Rangers Dunk Ducks, 4-1

  • The Rangers have won 11 of their last 12 games (11-1-0 record over the span). It is the first time New York has won 11 games in a 12-game span since they did so from Oct. 30, 1993 to Nov. 24, 1993 (11-0-1 record over that span).
  • The Blueshirts have outscored their opponents, 44-18, over its last 12 contests.
  • New York has won 15 of its last 19 contests (15-4-0), including 13 of its last 16 games (13-3-0). The Rangers have also earned at least one point in 25 of their last 33 contests (21-8-4), including 18 of their last 23 games (16-5-2).
  • In the 728:45 of hockey that has been played over the Rangers’ last 12 games, New York has led for 459:30 of the span (63.1%).
  • The Blueshirts have posted a 7-2-3 record against Western Conference opponents, including a 5-1-0 record against Pacific Division opponents. New York has won a road game against Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver in the same season for the first time in franchise history.
  • New York ranks third in the NHL in goals per game (3.11) this season.
  • The Rangers have posted a 16-0-1 record when leading after two periods this season. New York has registered a 130-1-9 record in its last 140 regular season games when leading after two periods. The 140-game stretch began with a 3-1 victory vs. New Jersey on Feb. 6, 2010.
  • New York has allowed one goal or fewer in four of the last seven games and in six of the last 11 contests (15 goals allowed over the last 11 games; 1.36 goals against per game over the span). The Rangers lead the NHL in games with one goal or fewer allowed (44) since the start of the 2013-14 season.
  • The Rangers defeated the Ducks in Anaheim for the first time since Dec. 16, 2008. The Rangers have earned at least one point in nine of their last 14 games against the Ducks, dating back to Nov. 19, 2002 (8-5-0-1 record over the span).


  • Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves to record his 19th win of the season. The Rangers’ all-time wins and shutouts leader has posted a 10-1-0 record, along with a 1.62 GAA, a .936 SV%, and 1 SO in his last 11 appearances. Lundqvist has also posted an 18-6-3 record, along with a 2.01 GAA, a .926 SV%, and 5 SO in his last 27 appearances. He has allowed two goals or fewer in nine of his last 10 appearances and in 17 of his last 27 appearances.
  • Rick Nash registered the game-winning goal, tied for the game-high with four shots on goal, was credited with one takeaway, and posted a plus-two rating in 15:41 of ice time. The goal was Nash’s 55th even strength goal since joining the Rangers prior to the 2012-13 season, and he leads all NHL players in 5-on-5 goals per 60 minutes (1.6) over the span. He leads all NHL players in games with a goal (20) this season, and ranks second in the NHL in goals (25), is tied for fifth in game-winning goals (four), is tied for sixth in plus/minus rating (plus-19), and is tied for eighth in takeaways (33). He is the only NHL player to rank in the top 10 in goals, plus/minus rating, and takeaways in 2014-15.
  • Derick Brassard tallied a goal and posted a plus-three rating in 16:08 of ice time. Brassard extended his goal streak to three games (three goals over the span), tying his career-high. He has posted a three-game goal streak five times in his career, and also registered one this season from Oct. 12 vs. Toronto to Oct. 16 vs. Carolina. Brassard has tallied a point in 22 of his last 33 games (11 goals, 20 assists), 18 of his last 27 games (eight goals, 19 assists), 13 of his last 19 games (five goals, 13 assists), and nine of his last 13 games (five goals, nine assists). He ranks second on the team in points (31) and third in goals (11) this season.


  • Alain Vigneault earned his 1,083rd and 1,084th career points as an NHL Head Coach with the victory in tonight’s contest, passing former Rangers Head Coach and Hockey Hall of Famer Roger Neilson for sole possession of 24th place on the NHL’s all-time points list for Head Coaches. He is also tied with current Arizona Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett for 23rd on the all-time points list. Vigneault ranks second among all NHL Head Coaches in wins (380) since the start of the 2006-07 season.
  • Mats Zuccarello recorded a goal, was credited with three hits, and posted a plus-two rating in 16:27 of ice time. He has tallied 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in the last 18 games, including 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in the last 12 games and seven points (one goal, six assists) in the last eight contests. Zuccarello is tied for third on the team in plus/minus rating (plus-13), ranks fifth in points (21), and is tied for fifth in goals (seven) this season.
  • Dominic Moore registered an empty-net goal, won nine of 13 faceoffs (69%), and posted a plus-two rating in 14:20 of ice time. He has won 136 of 227 faceoffs (59.9%) over the last 19 games, and he has tallied a goal in two of the last three games. He leads the Rangers in faceoff win percentage (56.2%) this season.
  • T. Miller notched two assists and posted a plus-two rating in 12:16 of ice time. He has recorded an assist in two consecutive games for the first time in NHL career. Miller has tallied a point in three of the last four games (one goal, three assists), in six of his last 11 games (four goals, three assists), and in seven of 14 games he has played in since being recalled following the Rangers’ contest on Nov. 28 (five goals, four assists over the span).
  • Marc Staal recorded an assist, was credited with three hits, and recorded three blocked shots while skating in a game-high 25:35 of ice time. The Rangers’ alternate captain has notched an assist in two of the last four games, and the Blueshirts have earned a point in all seven games in which Staal has logged at least 25:00 of ice time this season (4-0-3).
  • Kevin Klein tallied an assist, tied for the team-high with four hits, blocked two shots, and recorded three shots on goal. With the assist, Klein extended his assist/point streak to three games (three assists over the span). His three-game assist streak is a new career-high, and his three-game point streak is tied for his career-high.
  • Dan Girardi tied for the team-high with four hits, was credited with two blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating while skating in his 606th career NHL game. The Rangers’ alternate captain passed Dave Maloney for sole possession of 19th place on the team’s all-time games played list. Only seven defensemen have skated in more regular season games as a Ranger than Girardi in franchise history: Harry Howell, Brian Leetch, Ron Greschner, Jim Neilson, James Patrick, Ott Heller, and Rod Seiling.
  • Lee Stempniak recorded an assist and posted a plus-two rating in 10:42 of ice time. He is one assist away from tallying the 200th assist of his NHL career.
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