Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR; audio courtesy of the Hurricanes:
– The Blueshirts swept a road trip of four or more games in length for the fourth time in franchise history, and for the first time since Nov. 10, 2007 against Toronto to Nov. 17, 2007 against Pittsburgh (The Rangers had 11 road trips of four or more games in length and five road trips of exactly four games between Nov. 2007 and the road trip they completed tonight). The last time New York won at least four games on any road trip was during a six-game trip from Mar. 25, 2010 against New Jersey to Apr. 6, 2010 against Buffalo (4-1-1 record on the trip).
– The Rangers extended their winning streak to a season-high five games. New York has outscored its opponents, 19-8, during the five-game winning streak and outscored its opponents, 15-5, during their four-game road trip. The Blueshirts have also won seven of their last nine games (7-2-0) and nine of their last 12 contests (9-3-0). New York has earned at least one point in 19 of its last 26 contests (15-7-4), including 12 of its last 16 games (10-4-2).
– New York has won 13 of its last 14 games against Carolina (13-1-0), dating back to Feb. 22, 2011. The Rangers have outscored the Hurricanes, 50-26, over the span. The Blueshirts have won nine of their last 11 games against the Hurricanes in Carolina (9-2-0), dating back to Dec. 21, 2009.
– The Rangers have earned at least one point in nine consecutive games against Metropolitan Division opponents (8-0-1) and have posted an 8-2-1 record against teams in the Metropolitan Division this season. New York has registered a 12-2-1 record in its last 15 games against Metropolitan Division opponents, dating back to Mar. 21, 2014.
– The Blueshirts rank third in the NHL in road victories (90) since the start of the 2010-11 season.
– New York has won four games when trailing after two periods this season (4-6-0 record, .400 win percentage). As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, the Rangers rank second in the NHL in win percentage and are tied for second in the NHL in wins when trailing after 40 minutes in 2014-15.
– The Rangers were 1-for-2 (2:17) on the power play in the game. New York has tallied a power play goal in each of the last two contests (2-for-5; 40.0%) and in 12 of its last 20 games (13-for-64; 20.3% over the span).
– The Blueshirts were 4-for-4 (7:06) on the penalty kill in the game. The Rangers are 14-for-15 (93.3%) on the penalty kill over the last six games and they have not allowed a power play goal in six of their last nine games (24-for-27; 88.9% over the span).
– New York was credited with a season-high 41 hits in the contest, as 15 different skaters registered at least one and six different skaters recorded at least three.
– The Rangers registered 34 shots on goal in the game. The Blueshirts have recorded at least 30 shots on goal in 16 of 30 games this season, and they have registered at least 34 shots on goal in 13 of those contests.
– New York held Carolina to 20 shots on goal in the contest. The Rangers have limited opponents to 20 or fewer shots on goal in two of their last three contests (67 shots against, 22.3 shots against per game). The Rangers have outshot the Hurricanes, 249-186, over the last seven meetings between the two teams.
– The Rangers were credited with a season-high 18 takeaways in the contest, as 14 of 18 skaters recorded at least one. New York has registered 34 takeaways over the last two games.
3 Stars on Broadway:
– Kevin Klein registered a goal, was credited with five hits, and posted a plus-one rating in 21:11 of ice time. Klein’s goal was his seventh of the season, adding to his career-high. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, Klein leads all NHL defensemen in shooting percentage (22.6%), is tied for first among all NHL defensemen in even strength goals (seven) and is tied for sixth among NHL defensemen in goals (seven). Klein leads the Rangers in shooting percentage, ranks second in plus/minus rating (plus-12), is tied for second on the team in even strength goals, and is tied for fourth on the team in goals this season. Klein is one point away from tallying the 100th of his NHL career.
– Rick Nash tied for the team-high with four shots on goal, led all skaters with 10 shot attempts, and tied for the game-high with two takeaways in 21:11 of ice time while earning Second Star of the Game honors. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, Nash is tied for fifth in the NHL in takeaways (30) and he leads the Rangers in shots on goal (105) this season.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 18 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped all three shooters he faced in the shootout to earn his 14th win of the season. Lundqvist has won four consecutive road games during one road trip for the first time in his NHL career. The Rangers’ all-time wins and shutouts leader extended his overall winning streak to five games, and he has registered a 1.56 GAA, a .939 SV%, and 1 SO over the span. He has posted a personal winning streak of five or more games in the regular season eight times in his career, and the five-game streak is tied for the third longest of his career. Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his last four contests, posting a 4-0-0 record, along with a 1.23 GAA, a .948 SV%, and 1 SO over the span. In his last 21 games, Lundqvist has posted a 13-5-3 record, along with a 2.10 GAA, a .924 SV%, and 5 SO. He has registered an 11-2-0 record, along with a 1.79 GAA and a .941 SV% in his last 13 appearances against the Hurricanes. Lundqvist’s shootout win was the 50th of his career. Since the shootout was implemented in 2005-06, he is one of two goalies to post at least 50 shootout wins (Ryan Miller – 51).
– Mats Zuccarello tallied the game-deciding goal in the shootout, notched an assist, and was credited with six hits in 20:03 of ice time. Zuccarello has recorded five points (two goals, three assists) in the last five games and has tallied seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last 11 contests. He is 11-for-24 (45.8%) and has tallied five game-deciding goals in the shootout in his career. He is tied for fifth on the team in points (15) this season.
– J.T. Miller tallied a power play goal, recorded two shots on goal, and tied for the game-high with two takeaways in 11:35 of ice time. He has registered a goal/point in four of eight games since he was recalled following the Rangers’ contest on Nov. 28 (four goals, one assist over the span). Since he was recalled, Miller is tied for the team lead in goals (four), is tied for third on the team in shots on goal (15), and is tied for fifth on the team in points (five).
– Chris Kreider recorded an assist, registered four shots on goal, was credited with four hits, and posted a plus-one rating in 15:32 of ice time. He has tallied a point in each of his last two games (one goal, one assist) and has notched five points (one goal, four assists) in his last nine games. Kreider ranks fifth on the team in assists (10) and is tied for fifth on the team in points (15) this season.
– Derek Stepan tallied an assist, registered two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in 18:56 of ice time. Since returning to the lineup on Nov. 8, he has recorded a point in 13 of 18 games (three goals, 14 assists over the span). Stepan ranks second on the team in assists (14) and ranks fourth on the team in points (17) in 2014-15.
– Ryan McDonagh recorded an assist, registered four shots on goal, tied for the game-high with two takeaways, and was credited with four blocked shots in 25:38 of ice time. The Rangers’ captain has registered a point in six of nine games since returning to the lineup on Nov. 28 (one goal, five assists over the span). McDonagh is tied for third on the team in power play assists (four), ranks fifth on the team in power play points (four), leads all team defensemen in assists (eight), and ranks second among team defensemen in points (nine) this season.
Photo by the Associated Press.