Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
Lightning 5, Rangers 1.
– New York was 1-for-3 (4:40) on the power play in the contest. The Rangers have registered a power play goal in consecutive games (2-for-7; 28.6%), three of the last four games (3-for-14; 21.4%), and five of the last eight contests (6-for-24; 25%).
– The Rangers were credited with 25 hits in the contest. Thirteen different skaters recorded at least one hit in the game, while six different skaters registered at least two.
– Martin St. Louis tallied a power play goal and led all skaters with five shots on goal in 15:38 of ice time. St. Louis is now five points away from tallying the 1,000th point of his NHL career. The Rangers’ alternate captain has registered a point in six of the last eight games, recording eight points (six goals, two assists) over the span. He has also tallied a goal in five of the eight contests. St. Louis’ goal was the first of his career against Tampa Bay, and the contest was his first against the Lightning since January 8, 2000, when he was a member of the Calgary Flames. He is tied for the team lead in power play goals (two), ranks second in goals (seven) and power play points (four), and ranks third in points (14) this season.
– Derick Brassard registered a power play assist and won eight of 16 faceoffs (50%) in 14:22 of ice time. He has recorded a point in 11 of the last 16 games (six goals, nine assists) and in seven of the last 10 games (three goals, eight assists). Brassard has tallied a point on six of the Blueshirts’ eight power play goals this season, including each of the Rangers’ last five power play goals. He leads the Rangers in assists (nine), power play assists (four), power play points (six), faceoff wins (175), and faceoffs taken (345), and ranks second on the team in points (15) this season.
– Derek Stepan notched a power play assist and led all skaters with 10 faceoff wins (10-for-17; 59%) in 18:44 of ice time while skating in his 300th career NHL game. The Rangers’ alternate captain has recorded a point in four of six games since returning to the lineup on November 8 (one goal, four assists over the span), and has notched an assist in three of those contests. Stepan has tallied a point in 19 of his last 29 regular season games, registering 27 points (eight goals, 19 assists) over the span. He is tied for the team lead in assists (four) and ranks second in points (five) since returning to the lineup. Stepan has won 45 of 80 faceoffs (56.3%) over the last four games.
– Dan Girardi led all Rangers with three blocked shots and was credited with one hit while skating in a team-high 23:10 of ice time. The Rangers’ alternate captain ranks third in the NHL in blocked shots (48) this season. Girardi leads the team in blocked shots and average ice time (25:38) and ranks second on the team in hits (49) in 2014-15.
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