Alain Vigneault on making in-game adjustments…
“We have to continually emphasize certain things. When Florida was coming on in the second period there were two things that were happening. First, we were on the wrong side of the puck and when we did get the puck, because we were on the wrong side, we couldn’t come off clean. They were able to capitalize and force the play on a couple of turnovers. [Henrik Lundqvist] made some real big saves and we were able to come out of there 2-2 at the end of the second period.”
- Mats Zuccarello on his 5-on-3 power play goal…
“It’s an honor to be out there on those situations and you want to do well in that part of the game, so it’s nice to see that go in. It’s obviously a little bit of pressure to score, so it was nice to see it go in.”
9:34PM: First Period:
- J.T. Miller 1 (Assists: Chris Kreider 6, Ryan McDonagh 6)
- Aleksander Barkov 4 (power-play) (Assists: Kris Versteeg 4, Tom Gilbert 3)
- Brian Campbell 1 (Assists: Tom Gilbert 4, Kris Versteeg 5)
- Derek Dorsett 2 (Assists: Brian Boyle 5, Michael Del Zotto 3)
- Brad Richards 6 (Assists: Carl Hagelin 4)
- Mats Zuccarello 2 (power-play) (Assists: Brad Richards 9, Derek Stepan 9)
- Brian Campbell 2 (Assists: Tomas Fleischmann 9, Nick Bjugstad 3)
- 3: Mats Zuccarello
- 2: Brian Campbell
- 1: Brad Richards
- Brad Richards hadn't scored in a number of games but it wasn't for a lack of trying. He consistently leads the team in shot attempts and fired an absolute rocket past Tim Thomas after missing an open net in the second period.
- Chris Kreider had an interesting game. He made an excellent play and had the primary assist on the JT Miller goal but also put the team in a tough spot with his penalty in the final minutes. Those two plays show what he can do with all of his skills but also how much more he needs to learn in the NHL. I think he had the right idea of standing up for a teammate, but didn't execute his action the proper way.
- The best thing that may have happened was Florida scoring that second goal because it seemed like that is what woke the team up from their second period struggles. The Rangers started to get chances, Derek Dorsett worked in front of the net to tie it and the team had life.
Game notes via the Rangers:
- The Rangers defeated the Florida Panthers, 4-3, tonight at Madison Square Garden, to extend their winning streak to three games.
- The Blueshirts are now 9-8-0 overall (18 pts), including a 4-2-0 mark at home this season. The Rangers have won seven of their last nine games.
- The Rangers have registered four or more goals in each of the last three games, and four of their last five contests. New York has out-scored their opponents, 19-9, in the last five games.
- New York tallied the first goal of the contest for the third straight game and the sixth time in the last seven contests. The Rangers improved to 8-1-0 this season when scoring first.
- The Blueshirts have won 10 of their last 15 games against the Panthers, having out-scored Florida, 44-26, over the span.
- The Rangers’ power play was 1-3 (4:53) in the contest, and has now registered a goal in five of the last seven games, converting 6-24 (25.0%) with the man advantage during the stretch. New York’s power play goal came while skating 5-on-3, and they now lead the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations this season.
- New York out-hit Florida, 20-12, including five players credited with two or more hits.
- The Rangers won 33-57 faceoffs (58%) in the contest.
- Brad Richards tallied two points, including a goal and power play assist, to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, four assists over the span), registered four shots and won 8-11 faceoffs (73%) in 19:05 of ice time. He has now registered seven points (one goal, six assists) in the last seven games, including six points (one goal, five assists) in the last five.
- Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves and is now 6-6-0 overall, including a 4-2-0 mark at home this season. He is now 5-3-0 with a 1.64 goals against average, .936 save percentage, and two shutouts in his last eight games.
- Mats Zuccarello tallied the game-winning goal while skating 5-on-3 to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists over the span), and led all skaters with five shots on goal in 21:19 of ice time. He has now registered eight points (one goal, seven assists) in the last seven games, and nine points (two goals, seven assists) in nine games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at Philadelphia.
- J.T. Miller notched his first goal of the season to open the game’s scoring at 9:49 of the first period, and registered two shots and two hits in 8:03 of ice time.
- Derek Dorsett registered a goal, three shots, two hits, and three takeaways in 15:23 of ice time. He has now recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in the last three games.
- Carl Hagelin notched an assist to extend his point streak to five games (four goals, three assists over the span), and registered two shots in 15:37 of ice time. He has now recorded eight points (four goals, four assists) in seven games since returning from injury. Hagelin’s five-game point streak is a Rangers’ season-high, and ties his career high.
- Chris Kreider tallied an assist and was credited with three hits in 17:43 of ice time. He has now recorded seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last seven games, and eight points (two goals, six assists) in 10 games following his recall on Oct. 20.
- Ryan McDonagh registered an assist to extend his point streak to three games (two goals, two assists over the span), was credited with two blocked shots, and logged a team-high, 24:04 of ice time. He has now tallied seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last seven games. McDonagh has recorded a point in each of the Rangers’ nine wins this season, as the team improved to 9-0-0 in games when he has registers a point.
- Derek Stepan tallied a power play assist to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists over the span), and won a game-high, 14-25 faceoffs (56%) in 19:51 of ice time. He has now registered eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last seven games. Stepan is currently tied for second in the NHL with eight power play assists on the season.
- Brian Boyle recorded an assist, three shots, and won 7-11 faceoffs (64%) in 13:11 of ice time. He has now registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last three games.
- Michael Del Zotto tallied an assist and two hits in 16:28 of ice time. He has now recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in the last seven games.