Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:
Rangers 5, Huricanes 1.
Team Notes:– The Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to extend their winning streak to three games. – The Blueshirts are now 6-7-0 overall (12 pts), including a 2-1-0 mark at home this season. The Rangers have won four of their last five games. – The line of Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello, and Chris Kreider combined for three goals and nine points in the contest. – The Rangers extended their winning streak against the Hurricanes to nine games, dating back to Feb. 22, 2011. New York has out-scored Carolina, 36-17, during the streak. – The Blueshirts have now won each of their last five games against the Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden, having out-scored Carolina, 18-6, over the span. – The Rangers tallied one power play goal in four attempts (4:29), and are now 5-19 (26.3%) with the man advantage in the last five games. The Blueshirts have tallied at least one power play goal in three straight games (4-11, 36.4%). – New York out-shot Carolina, 38-28, including a 27-14 advantage after two periods. The Rangers have out-shot their opponents, 84-57, in the last two games. – The Blueshirts improved to 4-0-0 when leading after the second period this season, and have now registered at least a point in 96 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).
Player Notes:– Derek Stepan posted his second career hat trick with three goals, and led all skaters with seven shots in 14:10 of ice time. His power play tally at 15:54 of the second period was his first goal of the season, and he has now tallied five points (three goals, two assists) in the last three games. It is also the second consecutive game Stepan has registered seven shots on goal. – Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to improve to 4-5-0 overall, including a 2-1-0 mark at home this season. He is now 3-2-0 with a 1.42 goals against average, .943 save percentage, and two shutouts in his last five appearances. – Carl Hagelin notched two goals, including his first goal of the season at 8:26 of the first period, five shots, three takeaways, and a plus-two rating in 17:44 of ice time. He has now tallied three points (two goals, one assist) in three games since returning from injury. – Mats Zuccarello tied his career-high for most assists/points in a game with three assists to extend his assist streak to three games (five assists over the span), and posted a career-high, plus-three rating in 15:37 of ice time. He has now tallied six points (one goal, five assists) in the last five games, following his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at Philadelphia. – Chris Kreider tallied a career-high, three assists to extend his point streak to three games (two goals, three assists over the span), and was credited with three hits and a plus-two rating in 15:01 of ice time. It was the first multi-point performance of his career, and he has now registered career-highs with four assists and six points in six games with the Rangers this season. – Ryan McDonagh recorded an assist to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists over the span), posted a plus-three rating, and led all skaters with 23:06 of ice time. He has now tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games, and is tied for third on the team and leads Rangers defensemen in scoring with six points (two goals, four assists) on the season. – Benoit Pouliot registered an assist in 14:59 of ice time. He has now recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in the last five games. – Brad Richards recorded an assist and five shots in 18:44 of ice time. He has now registered two assists in the last three games. – Taylor Pyatt registered his first point of the season with an assist, and was credited with two blocked shots in 12:39 of ice time. – Dan Girardi tied for the game-high with four blocked shots and posted a plus-three rating in 19:16 of ice time.
- Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “Hags’ (Carl Hagelin) speed definitely helps us. When he scores the way he does tonight and backing down their defense the way he does, it’s so important to the team having success and winning games. He came out with two big goals for us. Today Hank (Henrik Lundqvist) was, in my mind, the best player on the ice. He permitted us to find our legs and find a little bit of rhythm. We had a couple of breakdowns, but he did what a goaltender is supposed to do and he made some real big saves tonight.”
- Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “I felt like the last few games my focus has been good. I really try to focus on the things that I can control. It’s so important for the goalie to not get rattled or pay attention to things that don’t really matter. Having a lot of traffic and bodies in front, that’s part of hockey. They started off the game really well and we weren’t able to take charge right away, but they came out flying. After a while, we started to take over the game. That first goal was huge for the game and for us to start settling down a little bit.”
- Derek Stepan on his hat trick… “My two linemates (Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider) have created some pretty good looks for me, and I wasn’t able to find the back of the net. Tonight they continued to do it, and I was fortunate enough to find the net a couple times so that’s good.”
Team Schedule:– Friday, Nov. 3 – Off – Next Game – Monday , Nov. 4 vs. Anaheim (7:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)