Playoffs bound after a 5 year drought!

Apr 9, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers salute the crowd after the game against Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers salute the crowd after the game against Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 9, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) and New York Rangers right wing Ryan Reaves (75) chest bump after the game against Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) and New York Rangers right wing Ryan Reaves (75) chest bump after the game against Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports /

Notes on the game

  • The Rangers record is now 47-20-6 as they reached the 100 point mark for the 11th time in franchise history.  With nine games left, they have a chance to finish with the most points in team history. They would need 14 points out of their last 18 to top the 113 point total by the 2014-15 Rangers.
  • The team has gone 11-3-1 in their last 14 games and have lost only once in regulation in their last nine games.
  • The Rangers are tied for first place with the Carolina Hurricanes though the Rangers have played one more game.  They are now eight points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The magic number to clinch second place is any combination of 10 points gained by the Rangers or lost by Pittsburgh.
  • With the win, the Rangers record against the Atlantic Division is an amazing 18-2-1.  Those 18 wins are the most by any team in the NHL against one division. The Oilers have 18 wins against Pacific Division teams, but they are in that Division so they play more games.
  • The Rangers have a great record on Saturdays, going 10-2 this season.
  • This was another come-from-behind win for the Blueshirts, their league leading 26th of the season.  They are 27-1-3 in games that are leading after two periods.
  • Chris Kreider has now scored the fourth most goals in franchise history.  His 49 goals tied Mike Gartner in 1991-92.  Next up is Vic Hadfield’s 50 goals followed by Adam Graves’ 52.   The franchis record is 54 set by Jaromir Jagr in 2006.  This was the ninth time Kreider has scored two or more goals in a game this season.
  • Mika Zibanejad has already set a personal high for assists in a season and is one point away from tying his career high for points in a season (75).
  • Artemi Panarin had a goal and two assists.  He now has 18 multi-assist games this season, tying Brian Leetch, Mark Messier and Jean Ratelle for the most in in a season for the franchise. Panarin has never gotten to 100 points in a season and how has 88 so he needs 12 points in the last nine games. This was the 11th time he has had three or more points in a game.
  • Andrew Copp now has four goals and 11 points in 10 games in New York.
  • Igor Shesterkin had a relatively easy game in goal, facing only 22 shots. Allowing the one goal, he dropped his GAA to 2.07 and is tied for the league lead with Fredrik Andersen of Carolina.  He improved is save percentage to .935, best in the NHL.
  • The Rangers went 0-1 on the power play, the fourth time in five games they have been shut out.  They’ve gone 2-12 in those games, but are still second overall in the NHL.
  • The Rangers penalty kill is 14 for their last 14 as they stopped the only Senators power play. The PK is 81.6% and they have moved up to ninth in the league.
  • Gerard Gallant is rolling four lines and they are all getting a lot of playing time. Mika Zibanejad led all forwards with 15:11 while Ryan Reaves played 13:57.  Kaapo Kakko played the fewest minutes in his return to action, but at 12:28 it was only just over two and a half minutes less than Zibanejad.
  • Kakko and Kevin Rooney returned to the lineup and played well. Gallant pointed out that Rooney was rusty on draws, losing nine of 12.
  • The Rangers swept the three games against Ottawa, outscoring them 10-4.