Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the Rangers:
Rangers 5, Penguins 1.
Team Notes:– The Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to conclude their four-game homestand with a 3-1-0 record. – The Blueshirts are now 7-8-0 overall (14 pts), including a 3-2-0 mark at home this season. The Rangers have won five of their last seven games. – The Rangers have registered five goals in two of their last three games. – The Blueshirts have held opponents to two or fewer goals in each of the last eight games, and nine of the last 10. The current streak of eight games is their longest since holding opponents to two or fewer goals in eight straight games from Dec. 31, 2009 at Carolina to Jan. 14, 2010 vs. Ottawa. – The Rangers’ penalty kill was 5-6 (10:06) in the contest, and is now 32-37 (86.5%) in the last 10 games. – New York improved to a combined record of 3-2-0 in back-to-back games this season, including a 2-1-0 (1-1-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) record in the first game. – The Blueshirts have registered a point in 97 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 91-0-6 over the span. The Rangers are 5-0-0 when leading after the second period this season. – With the win, Head Coach Alain Vigneault moved into a tie with Hall of Famer Punch Imlach for 27th place on the NHL’s all-time coaching points list with 954 points in 821 games coached (429-296-35-61).
Player Notes:– Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves and is now 5-6-0 overall, including a 3-2-0 mark at home this season. He has held opponents to two or fewer goals in each of his last five appearances, and six of his last seven contests. Lundqvist is now 4-3-0 with a 1.45 goals against average, .943 save percentage, and two shutouts in his last seven games. – Brian Boyle registered two points (one goal, one assist), including his first goal of the season, was credited with four hits and two blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 12:29 of ice time. His last multi-point performance was against Pittsburgh, in a 6-1 win on Apr. 3 at Madison Square Garden (two assists). – Ryan McDonagh opened the game’s scoring at 18:08 of the first period, and registered four shots, two blocked shots, and a team-high 25:02 of ice time. He has now registered four points (two goals, two assists) in the last five games, and five points (two goals, three assists) in the last seven games. – Derek Stepan notched a goal and logged 19:17 of ice time. He has now tallied six points (four goals, two assists) in the last five games, including four goals in the last three. – Ryan Callahan tallied a goal, was credited with a game-high, five hits, and two blocked shots in 19:57 of ice time. He has now recorded a point in each of his last four games (four goals, one assist over the span), including two points (one goal, one assist) in two games since returning from injury. – Brad Richards recorded two assists, posted a plus-two rating, and won 7-10 faceoffs (70%) in 18:52 of ice time. He has tallied four assists in the last five games, including three assists in the last three. – Derick Brassard notched a goal and posted a plus-two rating in 12:30 of ice time. He has recorded two goals in the last four games. – Mats Zuccarello registered an assist and three shots in 16:22 of ice time. He has now recorded six assists in the last five games, and seven points (one goal, six assists) in seven games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at Philadelphia. – Chris Kreider tallied an assist and registered a game-high, five shots on goal in 15:47 of ice time. He has now registered six points (two goals, four assists) in the last five games, with four assists in the last three. Kreider has now registered seven points (two goals, five assists) in eight games following his recall on Oct. 20. – Carl Hagelin tallied an assist to extend his point streak to three games (two goals, two assists over the span), and posted a plus-two rating in 16:40 of ice time. He has recorded five points (two goals, three assists) in five games since returning from injury. – Derek Dorsett recorded his first regular season assist as a Ranger, and was credited with three hits in 12:05 of ice time. – Anton Stralman tallied an assist and a game-high, plus-three rating in 18:29 of ice time.
- Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “I wouldn’t say they controlled stretches. When they got off their first shift they got a great scoring chance. Crosby, a great player, beat a great defenseman when Staal had moved, but Hank did what he was supposed to: stop the puck. They had three grade A scoring chances and he made three unreal saves, but after that I thought the play was pretty well balanced on both sides. They didn’t get another scoring chance five-on-five and then they made a couple of mistakes and we made them pay. This is a game where when somebody makes mistakes they are going to pay and you’re going to win some games and that’s what happened.”
- Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “It’s a big game for us. We talked about it before the game that we didn’t want to lose two in a row at home. It was important for us to step up and we played against one of the best teams in the league. We did so many good things and I felt like the penalty kill played a huge part too. Their power play is really skilled, but we stepped up and killed them off.”
Team Schedule:– Next Game – Thursday, Nov. 7 at Columbus (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)