Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
Avalanche 3, Rangers 2 (shootout).
- The Rangers were defeated by the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2, in a shootout tonight at Pepsi Center to conclude a four-game road trip. New York posted a 2-1-1 record during the road trip, and recorded at least one point in three consecutive games (2-0-1) to end the stretch. The Blueshirts are now 8-2-1 in their last 11 games, including a 7-1-1 record in their last nine games, and are 6-1-1 in their last eight on the road.
- The Rangers have posted a record of 43-30-5 overall (91 pts), including a 25-14-1 mark on the road this season. The Rangers are now four points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
- New York has registered at least one point in 24 of their last 32 road games (23-8-1 over the span).
- The Rangers’ penalty kill was 4-4 (6:29) in the contest tonight. The Rangers have held opponents scoreless on the power play in three consecutive games (10-10, 100% over the span), and are 42-45 (93.3%) with seven shorthanded goals in the last 16 games.
- The Rangers recorded 31 shots on goal in the contest, as 16 different skaters were credited with at least one. Five Rangers – Kevin Klein, John Moore, Marc Staal, Derek Stepan, and Martin St. Louis – tied for the team lead with three shots on goal apiece.
- John Moore opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the season, tied for the team lead with three shots on goal, and was credited with two hits in 15:09 of ice time in his return to the lineup after missing six games with a head injury. Moore has tallied two goals in his last three games, and has recorded four points (two goals, two assists) and a plus-five rating in his last nine games.
- Derek Stepan tallied a goal and tied for the team lead with three shots on goal in 19:34 of ice time. The Rangers forward has 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 19 games since the Olympic break, including four points (one goal, three assists) in the last three games. Stepan ranks second on the team in points (54) this season.
- Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves in regulation and overtime, including 15 in the third period, in the shootout loss (2-3 in the shootout). Lundqvist is 6-1-1 with a 1.98 GAA, a .933 Sv% and 1 SO in his last eight games, and is 9-3-1 with a 1.84 GAA, a .938 Sv%, and 2 SO in his last 13 games. The Rangers goaltender made 30 or more saves for the 18th time this season, and the second consecutive game. Lundqvist is 13-3-2 with a 2.10 GAA, a .942 Sv%, and 2 SO when making at least 30 saves in a game this season.
- Mats Zuccarello recorded the primary assist on John Moore’s goal, posted a plus-one rating, and was credited with two hits in 17:08 of ice time. The Rangers forward extended his assist/point streak to three games (two goals, three assists over the span), and has tallied 20 points (four goals, 16 assists) in his last 21 games, including 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in the last eight games. Zuccarello is tied for the team lead in assists (38), leads the team in points (55), and ranks second in plus/minus rating (plus-12) this season.
- Benoit Pouliot tallied an assist on John Moore’s goal, led the team and tied a season-high with six hits, and was credited with a game-high, four takeaways in 16:36 of ice time. Pouliot’s assist was his 20th of the season, the first time that he has reached that mark in his career. Pouliot now has 33 points this season, which is a career-high. The Rangers forward has a four-game point streak (one goal, three assists), and has registered six points (one goal, five assists) in the last six games.
- Kevin Klein registered the primary assist on Derek Stepan’s goal, tied for the team lead with three shots on goal, was credited with a game-high, three blocked shots, and recorded two hits in 16:58 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman has recorded six points (one goal, five assists) in the last 13 games.
- Dan Girardi recorded an assist on Derek Stepan’s goal, was credited with one hit, and recorded one takeaway in 27:18 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman has tallied five points (one goal, four assists) in the last 11 games.
- Marc Staal tied for the team lead with three shots on goal, was credited with two blocked shots, and led all skaters with a season-high, 28:04 of ice time. Staal has played at least 20 minutes in 37 of 68 games he has played this season.
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