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Rookies Carry Rangers to 2-1 Win Over Canucks

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

There was an intriguing matchup of rookies last night at Madison Square Garden, as the Rangers' Lias Andersson, called up last week, was playing his fourth NHL game this season and facing off against his former linemate with the Swedish national team, Vancouver's Elias Pettersson, who was looking to continue his historic start to his NHL career.

But the Rangers have another intriguing pair of rookies on their team, too - a very good one. And once the puck was dropped Monday night, it was those kids who made the most noise.

Filip Chytil scored the game-tying goal in the second period - the 19-year-old's first goal of the season - and Brett Howden broke a tie in the third to carry the Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden.

So make it seven straight with points for the Rangers. They have won six of those last seven games (6-0-1), and are finding all kinds of different ways, and different people, to win them.

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Postgame Notes: Rangers vs. Canucks 11.12.18

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Team Notes

  • BLUE STREAK - The Rangers extended their season-long point streak to seven games (6-0-1 record; dating back to Oct. 30 at San Jose). In addition, the Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 10 of the last 13 games (8-3-2 record) and in 11 of the last 15 games (9-4-2 record). The Rangers have posted a point streak of seven or more games for the first time since a 13-game point streak from Oct. 18, 2015 vs. New Jersey to Nov. 15, 2015 vs. Toronto. The Rangers' seven-game point streak is tied for the longest in the NHL this season.
  • HOME SWEET HOME - New York extended its home winning streak to four games (dating back to Oct. 23 vs. Florida) and have outscored opponents, 15-7, over the four games. In addition, the Rangers have earned a win in five of their last six home games (5-1-0 record) and in six of their last eight home games (6-2-0 record). The Rangers' four-game home winning streak is tied for the longest in the NHL thus far this season.
  • TOP TEN - Three Rangers tallied their 10th point of the 2018-19 season in tonight's contest (Brett Howden, Neal Pionk, and Jimmy Vesey). Seven different Blueshirts have recorded 10 or more points through the first 18 games of the season (Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello, Howden, Pionk, and Vesey).
  • SHUTTING THE DOOR - Excluding empty-net goals allowed, the Rangers have held their opponent to two goals or fewer in nine of 18 games in 2018-19.
  • POWER RANGERS - The Rangers were 1-for-6 (8:00) on the power play in tonight's game. The Blueshirts have recorded at least one power play goal in two of the last three games (3-for-12; 25.0%).
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Preview: Rangers Host Canucks on Salute to Our Troops Night

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

Lias Andersson and Elias Pettersson are more accustomed to being teammates, so when the two met for dinner on Sunday evening in New York, it was a good chance for old friends to catch up before putting their friendship aside for a day. By Monday morning, the two couldn't agree on who had picked up the check the night before.

Two of the gems of the 2017 Draft class will find themselves on opposing benches Monday night when Andersson's Rangers host Pettersson and the Vancouver Canucks on Salute to Our Troops Night presented by Budweiser at Madison Square Garden. Andersson will play his fourth NHL game this season (11th career), while Pettersson, who made his NHL debut on Oct. 3, was named the League's Rookie of the Month for October and leads the Canucks with 10 goals and 17 points in his first 12 NHL games.

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Of more immediate concern to the Rangers is the chance to extend their six-game points streak (5-0-1) when they play for the third time in four nights on Monday. And they'll have to do so without Mats Zuccarello for the third straight game, and now without Pavel Buchnevich possibly through Christmas.

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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Canucks 11.12.18

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. VANCOUVER CANUCKS

Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM

Rangers: 8-7-2 (18 pts)
Canucks: 10-6-2 (22 pts)

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THE MATCHUP

The Rangers play their 18th game of the 2018-19 season Monday, Nov. 12, against the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts enter the contest with a season-high six-game point streak (5-0-1 record over the span). The Rangers have also earned at least one point in nine of the last 12 games (7-3-2 record) and in 10 of the last 14 games (8-4-2 record). Beginning with Monday's game, four of the Rangers' next five games will take place at MSG, and all of the five contests will take place in New York.

SALUTE TO OUR TROOPS

The Rangers organization will host Salute to Our Troops Night presented by Budweiser on Monday. The Rangers will pay tribute to the military in several ways as part of this special evening. Rangers players will wear camouflage jerseys and use camouflage tape on their sticks during warmups. The jerseys and sticks used in warmups will be autographed by players and available for purchase via Steiner Sports to benefit Wounded Warrior Project, which is a charitable partner of the Garden of Dreams Foundation. The jerseys and sticks, along with additional autographed items, will be available for purchase beginning on Tuesday, November 13 at 9:00 a.m. All Rangers players will also wear a U.S. Flag decal on their helmet during Monday's game.

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Rangers Prospect Report: 11.12.18

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Three Stars of the Week

Vitali Kravtsov represented Russia at the U20 Four Nations Tournament this week, and he registered five points (one goal, four assists) and a plus-four rating in three games during the tournament. The Rangers' first round pick (ninth overall) tallied four points (one goal, three assists), posted a plus-four rating, and was on the ice for all of Russia's six goals in the team's 6-5 win against the Czech Republic on Nov. 10.

Kravtsov rejoins Traktor this week; he has recorded 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 24 KHL games this season, and he has tallied an assist/point in each of the last three KHL games he has played (four assists over the span). The 18-year-old leads all KHL players younger than 20 years old in assists and points this season, and he has more assists (eight) than any other KHL player younger than 20 years old has points (six) thus far in 2018-19.

Morgan Barron registered two points (one goal, one assist), both on the power play, tallied an assist on the game-winning goal, and tied for the game-high with six shots on goal in Cornell's 3-2 win against Northern Michigan on Nov. 10. Barron also recorded six of Cornell's 21 shots on goal in the contest. The Rangers' sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has tallied six points (four goals, two assists) in six games with Cornell this season, and he has recorded a point in four of the six games. In addition, Barron has registered either the game-winning goal or an assist on the game-winning goal in three of six games in 2018-19. Thus far in Barron's collegiate career, Cornell has posted a 17-2-0 record in games which he has tallied a point, including an 8-0-0 record in games which he has recorded a goal. Barron has recorded four goals in six games this season after tallying five goals in 33 games during his freshman year in 2017-18, and he leads Cornell in goals thus far this season. He is tied for fifth in the NCAA in game-winning goals thus far this season (two), and he also ranks second in the NCAA in shots on goal per game thus far in 2018-19 (5.33; 32 shots on goal in six games).

Tim Gettinger recorded a goal/point in each of Hartford's two games during the week (two goals). The Rangers' fifth round pick (141st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has tallied a point in five of the last seven games (three goals, two assists over the span), and he has registered nine points (six goals, three assists) in 16 games with the Wolf Pack this season. Gettinger ranks second on Hartford in goals, is tied for second in shots on goal (35), and is tied for fourth in points thus far this season. In addition, he is tied for fourth among AHL rookies in goals in 2018-19.

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Vesey Scores Shootout Winner in 5-4 Victory Over Columbus

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Rangers seemed to hit all the highs and lows over barely a 27-hour span on Friday and Saturday nights. But when the dust all settled on Saturday night in Columbus, the Rangers headed home with an enormous bounceback victory and three points out of four from a road-trip back-to-back.

Jimmy Vesey took the two biggest shots on this night - one of them to score the tying goal in regulation, the other to finish the game in Round 5 of the shootout, nailing down a 5-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets and provide a team-settling response to Friday night's overtime loss in Detroit.

Video: NYR@CBJ: Vesey scores glove side to win the shootout

The Rangers won for the fifth time in six games, and have points in each of those (5-0-1). In the process, they pushed their record over .500 (8-7-2) for the first time this season following an 0-3 start, and also climbed within two points of the Blue Jackets, the early Metropolitan Division leaders.

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Postgame Notes: Rangers at Blue Jackets 11.10.18

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Team Notes

  • POINT TAKEN - The Rangers extended their season-long point streak to six games (5-0-1 record; dating back to Oct. 30 at San Jose). In addition, the Blueshirts have earned at least one point in nine of the last 12 games (7-3-2 record) and in 10 of the last 14 games (8-4-2 record).
  • BACK-TO-BACK - The Rangers concluded their third of 11 back-to-back sets during the 2018-19 season. Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Blueshirts have posted a 70-35-7 record in the second game of 112 back-to-back sets.
  • ROAD WARRIORS - New York extended its road point streak to four games (3-0-1 record over the span). All four games have been decided after regulation, and three of the four contests have been decided after regulation.
  • TEAM EFFORT - Four different Rangers tallied a goal in regulation and eight different Rangers recorded at least one point in tonight's contest.
  • GOALS GALORE - The Rangers tied a single-game season-high with five goals in tonight's contest. Including team goals awarded for a shootout win, the Blueshirts have registered three or more goals in six of the last seven games, in nine of the last 12 games, and in 11 of the last 15 contests. New York tied a single-period season-high with three goals in the second period of tonight's game.
  • CLOSE CALL - Each of the Rangers' last two games, nine of the Rangers' last 14 games, and 10 of the team's 17 games this season, have been decided by one goal. New York has posted a 5-3-2 record in one-goal games thus far this season. In addition, 13 of the Blueshirts' 17 games this season, including each of the team's last seven games, have been decided by two or fewer goals.
  • WORKING OVERTIME - Each of the Rangers' last two games, four of the Rangers' last six games, and seven of the team's last 14 games, have been decided in either overtime or a shootout. The Blueshirts have posted a 5-2 record in games decided after regulation thus far in 2018-19.
  • SHOOTOUT SUCCESS - Three of the Blueshirts' last five games have been decided in a shootout, and the Rangers have posted a 4-0 record in games decided in a shootout in 2018-19. The Rangers lead the NHL in shootout wins this season.
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Preview: Rangers Wrap Up Back-to-Back Set Against Blue Jackets

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Looked at from a distance, the Rangers will hit the ice on Saturday night in Columbus looking to build on a five-game points streak (4-0-1) and return to the win column after earning a point but seeing their four-game winning streak snapped in Detroit on Friday.

Up close, though, the Rangers will be looking to scrub away the frustration of how Friday's game turned on them in the third period.

It is the silver lining of having to play games on back-to-back nights: You get a chance to erase frustration right away.

The Rangers held a two-goal lead entering the third period Friday night, but Justin Abdelkader scored early in the third and Andreas Athanasiou scored late before setting up Dylan Larkin's winner in the waning seconds of overtime.

"I think it's less an individual, more as a team - you learn how you need to play with the lead," Marc Staal said. "How to be confident with the lead, be the aggressor when you can be, take the play to them. I thought we did too much sitting back, and that's something that as a team we have to take from this, and next time be better.

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Winning Streak Snapped in Detroit With 3-2 OT Loss

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

DETROIT - The Rangers were bitten by an all-too-familiar bug on Friday night: the late goal against. This time, they couldn't overcome it.

The Red Wings scored twice in the third period to tie, then again in the final seconds of overtime to defeat the Rangers, 3-2, on Friday night at Little Caesar's Arena, snapping the Blueshirts' winning streak at four games. It was the fourth straight road game in which the Rangers have surrendered either the tying or go-ahead goal in the late stages of the regulation, but while in the last two they were able to regroup and grab the two points, on this night the win slipped away.

Andreas Athanasiou tied the score with 2:02 left in regulation, and Dylan Larkin won it for the Red Wings with 5.1 seconds to play in overtime, sending the Rangers to their first loss in the month of November.

Still, the Rangers did enough early and late to grab one point from this night, scoring on both ends of a double minor late in the second and killing a penalty in the last two minutes of a tie game. But no one in the visitors' dressing room was in a mood to celebrate that.

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