THREE'S COMPANY - The Rangers have tallied three or more goals in each of the last two games, in seven of the last 10 games, and in 45 games this season. New York ranks fourth in the NHL in games with three or more goals in 2016-17.
Rick Nash tallied the first goal of the game, recorded two shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating. Nash extended his goal/point streak to four games, and his four-game goal streak is tied for the longest any Ranger has posted in 2016-17 (Pavel Buchnevich - Nov. 5 - Nov. 12; Kevin Hayes - Nov. 1 - Nov. 6). He ranks third on the Rangers in goals this season (22).
Derek Stepan registered a goal and recorded three shots on goal in the contest. Stepan has tallied a goal in each of the last two games, and he extended his point streak to three games (two goals, one assist). He has recorded seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last nine games.
Brady Skjei recorded a goal, tied for the team-high with four shots on goal, and was credited with two blocked shots in 20:58 of ice time. Skjei, who celebrated his 23rd birthday today, is the first Ranger who has tallied a goal on his birthday in a regular season game since Derek Dorsett on Dec. 20, 2013 against the Islanders (including playoffs, the last Ranger to tally a goal on his birthday was Brad Richards in Game 1 of the Second Round against Pittsburgh in 2014 - May 2, 2014). Skjei has notched three points (two goals, one assist) in the last five games and 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in the last 31 contests.
Mika Zibanejad notched two assists, won 11 of 19 faceoffs (57.9%), and registered two shots on goal in the contest. He has posted a multi-assist/point game in each of the last two contests (four assists over the span). In addition, Zibanejad extended his assist/point streak to three games (five assists), and he has tallied nine points (three goals, six assists) over the last 11 games.
Mats Zuccarello registered his 40th assist of the season in tonight's contest, tying his career-high (he also tallied 40 in 2013-14). He is one of five Rangers who have posted at least two 40-assist seasons since 2005-06 (along with Jaromir Jagr, Michael Nylander, Martin Straka, and Scott Gomez). Zuccarello extended his point streak to three games (one goal, three assists), and he has recorded a point in seven of the last eight games (three goals, six assists over the span). Zuccarello has registered 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) in 27 games against Western Conference opponents this season, including 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 13 games against Pacific Division opponents in 2016-17.
Chris Kreider recorded an assist and tied for the team-high with four shots on goal. Kreider's assist in the first period was his 50th point of the 2016-17 season, and he has reached the 50-point plateau for the first time in his NHL career. In addition to adding to his career-high in points, Kreider registered his 24th assist of the 2016-17 season, and he is now one assist away from tying his career-high (25; 2014-15).
Jimmy Vesey notched an assist, was credited with three hits, and posted a plus-one rating. Vesey has posted a plus-one rating in each of the last five games (plus-five rating over the span), and he has also recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in the five games.
Marc Staal recorded an assist and was credited with one blocked shot in 18:40 of ice time.