Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
– The Rangers were 1-for-3 (4:11) on the power play in the contest. New York has registered a power play goal in four of the last five games (4-for-16; 25%), five of the last seven games (5-for-23; 21.7%), and seven of the last 11 games (8-for-33; 24.2%).
– Rick Nash recorded two points (one goal, one assist), registered two shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating while leading all forwards with 20:57 of ice time. Nash’s assist was the 300th of his NHL career. He has registered a point in 16 of 21 games this season, and has tallied a goal in 13 of those contests. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Nash is the fourth Ranger in franchise history to register a goal in at least 13 of the first 21 games of a season (Brendan Shanahan – 14 of 21 in 2006-07; Adam Graves – 13 of 21 in 1993-94; Vic Hadfield – 13 of 21 in 1971-72). Nash extended his goal/point streak to three games (three goals, one assist over the span) and he has posted three different three-game point streaks over the last 11 games (six goals, six assists in the last 11 contests). He leads the NHL in games with a goal (13) in 2014-15. Since joining the Rangers prior to the 2012-13 season, the five-time NHL All-Star has tallied 29 of his 62 regular season goals in the third period (46.8%). As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, Nash ranks second in the NHL in even strength goals (12), is tied for second in goals (15), and ranks fourth in even strength points (18). He leads the Rangers in goals, points (23), and shots on goal (75), is tied for the team lead in plus/minus rating (plus-five), and is tied for third on the team in assists (eight).
– Dan Boyle registered his first point as a Ranger with a power play goal, recorded two shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating while leading all skaters with 24:49 of ice time. Boyle leads all NHL defensemen in power play points (105) since the start of the 2009-10 season. He has recorded at least one point in six of seven games he has played as a member of the visiting team in Tampa Bay (three goals, four assists), including a point in all five games he has played in Tampa Bay since he left the Lightning following the 2007-08 season (two goals, four assists).
– Derek Stepan notched an assist, recorded three shots on goal, tied for the game-high with two takeaways, and won nine of 18 faceoffs (50%) in 19:49 of ice time. The Rangers’ alternate captain extended his point streak to four games (one goal, three assists) and he has registered a power play assist/point in three of the last four contests. Stepan has tallied a point in seven of nine games since returning to the lineup on November 8 (two goals, six assists over the span). He leads the Rangers in assists (six), is tied for the team lead in power play assists (three), ranks second in points (eight), and is tied for second in power play points (three) since returning to the lineup. Stepan is tied for second on the team in power play assists, ranks fourth in power play points, and is tied for fifth in assists this season.
– Derick Brassard tallied an assist and posted a plus-two rating in 18:13 of ice time. He has registered a point in 13 of his last 19 games (six goals, 11 assists over the span), including nine of the last 13 games (three goals, 10 assists). As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, Brassard is tied for eighth in the NHL in assists (10) and is tied for 10th in the NHL in power play points (six) since October 27. Brassard has also recorded an assist/point in four of the last five games (four assists) and has notched a power play assist in three contests over the span. He has notched a point on seven of the Rangers’ 10 power play goals this season, including six of the team’s last seven goals with the man advantage. Brassard leads the team in assists (11), power play assists (five), and power play points (seven), and is tied for second on the team in points (17) this season.
– Mats Zuccarello tallied a goal, was credited with two hits, and posted a plus-two rating in 17:50 of ice time. He has recorded 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his last 16 games, including nine points (four goals, five assists) in his last 12 contests. Zuccarello ranks fifth on the team in points (10) and is tied for fifth on the team in goals (four) this season.
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