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Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the Rangers:
Jets 5, Rangers 2.
Team Notes:– The Rangers were defeated by the Winnipeg Jets, 5-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden, in their fourth game in six days. – The Blueshirts are now 14-14-0 overall (28 pts), including a 5-6-0 mark at home this season. – The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 2-2 (4:00) in the contest, and has now held opponents scoreless in nine of the last 11 games (26-28, 92.9% over the span). – The Rangers out-shot the Jets, 37-30, with 15 players registering at least one shot in the contest. Ryan Callahan and Rick Nash led New York and tied for the game-high with seven shots apiece. – The Blueshirts won 30-51 faceoffs (59%) in the contest, led by Derek Stepan’s 13 faceoff wins (13-23, 57%).
Player Notes:– Mats Zuccarello notched the game’s opening goal and tied for the team-high with three hits in 16:13 of ice time. He has tallied six points (two goals, four assists) in the last six games, and 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 20 games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at Philadelphia. Zuccarello has recorded a point in seven of 11 games at Madison Square Garden this season, tallying nine points (two goals, seven assists) in those 11 contests. – Ryan Callahan registered a goal and tied for the game-high with seven shots in 16:36 of ice time. He has recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in the last three games, and is now tied for the team lead with seven goals on the season. Callahan has a six-game goal/point streak against the Jets (six goals, five assists over the span), and he moved past Phil Watson and Pat Hickey for 32nd on the team’s all-time goals list with his 128th career goal. – Ryan McDonagh tallied an assist to extend his point streak to four games (one goal, three assists), and registered two shots and two takeaways in a team-high, 24:22 of ice time. He has registered 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in the last 18 games, including five points (two goals, three assists) in the last six, and is now tied for third on the team in scoring with 16 points on the season. McDonagh’s four-game point streak ties his career-high, posted earlier this season from Nov. 6 vs. Pittsburgh to Nov. 12 vs. New Jersey. – Brad Richards recorded an assist to extend his point streak to four games (one goal, three assists over the span), registered three shots and won 6-7 faceoffs (86%) in 17:44 of ice time. He has also tallied an assist in each of the last three games (three assists), and now leads the team in scoring with 20 points on the season. Richards has registered 40 career assists and 58 career points against the Jets/Thrashers franchise, his most against a single NHL opponent in either category. – Benoit Pouliot tallied an assist and two shots in 9:59 of ice time. He has now registered five points (two goals, three assists) in 12 career contests against Winnipeg. – Cam Talbot stopped 25 of 29 shots faced, and is now 6-2-0 overall with a 1-1-0 mark at home this season. The loss ended his streak of wins in six consecutive decisions, dating back to a 3-2 overtime win on Oct. 26 at Detroit. It is also the first time Talbot has allowed more than two goals against in his eight career NHL starts.
- Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “We’re definitely not getting the traction that I think we want, that I know we want. The only way we are going to get traction and get better is by playing more consistent hockey. Is this team a .500 hockey club? We’re certainly playing like one right now. If we want to get off of the .500 mark we are going to have to start playing better.”
- Cam Talbot on tonight’s game… “I felt alright, but still not where I wanted to be tonight. Obviously, four goals is not going to cut it. I can’t expect the guys to go out there and score five goals for me every night, so I have to do a better job of eliminating their opportunities and do a better job of clearing them.”
- Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “I think the big thing is we weren’t getting pucks deep. We weren’t executing coming out of our own end, and they’re a good transition team and they capitalized on it. We had a tied game going into the third period at home, and we needed a better effort than that in the third.”
Team Schedule:– Tomorrow – Practice, 12:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center – Next Game – Thursday, Dec. 5 at Buffalo (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)
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