Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:
Rangers 2, Flyers 0.
– The Rangers have won nine consecutive regular season home games against the Flyers, dating back to March 6, 2011. Prior to their current streak, the last time the Blueshirts won at least nine straight regular season home games against one NHL team was when they recorded 11 consecutive wins against the Flyers at home from January 14, 1990 to November 4, 1992. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers’ streak of 11 consecutive regular season home wins against Philadelphia is the longest the Blueshirts have had against one NHL team in franchise history.
– New York has allowed two goals or fewer in each of its last nine regular season home contests against Philadelphia, and has posted a shutout in three of the nine games. The Rangers have outscored the Flyers, 33-9, over the nine-game span.
– The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 11 of their last 15 games (7-4-4) and in nine of their last 11 home games (6-2-3).
– The Rangers were 1-for-4 (6:25) on the power play in the contest. New York has tallied a power play goal in three consecutive games (3-for-11; 27.3%), four of their last five games (4-for-18; 22.2%), and six of their last nine contests (7-for-28; 25%). New York has posted a 4-1-2 record in games which they have scored a power play goal this season.
– Rangers defensemen have recorded 20 points (four goals, 16 assists) in the last 11 games, including nine points (three goals, six assists) in the last five contests.
– New York has allowed one goal or fewer in 36 regular season contests since the start of the 2013-14 season. The Rangers are tied for first in the NHL – and lead the Eastern Conference – in games with one or fewer goals allowed over the span.
– The Rangers registered 34 shots on goal in the game, as 15 of 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on goal. New York has registered at least 34 shots on goal in nine of 19 contests this season, including seven of 13 home games.
– Cam Talbot stopped all 31 shots he faced in the contest to record his first win and shutout of the season. The shutout was Talbot’s fourth in 23 career starts (26 appearances), and his first career shutout at Madison Square Garden. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Talbot is the third goaltender in Rangers history to post at least four shutouts in his first 23 starts with the team (John Ross Roach – 9 during the 1928-29 season; Lorne Chabot – 6 during the 1926-27 season). Both Talbot’s and Chabot’s first 23 starts with the team were also the first 23 starts of their respective NHL careers. Talbot has posted a 5-3-1 record, along with a 1.84 GAA, a .938 SV%, and 1 SO in 11 career appearances at MSG.
– Rick Nash registered a power play goal and recorded three shots on goal in 17:11 of ice time. Nash has recorded a point in 14 of 19 games this season, and has tallied a goal in 11 of those contests. He leads the NHL in games with a goal (11), ranks second in the NHL in goals (13), and is tied for sixth in shots on goal (70) this season. Nash is tied for the team lead in power play goals (two) and ranks third on the Rangers in power play points (four) in 2014-15.
– Kevin Klein tallied the game-winning goal, recorded three shots on goal, was credited with two hits, and posted a plus-one rating in 17:51 of ice time. Klein has now recorded four goals in 2014-15, tying his single-season career-high. He has registered six points (four goals, two assists) in his last 12 games, including five points (three goals, two assists) in his last 10 contests. Klein is one of six NHL defensemen to record two game-winning goals this season, and he is tied for first among NHL defensemen in game-winning goals. He is tied for the team-lead in game-winning goals and is tied for fourth on the Rangers in goals and plus/minus rating (plus-three) in 2014-15. Klein also leads all team defensemen in goals and is tied for first among team defensemen in points (six) and plus/minus rating this season.
– Martin St. Louis registered a power play assist and recorded three shots on goal in 19:51 of ice time. The Rangers’ alternate captain extended his point streak to three games (two goals, one assist) and has tallied a power play point in each of the last three contests. St. Louis has registered a point in seven of his last nine games (six goals, three assists over the span), and is four points away from recording the 1,000th point of his NHL career. He ranks second on the team in assists (eight), power play assists (three), and power play points (five), and is tied for second on the Rangers in points (15) this season.
– Derek Stepan notched a power play assist and tied for the game-high with five shots on goal while leading all Rangers forwards with 20:37 of ice time. The Rangers’ alternate captain has tallied a power play assist/point in consecutive games, and has registered a point in five of seven games since returning to the lineup on November 8 at Toronto. Since he returned to the lineup, Stepan leads the team in assists (five) and ranks second on the team in points (six). He has notched a point in 20 of his last 30 regular season games, tallying 28 points (eight goals, 20 assists) over the span.
– Carl Hagelin registered an assist and posted a plus-one rating in 14:21 of ice time. He has notched a point in eight of the last 14 games, tallying eight points (four goals, four assists) and posting a plus-nine rating over the span. Hagelin is tied for the team lead in plus/minus rating (plus-four) and is tied for fifth on the team in points (eight) this season.
Alain Vigneault on playing well against the Flyers… “The only thing I can say is, we know the right way to play. We have proved it on a number of occasions against some very good teams. We need to do it with consistency.”
Cam Talbot on getting a feel for the game early… “The guys did a good job of keeping a lot of shots to the outside to start the game and let me feel the puck, which is very beneficial for a goalie that doesn’t get to play that often. So when you get to feel some shots early in the first period and get yourself comfortable and engaged in the game, it’s big for me.”
Rick Nash on the improved power play… “Getting Boyle back is a huge part of (the power play). He’s been quarterbacking power plays for years and you can tell how confident he is back there setting it up. The other thing is Scott Arniel puts a great gameplan forward and as long as we follow it we seem to have success.”
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