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Recap: Rangers End Season With Overtime Win in Pittsburgh

by Michael Obernauer

PITTSBURGH -- In the bigger picture, and moving forward from here, this is not how the Rangers want to end a season. They aim for more than 82 games, to play beyond this. But when the Rangers woke up on Saturday morning knowing their season would be wrapping up that evening and determined to hold nothing back in the finale of their 2018-19 campaign, this became a night on which the Rangers could not have asked for more.

It was a night that was emblematic of their season in so many ways: Twice they fell behind, and twice they fought back. They battled their way to a third-period lead, only to have to regroup after seeing it slip away.

But the final portrait of the 2018-19 season wound up being a red-white-and-blue mob scene in the corner of a rival's home rink. At the center of it was Ryan Strome, whose overtime strike catapulted the Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night and allowed them to end their season on the highest note they could aim for.

It was a season that has been all about growth on Broadway, and oftentimes the growing pains that go along with that. It ended with smiles everywhere around the Rangers' room.

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Postgame Notes: Rangers at Penguins 04.06.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

Team Notes

  • YOUTH SERVED - The Rangers concluded the season as the youngest team in the NHL (average age of players currently on the roster is 25.5 years old). The 2018-19 season was the second time in franchise history which the Blueshirts had at least three players 20 years old or younger (Lias Andersson, Filip Chytil, and Brett Howden) all skate in at least 40 games in the same season (1976-77 - Dave Farrish, Dave Maloney, Mike McEwen, Don Murdoch). Entering today, only 10 NHL rookies recorded at least 23 points while 20 years old or younger this season, and the Rangers were one of only two NHL teams that had two of those players (Chytil and Howden).
  • ON POINT - Rangers defensemen tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in tonight's game. Four Rangers defensemen registered 25 or more points this season (Tony DeAngelo, Kevin Shattenkirk, Neal Pionk, and Brady Skjei). The 2018-19 season marked the sixth time in franchise history that four Rangers defensemen recorded at least 25 points in the same season (1978-79, 1979-80, 1980-81, 1983-84, 1984-85, and 2018-19). At least one Rangers defenseman registered a point in 28 of the team's final 31 games of the season, and Rangers defensemen tallied 56 points (nine goals, 47 assists) over the span (note - does not include even strength points recorded by Brendan Smith, who has played as both a forward and a defenseman during the stretch).
  • GOALS GALORE - The Rangers registered four goals in tonight's game. Including team goals awarded for a shootout win, the Blueshirts recorded three or more goals in 45 games this season, and the Rangers posted a 26-11-8 record when tallying three or more goals in a game in 2018-19.
  • CLOSE CALL - The Rangers played 42 games which were decided by one goal this season. The Blueshirts' 42 one-goal games this season were tied for the second-most in the NHL in 2018-19. For the fourth time in franchise history, the Rangers played at least 42 games decided by one goal or fewer in a season (1997-98 - 44; 2006-07 - 44; 2008-09 - 43; 2018-19 - 42).
  • KILL ZONE - The Blueshirts were 4-for-4 (8:00) on the penalty kill in tonight's contest, held Pittsburgh to three shots on goal during the Penguins' four power play opportunities, and registered a shorthanded goal. The Blueshirts recorded a shorthanded goal in two of the final three games this season.
  • WORKING OVERTIME - For the 23rd time this season, and for the second consecutive game, the Blueshirts played a game which was decided in either overtime or a shootout. The Rangers played at least 23 games decided after regulation in one season for the fourth time in franchise history (2007-08 - 25; 1997-98 - 24; 2005-06 - 23; 2018-19 - 23). Note - the NHL did not have overtime from 1943-44 - 1982-83
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Recap: Rangers Close Out Home Slate With Shootout Loss to Blue Jackets

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

It was as if the Rangers and their fans were telling each other that nobody at Madison Square Garden was quite ready to say goodbye for the summer.

With the visiting Blue Jackets playing for their playoff lives and a charged Garden crowd pushing the Blueshirts in the late stages - "we absolutely fed off them," Marc Staal said - the Rangers were watching the clock ticking down the final seconds they would play on Garden ice in 2018-19, when Pavel Buchnevich decided to step in and make them all play a little more.

Buchnevich scored the game-tying goal with 7 seconds remaining in regulation, touching off celebrations on and off the Garden ice that struck David Quinn as a window, the head coach said afterward, into "what could be."

Video: CBJ@NYR: Buchnevich ties it up in final seconds

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Recap: Rangers Unable to Overcome Early Deficit in Loss to Senators

by Michael Obernauer

A flat start and an early deficit already seemed like a 1-2 punch to the Rangers from the outset, but then there came the simultaneous penalties on a play early in the second period. It was a night where the Rangers simply could never quite pick themselves up off the mat.

The Blueshirts played their second-to-last home game on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, dropping a 4-1 decision to the Ottawa Senators. Bobby Ryan and Zack Smith scored first-period goals for the Senators, who were also playing their third-to-last game of 2018-19 and won for the fourth time in six games.

Lias Andersson scored the first shorthanded goal of his career in the second period, but it wasn't enough to propel the Rangers back in the rubber match of their three-game season series with the Sens.

"We were just flat. Very, very flat. Not a lot of emotion, not a lot of passion, not a lot of enthusiasm on the bench," David Quinn said. "Through difficult times, I thought we've handled the situation well for the most part. We've had moments in games where we've been flat and didn't have a lot of emotion. But it hasn't gone that long."

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Postgame Notes: Rangers vs. Senators 04.03.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

Team Notes

  • YOUTH SERVED - All of the Rangers' last three goals have been scored by a rookie who is 21 years old or younger (Brett Howden, Filip Chytil, and Lias Andersson). At least one Ranger who is 23 years old or younger has registered a goal in 12 of the last 14 games and in 14 of the last 17 games. Lias Andersson skated in his 40th game of the season tonight, becoming the third Ranger 20 years old or younger to play at least 40 games in 2018-19 (along with Filip Chytil and Brett Howden). The 2018-19 season is the second season in franchise history which the Blueshirts have had at least three players 20 years old or younger all skate in at least 40 games (1976-77 - Dave Farrish, Dave Maloney, Mike McEwen, Don Murdoch). The Blueshirts are currently the youngest team in the NHL (average age is 25.7 years old).
  • ON POINT - At least one Blueshirts defenseman has recorded a point in 27 of the team's last 29 games, including all 27 games which the team has registered a goal over the span (dating back to Feb. 4 vs. Los Angeles). Rangers defensemen have tallied 53 points (eight goals, 45 assists) in the last 29 games (note - does not include three points recorded at even strength by Brendan Smith, who has played as both a forward and a defenseman during the stretch).
  • SHORT AND SWEET - The Blueshirts registered their sixth shorthanded goal of the season in tonight's contest (Lias Andersson - second period).
  • HITTING MACHINE - The Rangers were credited with 26 hits in tonight's game. The Blueshirts have recorded 20 or more hits in 65 of 80 games this season.
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Recap: Rangers Drop Tough Battle to Devils

by Michael Obernauer

NEWARK -- This was a matchup of the two youngest rosters in the National Hockey League, but it wasn't long before old animosities took over.

For the third time this season the Rangers climbed back from a two-goal deficit against the Devils, but this year's final Hudson River Rivalry game took on a sandier texture as well as a different ending than the others, with New Jersey - playing its 2018-19 home finale - scoring the late tiebreaking goal that sent the Rangers to a 4-2 loss to the Devils on Monday night in a game in which the temperature steadily kept rising.

A pair of Ranger rookies scored the goals that brought the Blueshirts level, Brett Howden rifling one home late in the first period and Filip Chytil tying things up on a second-period power play for the league's youngest team (average age 25.7). But Devils defenseman Connor Carrick scored with 4:10 remaining in regulation to assure the Devils (average age 25.9) of closing out their 2018-19 home schedule with a win, and spoiling the Rangers' plans for a season sweep of their cross-river rivals.

Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves to give the Rangers, down 2-0 after less than 15 minutes had been played, a chance to climb back in the game and take a tie into the third period. Howden's goal made it four straight games with a point, the longest streak in the rookie's career, and Connor Brickley picked up an assist in his return to the lineup, along with Neal Pionk, Vinni Lettieri, and Tony DeAngelo's 16th assist in his last 23 games.

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Postgame Notes: Rangers at Devils 04.01.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

Team Notes

  • YOUTH SERVED - Both of the Rangers' goals in tonight's game were scored by rookies (Brett Howden and Filip Chytil). At least one Ranger who is 23 years old or younger has registered a goal in 11 of the last 13 games and in 13 of the last 16 games. The Blueshirts are currently the youngest team in the NHL (average age is 25.7 years old). Chytil and Howden recorded a goal in the same game for the second time this season (also on Nov. 12 vs. Vancouver).
  • ON POINT - Rangers defensemen tallied two assists/points in tonight's game. At least one Blueshirts defenseman has recorded a point in 26 of the team's last 28 games, including all 26 games which the team has registered a goal over the span (dating back to Feb. 4 vs. Los Angeles). Rangers defensemen have tallied 52 points (eight goals, 44 assists) in the last 28 games (note - does not include points recorded by Brendan Smith, who has played forward during the stretch). Three Rangers defensemen have tallied at least 25 points this season (Tony DeAngelo, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Neal Pionk).
  • SAVING THE DAY - Over the last three games, Henrik Lundqvist and Alexandar Georgiev have posted a .957 SV% (110 saves on 115 shots).
  • POWER RANGERS - The Rangers were 1-for-2 (3:34) on the power play in tonight's game. The Blueshirts have tallied a power play goal in three of the last five games (4-for-13; 30.8%) and in four of the last seven contests (5-for-19; 26.3%).
  • SHOOTING GALLERY - The Rangers recorded 32 shots on goal in tonight's game, including 17 shots on goal in the first period, and 16 of 18 skaters registered at least one shot on goal in the contest. The Blueshirts recorded at least 30 shots on goal in a game for the 35th time this season. The Rangers and Devils each recorded 17 shots on goal in the first period. According to NHL Stats & Information, tonight's game marked the 10th time since 1965-66 that the Rangers and their opponent each recorded at least 17 shots on goal in the same period, and it was the first time it occurred since the second period on Dec. 10, 2001 vs. Carolina.
  • HITTING MACHINE - The Rangers were credited with 20 hits in tonight's game, and seven different skaters recorded two hits in the contest. The Blueshirts have recorded 20 or more hits in 64 of 79 games this season.
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Recap: Georgiev Picks Up Shutout as Rangers Beat Flyers in Philly

by Michael Obernauer

PHILADELPHIA -- The latter part of Sunday's first period almost made you wonder whether there were a couple Rangers locked in their own little competition, trying to outdo one another. But as the game progressed, enough Rangers up and down the lineup contributed to this victory to dispel that notion.

Pavel Buchnevich and Ryan Strome each kept their hot streaks rolling and reached a pair of individual milestones, scoring the first-period goals, one after the other, that would be more than enough for Alexandar Georgiev in the Rangers' 3-0 blanking of the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday afternoon.

Georgiev made 29 saves for shutout No. 2 of his rookie season, and the first of his career in a road game. The goaltender has now won back-to-back games and three of his last four starts to make it 13 wins on the year. Brady Skjei provided some insurance with a third-period score, on which Strome assisted, while Strome's linemate Brett Howden had multiple assists for the first time in his NHL career.

The Rangers closed out their season series against Philadelphia with a win and sent the Flyers to their seventh loss in 10 games.

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Postgame Notes: Rangers at Flyers 03.31.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

Team Notes

  • SEVENTH HEAVEN - The Rangers have outscored their opponents, 7-0, over the last five periods (dating back to the start of the second period on Mar. 29 vs. St. Louis).
  • YOUTH SERVED - At least one Ranger who is 23 years old or younger has registered a goal in 10 of the last 12 games and in 12 of the last 15 games. The Blueshirts are currently the youngest team in the NHL (average age is 25.7 years old).
  • ON POINT - At least one Blueshirts defenseman has recorded a point in 25 of the team's last 27 games, including all 25 games which the team has registered a goal over the span (dating back to Feb. 4 vs. Los Angeles). Rangers defensemen have tallied 50 points (eight goals, 42 assists) in the last 27 games (note - does not include points recorded by Brendan Smith, who has played forward during the stretch).
  • GOALS GALORE - The Rangers recorded three goals in today's contest. The Blueshirts have registered three or more goals in each of the last three games and in 44 different games this season. In addition, the Rangers have posted a 25-11-8 record when tallying three or more goals in a game in 2018-19.
  • TWO GOOD - New York has allowed two goals or fewer in each of the last two games and in three of the last five games. The Rangers have posted a 23-3-3 record in 29 games this season when allowing two goals or fewer (in regulation and the five-minute overtime period).
  • KILL ZONE - The Blueshirts were 4-for-4 (8:00) on the penalty kill in today's game. The Rangers have not allowed a power play goal in each of the last two games and in four of the last six contests.
  • BLOCK PARTY - The Blueshirts were credited with 22 blocked shots in today's contest, and seven different skaters recorded at least two blocked shots in the game. The Rangers registered at least 20 blocked shots in a game for the 12th time this season.
  • FLYING HIGH - New York has earned at least one win against Philadelphia in 47 of 51 seasons since the two teams began playing against each other in 1967-68.
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Recap: Vesey Scores Game-Winner as Rangers Rally to Beat Blues

by Michael Obernauer

Two rookie goaltenders squared off at Madison Square Garden on Friday night. The one in the visiting whites has been something of a league darling since being called up to the NHL three months ago. But the one in the home Blueshirt has made plenty of waves of his own, and on Friday he had no misgivings about upstaging his guest.

The Rangers completed their home-and-home season series with St. Louis on Friday, and the two games alone must have made the Blues sick of the sight of Ranger goaltenders by now. In the first meeting it was Henrik Lundqvist making 39 saves to steal one on New Year's Eve; on Friday night, with the Blues hoping to clinch a playoff spot on Garden ice, it was Alexandar Georgiev stealing the show, stopping 44 shots to give his Rangers a chance to rally to a 4-2 win and send St. Louis away emptyhanded.

Jimmy Vesey scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period as the Rangers, down 2-0 after 20 minutes, scored four unanswered the rest of the way. Ryan Strome and Pavel Buchnevich continued their stretch-drive scoring runs, each scoring in the second period to draw the Rangers even, while Buchnevich added an assist along with Brett Howden, who celebrated his 21st birthday with a helper on Vesey's winner. Chris Kreider added an empty-netter in the final seconds for his 27th of the season.

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