Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
Rangers 2, Islanders 1.
Team notes:– The Rangers defeated the New York Islanders, 2-1, tonight to complete a two-game sweep at the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium. The Islanders opened the game’s scoring late in the second, but the Blueshirts responded 40 seconds later and then took the lead at 4:36 of the third. The Rangers improved to 3-0-0 all-time in regular season outdoor games, having come back from behind in each of those contests. – The Blueshirts are now 29-23-3 overall (61 pts), including a 17-10-0 mark on the road this season. The Rangers have won 13 of their last 19 games (13-5-1), and eight of their last 11. New York extended their road winning streak to five games, and have won 15 of their last 19 games away from Madison Square Garden. – The Rangers have now held opponents to two goals or fewer in nine of their last 11 contests, five of the last seven on the road, and 32 of 55 games overall this season. – The visiting team has won nine of 11 NHL regular season outdoor games (9-1-1), including five wins in the NHL Winter Classic (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014), the 2003 Heritage Classic, and the first three games of the Stadium Series. – The Rangers have registered at least one point in 19 of their last 24 games against the Islanders, posting a record of 16-5-3 over the span. The Blueshirts have also recorded a point in six consecutive road games against the Islanders (5-0-1 during the streak), and have a four-game road winning streak against them. The Rangers are 13-4-1 in their last 18 road games against the Islanders, dating back to a 4-1 victory on Mar. 6, 2008. – The Blueshirts were credited with 17 blocked shots in the contest, led by Dan Girardi’s team-high, four blocked shots, and Marc Staal’s three blocked shots. Girardi’s four blocked shots also tied for the game-high, and he now leads the team with 101 this season. – The Rangers out-shot the Islanders, 34-31, in the contest, including a 14-6 advantage in the third period. The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in 19 of the last 24 games, holding a 826-700 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have registered 30 or more shots in 22 of the last 28 contests.
Player notes: – Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves to earn first star honors, and improve to 19-18-3 overall with a 10-7-0 mark on the road this season. He has held opponents to two goals or less in eight of his last nine games (7-2-0, 1.56 goals against average, .948 save percentage, and one shutout over the span), and is 9-3-1 with a 1.98 goals against average, .934 save percentage, and one shutout in his last 13. Lundqvist has posted 30 or more saves in 10 games this season, registering a 7-2-1 record with a 2.38 goals against average, .935 save percentage, and one shutout in those contests. The appearance was his 552nd career, moving him into a tie with Hall of Famer Johnny Bower for 51st on the NHL’s all-time goaltender appearances list. – Lundqvist improved to 3-0-0 with a 2.00 goals against average and .933 save percentage in three career outdoor games. He is the first goalie to win three regular season outdoor games. – Daniel Carcillo registered the game-winning goal at 4:36 of the third period, was credited with three shots, and two hits in 7:00 of ice time. – Benoit Pouliot notched his 20th point of the season with a goal, registered three shots, and two hits in 10:59 of ice time. He recorded a point in each of the Rangers two Stadium Series games (one goal, one assist). – Dominic Moore recorded the primary assist on the game-winning goal, two shots, and won 4-7 faceoffs (57%) in 10:32 of ice time. He has now registered four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games, including three points (one goal, two assists) in two Stadium Series games. – Brian Boyle tallied an assist on the game-winning goal, two hits, and won 4-5 faceoffs (80%) in 13:21 of ice time. He finished the Stadium Series with an assist in each game (two assists), and is now six points shy of his 100th career point. – Derick Brassard tallied an assist, three shots, and tied for the game-high with three hits in 12:49 of ice time. He finished the Stadium Series with three assists in two games, and is now tied for fifth on the team with 29 points this season. – Mats Zuccarello registered an assist and two shots in 15:12 of ice time. He has registered a point in seven of the last 11 games (five goals, three assists over the span), including three points (two goals, one assist) in the Rangers two Stadium Series games.
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