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Postgame Notes: Rangers vs. Blues 10.10.17

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Team Notes

  • FOUR SCORE - For the second time in franchise history, a Ranger has registered a goal in each of the team's first four games of a season (Rick Nash - 2014-15; Mika Zibanejad - 2017-18).
  • WHAT A LINE - The Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich line has registered 11 points (five goals, six assists) thus far this season, and at least one of the three players has notched a point on seven of the team's 10 goals in 2017-18.
  • POWER SURGE - New York was 1-for-4 (6:38) on the power play in tonight's contest. The Rangers have registered at least one power play goal in three of the first four games of the 2017-18 season (5-for-16; 31.3%). The Blueshirts have tallied at least five power play goals in their first four games of a season for the first time since 2005-06 (six).
  • SHOOTING GALLERY - The Rangers registered 33 shots on goal in tonight's game, and 15 of 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on goal. The Blueshirts have recorded 30 or more shots on goal in three of four games thus far in 2017-18.
  • HOT AT THE DOT - New York won 32 of 58 faceoffs in tonight's game (55.2%). The Rangers have won at least 50.0% of faceoffs taken in three of four games this season.
  • HITTING MACHINE - The Blueshirts were credited with 34 hits in tonight's contest, and five different Rangers registered at least four hits.
  • FULL HOUSE - Tonight's game was the Rangers' 276th consecutive sellout (229 regular season games, 47 playoff games over the span). The Blueshirts' sellout streak dates back to November 3, 2011.

Blueshirt Breakdown

  • Mika Zibanejad registered a power play goal, and led all skaters with five shots on goal and 15 faceoff wins (15-for-25; 60.0%) in 20:32 of ice time. Zibanejad extended his goal/point streak to four games (five goals over the span), and his four-game goal streak is a career-high. Zibanejad is the second Ranger in franchise history who has registered a goal in each of the first four games of a season (Rick Nash - 2014-15). As of the conclusion of tonight's game, Zibanejad leads the NHL in power play goals (four), is tied for the NHL lead in power play points (four), and is tied for second in the NHL in goals (five) this season. He also leads the Rangers in goals and is tied for the team lead in points (five) thus far in 2017-18.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk recorded a power play assist, tied for the game-high with two takeaways, and registered two shots on goal in 22:46 of ice time. Shattenkirk has registered a point in three of his first four games of the season, tallying four points (one goal, three assists) in those contests. He has recorded all of his four points thus far in 2017-18 on the power play, and as of the conclusion of tonight's game, he is tied for the NHL lead in power play assists and power play points this season.
  • Pavel Buchnevich tallied a power play assist and recorded two shots on goal while skating in a single-game career-high 19:20 of ice time. Buchnevich has registered an assist/point in each of the last two games (two assists) and in three of four games in 2017-18 (three assists). In addition, he has recorded at least one point in 19 of 45 career NHL games (eight goals, 15 assists).
  • Henrik Lundqvist made 20 saves in tonight's contest and stopped all 15 shots he faced over the final two periods of the contest. Lundqvist has allowed two goals over the last two games and has stopped 54 of 56 shots he has faced in those two contests (.964 SV%).
  • Adam Cracknell led all skaters with six hits and registered two shots on goal in 8:01 of ice time while making his Rangers debut in tonight's contest.
  • David Desharnais won all five faceoffs he took in tonight's contest, and he has won 23 of 36 faceoffs he has taken through four games in 2017-18 (63.9%).
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