Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
Rangers 3, Blue Jackets 1.
– The Rangers began their final back-to-back set of the season with a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at Nationwide Arena. After two scoreless periods, the Blueshirts tallied three unanswered goals in the third to pull two points ahead of Columbus into third place in the Metropolitan Division standings. New York has now won three of their last four games, including three straight on the road.
– The Blueshirts have posted a record of 38-29-4 overall (80 pts), including a 22-13-0 mark on the road this season. Their 22 road wins leads the Eastern Conference, and is tied for first in the league overall.
– The Rangers have recorded points in six of their last eight meetings with the Blue Jackets (5-2-1), including three of their last four games at Columbus (3-1-0 in those games).
– The Blueshirts and Blue Jackets have been separated by two goals or fewer in each of their last six meetings, and in 13 of their 16 games all-time.
– The Rangers allowed two goals or fewer for the 42nd time in 71 games this season. The Blueshirts improved to 32-10-0 when allowing two or fewer goals in a game this season.
– The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 3-3 (6:00) in the contest, and is now 25-26 (96.2%) with four shorthanded goals in the last nine games.
– The Rangers out-shot the Blue Jackets, 32-26, including a 26-15 advantage after two periods. Rick Nash led all skaters with seven shots on goal, while Brad Richards posted six shots on goal in the contest.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves to improve to 27-22-4 overall, including a 15-9-0 mark on the road this season. He has held opponents to two goals or less in 15 of his last 22 games (15-6-1, 2.05 GAA, .933 Sv%, 2 SO), and is 5-2-0 with a 1.87 GAA, .940 Sv%, and one shutout in his last seven contests. The Rangers’ franchise leader in wins is now tied with Olaf Kolzig for 25th on the NHL’s all-time wins list with 303 career victories.
– Derick Brassard registered his 40th point of the season with the game-winning goal at 11:31 of the third period, recorded four shots, and won 7-11 faceoffs (64%) in 16:00 of ice time. He has now registered three goals and four points in the last two games, and is tied for fourth on the team with 16 goals this season. It is the third time Brassard has reached the 40-point mark in the last four seasons.
– Derek Stepan notched a goal and three shots in 17:20 of ice time. He has now tallied a point in 10 of the last 12 games, registering 13 points (four goals, nine assists) over the span, including a goal in each of the last two contests. Stepan now ranks second on the team with 48 points this season.
– Mats Zuccarello recorded two assists and posted a plus-two rating in 18:11 of ice time. He has registered 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in his last 14 games, including four assists in the last two contests. Zuccarello now leads the team with 49 points, and is tied for first on the Rangers with 34 assists this season.
– Anton Stralman registered two assists, was credited with two blocked shots, and posted a game-high, plus-three rating. It was his second multi-assist performance of the season, and he is now nine assists shy of 100 career NHL assists.
– Carl Hagelin notched an empty net goal and logged 14:47 of ice time. He has now registered six points (five goals, one assist) in the last eight games, including five points (four goals, one assist) in the last four contests. Hagelin is now tied for second on the team with 17 goals this season.
– Ryan McDonagh registered an assist, was credited with three blocked shots, and logged a game-high, 27:51 of ice time. He has recorded eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last 10 games, and has logged 25:00+ of ice time in each of the last five games. McDonagh is now two points shy of 100 career NHL points.
– Marc Staal recorded an assist on Carl Hagelin’s empty net goal, was credited with two blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 23:09 of ice time. He has now posted a plus-five rating in the last two games.
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