Derek Stepan notched his eighth goal of the season Monday night against the Hurricanes, which snapped the Rangers goal drought of 129:55. He now has points in eight of his last 10 games, registering five goals and five assists during that span.
The King of Manhattan
With his 2-1 shootout win last night, Henrik Lundqvist improved to 10-5-0 at Madison Square Garden this season. He has held opponents to two goals or fewer in 14 games, seven of which he allowed just one goal against.
"We worked really hard and they started the game really well," Lundqvist said. "I thought we played a lot better in the second and third periods. It wasn't our best game but we found a way to win that's what we need to do right now. I don't care how we do it as long as we get points."
With his shootout tally last night, Rick Nash is now 3-for-4 this season in the competition, while rookie J.T. Miller scored his first shootout goal of his career, and is now 1-for-2. Callahan failed to score in the shootout for the first time this season, and is now 3-for-4. The three are the only Rangers to score this season in the shootout.
Callahan Inches Closer to 100
With his assist on Stepan's second period goal, Ryan Callahan is now just two assists shy of his 100th career helper. He finished the night with four shots, three hits and went 4-of-6 in the faceoff circle in 21:48 of ice time. He has seven points in his last eight games, including four goals.
Winger Carl Hagelin picked up an assist on Stepan's goal, and now has 14 points in his last 18 games, including five assists in his last seven contests.
MDZ Second Star
Although he did not show up on the scoresheet, Michael Del Zotto had one of his strongest games of the season Monday night. He tied his career-high with five shots on goal to go along with three hits in 25:17 of ice time. He was named the game's second star.
The Rangers always look to their stalwarts on defense, and the pairing of Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh played solidly Monday night. Girardi tied for the game-high with six hits and led everyone with five blocked shots and had four shots in 26:09. McDonagh, meanwhile, had four hits and two blocked shots in a team-high 27:30 of ice time.