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Postgame Notes: Rangers at Hurricanes 02.19.19

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Team Notes

  • POINT TAKEN - The Rangers have earned at least one point in nine of the last 14 games (8-5-1) and in 10 of the last 16 games (9-6-1).
  • BOUNCE BACK - Since their loss on Jan. 10, the Rangers have posted a 6-0-1 record in the game immediately following their last seven regulation losses.
  • ROAD WARRIORS - New York has won four of its last six road games (4-2-0 record; dating back to Jan. 19 at Boston) and five of its last eight road contests (5-3-0 record; dating back to Jan. 12 at NY Islanders).
  • TWO GOOD - The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in three of the last five games and in seven of the last 16 contests. New York has posted an 18-2-0 record when allowing two or fewer goals in a game this season.
  • TEAM EFFORT - Connor Brickley registered his first goal as a Ranger in tonight's game. Brickley is the 25th different player who has registered a goal for the Rangers thus far this season.
  • 20/20 VISION - Filip Chytil and Vladislav Namestnikov each tallied their 20th point of the 2018-19 season in tonight's game. Nine different Rangers have registered 20 or more points this season (Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello, Jimmy Vesey, Pavel Buchnevich, Neal Pionk, Chytil, and Namestnikov).
  • FOURTH AND GOAL - A player on the Rangers' fourth line has recorded a goal in two of the last three games (Boo Nieves - Feb. 15 at Buffalo; Connor Brickley - tonight at Carolina).
  • KILL ZONE - The Rangers were 2-for-2 (4:00) on the penalty kill in tonight's contest and held Carolina to four shots on goal over the Hurricanes' two power play opportunities. The Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal in four of the last six games (15-for-17; 88.2%), in six of the last nine games (19-for-22; 86.4%), and in 11 of the last 16 contests (43-for-50; 86.0%).
  • ONE AND WON - Ten of the Rangers' last 13 games, 12 of their last 17 games, and 32 of their 59 games this season have been decided by one goal. The Blueshirts have posted a 16-8-8 record in one-goal games in 2018-19, and as of the conclusion of tonight's game, the Rangers rank second in the NHL in wins in one-goal games this season.
  • RESILIENT RANGERS - For the 13th time this season, the Rangers won a game when allowing the first goal. The Blueshirts rank sixth in the NHL in wins when allowing the game's first goal in 2018-19.
  • HOT AT THE DOT - The Blueshirts won 27 of 52 faceoffs in tonight's contest (51.9%), including 11 of 16 faceoffs in the offensive zone (68.8%). The Rangers have posted a faceoff win percentage of 50.0% or better in two of the last three games and in four of the last eight contests.
  • BLOCK PARTY - The Blueshirts registered 23 blocked shots in tonight's game, and 12 of 18 skaters were credited with at least one blocked shot in the contest. The Rangers were credited with 20 or more blocked shots in a game for the ninth time this season. New York's 23 blocked shots were one shy of the team's single-game season-high this season.
  • EYE OF THE STORM - The Rangers have won 27 of their last 33 games against the Hurricanes, dating back to Feb. 22, 2011 (27-6-0 record). In addition, New York has won 17 of its last 22 games against Carolina, dating back to Apr. 8, 2014 (17-5-0 record).

Three Stars on Broadway

  • Henrik Lundqvist made 43 saves, stopped all 18 shots he faced in the third period, and made at least 10 saves in each period of the contest to earn his 17th win of the 2018-19 season and the 448th win of his NHL career. He was selected as the game's First Star. By earning a win in tonight's game, Lundqvist is now six wins away from tying Curtis Joseph for fifth place on the NHL's all-time wins list (454). Lundqvist has made at least 30 saves in each of his last three appearances and in 22 of his 41 appearances in 2018-19. He was selected as one of the game's Three Stars for the 15th time this season. Lundqvist made 40 or more saves in a regular season game for the 31st time in his NHL career; in those 31 games, he has posted an 18-5-8 record, along with a 1.88 GAA, a .957 SV%, and 4 SO. He has allowed one goal in two of his last three appearances, and he has posted a 2.02 GAA and a .946 SV% (105 saves on 111 shots) in his last three appearances.
  • Vladislav Namestnikov recorded the game-winning goal and was credited with three blocked shots. Namestnikov was selected as the game's Second Star. He has tallied a goal/point in two of the last three games, and he has registered four points (three goals, one assist) over the span.
  • Tony DeAngelo tallied an assist, led all skaters (and tied a single-game career-high) with five blocked shots, registered three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in 22:05 of ice time. DeAngelo extended his assist/point streak to four games (five assists over the span); DeAngelo's four-game assist streak is a new career-high, and his four-game point streak is tied for his career-high. He has also notched a point in six of the last eight games (seven assists over the span), and he has registered 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his last 14 games. He ranks second among Rangers defensemen in points (19) and is tied for second among Rangers defensemen in assists (15) this season. DeAngelo skated in his 40th game of the 2018-19 season tonight, establishing a new career-high (he skated in 39 games with the Coyotes in 2016-17). In addition, he has established career-highs in assists and points this season. The Rangers have posted a 23-12-5 record in games which DeAngelo has played this season, including a 9-4-2 record in games which he has tallied a point. DeAngelo was on the ice for both of the Rangers' goals in tonight's game. He has posted a plus-one rating or better in eight of his last 15 games, and he has posted a plus-11 rating over the span. DeAngelo leads the Rangers in plus/minus rating this season (plus-eight).

Blueshirt Breakdown

  • Connor Brickley tallied his first goal as a Ranger, was credited with two hits, and posted a plus-one rating. Brickley has tallied a point in two of his first three games with the Blueshirts (one goal, one assist).
  • Filip Chytil recorded an assist and posted a plus-one rating. He tallied his 20th point of the 2018-19 season in tonight's contest. Chytil is the first teenage forward who has registered 20 or more points in a season with the Rangers since Alexei Kovalev in 1992-93 (Kovalev tallied 38 points during the 1992-93 season, 29 of which were recorded while he was 19 years old). Chytil has registered 23 points in his NHL career (three in 2017-18 and 20 in 2018-19). According to NHL Stats & Information, he has recorded the fourth-most points by a teenager in Rangers history (Mike Allison - 60; Michael Del Zotto - 37; Kovalev - 29).
  • Jimmy Vesey recorded an assist on the game-winning goal, led the Rangers with five shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating. He added to his career-high in assists (15) and he tied his career-high in points (28; he also recorded 28 points in 2017-18). In addition, 25 of Vesey's 28 points thus far this season have either been a goal or the primary assist on a goal. He has registered a point in four of the last seven games (two goals, two assists).
  • Pavel Buchnevich tallied an assist on the game-winning goal and recorded three shots on goal. Buchnevich has registered four points (two goals, two assists) in the last four games, six points (two goals, four assists) in the last seven games, and nine points (four goals, five assists) in his last 13 games.
  • Kevin Hayes led the Rangers with eight faceoff wins (8-for-11; 72.7%) and tied for the game-high with two takeaways in 19:04 of ice time.
  • Mats Zuccarello led the Rangers with 22:57 of ice time in tonight's game. He has logged at least 20:00 of ice time in each of his last 12 games and in 15 of his last 16 games, and he has led the Rangers in ice time in six of the last 10 games.
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