- DAN GIRARDI from Derick Brassard and Michael Del Zotto
- Henrik Lundqvist was outstanding tonight. He got some help from the posts and his teammates did a lot, but he made the saves when the Isles had their best chances. His first shutout could not have come at a better time for the Rangers.
- This was a game, especially in the third period, where the Islanders controlled the play and had the better chances. The Islanders were faster, got to more pucks and seemed like they were on the verge of scoring.But as the Rangers have started to do, they found a way to win.
- The power play was not good. When the Rangers were actually able to set up their power play, they passed it around a lot looking for a pretty play rather than just trying to put it to the net.
- Derick Brassard has his ups and downs. The ups are the plays he makes on the game winner. The downs are when he holds onto the puck too long or tries to make too fancy of a play. The talent is there for him along with a huge amount of enthusiasm as it seemed like he jumped 10 feet off the ground to celebrate with Dan Girardi and Ryan Callahan.
Rangers game notes:
– The Rangers defeated the New York Islanders, 1-0, in overtime tonight at Nassau Coliseum, and are now 5-1-1 in their last seven games.
– The Blueshirts improved to 21-16-4 (46 pts) overall, including an 8-10-2 mark on the road this season.
– The Rangers have registered at least one point in 17 of their last 20 games against the Islanders, posting a record of 14-3-3 over the span, dating back to a 5-2 win on Dec. 17, 2009, at Long Island.
– The Blueshirts improved to 3-0 in games decided in overtime this season.
– The last time the Rangers and Islanders skated in a 1-0 game was a Blueshirts’ win on Mar. 17, 2003, at Madison Square Garden. The last time the two teams skated through 60 minutes of scoreless hockey was a 0-0 tie on Dec. 9, 1989, at Long Island.
– The Blueshirts held the Islanders scoreless in two power play attempts (4:00), and are now 19-20 (95.0%) on the penalty kill in the last seven games. New York has now registered a point in 16 of 20 games (14-4-2) when not allowing a power play goal.
– The Rangers were credited with 21 blocked shots, including 13 players who registered at least one blocked shot in the contest.
– Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 29 shots faced to post his first shutout of the season, 44th of his career, to improve to 19-14-3 overall, including a 6-8-2 mark on the road this season. The shutout was Lundqvist’s 50th career total, including six playoff shutouts, tying him with Ed Giacomin as the Rangers’ all-time leader in total shutouts. He has now allowed two or fewer goals in 12 of his last 13 games, posting a record of 8-3-2 with a 1.66 goals against average, .941 save percentage, and one shutout over the span.
– Dan Girardi notched the game-winning goal at 3:11 of overtime, was credited with two blocked shots, and logged a game-high, 29:13 of ice time. The goal was his first career overtime goal.
– Derick Brassard tallied the primary assist on Girardi’s overtime, game-winning goal, was credited with two hits, and won 8-15 faceoffs (53%) in 19:22 of ice time. He has now tallied eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last eight games, including six points (one goal, five assists) in six games as a Ranger.
– Michael Del Zotto recorded an assist and was credited with a game-high, five blocked shots in 26:03 of ice time. He now ranks fifth on the team with 14 assists on the season.
– Brian Boyle was credited with two hits and three blocked shots in 14:50 of ice time.
– John Moore was credited with four hits and logged 7:55 of ice time.