is now four points shy of his 100th career NHL point.
- Ryan Callahan registered a goal, tied for the game-high with seven shots and five hits, was credited with two blocked shots, and led all forwards with 26:02 of ice time. He has now registered two goals in the last three games.
- Taylor Pyatt recorded a goal, three shots and posted a plus-two rating in 19:21 of ice time. He now ranks fourth on the team with four goals on the season.
- Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves and is now 7-7-1 overall, including a 6-4-0 mark at home this season.
- Marc Staal registered an assist and logged 24:38 of ice time. He has now recorded seven assists in the last 11 games.
- Steve Eminger tallied his first point of the season with an assist, and was credited with two hits and two blocked shots in 20:33 of ice time. He is now three points shy of his 100th career NHL point.
- Dan Girardi recorded an assist, was credited with a team-high, three blocked shots, and led all skaters with 27:58 of ice time. He has registered five points (one goal, four assists) in the last eight games.
- Marian Gaborik tallied an assist and three shots on goal in 19:36 of ice time. He has now registered 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 18 career regular season contests against the Winnipeg franchise.
- Brad Richards recorded an assist and won 11-17 faceoffs (65%) in 19:29 of ice time. He now leads the Rangers in assists (10) and is tied for the team lead in points (12) on the season.