Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the Rangers:
Islanders 5, Rangers 3.
- The Rangers were defeated by the New York Islanders, 5-3, tonight at Madison Square Garden, as they continued their franchise-record nine-game homestand.
- The Blueshirts have now posted a 16-18-2 record overall (34 pts), including a 6-10-2 mark at home this season.
- The Rangers’ power play was 2-7 (12:15) in the contest, and is now 9-41 (22.0%) in the last 12 games. It is the fifth time this season the Rangers notched two power play goals in a game.
- The Blueshirts had nine different players register a point in the contest. The Rangers have scored nine goals in the last three games, with seven different goal-scorers over the span. Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin have tallied two goals apiece during the stretch.
- Benoit Pouliot notched a power play goal and three shots in 16:59 of ice time. He has now tallied five points (two goals, three assists) in his last seven games, including two goals in his last five.
- Derek Dorsett tallied a goal, two shots, and was credited with two hits in 9:43 of ice time. He has now registered three points (one goal, two assists) in five career games against the Islanders.
- Derek Stepan recorded a power play goal and two shots in 19:22 of ice time. He has notched three points (two goals, one assist) in the last three games, and now leads the team with 11 power play points (two goals, nine assists) on the season.
- Henrik Lundqvist stopped 15 of 19 shots faced, while making his 538th career appearance. He has posted a record of 10-15-2 overall, including a 5-9-2 mark at home this season. Lundqvist passed Ed Giacomin for third on the Rangers all-time goaltender appearance list.
- Mats Zuccarello established a career-high with his 24th point of the season, a power play assist, and registered three shots and two hits in 20:00 of ice time. He has recorded a point in nine of the last 14 games, registering five multi-point performances and 14 points (five goals, nine assists) during the stretch. Zuccarello leads the team in scoring with 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists) in the last 28 games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at Philadelphia.
- Rick Nash recorded a power play assist and three shots in 19:05 of ice time. He has now tallied nine points (five goals, four assists) in the last 12 games.
- Chris Kreider registered a power play assist and was credited with two hits in 12:42 of ice time. He has now recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in the last three games.
- Derick Brassard tallied a power play assist and won 5-9 faceoffs (56%) in 13:51 of ice time. He has tallied five of his last seven points while on the power play (two goals, three assists), and ranks third on the team with nine power play points (four goals, five assists) on the season. Brassard is now four points shy of his 200th career NHL point.
- Dominic Moore recorded an assist and logged 10:57 of ice time. He has tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games.
- Anton Stralman registered an assist and was credited with three hits in 19:35 of ice time. He has recorded nine assists in 19 career games against the Islanders.
Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “I don’t think our confidence was an issue at all tonight. I thought five-on-five we played a real solid game. We gave up four scoring chances throughout the game. We got unlucky a little bit on the power play, the puck bounced on occasion that led to a penalty shot and the other one we just didn’t put the handle on it. We gave the team that has a tremendous amount of speed in their penalty killers grade-A scoring chances and they made us pay for it. I thought for the most part in five-on-five we played a pretty solid game.”
Rick Nash on tonight’s game… “I think when you outwork teams you will find the bounces start going your way. When you get outworked, that’s when they seem to go against you. So we’ve got to work; you’ve got to make your own luck. You’ve got to work for your bounces.”
Brad Richards on tonight’s game… “It’s tough right now, when you lose a game like that. You feel like maybe you’re going to come out on top there when you get that lead and get the crowd into it, so it’s tough right now to really look at anything positive. Tomorrow will be a new day.”
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