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Rookies Carry Rangers to 2-1 Win Over Canucks

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

There was an intriguing matchup of rookies last night at Madison Square Garden, as the Rangers' Lias Andersson, called up last week, was playing his fourth NHL game this season and facing off against his former linemate with the Swedish national team, Vancouver's Elias Pettersson, who was looking to continue his historic start to his NHL career.

But the Rangers have another intriguing pair of rookies on their team, too - a very good one. And once the puck was dropped Monday night, it was those kids who made the most noise.

Filip Chytil scored the game-tying goal in the second period - the 19-year-old's first goal of the season - and Brett Howden broke a tie in the third to carry the Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden.

So make it seven straight with points for the Rangers. They have won six of those last seven games (6-0-1), and are finding all kinds of different ways, and different people, to win them.

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Postgame Notes: Rangers vs. Canucks 11.12.18

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Team Notes

  • BLUE STREAK - The Rangers extended their season-long point streak to seven games (6-0-1 record; dating back to Oct. 30 at San Jose). In addition, the Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 10 of the last 13 games (8-3-2 record) and in 11 of the last 15 games (9-4-2 record). The Rangers have posted a point streak of seven or more games for the first time since a 13-game point streak from Oct. 18, 2015 vs. New Jersey to Nov. 15, 2015 vs. Toronto. The Rangers' seven-game point streak is tied for the longest in the NHL this season.
  • HOME SWEET HOME - New York extended its home winning streak to four games (dating back to Oct. 23 vs. Florida) and have outscored opponents, 15-7, over the four games. In addition, the Rangers have earned a win in five of their last six home games (5-1-0 record) and in six of their last eight home games (6-2-0 record). The Rangers' four-game home winning streak is tied for the longest in the NHL thus far this season.
  • TOP TEN - Three Rangers tallied their 10th point of the 2018-19 season in tonight's contest (Brett Howden, Neal Pionk, and Jimmy Vesey). Seven different Blueshirts have recorded 10 or more points through the first 18 games of the season (Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello, Howden, Pionk, and Vesey).
  • SHUTTING THE DOOR - Excluding empty-net goals allowed, the Rangers have held their opponent to two goals or fewer in nine of 18 games in 2018-19.
  • POWER RANGERS - The Rangers were 1-for-6 (8:00) on the power play in tonight's game. The Blueshirts have recorded at least one power play goal in two of the last three games (3-for-12; 25.0%).
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Vesey Scores Shootout Winner in 5-4 Victory Over Columbus

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Rangers seemed to hit all the highs and lows over barely a 27-hour span on Friday and Saturday nights. But when the dust all settled on Saturday night in Columbus, the Rangers headed home with an enormous bounceback victory and three points out of four from a road-trip back-to-back.

Jimmy Vesey took the two biggest shots on this night - one of them to score the tying goal in regulation, the other to finish the game in Round 5 of the shootout, nailing down a 5-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets and provide a team-settling response to Friday night's overtime loss in Detroit.

Video: NYR@CBJ: Vesey scores glove side to win the shootout

The Rangers won for the fifth time in six games, and have points in each of those (5-0-1). In the process, they pushed their record over .500 (8-7-2) for the first time this season following an 0-3 start, and also climbed within two points of the Blue Jackets, the early Metropolitan Division leaders.

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Postgame Notes: Rangers at Blue Jackets 11.10.18

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Team Notes

  • POINT TAKEN - The Rangers extended their season-long point streak to six games (5-0-1 record; dating back to Oct. 30 at San Jose). In addition, the Blueshirts have earned at least one point in nine of the last 12 games (7-3-2 record) and in 10 of the last 14 games (8-4-2 record).
  • BACK-TO-BACK - The Rangers concluded their third of 11 back-to-back sets during the 2018-19 season. Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Blueshirts have posted a 70-35-7 record in the second game of 112 back-to-back sets.
  • ROAD WARRIORS - New York extended its road point streak to four games (3-0-1 record over the span). All four games have been decided after regulation, and three of the four contests have been decided after regulation.
  • TEAM EFFORT - Four different Rangers tallied a goal in regulation and eight different Rangers recorded at least one point in tonight's contest.
  • GOALS GALORE - The Rangers tied a single-game season-high with five goals in tonight's contest. Including team goals awarded for a shootout win, the Blueshirts have registered three or more goals in six of the last seven games, in nine of the last 12 games, and in 11 of the last 15 contests. New York tied a single-period season-high with three goals in the second period of tonight's game.
  • CLOSE CALL - Each of the Rangers' last two games, nine of the Rangers' last 14 games, and 10 of the team's 17 games this season, have been decided by one goal. New York has posted a 5-3-2 record in one-goal games thus far this season. In addition, 13 of the Blueshirts' 17 games this season, including each of the team's last seven games, have been decided by two or fewer goals.
  • WORKING OVERTIME - Each of the Rangers' last two games, four of the Rangers' last six games, and seven of the team's last 14 games, have been decided in either overtime or a shootout. The Blueshirts have posted a 5-2 record in games decided after regulation thus far in 2018-19.
  • SHOOTOUT SUCCESS - Three of the Blueshirts' last five games have been decided in a shootout, and the Rangers have posted a 4-0 record in games decided in a shootout in 2018-19. The Rangers lead the NHL in shootout wins this season.
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Winning Streak Snapped in Detroit With 3-2 OT Loss

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

DETROIT - The Rangers were bitten by an all-too-familiar bug on Friday night: the late goal against. This time, they couldn't overcome it.

The Red Wings scored twice in the third period to tie, then again in the final seconds of overtime to defeat the Rangers, 3-2, on Friday night at Little Caesar's Arena, snapping the Blueshirts' winning streak at four games. It was the fourth straight road game in which the Rangers have surrendered either the tying or go-ahead goal in the late stages of the regulation, but while in the last two they were able to regroup and grab the two points, on this night the win slipped away.

Andreas Athanasiou tied the score with 2:02 left in regulation, and Dylan Larkin won it for the Red Wings with 5.1 seconds to play in overtime, sending the Rangers to their first loss in the month of November.

Still, the Rangers did enough early and late to grab one point from this night, scoring on both ends of a double minor late in the second and killing a penalty in the last two minutes of a tie game. But no one in the visitors' dressing room was in a mood to celebrate that.

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Postgame Notes: Rangers at Red Wings 11.9.18

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Team Notes

  • YOUTH SERVED - All of the Rangers' 12 forwards who played in tonight's game are 27 years old or younger. According to NHL Public Relations, tonight's lineup was the second in franchise history that included 12 forwards who were all 27 years old or younger (for nine games during the 1955-56 season, the Rangers dressed the same 12 forwards who were all 27 years old or younger - Jimmy Bartlett, Andy Bathgate, Pete Conacher, Dave Creighton, Jean-Guy Gendron, Aldo Guidolin, Andy Hebenton, Bronco Horvath, Danny Lewicki, Ron Murphy, Larry Popein, and Dean Prentice). In addition, the Rangers had three players 20 years old or younger who played in tonight's game (Lias Andersson, Filip Chytil, and Brett Howden). The Blueshirts had three forwards 20 years old or younger who played in the same regular season game for the first time since Oct. 13, 1990 at Washington (Tie Domi, Troy Mallette, and Steven Rice).
  • FIRST DRAFT - Of the 18 skaters in tonight's lineup for the Rangers, 12 were selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft (Lias Andersson, Filip Chytil, Tony DeAngelo, Kevin Hayes, Brett Howden, Chris Kreider, Vladislav Namestnikov, Kevin Shattenkirk, Brady Skjei, Brendan Smith, Marc Staal, and Mika Zibanejad), and five of those 12 first-round draft picks were selected by the Rangers: Andersson (2017), Chytil (2017), Kreider (2009), Skjei (2012), and Staal (2005).
  • ON POINT - Neal Pionk and Kevin Shattenkirk each scored a goal during the Rangers' 4:00 power play in the second period. According to NHL Public Relations, the last time the Rangers had two defensemen score a goal on the same double minor was April 7, 1997 against Philadelphia (Alexander Karpovtsev and Brian Leetch).
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Rangers Rally Past Canadiens for Fourth Straight Win

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

In the midst of a stirring comeback in front of a raucous crowd, it took the goal of the season to get the Rangers their biggest win yet.

Neal Pionk went for a 190-foot skate to score the go-ahead goal against Carey Price with 2:44 to play, and the Rangers, down by a pair late in the second period, came storming back to defeat the Montreal Canadiens, 5-3, on Tuesday night at a rollicking Madison Square Garden.

Video: MTL@NYR: Pionk goes coast to coast for beautiful goal

The Blueshirts won their fourth consecutive game, equaling the longest active winning streak in the National Hockey League, and at 7-7-1 have climbed back to the .500 mark following an 0-3 start.

"We're building something here," Kevin Hayes said. "We had a rough start and we're getting wins."

They had a rough start Tuesday night, too, falling behind just 23 seconds into the game, then down by 3-1 with less than three minutes to play in the second period. But Tony DeAngelo, Pavel Buchnevich, Pionk and Mika Zibanejad (shorthanded) each scored in the game's final 22:15, as the Rangers won for the second time this season when trailing after two periods. Montreal, fresh off a victory in Brooklyn on Monday night, had been 5-0-0 with the lead after 40 minutes.

But the play of the game - of the season so far - belonged to Pionk. With the teams skating four-a-side, the 23-year-old, second-year defenseman picked up a puck behind the Ranger net, put a spin move on Jonathan Drouin at the circle, threw it into high gear down the left wing and sprinted around Noah Juulsen, then finally cut to the front to stuff the puck past Price.

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Postgame Notes: Rangers vs. Canadiens 11.6.18

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Team Notes

  • WINNING WAYS - The Rangers have won each of their last four games (dating back to Oct. 30 at San Jose), and the four-game winning streak is their longest thus far this season. The Rangers' current four-game point streak is also their longest of the season (4-0-0 over the span). In addition, the Blueshirts have earned at least one point in seven of the last 10 games (6-3-1 record) and in eight of the last 12 games (7-4-1 record).
  • HOME SWEET HOME - New York has won each of its last three home games. In addition, the Rangers have won four of their last five home contests (4-1-0 record) and five of their last seven home contests (5-2-0 record).
  • IN A NEW YORK MINUTE - For the second consecutive game, the Rangers tallied two goals in a span of less than one minute (56 seconds; Neal Pionk at 17:16 of the third period and Mika Zibanejad at 18:12 of the third period).
  • GOALS GALORE - The Rangers registered five goals in tonight's contest. Including team goals awarded for a shootout win, the Blueshirts have registered three or more goals in each of the last five games, in eight of the last 10 games, and in 10 of the last 13 contests.
  • SHORT AND SWEET - New York recorded its second shorthanded goal of the season in tonight's game. Mika Zibanejad has registered both of the Rangers' shorthanded goals thus far in 2018-19.
  • COMEBACK KIDS - For the second time this season, the Rangers won a game when trailing entering the third period. The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in three of the six games in which they have trailed entering the third period in 2018-19 (2-3-1 record). The Rangers have posted a 4-4-0 record in games which they have allowed the first goal thus far this season.
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