With his first period goal, Rick Nash tied his career-high nine-game point streak, during which he has seven goals and seven assists. The goal also extended his goal-streak to five games, during which he's scored six goals. He needs one goal in his next game to tie his career-high six-game goal streak, which he has set on two separate occasions.
Welcome Back Brad
In his first game back after missing a pair due to injury, Brad Richards snapped his 15-game goal drought with his first period tally that tied the game, 2-2. He finished tied with six shots on net and was a plus-2 in 18:02 of ice time. He's recorded three points in his last four games.
"It's always good to get a guy back like that," Derek Stepan said. "He scores a big goal for us to get it to 2-2. He's going to continue to do that for us because he's a special player."
Hagelin Continues to Produce
Carl Hagelin finished Friday's game with an assist and a plus-2 rating in 18:17 of ice time. The 24-year-old Swede now has six goals and five assists in his last 13 games, including a two-game assist streak.
MDZ in the Assist Column
Michael Del Zotto tallied an assist and finished tied with Richards with six shots on goal in 24:54 of ice time. He has two assists in his last four games.
Anton Stralman picked up an assist last night and now has two goals and two assists in the last six contests at Madison Square Garden.
Droppin' the Gloves
Michael Haley had his first fight as a Ranger last night against Chris Phillips. He had 18 fighting majors this season with the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League, and seven last season with the New York Islanders.
It was the team's first fight since Feb. 28 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, when Stu Bickel took on B.J. Crombeen.
With last night's 3-2 loss to the Senators, five of the last seven matchups between the two teams have been separated by one goal, with three of those games ending in a shootout.