The Rangers are known to play tight games against the Boston Bruins, but the Buffalo Sabres can now be added to the list as well. With last night's 3-2 shootout final, nine of the last 13 matchups between the two squads have been decided by one goal, with five games requiring overtime or a shootout.
The Rangers penalty kill continues to be exceptional, going 5-for-5 last night. The PK is now 32 for its last 34 (91.1 percent) in the team's last 11 games, propelling the Rangers to No. 7 in the NHL. When the penalty kill is perfect, the team is 6-3-1.
"Special teams is a big part of the game, especially tonight." Stepan said. "Our PK's been better and better as the year has gone on. It stepped up tonight for sure.
Power Play Heating Up
The team's power play is following the penalty kill's lead, as the Rangers scored two power play goals against the Sabres. The team has now recorded a goal with the man advantage in five of the last eight games, going 6-for-27.
The two power play goals last night was the first time the Rangers scored more than one goal with the man advantage in a game since Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils last season.