11PM: These quotes are from the Rangers:
- John Tortorella on the Patrick Kaleta hit…
“I’m glad we made them pay. It’s disgusting. It’s a lack of respect. Each team wants to beat the other team, but you have to respect what’s going on, on the ice.”
- Rick Nash on tonight’s game…
“It’s a big win. I think we can come out a bit sharper. There wasn’t much there at the start. They played a good road period for the first two (periods). I’m proud of the guys, they stuck with it and we got a big win.”
- Derek Stepan on the penalty kill…
“Special teams is a big part of the game, especially tonight. Our PK’s been better and better as the year has gone on. It stepped up tonight for sure.”
- Rick Nash: SCORES
- Jason Pominville: STOPPED
- Ryan Callahan: SCORES
- Nathan Gerbe: STOPPED
- Three: Nathan Gerbe
- Two: JT Miller
- One: Rick Nash
- That makes two in a row for the Rangers and a win in a game where they were behind and didn’t really have legs through the first 40 minutes.
- Rick Nash wasn’t as dominant tonight as he was against Tampa Bay, but he had a goal, an assist and the shootout winner. He took some penalties including that bad over the glass penalty in the third, but he more than made up for it with the shootout winner.
- Patrick Kaleta will be suspended and whatever he gets probably won’t be enough. That cross check looked exactly like the kind of play the NHL is trying to get rid of and Kaleta, who has a history, should be made an example of.
- The goal that Ryan Callahan scored in the shootout was excellent….pure excellence.
Rangers Game Notes are Below
– The Rangers defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, in the shootout tonight at Madison Square Garden, to improve to 2-1-0 on their current four-game homestand.
– The Blueshirts are now 10-8-2 (22 pts) overall, including an 8-4-1 mark at home this season.
– The Rangers and Sabres have been separated by one goal in nine of their last 13 meetings, including five that required overtime (two in the shootout).
– The Rangers held the Sabres scoreless in five power play attempts against (9:28), and are now 32-34 (94.1%) on the penalty kill in the last 11 games. New York improved to 6-3-1 when holding opponents scoreless on the power play.
– The Blueshirts tallied two goals in four power play attempts (7:33), and have now recorded a power play goal in five of the last eight games (6-27, 22.2% over the span).
– Rick Nash tallied the game-deciding goal in the shootout, and registered a power play goal and power play assist in 21:29 of ice time. He has now recorded a point in each of his last six games (three goals, six assists over the span).
– Derek Stepan notched a power play goal and won 16-27 faceoffs (59%) in 24:28 of ice time. He has now tallied a point in six of the last nine games (four goals, two assists over the span).
– Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves through regulation/overtime and stopped 2-2 shots faced in the shootout to improve to 9-7-1 overall, including a 7-4-0 mark at home this season. He has held opponents to two goals or less in 10 of his last 14 games, posting a record of 8-5-1 with a 1.98 goals against average and .927 save percentage over the span.
– Marian Gaborik recorded two power play assists in 18:00 of ice time. He has now registered three assists in the last three games.
– Michael Del Zotto tallied a power play assist and was credited with two blocked shots in 19:29 of ice time. He is now tied for second on the team with three power play assists this season.
– Ryan Callahan converted his shootout attempt to improve to 3-3 in shootouts this season, was credited with a team-high, six hits, and led all forwards with 26:04 of ice time.
– Dan Girardi was credited with a game-high, five blocked shots and logged 27:13 of ice time.