Rookie J.T. Miller notched his first NHL assist last night on Ryan McDonagh's third period goal. The 19-year-old center scored two goals in his second NHL game earlier this month, but had not picked up a point in his last five games.
Jeff Halpern also found his way into the assist column — and point column — for the first time last night when he too was credited with a helper on McDonagh's goal. The assist was Halpern's first point as a Ranger. Halpern's 14:50 of ice time was also a high for him this season.
Hagelin Held Pointless
After setting a new career-high five-game point streak, Carl Hagelin was held off the scoresheet for the first time since Feb. 7 against the New Jersey Devils. During his streak, Hagelin registered five goals and three assists for eight points. Despite the streak coming to an end, Hagelin finished with a career-high 23:43 of ice time.
Stepan Sets Career-High
Derek Stepan's 26:21 of ice time last night was a career-high for him. The 22-year old had an assist on Ryan Callahan's powerplay goal, which extended his point streak to three games.
Defenseman Marc Staal's 27:57 of ice time set a season-high, while his third period assist on Callahan's goal gave him six assists in his last nine games are a career-high over a stretch of that many games.
Ryan Callahan scored the Rangers lone shootout goal last night, and is now 2-for-2 this season in the competition and 5-for-15 for his career.