Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR; quotes courtesy of the Washington Capitals:
Capitals 3, Rangers 2.
- The Rangers began a five-game road trip with a 3-2 loss against the Washington Capitals tonight at Verizon Center.
- The Blueshirts are now 18-19-2 overall (38 pts), including a 10-9-0 mark on the road this season.
- The Rangers tallied both goals while on special teams, including one power play goal and one while shorthanded. The Blueshirts power play was 1-3 (4:39) in the contest, and is now 11-50 (22.0%) in the last 15 games with five goals on the man advantage in the last five contests (5-20, 25.0% over the span).
- New York out-shot Washington, 40-34, in the contest, including a 32-20 advantage after two periods. It is the second straight game, and the fifth time this season, the Rangers posted 40 or more shots. The Blueshirts have now out-shot their opponent in seven of the last eight games (tied on shots in the eighth game), and hold a 270-211 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have registered 30 or more shots in nine of the last 12 games.
- Benoit Pouliot notched a power play goal to extend his point streak to a career-high, six games (three goals, three assists over the span), and registered two shots in 11:49 of ice time. He has now recorded eight points (four goals, four assists) in his last 10 games, and is tied for the team lead with four power play goals on the season.
- Carl Hagelin registered a shorthanded goal in 13:44 of ice time. He has notched four goals in the last six games, and is now tied for the team lead with nine goals on the season. Hagelin has recorded seven points (four goals, three assists) in 10 road games this season.
- Ryan McDonagh tallied a shorthanded assist, five shots, a team-high, four blocked shots, and led all skaters with 29:53 of ice time. He has now registered two assists in the last three games, and has tallied a point on each of the Rangers’ two shorthanded goals this season (one goal, one assist).
- Derick Brassard recorded a power play assist and three shots in 17:45 of ice time. He is now tied for first on the team with 11 power play points on the season, having registered seven of his last 10 points overall with the man advantage. Brassard has recorded a point in four of the last five games, registering five points (one goal, four assists) over the span, and is one point shy of 200 career NHL points.
- Dan Girardi tallied a shorthanded assist, two shots, and four hits in 27:35 of ice time. The assist was his seventh career shorthanded point, and first since he tallied a shorthanded assist on Jan. 6, 2012 at Pittsburgh.
- Brad Richards registered a power play assist and logged 20:00 of ice time. He has tallied 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in the last 15 games.
- Cam Talbot made 31 saves and is now 8-3-0 overall, including a 5-2-0 mark on the road this season. He has posted a 3-1-0 record with a 2.23 goals against average and .935 save percentage when recording 30 or more saves in a game.
- Dominic Moore registered two shots and two hits, and won a game-high, 11-16 faceoffs (69%) in 11:39 of ice time. He has now won 53-77 faceoffs (68.8%) in his last seven games.
- John Moore tied for the game-high with seven shots in 17:40 of ice time. His seven shots on goal established a new career-high.
- Chris Kreider registered four shots, two blocked shots, and tied for the game-high with five hits in 16:07 of ice time. He now ranks second on the team with 78 hits on the season.
- New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Conor Allen from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). Allen, 23, has registered five goals and eight assists for 13 points, along with 34 penalty minutes in 29 games with Hartford this season. He ranks fifth on the Wolf Pack in points, fourth in goals, and is tied for fourth in assists. He is also tied for first among team defensemen and second on Hartford overall with two power play goals on the season. Allen has registered seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last seven games, including a two-point performance in a 3-1 win yesterday at Bridgeport (one goal, one assist). The Chicago, Illinois native originally signed with the Rangers as an undrafted free agent on March 29, 2013.
New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault on the Caps third goal and how his team played …
“It was definitely a hard fought game by both teams. I thought five on five I really liked the way we competed tonight. I liked the way we played and executed, but this game is a game of inches, and late in the third [period], there’s a turnover in the offensive zone and our gap is just a little bit lose, and the goalie is a little bit off and the puck finds a way to get into the back of the net. We’re going to have to be better next time.”
New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault on losing defenseman Anton Stralman…
“You go from six to five defenseman, and then the top three have to log a tremendous amount of minutes, so that might make it a little bit challenging towards the end of the game as far as defending and attacking, but that’s not an excuse. Those are things that happen. I thought for the most part we found a way to compete real hard and just before they scored that goal, we hit the post and instead of going post in, it goes post out.”
New York Rangers forward Brad Richards on the game-winning goal…
“We played a pretty good game. [Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot] gets that nine out of 10 times, or maybe 19 out of 20, so that happens, that’s hockey. We went down and hit the post right before that then it goes the other way. We gave ourselves a chance to win, but some nights that’s the way the puck’s bouncing.”
New York Rangers forward Brad Richards on the team fighting for playoff position…
“We’ve put ourselves in this position; every point is huge. The first half [of the season] we’ve put ourselves in the position where it’s going to be a dogfight coming in, so no matter who it is it seems like every night we play someone that’s probably going to be a match where there’s some kind of [playoff] implication.”
New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi on the team coming out on the losing end tonight…
“It’s disappointing obviously. I thought we played a pretty strong game. That last [goal] is just tough. I hit the post and they come right back down and score. That’s kind of how it goes in this league some times. You get a chance to score and hit the post, and they come right back down and put it in on you. It’s unfortunate we lost that way but, there’s a lot of good things we did tonight.”
New York Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot on the game-winning goal…
“It was just a quick release and it just beat me. It’s [a save] that I’ve got to make especially in a situation like that where it’s a tie game with five minutes to go and we’re pressing for the win. We had just hit the post, I think, right before that and that kind of took the wind out of our sails there and that’s one I need to have back.”