Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:
Blue Jackets 4, Rangers 3 (shootout).
– The Rangers were defeated by the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3, in the shootout tonight at Madison Square Garden, in their third game in four nights. New York erased a two-goal deficit in the third period to force overtime and earn a point in the contest.
– The Blueshirts have posted a record of 21-20-3 overall (45 pts), including an 8-10-3 mark at home this season. New York has registered a point in eight of their last 11 games (6-3-2), including five of their last six at home (3-1-2).
– The Rangers have points in five of their last seven meetings with the Blue Jackets (4-2-1), including three of their last four meetings at Madison Square Garden (2-1-1).
– The Rangers power play was 2-6 (9:48) in the contest. It is the seventh time this season the Rangers have tallied two or more power play goals in a game. The Blueshirts have notched a power play goal in seven of the last 10 games (11-38, 28.9% over the span), and are 17-68 (25.0%) on the man advantage in the last 20 contests.
– The Blueshirts penalty kill was 3-3 (6:10) in the contest. It is the third time in the last four games the Rangers have held opponents scoreless on the power play (9-10, 90.0% over the span).
– New York out-shot Columbus, 43-39, including a 31-20 advantage after two periods. The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in 11 of the last 13 games, and hold a 458-366 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have registered 40 or more shots seven times this season, including in each of the last two games and four of the last seven.
– The Blueshirts were credited with 17 blocked shots in the contest, with five players registering two or more blocked shots in the contest. Rangers’ defensemen Anton Stralman, Marc Staal, and Ryan McDonagh tied for the game-high with three blocked shots apiece.
– The Rangers won 33-60 faceoffs (55%) in the contest, led by Derek Stepan’s game-high, 11 faceoff wins (11-21, 52%). Brad Richards also won 10-14 faceoffs for a 71% faceoff winning percentage.
– Dominic Moore and John Moore each tallied an assist on Brian Boyle’s third period goal. The last time the Rangers had two players with the same last name register a point on the same goal was on Oct. 21, 2006 at Toronto, when Aaron Ward assisted on a goal by Jason Ward.
– Rick Nash notched two power play goals and five shots in 19:28 of ice time. He has now recorded four points (three goals, one assist) in the last five games.
– Brian Boyle registered a goal, was credited with three hits, and won 3-5 faceoffs (60%) in 10:43 of ice time. He has recorded a goal in each of the last two games, and is now eight points shy of 100 career NHL points.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves through regulation and overtime in the shootout loss (0-2 in the shootout). He has now posted a record of 12-16-3 overall, including a 5-9-3 mark at home this season.
– Michael Del Zotto tallied a power play assist in 15:55 of ice time. He has recorded a power play assist in each of the last two games, and is now seven assists shy of 100 career NHL assists.
– Chris Kreider registered a power play assist and two shots in the contest. He has tallied six points (three goals, three assists) in the last nine games, including a point in each of the last two (one goal, one assist).
– Brad Richards recorded a power play assist, six shots, and won 10-14 faceoffs (71%) in 21:24 of ice time. He has registered a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist), and is now tied for second on the team with 19 assists this season.
– Ryan Callahan tallied a power play assist and was credited with three hits in 18:25 of ice time. He has now tallied an assist in each of the last two games.
– Dominic Moore notched an assist and won 4-7 faceoffs (57%) in 9:55 of ice time. He has recorded three points (two goals, one assist) in the last two games, and is now eight points shy of 200 career NHL points.
– John Moore registered an assist and was credited with two blocked shots in 11:32 of ice time. The assist was his seventh of the season, which marks a new career-high, and he has now tallied two assists in the last two games.
Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “We’ve been playing some real solid hockey for quite some time here as far as not giving up much to the opposition and generating a few quality scoring chances. We are trying to get on the inside a little bit more and tonight coming back in this thing is not an easy thing and we were able to come back in the third (period).”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “I’m happy we got a point. We played well for 60 minutes. They came hard during points of the game, but to come back like that in the third, it shows a lot of good things about this group. I think the difference tonight is I didn’t stop the breakaways and he did, one in the second and in the shootout, so I have some work to do.”
Rick Nash on tonight’s game… “We came off a long road trip. The first game back is sometimes tough and you could tell the first couple of periods we were a little rough, but we stuck with it, built some character, and got one point. But we don’t want to be in that situation in the third period; we’d rather be on the other end of that lead.”
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