Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR; post-game quotes courtesy of the Jets:
Rangers 4, Jets 2.
– The Rangers defeated the Winnipeg Jets, 4-2, tonight at MTS Centre, in the second game of a back-to-back road set. The Blueshirts notched three unanswered goals, including a hat trick by Carl Hagelin, to erase a 2-1 first period deficit, and Henrik Lundqvist moved into a tie with Mike Richter for the franchise record in career wins. New York is now 20-10-2 in their last 32 games, and 18-7-0 in their last 25 contests on the road.
– The Blueshirts improved to 36-28-4 overall (76 pts), including a 20-13-0 mark on the road this season. The Rangers moved into second place in the Metropolitan Division, two points ahead of Columbus and three ahead of Philadelphia.
– The Rangers are now 6-3-0 in nine games against the Jets since the organization moved to Winnipeg prior to the 2011-12 season.
– The Blueshirts’ penalty kill held the Jets scoreless in four power play opportunities (8:00). New York has not allowed a power play goal against in the last seven games (20 times shorthanded), and has tallied three shorthanded goals over the span. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is now 26-27 (96.3%) in the last nine games.
– The Rangers were credited with 24 blocked shots, led by Dan Girardi’s game-high, six blocked shots. The Blueshirts had 11 players register at least one blocked shot in the contest.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves to move into a tie with Mike Richter for the franchise record with 301 career wins. He is now 25-21-4 overall, including a 13-9-0 mark on the road this season. It was the 14th time this season he has registered 30 or more saves in a game, improving to 10-3-1 with a 2.14 goals against average, .941 save percentage, and two shutouts in those contests. Lundqvist is 3-1-0 with a 1.77 goals against average, .942 save percentage, and one shutout in his last four games, and has held opponents to two goals or less in 13 of his last 19 games (13-5-1, 2.05 GAA, .932 Sv%, 2 SO).
– Carl Hagelin posted his first career hat trick with three goals, registered three shots and two blocked shots, a team-high, four hits, and a plus-two rating in 15:37 of ice time. It was the third hat trick by a Rangers player this season (Derek Stepan on Nov. 2 vs. CAR; Chris Kreider on Nov. 30 vs. VAN). Hagelin has tallied four goals in the last five games, and established a new career-high for goals in a season with his 15th and 16th goals of the season.
– Chris Kreider notched the game-tying goal, and registered three shots and three hits in 12:29 of ice time. He has tallied five points (four goals, one assist) in the last eight games, including three goals in the last four, and now ranks second on the team with 17 goals this season.
– Kevin Klein tallied two assists and was credited with three blocked shots in 18:03 of ice time. He has now registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last three games.
– Dan Girardi recorded an assist, was credited with two hits, and led all skaters with six blocked shots and 26:35 of ice time. He has now registered 12 blocked shots in the last two games, and is tied for seventh in the league with 150 blocked shots this season.
– Derek Stepan tallied an assist and was credited with two takeaways in 15:36 of ice time. He has recorded a point in eight of the last nine games, registering 11 points (two goals, nine assists) over the span. The assist was his 34th of the season, which ties his career-high originally established during the 2011-12 season, and he is tied for first on the team with 46 points this season.
– Martin St. Louis registered the primary assist on the game-winning goal and two blocked shots in 18:47 of ice time. He has now recorded 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in his last 26 games.
– Brad Richards tallied the lone assist on Carl Hagelin’s third goal and logged 15:12 of ice time. The assist was his 30th of the season, marking the 12th time in 13 seasons he has reached the mark, and he is 10 assists shy of 600 career assists. Richards has now registered eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last 13 games, and is tied for the team lead with 46 points this season.
– Benoit Pouliot recorded an assist and logged 12:53 of ice time. He has now tallied two assists in the last three games.
New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault: “Well, we were playing in a very tough environment, against a very big team and I thought for the most part that we did what we had to do on the road to come up with the win. Obviously that goal at the end of the second period was very big for us, couple of seconds left in the period. In the third, we did what we had to do to protect the lead and collect the two points.”
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist: “We knew they were going to come hard, first five (minutes of the game). We got a great start with the first goal, but then they pushed back a little bit and they had really good speed. We expected it, but after that second goal, it’s about how you respond, and we did it in the right way.”
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