Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the Rangers:
Rangers 2, Maple Leafs 1 (shootout).
– The Rangers concluded their franchise-record nine-game homestand with a 2-1 shootout win against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at Madison Square Garden. New York finished the homestand with a 3-4-2 record, including back-to-back wins to close out the stretch. Tonight’s shootout was the third for the Rangers in the last five games.
– The Blueshirts improved to 18-18-2 overall (38 pts), including an 8-10-2 mark at home this season.
– The Rangers extended their home winning streak against the Maple Leafs to three games. The Blueshirts have now recorded a point in 13 of their last 16 meetings overall with the Maple Leafs, posting a record of 11-3-2 over the span. New York has out-scored Toronto, 56-32, during the stretch.
– New York has posted a combined record of 8-5-1 in back-to-back games this season, including a 4-3-0 record in the second game of the set (2-2-0 at home; 2-1-0 on the road).
– The Blueshirts improved to 3-3-0 against Original Six opponents this season, and are now 19-9-4 against the Maple Leafs since the 2005-06 season.
– The Rangers’ penalty kill was 4-4 (7:05) in the contest, and has now held opponents scoreless in 15 of the last 21 games (50-56, 89.3% over the span).
– New York out-shot Toronto, 43-26, in the contest, including a 22-5 advantage in the second period. It is the fourth time this season the Rangers posted 40 or more shots, and the last time the Rangers had at least 22 shots in a single period was on Jan. 27, 2010 against Carolina (22 shots in the Second Period). The Blueshirts have now out-shot their opponent in six of the last seven games (tied on shots in the seventh game), and hold a 230-177 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have registered 30 or more shots in eight of the last 11 games.
– Cam Talbot made 25 saves through regulation and overtime, and stopped two of three shootout attempts for his second straight win. He has now posted a record of 8-2-0 overall, including a 3-1-0 mark at home this season. Talbot has allowed two goals or fewer in nine of his 10 career NHL starts, and is now 3-1-0 with a 1.85 goals against average and a .931 save percentage in five career appearances at Madison Square Garden.
– J.T. Miller opened the game’s scoring at 7:04 of the third period and registered a career-high, five shots in 9:29 of ice time. Each of his three points this season have been registered at Madison Square Garden.
– Chris Kreider recorded an assist to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists over the span), and was credited with four hits in 15:55 of ice time. He has tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in the last five games and now leads the team in home points, registering 17 of his 21 points this season at Madison Square Garden.
– Benoit Pouliot tallied an assist to extend his point streak to five games (two goals, three assists over the span), and was credited with two hits in 12:04 of ice time. The five-game point streak ties his career-high, established during the 2009-10 season. Pouliot has now recorded seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last eight games.
– Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan (game-deciding goal) each converted their shootout attempts. Zuccarello is now 8-15 (53.3%) in career shootouts, while Stepan’s tally was his second career shootout game-deciding goal.
– Derick Brassard was credited with a game-high, six hits, and registered five shots in 17:34 of ice time.
– Ryan McDonagh registered four shots and three hits, and led all skaters with four blocked shots in a game-high, 29:31 of ice time.
Alain Vigneault on sweeping the back-to-back set… “It’s safe to say that we are leaving for the holidays on a much happier note. We packed our bags so it’s going to be a pleasant three days. With that being said, though, we need to regroup and recuperate here and get back at it on the 27th.”
Cam Talbot on tonight’s game … “It’s not easy in a situation like that with a minute and a half left for them to get the tying goal that way. I knew that the next one was going to be the game winner so you kind of have to let it go and move forward and focus on the next one.”
Derek Stepan on tonight’s game… “This is the way we want to play. This is something that as a group we have been close at times, but the last two games we played for a full 60 (minutes).”
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