Courtesy of the NYR:
Rangers 2, Sabres 0.
– The Rangers opened their four-game homestand with a 2-0 win tonight against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden.
– The Blueshirts are now 5-7-0 overall (10 pts), including a 1-1-0 mark at home this season. The Rangers have won three of their last four games, with wins in each of their last two games.
– The Rangers have now out-scored the Sabres, 10-4, in their last two meetings, including an 8-4 win in their final meeting last season on Apr. 19 at Buffalo.
– New York out-shot Buffalo, 46-29, in the contest, including a 38-18 advantage after two periods. The 46 shots on goal mark a season-high for the Rangers, and are the most by the team since Mar. 15, 2011 vs. NY Islanders (47 shots).
– The Rangers tallied one power play goal in three attempts (5:39), and are now 4-15 (26.7%) with the man advantage in the last four games. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill held the Sabres scoreless in one shorthanded situation (2:00) to improve to 23-26 (88.5%) in the last seven games.
– The Blueshirts improved to 3-0-0 when leading after the second period this season, and have now registered at least a point in 95 consecutive regular season games when entering the third with the lead. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. WSH).
– With the win, Head Coach Alain Vigneault moved past Jacques Demers into 28th on the NHL’s all-time head coaching points list, earning 950 points in 818 career games coached (427-295-35-61).
– Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 29 shots faced to post his second shutout of the season, and the 47th shutout of his career. He improved to 3-5-0 overall, including a 1-1-0 mark at home this season. Lundqvist has posted a shutout in two of his last four appearances, and is 2-2-0 with a 1.52 goals against average and .938 save percentage over the span.
– Derick Brassard notched a power play goal to open the game’s scoring at 8:28 of the first period, and logged 14:34 of ice time. He has now registered two goals in the last four games, and ranks third on the team in scoring with six points (two goals, four assists) this season.
– Chris Kreider registered a goal and a career-high, six shots on goal in 17:26 of ice time. He has now tallied three points (two goals, one assist) in five games with the Rangers this season, including a goal in each of the last two games.
– Mats Zuccarello tallied an assist and five shots, and was credited with two blocked shots in 17:57 of ice time to earn First Star honors. He has now registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games, following his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at Philadelphia.
– Michael Del Zotto recorded a power play assist and two shots in a team-high, 22:23 of ice time. He has now tallied an assist in each of the last two games.
– Ryan McDonagh registered an assist and was credited with two blocked shots in 18:46 of ice time. He has now tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games, including a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist).
– J.T. Miller recorded his first point of the season with a power play assist, and registered two shots and two hits in 14:58 of ice time.
– Dan Girardi was credited with a team-high, four hits, in 16:18 of ice time while skating in his 500th career NHL game.
– Marc Staal registered two hits and logged 19:57 of ice time while skating in his 400th career NHL game.
– Derek Stepan led all skaters and tied his career-high with seven shots on goal, and won a game-high, 16-25 faceoffs (64%) in 20:18 of ice time.
– Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “I think our game has been getting better. It’s been getting better on both sides of the rink, defensively and offensively. We are doing a lot of the things that we have to do to put some good performances together, and that’s what we did tonight. We came out extremely hard and spent a good portion of the first two periods in their end. We had some great chances and their goaltender kept them in [the game].”
– Henrik Lundqvist on the team’s momentum… “Ever since we came back, the guys have stepped their game up. We were looking for our game a little bit and we were playing the best teams in the league at the time and we got exposed a little bit, but coming back, we are finding our game more and more and trusting each other more and more and that’s a big thing. We need to continue to improve but it’s looking better and better.”
– Ryan McDonagh on tonight’s game… “I think guys are getting pretty confident. There is good chemistry as far as where pucks are going. It’s not a big adjustment; it’s just a matter of making simple plays, not trying to be pretty. We were pretty simple against this team and worked them down low and that’s where we generated offense. I think it was a good example tonight of what we need to continue to do.”
– Friday, Nov. 1 – Practice, 12:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center
– Next Game – Saturday , Nov. 2 vs. Carolina (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)