Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
Rangers 2, Devils 0.
– The Rangers concluded a three-game road trip with a 2-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils tonight at Prudential Center. Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 21 shots he faced to become the franchise’s all-time leader in shutouts with the 50th of his career. New York has now won four of their last five games, including four straight on the road.
– The Blueshirts have posted a record of 39-29-4 overall (82 pts), including a 23-13-0 mark on the road this season. Their 23 road wins leads the NHL, and is one shy of the franchise record for road wins in a season.
– The Rangers and Devils have been separated by two goals or less in 18 of their last 26 meetings.
– The Blueshirts have registered points in 19 of their last 28 games against the Devils (16-9-3), and are 25-11-4 overall (13-5-2 at home; 12-6-2 on the road) against the Devils since 2007-08.
– Tonight’s contest concluded the final back-to-back set on the Rangers’ regular season schedule. New York posted a combined record of 15-10-1 in back-to-back games this season, including a 9-4-0 (6-1-0 on the road) mark in the second game of the set. Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 69 times in his career, posting a record of 42-20-7 with a 2.09 goals against average, .929 save percentage, and seven shutouts in the second game.
– The Rangers allowed two goals or fewer for the 43rd time in 72 games this season. The Blueshirts improved to 33-10-0 when allowing two or fewer goals in a game this season. The Rangers have also held opponents to two goals or fewer in 21 of 36 road games this season, including 20 of their last 31 away from MSG. New York has posted a 19-2-0 record when allowing two or fewer goals on the road this season.
– The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 1-1 (2:00) in the contest, and is now 26-27 (96.3%) with four shorthanded goals in the last 10 games.
– The Rangers out-hit the Devils, 25-20, in the contest, and were credited with 14 blocked shots. The Blueshirts had seven players register two or more hits, led by Benoit Pouliot’s four hits, and had 11 players record at least one blocked shot.
– New York won 29-56 faceoffs (52%) in the contest, led by Brad Richards 9-12 (75%) from the faceoff circle.
– Henrik Lundqvist posted his fifth shutout of the season with a 21-save effort and added a power play assist, improving to 28-22-4 overall with a 16-9-0 mark on the road this season. The shutout was the 50th of his career, moving him past Eddie Giacomin into first place on the Rangers’ all-time regular season shutouts list. Lundqvist has held opponents to two goals or less in 16 of his last 23 games (16-6-1, 1.96 GAA, .935 Sv%, 3 SO), and is 6-2-0 with a 1.63 GAA, .945 Sv%, and two shutouts in his last eight contests. The Rangers’ franchise leader in wins and shutouts passed Olaf Kolzig into sole possession of 25th on the NHL all-time wins list with 304 career victories, and is tied with Chris Osgood for 26th on the NHL all-time shutouts list. The assist was Lundqvist’s fourth of the season, which ties his career-high for a single-season and moves him into a tie for first place among NHL goaltenders in assists this season.
– Lundqvist has faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 41 career regular season games, posting a record of 26-9-6 with a 1.74 GAA, .930 Sv% and six shutouts in those contests, and is 25-11-3 with a 2.03 GAA, .923 Sv% and eight shutouts in 39 games against the Devils since 2007-08.
– Derek Stepan registered two points, including a power play, empty net goal and an assist, to extend his goal/point streak to three games (three goals, one assist). He has recorded a point in 11 of the last 13 games, registering 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) over the span. His power play goal in the closing seconds of regulation was his 50th point of the season, marking the second time in his career Stepan has reached the 50-point mark. His second-period assist also marked a new career-high for assists in a season (35). Stepan now leads the team with 35 assists and 50 points this season.
– Rick Nash notched the game’s opening goal at 10:33 of the second period, and registered four shots in 17:54 of ice time. He has tallied three goals in the last three games, and leads the team with 23 goals this season. The goal was also his eighth game-winning goal of the season, which marks a single-season career-high.
– Chris Kreider tallied an assist and logged 9:53 of ice time. The assist was his 20th of the season, and he has now recorded two assists in the last three games.
– Ryan McDonagh registered a power play assist to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists), and was credited with two shots and three hits in a game-high, 25:08 of ice time. He has recorded nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last 11 games, and has logged 25:00+ of ice time in each of the last six games. McDonagh is now one point shy of 100 career NHL points.
– Raphael Diaz was credited with two blocked shots and logged 16:20 of ice time while making his Rangers debut. He was acquired by the Rangers from Vancouver on Mar. 5 in exchange for a fifth round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Diaz became the tenth player to make his Rangers debut this season, joining Benoit Pouliot, Jesper Fast, Justin Falk, Cam Talbot, Dylan McIlrath, Conor Allen, Dan Carcillo, Kevin Klein, and Martin St. Louis.
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