Carl Hagelin’s four goals and 8 points in February are the most that he has scored in any month this season.
He has six points in the last 10 games and 12 in the past 17 games while skating, mostly, on a line with Kevin Hayes and JT Miller.
Hagelin has said before that he loves his role on defense but that he would also like to add more offense.
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Hagelin has 14 goals and 14 assists to go with a plus 16 rating, 136 shots on goal, 63 hits, 23 blocked shots and an average ice time of 15:28 per game.
He is projected to score 19 goals and 19 assists this season. Last year Hagelin had 17 goals and 16 assists.
Late in the second period, with the Rangers on the PP, Derick Brassard high sticked Coyotes defenseman Andrew Cambell.
The play drew blood from Campbell’s lip but was not called/seen by any of the referees on the ice.
On the next play, a faceoff down in the Rangers end, the Coyotes won the faceoff, the puck hopped over the defensemans stick and Chris Kreider picked it up and scored on his own breakaway rebound.
Dave Tippett was shown on MSG angrily talking with the officials about the non-call after the play as well as at the start of the third period.
Tippett said that it was a “huge turning point” in the game and that he finds it “hard to fathom” that everyone on the ice could miss it. (AZ Central)
He added, “it should have been a double minor, doesn’t get called, comes back down, puck bounces over a defenseman’s stick, goes in and obviously Smitty is frustrated and they give him a penalty and it’s a six minute turnaround in the game and that is a big factor. (Fox Arizona)
Lee Stempniak said after the game that the Rangers were fortunate that the refs missed the call because it would have negated their PP. (MSG)
Lee Stempniak was on WFAN at 12:45PM with Joe and Evan:
- On last night, “we had a faceoff play that Hagelin and Hayes wanted to run and we got at scoring chance and I went to the front and Kevin put a pass on my tape and I had enough time to make a move and put it over his pad.”
- How good is the team, “we have a really good team, coming from behind shows a lot of maturity in the group and one of the common themes used to be that we would give up an early goal and we are mature enough to know that there is a lot of hockey left to be played, you can’t get away from your game and there is a lot of time to get those goals back. With how we play we are able to keep ratcheting up the intensity and get chances offensively. We know that it doesn’t take a ton of chances to get those goals so we don’t have to open it up and risk the game getting away from us. ” To read more of this story, click here
Rick Nash returned to the Rangers lineup last night after missing Tuesday’s win over Calgary with neck spasms.
Nash was a minus one in 18:33 and had 1 shot on goal, 4 shots that were blocked and 2 that missed the net.
He also had two hits and two takeaways while playing 5:13 in the first, 6:48 in the second and 6:32 in the third.
At 5 on 5 last night, Nash was on the ice for 17 shot attempts for and 7 against. (Hockey Stats)
Nash said that no specific incident triggered his neck spasms and that on Monday his neck just “spasmed up.” Nash said he wondered if he slept on it wrong. (NY Post)
With their win last night, the Rangers tied the Islanders for first place in the Metro Division with 82 points.
The Rangers have two games in hand on the Islanders and also two more regulation wins which is the first tie breaker.
After the game, Lee Stempniak said that they try to not put much stock in where they are right now and that these things can change from day to day and sometimes hour to hour. (MSG)
Chris Kreider said that the players don’t look at the standings as much as you think they would and the focus is game to game. He added that the Rangers break up the season into segments and “we are happy with this segment.”
Kevin Hayes said that first place didn’t mean anything “too big” and that with a lot of hockey left “that stuff doesn’t matter until the last couple of weeks.”
Ryan McDonagh said that you look at being in first place but more as a way to build confidence in the team with a lot of hockey left.
Alain Vigneault met with the media on MSG following the Rangers win over the Coyotes:
- “we really pride ourselves in coming out and coming out the right way, our first periods have been very good. For whatever reason tonight we didn’t start off the way we wanted, that first goal, very loose on our gap and then we took a penalty and shot one over the boards and gave them two good lucks and then it’s 3-1. This game is about finding ways to win and we did, battled back hard in the second, that goal with a couple of seconds left on the PP was big to tie it up. In the third with a couple of minutes left Lee scores a big goal and had three good chances on it.”
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