Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
Canadiens 1, Rangers 0 (OT).
– The Rangers were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens, 1-0, in overtime tonight at Bell Centre in their final game of the regular season. The Blueshirts finished the season with a 45-31-6 record (96 pts), and will play the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the playoffs.
– New York finished the season with a 25-14-2 record (52 pts) on the road. The Rangers’ 25 road wins are the most in the Eastern Conference this season. The Rangers recorded at least one point in 25 of their final 32 road games (23-8-2). Overall, the Blueshirts posted a 10-3-2 record in their final 15 regular season games, and recorded a point in 11 of their final 13 regular season contests (9-2-2).
– The last time the Rangers lost a game on a penalty shot in overtime was Dec. 5, 2002 at Philadelphia (3-2, Michal Handzus tallied the game-winning goal).
– The Blueshirts outshot the Canadiens, 41-27, in the contest, as 17 different Rangers recorded at least one shot on goal. The Rangers registered at least 30 shots on goal for the 58th time this season, including 40 shots for the 16th time this season, and outshot their opponent for the 54th time this season. New York posted a 29-22-3 record when outshooting opponents this season.
– New York allowed one goal in the contest, the 31st time this season that they allowed one goal or fewer in a game. The Rangers lead the league in games with one or fewer goals allowed, and they set a franchise record for games with one or fewer goals allowed in one season. The Blueshirts finished the season with a 28-2-1 record when allowing one goal or fewer.
– The Rangers allowed two goals or fewer in 24 of 41 road games this season, including 23 of their final 36 road games. New York gave up 75 goals over the final 36 road games (2.08 goals against per game). The Blueshirts posted a 21-2-1 record when allowing two or fewer goals on the road this season.
– The Rangers penalty kill was 3-3 (6:00) in the contest. The Blueshirts penalty kill is 48-51 (94.1%) with seven shorthanded goals in the last 20 games, and hasn’t given up a power play goal in the last seven games (16 times shorthanded).
– The Rangers and Canadiens have been separated by two goals or less in nine of their last 15 contests, including all three meetings this season.
– Cam Talbot made 26 saves in the contest in the overtime loss, and finished the season with a 12-6-1 record, including an 8-3-1 record on the road. Talbot allowed two goals or fewer in 16 of 19 starts this season, including 11 of 12 road starts, and allowed one goal or fewer in six of his 12 road starts. The Rangers goaltender has also posted a 1.37 GAA, a .948 SV%, and three shutouts in 13 road appearances on the road this season. In two appearances against Montreal this season, Talbot posted a 1-0-1 record with a 0.49 GAA, a .980 SV%, and one shutout.
– Derek Stepan recorded four shots on goal in 17:40 of ice time. The Rangers forward played in all 82 games this season, and has played in every game in each of his first four seasons in the NHL. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Ranger to play in all of the team’s games in his first four seasons in the NHL was Andy Hebenton (1955-56 – 1958-59). Stepan is the third Ranger to play in all of his team’s games in the first four seasons of his career, starting with the season in which he made his NHL debut, joining Hebenton and Murray Murdoch (1926-27 – 1929-30). Stepan is also the first Blueshirt to have played every game in four straight seasons since Brian Leetch (1993-94 – 1996-97). The Rangers forward has played in 294 consecutive regular season games, dating back to his NHL debut on Oct. 9, 2010.
– Rick Nash led all skaters with seven shots on goal, tied for the game-high with three blocked shots, and was credited with two hits in 16:35 of ice time. The Rangers forward finished the season second on the team in shots on goal (258).
– Kevin Klein tied for the game-high, and led the Rangers, with four hits, and tied for the game-high with three blocked shots in 22:08 of ice time.
– Marc Staal recorded two shots on goal while leading all skaters with 25:23 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman skated in at least 20 minutes of ice time in each of the final 12 regular season contests, and ranks third on the team in average ice time this season (20:31).
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