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by Paul on 01/30/14 at 12:06 PM ET
LUNDQVIST, CARCILLO LEAD RANGERS TO YANKEE STADIUM SWEEP
Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves and Daniel Carcillo scored the tiebreaking goal at 4:36 of the third period to power the Rangers to a sweep of their two games at Yankee Stadium as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.
* Lundqvist earned his third regular-season outdoor NHL game victory, passing Ty Conklin for the most such wins. He has compiled a 2.00 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in his three outdoor appearances.
* Carcillo recorded his first game-winning goal as a Ranger in his 11th game with the club. Two of Carcillo’s three goals this season have been game-winners. (He tallied the game-winning goal as a member of the Kings on Oct. 13 vs. the Panthers).
* The Rangers became the first team to win three regular-season outdoor NHL games, following their 3-2 victory over the Flyers in the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and Sunday’s 7-3 win over the Devils in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium. No other club has more than one such victory.
* The Rangers overcame deficits in all three of their outdoor game victories. They trailed 2-0 versus the Flyers before scoring three unanswered goals; 3-1 against the Devils before scoring six unanswered goals; and 1-0 versus the Islanders before scoring the game’s final two goals.
* The Rangers improved to 29-23-3 (61 points) this season, moving three points ahead of the Flyers (26-22-6, 58 points) for second place in the Metropolitan Division, where the No. 2 through 7 teams are separated by just six points in the standings. They also improved to 13-5-1 in their last 19 games, including wins in eight of their past 11 outings.
* The Rangers continued their hot stretch on the road, where they are 15-4-0 in their last 19 games, including five consecutive victories. Their 17 total road wins and 34 total road points (17-10-0) lead the Eastern Conference this season.
OUTDOOR HOCKEY: BY THE NUMBERS
A look at the NHL’s 11 regular-season outdoor games (since 2003):
Number of regular-season outdoor NHL games: 11
Number of football venues that have hosted: 5
Number of baseball venues that have hosted: 5*
Number of teams that have participated: 16
Number of players and head coaches that have participated: 382
Total attendance: 623,136
Average attendance: 56,649
* Yankee Stadium is the only venue to host two games
DID YOU KNOW?
The attendance of 50,027 at Yankee Stadium pushed total attendance for the first four outdoor games of the 2013-14 season to 259,722 . . . The temperature at puck drop was announced as 22.0°F/-5.6°C . . . Twelve Rangers played in their third regular-season outdoor NHL game, tying Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk, Devils forward Michael Ryder and retired goaltender Ty Conklin for the most career appearances in an outdoor game.
SCRIVENS RECORDS 59-SAVE SHUTOUT
Ben Scrivens stopped all 59 shots he faced to lead the Oilers to their third consecutive victory, their second such winning streak this season (Nov. 16-21). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Scrivens’ 59 saves were the most ever by a goaltender in a regular-season shutout (in the expansion era), besting the previous mark of 54 set by Coyotes netminder Mike Smith in a 2-0 triumph over the Blue Jackets on April 3, 2012.
* There have been two instances of a goaltender making more than 59 saves in a postseason shutout: Dominik Hasek stopped 70 shots in the Sabres’ quadruple-overtime victory over the Devils on April 27, 1994, and Patrick Roy made 63 saves in the Avalanche’s Stanley Cup-clinching, triple-overtime win over the Panthers on June 10, 1996.
* Scrivens’ 59 saves also were the most in a regular-season game (not including a shutout) since March 21, 1991, when Ron Tugnutt stopped 70 shots for the Nordiques in a 3-3 tie versus the Bruins.
* Scrivens improved to 9-7-4 in 23 appearances this season, including a 2-2-0 mark since being traded to the Oilers. He leads the League in save percentage (.937), is tied for second in shutouts (4) and ranks third in goals-against average (1.93).
QUENNEVILLE CLIMBS THE COACHING CHARTS
Trailing 2-0 early in the second period, the Blackhawks scored five unanswered goals to snap a four-game losing streak and reclaim first place in the Central Division (33-10-13, 79 points). With the victory, head coach Joel Quenneville moved into sole possession of third place in all-time wins:
MOST WINS BY A HEAD COACH, NHL HISTORY
1. Scotty Bowman: 1,244
2. Al Arbour: 782
3. Joel Quenneville: 693
4. Dick Irvin: 692
Oilers forward Taylor Hall (1-2—3) factored on all three of Edmonton’s goals to extend his assist/point streak to six games (1-8—9) . . . Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad (2-1—3) recorded his second three-point game of the season . . . Three other Blackhawks had multi-point performances: Marian Hossa (1-1—2), Patrick Sharp (1-1—2) and Jonathan Toews (1-1—2) . . . The Stars signed forward Ryan Garbutt to a three-year contract extension. The 28-year-old Winnipeg native has 10-8—18 in 46 games this season, all career highs . . . The Ducks signed defenseman Mark Fistric to a three-year contract extension. The 27-year-old Edmonton native has 1-4—5 and a +8 rating in 27 games this season.
SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Montreal @ Boston, 7:00 p.m., NHLN-US, RDS, TSN-HABS, NESN
Florida @ Toronto, 7:00 p.m., FS-F, SNET-O
Washington @ Columbus, 7:00 p.m., CSN-DC, FS-O
Tampa Bay @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., SUN, SNET-E, TVA
New Jersey @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., MSG PLUS, FS-SW
Minnesota @ Colorado, 9:00 p.m., FS-N, ALT
San Jose @ Calgary, 9:00 p.m., CSN-CA, SNET-W
Buffalo @ Phoenix, 9:00 p.m., MSG-B, BELL TV, FS-A PLUS
Philadelphia @ Anaheim, 10:00 p.m., CSN-PH, PRIME
Pittsburgh @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., ROOT, FS-W
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