Rangers 7, Devils 3 … post-game notes


Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Rangers  7, Devils 3.

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Team notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils, 7-3, today in their first of two games at the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium. The Blueshirts erased a two-goal deficit with six unanswered goals, including four goals in the second period. New York improved to 2-0-0 all-time in outdoor games, having come back from a two-goal deficit in each of those contests.

–        The Blueshirts are now 28-23-3 overall (59 pts), including a 16-10-0 mark on the road this season. The Rangers have won 12 of their last 18 games (12-5-1), and seven of their last 10. New York extended their road winning streak to four games, and have won 14 of their last 18 games away from Madison Square Garden.

–        The Rangers’ seven goals established an NHL record for most goals scored by a single team in an outdoor game, and their four goals in the second period set a new mark for most goals scored by a single team in one period. The Blueshirts and Devils combined for 10 goals in the contest, which ties the record for most combined goals in an outdoor game originally established in the 2009 NHL Winter Classic (Detroit defeated Chicago, 6-4). The Rangers had 12 skaters with at least one point in the contest, the most for a team in an outdoor game, and had six players with at least one goal, which is also the most by a single team in an outdoor game.

–        The Blueshirts’ four goals in the second period included three goals on three straight shots, and a pair of goals in a span of 69 seconds.

–        The Rangers tallied six goals against Martin Brodeur before he was replaced by Cory Schneider to start the third period. The six goals are the most the Blueshirts have notched against Brodeur in the 100 regular season games they have faced him. It was also the first time the Rangers scored seven or more goals in a game against the Devils since an 8-3 victory at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 26, 1993, and the first time they have scored seven or more in a road game against the Devils since a 7-1 victory on Mar. 2, 1992.

–        The Rangers’ seven goals also tied their season-high for most goals in a game (Jan. 4 at Toronto, 7-1).

–        The visiting team has now won eight of 10 NHL regular season outdoor games (8-1-1), including five wins in the NHL Winter Classic (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014), the 2003 Heritage Classic, and the first two games of the Stadium Series.

–        The Blueshirts have registered a point in 18 of their last 27 games against the Devils, posting a record of 15-9-3 over the span. Since 2007-08, the Rangers are 24-11-4 overall (11-6-2 on the road) against the Devils, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007.

–        The Rangers won 37-66 faceoffs (56%) in the contest, led by Brad Richards’ team-high, 12 faceoff wins (12-18, 67%).

Player notes:


–        Mats Zuccarello notched two goals, including the game-winning goal, four shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 17:46 of ice time to earn first star honors. He has registered a point in six of the last 10 games (five goals, two assists over the span), and has 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in the last 15 games. Zuccarello now ranks second on the team with 15 goals and 37 points this season.

–        Anton Stralman registered two assists, a team-high, three hits, and tied his career-high with a plus-four rating in 19:49 of ice time to earn third star honors. It was his first multi-point performance of the season.

–        Marc Staal registered two points, including a goal and an assist, was credited with four shots, two blocked shots, and tied his career-high with a plus-four rating in 18:31 of ice time. He has now recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in the last four road games.

–        Stralman’s and Staal’s plus-four ratings established a new NHL record for highest by a player in a regular season outdoor game.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves to improve to 18-18-3 overall, including a 9-7-0 mark on the road this season. He is now 6-2-0 in his last eight games (1.63 GAA, .945 Sv%, and one shutout over the span), and 8-3-1 in his last 12 (2.06 GAA, .932 Sv%, and one shutout). Lundqvist improved to 2-0-0 with a 2.50 goals against average and .914 save percentage in two career outdoor games.

–        Lundqvist is now 24-11-3 with a 2.08 goals against average, .921 save percentage, and seven shutouts in 38 games against the Devils since 2007-08, and is 25-9-6 with a 1.78 goals against average, .928 save percentage, and five shutouts in 40 career regular season games against Martin Brodeur.

–        Derek Stepan notched a penalty shot goal and added an assist to extend his point streak to five games (three goals, five assists over the span). It was the first successful penalty shot goal in an NHL outdoor game (two previous unsuccessful attempts). Stepan is now tied for the team lead with 25 assists this season.

–        Dominic Moore tallied the Rangers’ first goal at 9:07 of the first period, added an assist, and won 6-8 faceoffs (75%) in 10:15 of ice time. He has now registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games.

–        Rick Nash registered a goal to extend his goal streak to five games (seven goals during the streak), and logged 14:59 of ice time. He has notched 11 goals in the last 11 contests, and leads the team with 18 goals this season.

–        Derick Brassard tallied two assists, including the primary assist on the game-winning goal, was credited with two hits and a plus-two rating, and won 10-18 faceoffs (56%) in 17:46 of ice time. He reached the 20-assist mark for the fourth time in his career, and now ranks fifth on the team in road scoring with 16 points away from Madison Square Garden this season.

–        Carl Hagelin recorded his 20th point of the season with a goal in 16:19 of ice time. He has reached the 20-point mark in each of his three NHL seasons, and is now two goals shy of his regular season career-high of 14 established during the 2011-12 season.

–        John Moore registered his 10th point of the season with an assist and was credited with two hits in 18:01 of ice time.

–        Ryan Callahan recorded the primary assist on Carl Hagelin’s third-period goal, and logged 16:08 of ice time. The assist was his 20th point of the season.

–        Benoit Pouliot tallied an assist, tied for the team-high with two blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 16:45 of ice time.

–        Brian Boyle registered an assist and tied for the team-high with two blocked shots in 10:50 of ice time. He is now seven points shy of his 100th career point.

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  1. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    C-Dubs: I don’t really enjoy the gimmick aspect. I hated the music and the entertainment and I cannot stand that the fans aren’t around the glass or really anywhere near the ice surface.

    Had Zuccarello (or Elias) gotten a hat trick, there wasn’t a fan in the building strong enough to hurl their hat to the ice surface (not that they would have wanted to since I’m sure their “toque” was overpriced).

    But I really enjoyed the game. The winning part. And the comeback. And that time when Martin Brodeur had the *worst* start of his life. Which doesn’t really matter after today because he’s still *Martin Brodeur* but it was fun.

  2. Oh and a first!


    I watched none of the game, was at a meeting and then making dinner. However, that Lundqvist was napping is byfuglien hilarious.

  3. ThisYearsModel on

    Marty: “That was the worst ice I have ever played hockey on.”

    Me: “Interesting, because that was the worst goaltending performance I have ever seen in an outdoor game.”

  4. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    That Sidney Crosby of the Phoenix Coyotes is *really* something!

    @PaigeLewisFL @JamesonCoop Sidney Crosby of the Phoenix Coyotes? pic.twitter.com/IG3nouBKVN

  5. Great answer. Agree, hated the spectacle but loved the game and as you said, the winning part is nice.

  6. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    What is cool, looking at the Box Score, is the fact that the addition of Kevin Klein has allowed McDonagh to pay a normal, human being level of minutes each game. He played about 22 today with Klein picking up 19 and J. Moore picking up 18.

  7. The shaking hands after the game was a tad pathetic. yes, the outdoor game is unique, blah blah…but the reverence borders on the absurd. It’s like these games supplant the playoffs and cup.

  8. We have to shake hands with the losers, like this is Stanley Cup play? This just cheapens the Stanley Cup tradition, right, “The Bettman?”

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