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Rangers vs. Islanders 3.22.17: Postgame Notes

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Team Notes

  • POWER SURGE - The Blueshirts were 1-for-4 (6:38) on the power play in the contest. The Rangers have recorded at least one power play goal in five of the last seven games, tallying seven power play goals over the span (7-for-21; 33.3%).
  • SHOOTING GALLERY - The Rangers recorded 36 shots on goal in tonight's contest, and 15 of 18 skaters were credited with at least one shot on goal in the contest. The Blueshirts have recorded at least 30 shots on goal in 13 of the last 17 games, in 19 of the last 26 contests, and in 24 of the last 33 games.
  • 20/20 VISION - Four different Rangers have tallied at least 20 goals this season (Michael Grabner, Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, and Rick Nash).
  • CLOSE CALL - Each of the Rangers' last five games and 21 of the team's last 33 games have been decided by one goal.
  • FULL HOUSE - Tonight's game was the Rangers' 223rd consecutive regular season sellout and the Blueshirts' 264th consecutive sellout (regular season and playoffs combined). The Rangers' sellout streak dates back to Nov. 3, 2011.
  • Rick Nash registered his 20th goal of the season, recorded three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in 19:04 of ice time. Nash is one of two NHL players who have registered at least 20 goals in 12 different seasons since 2003-04 (along with Alex Ovechkin). In addition, Nash has tallied at least 20 goals in 12 of 14 seasons in his NHL career. He has recorded a goal in each of the last two games.
  • Mats Zuccarello tallied a power play goal and led all skaters with six shots on goal in 19:34 of ice time. He has registered a point in five of the last six games (three goals, three assists), and he is tied for the team lead in points this season (52).
  • Mika Zibanejad recorded an assist, led all skaters with three takeaways, won 11 of 20 faceoffs (55.0%), and registered two shots on goal while skating in a single-game season-high, 21:13 of ice time. He has recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in the last seven games and has registered 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 14 games against Metropolitan Division opponents this season.
  • Derek Stepan notched an assist and tied for the game-high with 14 faceoff wins (14-for-25; 56.0%) in 20:16 of ice time. Stepan has tallied 49 points this season, and he is one point away from posting his fourth consecutive 50-point season. He leads the Rangers in power play assists (14) and power play points (16) in 2016-17, and he has established a career-high in power play assists this season.
  • Oscar Lindberg registered an assist and posted a plus-one rating in tonight's contest. Lindberg extended his point streak to three games, tying his career-high (two goals, two assists over the span). He has also recorded 12 points (six goals, six assists) in the last 22 games.
  • Nick Holden tallied an assist, was credited with three hits, and posted a plus-one rating in 18:45 of ice time. He added to his career-highs in assists (22) and points (32) this season, and he ranks second among Rangers defensemen in even strength points in 2016-17 (28).
  • Ryan McDonagh registered four shots on goal while skating in a game-high, 27:27 of ice time. The Rangers captain has led the team in ice time in 65 of 73 games he has played this season.
  • Alain Vigneault coached his 320th career game as the Rangers' Head Coach in tonight's contest, passing John Tortorella for sole possession of fifth place on the franchise's all-time games coached list. The only head coaches who coached more games with the Rangers than Vigneault are Emile Francis (654), Lester Patrick (604), Frank Boucher (527), and Tom Renney (327).
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