October 15, 2010 – New York Rangers 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 OT (Game No. 3, Home No. 1)
- The Rangers were defeated by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-3, in overtime tonight at Madison Square Garden, in their 2010-11 regular season home opener. New York is now 1-1-1 (three pts) overall on the season.
- Brian Boyle notched two, third-period goals to tie the score at three and send the game into overtime. He also registered a plus-two rating and tied for the team-high with four hits. Boyle’s last two-goal game was on Apr. 4, 2009 vs. Phoenix as a member of the Los Angeles Kings.
- Sean Avery tallied two assists, tied for the team-high with four hits, and tied his career-high with a game-high, plus-three rating. His second assist on Boyle’s goal at 6:19 of the third period was his 100th point as a Ranger.
- Defenseman Michal Rozsival opened the game’s scoring with an even strength goal at 7:58 of the first period, and logged a game-high, 28:13 of ice time. Rozsival has now registered four goals and 18 points in 33 career regular season contests vs. Toronto.
- Ruslan Fedotenko, Derek Boogaard and Steve Eminger each recorded their first point as a Ranger, tallying one assist apiece. Fedotenko assisted on Rozsival’s first period goal, and he tied for the team-high with four hits in 17:37 of ice time. Boogaard registered the primary assist on Boyle’s goal at 2:10 of the third period, his first assist since Feb. 14, 2010 vs. Vancouver as a member of the Minnesota Wild. Eminger also assisted on Boyle’s first goal, and registered three hits and two blocked shots in the contest.
- Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 or more shots for the second time this season with 34 saves, and is now 1-1-1 overall on the season. Last season, Lundqvist posted 30 or more saves in 21 games.
- Michael Del Zotto registered one assist and led all skaters with three blocked shots in 23:47 of ice time. The second-year defenseman has now registered three points (one goal and two assists) in three games.
- The Rangers’ practice schedule for tomorrow, October 16, is 12:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.
- The Rangers will return to action on Monday, October 18, when they will face-off against the Colorado Avalanche at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their first match-up against a Western Conference opponent this season. The game will be televised live on Versus, and can be heard on 970 The Apple.
John Tortorella on tonight’s game…
“We will take a point. Obviously we are not happy about the first couple of periods. I don’t think we should be happy about the lack of physicality. I guess I am a little frustrated about that last one (goal). We’ll take the point.”
Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game…
“We have to come better. We have to go a full 60 minutes. Right now we have to digest this game and tomorrow we will focus on Colorado.”
Brian Boyle on tonight’s game…
“Obviously the first two (periods) are not the way we want to start. That is why we have Henrik (Lundqvist) back there. He was a star all night. It was good for us to come back in the third (period). We just stuck together. It is just too bad. It is kind of a bad feeling right now. We came back, we worked really hard. We came back hard. We tried to avenge what happened to Gabby (Marian Gaborik) by playing hard. It is (still) a loss.”