Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR; post-game audio courtesy of the Carolina Hurricanes:
Rangers 4, Hurricanes 2.
- The Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-2, tonight at PNC Arena, in a Metropolitan Division matchup. The Blueshirts notched four goals in the third period for the comeback win. New York has now won 17 of their last 22 games on the road, and is 18-8-2 in their last 28 games overall.
- The Blueshirts have posted a record of 34-26-4 overall (72 pts), including a 19-11-0 mark on the road this season.
- The Rangers’ first goal of the game was a shorthanded tally by Ryan McDonagh at 7:25 of the third period. It was their third consecutive goal registered while shorthanded, having notched both of their goals on Wednesday while shorthanded. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Blueshirts tallied three straight shorthanded goals was on Dec. 8, 2011 (the Rangers last goal of the game) and Dec. 10, 2011 (the Rangers first two goals of the game). McDonagh also tallied a shorthanded goal in Wednesday’s game, becoming the first Rangers player to record a shorthanded goal in consecutive games since Michal Rozsival on Nov. 17, 2007 and Nov. 19, 2007.
- Tonight’s contest is the second time the Blueshirts scored four goals in one period this season, having also done so during the second period on Jan. 26 at New Jersey. The last time the Blueshirts notched four goals in the third period was on Jan. 26, 2013, in a 5-2 comeback victory against Toronto at Madison Square Garden.
- The Rangers extended their winning streak against the Hurricanes to 10 games, including six straight wins at Carolina. The Blueshirts have out-scored the Hurricanes, 40-19, during the 10-game winning streak.
- The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or less in 37 of 64 games this season, including 14 of their last 20 contests, and in five of their last eight on the road. New York is 29-8-0 when holding opponents to two goals or less. The Blueshirts have now allowed two goals or fewer in seven of the last nine games against the Hurricanes.
- New York out-shot Carolina, 44-24, including a 15-6 advantage in the first period and an 18-7 advantage in the third. The Blueshirts had all 18 skaters record at least one shot on goal in the contest. The Rangers have registered at least 40 shots on goal in four of their last eight games, and have been credited with 302 shots in the last eight games (37.8 shots on goal over the span). The Rangers have outshot their opponents in 10 of the last 12 games, and in 14 of their last 17 contests.
- The Blueshirts’ power play was 1-4 (6:32) in the contest, and are now 5-18 (27.8%) with the man advantage in the last six games.
- The Rangers’ penalty kill held the Hurricanes scoreless in four power play opportunities (7:17), while registering a shorthanded goal. New York has not allowed a power play goal against in the last three games (six times shorthanded), and has tallied three shorthanded goals over the span. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 12-13 (92.3%) in the last five games.
- Derek Stepan notched the game-winning goal, a power play tally, with 2:46 remaining in regulation, and registered the primary assist on the game-tying goal at 13:24 of the third period to extend his assist/point streak to five games (one goal, six assists). He has recorded 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in the last 15 games, and now ranks first on the team in assists (31) and third in points (42) this season.
- Rick Nash tallied his 20th goal of the season to tie the game at 13:24 of the third period, added a shorthanded assist, and tied for the game-high with five shots in 17:22 of ice time. He is the only player in the NHL with an active streak of 10 straight 20-goal seasons. Nash has now tallied 13 goals in the last 21 games, including nine goals in the last 15 contests.
- Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves to improve to 23-20-4 overall, including a 12-8-0 mark on the road this season. He has held opponents to two goals or less in 11 of his last 16 games (11-4-1, 2.12 GAA, .929 Sv%, 1 SO), and is 13-5-2 in his last 20 (2.28 GAA, .924 Sv%, 1 SO). Lundqvist has won nine of his last 12 games on the road, posting a record of 9-3-0 with a 2.48 goals against average and .915 save percentage over the span. He is now one win shy of his 300th career NHL win, and two wins shy of Mike Richter’s franchise record of 301 career victories.
- Ryan McDonagh notched a shorthanded goal to extend his goal streak to a career-high, three games (three goals), and registered four shots in a game-high, 25:21 of ice time. He has tallied a shorthanded goal in each of the last two games, becoming the first Rangers player to do so since Michal Rozsival on Nov. 17, 2007 and Nov. 19, 2007. The goal was also his career-high, 33rd point of the season.
- Martin St. Louis tallied his first point as a Ranger with the primary assist on Stepan’s game-winning, power play goal, and tied for the game-high with five shots in 18:38 of ice time. St. Louis, who made his debut with the team on Wednesday, has now recorded 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in his last 22 games.
- Carl Hagelin notched an empty net goal in the game’s final minute, and registered four shots in 14:00 of ice time. He is now tied for fifth on the team with 13 goals this season.
- Mats Zuccarello registered an assist, three shots, and three hits in 18:19 of ice time, while making his return to the lineup after missing the last four games with a fractured hand suffered during the Olympics. He has recorded a point in each of his last seven games (two goals, nine assists), and has registered an assist in each of his last six games. Zuccarello is now tied for second on the team with 29 assists, and ranks second with 44 points this season.
- Brad Richards tallied a power play assist and won 6-11 faceoffs (55%) in 18:17 of ice time. He has now registered 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in the last 22 games, with seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last nine, and leads the team with 45 points this season.
- Dan Girardi recorded an assist and three shots, and was credited with three hits and two blocked shots in 23:06 of ice time. He leads the team with 157 hits and 133 blocked shots, and ranks second among Rangers defensemen with 14 assists and 18 points this season.
- John Moore registered an assist on Nash’s game-tying goal at 13:24 of the third period, and recorded three shots in 12:55 of ice time.
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