The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the New York Rangers 1-0 at Madison Square Garden. Former Blueshirt Brad Richards scored the game's only goal.
- SHUTTING THE DOOR – The Rangers have allowed one goal or fewer in regulation in each of the last eight games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers have allowed one goal or fewer in regulation in eight straight games for the first time in franchise history. The Rangers are also the first NHL team to allow one goal or fewer in regulation in eight straight games since the Dallas Stars did so from Mar. 13 – Mar. 28, 2001. The Rangers have allowed one goal or fewer in a game in each of the last six contests, in seven of the last eight contests, in eight of the last 11 contests, in nine of the last 13 games, and in 10 of the last 16 contests. The Blueshirts lead the NHL in games with one goal or fewer allowed (58) since the start of the 2013-14 season.
- KILL ZONE – The Rangers were 2-for-2 (4:00) on the penalty kill in the game. The Rangers are 18-for-19 (94.7%) on the penalty kill over the last six games and are 25-for-27 (92.6%) on the penalty kill over the last nine contests. The Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal in 13 of the last 17 games (44-for-49; 89.8%) and they are 106-for-123 (86.2%) on the penalty kill over the last 45 games.
- HOT AT THE DOT – The Blueshirts were 37-for-63 (58.7%) on faceoffs in the game. All four Rangers who took at least nine faceoffs in the contest posted a faceoff win percentage of 55.6% or better.
- Cam Talbot stopped 30 of 31 shots he faced in the contest. He has posted a 4-1-0 record, along with a 0.80 GAA, a .975 SV%, and 1 SO in his last five appearances. He has also posted a 5-1-1 record, along with a 1.00 GAA, a .967 SV%, and 1 SO in his last seven appearances, and he has registered an 8-2-1 record, along with a 1.44 GAA, a .953 SV%, and 2 SO in his last 11 appearances. In three career appearances against the Blackhawks, Talbot has posted a 2-1-0 record, along with a 0.67 GAA, a .978 SV% (90 saves on 92 shots), and 1 SO.
- Ryan McDonagh led all skaters with five blocked shots, recorded three shots on goal, and was credited with one hit in23:17 of ice time. The Rangers captain leads the team in blocked shots (105) over the Rangers’ 48 games since he returned to the lineup on Nov. 28.
- Tomorrow: Team is OFF
- Next Game: Saturday, Mar. 21 at Carolina (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG+)
Above are the team issued postgame notes.