My head cold's still pounding, so this'll be quick.
Roll call. Let's just list the blocked shots for starters: Eminger 5; Del Zotto, Girardi, 4 each; Gilroy, Rozsival, Prust and Boyle, 3 each, and two each for Dubinsky, Staal, Fedotenko, Callahan, one for Stepan and Anisimov. That's effort. The Leafs blocked six shots, but let's put that in perspective. The Rangers only managed 24 shots on J.S. Giguere in goal.
One was huge: Ryan Callahan's penalty shot goal at 18:35 of the second period, the first of his career, which gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead. He was denied by the Wings' Jimmy Howard last season.
“We were in a bit of a dip there” (in the second period, when The King made 18 saves)", coach John Tortorella said. “I thought it really gave us a little juice. I thought we did a really good job in the neutral zone as far as time and space. I thought we forechecked well. I thought we played really well as a team.”
At the other end, Lundqvist made 36 stops...and really was pleased by the defensive effort in front of him. And why not?
Get this number: 36, the 35 blocks and 21 missed shots and you have 92 attempts to throw rubber on the net. Credit the Leafs, although coach Ron Wilson said they should be shooting with their heads up, not down. The Leafs have been shut out twice in a row.
Don't get too giddy. The defending Cup champ Blackhawks come to town Monday.
By the Numbers...
Callahan led NY with six shots...He is on fire right now...Dan Girardi's assist on Boyle's goal gave him four for the year, and he led the team in ice time with 25:13...Evgeny Grachev played 8:01 (11 shifts) and looked as if he had more than the one hit recorded. But will he stick with the team now that Derek Boogaard (4:52) is back. Unclear....He did have more shifts than Derek Stepan (9)...Steve Eminger is more and more physical, like his game tonight....Anisimov (five shots) was the only Blueshirt on the plus-side in faceoffs (9-8)