Defenseman Kevin Klein, obtained in exchange for Michael Del Zotto, made his Rangers debut after arriving from Nashville and had two blocked shots, one hit and one shot in 15:46.
It was what Alain Vigneault expected. "Safe and dependable," he said. Klein played mostly on the third pairing with John Moore but also took shifts with Marc Staal and Anton Stralman.
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Before the game, Klein described himself as "more of a shut-down guy than offensive guy . . . Make the first pass, play physical, chip in when I can."
He recalled playing at Madison Square Garden about three times. Said Klein, "There's so much history in this building, there's going to be a little bit of nerves . . . I'll fit myself in where I can."
Coming to New York, he said, is "a change for sure; it's not too congested in Nashville, not too many high-rises, but this is a great hockey market. It's going to take a little getting used to. I'm looking forward to the challenge."
A righthander who has 92 blocked shots, Klein provides balance on a team that had four lefties before the trade. "It's going to give the D-corps a much better look," Vigneault said. "It's going to help Johnny Moore," who had been playing the right side. "[Moore's] more comfortable on the left."
Henrik Lundqvist has allowed two or fewer goals in his last seven games but is 5-2 . . . Staal questioned the penalty against Rick Nash that led to the winning goal. "It was a tough slashing call that ends up in the back of our net," he said . . . The Rangers are 12-13-3 at home . . . Ryan McDonagh led the Rangers in ice time with 23:40 . . . The team is off Friday and will practice at Yankee Stadium Saturday afternoon.