With his 26-save performance in the team's 6-1 win over the Penguins Wednesday night, Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist notched his 268th-career victory to move ahead of Rangers legend Eddie Giacomin for second all-time in wins in franchise history. Mike Richter is the organization's all-time winningest netminder with 301.
Lundqvist reached the milestone in 499 career games, while Giacomin got to 267 in 538 games with the Rangers.
Lundqvist has now allowed two goals or fewer in each of his last eight games, posting a 5-2-1 record with a 1.72 goals against average and a .938 save percentage over that span.
Clowe Impresses in Debut
Newly acquired forward Ryane Clowe scored his first two goals of the season and added an assist Wednesday night in his Rangers debut. He finished with five shots — tied for the game-high — and four hits in 15:22 of ice time. He has eight points in his last nine games.
Clowe's last goal came on April 5, 2012 against the Los Angeles Kings while a member of the San Jose Sharks.
"Sometimes you just play," he said after the game. "We went over some system stuff before the game and I talked to Torts a little bit and he said 'don't worry about it too much tonight, just go out and play and that's all you have to do.' And I said to myself I just have to worry about skating and moving my feet and driving my legs, get some chances, and work down low."
Brassard Notches Career-Highs
Not to be outdone by Clowe, forward Derick Brassard — acquired in the trade that sent Marian Gaborik to Columbus — finished with a goal and three assists for his first career four-point game. He won 11-of-15 faceoffs (73 percent) in 12:54 of ice time in his debut. He has six points in his last three games, including a goal in three straight.
Brassard's previous career-high in a game was three, which he has set numerous times, most recently on March 23, 2012 against the Carolina Hurricanes as a member of the Blue Jackets.
Three of Brassard's points came with the man advantage, which was also a career-high.
"They obviously have a great team and great players," Brassard said of playing with the Rangers. "When we were coming in on the plane today, we were excited. It's a great chance for us to show what we have, and for us, we just want to help in the push towards the playoffs."
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time a player recorded four points while making their Rangers debut was Doug Bentley on Jan. 20, 1954, against the Boston Bruins.
Boyle Back in the Points Column
Rangers forward Brian Boyle got back in the points column Wednesday night with two assists in the 6-1 win. He had not registered a point since scoring on March 10 against the Washington Capitals. It was his first multi-point game of the season, and first since April 5, 2012, also against the Penguins.
"It was a lot of fun," Boyle said. "We got the offense going tonight, that's for sure. Obviously the new guys gave us a spark — more than a spark, I guess. But it was just cool to welcome them."