Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:
Rangers 1, Red Wings 0.
- The Rangers defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 1-0, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to finish their four-game homestand with a 3-1-0 mark. Mats Zuccarello notched the game’s lone goal with 5:58 remaining in regulation, and Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 38 shots in the win. New York has now won seven of their last 10 games (7-2-1), and four of their last five.
- The Blueshirts improved to 25-21-3 overall (53 pts), including an 11-11-3 mark at home this season. The Rangers have registered a point in six of the last seven games (5-1-1) and 12 of their last 16 (10-4-2), and have at least one point in eight of their last 10 games at home (6-2-2).
- Tonight’s win was the Rangers’ second 1-0 victory of the season, having also defeated the Montreal Canadiens by a 1-0 score on November 16 at Bell Centre. The last time the Blueshirts shutout the Red Wings was on Nov. 27, 1976 at Detroit (5-0, John Davidson in goal for Rangers), and the last Rangers shutout over the Red Wings at Madison Square Garden was on Nov. 16, 1975 (3-0, John Davidson in goal for Rangers). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Rangers defeated the Red Wings by a score of 1-0 was on Feb. 4, 1971, at Detroit (Gilles Villemure in goal for Rangers).
- The Rangers and Red Wings have been separated by two goals or less in each their last 12 meetings, including eight contests decided by one goal.
- The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in each of their last five games, six of their last seven games, and seven of their last nine games. The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in 14 of 25 contests at Madison Square Garden this season.
- New York improved to 6-3-0 against Original Six opponents this season, and is now 64-40-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06.
- The Blueshirts have posted a record of 20-3-1 (.854 win%) when scoring the game’s first goal this season. The Rangers have opened the game’s scoring in five of the last seven contests, and each of the last three.
- The Rangers out-shot the Red Wings, 48-38, including a 35-25 advantage after two periods. The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in 14 of the last 18 games, holding a 641-530 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have registered 40 or more shots eight times this season, and have posted 30 or more shots in 18 of the last 22 contests.
- Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 38 shots faced to post his third shutout of the season and 48th of his career. He improves his record to 16-17-3 overall, including an 8-10-3 mark at home this season. It is the ninth time he has registered 30 or more saves in a game this season, and is now 6-2-1 with a 2.53 goals against average, .933 save percentage, and one shutout in those contests. Lundqvist is now one shutout shy of Ed Giacomin’s franchise record, 49 career shutouts as a Ranger.
- Lundqvist is 4-1-0 with a 1.40 goals against average, .957 save percentage, and one shutout in the last five games, and 6-2-1 with a 2.08 goals against average, .935 save percentage, and one shutout in his last nine appearances.
- Mats Zuccarello notched the game’s lone goal at 14:02 of the third period to earn second star honors. He has registered a point in four of the last five games (two goals, two assists over the span), and has nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last 10 games. Zuccarello is now tied for the team lead with 12 goals this season.
- Derick Brassard tallied the primary assist on Zuccarello’s game-winning goal, registered three shots, and won a team-high, 10-15 faceoffs (67%) in 15:02 of ice time. He has recorded 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in the last 15 games, including three points (two goals, one assist) in the last four.
- Benoit Pouliot registered an assist , four shots, and two hits in 15:37 of ice time. He has tallied a point in 14 of his last 20 games (six goals, eight assists over the span), and three assists in the last four contests.
- Ryan McDonagh recorded a career-high, seven shots on goal, and was credited with three blocked shots in a game-high, 27:18 of ice time.
- Rick Nash led all skaters with a season-high, eight shots on goal in 18:20 of ice time. He now ranks second on the team with 127 shots, despite missing 17 games to injury earlier this season.
Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “What you saw tonight was, without a doubt, two goaltenders on top of their game. Both teams were getting some chances. Both teams were getting some pretty good chances. You could sort of feel as the game was moving forward that the team that was going to score was going to score one of those goals. Both guys, both Hank and Howard, had their A-game out there. They were seeing the puck and controlling their rebounds. We were just fortunate to finally be able to put one past him. Brass’ line had done a good job so far and got a bounce.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “It was fun. It felt like the first half of the game teams were going back and forth; there were some chances in both ends, some good chances. But then in the second half you could tell as you got to the end—I think we both felt that the next mistake is going to be the difference here. And it was. It was a great play. I think lately we just believe in our system and we play a really strong team game, and it’s been paying off lately in big games for us. This was important for us, to come back right away with a win and a strong effort. It feels really good.”
Mats Zuccarello on tonight’s game… “It was one of those games where two really good goalies and two really good teams out there were creating a lot of chances. It was one of those where a typical goal like that was going to decide the game.”
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