Rangers D Dan Girardi logged 22:10 and tied a career high with two assists and set a career high with a plus-4 rating as he returned to the lineup Sunday night after missing the two previous games with an undisclosed injury.

He had a streak of 145 consecutive games snapped by the injury.

"I think when he comes back in the lineup, it puts the minutes where it should be for some other guys," coach John Tortorella said.

Asham’s goal

Rugged LW Arron Asham notched his first goal as a Ranger as he took a long pass from D Ryan McDonagh and beat Anders Lindback on an odd-man rush at 12:22 of the third period to make it 4-1.

"He’s played on about 100 teams, and every team we talked to said he was just a great guy," Tortorella said.

There or not?

Philadelphia-based Global Spectrum has been awarded a 10-year contract to run the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., as the Rangers must decide whether to keep their AHL affiliate there as the team’s lease expires after this season. The AHL is reportedly assisting the Rangers in identifying alternatives to Hartford. Global Spectrum has a March 1 deadline to secure an AHL team for the building.