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Rangers at Panthers 3.7.17: Postgame Notes

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Team Notes

  • WINNING WAYS - The Rangers' 43 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the second-most the team has earned through the first 67 games of one season in franchise history. The Blueshirts have registered at least 43 wins in their first 67 games of a season five times in franchise history, and the only season in which the Rangers earned more than 43 wins through the first 67 games was 1971-72 (45). As of the conclusion of tonight's game, the Rangers rank second in the NHL in wins this season. The Blueshirts have won 12 of their last 17 games (12-4-1 record over the span), as well as 15 of their last 22 contests (15-6-1 record over the span). The Rangers lead the NHL in wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (187), and the Rangers' 187 wins are the most earned in any four-season span in franchise history. New York's 43 wins this season are tied for the 12th-most in one season in franchise history.
  • ROAD WARRIORS - New York leads the NHL in road wins this season (24) and also leads the NHL in road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (96). The Rangers have won each of their last five road games, nine of their last 10 road contests (9-1-0), and 17 of their last 20 road games (17-3-0). The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in eight of their last 10 road games (16 goals against over the span; 1.60 goals against per game). The Rangers' 24 road wins in 2016-17 are tied for the third-most the team has recorded in one season in franchise history. The only seasons in which New York earned more than 24 wins on the road were 2014-15 (28) and 2013-14 (25).
  • BACK-TO-BACK - In their last 93 back-to-back sets (since the start of the 2010-11 season), the Rangers have posted a 62-25-6 record in the second game of the set. New York has posted a 9-2-0 record in the second game of a back-to-back set in 2016-17.
  • FOUR SCORE - The Rangers tallied four or more goals in a game for the 30th time this season in tonight's contest. The Blueshirts are one of three NHL teams that have recorded at least four goals in 30 or more games in 2016-17 (along with Pittsburgh and Washington).
  • ON POINT - Blueshirts defensemen registered three points (one goal, two assists) in tonight's contest. Rangers defensemen have tallied 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists) over the last 13 games and a Rangers defenseman has recorded a goal in seven of the 13 contests. Six different defensemen have recorded a goal over the span (Klein, Girardi, Holden, McDonagh, Clendening, and Skjei). A Rangers defenseman has notched a point on 12 of the team's last 16 goals. Three Rangers defensemen have tallied at least 30 points this season (McDonagh, Skjei, and Holden). Prior to this season, the last time three Blueshirts defensemen recorded 30 or more points in the same season was 1996-97 (Leetch, Karpovtsev, and Driver).
  • TEAM EFFORT - Five different Rangers tallied a goal and 11 different Rangers notched at least one point tonight.
  • SAVING THE DAY - Over the last two games, Henrik Lundqvist and Antti Raanta combined to post a .976 SV% (81 saves on 83 shots).
  • TWO GOOD - The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in regulation in 14 of the last 22 games and in 40 games this season. The Blueshirts have posted a 34-4-2 record in those 40 contests in 2016-17.
  • HOT AT THE DOT - New York tied a season-high with 43 faceoff wins in tonight's contest. The Rangers won 43 of 70 faceoffs in tonight's game (61.4%), and four different Blueshirts posted a faceoff win percentage of 60.0% or better.

Three Stars on Broadway

  • 30-for-30 - Henrik Lundqvist tied a single-game season-high with 43 saves, and made 21 saves in the third period, to earn his 30th win of the 2016-17 season and his 404th career NHL win. He is the first goaltender in NHL history who has earned at least 30 wins in 11 of his first 12 seasons, and he is only the third goaltender in NHL history who has registered 30 or more wins in at least 11 different seasons (Martin Brodeur - 14; Patrick Roy - 13). By earning his 404th career NHL win in tonight's contest, Lundqvist passed Grant Fuhr for sole possession of 10th place on the league's all-time wins list, and he is now three wins away from tying Glenn Hall for ninth place on the NHL's all-time wins list. In addition, Lundqvist passed Martin Brodeur for the most wins by a goaltender in his first 12 seasons in NHL history. Lundqvist made at least 40 saves in a game for the 20th time in the regular season in his NHL career; he has posted a 12-1-7 record, along with a 1.67 GAA, a .962 SV%, and 4 SO in those contests. Lundqvist has made at least 30 saves in 19 games this season, and in those 19 contests, he has posted a 16-3-0 record, along with a 1.98 GAA, a .945 SV%, and 1 SO. Lundqvist has made at least 30 saves in each of his last four appearances and in nine of his last 12 appearances. In addition, Lundqvist has posted a 12-5-1 record, along with a 2.26 GAA, a .930 SV%, and 1 SO in his last 19 appearances. He has been selected as the game's First Star 14 times this season, which ranks second among all NHL players this season (Sergei Bobrovsky - 15).
  • Tanner Glass registered two points (one goal, one assist), recorded two shots on goal, was credited with two hits, and posted a plus-one rating in 11:52 of ice time. He posted a multi-point game for the first time as a member of the Rangers and for the sixth time in his NHL career. Glass has recorded four of his six goals with the Rangers on the road, and he has notched each of his last two NHL goals in games against Florida (tonight and Mar. 21, 2016).
  • Chris Kreider tallied the first goal of the game, tied a single-game career-high with eight shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating. With the goal, Kreider added to his career-high in goals this season (25). He has registered a goal in two of the last three games, and he leads the Rangers in games with a goal this season (21).

Blueshirt Breakdown

  • Oscar Lindberg tied single-game career-highs with two assists, two points, and a plus-two rating, won nine of 13 faceoffs (69.2%), and was credited with one blocked shot. Lindberg has tallied eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last 15 games, including five points (three goals, two assists) in the last nine contests. He has won at least 50.0% of faceoffs he has taken in seven of the last eight games and in 26 of his last 41 games.
  • Kevin Hayes recorded the game-winning goal and won eight of 12 faceoffs (66.7%). He is now one goal and one point away from tying his career-high in each category (he established career-highs with 17 goals and 45 points during the 2014-15 season). Hayes has recorded nine points (three goals, six assists) in 15 games since returning to the Rangers' lineup following an injury. The Blueshirts have posted a 28-2-0 record in games which Hayes has recorded a point this season, including a 14-0-0 record in games which he has notched a goal in 2016-17.
  • Nick Holden registered a goal, tied for the game-high with three hits, and posted a plus-one rating in 20:39 of ice time. Holden tallied his 10th goal of the season in tonight's contest, tying his career-high (he also recorded 10 goals in 2013-14 with Colorado), and he reached the 30-point plateau for the first time in his NHL career. He leads Rangers defensemen in goals and even strength goals (eight) in 2016-17.
  • Pavel Buchnevich recorded an empty-net goal and posted a plus-one rating. He has registered 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in his last 24 NHL games, and he has recorded a goal/point in two of the last four contests.
  • Brady Skjei tallied an assist on the game-winning goal and posted a plus-one rating in 19:12 of ice time. Skjei is the first Ranger who has tallied at least 29 assists in his rookie season since Tony Amonte in 1991-92, as well as the first Rangers defenseman who has registered at least 29 assists in his rookie season since Brian Leetch in 1988-89. He has notched 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) in the last 22 games, including 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) in the last 16 contests. In addition, Skjei is the first Rangers defenseman who has tallied at least 25 even strength assists in one season since Leetch in 2000-01.
  • Mats Zuccarello recorded an assist, was credited with two blocked shots, and posted a plus-one rating in 19:14 of ice time. Zuccarello leads the Rangers in assists this season (34), and he has tallied 26 points (four goals, 22 assists) in the last 34 games.
  • J.T. Miller tallied an assist, was credited with two hits, and posted a plus-one rating. He reached the 30-assist plateau for the first time in his NHL career, and he added to his career-highs in assists (30) and points (49) this season. Miller leads the Rangers in points and games with a point (37) in 2016-17. Miller has recorded a point in 31 of the Rangers' 43 wins this season, and the Blueshirts have posted a 31-6-0 record in games which he has notched a point in 2016-17.
  • Steven Kampfer notched his first assist/point as a Ranger, was credited with two blocked shots, registered two hits, and posted a plus-one rating in 13:30 of ice time.
  • Rick Nash recorded an assist, registered two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in 16:36 of ice time.
  • Alain Vigneault leads all NHL head coaches in wins since the start of the 2006-07 season (500). In addition, the Rangers lead the NHL in wins since Vigneault was named the team's Head Coach prior to the start of the 2013-14 season (187).
  • Brendan Smith tied a single-game career-high with a plus-three rating and tied for the game-high with three blocked shots in 20:40 of ice time. Smith has skated in at least 20:00 of ice time in each of the last seven games (including all four games as a member of the Rangers) and in nine of his last 11 contests.
  • Derek Stepan won 11 of 18 faceoffs (61.1%) and posted a plus-one rating in 17:30 of ice time. He has won at least 10 faceoffs in five of the last six games.
  • Brandon Pirri won all four faceoffs he took, recorded two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in 14:26 of ice time.
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