– BACK-TO-BACK – In their last 83 back-to-back sets (dating back to the start of the 2010-11 season), the Rangers have posted a 54-23-6 record in the second game of the set.
– HOME COOKING – The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 64 of their last 84 home games, dating back to Oct. 16, 2014 (55-20-9 record). In addition, the Rangers have posted a 30-11-4 record at MSG since the start of last season.
– HOWLIN’ FOR YOU – The Rangers have won each of their last eight home games against the Coyotes, dating back to Nov. 24, 2008. In addition, the Blueshirts have won 17 of their last 19 home games against the Jets/Coyotes franchise, dating back to Jan. 6, 1992 (17-2-0-0 record). Overall, New York has won each of its last six games against the Coyotes, dating back to Mar. 24, 2014.
– TEAM EFFORT – With Josh Jooris and Dan Girardi tallying a goal in tonight’s game, 12 different Rangers have registered a goal and 20 different Blueshirts (including goaltender Antti Raanta) have tallied at least one point through the first six games of the season.
– THREE’S COMPANY – New York has registered at least three goals (including team goals awarded for a shootout win) in 55 of 88 regular season games since the start of last season. The Rangers have posted a 42-9-4 record in games which they have registered three or more goals over the span.
– TWO GOOD – The Blueshirts have won 29 of the last 30 games in which they allowed two goals or fewer, dating back to Dec. 15, 2015 vs. Edmonton (29-1-0).
– BLOCK PARTY – The Rangers were credited with 28 blocked shots in tonight’s contest, as 14 different skaters registered at least one blocked shot in the contest.
– SPECIAL TEAMS – New York outscored Arizona, 1-0, on special teams in tonight’s game. Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Rangers have posted a 35-2-3 record in games which they have outscored their opponent on special teams.
– POWER SURGE – The Rangers were 1-for-2 (3:21) on the power play in the contest. New York has registered a power play goal in four of the first six games this season. The Blueshirts have tallied at least one power play goal in 41 games since the start of last season and have posted a 28-9-4 record in games which they have notched at least one power play goal over the span.
– KILL ZONE – New York was 1-for-1 (2:00) on the penalty kill in the contest. The Blueshirts have posted a 20-2-2 record in the last 24 games in which they did not allow a power play goal, dating back to Dec. 22, 2015 vs. Anaheim.
– SMOOTH SAILING ON THE PACIFIC – Since the start of last season, the Rangers have earned at least one point in each of their nine home games against Pacific Division opponents (8-0-1 record over the span).
– FULL HOUSE – Tonight’s game was the Rangers’ 230th consecutive sellout (189 regular season games, 41 playoff games over the span). The Blueshirts’ sellout streak dates back to Nov. 3, 2011.
– Dan Girardi tallied the game-winning goal, was credited with three hits, recorded two shots on goal, registered two blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 19:15 of ice time. Girardi is the 10th defenseman in Rangers history who has tallied at least one goal in 10 different seasons with the team. He has tallied five points (two goals, three assists) in his last six games against the Coyotes.
– Ryan McDonagh tallied an assist and led all skaters with five blocked shots while skating in a team-high 22:17 of ice time. McDonagh extended his assist/point streak to four games, and his four-game assist streak is tied for his career-high. The Rangers captain leads the team in assists thus far this season (five). In addition, McDonagh has led the Rangers in ice time in each of the first six games of the 2016-17 season.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to earn his third win of the season. Lundqvist has now started both games of a back-to-back set 75 times during the regular season in his NHL career. In the second game of those back-to-back sets, Lundqvist has posted a 47-21-7 record, along with a 2.05 GAA, a .929 SV%, and 8 SO. He has allowed two goals in each of his last three appearances.
– J.T. Miller tallied a power play goal, led all skaters with seven shots on goal and four hits, and won four of seven faceoffs (57.1%). Miller has tallied a point in four of six games this season (two goals, two assists), including three of the last four games (one goal, two assists).
– Josh Jooris registered a goal, was credited with two hits, and posted a plus-one rating in 11:27 of ice time. Jooris’ goal was his first goal and his first point as a member of the Rangers.
– Brady Skjei tallied an assist on the game-winning goal, recorded two shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 16:48 of ice time. He is tied for second among Rangers defensemen in assists this season (two).
– Michael Grabner tallied an assist, was credited with three blocked shots, and posted a plus-one rating. Grabner’s assist was his first as a Ranger, and he has tallied three points (two goals, one assist) in the first six games of the season.
– Jesper Fast recorded an assist and posted a plus-one rating in 14:55 of ice time. He has tallied an assist/point in three of the Rangers’ first six games this season (three assists over the span).
– Brandon Pirri registered an assist in 12:09 of ice time. Pirri has tallied a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist) and has recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in six games in 2016-17.
- Alain Vigneault, New York Rangers head coach
On the Girardi-Skjei pair and the team’s play tonight…
“I thought they played a good game. I think Dan (Girardi), coming back after missing the short amount of time he did but not having a lot of practice time with the whole team, I thought he responded real well. He got us the go-ahead goal in the third. It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t about style, but we found a way to win. We played our best period in the third when the game was on the line. You have to find ways in this league. In an 82-game schedule, it’s not going to be pretty every night, but you have to find ways to win and that’s what we did.”
On the team’s lineup tonight…
“You have to play who is healthy. Tonight we had a couple of bumps and bruises where players couldn’t play. Some nights you mix and match and it works out, some other nights it doesn’t. It worked out as far as the scoring. I do know that it’s about finding ways to win and that’s what we did.”
On the team’s defensive pairs going forward…
“This is on a game-to-game basis on how players are playing. I think Nick and Ryan have played well together, but I also have a lot of faith in Dan, so we’ll see how things go. We’ll see how our opponents are doing. Every game you’re trying to analyze and put forth the best lineup that you can that gives you the best chance to win.”
- Dave Tippett, Arizona Coyotes head coach
On tonight’s game…
“Lots of try in our group. Lots of try, but we are giving up three goals a game now. We’ve got to find a way to be better defensively. We gave up some chances after we got down. For the most part, there were some real good parts to our game, but good parts to your game doesn’t get you a win. We need to find ways to win.”
On the team …
“We knew this was going to be a tough trip. We’ve got to find out about our team; every game we find out a little more. There are some areas that are improving and there are some areas which still need lots of work. We’ve got lots of players that are getting good experience right now, but all that being said, wins are what you come in this league for. You’ve got to have wins.”
- Dan Girardi, New York Rangers defenseman
On his goal tonight…
“Brady [Skjei] kind of just throws it through the crease and I see that it comes out to me, so I just bury my head and try to get it past the screen and it kind of dipped on him a little bit I think. Obviously, I’m trying to score but I am just trying to get it to the net and get a rebound or something and it just happened to go in.”
On Brady Skjei…
“He’s a young guy but he’s playing with some veteran poise out there. Especially today, he really handled the puck well. When he had the opportunity he has good legs and good skating ability and he used that tonight to his advantage. It was subtle plays like that when he can see they are changing, and be able to get up the ice and make something happen. I think that’s really big for him and for us.”
More on playing with Brady Skjei…
“I think it helps his game with him able to take a little chance and get up the ice and use his speed and his skating ability. I’ll just let him do his thing. I’ll stay back and be the safety belt. I think we complement each other well. It’s kind of like when Mac [Ryan McDonagh] and I played together a little bit when he first came in the league. [He’s] a young guy with good skating ability and I’m kind of the safety belt back there. Hopefully, I can stay that way the whole year.”
- Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers goaltender
On tonight’s game…
“It wasn’t perfect but we found a way. I thought they played a pretty good game. Coming from a really strong performance last night, it’s a quick turnaround, so the biggest challenge is to reach that level again. I think the big thing is we had a stretch in the second period where we had a tough time to get pucks out and get pucks deep, but we didn’t get hurt that badly so we were in the game. Then in the third, we played really smart. We actually had a couple of really big chances to kill the game. It’s nice to see the way we believe in our system and structure, especially in the third being up one goal.”
On Girardi scoring the game-winning goal…
“I’m so happy for him. He’s been working really hard, getting ready for camp, getting ready for the season. Then right away he has to sit out for a few games, that’s never easy but I just love the way he competes out there. When he gets the game-winner like that, it’s all smiles here.”
On back-to-back games…
“The way we played yesterday, it was such a good game from everyone. We wanted to come back here and get the two points. Sometimes it’s tough with the quick turnaround. It wasn’t our best game but we had moments where we played really well and had a really strong third period that won us the game.”
- Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers defenseman
On tonight’s game…
“Certainly it was a little sloppy by both teams at times. The ice was a little slow and the puck was bouncing a lot. But as the game progressed, we talked about having good structure, making sure that we got pucks in their zone and we felt like we could generate some stuff offensively and wear them down. I like the fact that we stuck with our game there when they tied it up. They definitely got some chances there and we defended enough to get the win.”
On the team’s shot blocking…
“They had some point-men that could really fire it and we did it [blocked shots]. Sometimes you’ve got to have those kinds of games and we’ve got guys that are good at it and willing to do it, so it was a collective effort by everybody there.”
On Dan Girardi…
“It was great to see. [It was a] tough blow early there for him to get out with an injury, but he’s always a guy that works hard, plays heavy out there. So anytime that he can help contribute offensively on the scoreboard, we like to see that and so does he. So it’s great to see him get the game-winner.”
- J.T. Miller, New York Rangers forward
On the third period…
“We understood that we had to take a little better care of the puck. I think we did that in the third, got a big shot from G (Girardi), and we did a good job of protecting the lead after that.”
On winning back-to-back games…
“Even though it’s early, these points still count at the end of the day. We kind of felt like we would be wasting one there after that great effort yesterday to go into that building and win a game, to let this one get away from us. We did a good job of hanging on and just finding a way to get two.”
On playing on the top line tonight…
“I didn’t feel pressure. I played with Zucc (Zuccarello) plenty before and I understand what it takes to play with those guys. You have to play heavy and get in on the forecheck for those two to make some plays, and I thought we had some good looks tonight. It just feels good to get back-to-back wins and have a nice day off tomorrow.”
- Radim Vrbata, Arizona Coyotes forward
On tonight’s game…
“We are learning the hard way that every play counts and every mistake we make will cost us and it’s costing us games now. As you said, it looks good for some part of the game but it’s not good enough. We’re learning it’s tough to win.”
On sustained pressure…
“We had a good start to the game. We would box in and we were able to score. Overall I don’t think it was that bad, but we needed points.”
On his goals…
“It’s nice to see the puck go in and for myself to feel like you are helping a team after being gone a season.”
- Connor Murphy, Arizona Coyotes defenseman
On whether there are positives to take from this game…
“The easy thing is to feel bad about it. After many losses in a row, it’s easy to beat yourself up about it. The easy thing is to stay positive and build off things and focus on improving to get a win. We have to keep getting better.”
On the team…
“You always expect to win. That was the thing with our group. During training camp, we wanted the mindset to be that every game you are supposed to win. We are playing to make the playoffs and be a top team in the league. We haven’t shown that at all. It’s a long season and we can get there, but it’s going to take work.”
– Tomorrow: Team is OFF
– Tuesday, Oct. 25: Practice, 11:00 a.m. at MSG Training Center
– Next Game: Wednesday, Oct. 26 vs. Boston (8:00 p.m. ET – TV: NBCSN)