NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES
New York Rangers 8, Edmonton Oilers 2 (Game No. 17, Home No. 10)
- The Rangers defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 8-2, today at Madison Square Garden to improve to 9-7-1 overall, including a 4-5-1 mark at home. The eight goals were the most by the Rangers since they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 8-2, on Jan. 19, 2010 at MSG.
- New York and Edmonton combined for six goals in the second period, including back-to-back goals by both teams in less than 30 seconds with the Oilers’ Ryan Jones and Shawn Horcoff registering goals in a 28-second span (2:45 and 3:13, respectively) and Marian Gaborik and Brian Boyle recording goals in a 25-second span (7:12 and 7:37, respectively). The Rangers’ four goals in the second period were their most in a period since they registered four in the third period at Florida on Apr. 3, 2010.
- Marian Gaborik tallied his second hat trick as a Ranger, and 11th of his career, with three goals, added an assist and registered a career-high, plus-five rating. Gaborik recorded his first hat trick as a Ranger on Jan. 31, 2010 at Colorado.
- Alex Frolov notched two goals and two assists, recorded a career-high, plus-five rating and tied for the game-high with five shots on goal. His last four-point game was on Mar. 8, 2010 vs. Columbus (one goal, three assists), and his last multi-goal game was on Dec. 31, 2009 at Minnesota (two goals).
- Erik Christensen registered career-highs with three assists and a plus-five rating, and won a team-high, eight face-offs in 11 attempts (73%). His three points also tied his career-high, last accomplished on Feb. 14, 2010 vs. Tampa Bay (two goals, one assist).
- Martin Biron stopped 19 shots to improve to 3-2-0 overall and 2-2-0 at Madison Square Garden. He has held opponents to two or fewer goals in four of his five starts this season, and has won each of the last two games.
- Brian Boyle notched the game winning goal at 7:37 of the second period, and has now tallied four goals in the last five games. He is tied for 12th in the NHL with eight goals on the season.
- The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has surrendered just one goal in their last five contests, registering a 93.3% success rate (14-15) over the span.
- Artem Anisimov recorded one goal at 13:17 of the second period, and tied for the game-high with five shots on goal. Anisimov has registered seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last seven games.
- Ruslan Fedotenko registered two points (one goal, one assist), including the primary assist on Brian Boyle’s game winning goal. Fedotenko has recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in the last two games.
- Rangers’ rookie Derek Stepan tallied a career-high, two assists, recorded a plus-two rating and won seven of 11 face-offs (64%).
- Matt Gilroy, Brandon Prust and Sean Avery each registered one assist in the contest. Gilroy also recorded a career-high, plus-three rating in 16:08 of ice time.
- The Rangers will conclude their fourth of 18 back-to-back sets tomorrow, Nov. 15, when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m.). The game will be televised live on MSG Network, and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.
John Tortorella on today’s game…
“I like the way we played when the game was there. I thought we played well defensively. I thought we played well. I think this is an important step for a team to make in the last game of a home stand. We win a game on a 4-on-4 (in overtime) which we didn’t too often last year against Buffalo and win another one at home…that is what I am focusing on…how we approached it and I thought we did a pretty good job of that today.”
Marian Gaborik on today’s game…
“I felt good. It is a relief when you get one under your belt in the first period. I felt good and hopefully I can keep it up.”
Martin Biron on today’s game…
“In the first period, both teams were just feeling each other out. We ended up being in a hole early in the second and that is when the guys stepped it up. They played extremely well on both sides of the ice.