Rangers 5, Flyers 2.
– The Rangers have won 10 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 10 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. 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 posted a 16-4-0 record in its last 20 regular season contests against the Flyers, dating back to March 6, 2011.According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Rangers won at least 16 regular season games in a 20-game span against one NHL opponent was against the Vancouver Canucks from January 14, 1986 to February 17, 1992 (16-2-2 record over the span). The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in 17 of the 20 games and have outscored Philadelphia, 68-34, over the span.
– The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in each of their last 10 regular season home games against Philadelphia and have registered at least four goals in six of the 10 contests. New York has outscored Philadelphia, 38-11, over the 10-game span.
– The Rangers were 1-for-4 (8:00) on the power play in the game. New York has tallied a power play in goal in three consecutive games (3-for-13; 23.1%), six of the last seven games (6-for-26; 23.1%), seven of the last nine games (7-for-33; 21.2%), and nine of the last 13 contests (10-for-43; 23.3%). The last time the Rangers registered at least one power play goal in six of seven games was a stretch when they recorded a power play goal in eight of nine contests from November 25, 2011 at Washington to December 11, 2011 vs. Florida.
– The Blueshirts tied a season-high with five goals in the contest, and have recorded five goals in two of their last four games. As of the conclusion of today’s game, the Rangers are tied for first in the NHL in goals at home (45) this season (3.0 goals per game).
– New York has registered at least one point in 14 of its last 19 contests (10-5-4) and has earned at least one point in 11 of its last 13 contests at Madison Square Garden (8-2-3).
– The Rangers tallied three goals in the third period. As of the conclusion of today’s game, New York ranks fourth in the NHL in goals in the third period (26) this season.
– Four different Blueshirts registered at least one goal and 10 different skaters tallied at least one point in the game.
3 Stars on Broadway:
– Derick Brassard tallied two goals, including the game-winning goal, recorded four shots on goal, and was credited with three hits in 20:23 of ice time. He has recorded a point in 14 of the last 21 games (eight goals, 11 assists), including 10 of the last 15 games (five goals, 10 assists), and five of the last seven games (two goals, four assists over the span). Brassard has also registered a power play point in four of the last seven games (one power play goal, three power play assists over the span). He leads the Rangers in power play goals (three) and power play points (eight), is tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (two), is tied for second in points (19), and ranks third in goals (eight) this season.
– Jesper Fast registered two points (one goal, one assist), was credited with three hits, and posted a plus-two rating in the contest. The 22-year-old has tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games. The Rangers have earned at least one point in seven of eight games in which he has played since he was recalled on November 10 (5-1-2 record).
– J.T. Miller tied a single-game career-high with two points (one goal, one assist), led all skaters with five shots on goal, and was credited with two hits in 12:37 of ice time. The 21-year-old, who was skating in his first game with the Rangers since being recalled yesterday, has tallied 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 18 games with Hartford (AHL) this season.
– Kevin Klein tied single-game career-highs with two assists, two points, and a plus-three rating, recorded a game-high seven hits, tied for the game-high with three blocked shots, and registered four shots on goal in 18:26 of ice time. The contest was Klein’s ninth career multi-assist game and his 12th career multi-point game. He has notched eight points (four goals, four assists) in his last 16 games. Klein leads the team in plus/minus rating (plus-nine), ranks second in blocked shots (39), ranks fourth in hits (38), and leads team defensemen in points (eight) this season.
– Rick Nash recorded a power play assist, registered three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in 18:21 of ice time. Nash has registered a point in 18 of 23 games this season, and extended his point streak to five games (four goals, two assists over the span). As of the conclusion of today’s game, he is tied for seventh in the NHL in points (25), and is tied for sixth in the NHL in points (12) since November 8. Nash leads the team in points, ranks third in plus/minus rating (plus-seven), and is tied for third in power play points (five) this season.
– Derek Stepan registered a power play assist in 19:01 of ice time. The Rangers’ alternate captain extended his point streak to six games (one goal, seven assists over the span), tying his career-high. Stepan has tallied a power play assist in five of the last six games, including each of the last three contests. As of the conclusion of today’s game, Stepan ranks second in the NHL in assists (10), is tied second in power play assists (five), is tied for fifth in the NHL in power play points (five), and is tied for sixth in the NHL in points (12) since he returned to the lineup on November 8. Stepan has tallied a point in 24 of his last 34 regular season games, tallying 34 points (nine goals, 25 assists) over the span. He is tied for the team lead in power play assists (five), is tied for second on the Rangers in assists (10), and is tied for third on the team in power play points (five) this season.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves to record his ninth victory of the season. Lundqvist has posted a 14-3-0 record, along with a 1.82 GAA, a .939 SV%, and 2 SO in his last 17 regular season appearances against the Flyers. He has also posted a 9-0-0 record, along with a 1.22 GAA, a .956 SV%, and 2 SO in his last nine regular season appearances against Philadelphia at MSG, and has allowed two goals or fewer in each of the nine appearances.
– Lee Stempniak registered an empty-net goal in 12:43 of ice time. Stempniak has tallied a point in four of his last seven games (two goals, two assists) and has notched a point in five of his last nine games (three goals, two assists over the span). He is tied for fourth on the team in goals (five) this season.
– Kevin Hayes tallied an assist and recorded three shots on goal in the game. He has tallied a point in five of the last 10 games (one goal, four assists over the span).
– Matt Hunwick recorded an assist and tied a single-game career-high with a plus-three rating in 19:03 of ice time. Hunwick ranks fourth on the team in assists (seven) since October 27. He ranks second on the team in plus/minus rating (plus-eight) this season. Hunwick also leads all team defensemen in assists (seven) and ranks second among team defensemen in points (seven) in 2014-15.
– Ryan McDonagh notched an assist while leading all skaters with 24:46 of ice time. McDonagh has led the Rangers in ice time in 90 of his last 109 regular season and playoff games. He is tied for fifth on the team in blocked shots (18) and is tied for second among team defensemen in assists (five) this season.
Alain Vigneault on the Fast-Miller-Moore line…“They played a real strong game. In the second period for eight or nine minutes we sort of lost momentum. That line came back, scored the tying goal. After that, I really thought we had the momentum from the end of the second period. We were able to capitalize on a couple of opportunities on the long shifts on their part in the third period.”
J.T. Miller on his goal…“It was important to me because it gave us a little cushion of a lead. I just tried to make sure I definitely got it deep and every once in a while you make something of it.”
Henrik Lundqvist on coming back in the game…“I think everyone felt pretty good and confident with the way we were playing. We were playing so well and they just had a few chances and I wasn’t able to come up with the saves. It was real frustrating for me, but we came out really confident in the third and kept playing the same way. Then I started catching the puck a little bit but in the first two periods, I thought it was one team out there. We did so many good things. We played with a lot of speed, and post support just like we did last night. It was great to see.”
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