OFFICIAL GAME REPORTS GOALIES
Game Summary NYR: A. Georgiev (OT) STL: J. Allen (W)
– POINT TAKEN – The Rangers extended their point streak to four games (2-0-2 record over the span) and have earned at least one point in eight of their last 10 contests (5-2-3 record).
– GOALS GALORE – The Blueshirts have registered at least three goals in each of the last five games (19 goals over the span) and in eight of the last nine games (31 goals over the last nine contests). The Blueshirts have tallied three or more goals in 40 of 72 games in 2017-18.
– WHAT A LINE – The Chris Kreider–Mika Zibanejad–Jesper Fast line registered five points (two goals, three assists) in tonight’s game. Over the last two games, the three players have tallied 12 points (six goals, six assists) and have notched six of the Rangers’ seven goals.
– POWER RANGERS – The Rangers were 1-for-2 (3:23) on the power play in tonight’s game. The Blueshirts have recorded at least one power play goal in each of the last three games (4-for-8; 50.0% over the span). In addition, the Rangers have tallied a power play goal in 15 of the last 28 games, in 16 of the last 30 contests, and in 19 of the last 34 games. The Blueshirts have also recorded 12 power play goals over the last 18 games (12-for-46; 26.1% during the stretch).
– WORKING OVERTIME – Each of the Blueshirts’ last two games, as well as three of their last four games and five of their last 10 contests, have been decided in either overtime or a shootout.
– TEAM EFFORT – Seven different Rangers tallied at least one point in tonight’s game.
– Mika Zibanejad tallied two goals, including a power play goal, led the Rangers with 11 faceoff wins, and posted a plus-one rating in 21:24 of ice time. Zibanejad was selected as the game’s Third Star. He has posted a multi-goal game in each of the last two games (four goals over the span), and he has recorded a multi-goal game in two consecutive contests for the first time in his NHL career. In addition, Zibanejad has posted a multi-point game in each of the last three games, and he has registered seven points (four goals, three assists) over the span. Zibanejad has also posted three consecutive multi-point games for the first time in his NHL career. He extended his point streak to four games, and he has notched eight points (five goals, three assists) in the four contests. In addition, Zibanejad has recorded 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in his last eight games (dating back to Feb. 28 at Vancouver). He has established career-highs in goals (24), power play goals (12), and power play points (19) this season.
– Chris Kreider recorded two assists, tied for the team-high with three hits, and posted a plus-one rating in 18:59 of ice time. He has posted a multi-assist/point game in each of the last two contests, and he has registered six points (one goal, five assists) in the two games. Kreider has recorded 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in the last nine games, and he has notched at least one point in six of the nine contests. In addition, seven of Kreider’s 10 points over the last nine games have either been a goal or the primary assist on a goal.
– Mats Zuccarello registered a goal and tied for the game-high with two takeaways in 18:54 of ice time. He has recorded a goal/point in four of the last five games and has tallied five goals/points over the span. Zuccarello leads the Rangers in points this season (49). He has tallied a point in 14 of the last 26 games, registering 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) over the span.
– Neal Pionk tallied an assist, tied for the team-high with three hits, registered two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in 22:12 of ice time. Pionk extended his assist/point streak to four games (six assists over the span), and he has registered nine assists/points in the last nine games. In addition, he has recorded 10 assists/points in 18 games since he made his NHL debut on Feb. 9; as of the conclusion of tonight’s game, Pionk leads NHL rookie defensemen in assists and points since he made his NHL debut, and he also leads Rangers defensemen in assists and points over the span. Pionk’s four-game assist streak is tied for the longest a Ranger has posted in 2017-18. He has also posted a plus-seven rating over the last four games.
– Kevin Hayes notched an assist, won nine of 15 faceoffs (60.0%), and recorded two shots on goal while skating in his 300th career NHL game in tonight’s contest. Hayes has registered eight points (five goals, three assists) in the last 10 games and 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in the last 18 games. In addition, he has recorded 18 points (10 goals, eight assists) in 23 games since he returned to the Rangers’ lineup on Jan. 25 at San Jose.
– Pavel Buchnevich tallied a power play assist and recorded one shot on goal in 17:35 of ice time. Buchnevich extended his assist/point streak to three games (five assists over the span), and he has tallied seven points (one goal, six assists) over the last eight games. He has established career-highs in goals (14), assists (27), and points (41) this season, and he is tied for second on the Rangers in assists in 2017-18.
– Jesper Fast registered an assist, was credited with two hits and posted a plus-one rating while skating in a single-game season-high 19:11 of ice time. Fast extended his career-high point streak to five games (one goal, four assists over the span), and he has also registered a point in eight of the last 11 contests (three goals, five assists).
– Alain Vigneault coached his 400th game as the Rangers’ Head Coach in tonight’s contest. He is the fourth head coach who has coached at least 400 regular season games with the Blueshirts in franchise history (along with Emile Francis, Lester Patrick, and Frank Boucher).
– Marc Staal tied for the game-high (and led the Rangers) with three blocked shots, recorded two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in 20:44 of ice time. Staal has posted a plus-seven rating over the last four games and he leads the Rangers in plus/minus rating this season (plus-12).
– Brady Skjei recorded two shots on goal and was credited with two hits while skating in a team-high 24:31 of ice time. Skjei has led the Rangers in ice time in 11 of the last 19 games.
– Tomorrow (Sunday, Mar. 18): Team is OFF
– Monday, Mar. 19: Practice, 11:00 a.m. at MSG Training Center
– Next Game: Tues., Mar. 20 vs. Columbus (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)
*Schedule subject to change