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Postgame Notes: Rangers vs. Penguins 10.17.17

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Team Notes

  • POWER SURGE - The Blueshirts were 2-for-6 (8:01) on the power play in tonight's contest and tallied both power play goals on a double minor penalty assessed to Pittsburgh in the second period. The Rangers registered two power play goals on a double minor penalty for the first time since Feb. 17, 2016 vs. Chicago. New York has tallied a power play goal in four of seven games this season and has registered two power play goals in three of those contests. The Rangers have recorded at least seven power play goals in their first seven games of a season for the first time since 2009-10 (nine).
  • FOUR SCORE - The Rangers registered four goals in tonight's game. The Blueshirts tallied at least four goals in a home game for the 19th time since the start of last season.
  • IN A NEW YORK MINUTE - The Rangers tallied two goals in a span of one minute in tonight's contest (Pavel Buchnevich - 7:32 of the second period; J.T. Miller - 8:32 of the second period).
  • SHOOTING GALLERY - The Rangers registered 32 shots on goal in tonight's game, and 13 of 18 Rangers recorded at least one shot on goal. The Blueshirts have recorded 30 or more shots on goal in each of the last four games and in six of seven games thus far in 2017-18.
  • HOT AT THE DOT - New York won 30 of 59 faceoffs in tonight's contest (50.8%). The Rangers have posted a 50.0% faceoff win percentage or better in five of seven games this season.
  • PITT STOP - The Rangers have earned at least one point in 15 of their last 20 games against the Penguins, dating back to Apr. 3, 2013.
  • FULL HOUSE - Tonight's game was the Rangers' 278th consecutive sellout (231 regular season games, 47 playoff games over the span). The Blueshirts' sellout streak dates back to November 3, 2011. 

Blueshirt Breakdown

  • J.T. Miller tied a single-game career-high with three points (one goal, two assists), recorded a power play goal, and posted a plus-two rating. Miller posted the third three-point game of his NHL career in tonight's contest (Feb. 18, 2016 at Toronto; Oct. 30, 2016 vs. Tampa Bay). He has recorded an assist/point in four of the last six games, registering seven points (two goals, five assists) over the span. Miller leads the Rangers in points (seven) and is tied for the team lead in assists (five) thus far this season.
  • David Desharnais registered two points (one goal, one assist), including his first goal as a Ranger, won seven of 12 faceoffs (58.3%), and posted a plus-two rating. Desharnais has notched an assist/point in each of the last two games (one goal, two assists), and he has also recorded five points (four goals, one assist) in his last three contests against the Penguins. Desharnais has posted a faceoff win percentage of 50.0% or better in six of seven games thus far this season.
  • Michael Grabner tallied a goal, recorded three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in tonight's game. Grabner tied for ninth in the NHL - and led the Rangers - in even strength goals during the 2016-17 season (26).
  • Pavel Buchnevich recorded a power play goal and registered two shots on goal. He has tallied a point in three of the last five games (one goal, two assists) and in four of seven contests in 2017-18 (one goal, three assists).
  • Mika Zibanejad notched a power play assist, led all skaters - and tied a single-game career-high - with eight shots on goal, and won 10 faceoffs in 18:51 of ice time. Zibanejad has registered a point in five of seven games in 2017-18 (five goals, one assist), and he has recorded five of six points this season on the power play.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk recorded an assist in 19:22 of ice time in tonight's contest. He has tallied a point in five of seven games this season (two goals, four assists in the seven contests), and he leads Rangers defensemen in goals (two), assists (four), and points (six) in 2017-18.
  • Mats Zuccarello tallied an assist in 20:04 of ice time in tonight's game. Zuccarello has notched six points (one goal, five assists) in seven games this season, and he is tied for the team lead in assists in 2017-18.
  • Ryan McDonagh recorded a power play assist and led the Rangers with four blocked shots while skating in a team-high 26:55 of ice time in tonight's contest.
  • Tony DeAngelo registered his first assist/point as a Ranger and recorded two shots on goal in 17:56 of ice time.
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