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Postgame Notes: Rangers at Blues 12.31.18

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Team Notes

  • POINT TAKEN - The Rangers extended their point streak to four games (2-0-2 record over the span) and have won each of their last two games. The Blueshirts have also earned at least one point in nine of their last 11 games, in 20 of the last 27 games, and in 23 of the last 33 games.
  • ONE AND WON - Each of the Rangers' last four games, six of the Blueshirts' last eight games, eight of their last 11 games, and 20 of the team's 38 games this season have been decided by one goal. The Blueshirts have posted a 10-3-7 record in games decided by one goal in 2018-19. As of the conclusion of tonight's game, the Rangers are tied for fifth in the NHL in wins in one-goal games this season.
  • TWO GOOD - The Rangers have posted a 12-1-0 record when allowing two goals or fewer in a game this season.
  • POWER RANGERS - The Rangers were 1-for-3 (5:22) and registered eight shots on goal on the power play in tonight's game. The Blueshirts have registered a power play goal in each of the last three games (3-for-6; 50.0% over the span). New York has also registered seven power play goals over the last eight games (7-for-24; 29.2% over the eight games). In addition, the Rangers have recorded a power play goal in 11 of the last 23 games and have tallied 15 power play goals during the stretch (15-for-62; 24.2% over the span).
  • KILL ZONE - The Blueshirts were 4-for-4 (8:00) on the penalty kill in the contest. The Rangers have killed off 16 of their opponents' 19 power play opportunities over the last six games (84.2% on the penalty kill over the span).
  • RESILIENT RANGERS - The Rangers have posted an 8-8-1 record when allowing the first goal of the game this season.
  • BLOCK PARTY - The Rangers were credited with 23 blocked shots in tonight's contest, as 13 of 18 skaters recorded at least one blocked shot in the game and six different skaters were credited with at least two blocked shots. The Blueshirts have registered 15 or more blocked shots in 26 of 38 games this season, as well as 20 or more blocked shots in seven different contests. The Blueshirts' 23 blocked shots were the third-most the team has recorded in one game this season.
  • HOT AT THE DOT - The Blueshirts won 33 of 62 faceoffs in tonight's game (53.2%).
  • BLUE NOTE - The Rangers have earned at least one point in seven of their last nine games against the Blues, dating back to the start of the 2014-15 season (5-2-2 record over the span). Dating back to Nov. 3, 2002, 18 of 22 meetings between the Rangers and St. Louis have been decided by two or fewer goals, and 15 of those contests have been decided by one goal or fewer.
  • MONDAY BLUESHIRTS - The Rangers have posted a 4-1-0 record in five games played on a Monday this season.

Three Stars on Broadway

  • Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves, and stopped all 33 shots he faced over the final two periods (17 saves in the second period and 16 saves in the third period), to earn his 12th win of the 2018-19 season and the 443rd win of his NHL career. By earning a win in tonight's game, Lundqvist is now only two wins away from tying Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk for sixth place on the NHL's all-time wins list. He was selected as the game's First Star tonight, and he has been named one of the game's Three Stars in 13 different contests thus far in 2018-19. Lundqvist has made at least 30 saves in 18 of his 29 appearances this season; he has posted a .900 SV% or better in 22 of his 29 appearances this season, including a .925 SV% or better in 14 of those appearances. Lundqvist ranks third among NHL goaltenders in games with a .900 SV% or better in 2018-19, and as of the conclusion of tonight's game, he ranks second among NHL goaltenders in games with 30 or more saves this season. He made his 834th career NHL appearance in tonight's game, and he is now three appearances away from tying Hall of Famer Jacques Plante for 12th place on the league's all-time appearances list.
  • Boo Nieves registered his first career NHL game-winning goal, recorded two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating. He was selected as the game's Second Star. Nieves has tallied a goal/point in two of his last three games (two goals).
  • Mats Zuccarello tallied a power play goal, tied for the game-high with three blocked shots, and recorded three shots on goal. He has registered four points (one goal, three assists) in eight games since returning to the Rangers' lineup following an injury, and all four points over the span have been on the power play. The Blueshirts have recorded seven power play goals in the eight games since Zuccarello returned to the lineup (7-for-24; 29.2%). He tallied his 329th career point as a Ranger in tonight's contest, tying Phil Goyette for 32nd place on the franchise's all-time points list.

Blueshirt Breakdown

  • Chris Kreider notched a power play assist and tied for the game-high with three blocked shots in 18:55 of ice time. He extended his point streak to five games (five goals, three assists over the span), and his five-game point streak is tied for his career-high. He has also registered six points (three goals, three assists) over the last three contests. Kreider recorded his 250th career point as a Ranger in tonight's contest (125 goals, 125 assists), passing Wayne Gretzky on the Rangers' all-time points list (56th place).
  • Kevin Shattenkirk recorded an assist on the game-winning goal and logged 16:18 of ice time while skating in his first game since Dec. 10. Shattenkirk, who played parts of seven seasons with St. Louis (2010-11 - 2016-17), played his first game against the Blues in St. Louis tonight.
  • Ryan Strome notched an assist on the game-winning goal, won four of seven faceoffs (57.1%), was credited with two hits, and posted a plus-one rating. He has registered seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last 17 games.
  • Neal Pionk tied for the team-high with five shots on goal and led all skaters in two takeaways while skating in a game-high 25:02 of ice time.
  • Brett Howden tied for the team-high with five shots on goal and led the Rangers with 11 faceoff wins (11-for-22; 50.0%). Howden's five shots on goal were tied for the most he has recorded in one game this season.
  • Cody McLeod led all skaters with three hits and posted a plus-one rating. The Rangers have posted a 13-5-0 record in the 18 games which McLeod has played this season.
  • Marc Staal was credited with two blocked shots and posted a plus-one rating in 22:32 of ice time. He has logged at least 20:00 of ice time in each of the last six games and in 14 of the last 15 games. Staal skated in his 799th career NHL game tonight.
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