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Postgame Notes: Rangers at Sabres 10.6.18

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Team Notes

  • SHOOTING GALLERY - The Rangers registered 44 shots on goal in tonight's contest, including 20 shots on goal in the third period and 10 or more shots on goal in all three periods, as 17 of 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on goal in the game. The Blueshirts also registered 10 shots on goal over their three power play opportunities in tonight's contest. New York has recorded 80 shots on goal through two games this season and has registered 10 or more shots on goal in five of six periods in 2018-19. The Blueshirts registered 30 or more shots on goal in 45 of 82 games last season, including 40 or more shots on goal in six different contests in 2017-18.
  • HOT AT THE DOT - The Rangers won 37 of 71 faceoffs in tonight's game (52.1%), including 18 of 28 faceoffs in the third period (64.3%), and the Blueshirts won at least 50.0% of faceoffs taken in all three zones.
  • Brett Howden tallied his first career NHL goal/point, won 10 of 16 faceoffs (62.5%), recorded three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating while skating in his second career NHL game. Howden has won 16 of 24 faceoffs through his first two career NHL games (66.7%).
  • Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 of 28 shots he faced in tonight's contest, including all 13 shots he faced in the third period, and he also stopped all 19 shots he faced at even strength. Lundqvist has stopped 56 of 60 shots he has faced in two appearances this season (.933 SV%), including 47 of 49 shots he has faced at even strength (.959 SV% at even strength).
  • Adam McQuaid notched his first assist/point as a Ranger, tied for the game-high with three hits, recorded two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating.
  • Ryan Spooner tallied an assist, recorded five shots on goal, drew a penalty, won four of seven faceoffs (57.1%), and posted a plus-one rating. He has registered 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in 22 games with the Rangers since he was acquired by the team on Feb. 25, 2018.
  • Mika Zibanejad led all skaters with eight shots on goal and 16 faceoff wins (16-for-27; 59.3%) while skating in a team-high 23:04 of ice time.
  • Brady Skjei drew a penalty, tied for the game-high with three hits, recorded two shots on goal, was credited with two blocked shots, and posted a plus-one rating in 21:18 of ice time.
  • Neal Pionk led the Rangers with three blocked shots in 21:16 of ice time.
  • Cody McLeod was assessed a fighting major, tied for the game-high with three hits, and registered two shots on goal while skating in his first game of the 2018-19 season. He ranks second in the NHL in penalty minutes since the start of his first season in the league in 2007-08 (1,568; Chris Neil leads the NHL with 1,569 penalty minutes over the span).

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