Post-game notes and quotes courtesy of the Rangers:
Rangers 5, Canucks 2.
– The Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 5-2, today at Madison Square Garden, in the second game of a back-to-back set.
– The Blueshirts improved to 14-13-0 overall (28 pts), including a 5-5-0 mark at home this season. The Rangers have won 11 of their last 17 games (11-6-0).
– New York tied their season-high with five goals in the contest. It was the fourth time the Rangers have scored five this season, and the second time they have done so in the last three games. The Blueshirts have tallied 12 goals in the last three contests.
– The trio of Derek Stepan, Rick Nash, and Chris Kreider combined for eight points (four goals, four assists), 12 shots on goal, and a plus-nine rating in the contest.
– The Rangers have posted a combined record of 6-4-0 in back-to-back games this season, including a 3-2-0 mark (1-1-0 at home) in the second game of the set.
– New York extended their winning streak against Vancouver to three games, out-scoring the Canucks, 10-2, over the span.
– The Blueshirts shutout streak against the Canucks ended at 157:14, from 18:36 of the third period on Nov. 3, 2009 to 15:50 of the second period today.
– The Rangers have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 16 of the last 20 games, and 17 of the last 22. New York has allowed 37 goals over the last 20 games (1.84 goals against per game), and 41 goals in the last 22 games (1.86 goals against per game). It is the 18th time this season the Blueshirts have held opponents to two or fewer goals, which is tied with Colorado for the NHL lead.
– The Blueshirts notched two goals in three power play opportunities (2:49), and is now 4-11 (36.4%) with the man advantage in the last three games.
– The Rangers have posted a record of 13-1-0 when tallying the game’s first goal this season, which ranks third in the NHL (.929 winning percentage). The Blueshirts have opened the game’s scoring in four of the last six contests.
– New York out-hit Vancouver, 34-25, including 11 players who were credited with two or more hits in the contest. Benoit Pouliot led the Rangers with five hits, while Justin Falk was credited with four hits.
– Chris Kreider posted his first career hat trick, led all skaters and tied his career-high with six shots, and registered three hits and a plus-three rating in 14:31 of ice time. He has tallied 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in his last 17 games, including four points (three goals, one assist) in the last three. Kreider has registered 12 of his 16 points at home this season, which leads the team.
– Kreider is the first Rangers rookie to record a hat trick since Derek Stepan notched three goals in his NHL debut on Oct. 9, 2010 at Buffalo, and is the second Blueshirt to post a hat trick this season (Stepan on Nov. 2 vs. Carolina). It was the first multi-goal game and third multi-point game of Kreider’s career, and the three points tied his career-high for most points in a single game (three assists on Nov. 2 vs. Carolina).
– Rick Nash registered three points with one goal and two assists to extend his goal/point streak to three games (three goals, two assists over the span), and finished with five shots and a plus-three rating in 15:54 of ice time. He has recorded six points (four goals, two assists) in the last six games, and is now two points shy of 600 career NHL points.
– Cam Talbot made a career-high, 35 saves to win his sixth consecutive decision while making his Madison Square Garden debut, and improved to 6-1-0 overall this season. He has now made 30 or more saves in three games this season, posting a record of 3-0-0 with a 1.95 goals against average and .943 save percentage in those contests. Talbot has yet to allow more than two goals against in each of his seven career NHL starts.
– According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Rangers goaltender to win six straight decisions in their first year was Jim Henry in 1941-42 (seven straight), and the last goaltender to hold opponents to two or fewer goals in each of their first seven career starts was Frank Brimsek with Boston in 1938-39 (first 12 starts). Talbot is the first goaltender in Rangers’ history to hold opponents to two or fewer goals in each of his first seven career starts.
– Derek Stepan registered two assists and a plus-three rating in 18:09 of ice time. He has tallied five points (one goal, four assists) in the last six games, and is now two assists from his 100th career assist.
– Michael Del Zotto notched a power play goal and two shots in 17:43 of ice time. He has now registered two points (one goal, one assist) in three career games against the Canucks.
– Ryan McDonagh tallied a power play assist to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists over the span), and registered three hits and a plus-two rating in a team-high, 21:14 of ice time. He has now tallied 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the last 17 games, including four points (two goals, two assists) in the last five. The Rangers improved to 12-2-0 when he tallies a point.
– Brad Richards recorded a power play assist to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists over the span), and led all forwards with 18:26 of ice time. He has now registered 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 18 career regular season games against Vancouver.
– Mats Zuccarello tallied a power play assist, three hits, and two takeaways in 16:11 of ice time. He has tallied five points (one goal, four assists) in the last five games, and 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 19 games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at PHI. Each of his last three points have come on the power play (one goal, two assists).
– Derick Brassard registered a power play assist to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists over the span), and finished with three shots and two hits in 15:14 of ice time. He has recorded five points (two goals, three assists) in the last seven games, and is now eight points shy of 200 NHL career points.
– Dan Girardi tallied an assist and three hits in 19:43 of ice time. He has registered three assists in the last six games.
– Anton Stralman recorded an assist, and was credited with two hits and two blocked shots in 20:50 of ice time. It is the fifth time in the last seven games he logged 20:00 or more minutes of ice time.
– Alain Vigneault on today’s game… “When I saw the twins (Henrik and Daniel Sedin) have a couple of their moments out there I knew we were playing against the Canucks. They’re a good team but what we had tonight was some great bounces. A couple of our players made some great defensive efforts and when that wasn’t there, Cam (Talbot) made some great saves. We were able to score a couple of talented goals and that was a big part of the night.”
– Cam Talbot on today’s game… “To get out in front by two goals there right away was pretty important for us, especially against a team like this who we know can score a lot of goals. It also helped me settle into the game a little here. A lot of adrenaline running through it – first game at MSG. That was a huge boost for us. We kind of climbed on Kreider’s back and kept going.”
– Rick Nash on today’s game… “They (Kreider and Stepan) definitely opened things up (for me). We had a lot of chances, we capitalized on our chances which was a good thing. Everything went well today.”
– Tomorrow – Off
– Next Game – Monday, Dec. 2 vs. Winnipeg (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)
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