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Notes on the game
- With the win, the Rangers moved back into second place, tied in points with the Penguins, but holding the tie breaker. They opened up five point lead on the Washington Capitals who lost to Dallas and are four points ahead of the Bruins.
- The Rangers record is 40-18-5. In getting their 40th win in their 63rd game, it was the fastest since 2011-12 when they did it in 61 games. They are the fourth NHL team to reach 40 wins this season.
- They also won their 20th road game of the year, second most in the NHL and the sixth team to hit that mark.
- The Hurricanes have now lost four in a row for the first time this season, one of them by a shootout. They are only three points ahead of the Rangers, though they have a game in hand.
- The 44 shots by the Hurricanes was the third highest the Rangers have surrendered. They allowed 46 shots in a win over the Winnipeg Jets earlier this month. The Rangers have not lost this season when they allowed over 40 shots on goal.
- The win evened Alexandar Georgiev’s record for the season at 9-9-2. It was the most shots he has faced this season and the most saves he has made in getting a shutout. This was the seventh shutout of his career.
- Chris Krieder scored his 41st goal of the season, his seventh game winning goal of the year, fourth most in the NHL. He is tied with Leon Draisaitl for second place in the goal scoring race.
- Frank Vatrano scored the empty net goal for his first as a Ranger and his 11th goal of the season. That was the 13th empty net goal of the season for New York.
- The Rangers record going into the third period with a lead is 22-1-3. They improved their record in one-goal games (not counting open net goals) is now 24-8-5.
- The Rangers are 6-4-1 in the second game of back-to-backs. They have played 10 back-to-back sets and have won both games four times, lost both three times and split three times. This the first time they won both games on the road.
- The Rangers like playing on the weekends. They are 17-4-0 in games on Saturday and Sunday.
- The improved their record against the Metropolitan Division to 9-5-0 and evened their season series with the Hurricanes at 1-1.
- Kudos to the Ranger fans who were in Raleigh. Their cheers drowned out the locals and they even came up with a couple “Potvin Sucks” chants.