Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
– The Rangers have tied a season-high with a three-game winning streak. The Blueshirts have also won five of their last seven games (5-2-0) and seven of their last 10 contests (7-3-0). New York has earned at least one point in 17 of its last 24 contests (13-7-4), including 10 of its last 14 games (8-4-2).
– New York has posted seven shutouts in the first 28 games of the season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Rangers began a season with at least seven shutouts in their first 28 games was when they posted seven to begin the 1937-38 season. The Blueshirts have also registered at least seven shutouts in a 28-game span for the first time since they posted seven over a 28-game span from December 26, 2011 vs. the NY Islanders to February 27, 2012 vs. New Jersey. The Rangers lead the NHL in shutouts this season.
– Rangers’ defensemen have tallied a goal in four consecutive games and have registered five goals in the four contests. Four different Blueshirts defensemen (Kevin Klein, Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal, and Dan Girardi have each recorded at least one goal over the four-game stretch). The last time a Rangers defenseman registered a goal in at least four consecutive games was over a five-game stretch from November 14, 2007 – November 21, 2007. The last time four different Rangers defensemen recorded a goal over a four-game stretch was when McDonagh, Jeff Woywitka, Michael Del Zotto, and Girardi all tallied goals in a span of three games from October 31, 2011 – November 5, 2011.
– New York has tallied the first goal of the game in seven of the last 10 contests and in 16 of 28 games this season. The Blueshirts have posted an 11-3-2 record when registering the first goal of the game this season.
– The Rangers have posted a 9-0-1 record when leading after two periods this season. New York has registered a 123-1-9 record in its last 133 regular season games when leading after two periods, dating back to the 2009-10 season.
– New York leads the NHL in games with one goal or fewer allowed (40) since the start of the 2013-14 season. The Rangers have posted a 36-2-2 record in those 40 contests.
– The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in eight of nine games against Western Conference opponents this season (5-1-3). The Rangers have also won all three games they have played on the road against Western Conference teams this season.
– The Rangers have earned at least one point in 21 of their last 29 games against the Oilers, dating back to January 23, 1992 (14-8-5-2 record over the span). The Blueshirts have also registered at least one point in 14 of their last 18 games in Edmonton, dating back to January 23, 1989 (11-4-2-1 record over the span). New York has posted a shutout in each of its last two games in Edmonton.
– New York ranks fourth in the NHL in road victories (88) since the start of the 2010-11 season.
– The Rangers allowed 16 shots on goal in the contest, the fewest they have allowed in one game since they allowed 16 on April 23, 2013 at Florida.
– New York was 2-for-2 (4:00) on the penalty kill in the contest. The Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal in four consecutive games (7-for-7 over the span) and have not allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven contests (17-for-19; 89.5% over the span).
– The Blueshirts were credited with a season-high 21 blocked shots in the contest, as 12 different skaters recorded at least one blocked shot and seven blocked at least two shots.
3 Stars on Broadway:
– Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 16 shots he faced to record his 12th win and fifth shutout of the season. With the shutout, the 55th of his NHL career, Lundqvist passed Hall of Famers Bernie Parent and Ed Giacomin for sole possession of 20th place on the NHL’s all-time shutouts list. Lundqvist has started both games of a back-to-back set 70 times in the regular season in his career, and has posted a 43-20-7 record, along with a 2.01 GAA, a .929 SV%, and 8 SO in the second game of those sets. The Rangers’ all-time wins and shutouts leader extended his personal winning streak to three games, and he has posted a 1.31 GAA, a .951 SV% (77 saves on 81 shots), and 1 SO over the span.In his last 19 games, Lundqvist has registered an 11-5-3 record, along with a 2.12 GAA, a .924 SV%, and 5 SO. Lundqvist’s 16 saves are the fewest he has made in a road shutout in his career, and the third fewest he has made in a shutout in his career (made 13 saves on February 27, 2012 vs. New Jersey and 14 saves on January 22, 2008 vs. Atlanta). He is tied for the NHL lead in shutouts (five) this season.
– Rick Nash tallied an assist, led all skaters with four shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in 16:50 of ice time. Nash extended his point streak to 10 games (six goals, six assists over the span), establishing a career-high. Nash’s point streak is the longest active point streak in the NHL and is tied for the second longest point streak in the NHL this season (the Flyers’ Jakub Voracek and the Blue Jackets’ Ryan Johansen also posted 10-game point streaks in 2014-15 and the Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin registered an 11-game point streak this season). He has recorded a point in 23 of 28 games this season, becoming the fifth Ranger since 1991-92 to register a point in at least 23 of the team’s first 28 games of a season (Mark Messier – 24 in 1991-92; Jaromir Jagr – 23 in 2005-06; Brendan Shanahan – 23 in 2006-07; Marian Gaborik – 23 in 2009-10). He is tied for third in the NHL in even strength points (24) and is tied for ninth in the NHL in points (31) this season.
– Dan Girardi registered the game-winning goal, was credited with two blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 20:23 of ice time. Girardi’s recorded his first game-winning goal since he tallied the game-winner in overtime on April 13, 2013 at the NY Islanders. The Rangers’ alternate captain leads the team in blocked shots (65) and is tied for second among team defensemen in goals (two) and game-winning goals (one) this season.
– Carl Hagelin tallied an empty-net goal, recorded two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in 18:01 of ice time. He has tallied six points (two goals, four assists) in the last 12 games. Hagelin is tied for fourth on the team in goals (six) and shots on goal (53), and ranks sixth in plus/minus rating (plus-six) in 2014-15.
– Mats Zuccarello recorded an assist on the game-winning goal, was credited with two hits, blocked two shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 13:55 of ice time. He extended his point streak to three games (two goals, two assists over the span) and has tallied 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in his last 19 games. Zuccarello has registered a point in three of four career games against the Oilers (two goals, three assists) and has notched four points (two goals, two assists) in two career games in Edmonton. He is tied for fourth on the team in points (14) and plus/minus rating (plus-seven) this season.
– Dominic Moore notched an assist, won six of eight faceoffs (75%), and posted a plus-one rating in 13:05 of ice time. He extended his assist/point streak to three games (four assists) and he has posted a plus-four rating over the span. Moore has won 59 of 102 faceoffs (57.8%) over the last 10 games. He leads the team in faceoff win percentage (54.4%) and is tied for fifth on the team in assists (nine) this season.
– Tanner Glass was credited with one hit and blocked one shot in 11:15 of ice time while skating in his 400th career NHL game. Glass ranks second on the team in hits (69) and is tied for second among team forwards in blocked shots (14) this season.
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