- Mark Streit (1) Snap shot - ASST: Jakub Voracek (1), Michael Raffl (1)
- PPG - Wayne Simmonds (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Brayden Schenn (1), Mark Streit (1)
- Dan Girardi (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan McDonagh (1), Mats Zuccarello (1)
- Chris Kreider (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Derek Stepan (1), Rick Nash (1)
- PS - Keith Yandle (1) Snap shot - ASST: NONE
Game notes via the Rangers:
HOME COOKING – The Rangers have won nine of the last 10 preseason games they have played at Madison Square Garden (9-1-0), dating back to Sept. 21, 2009.
- COMEBACK KIDS – New York rallied to win the game after trailing by two goals entering the third period. In 2014-15, the Rangers tied for eighth in the NHL in wins when trailing after two periods (six).
- THREE’S COMPANY – The Blueshirts have registered at least three goals in each of their first five preseason games this year (19 goals; 3.8 goals per game). The Rangers have notched three or more goals in each of their first five preseason games in one season for the first time since 2010-11, when they recorded at least three goals in all six preseason contests. In 2014-15, New York tallied three or more goals in 51 of 82 regular season games.
- ON POINT – Through five preseason games, Rangers defensemen have recorded 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists). A Rangers defenseman has registered a goal in each of the last four games, and Blueshirts defensemen have notched seven goals in the last four contests.
- SHOOTING GALLERY – New York registered 44 shots on goal in the contest, as 16 different skaters recorded at least one shot on goal and 11 different skaters registered two or more shots on goal. In 2014-15, the Blueshirts registered 40 or more shots on goal in eight contests.
- TWO GOOD – The Rangers have notched two goals in a period in eight of 15 regulation periods thus far in the preseason.
- HOT AT THE DOT – New York won 58% of faceoffs in tonight’s contest (38-for-66), as five of six skaters who took at least one faceoff in the game posted a faceoff win percentage of 50% or better.
- Keith Yandle tallied the game-winning goal on a penalty shot in overtime, led all skaters with seven shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating while skating in a game-high 21:46 of ice time. Entering the 2015-16 season, Yandle leads all NHL players in games played (460) and ranks seventh in the NHL in power play assists (105) since the start of the 2009-10 season.
- Antti Raanta made 27 saves and earned a win in tonight’s contest. Entering the 2015-16 season, Raanta has posted a 14-0-3 record, along with a 1.59 GAA, a .942 SV%, and 3 SO in 19 career appearances at home, and he leads all NHL goaltenders (min. 10 home appearances) in save percentage at home since the start of the 2013-14 season.
- Chris Kreider registered a goal, recorded three shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in the contest. Kreider has tallied a point in each of the three preseason games he has played this year (two goals, one assist), and he is tied for the team lead in goals (two) in the preseason. Entering the 2015-16 season, Kreider is one of five NHL players who have registered at least 40 goals, 80 points, a plus-30 rating, and 150 penalty minutes since the start of the 2012-13 season.
- Dan Girardi tallied a goal, tied for the game-high with four hits, recorded three shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 18:52 of ice time. Last season, the Rangers alternate captain led the team in hits (224) and blocked shots (184). Entering the 2015-16 season, Girardi is one of two Rangers (along with Brian Leetch) who have skated in all 82 regular season games five times since the NHL adopted an 82-game schedule in 1995-96.
- Derek Stepan notched an assist, won 10 of 16 faceoffs (63%), registered three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in the game. The Rangers alternate captain has registered a point in each of the three preseason games he has played this year, and he has tallied five points (two goals, three assists) in the last two games. Stepan leads the Rangers in points (six) and is tied for the team lead in goals (two) and assists (four) in the preseason this year. In 2014-15, Stepan was one of only two NHL players who ranked tied for fifth or higher on his respective team in all of the following categories: assists, points, game-winning goals, plus/minus rating, shots on goal, power play goals, power play assists, power play points, shorthanded goals, shorthanded assists, and shorthanded points (along with Jonathan Toews of the Blackhawks).
- Ryan McDonagh recorded an assist, registered five shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in 21:02 of ice time. Since he made his NHL debut on January 7, 2011, the Rangers captain leads the Rangers in plus/minus rating (plus-88), ranks second in assists (102), shorthanded assists (seven), and average ice time (23:35), is tied for second in shorthanded points (10), ranks third in games played (317), is tied for fourth in shorthanded goals (three), and ranks fifth in points (136).
- Mats Zuccarello notched an assist and registered four shots on goal in 19:04 of ice time. Last season, Zuccarello established career-highs in games played (78) and plus/minus rating (plus-17). Since he rejoined the Rangers on Mar. 28, 2013, Zuccarello leads the team in shootout goals (seven) and game-deciding goals (three), ranks second in assists (79) and even strength assists (58), ranks third in even strength goals (32) and even strength points (90), is tied for third in points (116) and power play assists (20), ranks fourth in plus/minus rating (plus-38), is tied for fourth in game-winning goals (seven) and power play points (24), and ranks fifth in goals (37). He has recorded a point in each of the two preseason games he has played this year (one goal, two assists).
- Rick Nash recorded an assist, registered two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in 16:55 of ice time. Entering the 2015-16 season, Nash is the only NHL player who has registered 20 or more goals in each of the last 11 seasons (2003-04 – 2014-15). Last season, Nash was the only NHL player who ranked sixth or higher in all of the following 10 categories: even strength goals (first – 32), goals per game (second – 0.53), games with a goal (second – 35), shots on goal (second – 304), shorthanded goals (tied for second – four), shorthanded points (tied for second – five), goals (third – 42), game-winning goals (tied for third – eight), plus/minus rating (sixth – plus-29), and takeaways (sixth – 74).
Post Game quotes via the Rangers:
- On the Gudas hit… “It was borderline. He’s a tough defenseman, he’s got to finish his checks. I thought we responded fairly well and at the end of the day, we got a power play off it.”
- On the bottom six…“I thought Hayesy (Kevin Hayes) had a better game and I liked Stalberg every game he’s played, he’s come to play, you can tell that he’s hungry… you can see Etem’s taking some steps but these aren’t easy games to be in right now. Guys are looking for their timing, some guys are looking for their hands to make some plays with the puck. So we’ve got one more exhibition game, hopefully we can continue to improve and get ready for the season.”
- On Emerson Etem…“I think (for a player), when you come to a new team, it takes a while and every time he steps on the ice, you see him talking with his teammates and he’s only going to get better.”
- On J.T. Miller… “He had some moments. Made some good plays with the puck and on other ones, puck seemed to be bouncing around on a few of our guys tonight but I’m confident it’s going to get better.”
On the penalty shot to win the game…“You know three on three it’s just kind of man on man. And the guy went around the net so I just tried to follow him and I think he lost an edge so I was able to get the puck. And when I went to shoot he just got my hand a little bit and got a penalty shot. I just came down and I knew I was going to shoot and I was just lucky to beat him.”
On 3 on 3 overtime…"Obviously you’re going to have to help if breakdowns come but I think the majority of the time you’ll see teams doing (one on one possession in overtime). And it’s just trusting your teammates and the guy next to you to help you out if something does happen.”
On tonight’s game…“I think we’ve gotten close to finalizing the team. It’s time for us to iron out some of those plays where we’re over-passing pucks, those plays where we’re trying to be cute with it in the neutral (zone) instead of just getting it deep. I think we got better as the game went on and I like that after the first period we had 16 shots and we probably could’ve had some more. We just have to iron out some of the kinks going into the season.”
On playing the Flyers’ full roster…“You want to see the best players you possibly can as you’re building up to the season. Obviously we’ve got some very stiff competition right off the bat so I think it’s a good test for us, a good measuring stick.”
On the game’s physicality…“It gets your awareness up and makes you acknowledge the fact that yes, it’s a contact sport and guys are going to hit you. At the same time it’s a preseason game. Sometimes against that team tempers can flare a little bit, blood boils a little bit. At the end of the day it’s a preseason game and you just have to work on your own game and worry about yourself.”
On his improvement each game…“The past couple of games we’ve gone over (video). To say that I was going to get it right away, I didn’t think that was going to happen. It’s a new system, a new environment. Like I said earlier, once I get the systems down, the (defensive) zone coverage starts from there and the little details, it’s going to lead to chances. And as we saw tonight our line was doing a better job of just getting it in the zone, starting from the defensive zone in transition. Guys were winning draws, they were battling and we were able to create some chances. So we just have to build on that each and every night.”
On the intensity of tonight’s game…“You want to have that kind of game where there is a lot of PK and PP and you have to get yourself inside the game quickly. Philly has a lot of great players there, so you need to be sharp all the time and try to find the puck all the time. Of course it was a tough start, because the first shot went in, but after that I felt so good. It was nice to play the rest of the game.”
On knowing if he is ready for the regular season…“I don’t know if you know if you are ready, ever, but you start feeling good in practice. I have been working a little bit with Benny (Benoit Allaire), you start doing the right things and then you see yourself in a game situation and you find yourself doing those things like you have in practice. I think you start to feel ready for the season. Of course there is more practice still and lots of things we have to learn, but it’s good the season is starting. You get a couple of games here and there and hopefully get good wins.”
On 3-on-3 overtime for a goaltender…“Of course it’s a new thing so you are looking forward to what it’s going to be, but I think that’s what the League wanted – quick goals. There are lots of chances, so of course the goalies are not the happiest people, but when we win I am happy, so it doesn’t matter. Whenever we win in overtime, I am happy about that, so I think it’s good to experiment and we will see how it goes when the season starts.”