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Rangers 4, Penguins 3 (shootout).
Team notes:– The Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, in the shootout tonight at CONSOL Energy Center, in their final game before the Olympic break. Brad Richards (game-decider) and Mats Zuccarello each converted their shootout attempt, while Henrik Lundqvist (26 saves) stopped two of three in the shootout. New York is now 16-6-1 in their last 23 games, and 11-4-0 in their last 15. – The Blueshirts improved to 32-24-3 overall (67 pts), including an 18-10-0 mark on the road this season. The Rangers have now won six straight games on the road, and 16 of their last 20 contests away from Madison Square Garden. – The Rangers have registered a point in five of their last six games against the Penguins (3-1-2), and seven of their last 11 games in Pittsburgh (6-4-1). – The Blueshirts did not draw a penalty in five consecutive periods, beginning in the third period of their 5-1 win over Colorado on Tuesday through the first period of tonight’s contest. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Rangers went five straight periods without drawing a penalty from their opponent was over 30 years ago, from the first period on Mar. 12, 1983 through the second period on Mar. 14, 1983. – The Rangers and Penguins combined for four power play goals in the contest, with the Blueshirts converting 2-5 (4:13) with the man advantage. It is the eighth time this season the Rangers have notched two or more power play goals in a game. The Rangers power play is now 11-53 (20.8%) in the last 17 games, and 19-83 (22.9%) in the last 25. – New York out-shot Pittsburgh, 41-29, in the contest, including a 17-9 advantage in the second period. The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in 22 of the last 28 games, holding a 983-827 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have registered 40 or more shots 10 times this season, and have posted 30 or more shots in 26 of the last 32 contests.
Player notes:– Benoit Pouliot notched two goals, including one on the power play, and four shots in 16:00 of ice time. He has now registered five points (three goals, two assists) in the last six games, including three points (two goals, one assist) in the last two. – Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves through regulation and overtime, and stopped two of three in the shootout, to extend his winning streak to five games (5-0-0, 1.77 goals against average, .940 save percentage during the streak). He improved to 22-18-3 overall with an 11-7-0 mark on the road this season. Lundqvist is now two wins away from the 300th of his NHL career, and three wins shy of Mike Richter’s franchise record of 301 career victories. – Brad Richards notched the game-deciding goal in the shootout, recorded a power play assist and three shots, and won a team-high, 12-20 faceoffs (60%) in 20:14 of ice time. He is now 29-76 (38.2%) over his career in shootouts, including 13 game deciding goals. His 13 game-deciders are tied for fifth in the NHL all-time, while his 29 shootout goals are tied for 10th all-time. – Dan Girardi tallied a power play goal, added a power play assist, registered three shots and four hits, and led all skaters with five blocked shots and 27:26 of ice time. It was his second multi-point performance of the season, and his first power play goal since Nov. 11, 2011 vs. Carolina. – Mats Zuccarello tallied an assist to extend his career-best point streak to six games (two goals, six assists during the streak), and converted his shootout attempt. His six-game point streak includes a career-high, five-game assist streak (six assists during the stretch). Zuccarello has registered a point in 11 of the last 15 games (five goals, eight assists over the span), and leads the team with 28 assists and 43 points this season. – Derick Brassard registered a power play assist to extend his point streak to six games (three goals, five assists during the streak), and tied for the team-high with four hits in 17:37 of ice time. He ranks fourth on the team with 23 assists and 34 points this season. – Marc Staal registered an assist and four shots in 24:29 of ice time. He has tallied five points (one goal, four assists) in the last six games.
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