Rangers 2, Devils 0 … post-game notes

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Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Rangers 2, Devils 0.

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Team notes:

–        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.

Player notes:

–        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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  1. Now that they have Diaz and Klein they can trade McDonagh and build for the future. and when Skeij or whatever his name is gets here, they can trade Staal and Girardi too. (s)

  2. “Call me when Brady Skeij or whatever his name is has even as many NHL games under his belt as Moore. Should only be another four or five years from now.”

    really dumb comment

    “Now that they have Diaz and Klein they can trade McDonagh and build for the future. and when Skeij or whatever his name is gets here, they can trade Staal and Girardi too. (s)”

    you aren’t as funny as you think you are.

  3. Yes. Time to shop MacTruck and Girardi. Sure to get back one two, a three and two fours.

  4. one thing was obvious 42 yearold Jagr who was a UFA that any moron could sign is a much more dangerous player than a 38 yearold MSL for whom we gave up 3 1st rounders.

    The next step is our idiot GM tries to make the trade “better” by giving MSL a 3 year 22.5 mil extension. Because getting MSL was him trying to make the signing of Richards “better” because they had such “amazing” chemistry.

  5. Kreider had 19 mostly very short shifts, St. Louis had 22. Nash had 27. Kreider didn’t play PP, doesn’t play 4-on-4 or PK, and maybe sat some shifts with the 1-goal lead late? I don’t know. It’s not like he was benched for any length of time.

  6. “cry me a river, QQQ. Dumb comments … Trade Staal. Skeij replaced Moore.”

    you are the one crying. I make good comments and you make some stupid ones because you obviously got something against me. But I don’t give a Sather anyway.

  7. But seriously, Diaz can flat out move the puck. Looks like he might fit this system well on the 3rd pair. And very, very affordably.

  8. look at the leading scorer………. Stepan with 50 points.

    slow start, but he will be critical down the stretch.

  9. “If Sather drafted Skeij he must be good.”

    Sather doesn’t draft, he is too retarded to draft and thankfully he knows that.

  10. Congrats to Hank! True King of New York!

    Two YUGE games by Nasher…good for him and definitely good for us. Hope he keeps it up.

    Are the Devils eliminated from the postseason yet?

  11. Stepan is regaining his trade value, and hopefully this time we pull a trigger and get a power forward like Hanzal in return, but it would take significantly more than Stepan.

  12. Still bush-league, but less so than the countless other circus acts they’ve pulled.

    The one in Raleigh last week should have led to the imprisonment of a number of these court jesters.

  13. Let’s not forget habs and Nucks traded Diaz. Relax all it’s one game. He gas flaws I’m sure but tonite he was as good as could be.

  14. “Let’s not forget habs and Nucks traded Diaz. Relax all it’s one game. He gas flaws I’m sure but tonite he was as good as could be.”

    Habs traded him I believe not because he sucked, I think they had too many Dmen and needed a forward like Weise, and Canucks at the time needed a Dman, then their defense got back from IR and they decided to get a pick for a guy who was going to be a UFA.

  15. QQQ Didnt you JUST say you wanted less “Marty’s” on the team and now you want Martin Hanzal? Hanzal 39 points. Stepan 50.

  16. Bruins are crazy good. Come back to take the lead with 3 mins left. About to be 12 in a row for them.

  17. yeah, they wouldn’t do Stepan for Kesler, but they’re going to do Stepan for Hanzal? Doubt it. Especially with Richards on his way out.

  18. “Yes Q. Stepan plus a 1st in 2015, and a 2nd in 2016-18″

    hopefully not, but you never know with Sather, the schmuck loves hoarding prospects that do not seem to be in our future plans.

    “oh yeah… trade your best home grown assets…A proven formula for success”

    maybe if this home grown asset actually played physical, could skate and didn’t hold out.

  19. Bruins=Beasts.

    Sometimes, like the Flyers too, you can peak too soon. I seem to think Penguins had won double digits in a row and were defending champs when Isles took them out in ’93. I could be mistaken. Again.

  20. Lol. We’re back to trading Stepan for an older 3rd line Center. Yea. That will solve it. Let’s dump the 70pt player for the 40pt guy because he takes the body more!

  21. “QQQ Didnt you JUST say you wanted less “Marty’s” on the team and now you want Martin Hanzal? Hanzal 39 points. Stepan 50.”

    damn it, what is with these Martys? But it also means there is a high chance we get him.

    don’t worry about the points, the guy is not just about scoring and Stepan lately was on a hot streak racking up empty netters and phantom assists.

    “yeah, they wouldn’t do Stepan for Kesler, but they’re going to do Stepan for Hanzal? Doubt it. Especially with Richards on his way out.”

    Rangers wouldn’t do Stepan for Kesler? I don’t believe that, Canucks must have wanted a lot more than just Stepan.

  22. Richie MUST go. Under those circumstances, can’t imagine even a thought of dealing StepUp, unless we’re bowled over, which ain’t likely.

  23. ThisYearsModel on

    2 gutsy wins in a row. Must admit that I did not expect the effort we saw tonight after last night. 50 shutouts……pretty nice statistic. Wonder how Eddie G feels about that. Would love to see him at the garden Monday and as a part of the Henrik honors.

  24. “Lol. We’re back to trading Stepan for an older 3rd line Center. Yea. That will solve it. Let’s dump the 70pt player for the 40pt guy because he takes the body more!”

    which one do you think helps us go farther in the playoffs?

    And Stepan is not a 70 point guy and Hanzal is not a 40 point guy. More like 60 and 50. But right now they are both on pace for 56 points, but Stepan has 30 hits in 72 games, while Hanzal has 177 in 57 games.

  25. Really bizarre that CAL didn’t unload more players at the deadline. I bet a lot of teams would have wanted Cammalleri, Glencross, Hudler, and Giordano. They all could have fetched nice prices. Wideman and Smid too, especially a team looking for depth on the blueline for a playoff push. Hell, someone probably would have given them a pick for Westgarth. Really odd decisions there.

  26. Hanzal has never scored more than 39 points or more than 16 goals in his entire career. That crack you smoke QQQ must very good.

  27. I don’t know anything about Hanzal…

    but how much would it take to get him..

    have you watched the Wolfpack lately? they look like somebody traded away all their draft picks the last few years… not much new blood there.

  28. And Falk keeps ordering the roast beef on a roll because he refuses to play in Hartford. Good luck picking up shopping carts at the Moosehead Stop and Shop.

  29. “Really bizarre that CAL didn’t unload more players at the deadline. I bet a lot of teams would have wanted Cammalleri, Glencross, Hudler, and Giordano. They all could have fetched nice prices. Wideman and Smid too, especially a team looking for depth on the blueline for a playoff push. Hell, someone probably would have given them a pick for Westgarth. Really odd decisions there.”

    Nobody except our idiot GM was eager to part with 1st and 2nd rounders for rentals. But our return is justified because MSL is signed for another year when we will win the Cup and Sather will retire after his mission was finally accomplished.

  30. ThisYearsModel on

    Hanzal is 6’5″ of suck. No reason to even consider acquiring him. The much-maligned Stepan now leads the team in scoring. How about that.

  31. “Hanzal has never scored more than 39 points or more than 16 goals in his entire career. That crack you smoke QQQ must very good.”

    And Stepan never scored more than 54 points while riding coattails of Gaborik, Nash, etc. So your crack is even better.

  32. “have you watched the Wolfpack lately? they look like somebody traded away all their draft picks the last few years… not much new blood there.”

    they need to get a better coaching staff down there, the current one has gotten too stale.

  33. I don’t know about the extra draft picks, but based on the little info I was provided, and Cally’s recent performance, that trade was a toss-up. Cally could have stayed if really wanted.

    MSL needs a line mate and he will produce. I think.

  34. I don’t buy this “He played with this guy or that guy that’s why he’s good”…if you’re good, you’re good. Stepan is miles better than Hanzal.

    ps, since when is 39 better than 54?

  35. De Boer irate at officials after Jagr, in front of God and the world, viciously cross checks Stralman to the ice to make room for himself in front of Henrik. What’s wrong with that man?

  36. time is ticking on MSL and if he doesn’t score he is rather useless otherwise, doesn’t hit, doesn’t kill penalties much, doesn’t grind, doesn’t fight, doesn’t agitate, doesn’t block shots, and on top of that is named Marty.

  37. Stepan has virtually identical statistics to Bergeron over the last four years, with the exception of face offs.

  38. “I don’t buy this “He played with this guy or that guy that’s why he’s good”…if you’re good, you’re good. Stepan is miles better than Hanzal.”

    but he isn’t good and never really was good, just a guy that managed to rack up more points than he really should have had. In the playoffs though he truly showed that he is not a big time player.

    “ps, since when is 39 better than 54?”

    are you new to the game of hockey? It isn’t always about points.

  39. “Stepan has virtually identical statistics to Bergeron over the last four years, with the exception of face offs.”

    how about hits, playoff points, and skating speed?

  40. “De Boer irate at officials after Jagr, in front of God and the world, viciously cross checks Stralman to the ice to make room for himself in front of Henrik. What’s wrong with that man?”

    Well, for starters, he’s the Gerbils’ coach.

  41. CCCP go back to Russia, Putin is looking for new colonists with as few brain cells as possible.

  42. Including hits. Bergeron is not a big hitter. Which must mean he stinks.

    Does speed matter if he produces points and is 2nd best defensive center on the team?

  43. having been to Russia….

    A lack of information or where you get it has such big influence on your opinions.

    I am am glad I kept my kids from public schools

  44. If i had a nickle for everytime i’ve been told to go back to Russia, I’d buy the Rangers and fire Dolan and Sather.

    Speaking of brain cells, If you had any you would realize where i’m from by looking at my avatar…but then again, i didn’t expect you to know.

  45. “Does speed matter if he produces points and is 2nd best defensive center on the team?”

    yes it does matter and Stepan is 2nd or 3rd best defensive center on the team and that is only because Richards is on the team. And Bergeron is probably the top defensive forward on their team which is a lot better than our team. And good job ignoring playoff performances.

  46. CCCP I don’t care about you or your stinking Jamaican Flag, wherever you may be Putin will welcome you and your kind with arms wide open. Any fans of USSR are welcome. Thankfully I got out of there a while ago. You on the other hand are so proud of USSR that you name your avatar that.

  47. Stranger Nation on

    On a roll??

    Charp is like Nostradamus with his Rangers prediction.

    Staal stick ckecks are not helping him near our crease. Take the body – please!

  48. _CCCP I don’t care about you or your stinking Jamaican Flag_

    wow…just wow lol

    you are dumber than I thought…which I didn’t think was possible…well done.

  49. Staal…..

    he has had great games….and he has had pure stinkers.

    I dont know why. I proclaimed him cured from all the ills after a few great games…..

    but.he has had some questionable performances since then. I don’t watch the games like a scout…so I don’t know what it is.

  50. 8-1?

    Lev, you weren’t kidding. that’s pretty funny.

    Edmonton must make the whole country proud.

    How many first-rounders are on that team?

  51. Ya CCCP, Smoking da ganja mon.

    Tomb, Oiler fans gave a standing ovation to Scrivens after he stopped a shot lol.

    Early in the game was a great moment when Stajan scored on a penalty shot and looked to the heavens, dedicated it to his baby. McGrattan gave him a big hug after.

  52. Richards is hurting this team again… will another coach bench him for the playoffs?

    He should.

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