Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:
Rangers 4, Penguins 3 (OT).
– The Rangers have earned at least one point in 15 of their last 22 games (11-7-4 record over the span), including 12 of their last 15 home games (9-3-3 over the span).
– The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in eight of their last nine regular season games against Pittsburgh (either 5-1-3), including five consecutive regular season home games (either 4-0-1). Both streaks date back to April 3, 2013.
– New York has earned at least one point in eight consecutive games against Metropolitan Division opponents (7-0-1 record), and have posted a 7-2-1 record against Metropolitan Division opponents this season. The Rangers have registered an 11-2-1 record in their last 14 regular season games against Metropolitan Division opponents, dating back to Mar. 21, 2014 at Columbus.
– The Rangers have tallied at least three goals in six of their last seven games, and have recorded at least four goals in three of the seven contests (25 goals over the span; 3.57 goals per game). As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, New York ranks ninth in the NHL in goals per game (2.92) and ranks fourth in the NHL in goals at home (52) this season.
– The Blueshirts were 1-for-1 (2:00) on the penalty kill in the contest. New York is 6-for-6 on the penalty kill in three games against Pittsburgh this season.
3 Stars on Broadway:
– Rick Nash tallied a goal, tied for game-highs with five shots on goal and two takeaways, and posted a plus-one rating in 19:40 of ice time. He extended his point streak to eight games (six goals, three assists), which is the longest point streak any Ranger has posted during the 2014-15 season. Nash has registered a point in 21 of 26 games this season, and has notched a goal in 16 of those contests. He leads the NHL in games with a goal and is ranks third in the NHL in games with a point this season. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, Nash ranks second in the NHL in goals (18), is tied for second in the NHL in even strength goals (14), is tied for fourth in the NHL in even strength points (21), and is tied for ninth in the NHL in points (28).
– Kevin Klein registered the game-winning goal in overtime, recorded two shots on goal, was credited with two hits, and posted a plus-one rating in 18:55 of ice time. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, he is tied for first among NHL defensemen in game-winning goals (three), even strength goals (six), and overtime goals (two), and he is tied for seventh among NHL defensemen in goals (six) this season. Klein also leads all NHL defensemen in even strength goals and is tied for second among NHL defensemen in goals since October 21. He leads the Rangers in game-winning goals, is tied for the team lead in plus/minus rating (plus-nine), ranks fourth on the team in goals, and leads all team defensemen in goals, points (10), and plus/minus rating in 2014-15. Klein has established career-highs in goals and game-winning goals this season, and he is two points away from recording his 100th career NHL point.
– Dominic Moore notched two assists, won seven of 11 faceoffs (64%), and posted a plus-two rating in 11:09 of ice time. He has won 49 of 83 faceoffs (59.0%) over the last eight games (since Nov. 19). Moore leads the team in faceoff win percentage (54.5%) and is tied for sixth on the team in assists (seven) this season.
– J.T. Miller registered a goal and tied for the team-high with three hits in 14:18 of ice time. He has recorded three points (two goals, one assist) in four games since he was recalled by the Rangers on November 28. Miller is tied for the team lead in goals (two), is tied for third in shots on goal (10), ranks fourth in hits (10), and is tied for fifth in points (three) since he was recalled.
– Kevin Hayes recorded a goal and registered two shots on goal in 11:34 of ice time. He extended his point streak to four games (two goals, two assists over the span), which is the longest point streak he has posted so far during his rookie season. He has tallied a point in eight of the last 13 games (three goals, five assists), including five of the last seven games (two goals, three assists).
– Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves in the contest to record his 10th win of the season. Lundqvist has posted a 5-1-3 record, along with a 2.02 GAA, a .932 SV%, and 1 SO in his last nine regular season appearances against the Penguins. He has also registered a 4-0-1 record, along with a 1.56 GAA, a .949 SV%, and 1 SO in his last five regular season appearances against Pittsburgh at MSG.With the victory, the Rangers’ all-time wins and shutouts leader is tied with Miikka Kiprusoff for 23rd on the NHL’s all-time wins list (319).
– Martin St. Louis tallied an assist and recorded two shots on goal in 19:20 of ice time. The Rangers’ alternate captain has recorded a point in 11 of the last 16 games (nine goals, six assists over the span), including seven of the last 10 contests (five goals, four assists over the span). St. Louis has tallied a point in seven of his last eight regular season games against the Penguins, registering nine points (two goals, seven assists) over the span. He is tied for second on the team in assists (11) and ranks third on the team in points (21) this season.
– Derick Brassard notched an assist and won nine of 16 faceoffs (56%) in 21:24 of ice time. He has tallied a point in 17 of the last 24 games (eight goals, 14 assists), 13 of the last 18 games (five goals, 13 assists), and eight of the last 10 contests (two goals, seven assists). Brassard has registered a point in seven consecutive regular season games against the Penguins (three goals, four assists), and he has notched a point in eight of nine regular season contests against Pittsburgh as a Ranger since he made his debut with the Blueshirts on April 3, 2013 against the Penguins (four goals, seven assists over the nine games). Including last year’s Metropolitan Division Finals, he has tallied 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in 16 regular season and playoff games against the Penguins as a Ranger. Brassard leads the Rangers in assists (14) and ranks second on the team in points (22) in 2014-15.
– Mats Zuccarello recorded an assist, tied for the team-high with three hits, and posted a plus-one rating while skating in a single-game career-high 23:07 of ice time. He has tallied a point in 10 of his last 17 games (four goals, six assists). Zuccarello has registered a point in six of his last seven regular season contests against the Penguins (three goals, five assists). He is tied for third on the team in even strength assists (seven) and is tied for fourth in even strength points (11) this season.
– Ryan McDonagh tallied an assist, was credited with two blocked shots, and posted a plus-one rating in 25:52 of ice time. The Rangers’ captain has recorded an assist in four of five games since returning to the lineup on November 28. McDonagh is tied for sixth on the team in assists (seven), is tied for first among team defensemen in assists, and is tied for second among team defensemen in points (seven).
Alain Vigneault on the play of Kevin Klein… “(I’m) Getting a lot of heat because I am not using him on the power play, taking a lot of heat from inside our dressing room. Kleiner has done a real job of finding the open lane, finding the open spot. Again tonight, that’s the second time he came up real big for us in overtime. Good for him. I don’t know if any of you saw his ear there, but he lost a piece of it. We sewed it back.”
Kevin Klein on shooting with confidence… “Look at the way the forwards get us the puck, the opportunities. They draw a lot of guys, a lot of zone time. When they get it up to us at the point we can try to change the angle and they’re driving hard to the net like that, it creates a lot of chaos. If you can get them through (shots)…I had two of three blocked tonight. I was trying to get it through for our forwards because they’re doing such a great job. That last one got through and hit the back of the net.”
Henrik Lundqvist on Kevin Klein… “I think by far he has the best shot on the team, no question. He always gets it through, it’s hard. It’s not a great thing in practice, but I appreciate it in a game. It hurts if it hits you. If you don’t use your pads or your glove, it’s going to hurt. He’s great. He’s been steady all year and he’s playing a physical game but he can definitely shoot the puck and be offensive if he wants to. I think he has a great confidence right now with the way he moves the puck and shoots the puck.”
Ryan McDonagh on tonight’s game… “It turned quickly with some sloppy goals, but I liked how we stayed with it and continued to push and at least get it to overtime and find a way there. It’s not really how you draw it up but we will take the two points. We wanted to find a way to get a win here to get a little bit of confidence, and I think we did that.”
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