FOUR SCORE - New York has tallied four or more goals in each of the last four games, registering 17 goals over the span The Blueshirts have recorded at least four goals in four or more consecutive playoff games for the first time since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the NY Islanders in 1994 to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Washington in 1994 (six consecutive games). In addition, the Rangers have registered four or more goals in four straight games in the same playoff series for the first time since the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 1994 against the NY Islanders (all four games during the series).
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT - Two Blueshirts rookies have each tallied at least five points in the playoffs this year (Brady Skjei and Jimmy Vesey). Two Rangers rookies have registered five points in the same playoff year for only the second time over the last 30 seasons (since 1986-87); the other year was 2015 (Jesper Fast and Kevin Hayes).
ON POINT - Two different Rangers defensemen tallied a goal in the contest (Nick Holden and Ryan McDonagh), and Rangers defensemen notched four points (two goals, two assists) in today's contest.
SPECIAL TEAMS - The Blueshirts have either outscored or tied their opponent in special teams scoring in 10 of 11 playoff contests this year.
KILL ZONE - The Rangers were 3-for-3 (5:37) on the penalty kill in today's contest. Dating back to the regular season, New York has not allowed a power play goal in 12 of its last 16 games. In addition, the Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal against in each of their last four games.
FIRST IN SCORE - The Rangers have tallied the first goal of the game in all five games thus far during the Second Round.
Jimmy Vesey tallied two points (one goal, one assist), including his first career NHL playoff goal. Vesey has registered five points in the playoffs this year (one goal, four assists), and he has recorded an assist/point in two of the last three contests (one goal, two assists).
Jesper Fasttied a single-game playoff career-high with two points (one goal, one assist) and tallied the first goal of the game. He has registered five points (two goals, three assists) in six road games in the playoffs this year. Fast's three goals and six points in the 2017 Playoffs are tied for playoff career-highs (he also tallied three goals and six points during the 2015 Playoffs).
Ryan McDonagh tallied a goal. He registered his 10th career NHL playoff goal, and he tied Barry Beck for fifth among Rangers defensemen in career playoff goals. McDonagh is one of six defensemen who have tallied 10 or more playoff goals with the Rangers in franchise history (along with Brian Leetch, Ron Greschner, Brad Park, Reijo Ruotsalainen, and Beck). The Rangers captain has registered six points (two goals, four assists) in the last six contests, as well as seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last eight games.
Nick Holden registered a goal. He has recorded a goal in each of the last two games, and he has notched seven points (five goals, two assists) in 17 career NHL playoff contests. In addition, Holden has recorded four goals/points in seven games against the Senators in 2016-17 (regular season and playoffs combined).
Michael Grabner recorded an assist. He extended his point streak to four games (two goals, two assists), and he has registered 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his last 17 playoff contests. Grabner has established a playoff career-high in points this year (six; four goals, two assists).
Brady Skjeirecorded an assist. He has tallied three points (two goals, one assist) in the last four games, and five points (four goals, one assist) in the last nine contests.
Derek Stepan tallied an assist. Stepan extended his point streak to four games (one goal, three assists), including his assist streak to three games, and he has registered five points (two goals, three assists) in the last six contests. Stepan also notched his 30th career playoff assist with the Rangers in today's contest, becoming the 10th player in franchise history to accomplish the feat. He also recorded his 49th career playoff point with the Blueshirts, tying Steve Vickers and Ron Greschner for sixth place on the franchise's all-time playoff points list.
Kevin Hayes notched an assist. Hayes has tallied an assist/point in each of the last two games and in three of the last six contests.
Brendan Smith recorded an assist. He has notched two assists/points in four games during the Second Round.