RANGERS VS. PENGUINS POST-GAME

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New York Rangers 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 2 OT ( Game No. 18, Away No. 8 ) POST-GAME NOTES

*       The Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2, in overtime tonight at the CONSOL Energy Center to improve to 10-7-1 overall, including a 6-2-0 mark on the road.  The Blueshirts have won their last three games, including two overtime victories during the stretch.

*       Ryan Callahan tallied the overtime game-winning goal at 3:38 of the extra frame, added a shorthanded assist and was credited with a game-high, six hits in 20:14 of ice time.  Callahan has registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last three games.

*       Henrik Lundqvist stopped 37 shots to improve to 7-5-1 overall, including a 5-2-0 mark on the road this season.  He has stopped 30 or more shots in nine of his 13 appearances this season and is now 6-3-0 in his last nine starts, registering a 2.12 goals against average, .926 save percentage and two shutouts over the span.

*       Defenseman Marc Staal notched a shorthanded goal with 1:26 remaining in regulation to tie the score at two goals apiece and send the game into overtime, and logged a team-high, 29:24 of ice time.  His goal came just 27 seconds after the Penguins recorded two goals in a 38-second span to take the lead.  The goal was Staal’s first career shorthanded tally, and he now leads all Rangers’ defensemen with three goals on the season.

*       Brandon Dubinsky registered two assists, including the primary assists on Staal’s game-tying shorthanded goal at 18:34 of the third period and Callahan’s overtime game-winner, and posted a plus-two rating in 22:36 of ice time.

*       After a scoreless first period, Erik Christensen opened the game’s scoring with an even strength goal at 10:16 of the second, assisted by Ruslan Fedotenko and Matt Gilroy.  Christensen has now registered four points (one goal, three assists) in the last two games.  Fedotenko recorded the primary assist on the goal to extend his scoring streak to three games, registering five points (two goals, three assists) over the span.  Gilroy has tallied an assist in each of the last two games.

*       Dan Girardi recorded an assist on Callahan’s overtime game-winning goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 27:35 of ice time.  He has registered four assists in the last six games.  Girardi now leads all Rangers’ defensemen and is tied for sixth on the team in scoring with nine points, and is tied for second on the Rangers with eight assists.  His eight assists are also tied for 16th among NHL defensemen, and he is tied for 25th among league blueliners in points.

*       Steve Eminger led all skaters with five blocked shots and logged a season-high, 26:07 of ice time.

*       The Blueshirts held the Penguins scoreless in six power play opportunities (12:00) tonight and have now surrendered just one goal in their last six contests, registering a 95.2% success rate (20-21) over the span.

*       New York was not awarded a power play opportunity in the contest.  The last time the Rangers did not have a power play attempt in a game was Jan. 16, 2007 at New Jersey (L, 0-1).

*       The Rangers do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, Nov. 16.

*       The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up. The Blueshirts will wear their new heritage jersey, unveiled on Friday to celebrate the franchise’s 85th anniversary, for the first time during Wednesday’s game.  Prior to the game, the Rangers’ morning skate is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the MSG Training Center.

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