With the win the Rangers closed to within a point of the seventh-place Islanders, who picked up a point by getting to overtime. The Islanders have 47, one behind sixth-place Ottawa, the Rangers 46, two ahead of ninth-place Winnipeg with a game in hand.
The Islanders, who hold a tiebreaker over the Rangers (regulation/OT wins, 18-17) have six games remaining, the Rangers seven, with a visit to Philadelphia Tuesday.
Courtesy of the New York Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
April 13, 2013 (Game 41, Away Game 20)
Nassau Coliseum – Uniondale, NY
Rangers 1, Islanders 0 (OT)
– The Rangers defeated the New York Islanders, 1-0, in overtime tonight at Nassau Coliseum, and are now 5-1-1 in their last seven games.
– The Blueshirts improved to 21-16-4 (46 pts) overall, including an 8-10-2 mark on the road this season.
– The Rangers have registered at least one point in 17 of their last 20 games against the Islanders, posting a record of 14-3-3 over the span, dating back to a 5-2 win on Dec. 17, 2009, at Long Island.
– The Blueshirts improved to 3-0 in games decided in overtime this season.
– The last time the Rangers and Islanders skated in a 1-0 game was a Blueshirts’ win on Mar. 17, 2003, at Madison Square Garden. The last time the two teams skated through 60 minutes of scoreless hockey was a 0-0 tie on Dec. 9, 1989, at Long Island.
– The Blueshirts held the Islanders scoreless in two power play attempts (4:00), and are now 19-20 (95.0%) on the penalty kill in the last seven games. New York has now registered a point in 16 of 20 games (14-4-2) when not allowing a power play goal.
– The Rangers were credited with 21 blocked shots, including 13 players who registered at least one blocked shot in the contest.
– Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 29 shots faced to post his first shutout of the season, 44th of his career, to improve to 19-14-3 overall, including a 6-8-2 mark on the road this season. The shutout was Lundqvist’s 50th career total, including six playoff shutouts, tying him with Ed Giacomin as the Rangers’ all-time leader in total shutouts. He has now allowed two or fewer goals in 12 of his last 13 games, posting a record of 8-3-2 with a 1.66 goals against average, .941 save percentage, and one shutout over the span.
– Dan Girardi notched the game-winning goal at 3:11 of overtime, was credited with two blocked shots, and logged a game-high, 29:13 of ice time. The goal was his first career overtime goal.
– Derick Brassard tallied the primary assist on Girardi’s overtime, game-winning goal, was credited with two hits, and won 8-15 faceoffs (53%) in 19:22 of ice time. He has now tallied eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last eight games, including six points (one goal, five assists) in six games as a Ranger.
– Michael Del Zotto recorded an assist and was credited with a game-high, five blocked shots in 26:03 of ice time. He now ranks fifth on the team with 14 assists on the season.
– Brian Boyle was credited with two hits and three blocked shots in 14:50 of ice time.
– John Moore was credited with four hits and logged 7:55 of ice time.
– Please note the Blueshirts do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, Apr. 14. The Rangers’ next practice is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 15, at MSG Training Center.
– The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, Apr. 16, at Wells Fargo Center (7:30 p.m. – TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Atlantic Division matchup.