OFFICIAL GAME REPORTS GOALIES
Game Summary DET: J. Howard (OT) NYR: H. Lundqvist (W) Event Summary
– HOME COOKING – The Rangers extended their home winning streak to seven games (dating back to Oct. 26 vs. Arizona). The Blueshirts have outscored their opponents, 29-14, over their last seven home games. The Rangers have won at least seven consecutive home games for the first time since a nine-game home winning streak from Oct. 19, 2015, vs. San Jose to Nov. 23, 2015, vs. Nashville. New York has earned at least one point in 11 of 15 home games this season (9-4-2 record at MSG in 2017-18). The Rangers lead the NHL in points (20) and are tied for the NHL lead in wins (nine) at home in 2017-18. New York’s seven-game home winning streak is tied for the ninth-longest in franchise history.
– NET RETURNS – Henrik Lundqvist and Jimmy Howard both started the same NHL game for the sixth time tonight. The scores of those six games were 3-1 Detroit (Dec. 6, 2009), 1-0 Rangers (Jan. 16, 2014), 3-0 Rangers (Mar. 9, 2014), 1-0 Rangers in overtime (Feb. 21, 2016), 2-1 Detroit (Oct. 19, 2016), and 2-1 Rangers in overtime (Nov. 24, 2017). At least one of the two goaltenders has been selected as one of the game’s Three Stars in each of the six games, and both goaltenders were two of the Three Stars in four of the six games.
– WINNING WAYS – The Rangers extended their winning streak to three games (dating back to Nov. 19 vs. Ottawa). The Blueshirts have won nine of their last 11 games (9-2-0 record) and 11 of their last 15 contests (11-4-0 record). Also, the Rangers have earned at least one point in 13 of their last 17 games (11-4-2 record).
– TWO GOOD – The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in each of the last four games, in six of the last seven games, in seven of the last ten games, and in nine of the last 15 contests. The Blueshirts have allowed 22 goals over the last ten contests (2.20 goals against per game over the span).
– WHAT A LINE – The Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich line accounted for two points (one goal, one assist) in tonight’s game. The three players have registered 41 points (22 goals, 19 assists) over the last 17 games, including 32 points (16 goals, 16 assists) over the last 12 games. At least one of the three players has tallied a goal in 14 of the last 17 games.
– HOT WINGS – The Rangers have earned at least one point in 12 of their last 14 games against Detroit, dating back to Mar. 21, 2012 (10-2-2 record over the span). Nine of the last 17 contests between the Rangers and Red Wings, including eight of the last 14 games and five of the last eight games, have been decided in overtime. Nine of the last ten games between New York and Detroit have been decided by one goal. Also, 13 of the last 15 games and 17 of the last 21 meetings between the two teams have been decided by one goal.
– CLOSE CALL – Nine of the Rangers’ last 12 games, as well as 17 of their 23 games this season, have been decided by two or fewer goals.
– SHOOTING GALLERY – The Rangers registered 31 shots on goal in tonight’s contest. The Blueshirts have registered at least 30 shots on goal in 14 of the last 20 games and 16 of 23 games in 2017-18.
– NOVEMBER REIGN – The Rangers lead the NHL in wins in November since the start of the 2005-06 season (101; 101-52-10 record in November over the span). As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, the Rangers also lead the NHL in wins in November since the start of last season (18; 18-6-1 record over the span). New York has posted an 8-2-0 record in 10 games in November thus far this season.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves, and stopped all 33 shots he faced at even strength, to earn his 11th win of the 2017-18 season and his 416th career NHL win. Lundqvist extended his winning streak to three games, and he has posted a 0.67 GAA, a .979 SV% (92 saves on 94 shots), and 1 SO in the three contests. He has also stopped all 70 shots he has faced at even strength over the last three contests. Lundqvist has appeared in three consecutive games without allowing an even-strength goal for the first time since Feb. 8, 2016, vs. New Jersey to Feb. 14, 2016, vs. Philadelphia. Over his last four appearances, he has posted a 3-1-0 record, along with a 1.01 GAA, a .971 SV% (132 saves on 136 shots), and 1 SO, and he has stopped 105 of 106 shots he has faced at even strength over the span (.991 SV% at even strength). Lundqvist has also allowed two goals or fewer in six of his last seven appearances, posting a 5-2-0 record, along with a 1.78 GAA, a .948 SV%, and 1 SO over the span. Lundqvist has made at least 30 saves in four of the last five games and in nine of his last 16 appearances. Lundqvist also made at least 40 saves in a game for the second time in the last four contests and for the 23rd time in a regular season game in his NHL career. In the 23 games in which he has made at least 40 saves in his career, Lundqvist has posted a 13-3-7 record, along with a 1.68 GAA, a .962 SV%, and 4 SO. He has been selected as one of the game’s Three Stars in 11 of his 20 appearances in 2017-18. Lundqvist also made his 11th consecutive start in tonight’s contest, dating back to Oct. 31 vs. Vegas. In his last 10 appearances, Lundqvist has posted an 8-2-0 record, along with a 2.05 GAA, a .937 SV% (299 saves on 319 shots), and 1 SO. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lundqvist has posted a .937 SV% or better over a span of 10 consecutive team games for the second time since the 2013-14 season. In addition, Lundqvist’s eight wins over the last 10 games are tied for the most he has earned in any span of 10 consecutive team games in his NHL career. In his last nine appearances against the Red Wings, Lundqvist has posted a 7-1-1 record, along with a 1.09 GAA, a .963 SV%, and 4 SO.
– Mats Zuccarello registered the game-winning goal in overtime and posted a plus-one rating. He extended his point streak to three games (one goal, three assists over the span). In addition, Zuccarello has registered seven points (one goal, six assists) in the last six games, eight points (one goal, seven assists) in the last eight games, and 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in the last 11 games.
– Brady Skjei notched two assists, including the primary assist on the game-winning goal in overtime, led the Rangers with four shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating while skating in a team-high 22:16 of ice time. He has tallied an assist/point in each of the last two games (three assists), and he has registered four assists/points in the last six contests.
– Chris Kreider tallied a goal, tied for the game-high with three hits, and posted a plus-one rating. Kreider extended his point streak to three games (three goals, one assist over the span), and he has recorded three goals/points over the last two games. Also, Kreider has registered five points (three goals, two assists) in the last five games and eight points (six goals, two assists) in the last 11 contests.
– Pavel Buchnevich registered an assist, recorded three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating. Buchnevich has tallied a point in seven of the last eight games at MSG, recording 11 points (six goals, five assists) over the span. He has notched 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 15 games at home this season, and he is tied for the team lead in points at MSG in 2017-18.
– J.T. Miller tallied an assist on the game-winning goal in overtime, won 12 of 22 faceoffs (54.5%), recorded three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in 17:37 of ice time. He is tied for the team lead in assists (14), and he leads the Rangers in even strength assists (11) and even strength points (13) this season.
- Alain Vigneault, New York Rangers head coach
On this being Henrik Lundqvist’s best game of the season…
“He’s had some good ones. Without a doubt, tonight was right up there. It was a great goaltender night. Both goaltenders were on top of their game. There were chances on both sides. They got the lead, but we were able to battle back and tie it up. We got great play from Zuccy [Mats Zuccarello] there to win the game.”
On Henrik Lundqvist’s current stretch of good performances…
“I’ve seen quite a few of these in my five years. There’s the one a couple of years ago when we were 16-2-2 and weren’t playing that well in front of him. I think now we’re playing better in front of him, but tonight, there’s no doubt that he was a difference maker in a lot of situations. They’ve got good skill and good speed. They put a lot of pressure and force turnovers, but we were able to stay with them and get the job done.”
On the goaltending for both teams tonight…
“In the second period, we had eight or nine grade-A chances there. Their goaltender made some unreal saves in a 0-0 game. With these two guys, Hank [Henrik Lundqvist] and Howard [Jimmy Howard], I think this is the third time I’ve seen it go 0-0 into the third with both guys just standing on top of their heads. A lot of people complain about low scoring games, but for me anyway, this was as entertaining as it could get.”
- Jeff Blashill, Detroit Red Wings head coach
On the team’s style of play…
“I thought it was way more towards our identity. I thought we played way closer to the way we want to play to be successful. I thought both goalies were obviously great. I thought we did lots of good stuff that we can certainly build on. There are areas we didn’t show up, and some of that is with them being a really good team. They’ve won lots of games here for a reason, and they certainly pressure your D-zone. I didn’t think our D-zone was quite good enough in the second. But overall, I thought we played the way we need to play to be successful and the way we’ve played the last large stretch of games that we have been successful.”
On Jimmy Howard having a level of comfort at Madison Square Garden…
“There’s no question. You go back just the last two games from last year; he was unreal. He stole us a game this year. He and Henrik [Henrik Lundqvist] were great. But to be honest, I’ve noticed he’s played that way pretty consistently, and you need elite goaltending to be a good team in this league.”
- Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers goaltender
On how he feels after tonight’s win…
“I feel really good. Great Thanksgiving dinner yesterday. An even better win tonight. It was a lot of fun. There were chances both ways. I feel like they had the first period and created a lot of good speed, and we had a tough time getting out of our end a couple of times. The key there was not to get hurt. The second period I think we played a really strong period and changed the momentum of the game. The third it was back and forth a little bit. To play the game was a lot of fun but it was also challenging. There were a lot of chances. Hopefully, the fans enjoyed it. It was a great finish by us. It was a game where you have a lot of chances; they get up 1-0. A game like this can easily just get away from you. It’s frustrating not to get rewarded, but we finally did, and we came up big in overtime.”
On how you played tonight…
“I’m trying to be on my toes right now. I feel the last three to four weeks I am playing the way I want to play. I’m aggressive but still patient. Part of that is obviously to read the shots well and control the rebounds, but also just battle in front. Physically I feel great. People talk to me about starting a lot of games, but physically you never really get tired, it’s mentally. Right now I’m in a nice flow where I don’t overthink things, so I feel rested. I’m just excited to get an opportunity to play a lot of hockey right now.”
On how he feels now compared to the beginning of the season…
“To me, there is only one thing that makes me laugh a lot, and that’s winning. It’s hard for me to enjoy anything away from the rink, at the rink, when we are not winning. And right now I think the last 12 games, we are 9-3, and it’s easy for me to relax. It is important to me that we do well, that we win. That’s the best solution. To see me laugh, that’s what we have to do.”
- Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers forward
On what was going through his mind when he got the puck during the last play of the game…
“I don’t know, first see who’s open but then just try to get the shot off quick. I tried to go there obviously but it doesn’t go there all the time (in the opening), and it’s nice to see it go in.”
On patience and frustration in playing against a goalie like Jimmy Howard…
“I think the first period we played very bad, and we weren’t into the game at all. [Jokingly] Too much turkey yesterday for some of the guys maybe. But the second period was really good and the third. Hankie [Lundqvist] was good in the first, and then we took over. I think [Jimmy] Howard played good. We had some good chances, but when you meet a goalie like that like that you just have to stick with it and get some traffic and we got a good one by Kreids [Kreider] there.”
On Henrik Lundqvist…
“We expect him to be like that every game. We know he could be. If we can help him out, we know how good he can be. It’s just good to see that he held us into that game in the first period. He gives us a chance in the second to come in and take over.”
- Brady Skjei, New York Rangers defenseman
On Jimmy Howard’s play tonight and whether it was frustrating the team…
“It’s not frustrating; you just have to stick with the gameplan. (Henrik Lundqvist) Was playing unbelievable, so they were dealing with the same things over there. We were definitely getting our chances. You’re going to score a few times if you keep playing like that. So, just kind of stayed on them and capitalized when we had a chance.”
On the team’s play between the first and second periods…
“We had a little talk in the locker room related to getting going. This was a big two points for us for sure. I don’t know exactly what it was, maybe coming off Thanksgiving, but it’s not an excuse. They were dealing with the same thing. We had a good talk between the first and the second and really came out flying in the second.”
- Marc Staal, New York Rangers defenseman
On the first period…
“I don’t think we were as sharp as we have been defensively. I think Hank made some big saves at some key times and that was a big difference in it. We were ugly in the first, a lot better in the second and it’s a toss-up in the third, and we ended up finding a way to tie it up and get it into overtime.”
More on the first period…
“We just didn’t have our legs. We weren’t skating for each other; we weren’t moving the puck into areas where we were could get it back; just a flat period. I think we responded the right way, we started moving our feet a little bit and started taking it to them, and we got a lot better.”
On Henrik Lundqvist’s play of late…
“He’s confident in there. He looks like he’s enjoying himself. It looks like he’s having some fun, he’s smiling and competing really hard. Obviously, he gives us a chance to win every game. We’ve been able to win some games here recently, and he’s been a big part of that.”
- Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings goaltender
On the outcome tonight…
“We did a tremendous job from the start of the game. It’s one of those where after, you felt like you deserved the two points.”
On the way, he played tonight…
“I just wanted to play well for the boys. I didn’t feel like I had my A-game in the last couple of games, and they deserve better out of me.”
- Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings forward
On tonight’s game…
“There was a lot of back-and-forth hockey. I thought both goalies played really well. There was a lot of high-speed hockey, and I think we were creating a lot of chances. Overall, it was pretty good hockey.”
On the goaltending tonight…
“Both him [Howard] and Lundqvist played really well. They made some highlight saves. It probably could have been 4-4 instead of 1-1.”
– Tomorrow (Sat., Nov. 25): Practice, 12:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center
– Next Game: Sun., Nov. 26 vs. Vancouver (2:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)
*Schedule subject to change