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Rangers vs. Canadiens 2.21.17: Postgame Notes

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Team Notes

  • POINT TAKEN - The Rangers have earned at least one point in eight of their last nine games (7-1-1 record over the span), as well as in 11 of their last 14 contests (10-3-1 record over the span).
  • HOME COOKING - The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in each of their last six home games, dating back to Feb. 5 vs. Calgary (5-0-1 record over the span).
  • TWO GOOD - The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in regulation in 10 of the last 14 games and in 36 of 59 games this season. The Blueshirts have posted a 30-4-2 record in those 36 contests in 2016-17.
  • ON POINT - Rangers defensemen registered two assists in tonight's game, and a defenseman notched a point on each of the team's two goals in the contest. Blueshirts defensemen have tallied 12 points (five goals, seven assists) over the last five games.
  • SHOOTING GALLERY - The Rangers recorded 30 shots on goal in tonight's game, and 15 of 18 skaters registered at least one shot on goal in the contest. The Blueshirts have registered at least 30 shots on goal in eight of the last 11 contests and in 13 of the last 18 games.
  • FULL HOUSE - Tonight's game was the Rangers' 217th consecutive regular season sellout and the Blueshirts' 258th consecutive sellout (regular season and playoffs combined). The Rangers' sellout streak dates back to Nov. 3, 2011.

Blueshirt Breakdown

  • Rick Nash registered a goal, which was his 30th point of the 2016-17 season, tied for the game-high with five shots on goal, and was selected as the Second Star of tonight's contest. Nash has registered at least 30 points in each of his 14 NHL seasons. He extended his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists), and he has also recorded a point in four of the last five games (two goals, two assists).
  • Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 of 28 shots he faced in regulation/overtime in tonight's contest, including all 10 shots he faced in the third period and overtime. Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in nine of his last 13 appearances, posting a 9-2-1 record, along with a 2.00 GAA, a .936 SV%, and 1 SO in those 13 contests. Lundqvist and another goalie who has won the Vezina Trophy have both started in the same regular season game 165 times during Lundqvist's career; Lundqvist has posted a 98-51-16 record, along with a 2.22 GAA, a .921 SV%, and 15 SO in those contests.
  • Oscar Lindberg tallied a goal and posted a plus-one rating in tonight's game. He has tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in the last seven contests.
  • Mats Zuccarello tallied a shootout goal and recorded two shots on goal while logging 20:07 of ice time in the contest. He is the Rangers' all-time leader in shootout goals (18) and has posted a 51.4% shooting percentage in the shootout in his NHL career (18-for-35). In addition, Zuccarello has recorded a goal on three of his four shootout attempts this season (75.0%), and he leads the Blueshirts in shootout goals in 2016-17 (three).
  • Ryan McDonagh notched an assist, recorded three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating while skating in a game-high 26:11 of ice time. The Rangers captain added to his career-high in assists (31), and as of the conclusion of tonight's game, he ranks fifth among NHL defensemen in primary assists this season (19). McDonagh has recorded six points (one goal, five assists) in the last nine games, and he leads Rangers defensemen in assists and points (34) in 2016-17. He has led the Rangers in ice time in 53 of 58 games he has played this season.
  • Brady Skjei registered an assist, tied for the game-high with two takeaways, recorded two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in 19:06 of ice time. He has recorded 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) and a plus-10 rating over the last 14 games. Skjei has tallied eight assists/points in the last 10 games, including seven assists/points in the last eight contests. As of the conclusion of tonight's game, he ranks fourth among NHL defensemen in even strength assists in 2016-17 (22).
  • Jesper Fast recorded an assist, was credited with four hits, registered two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in 10:53 of ice time. Fast is tied for fifth among Rangers forwards in even strength assists in 2016-17 (14), and he has tallied all of his 18 points this season at even strength (four goals, 14 assists).
  • Jimmy Vesey tallied an assist in 15:15 of ice time in tonight's contest. He has registered a point in three of the last four games (two goals, one assist over the span).
  • Marc Staal skated in his 667th career game with the Rangers in tonight's contest, passing Dean Prentice for sole possession of 15th place on the franchise's all-time games played list.
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