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The Wrap: Lundqvist not to blame; more quotes, stats

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers looks on before playing against the New Jersey Devils. (Feb. 7, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Some more stats and post-game quotes:

The Rangers remain in first place in the East, ahead of the Bruins by three points

Lundqvist is 4-1-0 with a 0.97 goals against average in the past five games....

The Rangers were credited with 52 hits, a season high. Brian Boyle and Brandon Prust had six each.

Torts: "Our start, it was a bit of a struggle,a s far as some turnover that allowed them to play in our half...

Ryan Callahan: "We need to have a better start. I think that's what hurt us the most."

The Devils had just 22 shots and only one in the third period...
 
On the controversial non-goal, which came on Anisimov's rebound of Callahan's shot: Devils coach Peter DeBoer: "Marty gets pushed into the net. It's the right call. I give them credit for getting it right."

"They have rules -- you hit the goalie, you get a penalty," Volchenkov said. "I saw him push Marty. I maybe pushed him a little, but I didn't push so hard."
 
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                Devils forward Cam Janssen played for the first time since Jan. 21 and was in the starting lineup. The reason? Simple. The Devils wanted some early banging.  Mission accomplished.
                In 296 career games, Janssen, once referred to by Sean Avery as “that meathead from New Jersey” had 730 penalty minutes, and as the puck dropped, Janssens squared off with Mike Rupp, whose left thumb was broken by Eric Boulton’s slash last week in Newark. On the other side of the faceoff circle, Boulton dropped the gloves with Brandon Prust. The fights were draws, although Rupp seemed to be favoring his hand heading to the box, but said he was okay afterward.  He played just 7:44.
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                 Defenseman Steve Eminger, activated from injured reserve (separated shoulder) on Saturday, was a healthy scratch for a second straight game. He could play against the Lightning on Thursday, replacing rookie Stu Bickel, who was in the box for holding when the Devils scored the opening goal. Henrik Lundqvist is expected to start Thursday against Tampa and Saturday against the Flyers.  Martin Biron would be in the net on Sunday afternoon against Washington.
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             Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, his brothers Eric and Jordan, and six other NHL players who are natives of Thunder Bay, Ontario, are donating 120 complete sets of brand new hockey equipment to 11 minor hockey organizations in the Thunder Bay area as part of a Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada celebration on Feb. 11. The equipment donation through the NHLPA Goals & Dreams foundation is worth more than $60,000. Other players involved are Patrick Sharp, Alex Auld, Taylor and Tom Pyatt, Chris Porter and Robert Bortuzzo.
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                On Saturday, the Flyers will wear their Winter Classic jerseys when the Rangers travel to Philadelphia. On Sunday, the Rangers will wear their 85th anniversary Heritage jerseys at home against the Capitals.
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