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Postgame Notes: Rangers vs. Flyers 9.25.17

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Team Notes

  • HOME COOKING - The Rangers won all of their three preseason home games this year. The Blueshirts have won 15 of their last 17 preseason games at Madison Square Garden, dating back to Sept. 21, 2009 (15-2-0 record over the span).
  • WORKING OVERTIME - Three of the Blueshirts' five preseason games this year have been decided in overtime, including all three preseason contests at Madison Square Garden. New York has posted a 3-0 record in games decided in overtime in the preseason.
  • POWER SURGE - New York was 1-for-6 (9:35) on the power play in tonight's contest. The Rangers have recorded a power play goal in four consecutive games and have registered five power play goals through five preseason games this year.
  • SHUTTING THE DOOR - The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in four of five preseason games thus far this year and have allowed nine goals over the five contests (1.80 goals against per game).

Three Stars on Broadway

  • Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves in tonight's contest, and stopped all 17 shots he faced in the third period and overtime, to earn the win in tonight's contest. Lundqvist stopped 60 of 63 shots he faced in his final two appearances of the preseason this year (.952 SV% in the two contests). Entering the 2017-18 season, Lundqvist ranks 10th on the NHL's all-time wins list (405), and he is one of three goaltenders in NHL history who have earned 30 or more wins in at least 11 different seasons (along with Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy).
  • Ryan McDonagh notched two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-winning goal in overtime, and recorded three shots on goal in 23:58 of ice time. McDonagh was one of six NHL defensemen who registered at least 40 points and posted a plus-20 rating or better least season.
  • Pavel Buchnevich recorded two assists, including a power play assist, and registered three shots on goal. He has tallied three assists/points in three preseason games this year. Buchnevich ranked eighth among NHL rookies (min. 20 games played) in points per 60 minutes of ice time (2.21) and tied for ninth in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.32) in 2016-17.

Blueshirt Breakdown

  • Rick Nash tallied a power play goal and tied for the team-high with four shots on goal in the contest. Entering the 2017-18 season, Nash is one of two NHL players who have registered at least 20 goals in 12 different seasons since 2003-04 (along with Alex Ovechkin).
  • Mika Zibanejad recorded a goal and registered three shots on goal. Zibanejad established career-highs in faceoff win percentage (52.0%; 494-for-950), assists per game (0.41), and points per game (0.66), and tied career-highs in power play goals (four) and plus/minus rating (plus-nine) in 2016-17. He recorded a point in 28 of the 56 games in which he played last season (14 goals, 23 assists), and the Rangers posted a 33-17-6 record when he was in the lineup.
  • Mats Zuccarello tallied an assist on the game-winning goal on overtime, recorded three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating. He established career-highs in several categories during the 2016-17 season, including assists (44), even strength assists (35), even strength points (45), takeaways (70), and shots on goal (189). Zuccarello led the Rangers in assists, points (59), even strength assists, takeaways, and shootout goals (four), and tied for the team lead in even strength points in 2016-17.
  • Filip Chytil tallied an assist on the game-winning goal in overtime, tied for the team-high with four shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating. He has registered a point in each of the three preseason games he has played this year (one goal, two assists). Chytil, who was selected by the Rangers in the first round (21st overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, ranked second among players younger than 18 years old in Czech Extraliga in games played (38), goals (four), and points (eight) during the 2016-17 season.
  • Chris Kreider registered an assist and posted a plus-one rating. Kreider has recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in three preseason games this year. Kreider established career-highs in goals (28), points (53), shots on goal (186), power play assists (seven), power play points (13), and average ice time (17:00), and tied his career-high in assists (25) last season.
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