Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
Wild 2, Rangers 1.
- The Rangers were defeated by the Minnesota Wild, 2-1, tonight at Xcel Energy Center, in the first game of a back-to-back set. New York is now 17-7-0 in their last 24 contests on the road.
- The Blueshirts have posted a record of 35-28-4 overall (74 pts), including a 19-13-0 mark on the road this season.
- The Rangers and Wild have been separated by two or fewer goals in 13 of their 16 meetings all-time.
- The Blueshirts’ power play was 1-3 (5:42) in the contest, and are now 6-27 (22.2%) with the man advantage in the last nine games.
- The Rangers’ penalty kill held the Wild scoreless in three power play opportunities (6:00). New York has not allowed a power play goal against in the last six games (16 times shorthanded), and has tallied three shorthanded goals over the span. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is now 22-23 (95.7%) in the last eight games.
- New York out-shot Minnesota, 30-26, in the contest, including a 16-8 advantage in the third period. The Blueshirts have been credited with 388 shots on goal over the last 10 contests (38.8 shots on goal per game), and have out-shot their opponent in 12 of their last 15 games and 16 of the last 20.
- Derek Stepan notched a power play goal and two shots in 18:19 of ice time. He has recorded a point in seven of the last eight games, registering 10 points (two goals, eight assists) over the span. Stepan is now tied for first on the team in scoring with 45 points (12 goals, 33 assists) this season.
- Ryan McDonagh tallied a power play assist and logged a team-high, 26:18 of ice time. The assist was his 25th of the season, which ties his single-season career-high originally posted during the 2011-12 season. McDonagh has recorded six points (three goals, three assists) in the last six games, and is now four points shy of 100 career points.
- Rick Nash registered a power play assist and tied for the team-high with four shots in 15:45 of ice time. He has tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games, and is now nine assists shy of 300 career assists.
- Cam Talbot made 24 saves and has now posted a record of 11-6-0 overall, including a 7-3-0 mark on the road this season. He has now held opponents to two goals or less in 14 of his 17 career starts, including nine of 10 starts on the road. Talbot is 4-3-0 with a 1.73 goals against average, a .939 save percentage, and one shutout in seven games against Western Conference opponents this season.
- Dan Girardi tied for the team-high with four hits, tied for the game-high with three hits, and was credited with a game-high, six blocked shots in 25:15 of ice time.
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