The Rangers are 3-0-1 in their last four after beating the Hurricanes 4-1 Saturday night in Raleigh. With 10 games remaining in the regular season, they are in seventh place, but four points behind fifth-place Toronto. The Rangers play the Maple Leaves back to back, Monday in Toronto and Wednesday in New York.
Courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
April 6, 2013 (Game 38, Away Game 18)
PNC Arena – Raleigh, NC
Rangers 4, Hurricanes 1
– The Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-1, tonight at PNC Arena. New York has now registered a point in four straight games, posting a record of 3-0-1 over the span.
– The Blueshirts improved to 19-15-4 (42 pts) overall, including a 7-9-2 mark on the road this season.
– The Rangers have now won eight of their last nine games against the Hurricanes, having out-scored Carolina, 30-18, over the span.
– The Blueshirts extended their winning streak at Carolina to four games, and have now won six of their last seven meetings in Raleigh.
– New York has now posted a combined record of 5-4-1 in back-to-back games, including a 2-3-0 (0-2-0 at home; 2-1-0 on the road) mark in the second game of the set.
– The Rangers have now posted a record of 23-6-3 in their last 32 games against Southeast Division opponents, including an 8-3-1 mark against the Southeast Division this season. The Blueshirts have out-scored their Southeast Division opponents, 102-65, over the span.
– The Rangers notched two goals in five power play attempts (9:21), and are now 5-11 (45.5%) with the man advantage in the last three games. Prior to their trade deadline acquisitions earlier this week, the Blueshirts were 14.3% with the man advantage.
– The Blueshirts held the Hurricanes scoreless in five power play opportunities (9:47), and are now 14-14 (100%) on the penalty kill in the last four games. New York has now registered a point in 14 of 18 games (12-4-2) when not allowing a power play goal.
– The Rangers were credited with 22 blocked shots in the contest, led by Dan Girardi’s game-high, five blocked shots.
– New York has registered a point in 13 of 15 games when scoring the first goal this season (12-2-1).
– The Blueshirts extended their point streak in games when leading after the second period to 87 games, dating back to the 2009-10 season, improving to 81-0-6 over the span. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. WSH). New York is now 11-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.
– Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high, 48 saves to improve to 17-13-3 overall, including a 5-7-2 mark on the road this season. It is the 13th time in his career he has posted 40 or more saves in a game, posting an 8-0-5 mark with a 1.34 goals against average, .969 Sv% and four shutouts in those contests. Lundqvist has allowed two or fewer goals in each of the last 10 games (6-2-2, 1.57 GAA, .945 Sv% over the span).
– Lundqvist has now started on consecutive days 64 times in his career, posting a record of 40-17-7 with a 1.91 GAA, .933 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game of the back-to-back set.
– Rick Nash notched a power play goal, added an assist, and led all skaters with eight shots on goal in 14:17 of ice time. He has now tallied eight points (five goals, three assists) in the last seven games.
– Derek Stepan tallied a power play goal, added an assist, and won a team-high, 11 faceoffs in 18:54 of ice time. He extended his point streak to four games (three goals, three assists over the span), and has now recorded 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in the last 20 games.
– Ryan Callahan notched the eventual game-winning goal, was credited with three hits and two blocked shots, and logged 19:09 of ice time. He has registered five points (two goals, three assists) in the last four games.
– Ryane Clowe recorded a power play assist and was credited with two hits in 17:04 of ice time. He has tallied nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his last 11 games, including four points (two goals, two assists) in three games as a Ranger.
– Brad Richards tallied a power play assist, four shots on goal, and was credited with two blocked shots in 18:04 of ice time. He has recorded eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last eight games.
– Brian Boyle notched an empty net goal with 0:01 remaining in the game, registered five shots on goal, was credited with two hits and three takeaways, and won 7-12 faceoffs (58%) in 19:18 of ice time. He has recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in the last three games.
– Mats Zuccarello tallied a power play assist, registered four shots on goal, and was credited with two hits and two takeaways in 12:46 of ice time.
– Michael Del Zotto recorded a power play assist and logged 24:52 of ice time. He now ranks second on the team with six power play assists on the season.
– Please note the Blueshirts do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, Apr. 7.
– The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against Original Six opponent, the Toronto Maple Leafs, on Monday, Apr. 8, at Air Canada Centre (7:00 p.m. – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), to begin a home-and-home set.