THREE'S COMPANY - The Rangers recorded at least three goals in a game for the second consecutive contest, and the Blueshirts have tallied seven goals over the last two games. In addition, six different Rangers have registered a goal in the two games.
ON POINT - At least one Rangers defenseman registered an assist/point on each of the team's three goals in regulation in tonight's game, and four different Blueshirts defensemen recorded an assist/point in the contest (Kevin Shattenkirk, Marc Staal, Brendan Smith, and Ryan McDonagh).
SHOOTING GALLERY - The Blueshirts registered a season-high 41 shots on goal in tonight's game, and 16 of 18 Rangers recorded at least one shot on goal. The Rangers have recorded 30 or more shots on goal in each of the last five games and in seven of eight games thus far in 2017-18.
POSITIVE CHARGE - Nine different Rangers posted a plus-one rating or better in tonight's contest.
FULL HOUSE - Tonight's game was the Rangers' 279th consecutive sellout (232 regular season games, 47 playoff games over the span). The Blueshirts' sellout streak dates back to November 3, 2011.
Brendan Smith tallied his first assist/point of the 2017-18 season, was credited with one takeaway, and posted a plus-one rating in 18:54 of ice time in tonight's contest. Smith was selected as the Third Star of tonight's game.
Mats Zuccarello recorded a goal, tallied a goal in the shootout, led the Rangers with three takeaways, and registered four shots on goal. He has tallied a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist), and he is tied for the team lead in points in 2017-18 (seven; two goals, five assists). Zuccarello has recorded 20 shootout goals on 39 shootout attempts in his NHL career (51.3%), and he is the Rangers' all-time leader in shootout goals.
David Desharnais registered a goal, won eight of 10 faceoffs (80.0%), recorded two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating. He has tallied a goal in each of the last two games, and he extended his point streak to three games (two goals, two assists over the span). Desharnais has posted a faceoff win percentage of 50.0% or better in seven of eight games in 2017-18, including a 60.0% faceoff win percentage or better in five different contests.
Kevin Hayes registered a goal, recorded four shots on goal, was credited with two blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating. Hayes has tallied a goal/point in two of the last four games (two goals over the span), and he has registered both of his goals in 2017-18 against Metropolitan Division opponents.
Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves, and stopped all 15 shots he faced in the third period and overtime, to help the Rangers earn a point in tonight's game. Lundqvist has made at least 30 saves in two of his last three appearances, as well as in three of his last five appearances.
Kevin Shattenkirk tallied an assist, led all skaters with four blocked shots, and posted a plus-one rating while skating in a team-high 23:13 of ice time. Shattenkirk is tied for the team lead in assists (five) and points (seven) this season, and he has recorded a point in six of eight games thus far in 2017-18. In addition, Shattenkirk extended his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists over the span).
Marc Staal recorded an assist, was credited with two blocked shots, and posted a plus-one rating in 22:42 of ice time. Staal has registered more assists (15) and points (20) against the Islanders than against any other opponent in his NHL career.
Ryan McDonagh tallied an assist, was credited with four hits, recorded three blocked shots, and registered two shots on goal in 23:09 of ice time. The Rangers captain has notched an assist/point in each of the last two games (two assists), and he ranks second among team defensemen in assists this season (three).
Jesper Fast recorded his first assist/point of the 2017-18 season, tied for the game-high with five hits, and posted a plus-one rating in 15:15 of ice time. Fast has registered 12 hits in three games thus far this season.