Post-game notes and quotes courtesy of the Rangers:
Devils 4, Rangers 3 (OT).
Team notes:– The Rangers began a franchise record, nine-game homestand, tonight with a 4-3 overtime loss against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Chris Kreider’s power play goal with 22 seconds remaining in regulation sent the game into overtime and earned the Blueshirts a point. The last regular season game the Rangers tied in the final minute of regulation was on January 1, 2011, at Tampa Bay (2-1 overtime loss). – The Blueshirts are now 15-14-1 overall (31 pts), including a 5-6-1 mark at home this season. Tonight’s loss was the Rangers’ first in just their second overtime appearance this season. – The Rangers and Devils have been separated by two goals or less in 17 of their last 24 meetings. – The Rangers have registered a point in 27 of their last 38 games against the Devils since 2007-08 (23-11-4 over the span), including 15 of their last 20 meetings at Madison Square Garden (13-5-2 over the span). – New York has posted a combined record of 6-4-1 in back-to-backs this season, including a 3-2-1 mark in the first game of the set (1-1-1 at home). The Rangers are now 16-5-5 in the first half of back-to-back games dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season. – The Rangers tallied one goal in four power play opportunities (6:49), and have now registered a power play goal in four of their last six games (6-19, 31.6% over the span). – The Blueshirts have now opened the game’s scoring in seven of the last nine contests, and are 14-2-1 (.875 win%) when tallying the game’s first goal. – The Rangers out-hit the Devils, 33-26, with 16 of 18 skaters recording at least one hit in the contest and 10 players with two or more hits. – New York won 29-54 faceoffs (54%) in the contest, led by Derek Stepan’s game-high, 12 faceoff wins (12-20, 60%). The Rangers are now 70-118 (59.3%) on faceoffs in the last two games.
- Chris Kreider notched a power play goal with 22 seconds remaining in regulation, and registered three shots in 20:09 of ice time. He has tallied four goals in the last four games, and is now tied for second on the team with seven goals on the season.
- Mats Zuccarello registered a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to four games (three goals, three assists over the span), including a three-game goal streak (three goals), and posted a plus-two rating in 18:58 of ice time. It is his second straight multi-point performance (two goals, two assists) and the four-game point streak ties his career-high, posted earlier this season from Nov. 6 vs. PIT to Nov. 12 vs. NJD. He has now tallied a point in six of the last eight games, registering 10 points (four goals, six assists) during the stretch. Zuccarello’s goal was his sixth of the season, which ties his career-high for a single season, and he is now four games shy of his 100th career NHL appearance.
- Ryan Callahan recorded two assists, including one on the power play, was credited with a game-high five hits, and posted a plus-two rating in 20:37 of ice time. He has now registered four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games, including points in each of the last two home games (one goal, two assists over the span).
- Ryan McDonagh tallied a power play assist to extend his career-high point streak to a Rangers’ season-high, six games (one goal, six assists over the span), and logged a game-high 28:05 of ice time. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first Rangers defenseman to post a six-game point streak since Brian Leetch registered a point in seven straight games during the 2003-04 season (Nov. 23 – Dec. 4). McDonagh’s six-game point streak also includes a career-best, four-game assist streak (five assists), which ties the Rangers’ season-high. He has now tallied a point in seven of the last eight games (two goals, six assists), and has registered 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in the last 20 contests.
- Brad Richards notched the game’s opening goal at 3:32 of the first period to extend his point streak to a Rangers’ season-high, six games (three goals, four assists over the span), and he registered three shots, a plus-two rating, and won 8-15 faceoffs (53%) in 20:38 of ice time. He now leads the team in scoring with nine goals and 23 points on the season.
- Henrik Lundqvist made 20 saves and is now 9-11-1 overall, including a 4-5-1 mark at home this season. He has now faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 39 career regular season games, posting a record of 24-9-6 with a 1.75 goals against average, .930 save percentage, and five shutouts in those contests.
- Justin Falk registered his first point as a Ranger with an assist, was credited with three hits and three blocked shots, and logged 13:47 of ice time.
- Dan Girardi tallied an assist, and registered three shots and two hits in 22:33 of ice time. He has recorded two assists in the last three home games.
Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “It was a hard fought game, with not a lot of room for both teams. Both teams were defending well and competing real hard. We go out there in the third period… we had a great scoring chance, shorthanded, right off the bat. We had two really good scoring chances on our first power play where we could have put the game… I don’t want to say ‘out of reach,’ but could have had a cushion. All that we gave up were two little mistakes that were grade A chances that ended up in the back of our net. Other than that we played a pretty solid period overall.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “It’s a big point. We never gave up so that’s a good sign. We just didn’t get the bounces tonight.”
Ryan McDonagh on tonight’s game… “They made us pay for the minimal mistakes we made. They did a better job of puck management and they made a good move on that third goal. In the second, they beat us to pucks around their net, and we’ve got to be there for sure. They scored goals against us in different ways tonight. We’ve got to bear down there, and really focus on the third period and getting a win.”