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Postgame Notes: Rangers vs. Sabres 11.4.18

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Team Notes

  • IN A NEW YORK MINUTE - The Rangers tallied two goals in a span of 19 seconds in the second period (Neal Pionk - 0:41; Jimmy Vesey - 1:00). According to NHL Public Relations, the Rangers registered two goals in the first minute of any period for the fifth time in franchise history and for the first time since Mar. 24, 1982 against Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts also registered two goals in a span of less than one minute for the first time this season.
  • WINNING WAYS - The Rangers have won each of their last three games, and the three-game winning streak is their longest thus far this season. In addition, the Blueshirts have earned at least one point in six of the last nine games (5-3-1 record) and in seven of the last 11 games (6-4-1 record).
  • HOME SWEET HOME - New York has won each of its last two home games. In addition, the Rangers have won three of their last four home contests (3-1-0 record) and four of their last six home contests (4-2-0 record).
  • GOALS GALORE - The Rangers registered three goals in tonight's contest. Including team goals awarded for a shootout win, the Blueshirts have registered three or more goals in each of the last four games, in seven of the last nine games, and in nine of the last 12 contests.
  • SHUTTING THE DOOR - New York has allowed two goals or fewer in each of the last two games and in six of the last 11 games. Excluding empty-net goals allowed, the Rangers have held their opponent to two goals or fewer in eight of 14 games in 2018-19.
  • KILL ZONE - The Rangers were 4-for-4 (8:00) on the penalty kill in tonight's contest.
  • FIRST IN SCORE - New York tallied the first goal of the game for the second consecutive game, the third time in the last four games, and the seventh time in 14 contests this season.
  • FINISHING THE JOB - The Rangers entered the third period of tonight's game with a lead and won the contest. Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Rangers have posted a 219-7-9 record in 235 regular season games in which they have held a lead entering the third period, and their .932 winning percentage when leading entering the third period over the span ranks first in the NHL. The Blueshirts have posted a 3-0-0 record when leading entering the third period thus far in 2018-19.
  • HOT AT THE DOT - The Blueshirts won 28 of 56 faceoffs in tonight's game (50.0%), including 11 of 15 faceoffs in the offensive zone (73.3% on offensive zone faceoffs). The Rangers have posted a faceoff win percentage of 50.0% or better in six different games in 2018-19.
  • HITTING MACHINE - The Rangers were credited with 24 hits in tonight's contest. The Blueshirts registered 20 or more hits in 11 of 14 contests this season.
  • BLOCK PARTY - New York recorded 17 blocked shots in tonight's game. The Rangers have registered 15 or more blocked shots in 11 of 14 games this season.
  • BEATING BUFFALO - The Rangers have won 14 of their last 18 games against Buffalo, dating back to Apr. 19, 2013 (14-4-0 record). New York has also won five of its last six games against Buffalo, dating back to Feb. 2, 2017 (5-1-0 record). The Blueshirts have won eight of their last 10 home games against the Sabres, dating back to Mar. 3, 2013 (8-2-0 record).
  • NOVEMBER REIGN - The Rangers lead the NHL in wins in November since the 2005-06 season (104; 104-53-10 record in 166 games in November over the span). The Blueshirts have won each of their first two games in November this season.

Three Stars on Broadway

  • Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves, including 15 saves in each of the first two periods, to earn his fourth win of the 2018-19 season and the 435th win of his NHL career. He was selected as the game's First Star in tonight's contest. Lundqvist is now two wins away from tying Hall of Famer Jacques Plante for seventh place on the NHL's all-time wins list. He has been selected as one of the game's Three Stars in six of his 11 appearances this season. Lundqvist has made 30 or more saves in eight of his 11 appearances thus far in 2018-19; he has posted a .900 SV% or better in nine of his 11 appearances, including a .925 SV% or better in six of those appearances. He has allowed two goals or fewer in six of 11 appearances in 2018-19.
  • Jimmy Vesey recorded two goals, including the game-winning goal, and posted a plus-one rating in tonight's contest. Vesey was selected as the game's Second Star. He has registered a point in each of the last two games (two goals, one assist), and he is tied for second on the Rangers in goals this season (five). The Rangers have posted a 32-11-6 record in games which Vesey has registered a point in his career, including a 23-6-2 record in games which he has tallied a goal. In addition, 11 of Vesey's 38 career NHL goals have been game-winning goals, and he leads the Rangers in game-winning goals since he joined the team prior to the start of the 2016-17 season. He posted the sixth multi-goal game of his NHL career and his second multi-goal game of the 2018-19 season (also on Oct. 7 at Carolina).
  • Vladislav Namestnikov registered an assist and posted a plus-two rating in tonight's game. He was selected as the game's Third Star in tonight's contest. Namestnikov has recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games. Namestnikov's team has posted a 78-21-3 record in the 102 games which he has recorded a point in his NHL career.

Blueshirt Breakdown

  • Neal Pionk tallied the first goal of the game, recorded three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating. Pionk registered his second career NHL goal, and he has tallied both goals against Buffalo (he recorded his first career NHL goal on Mar. 24, 2018). He has notched seven points (one goal, six assists) in the last eight games, and he leads Rangers defensemen in points in 2018-19 (seven).
  • Brett Howden tallied an assist and posted a plus-one rating in tonight's contest. Howden has recorded an assist/point in four of the last five games (one goal, four assists over the span), and he has also registered a point in eight of his 14 career NHL games (three goals, six assists). As of the conclusion of tonight's game, he ranks second among NHL rookies in points this season (nine).
  • Mika Zibanejad recorded an assist and tied for the game-high with 11 faceoff wins (11-for-20; 55.0%) in 20:27 of ice time. He has registered 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the last 10 games, including nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last eight contests. Zibanejad leads the Rangers in points this season (11; five goals, six assists).
  • Jesper Fast tallied an assist, tied for the game-high with four hits, and posted a plus-one rating. Fast has registered six points (one goal, five assists) in 14 games thus far in 2018-19.
  • Brady Skjei registered an assist, led all skaters with five blocked shots, registered three shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating while skating in a team-high 24:50 of ice time. He has recorded an assist/point in three of the last four games (three assists) and in four of the last six contests (four assists).

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