Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game…“I think both teams tonight knew the importance of this game, as far as we’re battling for a playoff spot, battling for a playoff position. They had a couple games in hand, so we knew, for us, this was a real important game before we leave for this four game road trip here. And our guys were ready, they came out real strong, even though Philly dominated us as far as shots, they got some chances on their power play at the end there, that’s when your goaltender’s got to come up big, and tonight it was obvious that when we had a couple breakdowns, he (Lundqvist) was the difference.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game…“It was huge. I thought we played a really strong game. We wanted a good start, and we came out pretty good, I think. They got some shots early in the first, but it felt like we were in control. We have four lines going really hard right now, creating chances. The fourth line gave us a lot of energy tonight. It felt like they had a chance every shift they were out there. That’s huge for us, to have a lot of guys playing really well right now. We need it, we are playing a lot of good teams. We just have to keep going here, not think too much, just keep on our details. And it’s going to pay off to not make it too complicated for ourselves or think about the standings. Let’s just focus on the process.”
Ryan McDonagh on tonight’s game…“Great job by our forwards all game, really putting pressure on their D, and not letting them come out easy very often. At times, we were able to catch them throwing pucks, and our D, everybody did a good job of keeping pucks alive. We really wore them down in the offensive zone.”
10:40PM: First Period:
- Derek Dorsett 4 (Assists: Brian Boyle 11)
- Ryan McDonagh 14 (Unassisted)
- Dominic Moore 6 (Assists: Kevin Klein 6)
- Jakub Voracek 21 (Assists: Mark Streit 25, Claude Giroux 51)
- 3: Dominic Moore
- 2: Ryan McDonagh
- 1: Henrik Lundqvist
- 5 straight as the Rangers are playing very solid hockey as they distance themselves from the wild card spots and now focus on locking up home ice in their series against, likely, the Flyers
- Henrik Lundqvist was outstanding, especially when the Rangers were not at their best in the first period, and the only shot he let in was a rocket from Voraceck.
- The talk has started with Ryan McDonagh and the Norris Trophy and while I don't think he will win it, and he probably won't be in the top three, he should at least be in the top 5/7 for voting and put people on notice that he will be in the conversation for the Trophy for, at the very least, the next few years.
- The fourth line has been great for the Rangers lately and providing the four line look the Rangers will need in the playoffs and haven't had in a few years.
Notes via the Rangers- The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to extend their winning streak to a season-high five games. Henrik Lundqvist posted his 30th win of the season with a 30-save effort, and Ryan McDonagh extended his point streak to five games with the game-winning goal in the second period. New York has now won six of their last seven games, and have won three of their last four at home.
- The Blueshirts have posted a record of 41-29-4 overall (86 pts), including an 18-16-4 mark at home this season. With tonight’s win, the Rangers extended their lead over the Flyers to three points in second place of the Metropolitan Division standings.
- The last time New York posted a five-game winning streak was Dec. 30, 2011 at Florida to Jan. 10, 2012 against Phoenix.
- The Rangers have won 13 of their last 17 games against the Flyers, having outscored the Flyers, 58-32, over the span. The Rangers have held the Flyers to two goals or less in 14 contests over the span (12-2-0 in those contests). New York has also won eight straight games against Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden, dating back to a 7-0 victory on Mar. 6, 2011. The Rangers have out-scored the Flyers, 31-9, over the span, and have held Philadelphia to two goals or less in all eight contests during the streak.
- Tonight’s contest was the 44th time in 74 games New York has allowed two goals or fewer, improving to 34-10-0 in those contests. The Rangers also improved to 24-2-0 when holding opponents to one goal or fewer this season.
- The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 2-2 (3:28) in the contest, and is now 31-33 (93.9%) with four shorthanded goals in the last 12 games.
- The Rangers out-hit the Flyers, 29-22, and were credited with 21 blocked shots in the contest. New York had eight players credited with two or more hits, led by Dan Girardi’s game-high, five hits, while Raphael Diaz led all skaters with four blocked shots.- Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves to extend his winning streak to five games (1.79 GAA, .935 Sv%, 1 SO during the streak) and record his 30th win of the season. He improves to 30-22-4 overall, including a 14-13-4 mark at home this season. Lundqvist has now reached the 30-win mark in eight of his nine NHL seasons (he posted a league-leading 24 wins during the 2012-13 lockout-shortened season). The Rangers’ franchise leader in wins and shutouts passed Billy Smith for sole possession of 24th on the NHL all-time wins list with 306 career victories.
- Lundqvist is now 8-2-0 with a 1.70 GAA, .941 Sv%, and two shutouts in his last 10 contests, and improved to 12-3-1 with a 2.18 GAA, .939 Sv% and two shutouts when registering 30 or more shots in a game this season.
- Ryan McDonagh tallied a goal to extend his point streak to five games (three goals, four assists), and recorded three blocked shots in a team-high, 23:17 of ice time. He has tallied 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last 13 games, and is now tied for fifth among NHL defensemen with 14 goals this season.
- Derek Dorsett notched a goal, two shots, two hits, and posted a plus-two rating in 10:04 of ice time. He has now recorded two goals in seven career games against Philadelphia.
- Dominic Moore tallied a goal and won 6-7 faceoffs (86%) in 10:50 of ice time. He has now recorded more career goals against the Flyers (eight) than any other team.
- Brian Boyle registered an assist, three shots, and a plus-two rating in 12:29 of ice time. He is now two points shy of 100 career points.
- Kevin Klein recorded an assist, two hits, and posted a plus-two rating in 17:08 of ice time. He has now tallied five points (one goal, four assists) in the last nine games.
- Dan Girardi led all skaters with five hits and was credited with three blocked shots in 22:10 of ice time. He leads the Rangers in hits (180) and blocked shots (162) this season.
- J.T. Miller was credited with four hits and two takeaways in 13:19 of ice time, in his return to the lineup following his recall from Hartford (AHL) earlier today.