Inside the Numbers: NYR/FLA (March 21)

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Shooting Gallery

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The Rangers posted 45 shots on goal Thursday night to set a new season-high. It was the most the team has had in a regular season, non-overtime game since they posted 47 against the New York Islanders on March 15, 2011.

The team's previous season-high came on Feb. 28 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, when the team posted 42 shots on goal. Thursday marked the fourth time this season the Rangers eclipsed 40 shots.

 

"We'd be concerned if we weren't getting the chances. We had 40-something shots on net," Callahan said. "You do that on a nightly basis, you get those chances on a nightly basis you're going to get more than one goal easily."

 

Playing from Behind

For the 19th time in 30 games this season, the Rangers allowed the first goal of the contest. When allowing the first goal, the Rangers are 7-11-1, compared to 8-2-1 when scoring first.

 

"I don't think our start was great, but it wasn't as slow as some of the other ones," head coach John Tortorella said of the team's start against the Panthers. 

 

"Every other team seems to come out really hard and put us on our heels," added Dan Girardi. "We have to find a way on the first shift and second shift, just throw everything we have at them in the first couple of shifts and create some momentum that way."

 

Scoring Troubles

The Rangers continued to struggle offensively Thursday night, and have now been held to two goals or fewer in 18 of 30 games this season. The team has just seven goals in their last six games. When scoring fewer than two goals, the Rangers are 5-12-1.

 

"We just have to stick with it and even after the second period we talked about having to keep going the same way and try to put as many shots as we can on him and some screens in front of him to create traffic," Gaborik said. "We did that, but just didn't execute."