Game Summary CBJ: J. Korpisalo (W) NYR: H. Lundqvist (ND) A. Raanta (L) Event Summary
- GOALS GALORE – The Blueshirts rank second in the NHL in goals (171 – includes two team goals awarded for shootout wins) and goals per game (3.38) this season. The Rangers have recorded 56 goals over the last 15 games, registering at least four goals in 10 of the 15 contests.
- TEAM EFFORT – Four different Rangers registered a goal and 10 different Blueshirts tallied a point in tonight’s contest.
- THIRD PERIOD TALLIES – The Rangers recorded four goals in the third period of tonight’s game and have registered 67 goals in the third period this season. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, the Blueshirts are tied for the NHL lead in goals in the third period in 2016-17.
- 20/20 VISION – Two Rangers rookies have registered at least 20 points this season (Brady Skjei and Jimmy Vesey). Prior to 2016-17, the last season in which two Rangers rookies tallied 20 or more points was 2010-11 (Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello).
- 30-FOR-30 – Six Blueshirts have registered at least 30 points through the first 50 games of the 2016-17 season (Zuccarello, Stepan, Miller, Hayes, Kreider, and Grabner).
- SHOOTING GALLERY – The Rangers registered 37 shots on goal in tonight’s game, including 19 shots on goal in the third period. New York has recorded at least 30 shots on goal in each of the last two games, seven of the last nine games, and 10 of the last 15 contests.
- HOT AT THE DOT – The Blueshirts won a season-high 41 faceoffs in tonight’s game and posted a 54.7% faceoff win percentage in the contest (41-for-75). All four Rangers who took two or more faceoffs in the contest posted a 50.0% faceoff win percentage or better.
- FULL HOUSE – Tonight’s game was the Rangers’ 211th consecutive regular season sellout and the Blueshirts’ 252nd consecutive sellout (regular season and playoffs combined). The Rangers’ sellout streak dates back to Nov. 3, 2011.
- Michael Grabner registered a goal and recorded three shots on goal. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, Grabner leads the NHL in even strength goals in 2016-17 (21). He also leads the Rangers in goals this season (22). Thus far in 2016-17, 29 of Grabner’s 30 points have either been a goal or the primary assist on a goal. Grabner has registered 10 points (eight goals, two assists) over the last 10 games. In addition, he has tallied a goal/point in each of the Rangers’ three games against the Blue Jackets in 2016-17 (five goals, one assist in the three contests).
- Chris Kreider recorded a goal, registered five shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 18:08 of ice time. He has tallied 22 points (15 goals, seven assists) in the last 26 games, including 14 points (10 goals, four assists) in the last 15 contests. Kreider ranks second on the Rangers in goals in 2016-17 (19). Kreider has tallied 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) in 23 games at Madison Square Garden this season & he leads the Rangers in goals & points at home in 2016-17.
- Jimmy Vesey tallied a goal, registered three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in 15:06 of ice time. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, Vesey ranks fourth among NHL rookies in goals this season (12).
- Kevin Klein registered a goal and tied for the team-high with four hits in 20:39 of ice time. Since he made his Rangers debut on Jan. 23, 2014, Klein leads all Rangers defensemen in even strength goals (20) and ranks second among Rangers defensemen in goals (20).
- J.T. Miller notched an assist and won eight of 16 faceoffs (50.0%) in tonight’s contest. Miller has tallied a point in 11 of the last 13 games, registering 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) over the span. He leads the Rangers in games with a point this season (28).
- Derek Stepan registered an assist, led all skaters with 13 faceoff wins (13-for-24; 54.2%), recorded three shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 19:51 of ice time. He is tied for the team lead in points this season (38; 12 goals, 26 assists), and he has notched 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in the last 17 games.
- Rick Nash notched an assist, tied for the team-high with four hits, and recorded three shots on goal in 17:37 of ice time. Nash has registered five points (one goal, four assists) in the last seven contests, and he has also recorded 20 points (11 goals, nine assists) in his last 30 games.
- Brady Skjei tallied an assist and led all skaters with six shots on goal. He has recorded four points (one goal, three assists) over the last five games, and he ranks second among Rangers defensemen in assists this season (19).
- Mika Zibanejad registered an assist, won 12 of 21 faceoffs (57.1%), and recorded two shots on goal. Zibanejad has tallied 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the 15 games he has played at Madison Square Garden this season. In addition, he has registered three points (two goals, one assist) in the six games he has played since returning to the Rangers’ lineup.
- Nick Holden tallied an assist while skating in a team-high 22:34 of ice time. He has registered nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last 14 games, as well as 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists) in 50 games this season.
- Alain Vigneault coached his 296th career game as the Rangers’ Head Coach in tonight’s contest, passing Phil Watson for sole possession of sixth place on the franchise’s all-time games coached list. Vigneault also coached his 1,102nd career game in the NHL in tonight’s contest, tying Billy Reay for 17th place on the NHL’s all-time games coached list.
- Dan Girardi skated in his 771st career game with the Rangers in tonight’s contest, and he is one game away from tying Adam Graves for ninth place on the franchise’s all-time games played list.
- Alain Vigneault, New York Rangers head coach
On if he was surprised by what transpired in the second period…
“In my estimation, we were ready to play tonight. We came out, got good momentum on the power play, had some real good looks to score. Followed it up with real good shifts at five on five, where we spent [time] in their end. We weren’t able to capitalize down 1-0, then we made four mistakes in a row that ended up in the back of our net. Three of those were grade-A opportunities that we have to be better, and that’s what we’re going to do. Back to work tomorrow, and get ready for the next game.”
On the Rangers’ puck possession…
“There’s no doubt, especially in the second period early on, when they made it 2-0, and 3-0 there, that our decision making wasn’t good enough. And good teams make you pay. That’s a good team that we played against, and that’s what they did.”
On Henrik Lundqvist’s recent play…
“We come off a sequence there where he plays three really strong games, then we’re off for another four or five days. The only thing he can do, and the only thing we can do as a team, is (to) get back to work tomorrow. That’s what we’re going to do. There’s no excuse. They were off, we were off, but they’ve made us pay early on. We weren’t able to do that, and they won the game even though we had a push at the end.”
- Brad Shaw, Columbus Blue Jackets assistant coach
On inconsistencies within the 3rd period…
“Some of it is from not knowing any better. I think we have to have a better awareness of when the other team’s ramping things up. They got that first goal and started to see how far they could push us. I think we have to recognize there and simplify our game. Get pucks deep. Get momentum back on our side before it gets a little out of hand, which it felt like there once it got to 6-3.”
On whether it’s just a natural let up when you’ve got a 5-0 lead and how you fight against it…
“Well, we talked about playing simple. We talked about playing as if it was a tie game and staying with it. I think it’s a much harder thing, mentally, to do sometimes focus wise Easier said than done. We obviously have a lot of growing to do. Some great lessons in that game. We’re a young team. We’re sort of learning as we go and one of our issues is we’re getting everybody’s best game right now. They see where we are in the standings and so we’re trying to learn in that environment and sometimes you get behind the eight ball and you lose a little momentum like we did there in the third.”
- Dan Girardi, New York Rangers defenseman
On trying to play with the game plan …
“We can’t try to do too much and deviate from the game plan. We need to just stay and do the same things that we did in the third period there. Obviously, they are going to sit back a little bit with the big lead. We just played together and worked, swinging away, and we played the game plan. I think when things aren’t going right you need to stick to it and not deviate from it.”
On the power play opportunities…
“We had a couple really good looks to start the game and the power play got us some good momentum there. We just couldn’t put one in. If you look back, obviously if you get one there it’s a different game, but you can’t really pinpoint that as the problem. I think there is a lot of stuff going on that we need to figure out.”
On trying to come back in the third period…
“You have to have a little pride. In our home building, we need to have some swagger. We didn’t look great in the first two periods, but we weren’t giving up and you can’t throw in the towel any time, at home or away. We needed to show that we cared and we weren’t laying down and giving up. That’s obviously the only positive today.”
- Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers defenseman
On if there is an explanation as to what happened in the second period…
“We hurt ourselves with a lot of the chances against there. We’ve got to take care of the puck when we have it on our stick and make sure we are 100 percent with it and taking care of our end first. We’ve got a lot of guys spread out there and the puck is always finding its way to the front of the net. We’ve talked a lot about it this year, about staying in front of the net and making sure we get pucks out before we start going the other way. A couple times we got caught and it hurt us. Certainly, there are no more excuses about our starts, especially at home. I don’t know what the deal is here. We’ve gone over pretty much anything we can in (our) video (sessions). It’s a matter of going out and executing here and making sure that you just do your job and don’t look to anybody else to make something happen.”
On whether he’s concerned after losing five of the last six home games …
“It’s been a staple here since I’ve been a part of this team. We’ve been tough to play here and we usually feed off the energy of the crowd and have a good start. Right now, it’s not going the way we want to at home. We’re working on it here. We’ve got to continue to build on it and find a way. We’re in the second half now, so there are no excuses for coming out and playing that way. And that’s on us veteran guys, making sure we have everybody going the way we need to.”
On if there is optimism to be gained from the team’s play in the third period…
“We’ve been in big holes and found a way to put some goals on the board when we are way down like that, but it was a combination of them being pretty passive and us just being simple, outworking guys, and coming up with the puck a lot more and making good decisions with it. If there is anything to look at, we will watch the third period and try to start the game like that.”
- Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers goaltender
On if he was surprised by what transpired in the second period…
“I know I need to be better. That third goal is a killer. As a group, we responded really well in the third. The intensity and energy we had is something that when we do have it, we are a good team. But it starts with me, and especially that third goal, that’s something that bothers me. Back to work tomorrow, get better, improve.”
- Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman
On the third period…
“We just sat back, teams in this league aren’t going to quit. We’ve got to play a sixty-minute game and that’s something we’re really trying to emphasize in our team right now. First two periods were pretty good, (in the) third period we decided to sit back and the Rangers are a good team. They put four in on us and it’s not something we wanted but we got the win.”
On getting two points on the road…
“Every point matters divisionally and from here on out when it comes to the playoff race and what not, but like I said the third period was pretty average. We left Korpy (Korpisalo) out to dry on a couple of goals and that can’t happen but it’s a good win.”
- Brandon Dubinsky, Columbus Blue Jackets forward
On the standings…
“Every team is right there for either a playoff spot or top of the division so they’re all important. Especially as we go through this stretch of the season which is always hardest after the break and we’ve got to get better, we’ll take the points but we’ve got to get a lot better as a team and it’s going to start with our work habits tomorrow in practice and the day after that and get ready for another tough game.”
On their third-period timeout…
“We just said relax we’re up by three goals here on the road and we’re in a good spot. For whatever reason with this team, when it rains it pours a little bit and we’ve got to certainly get better at that and I think we’ve got to be more mature in those situations and lock it down and start making the easy simple plays which are pucks out, pucks in, dumb it down, make the game easier. We just talked about doing those things and we’re in a great spot right now, we’re three up in a visiting building. Let’s just grab a hold of ourselves here and take better care of the puck.”
Tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb. 1): Practice, 12:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center Next Game: Thursday, Feb. 2 at Buffalo (7:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)