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Rangers vs. Canucks 11.15.16: Postgame Notes

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Team Notes

  • LUCKY 13 - The Rangers' 13 wins through 17 games this season are tied for the most the team has earned in the first 17 games of one season in franchise history. New York has now earned 13 wins in the first 17 games of a season twice in franchise history (2015-16 and 2016-17).
  • HIGH FIVE - The Rangers have tallied five or more goals in nine of the first 17 games in one season for the second time in franchise history (also accomplished the feat in 1972-73). In addition, the Rangers are the first NHL team to tally five or more goals in nine of its first 17 games of a season since Buffalo in 2006-07.
  • GOALS GALORE - The Rangers have registered 72 goals through the first 17 games of the 2016-17 season. New York has recorded at least 72 goals in the first 17 contests of a season for the first time since 1988-89 and for the fourth time in franchise history. The Rangers lead the NHL in goals per game this season (4.24).
  • SEVENTH HEAVEN - The Rangers tied a single-game season-high with seven goals and a single-period season-high with four goals in the third period.
  • PICK SIX - The Rangers tallied at least six goals in a game against the Canucks in Vancouver for the first time since Oct. 11, 1997, when Wayne Gretzky registered his 50th - and final - career NHL hat trick in a 6-3 win for the Blueshirts.
  • SAVING THE DAY - Over the last three games, Rangers goaltenders have posted a .965 SV% (109 saves on 113 shots).
  • MAKING THE DIFFERENCE - The Rangers lead the NHL in goal differential this season (plus-34; 72 goals for, 38 goals against). The Rangers' plus-34 goal differential through 17 games this season is the second-best goal differential the team has posted through the first 17 games of any season in franchise history (1971-72; plus-39).
  • HOW THE WEST WAS WON - The Rangers defeated Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver on the same road trip for the second time since 1980-81, which is the season the Flames began playing in Calgary (New York also accomplished the feat during the 2014-15 season).
  • WINNING WAYS - The Rangers extended their winning streak to three games and have won each of their first three games on their current four-game road strip. The Blueshirts have won eight of their last nine games (8-1-0; dating back to Oct. 30 vs. Tampa Bay. In addition, the Rangers have won 11 of their last 13 games (11-2-0; dating back to Oct. 22 at Washington) and 12 of their last 15 contests (12-3-0; dating back to Oct. 17 vs. San Jose).
  • ROAD WARRIORS - The Rangers lead the NHL in road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (77). New York has won four consecutive road games (including all three games on their current four-game road trip), dating back to Nov. 5 at Boston.
  • TWO GOOD - Seven different Rangers tallied at least two points in tonight's game.
  • SHUTTING THE DOOR - The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in 11 of the last 14 games, dating back to Oct. 19 vs. Detroit. The Blueshirts have won 37 of the last 38 games in which they allowed two goals or fewer, dating back to Dec. 15, 2015 (37-1-0).
  • FINISHING THE JOB - The Blueshirts have posted an 11-0-0 record in games which they have held a lead entering the third period this season. Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Rangers have posted a 178-3-8 record in 189 regular season games in which they have held a lead entering the third period.
  • SECOND HELPING - New York outscored Vancouver, 2-1, in the second period of tonight's contest. The Rangers have posted a plus-22 goal differential in the second period thus far this season (31-9).
  • SPECIAL TEAMS - The Rangers have outscored their opponent on special teams in eight of 17 games this season and have posted a 7-1-0 record in those contests.
  • POWER SURGE - The Rangers were 2-for-3 (3:16) on the power play in the contest. New York has registered a power play goal in eight of the last 13 games and in 10 of 17 contests in 2016-17.
  • KILL ZONE - New York was 4-for-4 (8:00) on the penalty kill in the game. The Rangers have not allowed a power play goal against in five of the last six games, and have killed off 17 of their opponents' last 18 power play opportunities (over a seven-game stretch), dating back to Nov. 3 vs. Edmonton (94.4%) over the span.

Three Stars on Broadway

  • J.T. Miller tied a single-game career-high with two goals. He extended his point streak to three games (two goals, two assists), and he has registered a point in 12 of 17 games this season. Miller leads the Rangers in points this season (17; six goals, 10 assists). Miller has recorded a point in 12 of the Blueshirts' 13 wins in 2016-17, and the Rangers have posted a 12-0-0 record in games which Miller has notched a point this season.
  • Kevin Hayes posted his first career multi-goal game in the NHL, tallying two goals. Hayes has recorded a point in eight of the last nine games, tallying 13 points (six goals, seven assists) over the span.
  • Mats Zuccarello tied a single-game career-high with three points (one goal, two assists) and posted a plus-three rating. He has tallied 12 points (six goals, six assists) in the last 15 games. Since 2013-14, 146 of Zuccarello's 182 points have either been a goal or the primary assist on a goal (80.2% of his points have been primary points over the span).

Blueshirt Breakdown

  • Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves to earn his ninth win of the season. In his last nine starts, Lundqvist has posted an 8-1-0 record, along with a 1.89 GAA, a .936 SV%, and 1 SO. He has posted a 2-0-0 record along with a 1.50 GAA and a .959 SV% in his last two starts.
  • Nick Holden tallied two points (one goal, one assist). He has notched seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last nine games, and he ranks second among Rangers defensemen in goals this season (two).
  • Brandon Pirri registered a power play goal. Pirri leads the Rangers in power play goals this season (three), and he has recorded eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last 13 games.
  • Brady Skjei tallied an assist. He is the first Rangers rookie defenseman to tally at least 10 assists and 10 points in his rookie season since 2010-11 (Michael Sauer). Skjei is the first Rangers rookie (forward or defenseman) to tally at least 10 assists in the team's first 17 games of one season since Brian Leetch in 1988-89. Skjei is tied for fourth among NHL defensemen in assists this season, and he also leads all NHL rookies in assists in 2016-17. He is one of five Rangers rookie defensemen since 2000-01 to tally at least 10 assists in his rookie season (along with Fedor Tyutin, Michael Del Zotto, Matt Gilroy, and Michael Sauer).
  • Ryan McDonagh notched an assist while skating in a team-high 23:56 of ice time. The Rangers captain is tied for second among NHL defensemen in assists this season (11; is tied with Erik Karlsson and trails Duncan Keith by one).
  • Mika Zibanejad tallied two assists and posted a plus-three rating. He leads the Blueshirts in power play assists (five) and power play points (five) this season.
  • Jesper Fast tied single-game NHL career-highs with two assists/points. He has notched a point in four of the last five games (one goal, four assists), five of the last seven games (two goals, four assists), and nine of 17 games this season (two goals, eight assists).
  • Kevin Klein tied single-game career-highs with two assists/points. Klein has recorded an assist/point in each of the last two games (three assists) and has tallied six assists/points in the last six games.
  • Cristoval Nieves made his NHL debut in tonight's contest.
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