Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
Rangers 8, Senators 4.
- The Rangers defeated the Ottawa Senators, 8-4, tonight at Canadian Tire Centre, to begin a three-game road trip. Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves to become the franchise’s all-time leader in wins with his 302nd career victory. New York is now 21-11-2 in their last 34 games, and 19-7-0 in their last 26 contests on the road.
- The Blueshirts have posted a record of 37-29-4 overall (78 pts), including a 21-13-0 mark on the road this season. Their 21 road wins leads the Eastern Conference.
- The Rangers’ eight goals mark a season-high, and their four goals in the second period tied their season-high for goals in a single period. The last time the Rangers tallied eight goals in a game was Apr. 19, 2013 at Buffalo (8-4). The eight goals are also the most the Rangers have scored in one game against the Senators in franchise history. The previous high for most goals in one game against Ottawa was seven, which came in a 7-1 victory on Nov. 24, 1993 in Ottawa.
- Six different Rangers scored a goal in the contest, tying a season-high, and 13 different Rangers registered a point.
- The Rangers have registered a point in 10 of their last 13 games at Ottawa (9-3-1), including wins in eight of the last 11 on the road against the Senators.
- Rick Nash tallied the Rangers’ first goal of the game with a shorthanded tally at 8:02 of the first period. The penalty kill (1-2, 2:49 in the contest) is now 22-23 (95.7%) with four shorthanded goals in the last eight games. The last time the Blueshirts scored four shorthanded goals in that span was from Dec. 8, 2011 vs. Tampa Bay to Dec. 20, 2011 at New Jersey (seven games). The Rangers have scored seven shorthanded goals this season.
- The Blueshirts were credited with 20 blocked shots in the contest, with seven players registering two or more blocked shots.
- Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves to post his 302nd career victory and become the franchise’s all-time leader in career wins. He improved to 26-22-4 overall, including a 14-9-0 mark on the road this season. It is the 15th time this season Lundqvist has registered 30 or more saves in a game, posting an 11-3-1 record with a 2.26 goals against average, .938 save percentage, and two shutouts in those contests. The Rangers’ franchise leader in wins is now tied with Turk Broda for 26th on the NHL’s all-time wins list.
- Derick Brassard registered season-highs with two goals and three points, was credited with three shots and four hits, and posted a career-high, plus-four rating in 18:23 of ice time. He now ranks fourth on the team with 39 points, fifth with 24 assists, and is tied for fifth with 15 goals this season.
- Rick Nash notched a shorthanded goal, added an empty net goal, and tied his season-high with a plus-three rating in 16:04 of ice time. It was Nash’s fourth multi-goal performance of the season, and he leads the team with 22 goals this season.
- Ryan McDonagh tallied the eventual game-winning goal, tied for the team-high with five shots, and led all skaters with 25:31 of ice time. He has now registered seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last nine games, and has logged 25:00+ of ice time in each of the last four games.
- Mats Zuccarello registered two assists, was credited with four shots and two blocked shots, and posted a career-high, plus-four rating in 17:38 of ice time. It was his 11th multi-point effort of the season, and he has recorded 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in his last 13 games. Zuccarello is now tied for the team lead with 47 points and ranks second with 32 assists this season.
- Derek Stepan notched a goal, was credited with two blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 15:37 of ice time. He has now tallied a point in nine of the last 11 games, registering 12 points (three goals, nine assists) over the span. Stepan is now tied for the team lead with 47 points this season.
- John Moore recorded an unassisted goal, tied for the team-high with five shots, and tied the game-high with three blocked shots in 18:26 of ice time. The goal was his third of the season, which establishes a new single-season career-high.
- Benoit Pouliot tallied an unassisted goal at 15:48 of the second period, and registered two shots and two hits in 14:23 of ice time. He has now registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last five games.
- Kevin Klein recorded an assist, was credited with two hits, and tied for the game-high with three blocked shots in 17:16 of ice time. He has now tallied a point in three of the last five games, registering four points (one goal, three assists) over the span.
- Carl Hagelin tallied an assist and was credited with two blocked shots in 13:10 of ice time. He has now registered five points (four goals, one assist) in the last seven games, including four points (three goals, one assist) in the last three.
- Martin St. Louis registered an assist, was credited with two hits and two blocked shots, and posted a plus-three rating in 18:23 of ice time. He has now tallied two assists in the last three games.
- Chris Kreider recorded an assist, led all skaters with five hits, and posted a plus-two rating in 13:51 of ice time. He has now registered four points (three goals, one assist) in the last six games.
- Dan Girardi tallied his 20th point of the season with an assist on the game-winning goal, was credited with two blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 21:42 of ice time. It is the sixth time Girardi has reached the 20-point mark, and he now ranks second among Rangers defensemen with four goals, 16 assists, and 20 points this season.
- Dominic Moore recorded an assist on Rick Nash’s empty net goal and was credited with three hits in 11:58 of ice time. He has now registered 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 27 career games against Ottawa, which is the third-most versus any team for Moore over his career.
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