5:48PM: Adam’s Thoughts:
- That was a very bad first ten minutes but overall, a pretty solid final 50 minutes where the Rangers really flipped the game.
- Even without the goal that he scored, Brian Boyle was effective today. As John Tortorella told Pierre during the game, some nights you can’t find him, but that wasn’t the case today.
- This was one of the better games that Ryan McDonagh has played in a few weeks. He is usually really good but seemed to struggle in the first few games after that hit from Max Pacioretty. He was everywhere today for the Rangers.
Rangers Game Notes
- The Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 4-1, today at Verizon Center, to improve to 5-1-0 in the last six games.
- The Blueshirts have posted a record of 13-9-2 (28 pts) overall, including a 4-4-1 mark on the road this season.
- The Rangers have won seven of their last nine regular season games against the Capitals, out-scoring Washington, 32-16, over the span.
- The Rangers have posted a record of 20-4-2 in their last 26 games against Southeast Division opponents, including a 5-1-0 mark against the Southeast Division this season. The Blueshirts have out-scored their Southeast Division opponents, 88-52, over the span.
- The Rangers notched one goal in two power play opportunities (2:41), and have now tallied a goal in eight of the last 12 games (9-38, 23.7% over the span).
- The Blueshirts held the Capitals scoreless in three power play attempts against (5:29), and are now 38-43 (88.4%) on the penalty kill in the last 15 games. New York has posted a record of 8-3-1 when not allowing a power play goal.
- The Rangers out-hit the Capitals, 34-27, and were credited with 20 blocked shots compared to Washington’s 15 blocked shots.
- Martin Biron made 28 saves to improve to 2-1-1 overall, including a 2-1-0 mark on the road this season. It is the third time in his four starts this season Biron has posted at least 28 saves.
- Rick Nash recorded two assists, including one on the power play, to extend his point streak to a Rangers’ season-high, six games (six goals, five assists during the streak). He has now tallied a point in each of his last 10 games (seven goals, nine assists over the span).
- Ryan McDonagh registered two assists, including the primary assist on the game-winning goal, was credited with three hits, and posted a plus-two rating in a team-high, 25:58 of ice time. He has now tallied 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his last 14 games, including five assists in the last six games.
- Ryan Callahan notched a power play goal, was credited with a team-high, five hits, registered three blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 20:26 of ice time. He has now recorded seven points (five goals, two assists) in the last nine games, including four points (three goals, one assist) in the last four contests.
- Carl Hagelin registered two assists, including one on the game-winning goal, was credited with three hits, and posted a plus-two rating in 16:01 of ice time. He has now tallied 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last 14 games, including an assist in each of the last three games (four assists over the span).
- Brian Boyle notched the eventual game-winning goal, three shots and was credited with two blocked shots in 15:30 of ice time, while making his return to the lineup after not dressing on Friday vs. Ottawa.
- Derek Stepan tallied the Rangers’ first goal of the contest at 11:31 of the first period, and was credited with three hits in 19:17 of ice time. He has now registered seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last six games.
- Brad Richards recorded a goal with 1:12 remaining in the contest, and logged 15:49 of ice time. He has now tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in his last five games, including a goal in each of the last two games.
- Michael Del Zotto tallied a power play assist and was credited with two hits in 22:33 of ice time. He has recorded three assists in the last five games, including an assist in each of the last two contests, and is now one point shy of his 100th career NHL point.
- Marian Gaborik registered an assist and logged 17:29 of ice time in the contest. He has now tallied five points (one goal, four assists) in the last five games.
- Dan Girardi was credited with a team-high, five blocked shots, and registered three shots on goal in 24:03 of ice time.