Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:
Rangers 4, Red Wings 3 (OT).
– The Rangers extended their point streak to a season-high four games (2-0-2), and have earned a point in seven of their last eight games (5-1-2). New York has also earned a point in six consecutive home games (4-0-2).
– New York has played three consecutive games that were decided in overtime. Prior to the current stretch, the last time the Rangers played three consecutive overtime games was March 19, 2008 at New Jersey (2-1 shootout win), March 21, 2008 at Philadelphia (4-3 shootout loss), and March 25, 2008 vs. Philadelphia (2-1 overtime loss). The Blueshirts have posted a 3-2 record in games that have been decided after 60 minutes this season, and are 2-0 in games decided during the five-minute overtime session.
– New York extended its winning streak against Detroit to five games, dating back to a 2-1 overtime victory on March 21, 2012 at MSG. Prior to their current streak, the last time the Blueshirts defeated the Red Wings in five consecutive contests was from January 3, 1983 to January 16, 1984.
– The Rangers’ shutout streak against the Red Wings lasted 177:00 over parts of four games. Prior to tonight’s game, the last goal New York allowed against Detroit was at the 19:49 mark of the second period on October 26, 2013.
– The Blueshirts have tallied a goal in the third period in 10 of their 12 games this season. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, the Rangers are tied for first in the NHL – and lead the Eastern Conference –in third period goals (17) this season.
– New York was 2-for-3 (3:29) on the power play in the contest, and tallied the game-winning goal on a power play in overtime. The Rangers have registered a power play goal in consecutive games, going 3-for-7 (42.9%) over the span.
– The Blueshirts have won the last 69 games in which they have scored four or more goals, dating back to October 31, 2011 vs. San Jose. The Rangers have also earned at least one point in 91 consecutive regular season games when they have registered at least four goals (90-0-1), dating back to November 14, 2010 vs. Edmonton.
– The Rangers have allowed six goals in the first period over their first 12 games this season. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, New York is tied for the fourth-fewest first period goals allowed in the NHL in 2014-15.
3 Stars on Broadway:
– Rick Nash registered a power play goal and led all skaters with six shots on goal in 18:04 of ice time. Nash has tallied a point in nine of 12 games this season and has recorded a goal in eight of those contests. The five-time NHL All-Star ranks second in the NHL goals (10) this season. Nash leads the Rangers in goals, points (13), plus/minus rating (plus-six), and shots on goal (42). He has scored more goals (26) and played in more games (58) against Detroit than against any NHL opponent.
– Matt Hunwick notched two assists, was credited with three blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 21:40 of ice time. He has tallied a point in three of the last four games (five assists), and has posted two multi-assist/point games over the span. Hunwick is tied for the team lead in power play assists (two), is tied for second in power play points (two), is tied for third on the team in assists (five), is tied for sixth on the team in points (five), and leads all team defensemen in assists and points this season.
– Derick Brassard tallied the game-winning goal in overtime, recorded a power play assist, and led all skaters with 12 faceoff wins (12-for-23; 52.2%) in the contest. Brassard has registered a point in seven of the last 10 games (five goals, six assists over the span), and has also recorded a point in six of eight games at MSG this season. He leads the team in power play points (three), faceoff wins (135), faceoffs taken (240), and faceoff win percentage (56.2%), is tied for the team lead in assists (six) and power play assists (two), and ranks second in goals (five) and points (11). Brassard leads the team in points (10) at MSG this season. Prior to tonight’s game, Brassard’s last regular season overtime goal was on October 26, 2013 at Detroit.
– Alain Vigneault coached his 900th career NHL regular season game, becoming the 28th head coach in NHL history to reach the milestone. Vigneault ranks second among NHL head coach in regular season wins (364) since the start of the 2006-07 season.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves to record his sixth victory of the season. Lundqvist posted a shutout streak of 211:08 against Detroit, dating back to the 3:36 mark of the first period on March 21, 2012 at MSG. The shutout streak is the longest he has had against one NHL opponent in his career.He has posted a 4-0-1 record, along with a 1.54 GAA, a .945 SV%, and 2 SO in his last five games at MSG. Lundqvist also stopped Gustav Nyquist on a penalty shot at 5:51 of the second period. It was the first penalty shot save that Lundqvist has made since stopping the Flyers’ Daniel Briere in the 2012 Winter Classic on January 2, 2012. He is tied for seventh in the NHL in wins (six) this season.
– Dan Girardi tallied an assist on the game-winning goal, tied for the game-high with four blocked shots, tied for the team-high with three hits, and recorded three shots on goal while skating in a game-high, 30:51 of ice time. The Rangers’ alternate captain has logged at least 30 minutes of ice time in three consecutive games, becoming the first Ranger to do so since Brian Leetch skated in at least 30 minutes of ice time for eight straight games from December 9 – December 27, 2000. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, Girardi ranks fifth in the NHL in blocked shots (35) and is tied for sixth in average ice time (26:25) this season. He leads the team in average ice time and blocked shots and ranks second in hits (32) this season.
– Martin St. Louis recorded a goal, tallied an assist on the game-winning goal, and recorded three shots on goal in 18:43 of ice time. The Rangers’ alternate captain has registered consecutive multi-point games (three goals, one assist), and is nine points away from tallying the 1,000th of his NHL career. St. Louis is tied for the team lead in assists (six) and power play assists (two), is tied for second in power play points (two), and ranks third in goals (four) and points (10) this season.
– Lee Stempniak registered a goal, recorded three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in 15:07 of ice time. He ranks second on the team in shots on goal (32), is tied for fourth on the team in goals (three), and is tied for sixth on the team in points (five) this season.
– Dominic Moore recorded an assist, won nine of 17 faceoffs (53%), and posted a plus-one rating in 17:56 of ice time. Moore has tallied an assist/point in four of his last five games against the Red Wings (four assists).
– Chris Kreider registered an assist in 15:30 of ice time. Kreider has tallied a point in consecutive games and in six of 12 games this season. He is tied for third on the team in assists (five) and ranks fourth on the team in points (eight) this season.
– Michael Kostka recorded an assist, was credited with two blocked shots, and posted a plus-one rating in 10:57 of ice time. The assist was Kostka’s first point as a Ranger.
Alain Vigneault on the recent play of Martin St. Louis… “I put him in a very challenging position by playing him out of his normal position. Because of the circumstances, sometimes you don’t have a choice. But he is very useful in the middle. Obviously he is a better player on the wing. He is getting some really good looks, and he’s burying them right now.”
Derick Brassard on tonight’s game… “I think we had a really good start. They found a way to score two goals, but I think we were pretty positive that we should just stick with it. We knew from the beginning we were facing a pretty good team playing some good hockey, but we found a way. We didn’t want to take those penalties at the end. We made some hockey plays there and it is what it is. In overtime we had the chance to get it done.”
Henrik Lundqvist on earning six points during the home stand… “I feel like our game is coming. We are getting more and more consistent with the way we play game to game, but it’s a constant battle to push yourself and the entire team to try to be there every night. But I feel like the last few games we are playing hard, we have a lot of energy. When you have that, you are going to have a good opportunity to get points every night.”
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