Rangers 4, Lightnings 3 … post-game notes


Post-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

Rangers 4, Lightnings 3.

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Team notes:

–        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.

Player notes:

–        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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  1. To put it in perspective, that’s *twice* as many minutes as Vigneault gave to *Falk* begging the question, why isn’t Allen up here instead of Falk?

  2. Good question Manny. With any luck your boy Stralsie will be back Tuesday so we won’t have wonder about that anymore. Winky face.

  3. Noticed that, Manny, only 8 minutes for Falk. I hope it’s the flu and not perceived incompetence.

  4. DelZ and Richie are getting fewer minutes, but what in hell is #19 doing out there with a minute left and “protecting” a one goal lead? That I can’t get over.

  5. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kooz – didn’t you suggest to Kreider to not blast coming down the left side, but deke and cut back to the center?

  6. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Richards shouldn’t be on the ice in the 3rd period of a one goal game much less the last few minutes…

  7. Great idea leaving the college kid alone in front of the net with three enemies. Some of these guys need a checkup from the neckup.

  8. Conor Allen was good and definitely deserves another game or the rest of the season when compared to Del Zotto.

    I don’t think Falk is that bad, granted he’s quite protected with the minutes, but I think he ends up covering for Del Zotto a lot when they are paired together.

  9. Paul in sunrise on

    Falk instead of Conner based on cap earlier in the year. Connor is like twice as cap expensive. When Falk was the #7 guy no big deal. Connor gets minutes in Hartford. He played well and made smart plays. Out played MDZ.

    I still like J Moore. His skating is so good that he can still grow into being a very serviceable defenseman.

  10. The cupboard is bare in Hartford. And a pick won’t do; we need a body. In the end, either he stays or he’s moved for someone else’s problem in the hope that some different scenery helps. All in all, we are in a pickle.

  11. Irked by this Dallas/Philthy contest. Looks like the Phlthys go on. Better, I guess, than seeing the doofy Dallas owner grinning like a wack.

  12. I think, if I were to root, I would root against the home team so their fans can fully enjoy their evening of ignominy.

  13. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Carson Daley hosting NBC’s New Year’s Eve coverage. Fat chance anybody watches that tool.

  14. Great game. Just caught the replay. Good to see we can still win with Lundqvist. Bad news is that he let in three again…

    Zuccarello needs to be re-signed. This guy is our offense. Terrific passer and leader.

  15. Dorsett getting more ice than Miller. Rumors have always hovered that JT is allergic to heavy training and conditioning. Any truth in that, one wonders?

  16. I will just say this, and I don’t know his reasons … but when almost all the players were working out voluntarily in the weeks before camp, I don’t believe Miller around. You would think a kid trying to make the team would be there if he could.

  17. And Sather, in his infinite foresight, signed Zucc to one year at Asham money, when no doubt, Zucc would have loved to sign longer term at a very reasonable number. They’re lucky he’s not an UFA.

  18. Esposito: “I never got an anathema when I was playing. I didn’t like anyone sticking hoses up my bum.”

  19. Yeah, that Miller thing is a bit strange. Rumors abound, too, about his difficulties with prior coaches. Hate to comment based on rumors, but this is pretty much out there and repeated.

  20. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Why not send the mad bomber and miller (and his optional work ethic) to the sens for methot?

  21. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Has any one seen Linda lately? She sent me a DM on the tweety the other day, but haven’t seen her on the blog in forever.

  22. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    The only conceivable reason I can even think of for AV having secretariat on the ice at the end of the game is for him to get an empty netter to get him going.

  23. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    What the hell, don’t *YOU PEOPLE* have any consideration for my work schedule and your guest appearances?

  24. That’s a nice thought, Wick, but absolutely untenable. If you said that #19 was gambling with the win for his own self-aggrandizement, I would go along with that. He has been exposed, and I wonder how he explains it to his beleaguered teammates, other than to say he had a brain freeze.

  25. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    He doesn’t have to explain it, he just eats a can of beefaroni and everyone leafs him alone.

  26. watch how bad the plays by Moore and Hagelin were on the 4-3 goal, and how little Del Zotto, Hagelin and Falk played the last 10 minutes or so.

  27. @NYP_Brooksie

    #NYR v TB: Del Zotto 1 shift final 7:57, 0 final 5:10; Falk 0 final 14:36,Brassard 2 final 8:35 (1×0:13), Pouliot & Miller 1 final 11:46

  28. @NYP_Brooksie

    #NYR v TB: Hagelin 2 shifts final 11:46; Girardi 11:10 in 3rd=26:30, McDonagh 27:26, Allen 3 shifts=2:19 final 8:35.

  29. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    If things continue to go as they are, you have to think dom Moops or Boyle sits when cally comes back (barring a trade) right?

  30. Eddie Eddie Eddie –

    Re your obsevation that the Saints -Eagles game should be “fun.” The fact that it even has to be played is ridiculous. I mean, the Eagles won their division, right? So you tell me why a division-winning team has to play in a “wild card” game? Wild card teams are supposed to be contenders who did NOT win anything.

    The entire “championship” set-up in sports is just nuts; TV dollars trump common sense to the 10th power.

  31. stranger nation on

    NFC East was horrible this year, Eagles should be lucky being allowed in POs.
    No Richy pts on 3 PP goals…hmmm
    El Zotto is afraid to be hit, has been all year. Very hard to play D in this league that way

  32. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Snation – good point. MDZ is in a major hurry to get rid of the puck. He doesn’t seem to mind initiating contact but he definitely doesn’t want to be hit…

  33. Ok Stranger Nation:

    I will keep this cordial. BUT, my Eagles, since giving the ball to Nick Foles under center, are 9-2. And Nick Foles has chalked up 27 TD passes, to throwing TWO INT’s, in that time!

    The Eagles could become a factor deeply into the playoffs, but, regardless, this is a young team, obviously well coached, what was it, a 4-12 record, one year ago under Andy Reid?

    I stand on my statement that no division-winning team should have to play a game vs. a wild card runner-up team. And the Eagles, since October, can play with any team in this league on any given day. Yes, if they make it to the Super Bowl, a big IF, right now, I will have a lot of trepidation as regards going up against Payton Manning. The Pats, by contrast, we can handle. This is going to be an especially interesting post-season in the NFL, with the Eagles, who are now among the elite teams in this league, capable of pulling off a surprise or two, along the way.

    For the Eagles to have to get by a wild card time in the first round is a joke and an indictment upon the entire playoff system, shaded toward generating a TV revenue bonanza, not based upon merit, as it is.

  34. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    It’s a thankless job. I will however continue until our handsome boys win the Stanley Cup for all of us! I believe in the power of Pozy (positive) Power!!!

    I will refrain from pozyness for a game. Just to (again) show you all that positive thinking had it’s powers.

    Just remember that I did not post tonight until after Palat made it 2-1 in favor of Tampa Bay. We won the game after that!!!

    Pozy Pozy Pozy :)))

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