Henrik Lundqvist (17 saves) wasn't always busy but stopped a few high-quality scoring chances from the Bruins in Wednesday's loss. For just a split second, however, he was all-too-mortal after Mark Recchi released an innocuous shot at the start of the third period. It was that shot that left a very disappointed Lundqvist recounting the sequence after the final buzzer.
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"It was just a terrible goal. I just have to stop it and it's a different game," Lundqvist said, later describing it, in more detail. "I thought I closed my arm. It hit between my elbow and my pads and somehow it just squeezed through. I was very surprised."
"It's a tough goal to give up, particularly at the start of the third period. It's definitely something I want to take back, but I can't so you just have to move on."
He credited his team for a night of hard work, noting a few missed chances, but largely putting the outcome on himself.
"I just had to stop the third one and we would have been in overtime."
* Ryan Callahan fielded a slew of questions about some of those missed scoring chances, particularly regarding the lengthy 5-on-3 opportunity in the third period.
"It was a little bit of them [playing well] and us [not]. We've got to find a way to do more with that," said Callahan, who was stoned by Thomas a point-blank range during the two-man advantage. "I thought I had room five-hole. I still don't know how he got it."
On the odd-man rushes the Rangers gave up: "Boston is a trapping team that just waits for you to make turnovers. We needed to get the puck deep and we got away from that a bit in the second. We needed to stay patient."
On the defensive switch by Boston that swapped Zdeno Chara off his line: "It didn't matter much. Boston's got a good defensive team. They all just stay disciplined and collapse on you."
* Gaborik also wasn't surprised about the approach from the tight-checking Bruins. "We knew it was going to be a tight game and we'd just have to be patient," the sniper said when asked how he felt about the game opening up later on. "We played a good game. We made a couple mistakes and they capitalized and scored. But we had way more chances and generated a lot. We played a good game down in their end."
On Thomas, Gaborik added: "He was great. We had two or three two-on-ones, we just have to dig down and try to get some goals. "
The Torts Report
"I have no problem with how we played," head coach John Tortorella summarized in the post-game presser. Where they faltered, he felt, was in converting on that 5-on-3 power play. Again, nothing broken though.
"I thought the low play was there, Dubinsky just shot it wide. The pass by Step was a good one. But there's too much of one guy holding the puck instead of passing it. We're not letting the puck work. That's a pretty important [power play], to have an opportunity with that much time. We need to get better at it."
He noted that Tim Thomas, the game's first star, was the difference maker.
* On the forecheck: "That's a tough team to play against. I think we developed 19-20 scoring chances against them."
* On the first two Bruin goals: "I think we gave them one. They scored two goals when we pushed the puck up the strong side. Gilly [Gilroy] is in a helluva spot there, righty shot playing left D. I'd like to see him maybe hold it and stop on the puck instead of just bat it. Because teams that come at you, they're going to take the strong side away."
"Danny [Girardi] ... that's just not the right play, it's a play we never make up the strong side and that ends up being in the net."
"But other than a couple of breakdowns there I think we held them to eight or nine scoring chances."
* On the up-and-down Erik Christensen: "I thought he had a couple good shifts. I thought that line [Gaborik-Christensen-Frolov], even early, developed a couple good chances. I just don't know why he doesn't throw it on the net [when he had the odd-man rush with Gaborik in the first period]. Everyone knows that when you move the puck laterally on Tim Thomas he's going to be aggressive on the puck, diving across. Just put it on the net. You can't look for more on Tim Thomas."
* Ranger fans can put the penalty conspiracy theories to rest with the Bruins (with the suddenly infamous Gregory Campbell on their roster) were whistled for 10 minutes of penalties to the Rangers' six.
* Another great night by the Rangers PK, killing off all three penalties and the B's 4:44 of PP time.
* The Blueshirts were again beaten badly in the faceoff circle, losing 54 percent of the draws. A lost faceoff in the offensive zone led to the break-out/chase for the puck that set up the B's first goal of the night.
* The Rangers outshot the B's 36-20. At least 10 of those Ranger SOGs came from good scoring areas too. Again, Thomas was tremendous.