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Notes on the game
- The Penguins beat Columbus so they moved into second place, two points up on New York. The Capitals lost to 5-2 to St. Louis so they remain five points behind the Rangers.
- The Rangers have only six road games left this season with 12 games at Madison Square Garden. It’s a favorable schedule and the Blueshirts need to take advantage.
- The seven goals were the most allowed by the Rangers in a game, equaling the seven that they gave up to Colorado in December.
- The entire Rangers lineup contributed to this loss. The Fox/Lindgren tandem were on for four goals against while Patrik Nemeth, Dryden Hunt, Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider were on for three goals.
- The three newest Rangers made their debuts. Andrew Copp was noticeable. He had two assists as he played 17 minutes and won eight of 15 faceoffs. Tyler Motte had four shots and three hits in just over 12 minutes while Frank Vatrano was not much of a factor in his fourth game.
- The Rangers killed two of three penalties with one power play goal overturned when the Devils were offside. The Rangers scored on their only power play of the game, late in the third period.
- Igor Shesterkin’s hold on the Vezina Trophy got a little looser in this game. He allowed five goals on 24 shots. He still leads the league with a .936 save percentage, but his goals against average jumped to 2.14, fourth best in the NHL behind Frederik Andersen, Jacob Markstrom and Jeremy Swayman.
- Chris Kreider scored his 42nd goal of the season, tied for second with Leon Draisaitl. It was his 22nd power play goal, five goals more than Draisaitl. That’s the third most power play goals ever by a Ranger, one behind Marcel Dionne and two behind franchise record holder Jaromir Jagr.
- When Adam Fox scored his 10th goal, it game the Rangers two blueliners with 10 goals (Jacob Trouba has 10 goals). The last time the Rangers had two defensemen with 10 goals was 2007-08 with Michal Rozsival (13) and Dan Girardi (10). The Rangers have had three defensemen with 10 goals or more three times in their history.