STADIUM SERIES NOTES

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Courtesy of the NHL:
2014 COORS LIGHT NHL STADIUM SERIES – YANKEE STADIUM, NEW YORK
NEW YORK RANGERS 7, NEW JERSEY DEVILS 3 – JANUARY 26, 2014
RANGERS SCORE RECORD SEVEN GOALS TO EARN SECOND OUTDOOR WIN
Trailing 3-1 late in the first period, the Rangers scored six unanswered goals, including four in
the second period, to become the first team to win two regular-season outdoor NHL games,
following their 3-2 victory over the Flyers in the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at
Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
* Four other teams – the Red Wings (1-0-1), Canadiens (1-1-0), Penguins (1-1-0) and Flyers
(0-1-1) – have played in multiple regular-season outdoor NHL games, but none has more than
one victory.
* The Rangers set a regular-season outdoor NHL game record with seven total goals, besting
the previous mark of six established by the Red Wings in the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter
Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
* With four goals in the second period, the Rangers also set a record for the most goals by one
team in a single period of a regular-season outdoor NHL game. The Devils scored three goals in
the first period to tie the previous mark, originally set by the Blackhawks in the first period of the
2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and then matched by the Red Wings in the second period
of that game.
* The five combined goals in the first period (NJ: 3, NYR: 2) set a single-period record for a
regular-season outdoor NHL game, surpassing the previous mark of four set in the third period
of the 2003 Molson Canadian NHL Heritage Classic (EDM: 2, MTL: 2) and equaled in the first
period of the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic (CHI: 3, DET: 1).
* The 10 combined total goals also matched the record set by the Red Wings (6) and
Blackhawks (4) in the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
ZUCCARELLO, ELIAS EQUAL OUTDOOR GAME RECORD FOR INDIVIDUAL GOALS
Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello and Devils forward Patrik Elias each scored two goals, tying
the individual record for most goals in a regular-season outdoor NHL game (accomplished by
six other players, most recently Rangers forward Mike Rupp in the 2012 Bridgestone NHL
Winter Classic).
* Zuccarello has registered at least one point in six of his last 10 games, compiling 5-2—7 over
that period. He ranks second on the Rangers with 15 goals and 37 points in 53 games this
season.
* Elias recorded his first goals since Dec. 13 and first multi-goal game since April 20, 2013. With
384 career goals (1,128 GP), he now is tied for 100th in NHL history with Richard Martin.
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STEPAN BEATS SCHNEIDER FOR FIRST SUCCESSFUL OUTDOOR PENALTY SHOT
Rangers forward Derek Stepan recorded the first successful penalty shot in a regular-season
outdoor NHL game when he beat Cory Schneider at 10:06 of the third period. It marked the
second outdoor game penalty shot in as many days, following Anze Kopitar’s unsuccessful
attempt against Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller Saturday at Dodger Stadium.
Penalty Shots in Regular-Season Outdoor NHL Games
Daniel Briere (Philadelphia) unsuccessful against Henrik Lundqvist (NY Rangers), at 19:40 of
the third period, Jan. 2, 2012, at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia. NY Rangers 3,
Philadelphia 2. (2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic)
Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles) unsuccessful against Jonas Hiller (Anaheim) at 9:46 of the first
period, Jan. 25, 2014, at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles. Anaheim 3, Los Angeles 0 (2014 Coors
Light NHL Stadium Series)
Derek Stepan (NY Rangers) successful against Cory Schneider (New Jersey) at 10:06 of the
third period, Jan. 26, 2014, at Yankee Stadium, New York. NY Rangers 7, New Jersey 3 (2014
Coors Light NHL Stadium Series)
OLYMPIANS SHINE ON OUTDOOR STAGE
Seven of the 10 goals were scored by players who will represent their countries in the 2014
Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Olympic representatives also combined for 11 of 26
total points on the scoresheet:
Rangers:
Mats Zuccarello: 2-0—2 (Norway)
Carl Hagelin: 1-0—1 (Sweden)
Rick Nash: 1-0—1 (Canada)
Derek Stepan: 1-0—1 (United States)
Ryan Callahan: 0-1—1 (United States)
Devils:
Patrik Elias: 2-0—2 (Czech Republic)
Jaromir Jagr: 0-2—2 (Czech Republic)
Marek Zidlicky: 0-1—1 (Czech Republic)
ANOTHER OLYMPIAN MAKES HIS MARK ON THE OUTDOOR STAGE
Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who will represent Sweden in the 2014 Winter Olympic
Games, made 19 saves to pick up his second regular-season outdoor NHL game victory,
matching Ty Conklin for the most such wins. Lundqvist recorded 34 stops, including a penaltyshot
save on Daniel Briere in the final seconds of regulation, to secure New York’s 3-2 victory
over Philadelphia in the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park.
* Lundqvist improved to 29-14-6 in 49 career regular-season appearances versus the Devils,
including a 25-9-6 mark in his head-to-head matchups with Martin Brodeur.
RYDER TIES OUTDOOR GAME MARK
Devils forward Michael Ryder played in his third regular-season outdoor NHL game, tying
forward James van Riemsdyk and goaltender Ty Conklin for the most career appearances in
an outdoor game. Ryder also played for the Canadiens in the 2003 Molson Canadian NHL
Heritage Classic at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton and for the Bruins in the 2010
Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park in Boston.
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NHL OUTDOOR GAME ATTENDANCE CLIMBS ABOVE 200,000 IN 2014
The announced attendance of 50,105 at Yankee Stadium pushed total attendance for the first
three outdoor games of the 2013-14 season to 209,695. Total attendance for the NHL’s 10
regular-season outdoor games now stands at 573,109, an average of 57,311 per game.
2003 Molson Canadian NHL Heritage Classic, Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton: 57,167
2008 Amp Energy NHL Winter Classic, Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo: 71,217
2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Wrigley Field, Chicago: 40,818
2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Fenway Park, Boston: 38,112
2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh: 68,111
2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, McMahon Stadium, Calgary: 41,022
2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia: 46,967
2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor: 105,491
2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles: 54,099
2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, Yankee Stadium, New York: 50,105
Total: 573,109 Per-Game Average: 57,311
STAAL, STRALMAN BOTH FINISH WITH +4 RATING
Rangers defensemen Marc Staal and Anton Stralman both finished with a +4 rating, besting
the previous regular-season outdoor NHL game record of +3 by Red Wings forward Jiri Hudler
in the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
* Staal added 1-1—2 for his second multi-point performance of the season.
* Stralman collected two assists, his first multi-point game since Feb. 23, 2013 (1-1—2) and first
multi-assist game since Dec. 22, 2011 (0-2—2).
JAGR CONTINUES TO CLIMB THE RECORD BOOKS
With a pair of assists, Devils forward Jaromir Jagr passed former teammate and Hockey Hall of
Famer Mario Lemieux for sole possession of 10th place in all-time assists. He has recorded
two assists in consecutive games and now has 2-4—6 during a four-game point streak. A look
at where Jagr stands in the NHL record books:
MOST GOALS, NHL HISTORY
6. Mike Gartner: 708
7. Jaromir Jagr: 697
8. Mark Messier: 694
MOST ASSISTS, NHL HISTORY
9. Marcel Dionne: 1,040
10. Jaromir Jagr: 1,035
11. Mario Lemieux: 1,033
MOST POINTS, NHL HISTORY
6. Steve Yzerman: 1,755
7. Jaromir Jagr: 1,732
8. Mario Lemieux: 1,723
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NASH CONTINUES TO ROLL
Rangers forward Rick Nash recorded his 11th goal in his past 11 games, extending his scoring
streak to five games (7-0—7). He had seven total goals in his first 26 appearances of the season.
VISITORS CONTINUE OUTDOOR GAME DOMINANCE
With the Rangers’ victory, visiting teams improved to 8-1-1 in the 10 regular-season outdoor
NHL games to date. The only home clubs to win an outdoor game are the Bruins, who defeated
the Flyers 2-1 in overtime in the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, and the Flames, who
shut out the Canadiens 4-0 in the 2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic.
RANGERS PICK UP IMPORTANT TWO POINTS
The Rangers improved to 28-23-3 (59 points) this season, moving three points ahead of the
Blue Jackets (26-21-4, 56 points) for second place in the Metropolitan Division, where the No. 2
through 8 teams are separated by just nine points in the standings. The Devils (22-20-11)
remain in sixth place with 55 points.
BRODEUR PULLED AFTER ALLOWING SIX GOALS
In his 100th regular-season appearance versus the Rangers, Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur
allowed six goals on 21 shots – the most he has ever given up against New York – before being
pulled for the start of the third period. Brodeur fell to 49-31-20 in his 100 regular-season games
against the Rangers.
WEATHER CONDITIONS AT PUCK DROP
The temperature at puck drop was announced as 24.9°F/-3.9°C. A look at the weather
conditions of the NHL’s 10 regular-season outdoor games:
Weather Conditions at Previous Regular Season Outdoor NHL Games
2003 Molson Canadian NHL Heritage Classic, Edmonton: -2°F/-19°C, clear, severe wind chill
2008 Amp Energy NHL Winter Classic, Buffalo: 33°F /1°C, flurries
2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Chicago: 32°F /0°C, overcast, swirling wind
2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Boston: 39°F/4°C, overcast
2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Pittsburgh: 51°F/10°C, overcast, light rain
2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, Calgary: 16°F/-9°C, clear, wind
2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Philadelphia: 41°F/5°C, partly cloudy
2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Ann Arbor: 13°F/-11°C, snow, swirling wind
2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, Los Angeles: 63°F/17°C, clear
2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, New York: 24.9°F/-3.9°C, partly cloudy

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

    It’s a tough line to walk. Handshakes at the end of the game really exemplify what makes this sport so great. But it doesn’t happen after any regular season games. Only the end of a *series* in the post season. Although this is called the *Stadium Series* it’s really only one game between the Devils and Rangers that counts for 2 (or possibly 3) points. If shaking hands is going to be a thing then we are admitting that these outdoor games count for more than just the points. Any maybe they do? Maybe the Devils play differently after being embarrassed on National Television. Maybe they don’t. Who knows.

    That’s my piece.

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

    It is really nice to see *Sally* around again. That’s special. If we only had *LW3H* and *CTBlueshirt* and *Fran* and some other people that have wandered off over the years….

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

    @Aportzline #CBJ have activated Blake Comeau off IR, and they’ve recalled D *Tim Erixon* from AHL Springfield. Would suggest Savard out vs. #Canes on Mon.

  4. Rob in Beantown on

    Carp, any idea why the players were so surprised by the warmups? The home audience had a pretty good idea when the game and warmups were supposed to start so it’s weird that the players didn’t.

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

    Amen, Sally Baggins.

    Rob: All I know is that Eric was in attendance and had no idea of any start time. Seems like the information was pretty poorly distributed inside the building.

  6. Non-Stanley Cup playoff handshakes are a joke on us. These P.R. guys get paid for diluting and spitting upon NHL tradition?

  7. Manny-O-War – At least “Spider Pig” wandered back, lately, and that is joyful for so many of us!

  8. Manny said piece.

    Love the handshake post playoff series, I love to see it. Love it.

    Funny today, I didn’t care for it at all. If both teams did a stick raise to the fans, that should cover it.

  9. Cuz, I think it was Callahan who ordered the team not to shake hands with the Orange Crud, and IMO he should have prevented niceties with the Swamp Rats today.

    Where’s Jimbo?

  10. Stranger Nation on

    Weird game for sure – glad we won, but it was a barnstorming bungle in the Bronx

    Hope it carries over to Wed – has to be a little advantage to having played in that sheet today.

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

    I’m sure the announcers will talk endlessly about how the “Rangers have an advantage already having played on the surface” or something like that. I can head Olzcyk saying it already.

  12. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I would bet my last dollar that the Rangers beat the Islanders on Wednesday.

    Wang – “it weary cord out and we rost. I feer are-fur”

  13. Cuz, I think it was because the Rangers made no motion to center ice after they celebrated with Hank. But you might be right.

  14. By the way- did Stevie Wonder make the decision for the Devils to wear their green pants today? I half expected to see Mel Bridgeman take a few face offs

  15. He was in goal, trapped in a four by two space. Who gives a crap how the rest of the ice was? Why, because he couldn’t get at least one assist in a 60 minute shoutout?

  16. Being there in the snow and all, was surreal. One of the best sporting experiences I’ve ever been privileged to witness. Dramatic game, for a while. Good guys win!

  17. I think the handshake was out of respect for it being a historic event. Wasn’t the worst thing in the world.

  18. And you’re right about the reason for the handshake, I get that. It’s just, you know, the Devils.

  19. Thx guys…really cool and a lot of cool people there…even the Debby fans. Lots of ribbing on the subway but nothing escalated. All in good fun.

  20. Plus, I don’t mind it being the Devils as much as I think it takes something away from the great moment the hand shakes represent after a playoff series.

  21. Sean Lennons job is to try to look as much like John circa 1969-1971… Looks like a full time gig.

  22. can’t remember did they shake hands at end of winter classic. remember sydney left without shaking hands when they lost. first time that i remember that happening in winter classic

  23. Yes there was a handshake this time. Not in Philly. Picture of it above. more tomorrow.

    *Brand new Lundqvist/Vigneault video up top.*

  24. leetchhalloffame on

    Worst things about being there today were:

    1. Too many Devils fans
    2. Devils PA announcer
    3. Devils goal music
    4. Zero info on start time of game
    5. Freezing cold

    All above trumped by RANGERS WIN!!!!!!!!!!

  25. I know it’s been run before on the tube, but the Road to Victory on MSG tonight was great to see again. I got renewed chills watching the segment about Messier’s guarantee game (5/25/94, my daughter’s fourth birthday). It brought back vivid memories of just how tight and permanent my straitjacket would have been had they gone down that night.

    It meant so so much, as I know it did to so many on this board. I went to my first game with my father as a six-year-old in 1962, and was a totally informed fanatic by age 8. And I do not exaggerate a lot when I say that if 1994 had gone the wrong way, I would have needed serious psychiatric attention or a serious morphine drip for a very long time.

  26. Matty"ILikeOurNewStyle"Boy on

    Good evening all. Was at the game. Agree with Leetch2, quite an event. A ‘grand stage’ for a regular season hockey game.

    Pretty cool it flurried during the second and third. Our guys sure were quicker than their slow defense.

    With our tickets, the Rangers gave us Rangers scarves and winter hats.

    I was wondering if the Derbils fans got white flags with theirs!!!!

    LGR!! LGR!! LGR!!!

  27. Matty"ILikeOurNewStyle"Boy on

    The social media crowd was 60-40, Rangers fans to Derbils fans.

    I’d say the stadium was about that, too.

    There were more red shirts than I expected. Must have given them discounted tickets with their white flags!!!!!!!

  28. Matty"ILikeOurNewStyle"Boy on

    The traffic around the stadium prior to game time was silly. Transit cops just have to do a better, smarter job.

    “Sun glare” may have been the official statement, but the real ‘reason’ might have been that so many cars were still trying to park at 12:45 after having been on the Deegan a mile away at 11 am.

  29. Matty"ILikeOurNewStyle"Boy on

    It was beyond cold out there. We sat/stood in our seats the first period. Got up and walked where we wanted to watch the next and stood under cover, with monitors in view. Actually found a great and warmer spot.

  30. Matty"ILikeOurNewStyle"Boy on

    If they sold 65k hot dogs (per the NHL ‘numbers’ press release), bless them. I didn’t see too many people eating. Most were happy to have hand warmers inside their gloves and be flexing their fingers.

  31. Matty"ILikeOurNewStyle"Boy on

    Marty looked slow both periods. He can blame the ice. How did id affect him? All he did was flop and pray!

  32. Matty"ILikeOurNewStyle"Boy on

    There are only 5 teams with a positive +/- differential in the ENTIRE eastern conference:

    Pitt
    Boston
    Tampa

    CBJ
    NYR

  33. Matty"ILikeOurNewStyle"Boy on

    Having a few days off till Wednesday, having played at the stadium and outside today, having lost to the team they play on Wednesday night in a really bad loss….it all ‘should’ mean the Rangers should be in the drivers seat vs. the Fishsticks.

    However, I’ll let Eric predict the outcome.

  34. So that means we have hear the Fishsticks’ goal horn too???

    And worse, that obnoxious “Wooo! Wooo! Wooo!” after the horn??

    They’re gonna pollute Yankee stadium with that Fishsticks crap.

    I HATE THAT TEAM.

  35. Matty"ILikeOurNewStyle"Boy on

    E3, in the House that Ruth built, predicting the score like Ruth did the homer!!

    Legendary, E3!! You da Man!!!!

  36. Matty"ILikeOurNewStyle"Boy on

    Tomb, I agree. That Zucc goal off his skate was no better than Vanek’s. Only thing is ours was allowed, Vanek’s was not.

    Islanders lost because of that atrocious ‘Toronto video room’ call. They otherwise played St. Louis as well or better than we did.

  37. Matty"ILikeOurNewStyle"Boy on

    I can’t believe the crowd on a Wednesday night will be anywhere near the same as on a Sunday at noon. I had heard sales were not so good. Then today, heard that there were ‘limited’ seats only available. Whatever that means.

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