The New York Rangers defeated the Anaheim Ducks 7-2 Sunday evening at Madison Square Garden. Below are the team issued postgame notes.
- POINT TAKEN – New York has earned at least one point in 19 of its last 21 games (16-2-3), including nine of its last 10 games (8-1-1). The Blueshirts have won 16 of their last 20 contests (16-2-2), including 12 of their last 15 games (12-2-1) and seven of their last eight games (7-1-0). The Rangers have also recorded at least one point in 22 of their last 25 games (19-3-3). The Blueshirts have won 39 of their last 53 games (39-11-3), including 37 of their last 50 games (37-10-3) and 35 of their last 46 contests (35-8-3). The Rangers have also earned at least one point in 52 of their last 67 games (45-15-7), including 45 of their last 57 games (40-12-5).
- TOP OF THE HEAP – The Rangers currently have the top record in the NHL this season. New York is tied for first in the league in points (99) with Anaheim and Montreal, but has played two fewer games than the Canadiens and three fewer contests than the Ducks.
- TWO GOOD – New York has allowed two goals or fewer in ten consecutive games and in 39 of 71 games in 2014-15.According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in at least ten straight games for the first time since Feb. 20 – Mar. 18, 1971 (12 consecutive games). The Rangers have posted a 35-2-2 record when allowing two or fewer goals in a contest this season.
- HOME COOKING – New York has won six of its last seven home games (6-1-0) and has earned at least one point in 11 of its last 12 home games (9-1-2 record). The Blueshirts have won 15 of their last 20 home contests (15-3-2) and 18 of their last 24 home games (18-4-2). The Rangers have also earned at least one point in 28 of their last 34 home games, dating back to Oct. 16 (23-6-5 over the span).
- MAKING NOISE ON THE WESTERN FRONT – The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in nine of their last 10 games against Western Conference opponents (7-1-2) and have posted a 13-3-2 record in their last 18 games against teams in the Western Conference. The Rangers have posted a 16-4-5 record against Western Conference opponents this season.
- SEVENTH HEAVEN – The Rangers registered a season-high seven goals in the contest. It is the first time the Blueshirts have tallied at least seven goals in a game at Madison Square Garden since Mar. 6, 2011 vs. Philadelphia.
- FIRST IN SCORE – The Blueshirts have tallied the first goal of the game in 26 of their last 41 games, in 34 of their last 53 contests, and in 43 of 71 games this season. New York has posted a 35-5-3 record when tallying the first goal of the game in 2014-15.
- THREE’S COMPANY: PART 1 – The Blueshirts tallied three goals in the first period of the contest. It was the first time the Rangers registered at least three goals in one period since the third period of their game against the NY Islanders onFeb. 16.
- THREE’S COMPANY: PART 2 – Two Rangers (Derek Stepan and Keith Yandle) each recorded three points in the contest. It is the third time this season that two Blueshirts have each notched three points in one game (Oct. 27 vs. Minnesota – Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello; Dec. 23 vs. Washington – Derick Brassard and Rick Nash).
- RIGHT BACK AT IT – The Rangers have posted a 9-2-1 record in the second half of back-to-back games this season, including a 9-0-1 record in the second half of their last 10 back-to-back sets.
- FINISHING THE JOB – The Blueshirts have posted a 31-0-1 record when leading after two periods this season. New York has registered a 145-1-9 record in its last 155 regular season games when leading after 40 minutes. The 155-game stretch began on Feb. 6, 2010 vs. New Jersey. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers are the only NHL team since 1999-2000 (the first year when teams earned a point for a loss after regulation) to have no more than one regulation loss over a span of 150 or more regular season games when leading after two periods.
- DUCK CALL – The Rangers’ seven goals against Anaheim are the most they have tallied in one game against the Ducks in franchise history. New York swept a season series against Anaheim (more than one meeting between the two teams) for the third time in franchise history (also accomplished the feat in 2002-03 and 2008-09).
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- Derek Stepan recorded three points (two goals, one assist) and led all Rangers with five shots on goal in 16:43 of ice time. The Rangers alternate captain has registered 13 three-point games in his career, and he has posted seven career multi-goal games. Stepan has registered five multi-point games in the last 18 contests, tallying 12 points (four goals, eight assists) over the span.
- Keith Yandle tied single-game career-highs with three assists/points, including his first assist as a Ranger, recorded four shots on goal, and posted a plus-three rating in 20:41 of ice time. The contest was Yandle’s eighth career three-assist game and his 14th career three-point game. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, Yandle ranks second in the NHL in power play assists (25) and is tied for seventh in power play points (27) this season. Yandle also leads all NHL defensemen in power play assists and power play points and he ranks second among NHL defensemen in assists (40) in 2014-15. He has reached the 40-assist plateau in each of the last two seasons and in three of the last five seasons (three of the last four 82-game seasons). Yandle is also the only NHL defenseman who has registered three 40-assist seasons since 2010-11.
- J.T. Miller tied a single-game career-high with two points (one goal, one assist), was credited with two hits, and posted a plus-two rating in 12:40 of ice time. He has tallied a goal in two consecutive games for the second time this season/in his NHL career, and he has registered three points (two goals, one assist) in the last two games.
- Cam Talbot made 36 saves to earn his 18th win of the season. Talbot has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his last nine appearances, posting a 7-1-1 record, along with a 1.21 GAA, a .961 SV%, and 1 SO over the span. He has also posted a 6-1-0 record, along with a 0.99 GAA, a .968 SV%, and 1 SO in his last seven appearances. In Talbot’s last 13 appearances, he has registered a 10-2-1 record, along with a 1.48 GAA, a .951 SV%, and 2 SO. Talbot has earned at least one point in 17 of his last 19 appearances (14-2-3) and in 18 of 21 appearances since Feb. 4 (15-3-3).
- Chris Kreider tallied a goal in 14:58 of ice time. Kreider’s goal was his 18th of the season, which established a new career-high. Kreider also has recorded 37 points this season, which is tied for his career-high.
- Carl Hagelin tallied the game-winning goal, was credited with two hits, and posted a plus-two rating in 15:07 of ice time. He has recorded a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist) and has notched three points (one goal, two assists) in the last six contests. Hagelin is now tied with Jan Erixon and Ulf Nilsson for the fourth-most goals a Swedish-born Ranger has tallied in franchise history (57).
- Jesper Fast registered a goal and posted a plus-two rating in 12:45 of ice time. He has now tallied a goal in two consecutive games twice in his NHL career (he also recorded a goal in two straight games this season on Nov. 29 vs. Philadelphia and Dec. 1 vs. Tampa Bay).
- Derick Brassard tallied a goal and posted a plus-one rating in 16:49 of ice time. He has notched a point in 15 of his last 24 games, recording 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) over the span.
- Kevin Hayes tallied two assists, recorded two shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 12:21 of ice time. In 2014-15, 20 of Hayes’ 22 assists have been primary assists. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, Hayes ranks second among all NHL rookies in primary assists this season.
- Mats Zuccarello registered two assists, led all skaters with two takeaways, and posted a plus-two rating in 15:22 of ice time. He has tallied an assist/point in each of the last two games (three assists/points) and he has tallied 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) in the last 25 games. Zuccarello, who tallied his 30th assist of the season in the contest, has reached the 30-assist plateau in each of the last two seasons.
- Ryan McDonagh notched an assist, was credited with three blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 19:02 of ice time. The Rangers captain has registered 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 50 games since returning to the lineup onNov. 28, and the Blueshirts have posted a 37-10-3 record over the span.
- Rick Nash notched an assist and registered four shots on goal in the contest. He has tallied 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in his last 19 games and has registered 20 points (11 goals, nine assists) in his last 24 games.