Rangers 3, Blackhawks 2 … post-game notes


Post-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

Rangers 3,  Blackhawks 2.

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Team notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2, tonight at United Center, in an Original Six matchup. It was their first win in Chicago since a 3-2 overtime victory on Jan. 16, 2009. New York has now registered a point in nine of their last 12 games (7-3-2), and four of their last five on the road (4-1-0).

–        The Blueshirts improved to 22-20-3 overall (47 pts), including a 14-10-0 mark on the road this season. New York has won 12 of their last 16 road contests. The Rangers’ 14 road wins lead the Eastern Conference and are tied for first in the league overall.

–        The Rangers have registered a point in eight of their last 10 games against the Blackhawks, posting a record of 5-2-1-2 during the stretch.

–        The Blueshirts and Blackhawks have now been separated by two goals or fewer in each of their last 11 meetings (5-3-1-2), including nine games decided by one goal or fewer over the span (4-2-1-2).

–        The Rangers improved to 5-3-0 against Original Six opponents this season. Since 2005-06, New York has posted a record of 63-40-12 against Original Six teams, including a 5-2-2 mark vs. Chicago over the span.

–        The Rangers power play was 1-2 (3:28) in the contest. The Blueshirts have notched a power play goal in eight of the last 11 games (12-40, 30.0% over the span), and are 18-70 (25.7%) on the man advantage in the last 21 contests.

–        The Blueshirts out-hit the Blackhawks, 27-10, including eight players credited with two or more hits in the contest. Brian Boyle led all skaters with five hits.

Player notes:

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves and tallied a power play assist in the contest. He has now posted a record of 13-16-3 overall, including an 8-7-0 mark on the road this season. Lundqvist has posted a 4-1-0 record with a 2.36 goals against average and a .923 save percentage in his last five road contests.

–        Brad Richards opened the game’s scoring at 5:06 of the first period and added an assist on the game-winning goal to extend his point streak to three games (two goals, two assists over the span), and tied for the team-high with four shots in 15:50 of ice time. He is now tied for the team lead with 11 goals, 20 assists, and 31 points this season.

–        Carl Hagelin tallied the game-winning goal with 5:57 remaining in regulation, and recorded two shots and two hits in 16:05 of ice time. He has registered three points (two goals, one assist) in the last three games. Hagelin is now tied for the team lead with 11 goals, and ninth in the league overall with four game-winning goals this season.

–        Mats Zuccarello notched a power play goal, four shots, three hits, and two takeaways in 14:42 of ice time. He has registered six points (three goals, three assists) in the last six games. Zuccarello now leads the team with 14 power play points this season.

–        Michael Del Zotto tallied a power play assist to extend his assist streak to three games (three assists over the span), and logged 14:36 of ice time. Each of his three assists during the streak have been tallied on the power play, and is now six assists shy of 100 career NHL assists.

–        Ryan Callahan registered an assist to extend his assist streak to three games (three assists over the span), and recorded four shots, two takeaways, and a plus-two rating in 20:49 of ice time. He has now tallied 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 16 road games this season.

–        Marc Staal tallied an assist on the game-winning goal and posted a plus-two rating in 22:51 of ice time. He has notched two assists in the last three games.

–        Anton Stralman recorded an assist on Brad Richards’ first period goal and posted a plus-two rating in 22:04 of ice time.

–        Dan Girardi was credited with a game-high, six blocked shots in 22:04 of ice time. He now leads the Rangers with 76 blocked shots this season.

–        Daniel Carcillo was credited with two hits in 7:15 of ice time while skating in his Rangers debut. He is the seventh player to make his Rangers debut this season, along with Benoit Pouliot, Jesper Fast, Justin Falk, Cam Talbot, Dylan McIlrath, and Conor Allen.

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  1. Nice to come home to hear the wrap-up of a rare Ranger win over the Blackhawks…way to go Rangers!

  2. Win or lose… was a great game to watch and for the NBC Bettman era.
    The win is just a fat layer of icing

  3. Good to see that Henrik played well. That was a good third period for both teams and Hank was the difference. Good win against the best team in the League, IMO. We can only hope it is the start of Hank’s confidence coming back…

  4. Is there a reason our top line can’t get us 19-20 minutes each? I know we’re rolling 4 lines, but we have a dearth of scoring and I would think that would be the way to get it.

  5. My top line would be the three oldest players who have the most games played in the NHL. My second line would be the next three oldest …

  6. Rangers controlled the first, Hawks the second, and the 3rd was split…IMO. Absolutely a fun game to be at. Fans were fine, except for a few knuckleheads. LGR!

  7. If Henrik plays his old lights out and the new kid keeps coming up big, these guys might have visions of sugarplums. Or, at least 2 rounds.

  8. When I was a toddler, the kid who could make a Duncan YoYo walk the dog was a big kid on campus.

  9. Just shows what we’re capable of when Henrik is on his game. I’ve only seen the extended highlights but it sure looked like he kept us in when the team were scrambling a bit at 2-2.

    Although, I reckon he’d like Bollig’s goal back.

  10. Hagelin is our joint top scorer with 11 in 35 games, Kreider with 11 in 38. Averaging around 15-16 minutes a night, that’s a good return.

    I wonder how many goals we’ve scored through Kreider’s screens too?

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