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Rangers vs. Penguins 3.31.17: Postgame Notes

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Team Notes

  • GOALS GALORE - The Rangers have tallied three or more goals in each of the last four games, in nine of the last 12 games, and in 47 games this season. New York ranks fourth in the NHL in games with three or more goals in 2016-17.
  • SPECIAL TEAMS - New York outscored Pittsburgh, 1-0, on special teams in the game. The Rangers have posted a 19-5-1 record in games which they have outscored their opponent on special teams in 2016-17.
  • POWER SURGE - The Blueshirts were 1-for-2 (3:24) on the power play in the contest. The Rangers have recorded at least one power play goal in eight of the last 11 games, tallying 11 power play goals over the span (11-for-31; 35.5%).
  • KILL ZONE - New York was 3-for-3 (6:00) on the penalty kill in the contest. The Blueshirts have posted a 31-8-1 record in games which they have not allowed a power play goal against this season.
  • POINT TAKEN - The Rangers have earned at least one point in six of the last eight games, seven of the last 10 games, and nine of the last 13 contests.
  • HOT AT THE DOT - The Blueshirts won 40 of 70 faceoffs in tonight's game (57.1%), and four of five skaters who took at least one faceoff in the contest posted a faceoff win percentage of 50.0% or better.
  • FULL HOUSE - Tonight's game was the Rangers' 224th consecutive regular season sellout and the Blueshirts' 265th consecutive sellout (regular season and playoffs combined). The Rangers' sellout streak dates back to Nov. 3, 2011.

Blueshirt Breakdown

  • J.T. Miller notched two assists, led all skaters with three takeaways, recorded three shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in tonight's contest, and he was selected as the game's Third Star. He has posted a multi-point game in each of the last two contests (two goals, two assists), and he has registered eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last 12 games. Miller added to his career-highs in assists (34) and points (56), and he is tied for the team lead in points in 2016-17.
  • Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves on 35 shots through regulation and overtime, and stopped all 15 shots he faced in the first period. He has made at least 30 saves in 21 games this season, and he has posted a 16-3-2 record, along with a 2.16 GAA, a .940 SV%, and 1 SO in those contests.
  • Nick Holden registered two points (one goal, one assist), including a power play goal, tied for the team-high with three blocked shots, and recorded three shots on goal in 20:42 of ice time in tonight's contest. Holden has established career-highs in goals (11), assists (23), and points (34) this season. In addition, he leads Rangers defensemen in goals and power play goals (three) in 2016-17.
  • Chris Kreider recorded the game-tying goal with 11.6 seconds remaining in regulation, tied for the game-high with five shots on goal, and registered three hits in 18:11 of ice time. He added to his career-highs in goals (27) and points (51) this season, and he is tied for the team lead in goals and games with a goal (23) in 2016-17.
  • Rick Nash tallied a goal, tied for the game-high with five shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in 19:56 of ice time. He has recorded a goal/point in five of the last six games (five goals over the span), and he is tied for the team lead in games with a goal this season (23). In addition, Nash ranks third on the Rangers in goals in 2016-17 (23).
  • Dan Girardi recorded an assist, was credited with three hits, and registered two blocked shots in 20:00 of ice time. He has notched an assist/point in two of his last three games (two assists). Girardi is one of six defensemen in Rangers history who have tallied 10 or more assists in at least 10 different seasons (along with Brian Leetch, Ron Greschner, Harry Howell, Jim Nielson, and Ott Heller).
  • Derek Stepan registered three shots on goal in 20:17 of ice time. He has recorded 201 shots on goal in 2016-17. Stepan has established a career-high in shots on goal this season, and he is the first Rangers center who has registered at least 200 shots on goal in a season since Brad Richards in 2013-14.
  • Brady Skjei tied for the team-high with four hits and skated in a single-game career-high, 25:09 of ice time in tonight's contest. Skjei also led the Rangers in ice time in tonight's game.
  • Mika Zibanejad won 10 of 17 faceoffs (58.8%), recorded two shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 20:00 of ice time in tonight's game.
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