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The Wrap: Post-game Notes, Quotes, Stats from Pittsburgh

 

I'm heading home early in the AM, but here's some things from the notebook and recorder to peruse:

 

Ryan Callahan: “You’re gonna have starts like that. Hank held us in there. In the third we hunkered down. Games like this you’re gonna need shorthanded goals….They’re a good team that was playing well.”

 

Brad Richards: “It wasn’t pretty…when we got that lead, not how we drew it up….winning back-to-backs is huge.”

 

Brandon Dubinsky:  “We know we didn’t play the best first period, to come in even was great. It was just a gutsy win, it wasn’t pretty. We found a way to block shots, guys did some greasy things.

 

On his shorthanded goal: “I had the puck and I was gonna dump it down, I hear Cally screaming at me, so I chipped it to him. He made a great move, a better pass. It’s nice to get one of those wide open netters.”

 

Henrik Lundqvist, who won the Broadway hat again, on his point-blank glove robbery of Chris Kunitz. “No, I didn’t stare him down. I was a little surprised that I got it.”  

 

Coach John Tortorella on Lundqvist: “I think what helps him is the play of Marty Biron, and he gets some good practice time. It’s another step. They made some mistakes and we capitalized. We need Hank on a night like this.”

 

Torts on the kneeing penalty on Mike Rupp: “It was a collision, you certainly don’t want to see (Jordan) Staal hurt, but I didn’t think it was a penalty. Maybe I shouldn’t even say that.”  

 

Torts on Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh, each a plus-3, controlling Evgeni Malkin, who had just one shot on goal: “They did well and other guys kicked in too, the amount of time they had the puck, we still defended pretty well.”

 

Torts on Marc Staal: He gets slashed, then he runs over a guy in the neutral zone. Two legal hits. You can tell the bench is really looking forward for him to keep on growing and get back into it. That’s a really good sign.”  

 

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The Rangers dominated faceoffs, winning 62 percent. Richards won 18 of 23, Brian Boyle 11 of 17….They blocked 25 shots; Girardi and McDonagh accounted for eight….Carl Hagelin, Mike Rupp, Michael Del Zotto, Anton Stralman and Stu Bickel had zero shots on goal….

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