Ryan McDonagh scored two of New York's six goals as the Rangers outlasted the Sharks, 6-5, on Thursday night in San Jose. >> Box score
- 5:45 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assists: J.T. Miller, Mats Zuccarello
- 6:45 SJS Barclay Goodrow; Assists: Brent Burns
- 10:56 SJS Logan Couture; Assists: Kevin Labanc, Joakim Ryan
- 17:53 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Michael Grabner, Peter Holland
- 2:36 SJS Logan Couture; Assists: Kevin Labanc, Marc-Edouard Vlasic
- 11:04 NYR Ryan McDonagh; Assists: Kevin Hayes, J.T. Miller
- 12:16 NYR Ryan McDonagh (Power Play); Assists: Pavel Buchnevich
- 17:09 NYR Brady Skjei (Short Handed)
- 10:51 SJS Marc-Edouard Vlasic; Assists: Justin Braun, Chris Tierney
- 18:10 NYR J.T. Miller; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Brady Skjei
- 19:10 SJS Tomas Hertl; Assists: Kevin Labanc, Brent Burns
- The Rangers needed this win, not just to keep pace in the playoff race but for their sanity. Going into the All-Star losing all four on this trip would have been brutal and while going 1-3 is not ideal, getting that one win at the end should allow them to take a break with a pretty good feeling.
- When a player gets benched you hope that they come back in the next game and make a big impact and that is what JT Miller did. A 3 point night including the game winner once again shows how important Miller is and how much of a different team they are when he is going.
- Speaking of the Rangers being a different team when a player gets going, no one makes a bigger impact in that way than Ryan McDonagh. McDonagh finally was able to score, twice, and played a good game. If McDonagh is able to provide some offense, and remain strong defensively, while Kevin Shattenkirk is out, the Rangers will be in a nice spot.
- When Kevin Hayes has been in the lineup he's been one of the Rangers top forwards. If he can remain healthy the Rangers will get a very big part of their lineup back.
- Luckily for the Rangers they can go into this break with a good feeling. Injuries or not, they have not been good enough in the last little while and if they want to make the playoffs then they need guys like Miller, McDonagh and Hayes to lead the way.
What's next: After All-Star Weekend, the Rangers will be back in action on Thursday, Feb. 1 with a home game against the Maple Leafs at 7 p.m.