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Postgame Notes: Rangers vs. Golden Knights 10.31.17

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Team Notes

  • COMEBACK KIDS - For the first time this season, the Rangers earned a win when trailing entering the third period. The Blueshirts won a game in which they trailed by at least two goals entering the third period for the first time since Jan. 7, 2017 at Columbus (rallied from a 4-2 deficit after the second period to win 5-4). The Rangers also won a home game in which they trailed by at least two goals entering the third period for the first time since Oct. 27, 2014 vs. Minnesota (rallied from a 3-0 deficit after the second period to win 5-4).
  • GOALS GALORE - The Rangers have recorded at least three goals in each of their last three games and in six of their last seven games (27 goals over the last seven games). In addition, the Blueshirts have registered at least four goals in each of the last three games and in five of the last seven contests (15 goals over the last three games).
  • PICK SIX - The Blueshirts established a single-game season-high with six goals in tonight's contest, and six different Rangers tallied a goal in the contest.
  • POINT TAKEN - The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in five of their last seven games, dating back to Oct. 17 vs. Pittsburgh (3-2-2 record over the span). The Rangers have also earned a win in three of their last five games (3-2-0).
  • WHAT A LINE - The Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich line recorded six points (three goals, three assists) in tonight's game, and each member of the line registered a goal in the contest.
  • BY THE DOZEN - Twelve different Rangers tallied at least one point in tonight's game.
  • BROADWAY DEBUT - The Rangers played their first all-time game against the Vegas Golden Knights tonight. By earning a win in tonight's game, the Blueshirts have now posted a 24-5-1-0 record in their first all-time game against the other 30 teams currently in the NHL.
  • POWER SURGE - The Rangers were 2-for-5 (7:34) on the power play in tonight's game and tallied the game-winning goal on a power play opportunity in the third period. New York has recorded a power play goal in each of the last two games, three of its last five games, four of its last seven games, and seven of 13 games this season. The Blueshirts have recorded two power play goals in a game four times this season.
  • KILL ZONE - The Blueshirts were 3-for-3 (6:00) on the penalty kill in tonight's contest. The Rangers have not allowed a power play goal in three of the last five games and have not allowed more than one power play goal in 11 consecutive games.
  • FIRST IN SCORE - The Rangers have recorded the first goal of the game in five of the last nine contests and in six of the last 11 contests. The Blueshirts have posted a 4-2-0 record in games which they tallied the first goal thus far in 2017-18.
  • HOT AT THE DOT - The Blueshirts won a season-high 38 faceoffs in tonight's game (38-for-65; 58.5%). The Rangers have won at least 50.0% of faceoffs taken in nine of 13 games this season.
  • 10-IN-10 - The Rangers played their 10th and final home game in October this season. New York earned at least one point in six of 10 contests at Madison Square Garden during the month (4-4-2 record).
  • SHOOTING GALLERY - The Blueshirts recorded 38 shots on goal in tonight's game. The Rangers have registered at least 30 shots on goal in eight of the last 10 games and in 10 of 13 games in 2017-18.
  • HOW THE WEST WAS WON - The Rangers have earned a win in three of their last four games against Western Conference opponents (3-1-0). New York has posted a 3-3-0 record against teams in the Western Conference this season.

Three Stars on Broadway

  • Mika Zibanejad registered three points (one goal, two assists), all in the third period, recorded two power play points (one power play goal, one power play assist), tallied his 200th career NHL point, recorded the game-winning goal, led all skaters with 14 faceoff wins (14-for-21; 66.7%), and registered four shots on goal in 19:50 of ice time. Zibanejad extended his point streak to four games (three goals, four assists) and his assist streak to three games (four assists). Zibanejad has tallied a point in nine of 13 games this season, and he leads the Rangers in goals (eight) and points (13) this season. As of the conclusion of tonight's game, Zibanejad is tied for the NHL lead in power play goals this season (five).
  • Pavel Buchnevich tallied two points (one goal, one assist), including an assist on the game-winning goal, registered three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating. Buchnevich extended his point streak to three games (four goals, two assists), including his goal streak to three games (four goals). In addition, he has tallied seven points (five goals, two assists) over the last seven contests.
  • Mats Zuccarello recorded two points (one goal, one assist), including a power play assist, and tied for the game-high with two takeaways in 21:29 of ice time. Zuccarello has registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last three games and has tallied five points (two goals, three assists) in the last seven contests.

Blueshirt Breakdown

  • Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves to earn his third win of the 2017-18 season and the 408th win of his NHL career. By earning a win in tonight's game, Lundqvist passed Hall of Famer Glenn Hall for sole possession of ninth place on the NHL's all-time wins list. He has made at least 30 saves in three of his last six appearances and in four of 10 appearances thus far in 2017-18.
  • Alain Vigneault earned his 618th career win as an NHL head coach in tonight's game, passing Jacques Lemaire for sole possession of 13th place on the NHL's all-time wins list among head coaches. Vigneault is now two wins away from tying Bryan Murray for 12th place on the league's all-time wins list among head coaches. He leads all head coaches in wins since the start of the 2006-07 season (509).
  • Chris Kreider registered a power play goal and led all skaters with seven shots on goa. He has tallied a goal/point in three of the last five games (three goals), including two of the last three contests, and he has registered two power play goals over the last five games.
  • Jimmy Vesey registered the first goal of the game and recorded five shots on goal. He has tallied three points (two goals, one assist) in the last five games.
  • Michael Grabner tallied an empty-net goal, recorded three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating. He has notched three goals/points in the last three games.
  • David Desharnais notched an assist, won four of five faceoffs (80.0%) and recorded two shots on goal. He has registered an assist/point in each of the last two games (two assists), and he has tallied a point in six of the last eight games (two goals, five assists).
  • Ryan McDonagh recorded an assist and led all skaters with four blocked shots in 22:31 of ice time. He extended his assist/point streak to three games (three assists) and he has recorded an assist/point in five of the last seven games (five assists). McDonagh skated in his 234th career game as the Rangers' captain, passing Kelly Kisio for the sixth-most games played as the Rangers' captain in franchise history. The only players who have played more games while serving as the Rangers' captain than McDonagh has thus far in his career are Mark Messier (697), Bill Cook (475), Bob Nevin (449), Barry Beck (307), and George "Red" Sullivan (280).
  • Kevin Shattenkirk recorded a power play assist, registered four shots on goal, and posted a plus-three rating while skating in a game-high, 25:07 of ice time. He has registered three assists/points over the last two games, and he has tallied a point in eight of 13 games this season. In addition, six of his eight assists thus far this season have been primary assists.
  • Rick Nash tallied an assist, recorded two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating. He has notched an assist/point in each of the last two games, tallying three points (one goal, two assists) over the span.
  • Kevin Hayes notched an assist, won eight of 16 faceoffs (50.0%), and posted a plus-one rating. Hayes has registered four points (two goals, two assists) in the last six games.
  • Jesper Fast recorded an assist, registered three shots on goal, was credited with two hits, and posted a plus-one rating.
  • Brady Skjei posted a plus-two rating and logged 22:57 of ice time while skating in his 100th career NHL game.
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