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Game Notes: Rangers vs. Boston Bruins

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Today's Game

The Rangers face-off against the Boston Bruins in a matinee matchup today at Madison Square Garden (3:00 p.m.) in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts are currently in third place in the Atlantic Division standings with a record of 35-24-9, and rank seventh in the Eastern Conference with 79 points. New York enters the contest having defeated the Islanders, 4-1, on Thursday at Nassau Coliseum and have now earned at least one point in 11 straight contests (8-0-3). The Rangers are 13-3-3 in their last 19 contests dating back to a 4-0 win on January 22 vs. Atlanta. Following today's match, the Rangers will travel to Buffalo to face-off against the Sabres, tomorrow, March 10, at the HSBC Center (7:00 p.m.) in the second game of a back-to-back set. The Bruins, 36-25-7, are currently in third place in the Northeast Division standings with 79 points and have lost three or their last four games.

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Today's game will be televised on MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on ESPN 1050 New York.

Rangers vs. Bruins Pre-Game Notes:

* The Rangers are 21-13-1 at MSG this season; The Bruins have posted a 18-12-3 record in 33 road contests.

* The Rangers are 9-6-3 against the Northeast Division this season; The Bruins have posted an 11-4-2 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season.

* New York has posted a record of 13-3-3 in their last 19 games, including a 6-2-1 record at MSG during the stretch.

* In their last 17 games, the Blueshirts have registered 13 goals in 65 power play opportunities (20.0%).

* New York has surrendered just four power play goals in their last 12 contests at MSG.

* The Rangers are 8-3-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets this season; Following tomorrow's game at Buffalo, the Blueshirts will have four back-to-back sets remaining on the 2007-08 regular season schedule.

* The Blueshirts have recorded a point in 10 of their last 11 meetings with the Bruins (8-1-2), dating back to a 3-2 win on November 20, 2005 at MSG.

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 7-1-2 record, along with a 1.45 goals against average and two shutouts in 10 career regular season appearances vs. the Bruins.

* In the season series, Jaromir Jagr and Scott Gomez lead the Rangers with one goal and two assists for three points apiece in three games vs. Boston.

* Jagr has registered 89 points (32 goals and 57 assists) in 66 career games vs. the Bruins; Chris Drury has notched 31 points (11 goals and 20 assists) in 34 career games vs. Boston; Gomez has collected 24 points (eight goals and 16 assists) in 29 career contests vs. the Bruins.

* Gomez enters today's contest riding a five-game scoring streak, registering two goals and six assists for eight points over the span.

* Lundqvist recorded his 30th win of the season on Thursday at Long Island to become only the second goalie in NHL history to begin their career with three consecutive 30-win seasons (Ron Hextall, 1986-87 to 1988-89); Lundqvist is also the first Rangers goalie to post three straight 30-win seasons since Ed Giacomin, who did it four straight seasons (1966-67 to 1969-70).

* Antoine Lafleur, the Rangers' second round pick (48th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, has posted a 12-19-0 record with a 4.31 goals against average and a .875 save percentage in 37 games with the Prince Edward Island Rocket of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) this season; The Gatineau, Quebec native became the first goaltender to be credited with a goal on September 25, 2005 at Halifax, and is a two-time Defensive Player of the Week (November 20, 2006 and January 22, 2007).

* The Rangers have two former Bruins on their roster; Paul Mara (2006-07) and Colton Orr (2003-04 - 2005-06); President and General Manager Glen Sather (1966-67 - 1968-69) and Vice President and Assistant General Manager Jim Schoenfeld (1983-84) have also played for the Bruins.

* Boston's roster lists two former Rangers; Marc Savard (1997-98 - 1998-99) and Aaron Ward (2006-07).

All-Time - Rangers vs. Bruins

Overall: 235-277-97-2
At MSG: 135-117-55-0
At Boston: 100-160-42-2

2007-08 – Rangers vs. Bruins
Oct. 20 Rangers 0 vs. Bruins 1 (SO) at Boston
Jan. 19 Rangers 3, Bruins 4 (SO) at Boston
Jan. 20 Rangers 1, Bruins 3 at MSG
March 9 Rangers vs. Bruins at MSG

Upcoming Regular Season Schedule
March 9 Rangers vs. Boston, 3 p.m.
March 10 Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
March 14 Rangers at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
March 15 Rangers at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
March 18 Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 4-0-1
Last 10 NYR games: 7-0-3

* Paul Mara suffered a facial fracture on Saturday at Buffalo, and has missed five games.

* The Rangers have lost 122 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

Highlights from Hartford
Follow the progress of the Rangers' top prospects:

The Wolf Pack snapped a season-high streak of three straight regulation losses last night with a 2-1 win at San Antonio (Phoenix affiliate). That completed a two-game Texas road trip, after the Pack dropped a 1-0 decision in Houston (Minnesota affiliate) on Friday night. The shutout at the hands of the Aeros was the second straight that the Wolf Pack absorbed, having lost 3-0 at Portland (Anaheim affiliate) last Sunday, the fourth time in franchise history that the team has been blanked in back-to-back games. The Pack has won only four of its last 10 outings (4-5-0-1), but has suffered only five regulation losses in its last 22 (13-5-2-2). The Wolf Pack and San Antonio have a rematch this Friday night in Hartford (7:00), before the Pack entertain divisional-rival Manchester (Los Angeles affiliate) on Saturday (7:00).  The Wolf Pack complete a three-game weekend at Worcester (San Jose affiliate) Sunday (4:05).

Individual highlights of the Pack's recent games included:

Brodie Dupont scored the first goal of Saturday night’s 2-1 triumph in San Antonio at 10:32 of the second period, to snap a Wolf Pack scoreless streak of 192:28, just under 13 minutes shy of the franchise record of 205:21.

Josh Gratton's first point in five games with the Wolf Pack was the third-period GWG on Saturday night against his old team, the San Antonio Rampage, earning him First-Star honors in the Wolf Pack’s 2-1 win.

Andrew Hutchinson leads AHL defensemen in points (53, six more than the next highest-scoring league blueliner) despite missing the last two games, and is tied for the league lead in assists among defenders. He has points in seven of his last nine games (6-9-15) and 10 of his last 13 (7-13-20).

David LeNeveu arned his first win in three starts in a Wolf Pack uniform on Saturday night, defeating his ex-San Antonio Rampage teammates and outdueling former Wolf Pack goaltender Al Montoya, with 31 saves in a Second-Star performance (2-1 win).  He was named game’s Second Star in his Wolf Pack debut last Saturday night vs. Manchester, with 30 saves in a 2-1 home loss.

Corey Potter ranks second in plus/minus among AHL defensemen, at a +25, and stands third overall in the league in that category.

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