Post-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
Rangers 2, Panthers 1 (shootout).
– The Rangers continued a five-game road trip tonight with a 2-1 shootout victory against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center, for their 20th win of the season. New York has now won four of their last five games, and 10 of their last 13 on the road.
– The Blueshirts improved to 20-19-2 overall (42 pts), including a 12-9-0 mark on the road this season. The Rangers’ 12 road wins this season is tied for first in the Eastern Conference.
– The Rangers completed a season sweep of the Panthers, posting a 3-0-0 record in the series. The Blueshirts out-scored the Panthers, 11-6, in the series, including a 6-3 advantage in the third period.
– The Blueshirts have now won 12 of their last 17 games against the Panthers, having out-scored Florida, 51-29, over the span.
– New York out-shot Florida, 31-22, including a 26-16 advantage after the first period. The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in eight of the last 10 games, and hold a 330-273 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have posted 30 or more shots in 10 of the last 14 games.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves through regulation and overtime, and stopped all three shootout attempts to earn first star honors. He improved to 12-15-2 overall, including a 7-6-0 mark on the road this season. Lundqvist is now 47-31 with a .762 save percentage all-time in shootouts. His 47 wins rank second in the NHL, while his .762 save percentage ranks second among goalies who have faced at least 20 career shootout attempts.
– Dan Girardi notched the game-tying goal with 2:10 remaining in regulation, and registered three shots and two hits in a team-high, 28:18 of ice time. He has registered two points (one goal, one assist) in three games on the Rangers current five-game road trip, and now ranks second among team defensemen with three goals and 10 points this season.
– Derek Stepan tallied an assist, was credited with two blocked shots, and won a game-high, 12-22 faceoffs (55%) in 19:34 of ice time. He has recorded an assist in each of the last two games, and is now tied for second on the team with 18 assists this season.
– Rick Nash recorded an assist and led all skaters with seven shots on goal in 17:13 of ice time. He has tallied a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist), and has four points (one goal, three assists) in the last six contests.
– Brad Richards registered the game-deciding goal in the third round of the shootout, and logged 19:27 of ice time in the contest. He improved to 28-75 (37.3%) on shootouts with 12 game-deciding goals in his career. His 12 shootout game-deciding goals are tied for sixth in the NHL all-time.
– Marc Staal was credited with two hits and logged 23:45 of ice time, while making his return to the lineup after missing the previous 10 contests with a concussion sustained on Dec. 7 against New Jersey.
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