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Postgame Notes: Rangers at Devils 9.17.18

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Team Notes

  • GOALS GALORE - The Rangers recorded four goals in tonight's game. The Blueshirts registered three or more goals in 44 of 82 games during the 2017-18 season, including four or more goals in 27 different games.
  • SPECIAL TEAMS - The Blueshirts tallied three goals on special teams in tonight's game (two power play goals and one shorthanded goal). During the 2017-18 season, the Blueshirts registered at least one power play goal and one shorthanded goal in the same contest on four different occasions.
  • POWER RANGERS - The Rangers were 2-for-6 (7:45) on the power play in tonight's contest. The Rangers posted a 21.2% efficiency rate on the power play during the 2017-18 season (51-for-241) and were tied for 12th in the NHL in power play efficiency last season. The Blueshirts converted on at least 21.2% of their power play opportunities in one season for the first time since 1996-97 (22.0%). In addition, New York recorded 50 or more power play goals in one season for the first time since 2009-10 (55). The Rangers registered at least two power play goals in a game in 14 different contests during the 2017-18 season.
  • SHORT AND SWEET - The Blueshirts registered a shorthanded goal in tonight's contest (Lias Andersson in the first period). New York recorded five shorthanded goals during the 2017-18 season.
  • SHOOTING GALLERY - The Rangers recorded 28 shots on goal in tonight's game, including 23 shots on goal from the start of the second period through the end of the game. In addition, 14 of 18 skaters registered at least one shot on goal in tonight's game.
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Rangers Close Out Season With Loss to Flyers

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

PHILADELPHIA -- The 2017-18 season came to an end with a 5-0 loss to the Flyers Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center.

Claude Giroux scored his first career hat trick to lead the way for the Flyers, who clinched the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Already up 1-0 on a first period goal by Ivan Provorov, the Flyers blew the game open with three goals in 5:35, including two by Giroux. He completed the hat trick 10:11 into the third.

"It's hard to say how I feel right now," said Henrik Lundqvist, who missed the playoffs for just the second time in his NHL career. "We knew this was going to be the last game, we knew it was going to be a tough game against a good team, a desperate team. I think the last couple weeks I've had some time to think about the season and try to figure out what went wrong and analyze it."

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Rangers Fall to Islanders as Barclays Struggles Continue

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

The Rangers' struggles at Barclays Center continued with a 2-1 loss to the Islanders Thursday night in Brooklyn.

Kevin Hayes scored the Rangers' lone goal and goaltender Ondrej Pavelec made 20 saves.

But two goals by the Islanders in 2:32 in the second period proved to the difference for the hosts, who have now beat the Rangers in all six meetings (0-5-1) since the team moved to Brooklyn.

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Rangers Continue Dominance Over Hurricanes With 2-1 Win

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

Raleigh, N.C. - There are two certainties in life: death and taxes.

But if there's one near certainty for the Rangers over the last handful of years, it's beating the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Rangers edged Carolina, 2-1, Saturday night to sweep the four-game season series against their Metropolitan Division rival. The win improved the Rangers to 25-4 in their last 29 meetings against the Hurricanes dating back to February 2011.

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Chytil Scores First NHL in Loss to Lightning

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

The home portion of the 2017-18 season came a close on Friday with a 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In what was an emotional pregame ceremony that included Henrik Lundqvist being presented the 2018 Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award and a video tribute to the returning Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi and J.T. Miller, the Rangers said goodbye to The Garden for the summer, as they'll wrap up the season with four games on the road.

After jumping out to a 1-0 lead 5:01 into the game on a goal by Brady Skjei, Tampa scored the next five goals, starting with a pair 1:18 apart early in the middle frame.

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Andersson, Chytil Provide Spark but Rangers Fall to Caps

Andersson scores first NHL goal; Chytil first assist

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

The youth movement was in full effect Monday night at The Garden, and as expected, the Blueshirts must take the good with the bad.

The good? Lias Andersson, the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, scored a goal in his NHL debut. Filip Chytil, the 21st overall pick, registered his first point with an assist.

The bad? The Rangers lost to the Metropolitan Division-leading Washington Capitals, 4-2, though the negative was mostly confined to the first period.

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Rangers Rout Sabres 5-1 at MSG

Vesey scores twice, Pionk nets first NHL goal

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

Despite trades last month that shipped several key contributors out of New York, the Rangers showed on Saturday night there's still plenty of pop in this lineup.

The Blueshirts routed the Buffalo Sabres, 5-1, behind a pair of goals by Jimmy Vesey and defenseman Neal Pionk's first NHL tally. In total eight different Rangers had at least a point, with five players have two or more, led by Vesey's three.

"I don't know if it was our best effort," said Vesey, who equaled a career-high with the three points. "[Coach Alain Vigneault] said the first 11 minutes we gave up too much, and I'd say that's probably accurate. I thought we did a good job of limiting them. They have some skilled players. We didn't have as many shots but we made some nice plays and cashed in. It's a good win for us."

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Blueshirts Battle But Can't Overcome Early Deficit Against Blue Jackets

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

There's little at stake for the Rangers in terms of the standings, but they're certainly not going down quietly.

New York cut their deficit to one three times, including twice in the third period, but Artemi Panarin's hat trick proved to be the difference, as the Blue Jackets edged the Rangers, 5-3, Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

The victory was Columbus' ninth straight.

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Zibanejad's OT Winner Caps Wild Win Over Penguins at MSG

Georgiev Stops Malkin on Penalty Shot; Kreider Establishes New Career-High

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In a word, the Rangers' 4-3 overtime win over the Penguins Wednesday night was wild.

The Rangers overcame a two-goal deficit just to fall behind once more before Mika Zibanejad scored with 3:17 left in regulation, and added the game-winner 2:53 into overtime.

Oh, and Alexandar Georgiev stopped Evgeni Malkin on a penalty shot with just over 10 seconds remaining in regulation.

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Vesey, Georgiev Lead Rangers to Win Over Hurricanes

Buchnevich, Zibanejad with three assists each

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

It took four separate one-goal leads, but the Rangers wound up on the right side of a back and forth affair Monday night with a 6-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden.

Jimmy Vesey tallied his first NHL hat trick, including the game-winning goal, while Pavel Buchnevich and Mika Zibanejad had three assists each to help the Rangers end a three-game winless streak.

"It's something you want to accomplish," said Vesey, who said he last scored a hat trick his senior year at Harvard. "It's nice to have one. Everyone dreams when they were a kid of scoring the big goal or scoring a hat trick. I think it's something I'll always remember. It's a great feeling."

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