Post-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
Rangers 3, Sabres 1.
—The Rangers defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 3-1, tonight at First Niagara Center, in their first of three games in a four-day span.
—The Blueshirts are now 15-14-0 overall (30 pts), including a 10-8-0 mark on the road this season. The Rangers’ 10 road wins lead the Eastern Conference.
—New York has won eight of their last 10 road games, out-scoring opponents 26-19 over the span.
—The Rangers have now won seven of their last nine games against the Sabres, with wins in each of their last three meetings. New York has out-scored Buffalo, 13-5, during their three-game winning streak.
—The Rangers tallied a goal in two power play opportunities (3:18), while holding the Sabres scoreless in two power play attempts (4:00). New York is now 5-15 (33.3%) with the man advantage in the last five games, while the penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in 10 of the last 12 games (28-30, 93.3% over the span).
—The Blueshirts have now opened the game’s scoring in six of the last eight contests, and improved to 14-2-0 (.875 win%) when tallying the game’s first goal.
—The Rangers won a season-high, 41-64 faceoffs (64%), with each Blueshirt who attempted a faceoff in the contest winning at least 50% of their draws. Derek Stepan led all skaters, winning 12-20 faceoffs (60%), while Derick Brassard was 10-16 (63%) in the faceoff circle.
—Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to improve to 9-11-0 overall, including a 5-6-0 mark on the road this season. He has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 10 of his last 14 games since returning from injury on Oct. 28 vs. MTL, posting a record of 7-7-0 with a 1.99 goals against average, .932 save percentage, and 1 shutout over the span.
—Rick Nash opened the game’s scoring with a goal at 17:47 of the first period, and registered three shots in 14:59 of ice time. He has tallied six points (four goals, two assists) in the last five contests, including a goal in four of those five games. Nash is now one point shy of his 600th career NHL point.
—Brad Richards tallied a power play goal and added an assist to extend his point streak to a season-high, five games (two goals, four assists over the span). He also won 9-12 faceoffs (75%) in 16:34 of ice time. Richards now leads the team with eight goals and 22 points on the season.
—Ryan McDonagh tallied two assists to extend his point streak to a career-high, five games (one goal, five assists over the span), and registered two blocked shots and a plus-two rating in 23:41 of ice time. He is the first Rangers defenseman to post a five-game point streak since Aaron Ward did so during the 2006-07 season (Oct. 21 – Nov. 1). His five-game point streak also includes an active three-game assist streak (four assists over the span), which ties his career high. McDonagh has tallied a point in six of the last seven games (two goals, five assists), and has registered 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in the last 19 contests.
—Mats Zuccarello notched two points (one goal, one power play assist) to extend his point streak to three games (two goals, two assists over the span), and registered four shots in 17:37 of ice time. He has tallied a point in five the last seven games, registering eight points (three goals, five assists) during the stretch.
—Derek Stepan registered an assist and won a game-high, 12-20 faceoffs (60%) in 15:48 of ice time. He has tallied three assists in the last three games, and eight points (one goal, seven assists) in the last nine road games. Stepan is now one assist shy of his 100th career NHL assist.
—Derick Brassard recorded a power play assist, three shots, and won 10-16 faceoffs (63%) in 15:08 of ice time. He has registered four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games, including three points on the power play (one goal, two assists) over the span.
—Chris Kreider tied for the game-high with a career-high, seven hits, and registered three shots in 13:49 of ice time.
—Marc Staal was credited with a game-high, five blocked shots, in 20:49 of ice time.
—Tomorrow: Practice, 12:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center
—Next Game: Saturday, Dec. 7 vs. New Jersey (7:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)
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