Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
– The Rangers extended their winning streak to a season-high four games, and extended their road winning streak to three games. New York has outscored its opponents, 16-6, during the four-game winning streak and has outscored its opponents, 12-3, during the three-game winning streak on the road. The Blueshirts have also won six of their last eight games (6-2-0) and eight of their last 11 contests (8-3-0). New York has earned at least one point in 18 of its last 25 contests (14-7-4), including 11 of its last 15 games (9-4-2).
– The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in nine of 10 games against Western Conference opponents this season (6-1-3) and have also won all four road games they have played against Western Conference teams this season. The Blueshirts have won at least three straight games against Western Conference teams as part of one road trip for the first time since they won four straight from Jan. 23, 1992 against Edmonton to Feb. 1, 1992 against the Minnesota North Stars. The last time the Rangers won at least four consecutive road games against Western Conference opponents was from Dec. 31, 1998 against Colorado to Feb. 21, 1999 against Edmonton (five games). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Blueshirts earned a point in at least nine games of a 10-game stretch against Western Conference opponents was when they registered a point in 10 consecutive games against Western Conference teams from November 26, 1996 at Phoenix to January 21, 1997 vs. Edmonton (8-0-2 record).
– New York won all of its road games against Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary in one season for the first time since 1985-86, and defeated all three teams on the same road trip for the first time since the Flames moved to Calgary prior to the start of the 1980-81 season. The Blueshirts’ current road trip was the 20th time in franchise history they faced Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary on the same road trip. The Rangers earned at least one point against the Canucks, Oilers, and Flames as part of one road trip for the third time in franchise history (1993-94 – two wins, one tie; 1997-98 – one win, two ties).
– The Blueshirts tied a season-high with five goals in the game. It was the sixth time the Rangers have tallied at least five goals in a game this season, and the third time they have done so in the last seven contests. The Rangers have registered at least four goals in five of their last 10 games (37 goals over the span). New York has posted a 75-1-0 record in its last 76 regular season games when tallying at least four goals, dating back to Oct. 31, 2011. The Rangers have also posted a 96-1-1 record in their last 98 regular season games when tallying at least four goals, dating back to Nov. 14, 2010.
– New York has tallied the first goal of the game in eight of the last 11 contests and in 17 of 29 games this season.The Blueshirts have posted a 12-3-2 record when registering the first goal of the game this season.
– The Blueshirts registered a power play goal and a shorthanded goal in the same game for the third time in 2014-15. New York leads the NHL in games with at least one power play goal and at least one shorthanded goal (eight) since the start of the 2013-14 season.
– The Rangers have posted a 10-0-1 record when leading after two periods this season. New York has registered a 124-1-9 record in its last 134 regular season games when leading after two periods. The 134-game stretch began with a 3-1 victory vs. New Jersey on Feb. 6, 2010.
– The Blueshirts are tied for third in the NHL in road victories (89) since the start of the 2010-11 season.
– The Rangers were 1-for-3 (4:51) on the power play in the contest. New York has registered a goal with the man advantage in 11 of its last 19 games (12-for-62; 19.4% over the span).
– New York was credited with a season-high 26 blocked shots in the game, as 13 different Rangers blocked at least one shot and eight different skaters recorded at least two blocked shots.
3 Stars on Broadway:
– Rick Nash tallied two goals, including the game-winning goal, and tied for the game-high with five shots on goal in 15:56 of ice time. Nash extended his career-high point streak to 11 games (eight goals, six assists over the span). His point streak is the longest active streak in the NHL and is tied for the longest point streak in the NHL this season (Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin posted an 11-game point streak from Oct. 9 – Nov. 4). He has recorded a point in 24 of 29 games this season, and a goal in 17 of those contests. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, a Ranger has now recorded a point in at least 24 of the team’s first 29 games 10 times in franchise history (Bill Cook – 1929-30; Jean Ratelle – 1971-72; Vic Hadfield – 1971-72; Rod Gilbert – 1972-73 and 1976-77; Mike Rogers – 1983-84; Mark Messier – 1991-92; Jaromir Jagr – 2005-06; Brendan Shanahan – 2006-07; Rick Nash – 2014-15). Nash has now registered at least 20 goals in 11 consecutive seasons (dating back to 2003-04), and he is the only NHL player to have an active streak of 11 straight 20-goal seasons. Nash has tallied a point in 14 of the Rangers’ 15 wins this season, and recorded the game-deciding goal in the shootout in the one game the Blueshirts won in which he didn’t tally a point during regulation/overtime. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, he is tied for second in the NHL in goals (20), shorthanded goals (three), and shorthanded points (three), and he ranks third in the NHL in even strength goals (15) this season.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves and recorded his first assist of the season to earn his 13th win of 2014-15. The Rangers’ all-time wins and shutouts leader extended his winning streak to four games, and he has registered a 1.48 GAA, a .946 SV% (106 saves on 112 shots), and 1 SO over the span. In his last 20 games, Lundqvist has posted a 12-5-3 record, along with a 2.11 GAA, a .925 SV%, and 5 SO. Lundqvist’s assist was the 17th of his NHL career.
– Derek Stepan tallied two points (one goal, one assist) and posted a plus-two rating in 15:26 of ice time. Stepan’s assist was his third shorthanded assist of the season, which ties his career-high (he recorded three shorthanded assists in each of the last two seasons). As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, the Rangers’ alternate captain leads the NHL in shorthanded assists and is tied for second in the NHL in shorthanded points (three) this season. Stepan is also tied for second on the Rangers in assists (13) and ranks fourth on the team in points (16) in 2014-15.
– Chris Kreider registered a power play goal, tied for the team-high with three hits, and recorded three shots on goal in 17:41 of ice time. He has tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in his last eight games. Kreider is tied for the team lead in power play goals (three) and is tied for fifth on the team in points (14) this season.
– Carl Hagelin tallied an empty-net goal for the second straight contest, was credited with two takeaways, and recorded two shots on goal in 14:43 of ice time. He has notched a point in four of the last six games (two goals, two assists over the span). Hagelin ranks fourth on the Rangers in goals (seven) this season.
– Martin St. Louis recorded an assist and tied for the team-high with three takeaways in 14:33 of ice time. The Rangers’ alternate captain has recorded a point in 13 of the last 19 games (nine goals, eight assists over the span), and he has not gone two consecutive games without a point since Oct. 25 – Nov. 1. St. Louis is tied for second on the Rangers in assists (13) and ranks third in points (23) this season.
– Dan Girardi notched a shorthanded assist, was credited with two blocked shots, recorded two takeaways, and posted a plus-one rating in 23:21 of ice time. The Rangers’ alternate captain has recorded a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist) and has posted a plus-six rating over the last three contests. Girardi is tied for second among team defensemen in points (eight) this season.
– Kevin Hayes recorded an assist, registered two takeaways, and posted a plus-one rating in 13:24 of ice time. He has tallied a point in six of the last seven games (two goals, four assists over the span).
– Lee Stempniak notched an assist and posted a plus-one rating in 14:52 of ice time. He has registered a point in four of the last seven games (one goal, three assists), seven of his last 13 games (two goals, five assists), and eight of his last 15 games (three goals, five assists).
Photos by the Associated Press.