Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:
– Five different Rangers tallied a goal and 13 different Blueshirts – including all 12 forwards – recorded at least one point in the contest. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time all Ranger forwards tallied at least one point in a game was on December 17, 1980 vs. Winnipeg. In addition, 17 of 18 skaters posted a plus-one rating or better, while seven skaters registered a plus-two or better rating in tonight’s contest.
– The Rangers posted a shutout in consecutive regular season games for the first time since March 17, 2003 vs. the NY Islanders and March 19, 2003 vs. Buffalo. The last time New York registered consecutive shutouts in either the regular season or playoffs was Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on May 12, 2013 vs. Washington and Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on May 13, 2013 at Washington.
– New York has now posted three shutouts in its last five home games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Blueshirts registered three shutouts in a five-game span at home during the regular season was when they posted three shutouts in a span of four home games from November 18, 1973 vs. Pittsburgh to November 25, 1973 vs. Vancouver.
– The Rangers extended their shutout streak to 122:51, dating back to the 17:09 mark of the third period on November 17 vs. Tampa Bay.
– The last time the Rangers defeated the Canadiens by five or more goals in a regular season game was on December 13, 1992 at MSG (10-5 win). The Rangers tallied at least five goals in a shutout against Montreal for the first time since they defeated the Canadiens 5-0 on February 25, 1967 in Montreal. The last time the Blueshirts shut out Montreal by five goals or more at home was when they defeated the Canadiens 5-0 on March 24, 1963 at MSG.
– The Blueshirts have posted a 10-5-0 record against Montreal in regular season home games since the start of the 2006-07 season.
– The Rangers have earned at least one point in 12 of their last 16 games (8-4-4 record) and in 10 of their last 12 home games (7-2-3 record).
– The Blueshirts tied a season-high with five goals in the contest. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, the Rangers are tied for second in the NHL in regulation/overtime goals at home (40) this season.
– The Rangers lead the NHL in regular season games with one or fewer goals allowed (37) since the start of the 2013-14 season, and have posted a 33-2-2 record in those contests.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves to post his eighth victory and fourth shutout of the season. Lundqvist’s shutout was the 54th of his NHL career, moving him into a tie with Ed Giacomin and Bernie Parent for 20th on the NHL’s all-time shutouts list. The Rangers’ all-time wins and shutouts leader has posted a 7-3-3 record, along with a 1.95 GAA, a .933 SV%, and 4 SO in his last 13 contests, including a 6-2-2 record, along with a 1.76 GAA, a .938 SV%, and 4 SO in his last 10 home games. Lundqvist is tied for the NHL lead in shutouts (four) this season.
– Martin St. Louis registered two points (one goal, one assist) and posted a plus-two rating in 16:37 of ice time. The Rangers’ alternate captain extended his point streak to four games (three goals, two assists over the span) and is now two points away from recording the 1,000th point of his NHL career. St. Louis has registered a point in eight of the last 10 contests, tallying 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in those games. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, St. Louis is tied for second in the NHL in goals (seven) and is tied for sixth in the NHL in points (11) since November 3. He ranks second on the team in goals (eight), assists (nine), and points (17) in 2014-15.
– Dominic Moore tallied the game-winning goal, posted a plus-one rating, and won five of eight faceoffs (63%) in 14:35 of ice time. Each of Moore’s last two goals (in regular season and playoffs) has been a game-winning goal against Montreal at MSG (tonight and Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 29, 2014). He has tallied seven points (two goals, five assists) in his last 12 regular season games against Montreal.
– Rick Nash tallied a goal and recorded three shots on goal in 15:09 of ice time. The five-time All-Star has registered a point in 15 of 20 games this season and has tallied a goal in 12 of those contests. Nash leads the NHL in games with a goal in 2014-15, and as of the conclusion of tonight’s game, he is tied for second in the NHL in goals (14) this season. Since joining the Rangers prior to the 2012-13 season, Nash has registered 28 of his 61 regular season goals in the third period (45.9%). He leads the Rangers in goals, points (21), and shots on goal (73) this season.
– Derek Stepan registered a goal, recorded four shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 17:49 of ice time. The Rangers’ alternate captain extended his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists over the span), and he has tallied a point in six of eight games since returning to the lineup (two goals, five assists over the span). Since making his season debut on Nov. 8, Stepan leads the team in assists (five) and ranks second on the team in points (seven). He has registered a point in 21 of his last 31 regular season games, tallying 29 points (nine goals, 20 assists) over the span.
– Carl Hagelin recorded a goal, registered six shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in 14:26 of ice time. He has tallied a point in nine of his last 15 games (five goals, four assists over the span), including three of his last four contests (one goal, two assists over the span). Hagelin has also posted a plus-one rating in 11 of the last 15 games, eight of the last 10 games, and six of the last seven games. He is tied for second on the team in plus/minus rating (plus-five), ranks fourth in goals (five), and is tied for fifth in points (nine) this season.
– Chris Kreider notched two assists, led all skaters by tying his single-game career-high with seven shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 16:06 of ice time. Kreider is tied for the first on the team in multi-point games (four) this season. He is tied for second on the team in plus/minus rating (plus-five), ranks third in assists (eight), and ranks fourth in points (12) this season.
– Tanner Glass recorded an assist and was credited with four hits in 12:03 of ice time. The assist was Glass’ first assist/point with the Rangers. He leads the team in hits (65) this season.
– Jesper Fast registered his first career NHL regular season point with an assist, was credited with three hits, and posted a plus-one rating in 11:28 of ice time. Since Fast was recalled on November 10, the Rangers have earned at least one point in all five games he has played (3-0-2 record).
– Derick Brassard tallied an assist and posted a plus-one rating in 15:49 of ice time. He has recorded at least one point in 12 of his last 18 games (six goals, 10 assists over the span), including eight of the last 12 games (three goals, nine assists). Brassard leads the team in assists (10) and ranks third in points (16) in 2014-15.
– Mats Zuccarello notched an assist and recorded five shots on goal in 16:20 of ice time. He has registered eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last 11 games. Zuccarello is tied for fifth on the team in assists (six) and points (nine) this season.
– John Moore recorded an assist, was credited with two hits, blocked two shots, and posted a plus-one rating in 17:33 of ice time. Since November 11 (six games), he ranks third on the team in blocked shots (10) and fourth in hits (13).
– Anthony Duclair notched an assist and posted a plus-one rating in 13:37 of ice time. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, the 19-year-old is tied for sixth among NHL rookies in assists (six) and plus/minus rating (plus-five) this season. Duclair is tied for second on the Rangers in plus/minus rating and is tied for fifth on the team in assists in 2014-15.
– Kevin Hayes tallied an assist and posted a plus-one rating in 12:34 of ice time. He has tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in his last seven games.
Alain Vigneault on the play of Martin St. Louis… “Marty has been playing really well. He has been one of our more consistent players. I have asked him for probably eight games to play out of position; he has done it for the benefit of the team. Obviously he is a much better winger. That line is getting some good chemistry, and they got some good looks tonight.”
Martin St. Louis on tonight’s game… “You always feel you are as good as your last game. For us tonight, we have to go back and try to earn it again and back it up. I thought we did it from the get-go. We hadn’t played in a while. So first it was important to get to a good start. They played last night. I thought we did good.”
Henrik Lundqvist on the team’s play… “I think the last few games, especially the last two games, the strategy was just the close support we had in our own end. It helps with not giving up chances but also coming out of our zone with a lot of speed and coming together. We look fast. We are a fast team I think when we play the right way and we have a lot of skill too. We just need to start from the right end and that’s what we’ve been doing the last couple of weeks here.”
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