Post-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
Rangers 4, Blue Jackets 2.
Team Notes:– The Rangers defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-2, tonight at Nationwide Arena, to complete a sweep of their back-to-back set. – The Blueshirts are now 8-8-0 overall (16 pts), including a 5-6-0 mark on the road this season. The Rangers have won six of their last eight games. – The Rangers have registered four or more goals in three of their last four games. – The Blueshirts have held opponents to two or fewer goals in each of the last nine games, and 10 of the last 11. The current streak of nine games is their longest since holding opponents to two or fewer goals in 12 straight games from Feb. 20, 1971 at Pittsburgh to Mar. 18, 1971 at Philadelphia. – The Rangers’ power play was 1-3 (4:49) in the contest, and is now 5-21 (23.8%) in the last six games. – The Rangers’ penalty kill was 2-2 (4:00) in the contest, and is now 34-39 (87.2%) in the last 11 games. – New York improved to a combined record of 4-2-0 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 and 2-1-0 (0-0-0 at home; 2-1-0 on the road) mark in the second game. – The Rangers out-shot the Blue Jackets, 31-20, after two periods, including a 21-10 advantage in the second period. It is the second time this season the Rangers registered 21 shots in a single period, having previously done so on Oct. 16 at Washington. – The Blueshirts have registered a point in 98 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 92-0-6 over the span. The Rangers are 6-0-0 when leading after the second period this season. – With the win, Head Coach Alain Vigneault moved past Hall of Famer Punch Imlach for 27th place on the NHL’s all-time coaching points list with 956 points in 822 games coached (430-296-35-61).
Player Notes:– Cam Talbot made 32 saves to improve to 3-1-0 overall, including a 3-1-0 mark on the road this season. Talbot has held opponents to two goals in each of his four career NHL appearances, and he has now won each of his last three games (1.95 GAA, .935 Sv% over the span). – Carl Hagelin notched two goals to extend his point streak to four games (four goals, two assists over the span), and registered three shots in 15:00 of ice time. He has recorded seven points (four goals, three assists) in six games since returning from injury. – Ryan Callahan tallied two points (one goal, one assist), including a power play goal, registered three hits and two blocked shots, and posted a plus-three rating in 18:07 of ice time. He has now recorded a point in each of his last five games (five goals, two assists over the span), including four points (two goals, two assists) in three games since returning from injury. – Ryan McDonagh registered a power play assist and added an empty net goal in a game-high, 25:12 of ice time. He tallied three points (two goals, one assist) in the Rangers’ back-to-back set, and has now registered six points (three goals, three assists) in the last six games. – Mats Zuccarello tallied a power play assist, four shots, and a game-high, four blocked shots in 19:12 of ice time. He has now recorded seven assists in the last six games, and eight points (one goal, seven assists) in eight games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at Philadelphia. – Brad Richards registered an assist and four shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 17:26 of ice time. He has tallied five assists in the last six games, including four assists in the last four. – Derek Stepan recorded an assist and three shots in 19:06 of ice time. He has now tallied seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last six games. – Dan Girardi registered his first point of the season with the primary assist on Ryan McDonagh’s empty net goal, and logged 21:22 of ice time.
Team Schedule:– Tomorrow – Off – Saturday, Nov. 9 – Practice, 11:00 a.m. at MSG Training Center – Next Game – Sunday, Nov. 10 vs. Florida (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)
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