BOSTON---- Rangers forward Ruslan Fedotenko, who had missed the previous two games after being blindsided to the jaw by Tampa’s Dominic Moore on Thursday, practiced yesterday morning and said he was “feeling better”, but did not dress. It is unclear whether he will play against Chicago on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. D Stu Bickel played 6:44 in his third straight as a forward, as both Marian Gaborik and Ryan Callahan skated double shifts on the fourth line.
Dan Girardi summed up the prevailing feeling in the locker room after the win, speaking about the gap that the Rangers are putting between themselves and second place in the East.
“You know, it looks good on paper and it feels good for a minute, but there’s still so much season left and our division is tight," he said. "I think there’s 10 points between us and Philly. That can be closed in a week. We have to make sure we stick to what we do right and not get comfortable.”
“We didn’t have the puck enough tonight,” said Brandon Dubinsky, who wished he could have avoided one puck in the third period. He received 10 stitches after he took a puck to the mouth from a shot that that deflected off his stick late. “But we had some timely goals. Artie’s in the third was huge. But we know we need to be better.” Dubinsky also had a couple chipped teeth, he said. Anisimov’s goal was his 100th career point.
Michael Del Zotto continued his hot streak, with four assists in four games.On the power play goal by Callahan, a mirror-image of a goal against the caps on Sunday, he said: “We know (Tim) Thomas is going to overplay the shot and challenge and he was going out there, so I slide it over back door to Cally. It’s nice we connected on two of those in the last couple games.” Gaborik, who turned 30 yesterday, collected the other assist on Callahan’s goal.
It was Lundqvist’s 42nd career shutout…The Rangers had 22 blocked shots, prompting Thomas to say: “It seems like half their players spend half their time in the d-zone down on one knee.” With the win, coach John Tortorella reached 131 as a Ranger, tying him with Herb Brooks for sixth place all-time...Lundqvist was magnificent on defelctions and the Bruins thought they had broken Lundqvist's spell twice, once when Milan Lucic celebrated a goal when the puck was still in the crease when Lundqvist was on his back. Then with 9:59 left in the third, Dennis Seidenberg’s slapper caused Lundqvist to split, but the puck went just wide and landed on the apron to his right. The review confirmed: No goal.