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RANGERS WANT TO GROUND LIGHTNING

clip_image002NY RANGERS at TB LIGHTNING
Saturday, Dec. 3, 7:00 p.m.
St. Pete Times ForumTampa, Florida
Rangers: 14-5-3 (31 pts)
Lightning: 11-11-2 (24 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Dec. 1

TOMORROW’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow at St. Pete Times Forum (7:00 p.m.), to conclude a two-game Southeast road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and fourth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 14-5-3 (31 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-3, on Thursday at RBC Center to extend their winning streak to four games, and have won 11 of their last 13 contests. The Lightning enter the contest with an 11-11-2 (24 pts) record to rank 12th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last two games. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday, Dec. 5, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup.

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GOING DOWN

Charlotte CheckersHURRICANES REASSIGN BRETT CARSON TO CHARLOTTE

Defenseman played in one game during emergency recall

RALEIGH, NCJim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team as reassigned defenseman Brett Carson to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). Carson was recalled from Charlotte on an emergency on Wednesday and played in the team’s game at Philadelphia on Thursday.

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SUTTER GOING UP

Charlotte CheckersHURRICANES RECALL BRETT SUTTER FROM CHARLOTTE

Forward will join team in Tampa for Saturday’s game

RALEIGH, NCJim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled forward Brett Sutter on an emergency basis from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL).

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RANGERS LOSE HEARTBREAKER

New York R VERSUS     Tampa Bay

NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
January 1, 2011 – NY Rangers 1, TB Lightning 2 OT (Game No. 39, Away No. 20

* The Rangers were defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, in overtime tonight at St. Pete Times Forum, and are now 22-14-3 overall with a 13-6-1 mark on the road.  New York has registered a point in 17 of their last 24 games, posting a record of 15-7-2 over the span.

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RANGERS VS. LIGHTNING PREVIEW

Rangers Chase Centered 4CNY RANGERS at TB LIGHTNING

Saturday, Jan. 1, 7:30 p.m.
St. Pete Times Forum • Tampa Bay, FL
Rangers: 22-14-2 (46 pts)
Lightning: 22-11-5 (49 pts)
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RANGERS ESCAPE NEWARK WITH WIN

New York R VERSUS     New Jersey

NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
December 29, 2010 – New York Rangers 3, New Jersey Devils 1 (Game No. 38, Away No. 19) Continue reading

RETURN TICKET FOR RODNEY

BCharlotte CheckersRYAN RODNEY REASSIGNED TO CHARLOTTE

Defenseman played in two games during first NHL recall this season

RALEIGH, NCJim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has reassigned defenseman Bryan Rodney to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). Rodney was recalled on Dec. 14, on an emergency basis for defenseman Jay Harrison, and played in two games during the recall. Continue reading

LIGHTING STRIKES RANGERS, LOSE 5-3

New York R VERSUS Tampa Bay

NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
November 24, 2010 – New York Rangers 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 5 (Game No. 23, Away No. 11)

* The Rangers were defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-3, tonight at St. Pete Times Forum, and are now 12-10-1 overall with a 7-4-0 mark on the road.

* Steve Eminger notched his first goal as a Ranger with an even strength tally at 3:58 of the third period.

* Rookie Derek Stepan registered his first career power play goal and added an assist to extend his scoring streak to five games (two goals, four assists over the span), and has now recorded eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last seven games.  He is tied for fourth on the team in scoring with five goals and 13 points, and is tied for third on the Rangers with eight assists.

* Brian Boyle tallied his first career shorthanded goal at 12:51 of the third period, and is currently tied for 12th in the NHL with a career-high, 10 goals on the season.

* Marc Staal and Brandon Prust each registered an assist on Boyle’s shorthanded goal.  Prust has now recorded two assists in the last three games.

* Marian Gaborik and Michael Del Zotto tallied assists on Stepan’s power play goal.  Gaborik has now registered eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last seven games.  Del Zotto was also credited with a team-high, three blocked shots, and has now recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in the last three games.  Five of Del Zotto’s seven points have been registered on the power play.

* Ruslan Fedotenko skated in his 700th career NHL game.

* The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Nov. 25, is 1:00 p.m. at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa Bay, FL.

* The Rangers will continue their three-game road trip when they face-off against the Florida Panthers on Friday, Nov. 26, at the BankAtlantic Center (7:30 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.  The game will be televised on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.

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NEW YORK RANGERS at TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING PREVIEW

clip_image002NEW YORK RANGERS at TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Wednesday, Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m.
St. Pete Times Forum • Tampa, FL
Rangers: 12-9-1 (25 pts)
Lightning: 12-7-2 (26 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Nov. 22

TOMORROW’S GAME:
The Rangers will begin a three-game road trip tomorrow, Nov. 24, when they face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum (7:30 p.m.). The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 12-9-1 (25 pts). The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest having defeated the Calgary Flames, 2-1, on Monday at Madison Square Garden for their second consecutive win, and are now 5-2-0 in their last seven games. The Lightning enter the contest with a 12-7-2 (26 pts) record to rank fourth in the Eastern Conference, and have won four straight games. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will continue their three-game road trip when they face-off against the Florida Panthers on Friday, Nov. 26, at the BankAtlantic Center (7:30 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.

RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
Prior to the game, the Rangers’ morning skate is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the St. Pete Times Forum.
* Schedule and availability subject to change

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

  • TV: MSG 2
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay
    7:30 p.m. – Rangers at Lightning
    Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
  • Radio: 970 The Apple
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Don LaGreca
    7:30 p.m. – Rangers at Lightning
    Broadcasters: Joe Tolleson (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

RANGERS vs. LIGHTNING:

  • All-Time: The Rangers are 37-27-5-3 all-time against the Lightning: 21-12-2-2 at home and 16-15-3-1 on the road
  • 2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the first of four meetings between the Rangers and Lightning this season, and the first of two at the St. Pete Times Forum
  • Last Season: New York was 3-1-0 against the Lightning in 2009-10, including a 1-1-0 mark at Tampa Bay. The Rangers out-scored the Lightning, 19-9, in the season series, including a season-high, eight goals, in an 8-2 win on Jan. 19 at MSG.
  • The Blueshirts’ power play tallied three goals in 14 opportunities (21.4%) in four games last season
  • New York ranks fifth in the NHL on the road with a record of 7-3-0 (14 pts) in 10 games; Tampa Bay has posted a record of 5-2-1 (11 pts) at home to rank 16th in the league
  • The Rangers have posted a record of 0-3-0 vs. Southeast Division opponents; the Lightning are 4-1-1 against the Atlantic Division
  • Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 3-1-0 with a 2.26 goals against average, .923 save percentage and one shutout in four games vs. Tampa Bay last season, and is 13-5-2 with a 1.93 goals against average and two shutouts in 20 career regular season games against the Lightning
  • Marc Staal (two goals, three assists) and Marian Gaborik (five assists) tied for the team-lead with five points vs. the Lightning last season; Gaborik’s five assists were also a team-high
  • Marian Gaborik has registered 11 points (six goals, five assists) in nine career regular season contests vs. Tampa Bay
  • New York lists three former Lightning on their roster: Steve Eminger (2008-09); Ruslan Fedotenko (2002-03 – 2006-07); Vinny Prospal (2001-02 – 2002-03, 2005-06 – 2007-08, 2008-09)
  • Tampa Bay lists one former Ranger on their roster: Dominic Moore (2003-04 – 2005-06)
  • Rangers’ Head Coach John Tortorella served as Lightning Head Coach from 2000-01 to 2007-08, posting a record of 239-222-36-38 in 535 games while guiding Tampa Bay to four straight Stanley Cup Playoff appearances, two Southeast Division Championships (2002-03, 2003-04) and the franchise’s only Stanley Cup Championship in 2003-04

SPECIAL TEAMS:                                                          

  • Power Play: The Rangers notched one goal in two power play opportunities (2:14) on Monday vs. Calgary. New York ranks 18th in the NHL with a 15.8% (13-82) success rate, and ranks 12th on the road with a 17.6% (6-34) success rate. The Rangers did not convert on one, five-on-three chance (1:44) on Nov. 17 vs. the Bruins, and are now 0-4 on five-on-three attempts (4:31). New York is 0-1 (1:05) with a four-on-three advantage this season. Shorthanded goals allowed (1): 11/20 at MIN (Cullen).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Flames scoreless in two shorthanded situations (4:00) on Monday at MSG, and are now 30-31 (96.8%) over the last 10 games. New York ranks 12th in the NHL with a 83.3% (70-84) success rate, and are eighth in the league on the road with a 85.7% (36-42) success rate. The Rangers held the Maple Leafs scoreless in one, three-on-five situation (0:31) on Oct. 30 at Toronto, and are 4-6 on three-on-fives (5:08) this season. The Blueshirts held the Penguins scoreless in one, three-on-four situation on Nov. 15 at Pittsburgh, and are now 4-6 (2:41) in those situations this season. Shorthanded goals for (3): 10/9 at BUF (Dubinsky); 11/5 at NJD (Dubinsky); 11/15 at PIT (Staal).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one, four-on-four situation (2:00), on Monday vs. Calgary, and are now plus-two in 20, four-on-four situations (28:08) this season. Four-on-four goals for (3): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov); 11/11 vs. BUF (Anisimov); 11/15 at PIT (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel).

POTENT PK
The Rangers penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in each of their last seven games (21-21), and have successfully killed their last 24 power plays against dating back to Nov. 9 vs. Washington.  The Rangers have now registered a 96.8% (30-31) success rate on the penalty kill in the last 10 games, allowing just one goal and tallying two shorthanded goals during the stretch.

STARTING STRONG
The Blueshirts have started games off strong this season, tallying the first goal of the game in 16 of their 22 games and posting a record of 11-4-1 in those contests. The Rangers own a record of 7-1-1 when leading after the first period, having out-scored their opponent, 17-8, in the opening frame. Brandon Dubinsky leads the team with four, first period goals on the season, followed by Brian Boyle with three goals.

BACK-TO-BACKS
The Rangers completed their fifth of 18 back-to-back sets with a 5-2 win on Saturday at Minnesota, improving to 5-0-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season having out-scored their opponent, 16-5, and are 4-0-0 when the second game is on the road. Over the last two seasons, New York is 14-2-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including a 9-1-1 mark away from MSG over the span.  The Blueshirts’ next back-to-back set will begin Friday, Nov. 26, at Florida and conclude on Saturday, Nov. 27, at Nashville.

JOHN TORTORELLA REACHES 300 WINS
With Saturday’s 5-2 win at Minnesota, Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella recorded his 300th career NHL victory to become the 40th head coach in league history to reach the mark. Tortorella has posted a record of 301-274-37-52 in 664 regular season games over 11 seasons with the Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning, and is tied for 11th among active NHL head coaches on the NHL’s all-time wins list and ranks first among U.S.-born coaches with 301 career victories.

TEAM EFFORT
The Rangers have had nine different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season, which is tied for second most in the league. New York trails Washington (10) by one, and is tied with Detroit and Montreal entering tonight’s action.

BLOCK PARTY
The Blueshirts currently lead the NHL with 376 blocked shots on the season, averaging a league-high, 17.1 blocked shots per contest. Dan Girardi ranks first in the NHL with 68 blocked shots, and Ryan Callahan leads all NHL forwards with 30 blocked shots.

A BROADWAY HIT
The Rangers currently rank first in the NHL with 656 hits on the season, and lead the league with an average of 29.8 hits per contest. Ryan Callahan currently leads all NHL skaters with 91 hits.

THE HOT LIST:

  • The Rangers’ penalty kill has yielded just one goal in their last 10 games, registering a 96.8% success rate (30-31) over the span, and have successfully killed off each of their last 24 power plays against dating back to Nov. 9 vs. Washington
  • Marian Gaborik has notched seven points in the last six games, including four goals during the stretch
  • Derek Stepan has recorded six points in the last six games, with five assists over the span
  • Dan Girardi has tallied eight points in the last 10 games, including seven assists during the stretch
  • Ruslan Fedotenko has registered six points (three goals, three assists) in the last seven games
  • Matt Gilroy has recorded three assists and a plus-six rating in the last six games
  • Ryan Callahan has registered 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in his last 17 games
  • Brandon Dubinsky has tallied 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in the last 17 games

YOUTH IS SERVED
Based on opening day rosters, the Rangers have the ninth youngest team in the NHL with an average age of 27 years and 44 days, and the second youngest defensive corp in the league, trailing only Los Angeles with an average age of 25 years and 51 days.

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:

  • Ruslan Fedotenko: 1 game from 700 NHL career
  • Erik Christensen: 4 games from 300 NHL career
  • Dan Girardi: 7 points from 100 NHL career
  • Alex Frolov: 8 points from 400 NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:

  • Michael Del Zotto: 100th career NHL game (11/19 at COL)
  • Dan Girardi: 300th career NHL game (11/19 at COL)
  • John Tortorella: 300th career NHL win (11/20 at MIN)

INJURIES:                                  

  • Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 22
  • Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 19
  • Michal Rozsival (shoulder strain, 7-10 days) – 7

Total Man-Games Lost: 67

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:                                                       

  • Nov. 23: Acquired defenseman Stu Bickel from Anaheim in exchange for defenseman Nigel Williams

RANGERS WIN AT HOME – BIRON SHINES

New York R VERSUS Calgary

NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES

November 22, 2010 – New York Rangers 2, Calgary Flames 1 (Game No. 22, Home No. 12)

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  • The Rangers defeated the Calgary Flames, 2-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden to improve to 12-9-1 overall, including a 5-6-1 mark at home.  New York has won each of their last two games, and are 5-2-0 in their last seven contests.
  • Tonight’s win was the first for the Rangers against the Flames at Madison Square Garden since Jan. 10, 2006 (4-2).
  • The Blueshirts tallied the game’s first goal for the 16th time this season, and improved to 11-4-1 in those contests.
  • Martin Biron stopped 31 of 32 shots to improve to 5-2-0 on the season, including a 3-2-0 mark at MSG.  Biron has held opponents to two or fewer goals in six of his seven starts this season, and is now 4-1-0 with a 1.83 goals against average and .930 save percentage in his last six games.
  • Dan Girardi notched the game-winning goal, on the power play, at 12:41 of the second period and added an assist for his second straight multi-point effort.  He has now registered eight points (one goal, seven assists) in the last 10 games.  Entering tonight’s contest, Girardi was tied for 13th among NHL defensemen in assists and 18th in points.
  • Girardi’s game-winning goal was his first of the season.  The Rangers now have nine different players credited with at least one game-winning goal, which is tied for second most in the league trailing Washington (10) by one, and tied with Detroit and Montreal.
  • Brian Boyle opened the game’s scoring at 2:08 of the second period, and was credited with four shots and seven hits.  He also led the team with nine faceoff wins in 15 attempts (60%).  Boyle has recorded a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist).
  • Derek Stepan registered an assist on Girardi’s power play, game-winning goal at 12:41 of the second period, and has now recorded six points (one goal, five assists) in the last six games.
  • Ryan Callahan registered a career-high, 11 hits in the contest, and now leads the NHL with 91 hits on the season.
  • Steve Eminger tied for the game-high with four blocked shots, and registered five hits in 20:53 of ice time.
  • New York held Calgary scoreless in two power play opportunities tonight and are now 96.8% (30-31) on the penalty kill in their last 10 games, yielding just one goal and tallying two shorthanded goals over the span.
  • The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Nov. 23, is 2:30 p.m. at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa Bay, FL.
  • The Rangers will begin a three-game road trip when they face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the St. Pete Times Forum (7:30 p.m.).  Prior to the game, the Blueshirts’ morning skate is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the St. Pete Times Forum.  The contest will be televised live on MSG 2, and can be heard on 970 The Apple.

POST-GAME QUOTES

John Tortorella on tonight’s game…

“We don’t change our game.  We certainly try to play a lot behind their net.  I think our goaltending has been really good in the third period.  We just have to play in there behind their net, try to grind it and get scoring chances that way.”

Dan Girardi on tonight’s game…

“It was a good job for our team to hold the lead for that long in a game.  We really needed a win at home.”

Martin Biron on tonight’s game…

“A lot of teams are victimized coming back home not having any legs, not being able to play physical.  I think that was the total opposite for us – the physicality on our side of the game was top level.  We responded really well.”

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