Henrik Lundqvist is the only goalie in NHL history to post 30-or-more wins in each of his first five NHL seasons, and the first Rangers goaltender in team history to post five straight 30-win seasons... Captured a gold medal with Team Sweden at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy... and considered one of the top goaltenders in the game.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lundqvist MVP for fourth straight year; Drury captures Player's Player

Rangers announce 2009-10 team awards

Friday, 04.09.2010 / 7:19 PM / News
New York Rangers
Callahan Repeats as McDonald Winner

The New York Rangers have announced the 2009-10 Team Awards, including the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, presented by Lightspeed Trading; the John Halligan Good Guy Award; the Rangers’ MVP and the Players’ Player Award. 

The Rangers’ MVP, voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, was awarded to Henrik Lundqvist.  This is the fourth consecutive year that Lundqvist has won the award, which marks the most consecutive years an individual has been named Rangers’ MVP.
Henrik Lundqvist

Lundqvist currently ranks fifth in the NHL in saves (1,872) and sixth in time on ice (4,078:49).  He has recorded four shutouts this season, while ranking ninth in the NHL in goals against average (2.40) and 11th in wins (34). Lundqvist is the only goalie in NHL history to post 30-or-more wins in each of his first five seasons, and the first Rangers goaltender in team history to post five straight 30-win seasons. 

The Players’ Player Award, voted on by the Ranger players, was given to captain Chris Drury.  The award recognizes the Rangers player who best exemplifies what it means to be a teammate.

Drury was also nominated by the New York Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey..  Only four Ranger players have been selected for this award since its inception in 1968.

Chris Drury
Drury is serving in his second year as Captain of the New York Rangers.  He leads all NHL forwards in blocked shots (97) and ranks 22nd in faceoff percentage.   Drury was a member of the silver-medal winning US Men’s Olympic Ice Hockey Team, registering two goals and a plus-three rating.

The John Halligan Good Guy Award, selected by the New York Rangers Media, recognizes players’ cooperation with the media. This year’s recipients are Erik Christensen and Vinny Prospal, both in their first season with the team. 

This year the award was renamed in honor of John Halligan, a longtime Rangers and NHL Public Relations executive who passed away earlier this year.  Throughout his 53 year career, Halligan was a beloved figure in the world of New York Sports and a champion of hockey in the media.

Ryan Callahan
The Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, presented by Lightspeed Trading, and voted on by the fans, recognizing the player who performs “above and beyond the call of duty,” was awarded to Ryan Callahan

The award is named after New York City police officer Steven McDonald, who was shot and injured in the call of duty in November of 1988.  This award has been given annually to the player who fans believe plays with extra effort on the ice.  This is the second consecutive year that Callahan has received this award.

Callahan currently ranks second in the NHL in hits (283) and fourth among forwards in blocked shots (81).  Named Alternate Captain prior to the start of the regular season, Callahan ranks second on the Rangers in power play goals (nine) and third in power play points (20). 

He has played in 76 games this season, registering 19 goals and 18 assists for 37 points, along with 48 penalty minutes.

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Rangers Players Postgame: SO Loss to Flyers (4/11)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Rangers can secure playoff spot with win today

An impressive 7-1-1 stretch run, including an exhilarating 4-3 home-ice win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night, has delivered the Rangers to the doorstep of an Eastern Conference playoff seed

However, the Rangers still need to win one more contest this afternoon at the Wachovia Center against the Flyers in the final game of the regular season in order to claim a top eight spot in the East and advance to the post-season for a fifth consecutive year.

Following a win by Boston and an overtime loss by Montreal on Saturday, the Rangers can finish in eighth place by beating the Flyers today. That would get them a first-round playoff rematch against the Washington Capitals team that took them out of last year’s playoffs in a thrilling, seven-game series.

“It’s exciting just to know what’s at stake and the position we’re in to get ourselves in the playoffs,” said defenseman Michael Del Zotto. “Everyone counted us out, and we’re kind of proving people wrong. We’ve played some great hockey, solid in our own end, scoring some goals, and obviously (Henrik Lundqvist) has been standing on his head. I’m really looking forward to this.”

With their backs against the wall following a crushing 2-1 loss at the hands of the Bruins up in Boston on March 21, virtually every game the Rangers played became a must-win. And the team responded by garnering 15 of a possible 18 points since.

However Friday night was, in reality, the first game in which the Rangers faced a true must-win situation. Had the Rangers suffered a regulation loss to the Flyers on Friday night, they would have officially been eliminated from post-season contention, and this afternoon’s contest would be meaningless.

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Pregame Notes: Rangers at Philadelphia

2009-10 Season Game No. 82 at Wachovia Center

Sunday, 04.11.2010 / 3:08 AM / News
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Today's Game
The Rangers close out their 2009-10 regular season schedule today when they will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center (3:00 p.m.), in the second game of a home-and-home set. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 38-33-10 (86 pts.). The Rangers enter today's contest having defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3, Friday at MSG, to conclude their regular season home schedule. New York improved to 7-1-1 in their last nine games. The Flyers enter the contest with a 40-35-6 (86 pts.) record to rank eighth in the Eastern Conference.

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Tune In Today!
Today’s game will be televised on MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN New York and on satellite radio at XM 204.

All Time – Rangers vs. Flyers
Overall: 108-103-37-6
At MSG: 56-45-23-4
At Philadelphia: 52-58-14-2

2009-10 - Rangers vs. Flyers
Dec. 19 Rangers 2, Flyers 1 at Philadelphia
Dec. 30 Rangers 0, Flyers 6 at MSG
Jan. 21 Rangers 0, Flyers 2 at Philadelphia
March 14 Rangers 3, Flyers 1
April 9 Rangers 4, Flyers 3 at MSG
April 11 Rangers vs. Flyers at Philadelphia

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
April 11 Rangers at Philadelphia, 3 p.m.


* Brian Boyle has missed nine games with an injury suffered on March 23.

* Sean Avery has missed six games with an injury suffered on March 27.

* The Rangers have lost 76 manpower games due to injury or illness this season.

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