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Rangers at Canadiens 1.14.17: Postgame Notes

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Team Notes

  • RED, WHITE, AND BLUESHIRT - Five American-born players have tallied 10 or more goals in one season with the Rangers for the first time in franchise history (Kreider, Hayes, Vesey, Miller, and Stepan).
  • TOP TEN - Seven different Rangers have recorded 10 or more goals this season (Grabner, Kreider, Miller, Hayes, Nash, Vesey, and Stepan).
  • SPECIAL TEAMS - The Blueshirts outscored Montreal, 2-0, on special teams in tonight's game. The Rangers recorded a power play goal and a shorthanded goal in the same game for the third time this season.
  • POWER SURGE - New York was 1-for-3 (7:04) on the power play in the contest. The Rangers have tallied at least one power play goal in five of the last eight contests (9-for-29; 31.0%).
  • KILL ZONE - The Rangers were 2-for-2 (4:00) on the penalty kill and tallied a shorthanded goal in the contest. As of the conclusion of tonight's game, New York ranks second in the NHL - and leads the Eastern Conference - in shorthanded goals in 2016-17 (six).
  • THREE'S COMPANY - The Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello line has registered 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) over the last nine games. In addition, the three players have recorded 54 points - including 20 goals - in the Rangers' 20 games since Dec. 1.
  • SHOOTING GALLERY - The Rangers registered 33 shots on goal in tonight's game, as 14 different players recorded at least one shot on goal. The Blueshirts have recorded at least 30 shots on goal in each of the last three games and in six of the last nine contests.

Blueshirt Breakdown

  • Derek Stepan  notched two points (one goal, one assist) and tied for the game-high with four shots on goal in 19:50 of ice time. Stepan is tied for the team lead in points this season (33; 10 goals, 23 assists). He has recorded 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) in the last 26 games, including 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in the last 20 contests and 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the last 11 games.
  • Kevin Hayes  recorded two assists, including a shorthanded assist, and posted a plus-one rating in 19:31 of ice time. Hayes is tied for the team lead in points this season (33; 13 goals, 20 assists). In addition, he is tied for the NHL lead in shorthanded assists (three) and shorthanded points (four) in 2016-17. Hayes has recorded 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in the last eight games and 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in the last 15 contests. Thus far in his NHL career, 93 of Hayes' 114 points have either been a goal or the primary assist on a goal. Hayes has tallied 70 assists in his NHL career (49 primary assists), and he has registered at least 20 assists in each of his first three NHL seasons.
  • J.T. Miller  tallied a shorthanded goal, was credited with three hits, and posted a plus-one rating. Miller extended his career-high point streak to seven games (five goals, five assists over the span). He leads the Rangers in games with a point in 2016-17 (24). As of the conclusion of tonight's game, Miller leads the NHL in shorthanded goals (three) and is tied for third in the NHL in shorthanded points (three) this season.
  • Brandon Pirri  registered a power play goal, registered three shots on goal, and was credited with two hits. Pirri leads the Rangers in power play goals (five) and is tied for second on the team in power play points (nine) in 2016-17. He has registered three power play points over the last seven games (one power play goal, two power play assists over the span).
  • Rick Nash tallied a goal and recorded three shots on goal in 17:54 of ice time. He leads the Rangers in games with a goal this season (14). He has notched a point in eight of his last 13 games - including a goal in seven of those contests - and has registered 10 points (seven goals, three assists) over the span.
  • Ryan McDonagh  tallied an assist, led all skaters with three takeaways, and tied for the game-high with three blocked shots while skating in a game-high 25:55 of ice time. McDonagh has registered at least 25 assists in each of the last four seasons (2013-14 - 2016-17) and in five seasons in his NHL career (2011-12; 2013-14 - 2016-17). He is one of eight defensemen in franchise history who have recorded 25 or more assists in at least five different seasons (Brian Leetch, Ron Greschner, James Patrick, Brad Park, Bill Gadsby, Dave Maloney, and Reijo Ruotsalainen). McDonagh's 25 assists are tied for the second-most he has recorded in one season in his NHL career (career-high is 29; 2013-14 season). As of the conclusion of tonight's game, the Rangers captain ranks third among NHL defensemen in games with an assist this season (21), only trailing Victor Hedman and Duncan Keith. He leads the Rangers in assists, power play assists (nine), and power play points (10) this season.
  • Mats Zuccarello recorded an assist and registered three shots on goal in 20:24 of ice time. Zuccarello has tallied 12 assists/points in the last 11 games and has recorded 17 points (one goal, 16 assists) in the last 19 contests.
  • Pavel Buchnevich  tallied an assist and registered two shots on goal. He has tallied a point in each of his last six NHL games (four goals, four assists). In addition, Buchnevich has recorded 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 12 career NHL contests.
  • Nick Holden  registered an assist and was credited with two hits in 20:14 of ice time. He has recorded seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last eight contests and 11 points (five goals, six assists) in the last 16 games.
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