Post-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
Rangers 4, Lightnings 3.
– The Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3, tonight at Tampa Bay Times Forum, as they continued a five-game road trip. New York has now won nine of their last 12 road contests.
– The Blueshirts improved to 19-19-2 overall (40 pts), including an 11-9-0 mark on the road this season. The Rangers’ 11 road wins this season is tied for third in the Eastern Conference
– The Rangers have registered a point in 17 of their last 21 games against the Lightning (13-4-4 over the span), dating back to a 2-1 win at Tampa Bay on Oct. 4, 2008, and have won five of their last seven meetings.
– The Blueshirts and Lightning have now been separated by one goal in eight of their last 12 meetings.
– The Rangers power play was 3-3 (2:34) in the contest, with Mats Zuccarello (one goal, two assists) registering a point on all three power play goals. It is the sixth time this season the Blueshirts notched two or more power play goals in a game, and the first time they tallied three power play goals in a game since Apr. 3, 2013 vs. Pittsburgh. The Rangers have tallied a power play goal in five of the last six games (8-23, 34.8% over the span), and are 14-53 (26.4%) on the man advantage in the last 16 contests.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves to improve to 11-15-2 overall, including a 6-6-0 mark on the road this season. He has started 31 of the Rangers’ last 33 contests against Tampa Bay, posting a record of 17-8-6 with a 2.20 GAA, .922 Sv% and two shutouts over the span. Lundqvist improved to 3-2-0 with a 3.40 goals against average and .910 save percentage when posting 30 or more saves this season.
– Mats Zuccarello notched a power play goal and added two power play assists in 16:00 of ice time. He established a career-high with three power play points in the contest, while tying his career-high for most points in a game. Zuccarello has registered 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in the last 18 games, with seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last six. He now leads the team in assists (19) and points (28), and is tied for first in power play points (13) this season.
– Derick Brassard tallied two power play assists, including his 200th career NHL point, and logged 14:37 of ice time. He is tied for first on the team with 13 power play points on the season, having registered nine of his last 12 points overall with the man advantage. Brassard has recorded a point in five of the last six games, registering seven points (one goal, six assists) over the span.
– Ryan McDonagh recorded two power play assists and was credited with two blocked shots in a game-high, 27:26 of ice time. His two power play assists established a career-high for most power play points in a game, and he has now tallied four assists in the last four games. McDonagh has played 25 minutes or more in eight of the last nine games, including the last four in a row, and in 20 of 40 contests this season.
– Benoit Pouliot notched the game-winning goal with a power play tally, and was credited with three hits in 14:20 of ice time. He extended his career-high point streak to seven games (four goals, three assists over the span), which is the longest for the Rangers this season. Pouliot has five power play points in the last six games (four goals, one assist), and now leads the Blueshirts with five power play goals this season.
– Chris Kreider tallied a power play goal and was credited with three hits in 17:11 of ice time. He has tallied five points (three goals, two assists) in the last seven games, and now leads the Rangers with 10 goals this season.
– Rick Nash opened the game’s scoring at 4:30 of the first period, and registered three shots in 17:16 of ice time. He has tallied a goal in four of five games he has played against Tampa Bay as a member of the Rangers, and has registered six points (four goals, two assists) in those five games.
– Derek Stepan tallied an assist and was credited with two blocked shots in 17:29 of ice time. He has recorded 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 13 career games against Tampa Bay, and is now tied for third on the team with 17 assists and ranks third with 24 points this season.
– Conor Allen registered two shots in 15:47 of ice time while skating in his NHL debut. He became the fourth player to make his NHL debut with the Rangers this season, joining Jesper Fast, Cam Talbot and Dylan McIlrath.
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