Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:
– The Rangers extended their winning streak to a season-high seven games. The Blueshirts’ winning streak is the longest active streak in the NHL and is tied for the second longest winning streak in the NHL this season. Prior to their current winning streak, the last time the Rangers won at least seven straight games was when they posted a seven-game winning streak from Oct. 31, 2011 vs. San Jose to Nov. 15, 2011 at the NY Islanders. New York has outscored its opponents, 24-10, over the last seven games and has allowed seven goals over the last six games. The Rangers have also won nine of their last 11 games (9-2-0) and 11 of their last 14 contests (11-3-0). New York has earned at least one point in 21 of its last 28 contests (17-7-4), including 14 of its last 18 games (12-4-2).
– The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 11 consecutive games against Metropolitan Division opponents (10-0-1) and have posted a 10-2-1 record against teams in the Metropolitan Division this season. New York has registered a 14-2-1 record in its last 17 games against Metropolitan Division opponents, dating back to Mar. 21, 2014. The Rangers have earned 21 of their 40 points this season in games against teams in the Metropolitan Division.
– New York has posted a 76-1-0 record in its last 77 regular season games when tallying at least four goals, dating back to Oct. 31, 2011. The Rangers have also posted a 97-1-1 record in their last 99 regular season games when tallying at least four goals, dating back to Nov. 14, 2010.
– The Rangers posted a shutout streak of 126:26, from the 4:27 mark of the third period on Dec. 20 at Carolina to the 5:53 mark of the third period tonight.
– The Blueshirts have tallied the first goal of the game in five of the last six games, 10 of the last 14 contests, and 19 of 32 games this season. The Blueshirts have posted a 14-3-2 record when registering the first goal of the game this season.
– The Rangers have posted a 12-0-1 record when leading after two periods this season. New York has registered a 126-1-9 record in its last 136 regular season games when leading after two periods. The 136-game stretch began with a 3-1 victory vs. New Jersey on Feb. 6, 2010.
– The Rangers were 2-for-7 (9:27) on the power play in the contest. New York has registered a power play goal in 13 of its last 22 games (15-for-74; 20.3% over the span).
– The Blueshirts were 4-for-5 (6:50) on the penalty kill in the game. The Rangers are 19-for-21 (90.5%) on the penalty kill over the last eight games and they are 29-for-33 (87.9%) over the last 11 contests.
– Tonight’s contest was the Rangers’ 150th consecutive home sellout (regular season and playoffs combined; 122 regular season games, 28 playoff games over the stretch). The Blueshirts’ sellout streak began on Nov. 3, 2011 against Anaheim.
3 Stars on Broadway:
– Rick Nash tallied three points (two goals, one assist), including the game-winning goal, recorded four shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 18:18 of ice time. He has posted four multi-goal games this season and he has posted 13 multi-goal efforts since joining the Blueshirts prior to the 2012-13 season. Nash has registered a point in 25 of the Rangers’ 32 games this season, and has tallied a goal in 18 of them. Nash leads the NHL in games with a goal this season. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, he ranks second in the NHL in goals (22) and even strength goals (17), ranks eighth in plus/minus rating (plus-16), is tied for eighth in points (36), and is tied for ninth in game-winning goals (three). He has tallied a point in 15 of the Rangers’ 18 wins this season, and he has registered 12 game-winning goals since the start of last season.
– Martin St. Louis registered two power play goals and tied for the game-high with six shots on goal in 18:43 of ice time. The Rangers’ alternate captain has notched a point in 14 of the last 22 games (10 goals, eight assists), including 10 of the last 16 contests (six goals, six assists). St. Louis leads the team in power play goals (five), is tied for the team lead in power play points (nine), ranks second in goals (12) and shots on goal (66), and ranks third in points (25) in 2014-15.
– Mats Zuccarello recorded two assists, led all skaters with four takeaways, and posted a plus-two rating in 14:46 of ice time. Zuccarello has now tallied 111 career NHL points, tying him with Espen Knutsen for the most by a Norwegian-born player in NHL history. With his two assists, he extended his assist/point streak to three games (four assists over the span). Zuccarello has tallied a point in six of the last seven games (two goals, six assists over the span), and he has registered 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in the last 13 contests. He is tied for third on the team in plus/minus rating (plus-10) and ranks fifth on the team in assists (12) and points (18) this season.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves to record his 15th win of the season and his sixth straight victory. Lundqvist has now posted a personal six-game winning streak three times in his NHL career and registered a personal six-game winning streak since for the first time since he posted a career-high seven-game winning streak from Dec. 20, 2011 at New Jersey to Jan. 10, 2012 vs. Phoenix. The Rangers’ all-time wins and shutouts leader has allowed two goals or fewer in all six of the games during the winning streak, posting a 1.63 GAA, a .938 SV%, and 1 SO over the span. With the victory, Lundqvist is tied with Sean Burke for 22nd on the NHL’s all-time wins list (324). Lundqvist’s next appearance will be the 600th of his NHL career.
– Derick Brassard notched two assists, won nine of 15 faceoffs (60%), and recorded three hits in 16:06 of ice time. He has registered a point in 19 of his last 28 games (eight goals, 18 assists), 15 of his last 22 games (five goals, 17 assists), 10 of his last 14 games (two goals, 11 assists), and six of his last eight games (two goals, seven assists). Brassard leads the team in assists (18), is tied for the team lead in power play points (nine), and ranks second in points (26) and power play assists (six) this season.
– Dan Boyle tallied his first assist as a Ranger, was credited with three blocked shots, and recorded four shots on goal in 19:50 of ice time. The Rangers have registered an 11-3-2 record with Boyle in the lineup this season, and they have posted a 9-1-0 record in games in which Boyle and Ryan McDonagh have both been in the lineup. He ranks second among team defensemen in power play points (three) in 2014-15.
– Derek Stepan recorded an assist and registered two shots on goal in 21:36 of ice time. The Rangers’ alternate captain extended his assist/point streak to four games (one goal, four assists), tying his longest assist streak of the season. Since making his season debut on Nov. 8, Stepan has tallied a point in 15 of 20 games this season (three goals, 16 assists). Stepan leads the team in power play assists (seven), ranks second in assists (16), ranks third in power play points (seven), and ranks fourth in points (19) in 2014-15.
Alain Vigneault on Rick Nash… “I just think he really came into camp with a purpose. He really worked on his conditioning this summer, worked on his skill. He’s got it in the right frame of mind. Came here, knew he had something to prove, and has been doing it since day one.”
Martin St. Louis on the team’s winning streak… “It’s a day-to-day thing. You try to work on that every day. The team is playing good, we are winning games, and it’s a great feeling in here. We did a good job of going out there and earning it every day. We’ve taken nothing for granted. We take care of the opponents and we play seriously and we’ve been rewarded with some good plays.”
Henrik Lundqvist on the team’s work ethic… “I think when you have new guys come in, [you need] to find your role. What is my job and what do I need to do to help this team. It takes a while to get on the same page. You always have to work through it in the beginning. I feel like the last couple of weeks working on it in practice so many times how to play in our own end and how to go on the fore check. It feels like we are reading from each other and we are making good decisions. It is helping everyone to know what to do. I feel like we are playing a fast game right now so it’s fun to watch.”
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