Following a vicious spear to Marc Staal’s groin from Vancouver forward Alex Burrows, John Tortorella defended his player, saying, “If I’m Marc Staal, I retaliate. I try to break his ankle or something like that.’’
In a battle in front of the Rangers net at 14:53 of the second period, replays showed Burrows jammed his stick Staal, who tripped Burrows and was sent to the box alone.
“It’s ridiculous. It’s dangerous,” said Tortorella, who was still livid after an animated discussion with referees Dave Jackson and Marcus Vinnerborg.
“The thing that bothers me is how don’t you see it, and that’s what was told to me. That’s what agitated me, that they didn’t see it. That’s a dangerous play on Marc Staal. It’s just beyond me how two guys, one guy in the corner and one guy in the neutral zone can’t see it. And we end up down, which usually happens if you retaliate.”
The Rangers are 13-3-3 in one-goal games and 11-9-2 at home....The win ended a 17-game point streak...Lundqvist is now 12-5-2 with a 1.70 GAA in the last 19 games. The shutout, his 30th, ties the Swede with John Ross Roach for third on the all-time Rangers list for the regular season...Brandon Dubinsky (assist) had six shots and 18 points in the last 19 games....The Rangers were credited with 38 hits... Yankees catcher Russell Martin got a post-game tour of the locker room from fellow Quebec native Martin Biron.