The New York Rangers efeated the Ottawa Senators by a score of 5-1, below are the team issued postgame notes.
- CLINCHING A SPOT – By earning a win tonight, combined with Boston’s overtime loss against Anaheim, the Rangers clinched a playoff berth. The Blueshirts have now reached the playoffs in five consecutive seasons and in nine of the last 10 seasons. It is the first time the Rangers have made the playoffs in at least five straight seasons and nine times in a 10-season span since they reached the playoffs in 10 consecutive seasons from 1977-78 – 1986-87. Entering 2014-15, New York was one of four teams who reached the playoffs in at least eight of the previous nine seasons (along with Pittsburgh, Detroit, and San Jose).
- 100-POINT CLUB – With their win tonight, the Rangers reached the 100-point plateau for the eighth time in franchise history. The Blueshirts earned their 100th point of the season in their 73rd game, which is tied for the second-fewest games it has taken a Rangers team to reach the 100-point plateau in franchise history (also earned 100 points in their first 73 games in 1970-71 and 1972-73). The Rangers have earned 101 points this season, which is the seventh-highest total they have earned in one season in franchise history.
- TOP OF THE HEAP – As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, the Rangers have the top record in the NHL this season (47-19-7, 101 points).
- POINT TAKEN – New York has earned at least one point in 20 of its last 23 games (17-3-3), including 10 of its last 12 games (9-2-1). The Blueshirts have won 17 of their last 22 contests (17-3-2), including 13 of the last 17 games (13-3-1) and eight of the last 10 games (8-2-0). The Rangers have also recorded at least one point in 23 of their last 27 games (20-4-3). The Blueshirts have won 40 of their last 55 games (40-12-3), including 38 of their last 52 games (38-11-3) and 36 of their last 48 contests (36-9-3). The Rangers have earned at least one point in 53 of their last 69 games (46-16-7), including 46 of their last 59 games (41-13-5).
- ROAD WARRIORS – The Rangers have won each of their last six road games and have earned at least one point in each of their last seven road contests (6-0-1). The Rangers have posted three separate six-game winning streaks on the road over the last two seasons (Oct. 26 – Nov. 23, 2013; Jan. 4 – Feb. 7, 2014). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers have registered three separate six-game winning streaks on the road in a two-season span for the first time in franchise history, and they are the first NHL team to post three separate six-game winning streaks on the road in a two-season span since the Edmonton Oilers did so during the 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons (Note: the Oilers were coached by Glen Sather in those two seasons). New York’s six-game winning streak on the road is tied for the third-longest road winning streak in franchise history and is tied for the second-longest winning streak any NHL team has posted on the road this season. The Blueshirts have won 11 of their last 13 road games (11-1-1), 13 of their last 17 road contests (13-3-1), 17 of their last 22 road games (17-4-1), and 21 of their last 27 road contests (21-5-1). As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, the Rangers lead the NHL in road wins (24), road points (50), and road point percentage (.694) this season. New York’s 24 road wins this season are tied for the second-highest total the team has earned in one season in franchise history. With five road games remaining in 2014-15, the Rangers are one road win away from tying their single-season franchise record of 25, which was established last season. The Blueshirts are also three points shy of tying their single-season franchise record of 53, which was established during the 2011-12 season.
- 20/20 VISION – For the fifth time in franchise history, two Rangers goaltenders have posted at least 20 wins in the same season (Henrik Lundqvist – 25; Cam Talbot – 20). Lundqvist and Talbot join Mike Richter and John Vanbiesbrouck (1991-92) and Ed Giacomin and Gilles Villemure (1970-71, 1971-72, 1972-73) as the only goaltending duos who have each earned 20 wins in the same season in Rangers history.
- WINNING WAYS – The Rangers have earned 47 wins this season, which is tied for the sixth-most victories they have registered in one season in franchise history (they also earned 47 wins in the 1972-73 season).
- FINISHING THE JOB – The Blueshirts have posted a 32-0-1 record when leading after two periods this season. New York has registered a 146-1-9 record in its last 156 regular season games when leading after 40 minutes. The 156-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.
- KILL ZONE – New York was 6-for-6 (11:26) on the penalty kill in the contest. The Rangers are 28-for-30 (93.3%) on the penalty kill over the last 10 games and are 35-for-38 (92.1%) on the penalty kill over the last 13 contests. The Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal in 16 of the last 21 games (54-for-60; 90%) and they are 116-for-134 (86.6%) on the penalty kill over the last 48 games.
- SEN-SATIONAL – The Rangers have earned at least one point in 11 of their last 14 regular season games against the Senators on the road (10-3-1), including 10 of their last 12 regular season contests against Ottawa on the road (9-2-1). The 14-game stretch dates back to Dec. 1, 2007.
3 Stars on Broadway
- Chris Kreider tied a single-game career-high with three points (two goals, one assist), led all skaters with five shots on goal, and posted a plus-three rating in the contest. He registered three points in one period in a regular season game for the first time in his career (he tallied three points in the second period in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 27, 2014 at Montreal). Kreider is the first Ranger to record three points in one period of a regular season game on the road since Vinny Prospal did so on Mar. 12, 2010 against Atlanta. Kreider has reached the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his NHL career, and he established new career-highs in assists (20) and points (40) in tonight’s contest. Kreider’s three points are tied for the most a Blueshirt has recorded in one game this season.
- Dan Boyle notched two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-winning goal, and posted a plus-three rating in19:38 of ice time. He has registered a point in each of the last two games, tallying three points (one goal, two assists) over the span. Boyle is tied for fifth on the team in game-winning goals (three) and he is tied for first among team defensemen in goals (nine) this season.
- Derek Stepan tallied two assists, recorded three shots on goal, and posted a plus-three rating in 16:25 of ice time. The Rangers alternate captain has posted a multi-point game in two of the last three contests, registering five points (two goals, three assists) over the span. Stepan has registered a multi-point game in each of the last six contests in which he has tallied a point. He has notched 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in the last 20 games and he leads the Rangers in primary assists (25) this season. Stepan has tallied a point in seven of nine career regular season games in Ottawa, registering 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in those contests. He has notched 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in 16 career regular season games against the Senators.
- Cam Talbot made 23 saves to earn his 20th win of the season. Talbot is the first Rangers goaltender other than Henrik Lundqvist to record 20 or more wins in a season since Mike Richter did so during the 2001-02 season. Talbot is the fourth different Rangers goaltender to record at least 20 wins in a season since 1985-86 (Lundqvist, Richter, and John Vanbiesbrouck are the other three). Talbot has posted a 7-2-0 record, along with a 1.44 GAA, a .954 SV%, and 1 SO in his last nine appearances. He has registered an 8-2-1 record, along with a 1.59 GAA, a .953 SV%, and 1 SO in his last 11 appearances, and he has allowed one goal or fewer in seven of those 11 appearances. In 23 appearances he has made since Feb. 4, Talbot has posted a 16-4-3 record, along with a 2.16 GAA, a .929 SV%, and 2 SO.
- Mats Zuccarello recorded two points (one goal, one assist) and tied for the game-high with three blocked shots in the contest. He extended his point streak to four games (two goals, four assists over the span). Zuccarello has tallied a goal in each of the last two games and has posted two multi-point games in the last three contests. He has recorded 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) in the last 27 games. Zuccarello has also notched 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in the last 14 games and 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in the last 12 contests.
- Kevin Hayes tallied two assists, recorded two shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 13:48 of ice time. He extended his point streak to four games (one goal, five assists over the span), and he has posted two multi-point games in the last three contests. Hayes has notched 24 assists this season, 22 of which have been primary assists.
- Tanner Glass registered his first goal as a Ranger, recorded two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in 12:27of ice time. He has posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in 10 of the last 12 games and in 14 of the last 17 contests.
- Keith Yandle notched an assist, recorded two shots on goal, was credited with two blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 16:34 of ice time. He has recorded four assists/points in the last three games, and ranks second among NHL defensemen in assists (41) this season.
- Rick Nash recorded an assist, registered three shots on goal, and posted a plus-three rating in 14:21 of ice time. He has tallied two assists/points in the last three games. Nash has also registered 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in his last 21 games and has notched 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in his last 26 contests.