Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR; Quotes courtesy of the Flyers:
– The Rangers have registered a shutout in three of their last four games, dating back to a 2-0 victory against the Flyers on November 19, 2014 at MSG. The last time the Blueshirts posted a shutout in three games over a four-game span was when they registered three consecutive shutouts from February 4, 1973 vs. the Atlanta Flames to February 10, 1973 at the New York Islanders.
– New York has recorded a shutout in six of its first 22 games of the season (including a 1-0 shootout loss on November 1 vs. Winnipeg). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Rangers posted at least six shutouts in the first 22 games of a season was when they registered six in the first 22 games of the 1937-38 season. The Blueshirts lead the NHL in shutouts this season.
– The Blueshirts have posted two consecutive shutouts against the Flyers for the first time since they did so on January 31, 2008 and February 9, 2008 (both games at Philadelphia). New York extended its shutout streak against Philadelphia to 121:53, dating back to the 18:07 mark of the third period on March 26, 2014 at MSG.
– The Rangers have posted a 15-4-0 record in their last 19 regular season games against the Flyers, dating back to March 6, 2011. New York has allowed two goals or fewer in 16 of the 19 contests, and has outscored Philadelphia, 63-32, in the 19 games.
– The Rangers were 1-for-6 (9:32) on the power play in the contest. New York has registered a power play goal in five of the last six games (5-for-22; 22.7%), six of the last eight games (6-for-29; 20.7%), and eight of the last 12 games (9-for-39; 23.1%).
– New York tallied a power play goal and a shorthanded goal in the same game for the second time this season (Nov. 11 vs. Pittsburgh). As of the conclusion of today’s game, the Rangers are tied for first in the NHL in games with a power play goal and shorthanded goal (seven) since the start of the 2013-14 season, and they rank second in the NHL in contests with a power play goal and a shorthanded goal (22) since the start of the 2009-10 season.
– As of the conclusion of today’s game, the Rangers are tied for third in the NHL in road victories (86) since the start of the 2010-11 season.
– The Rangers were 6-for-6 (12:00) on the penalty kill, and allowed five shots on goal on the Flyers’ six power play attempts.
– Martin St. Louis recorded two points (one goal, one assist), including his 1,000th career NHL point, and recorded two shots on goal in 16:40 of ice time. St. Louis is the 81st player in NHL history to record 1,000 career NHL points, and is the sixth player to accomplish the feat as a Ranger, joining Theo Fleury, Pat LaFontaine, Steve Larmer, Mike Gartner, and Rod Gilbert. He is the first player to tally his 1,000th career point as a Ranger since Fleury did so on October 29, 2001 vs. Dallas. The Rangers’ alternate captain is also the fifth undrafted player who made his NHL regular season debut during the 1980-81 season or later to tally at least 1,000 career NHL points, joining Adam Oates, Peter Stastny, Dino Ciccarelli, and Joe Mullen. St. Louis has registered at least one point in nine of his last 12 games (eight goals, five assists over the span), including five of his last six games (four goals, three assists). As of the conclusion of today’s game, he is tied for second in the NHL in goals (eight) and is tied for fourth in the NHL in points (13) since Nov. 3. He ranks second on the Rangers in goals (nine), assists (10), points (19), and power play points (six), and is tied for second on the team in power play assists (four). St. Louis has recorded a point in 35 of 48 career regular season games against the Flyers, tallying 61 points (16 goals, 45 assists) against Philadelphia.
– Derek Stepan tied a single-game career-high with three assists, recorded four shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 18:42 of ice time. The Rangers’ alternate captain extended his point streak to five games (one goal, six assists over the span), the longest streak any Ranger has had thus far in the 2014-15 season. Stepan has also recorded a power play assist/point in four of the last five games. Since returning to the Rangers’ lineup on November 8, Stepan has tallied at least one point in eight of 10 games (two goals, nine assists over the span). As of the conclusion of today’s game, he leads the NHL in shorthanded assists (two), is tied for the NHL lead in shorthanded points (two), is tied for second in the NHL in assists (nine), is tied for third in the NHL in power play assists (four), and is tied for seventh in the NHL in points (11) since he returned to the lineup. Stepan also leads the Rangers in assists and power play assists, and is tied for the team lead in points and power play points (four) since he returned to the lineup. In 2014-15, Stepan is tied for the NHL lead in shorthanded assists (two) and is tied for second in the NHL in shorthanded points (two). He is tied for second on the Rangers in power play assists (four), is tied for third in assists (nine) and power play points (four), and ranks fifth in points (11) in 2014-15. Stepan has registered a point in 23 of his last 33 regular season games, dating back to February 27, 2014, tallying 33 points (nine goals, 24 assists) over the span.
– Cam Talbot made 26 saves to record his second victory and second shutout of the season. Talbot has posted five shutouts in 24 career starts, and has posted four of the five shutouts on the road. In 16 career regular season road appearances, he has posted a 9-5-1 record, along with a 1.70 GAA, a .937 SV%, and 4 SO.Talbot extended his personal shutout streak against Philadelphia in the regular season to 136:27, dating back to the 3:33 mark of the third period in his NHL debut on October 24, 2013. Including last year’s playoff series against Philadelphia, he hasn’t allowed a goal against the Flyers in the last 156:27. He has posted a 2-1-0 record, along with a 0.67 GAA, a .976 SV% (82 saves on 84 shots), and 2 SO in three career regular season appearances against the Flyers, and has posted a shutout in each of his two appearances against Philadelphia this season (57 saves in the two games). Talbot is the first Rangers goalie to record two consecutive shutouts against the Flyers since Steve Valiquette did so on January 31, 2008 and February 9, 2008.
– Rick Nash registered a shorthanded goal, recorded two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in 16:30 of ice time. He has recorded at least one point in 17 of 22 games this season, and has registered a goal in 14 of those 22 contests. Nash is one of four Rangers in franchise history to tally a goal in at least 14 of the first 22 games of a season (Brendan Shanahan – 15 of 22 in 2006-07; Adam Graves – 14 of 22 games in 1993-94; Vic Hadfield – 14 of 22 games in 1971-72). He extended his goal/point streak to four games (four goals, one assist over the span), the second time this season he has registered a four-game goal streak. As of the conclusion of today’s game, Nash ranks second in the NHL in goals (16), is tied for second in the NHL in shorthanded goals (two) and shorthanded points (two), and is tied for seventh in the NHL in points (24) this season. He also leads the NHL in games with a goal (14) in 2014-15. Since joining the Rangers prior to the 2012-13 season, Nash has registered 30 of his 63 regular season goals in the third period (47.6%).
– Dan Boyle tallied a power play goal, recorded two shots on goal, and was credited with two blocked shots in 20:06 of ice time. Boyle has registered a power play goal in each of the last two contests, and leads all NHL defensemen in power play points (106) since the start of the 2009-10 season. He is the first Rangers defenseman to tally a power play goal in two consecutive games since Michael Del Zotto did so on October 17, 2009 at Toronto and October 19, 2009 vs. San Jose. Boyle is tied for sixth among NHL defensemen in power play goals (two) this season. He is tied for the team lead in power play goals, leads Rangers defensemen in power play goals, and is tied for first among team defensemen in power play points (two) in 2014-15.
– Chris Kreider recorded an assist, tied for the team-high with three hits, and posted a plus-one rating in 12:49 of ice time. He has tallied three assists/points and has posted a plus-three rating in his last three games, and he has registered seven points (three goals, four assists) in eight road games this season. Kreider is tied for the team lead in plus/minus rating (plus-six), is tied for third on the team in assists (nine), and ranks fourth on the team in points (13) this season.
– Ryan McDonagh notched a shorthanded assist, tied for the game-high and led all Rangers with three blocked shots, tied for the team-high with three hits, recorded three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in 22:12 of ice time while skating in his first game since November 1. The Rangers’ captain ranks second among all NHL defensemen in shorthanded points (five – three goals, two assists) since the start of the 2013-14 season.
Rangers RW Martin St. Louis
Did this achievement cross your mind?|
“It’s always great when you achieve something, but I don’t think it crosses your mind when you try and play in this league. I think there are goals that become achievable as you go through. I got a chance to play a thousand games and that’s pretty special to me. To get a thousand, it’s a great accomplishment. I’m not going to hide my feelings, I’m proud of that. To do it on a win, do it on a goal, I think it makes it special and the boys really played well today.”
Good weekend to lead up to and go after those other two points?
“Yeah, we have to finish the job tomorrow, we have to get another win.”
What was [Derek] Stepan doing right out of the get go tonight that had everyone kind of on their toes tonight?
“He had a lot of poise. He had some great plays and poise is something that fluctuates from game to game. It’s something that as players you try to have and I think that tonight he had a lot of it.”
Only five undrafted guys have gotten to a thousand, being undrafted does that make it extra special for you?
“I don’t know if it makes it extra special. Everybody has their own story, everybody finds their own way. Drafted or undrafted nobody can take it away from me.”
“You come in this league and try to make a name for yourself and show people that you can play the game and as you establish yourself you try to win championships. But when you’re playing on good teams you’re going to get rewarded individually so I think if you have the right frame of mind it pays off in the long run. I always felt that I had the right frame of mind and able to play with some great players throughout my career and the guys have been awesome. Today, to do it like this is a big win and the support I’ve got from the beginning has been tremendous.
Rangers D Ryan McDonagh
How were you feeling?
“Yeah, pretty solid there, as far as shoulder hurting, felt good. The game kind of started a little sloppy, I felt like I got stronger as I went on and was able to contribute and make an impact, kept it pretty simple today, just very glad I was able to come back and help these guys with a big win here.”
On limiting his minutes
“We had the puck a lot, obviously a lot of penalty killing and special team stuff so you’re going to play a little more there, but like I said I think we played consistently enough to give ourselves a chance to win. There’s obviously some areas were we’re taking too much penalties, but that sometimes happens when we play these guys (Flyers) but for the most part I thought everybody did a good job contributing all the way through. I see guys taking hits, skating fast and making great plays won on the pucks, all the way through our line-up.”
Was there stuff you were able to do in the second and third period where in the first few shifts didn’t come as easily to you?
“I just was feeling the puck, getting your head up being able to see the outlet plays, a lot more room to improve for sure, like I said, felt more confident as the game went on. It’s a good start the guys did a great job of picking me up and walking me back, and like I said everyone pulled their weight, and that’s what we’re going to need here and it’s got to continue.”
Rangers G Cam Talbot
What’s it like to get 2 shutouts against this team in 10 days?
“Yeah, I mean pretty good obviously, but the win is the biggest thing for us. We need two points, we need to start putting a lot of games together here, and hopefully we can start a little winning streak.”
Having McDonagh back, what kind of lift did it bring to the team?
“It’s huge to have him back, he’s the heart and soul of the team and guys can rally around him, we know when he’s in the lineup, he’s going to give it his all, sacrifice his body and make big plays. When you got a guy like Mac come back in the lineup, it’s huge for the team.”
What did it mean to you to get these two wins, two shutouts?
“Like I said it was more of a big team effort, I was back there but most of the shots were from the outside and the guys did a great job of watching out and letting me see pretty much every puck. It’s just the way the team has been responding after losses lately and we’ve been doing a great job and hopefully can continue doing that moving forward.”
Will you always remember that you were the guy in goal when Marty got his 1,000 on the positive side not the guy who gave it up?
“Yeah, that’s special to be a part of. Congratulations to Marty, that’s a huge milestone and couldn’t have happened to a better guy.”
How did you think the PK did tonight?
“Yeah, our PK was unbelievable tonight, I don’t know how many shots they got but again a lot from the outside, and didn’t give them too many scoring chances on the power play against their personnel that’s tough to do so I can’t really say enough about our PK tonight.”
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