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The Wrap: Notes, Quotes and Stats

                

                 Marc Staal and Dan Girardi were paired against the Toews-Kane line, which only scored one even strength goal...."They got a goal on us at a bad angle, but stuff like that can happen," said Girardi, who had a high of 27:23 of ice time. "For the most part, we shut them down."...

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                 It was just the second home win for the Rangers (2-3-1), who play the next two on the road, Thursday in Philadelphia and Friday in Newark.. "We just beat a good team, so it shows we can do it (win at home)," said Callahan. ...

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             The Rangers blocked 35 shots against Toronto and another 33 tonight; Girardi and Callahan had six apiece.. Steve Eminger led the Blueshirts (35) in hits with six...Every Ranger was credited with one except Sean Avery, White, Derek Stepan and Grachev. The Hawks, who controlled the puck for much of the second period, had 18 hits..The Rangers lead the league in both hits (327) and blocked shots (223).

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           The Rangers had just 23 shots...Todd White played a team low 6:11, Evgeny Grachev played 6:22 and had two shots...

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               On the power play, the Hawks were 1 for 4; the Rangers 1 for 3---they are 5-for-23, 21.7 percent in the last six games.

 

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                 Speaking about the last flurry of shots, here's Henrik Lundqvist: "I don't think it is hard to keep concentration there. After the second goal, that's the challenge. The challenge is for me to refocus." In seven of his last nine appearances, he has turned away 30 or more shots.

                Lundqvist on the line of Callahan, Dubinsky and Anisimov: "Every year they learn the game even more and how to approach it. Right now they are playing at the top of their game and we need it."  Anisimov, with two assists,  is 2-4-6 in the last seven.

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                 John Tortorella: "I though we were a little too tentative in that first period, showed them a little too much respect. i thought we played much better in between the hashmarks in the second period and I thought the game turned around for us a little bit."

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                 Erik Christensen on his road roommate, Brandon Dubinsky: "I can't think of any facet of his game that needs a lot of work. He shoots the puck well. He's a heady player, a physical player. I sit next to him on the plane and I know he's the kind of person that really cares. He has really stepped up and is one of the leaders in this room." NOTE: Dubi also won nine of 12 faceoffs.

 

 

 

 

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