NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES
January 16, 2011 – New York Rangers 2, Philadelphia Flyers 3 (Game No. 47, Home No. 23)
- The Rangers were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden, and are now 26-18-3 overall with an 11-10-2 mark at home. New York has registered a point in 21 of their last 32 games (19-11-2), and is 9-5-1 in their last 15 games at home.
- Derek Stepan registered his fifth multi-point performance of the season with one goal and one assist, and led all skaters with a season-high, seven shots on goal. He has now tallied 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in the last 31 games. Stepan was also credited with a season-high, four hits.
- Wojtek Wolski tallied the Rangers’ first goal at 9:13 of the third period, added his first assist as a Ranger and posted a plus-two rating. He has now registered three points (two goals, one assist) in four contests with the Rangers after being acquired from Phoenix on January 10.
- Mats Zuccarello recorded two assists and logged 17:50 of ice time in the contest. He ranks third on the Rangers in scoring with seven points (two goals, five assists) in 12 games since originally joining the team on December 23.
- Martin Biron stopped 24 of 27 shots and is now 7-4-0 overall with a 4-3-0 mark at home. Biron has posted a 6-3-0 mark with a 2.31 goals against average and a .923 save percentage in his last 11 games.
- Matt Gilroy logged 15:31 of ice time while skating in his 100th career NHL contest. Gilroy has registered seven goals and 16 assists for 23 points, along with 25 penalty minutes and a plus-nine rating in 100 games.
- Brian Boyle tied for the game-high with seven shots on goal, and was credited with five hits in 19:23 of ice time. Entering tonight’s contest, Boyle ranked ninth in the NHL with 137 hits, and he ranks second on the team with 119 shots.
- Steve Eminger was credited with a game-high, six hits, and has now registered 17 hits in last four contests.
- Ryan McDonagh posted a plus-two rating while skating in his sixth consecutive game. He has posted a plus or even rating in five of his six games, registering a plus-four rating over the span.
- Kris Newbury tied for the team-high with seven faceoff wins in nine attempts (78%) while skating in his second straight game for the Rangers. Newbury made his Rangers debut at Montreal last night.
- After an off-day tomorrow, the Blueshirts’ next practice is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the MSG Training Center.
- The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, Jan. 19, in an Original Six match-up at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to begin a back-to-back set. The game will be televised live on MSG Plus and can be heard on 970 The Apple and www.newyorkrangers.com.
John Tortorella on tonight’s game…
“We had a lot of chances. The second half of the game we had a lot of chances, especially in the third period. We just didn’t finish.”
Martin Biron on tonight’s game…
“We didn’t play a bad first period. They created a lot of things around the net. They were definitely getting guys hungry with pucks around the net. We didn’t give them a lot of shots. In the second period we started to skate and started to play in their faces. Our identity is to work hard and to play hard and come back in the game when we are trailing. The last two nights we just ran out of time on the clock.”
Wojtek Wolski on tonight’s game…
“I think we are showing we are in the game and we can compete and dominate periods but we have to play full games. We can’t keep giving them power plays when they have such skilled players.”