NY RANGERS 2 at BOSTON 4,
The New York Rangers lost to the Boston Bruins 4-2, below are the team issued postgame notes.
- KILL ZONE – The Rangers were 1-for-1 (2:00) on the penalty kill in the game. The Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal in four consecutive games, killing off all ten of their opponents’ power plays over the span, and they have not allowed a power play goal in seven of their last eight contests (19-for-20; 95% over the span). The Rangers are 29-for-31 (93.5%) on the penalty kill over the last 11 games and are 36-for-39 (92.3%) on the penalty kill over the last 14 contests. The Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal in 17 of the last 22 games (55-for-61; 90.2%) and they are 117-for-135 (86.7%) on the penalty kill over the last 50 games.
- SHOOTING GALLERY – New York registered 32 shots on goal in the contest, as 14 different skaters recorded at least one and nine different skaters registered at least two. The Blueshirts have been credited with at least 30 shots on goal in 48 of 74 games this season.
- HITTING MACHINE – The Blueshirts were credited with 36 hits in the contest, as 13 different skaters registered at least one and nine different skaters recorded at least three.
- POWERLESS – According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers have not had a power play opportunity in two consecutive games for the first time since at least 1987-88, which is the earliest date that the NHL has electronic records for power play opportunities on a game-by-game basis. The Blueshirts are the first NHL team to not have a power play attempt in two straight games since Edmonton (Mar. 7-8, 2013). New York is the first NHL team to only have one power play opportunity over a three-game span since Columbus (Oct. 27 – Nov. 1, 2008).
- Rick Nash tallied his 40th goal of the season and tied for the game-high with four shots on goal in 15:54 of ice time.He has reached the 40-goal plateau for the third time in his NHL career and for the first time with the Rangers. Nash is the 19th player who has recorded 40 or more goals in one season with the Rangers in franchise history, and it is the 23rd time a Blueshirt has tallied at least 40 goals in a season in franchise history. Nash is the first Ranger to tally 40 or more goals in a season since Marian Gaborik in 2011-12. He is the third player in the NHL who has recorded at least 40 goals in 2014-15, along with Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos, and he is tied for second in the NHL in goals as of the conclusion of today’s game.
- Matt Hunwick registered a goal, recorded three shots on goal, and was credited with one hit in 18:39 of ice time. Hunwick has notched three points (two goals, one assist) and has posted a plus-four rating over the last seven contests.
- Chris Kreider recorded an assist and was credited with one hit in 14:46 of ice time. He has registered four points (two goals, two assists) in the last two games and he has tallied five points (three goals, two assists) in the last four contests. Kreider has now registered 21 assists and 41 points this season, both of which are career-highs. He ranks fifth on the team in even strength assists (20) and ranks sixth on the team in points (41) this season.
- Derek Stepan notched an assist and registered three shots on goal in 15:41 of ice time. The Rangers alternate captain has tallied three assists/points in the last two games and he has registered six points (two goals, four assists) in the last four contests. Stepan ranks second on the team in assists (36) and third in points (49) this season. He leads all Rangers in assists (160) and points (246) since he made his NHL debut with the Blueshirts on Oct. 9, 2010.
- Keith Yandle tallied an assist, recorded two shots on goal, registered two hits, and was credited with one blocked shot in18:47 of ice time. He has notched an assist/point in each of the last two games (two assists) and he has tallied an assist/point in three of the last four contests (five assists over the span). As of the conclusion of today’s game, Yandle ranks second among NHL defensemen in assists (42) and is tied for eighth among NHL defensemen in points (47) this season.
- J.T. Miller recorded an assist, was credited with three hits, and registered one shot on goal in 13:45 of ice time. He has tallied a point in four of the last five games, registering five points (two goals, three assists) over the span.
- Ryan McDonagh tied for the game-high with four shots on goal, tied for the team-high with four hits, and tied for the team-high with two blocked shots in 21:08 of ice time. The Rangers captain ranks second on the team in blocked shots (132) in 2014-15.