Post-game notes and quotes courtesy of the NYR:
Rangers 4, Flyers 1.
– The Rangers continued a four-game homestand with a 4-1 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at Madison Square Garden, to extend their winning streak to three games. The Blueshirts notched three goals in the first period, including a pair of goals in a 28-second span in the game’s opening three minutes. New York has now won eight of their last 11 contests, and four of their last five.
– The Blueshirts improved to 24-20-3 overall (51 pts), including a 10-10-3 mark at home this season. The Rangers have registered a point in five straight games (4-0-1) and 11 of their last 14 (9-3-2), and have at least one point in seven of their last eight games at home (5-1-2).
– The Rangers extended their winning streak at home against the Flyers to seven games, having out-scored Philadelphia, 28-8, during the stretch.
– The Rangers have won 12 of their last 15 games against the Flyers, dating back to a 7-0 win at Madison Square Garden on Mar. 6, 2011, and have out-scored the Flyers, 53-27, over the span.
– The Rangers power play was 1-5 (9:15) in the contest. The Blueshirts have notched a power play goal in each of the last five games (6-19, 31.6% during the streak) and 10 of the last 13 (14-48, 29.2% over the span). The last time the Rangers tallied a power play goal in five consecutive games was Dec. 9, 2010 – Dec. 16, 2010.
– The Blueshirts improved to 19-2-1 (.886 win%) when scoring the game’s first goal this season. The Rangers are also 12-2-1 when leading after the first period, and 15-1-1 when leading after the second.
– The Rangers won 34-60 faceoffs (57%) in the contest, led by Derek Stepan’s game-high, 12 faceoff wins (12-16, 75%).
– Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves to improve to 15-16-3 overall, including a 7-9-3 mark at home this season. He is now 5-1-1 with a 2.37 goals against average and .926 save percentage in his last seven appearances. Lundqvist has registered 30 or more saves in eight games this season, posting a record of 5-2-1 with a 2.85 goals against average and .924 save percentage in those contests.
– Chris Kreider notched a power play goal and added an assist in 16:04 of ice time. He has tallied nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last 12 games, including a point in four of the last five (two goals, three assists over the span). Kreider now leads the Rangers with 12 goals, and is tied for first on the team with five power play goals this season.
– Daniel Carcillo registered his first point as a Ranger with an unassisted goal to open the game’s scoring at 2:14 of the first period.
– Rick Nash notched a goal, six shots, and three takeaways in 15:37 of ice time. He has registered eight points (five goals, three assists) in the last 12 games, including four goals in the last four contests. Nash has now registered 11 goals since returning from injury on Nov. 19, which leads the team over the span, and is tied for second on the Rangers overall in goals this season.
– Brad Richards recorded a power play assist to extend his point streak to five games (two goals, five assists over the span), and led all skaters with eight shots on goal in 17:02 of ice time. He has also tallied an assist in four straight games (five assists), and now leads the Rangers with 23 assists and 34 points this season.
– Derick Brassard tallied a goal, three shots, and two hits in 14:36 of ice time. He has recorded a goal in each of the last two games (two goals), and has points in nine of the last 13 (three goals, eight assists over the span).
– Mats Zuccarello registered an assist to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists over the span), and logged 18:27 of ice time. He has tallied eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last eight games, and ranks second on the team with 22 assists and 33 points this season.
– Ryan McDonagh tallied an assist and was credited with two blocked shots in a game-high, 23:49 of ice time. He has registered six points (one goal, five assists) in the last nine games.
– Benoit Pouliot recorded an assist and two hits in 15:16 of ice time. He has now tallied a point in 13 of his last 18 games, registering 13 points (six goals, seven assists) over the span.
Alain Vigneault on the Rangers winning streak… “I can’t attribute it to one specific thing. I do know that right now our focus is on one game at a time and trying to get better. The way to move forward in the NHL is you try and get better and that’s what we are trying to do on a daily basis.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “The way we started the game helped everyone in here. We got the crowd going and we got ourselves going. We talked about it going into this game that they played last night, so we wanted to come out and really set the tone and the early goals helped us. Even though they had a really strong first period, we kept making good decisions and took over the momentum for sure in the second period. Overall it was a really good effort.”
Daniel Carcillo on the team… “There’s good leadership here, with Brad (Richards) and Cally (Ryan Callahan). They’re proven winners. I think we play our system well. When we play and listen to video and execute our game plan like we have the last three games, we have had success. There was a little lull in [the Chicago game] when we got away from our game plan and they tied it up. As soon as we got back to work, good things happened. Obviously, we also have been getting great goaltending at the end of games when we need it the most.”
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