That’s Why They Call It The Blues

  • The Rangers were defeated by the St. Louis Blues, 2-0, tonight at Madison Square Garden, and are now 7-6-1 overall, including a 2-4-1 mark at home.
  • The Blueshirts were credited with a season-high, 40 hits in the contest, led by Ryan Callahan, Brandon Prust and Sean Avery who each registered a game-high, six hits.  New York now leads the league in average hits, tallying 28.3 per game.
  • In addition to his six hits, Sean Avery tied the Rangers’ season-high with seven shots on goal in 15:15 of ice time.  Ryan Callahan was credited with seven shots on Oct. 29 vs. Carolina.  The seven shots tied Avery’s career-high, having registered seven shots on Dec. 14, 2009 vs. Atlanta.
  • Michal Rozsival registered four blocked shots and logged 21:23 of ice time.  He now ranks second on the team and tied for 19th in the league with 30 blocked shots.
  • Martin Biron turned aside 20 of 21 shots, including all 14 shots he faced in the first period, to capture Third Star honors.  Biron is now 45-44-4-5 with a 2.50 goals against average, .912 save percentage and seven shutouts in 107 career regular season appearances vs. Western Conference opponents.
  • Brandon Prust was credited with two blocked shots to go along with his six hits, and registered his sixth fighting major of the season.  He is tied for second in the NHL with six fighting majors on the season.
  • Dan Girardi logged a team-high, 25:03 of ice time and registered four hits and two blocked shots in the contest.
  • In addition to his six hits, Ryan Callahan registered four shots and logged 19:00 of ice time in his return to the lineup after missing Friday’s 3-0 win at New Jersey due to injury.
  • The Rangers’ penalty kill held the Blues scoreless in four power play attempts (8:00), and have not surrendered a goal in their last two contests (6-6, 11:49).
  • The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, November 8, is 12:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.
  • The Rangers will continue their longest homestand of the season when they face-off against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.).  The game will be televised live on Versus, and can be heard on 970 The Apple.


John Tortorella on tonight’s game…

“This is how they win.  They defended pretty well.  We are going to keep working at it.  For us to develop offense we have to win battles.  I don’t think a lot of our offense is going to come off rushes.  We are going to take opportunities when we can but they defended pretty well and we didn’t get enough good looks.  The past few games we have struggled as far as putting shots on there.  We can’t look for something better.

Brandon Dubinsky on generating shots…

“I think sometimes shots are misleading a little bit. Sometimes you can have quality versus quantity and vice versa. I don’t think that’s something we think about too much. I think we focus on scoring chances and whether or not we’re getting them. Certainly tonight I don’t think we got enough scoring chances to put ourselves in a position to win. Like I said before, we have to make sure we come out for a full 60 minutes here at home and make this a tough building to play in.”

Ryan Callahan on the five minute power play in the third period…

“We had a couple of chances but not enough.  We knew they were going to be aggressive on their penalty kill and we just didn’t match it.”

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