Michael Del Zotto, whose hip was slammed into the post by Patrick Kaleta in the third period, limped off and was in pain on the bench, is fine, a Rangers spokesman said.
Top Quote: “We may not have the same desperation that a Buffalo does, fighting for their lives, but we have to manufacture that, realizing that a bad week or two, you can get yourself in a lot of trouble.” ---Brad Richards.
The Rangers are 8-1-1 in the second game of back-to-backs….They outhit the Sabres 27-18…Brian Boyle won 11 of 18 faceoffs…Gaborik played 23:05, the most of any forward….Marc Staal, who took some shifts with former partner Dan Girardi, played 22:36, including 1:04 on the power play and Tortorella said he would use him more with the man advantage….Ryan McDonagh had the assist on Callahan’s game winner.
Tortorella said Derek Stepan (minus-1, one shot in 17:30, just over four minutes in the third) struggled, but would rebound. “He gets down on himself,” he said.
Three of the last four games have gone into OT….Henrik Lundqvist made 18 saves and is 29-12-4…The Rangers host the Devils on Monday, four or so hours after the trade deadline.
Oh, Wojtek Wolski scored to tie the game late in the third in his first game with the Panthers, but was stopped in the shootout.
Heard Around....One snag in the Nash talks may be that the Rangers want someone else from the Columbus roster...Who that might be, I don;t know. But if the Rangers are offering several forwards, forward prospects, and picks, maybe Sami Pahlsson or Jared Boll. They have some D UFAs as well (Martinek, Lebda, Aaron Johnson)
And be sure to check out my trade-deadline flavored Sunday Insider page in Newsday. Tomorrow could be interesting.