Rangers 7, Canucks 2; Postgame News & Notes

I’ll have a review up later today. I had some issues at home that prevented me from getting it done ahead of time.  Nothing serious, just a four year old that refused to sleep and then was very cranky in the morning from not sleeping.

For now, please enjoy the Postgame news and notes from the Rangers, via my anonymous source:


– LUCKY 13 – The Rangers’ 13 wins through 17 games this season are tied for the most the team has earned in the first 17 games of one season in franchise history. New York has now earned 13 wins in the first 17 games of a season twice in franchise history (2015-16 and 2016-17).
– HIGH FIVE – The Rangers have tallied five or more goals in nine of the first 17 games in one season for the second time in franchise history (also accomplished the feat in 1972-73). In addition, the Rangers are the first NHL team to tally five or more goals in nine of its first 17 games of a season since Buffalo in 2006-07.
– GOALS GALORE – The Rangers have registered 72 goals through the first 17 games of the 2016-17 season. New York has recorded at least 72 goals in the first 17 contests of a season for the first time since 1988-89 and for the fourth time in franchise history. The Rangers lead the NHL in goals per game this season (4.24).
– SEVENTH HEAVEN – The Rangers tied a single-game season-high with seven goals and a single-period season-high with four goals in the third period.
– PICK SIX – The Rangers tallied at least six goals in a game against the Canucks in Vancouver for the first time since Oct. 11, 1997, when Wayne Gretzky registered his 50th – and final – career NHL hat trick in a 6-3 win for the Blueshirts.
– SAVING THE DAY – Over the last three games, Rangers goaltenders have posted a .965 SV% (109 saves on 113 shots).
– MAKING THE DIFFERENCE – The Rangers lead the NHL in goal differential this season (plus-34; 72 goals for, 38 goals against). The Rangers’ plus-34 goal differential through 17 games this season is the second-best goal differential the team has posted through the first 17 games of any season in franchise history (1971-72; plus-39).
– HOW THE WEST WAS WON – The Rangers defeated Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver on the same road trip for the second time since 1980-81, which is the season the Flames began playing in Calgary (New York also accomplished the feat during the 2014-15 season).
– WINNING WAYS – The Rangers extended their winning streak to three games and have won each of their first three games on their current four-game road strip. The Blueshirts have won eight of their last nine games (8-1-0; dating back to Oct. 30 vs. Tampa Bay. In addition, the Rangers have won 11 of their last 13 games (11-2-0; dating back to Oct. 22 at Washington) and 12 of their last 15 contests (12-3-0; dating back to Oct. 17 vs. San Jose).
– ROAD WARRIORS – The Rangers lead the NHL in road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (77). New York has won four consecutive road games (including all three games on their current four-game road trip), dating back to Nov. 5 at Boston.
– TWO GOOD – Seven different Rangers tallied at least two points in tonight’s game.
– SHUTTING THE DOOR – The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in 11 of the last 14 games, dating back to Oct. 19 vs. Detroit. The Blueshirts have won 37 of the last 38 games in which they allowed two goals or fewer, dating back to Dec. 15, 2015 (37-1-0).
– FINISHING THE JOB – The Blueshirts have posted an 11-0-0 record in games which they have held a lead entering the third period this season. Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Rangers have posted a 178-3-8 record in 189 regular season games in which they have held a lead entering the third period.
– SECOND HELPING – New York outscored Vancouver, 2-1, in the second period of tonight’s contest. The Rangers have posted a plus-22 goal differential in the second period thus far this season (31-9).
– SPECIAL TEAMS – The Rangers have outscored their opponent on special teams in eight of 17 games this season and have posted a 7-1-0 record in those contests.
– POWER SURGE – The Rangers were 2-for-3 (3:16) on the power play in the contest. New York has registered a power play goal in eight of the last 13 games and in 10 of 17 contests in 2016-17.
– KILL ZONE – New York was 4-for-4 (8:00) on the penalty kill in the game. The Rangers have not allowed a power play goal against in five of the last six games, and have killed off 17 of their opponents’ last 18 power play opportunities (over a seven-game stretch), dating back to Nov. 3 vs. Edmonton (94.4%) over the span.

3 Stars
– J.T. Miller tied a single-game career-high with two goals. He extended his point streak to three games (two goals, two assists), and he has registered a point in 12 of 17 games this season. Miller leads the Rangers in points this season (17; six goals, 10 assists). Miller has recorded a point in 12 of the Blueshirts’ 13 wins in 2016-17, and the Rangers have posted a 12-0-0 record in games which Miller has notched a point this season.
– Kevin Hayes posted his first career multi-goal game in the NHL, tallying two goals. Hayes has recorded a point in eight of the last nine games, tallying 13 points (six goals, seven assists) over the span.
– Mats Zuccarello tied a single-game career-high with three points (one goal, two assists) and posted a plus-three rating. He has tallied 12 points (six goals, six assists) in the last 15 games. Since 2013-14, 146 of Zuccarello’s 182 points have either been a goal or the primary assist on a goal (80.2% of his points have been primary points over the span).

Blueshirt Breakdown
– Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves to earn his ninth win of the season. In his last nine starts, Lundqvist has posted an 8-1-0 record, along with a 1.89 GAA, a .936 SV%, and 1 SO. He has posted a 2-0-0 record along with a 1.50 GAA and a .959 SV% in his last two starts.
– Nick Holden tallied two points (one goal, one assist). He has notched seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last nine games, and he ranks second among Rangers defensemen in goals this season (two).
– Brandon Pirri registered a power play goal. Pirri leads the Rangers in power play goals this season (three), and he has recorded eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last 13 games.
– Brady Skjei tallied an assist. He is the first Rangers rookie defenseman to tally at least 10 assists and 10 points in his rookie season since 2010-11 (Michael Sauer). Skjei is the first Rangers rookie (forward or defenseman) to tally at least 10 assists in the team’s first 17 games of one season since Brian Leetch in 1988-89. Skjei is tied for fourth among NHL defensemen in assists this season, and he also leads all NHL rookies in assists in 2016-17. He is one of five Rangers rookie defensemen since 2000-01 to tally at least 10 assists in his rookie season (along with Fedor Tyutin, Michael Del Zotto, Matt Gilroy, and Michael Sauer).
– Ryan McDonagh notched an assist while skating in a team-high 23:56 of ice time. The Rangers captain is tied for second among NHL defensemen in assists this season (11; is tied with Erik Karlsson and trails Duncan Keith by one).
– Mika Zibanejad tallied two assists and posted a plus-three rating. He leads the Blueshirts in power play assists (five) and power play points (five) this season.
– Jesper Fast tied single-game NHL career-highs with two assists/points. He has notched a point in four of the last five games (one goal, four assists), five of the last seven games (two goals, four assists), and nine of 17 games this season (two goals, eight assists).
– Kevin Klein tied single-game career-highs with two assists/points. Klein has recorded an assist/point in each of the last two games (three assists) and has tallied six assists/points in the last six games.
– Cristoval Nieves made his NHL debut in tonight’s contest.

Team Schedule
– Tomorrow: Team is traveling to Columbus
– Thursday, Nov. 17: Practice, 1:00 p.m. ET at Nationwide Arena
– Next Game: Friday, Nov. 18 at Columbus (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)

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72 thoughts on “Rangers 7, Canucks 2; Postgame News & Notes”

  1. Didn’t see the game being down here in St Petersburg! But at least I’ll get to see the replay on NHL Network. I mentioned yesterday this game would be Hanks revenge guess I called it. 72 goals already do they keep this pace up?

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  2. I’ll have to spend the day deciding whether or not to forgive you, Doodie 🙂 I guess we can let it go just this once. Or at least until your kids are 18 and over.

    Do you guys remember when everyone was disgusted with Hayes? No effort, no defense no faceoff ability? Don’t resign him, trade him for a fourth while he can still get you one? yeah soooo about that…

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  3. Watched the 1st period and had to call it a night, looked like they were going to be back on their heals for most the night but kept getting chances. I don’t think they’ve swept the Western Canada trip in my life time. But they sure look like they’re hurting right now. Gonna be a line to get in the hot tub. Someone better get Wolski out of there.

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  4. Actually we found that getting rid of the naps hurt at night. It’s counter-intuitive, but for some reason a mid-day nap encourages more sleep at night.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Rick Nash cut naps out of his routine last year, totally throwing his cycles off. This year? That man is definitely a Napper.

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  5. James, I wanted to sleep so bad after period 1, but I’m not a smart man. Glad I stuck with it though, always nice to see all those goals even in garbage time.

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  6. Haha, thanks for all the suggestions, guys. But it was our fault, as parents. We let him fall asleep on the couch, much later than his usual bed time, so we could clip his toenails, but he woke up as we were finishing, and then refused to go to bed because he wanted to watch the game. But he wanted to watch it while laying down next to me on the couch and, being tired and cranky, had a meltdown that he couldn’t see the TV because my leg was in the way… which I couldn’t do anything about since he insisted on laying down next to me. It was a great night.

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  7. I think what I’m going to do is go rewatch the first two periods quickly to focus a bit more on the defense than I was, watch the remainder of the third, and then publish the whole thing tomorrow.

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  8. Re Goaltending; while one can appreciate Henk’s effort in the first period with 17 saves but how many were truly memorable? The McD deflection? His play did look stellar compared to the other goalie. I compare this to early career Henk when he carried this team for stretches.
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    In the age of large padding, is it all about goalie positioning and less so about spectacular ‘saves’. Chicken and egg stuff for sure.
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    I see shots hit the goalie, but I did not see many amazing saves. Salmon Joe make it seem that every time a shot hits the goalie’s pad it is a remarkable save. Well, when a player cannot lift the puck and shoots it into the leg pad, ins’t that more on the shooter than the goalie?
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    Sorry, I digress; back to discussion about nap schedules…

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  9. Hope it’s not going to be the perfect storm with this rash of injuries happening as they get set to play some tough teams in the East

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  10. Your NYR on pace for 347 goals and a +164 differential. A “normal” sesason anything over 260 GF is exceptional and most years the high differential is upper 50s/low60s, though a few have made it to the 80s. 7 goals on 25 shots is the model of effeciency that all our government agencies should strive for!

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  11. SN – agree on your “great save” comment. Nearly every “great save” is a puck that hits the goalie somewhere. Spot on re: your positioning comment.
    What we need. What we need …….is Solidarity. Solidarity.

    Every body want to see the game on Saturday. Everybody want to have a friend….

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  12. Doodie – am I ever serious? In fact, I’m not even on the can when I say I’m on the can. I haven’t had to lay cable since 1977 as that was the last time I ate food.

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  13. Hey guys, just found this, nice to see you guys again. Any word on Carp resurfacing? I miss his opinions and “In Review”.

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  14. It’s quality shots on goal that is the important STAT, not just SOG. They scored 7 last night, and all but the last goal were quality chances.

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  15. That Holden was able to score says everything about that goalie
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    E3 on the can is never a HAV, too dangerous er skid knees
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    E3 – listening to Dub Marcus Say; rally round the red, gold black and green!

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  16. As long as Hayes keeps playing like the number 1 center on this team I don’t care if his goals are weak, ugly, obnoxious, rude, insulting, hysterical, sloppy, neurotic or offensive. He and Miller have been great.

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  17. Just a heads up I’m going to spend the rest of the day cutting backsplash tile with a wet saw. So if no one hears from me for a few weeks it just means I’m learning to type with the stumps that used to be my fingers.

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  18. ‘When rites and melodies begin
    to alter modes and times,
    And timid bar-flies boast aloud
    of uncommitted crimes,
    And leading families are proud
    To dine with their black sheep,
    What promises, what discipline,
    If any, will Love keep?’
    So roared Fire on their right:
    But Tamino and Pamina
    Walked past its rage,
    Sighing O, sighing O,
    In timeless fermatas of awe and delight
    (Innocent? Yes. Ignorant? No.)
    Down the grim passage.

    ‘When stinking Chaos lifts the latch,
    And Grotte backward spins,
    And Helen’s nose becomes a beak
    And cats and dogs grow chins,
    And daisies claw and pebbles shriek,
    And Form and Colour part,
    What swarming hatreds then will hatch
    Out of Love’s riven heart.’
    So hissed Water on their left:
    But Pamina and Tamino
    Opposed its spite,
    With his worship, with her sweetness –
    O look now! See how they emerge from the cleft
    (Frightened? No. Happy? Yes.)
    Out into sunlight.

    – W.H. Auden

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  19. I’m not sure I agree. Lots of unrelated injuries. Broken leg, blood clot, torn meniscus. It’s not like he has a lot of knee sprains or other soft tissue injuries. Taylor Hall, on the other hand, is worrisome.

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