‘Running with the Devil’ – NHL Stadium Series
RANGERS SCORE RECORD SEVEN GOALS TO EARN SECOND OUTDOOR WIN
Trailing 3-1 late in the first period, the Rangers scored six unanswered goals, including four in the second period, to become the first team to win two 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.
* Four other teams – the Red Wings (1-0-1), Canadiens (1-1-0), Penguins
(1-1-0) and Flyers (0-1-1) – have played in multiple regular-season outdoor NHL games, but none has more than one victory.
* The Rangers set a regular-season outdoor NHL game record with seven total goals, besting the previous mark of six established by the Red Wings in the
2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
* With four goals in the second period, the Rangers also set a record for the most goals by one team in a single period of a regular-season outdoor NHL game. The Devils scored three goals in the first period to tie the previous mark, originally set by the Blackhawks in the first period of the
2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and then matched by the Red Wings in the second period of that game.
* The five combined goals in the first period (NJ: 3, NYR: 2) set a single-period record for a regular-season outdoor NHL game, surpassing the previous mark of four set in the third period of the 2003 Molson Canadian NHL Heritage Classic (EDM: 2, MTL: 2) and equaled in the first period of the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic (CHI: 3, DET: 1).
* The 10 combined total goals also matched the record set by the Red Wings
(6) and Blackhawks (4) in the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
ZUCCARELLO, ELIAS EQUAL OUTDOOR GAME RECORD FOR INDIVIDUAL GOALS
Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello and Devils forward Patrik Elias each scored two goals, tying the individual record for most goals in a regular-season outdoor NHL game (accomplished by six other players, most recently Rangers forward Mike Rupp in the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic).
* Zuccarello has registered at least one point in six of his last 10 games, compiling 5-2—7 over that period. He ranks second on the Rangers with 15 goals and 37 points in 53 games this season.
* Elias recorded his first goals since Dec. 13 and first multi-goal game since April 20, 2013. With 384 career goals (1,128 GP), he now is tied for 100th in NHL history with Richard Martin.
STEPAN BEATS SCHNEIDER FOR FIRST SUCCESSFUL OUTDOOR PENALTY SHOT
Rangers forward Derek Stepan recorded the first successful penalty shot in a regular-season outdoor NHL game when he beat Cory Schneider at 10:06 of the third period. It marked the second outdoor game penalty shot in as many days, following Anze Kopitar’s unsuccessful attempt against Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller Saturday at Dodger Stadium.
Penalty Shots in Regular-Season Outdoor NHL Games
Daniel Briere (Philadelphia) unsuccessful against Henrik Lundqvist (NY Rangers), at 19:40 of the third period, Jan. 2, 2012, at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia. NY Rangers 3, Philadelphia 2. (2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic)
Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles) unsuccessful against Jonas Hiller (Anaheim) at
9:46 of the first period, Jan. 25, 2014, at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles.
Anaheim 3, Los Angeles 0 (2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series)
Derek Stepan (NY Rangers) successful against Cory Schneider (New Jersey) at
10:06 of the third period, Jan. 26, 2014, at Yankee Stadium, New York. NY Rangers 7, New Jersey 3 (2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series)
OLYMPIANS SHINE ON OUTDOOR STAGE
Seven of the 10 goals were scored by players who will represent their countries in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Olympic representatives also combined for 11 of 26 total points on the scoresheet:
Mats Zuccarello: 2-0—2 (Norway)
Carl Hagelin: 1-0—1 (Sweden)
Rick Nash: 1-0—1 (Canada)
Derek Stepan: 1-0—1 (United States)
Ryan Callahan: 0-1—1 (United States)
Patrik Elias: 2-0—2 (Czech Republic)
Jaromir Jagr: 0-2—2 (Czech Republic)
Marek Zidlicky: 0-1—1 (Czech Republic)
ANOTHER OLYMPIAN MAKES HIS MARK ON THE OUTDOOR STAGE
Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who will represent Sweden in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, made 19 saves to pick up his second regular-season outdoor NHL game victory, matching Ty Conklin for the most such wins.
Lundqvist recorded 34 stops, including a penalty-shot save on Daniel Briere in the final seconds of regulation, to secure New York’s 3-2 victory over Philadelphia in the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park.
* Lundqvist improved to 29-14-6 in 49 career regular-season appearances versus the Devils, including a 25-9-6 mark in his head-to-head matchups with Martin Brodeur.
RYDER TIES OUTDOOR GAME MARK
Devils forward Michael Ryder played in his third regular-season outdoor NHL game, tying forward James van Riemsdyk and goaltender Ty Conklin for the most career appearances in an outdoor game. Ryder also played for the Canadiens in the 2003 Molson Canadian NHL Heritage Classic at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton and for the Bruins in the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park in Boston.
NHL OUTDOOR GAME ATTENDANCE CLIMBS ABOVE 200,000 IN 2014
The announced attendance of 50,105 at Yankee Stadium pushed total attendance for the first three outdoor games of the 2013-14 season to 209,695. Total attendance for the NHL’s 10 regular-season outdoor games now stands at 573,109, an average of 57,311 per game.
2003 Molson Canadian NHL Heritage Classic, Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton: 57,167
2008 Amp Energy NHL Winter Classic, Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo: 71,217
2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Wrigley Field, Chicago: 40,818
2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Fenway Park, Boston: 38,112
2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh: 68,111
2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, McMahon Stadium, Calgary: 41,022
2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia: 46,967
2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor: 105,491
2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles: 54,099
2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, Yankee Stadium, New York: 50,105
Total: 573,109 Per-Game Average: 57,311
STAAL, STRALMAN BOTH FINISH WITH +4 RATING
Rangers defensemen Marc Staal and Anton Stralman both finished with a +4 rating, besting the previous regular-season outdoor NHL game record of +3 by Red Wings forward Jiri Hudler in the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
* Staal added 1-1—2 for his second multi-point performance of the season.
* Stralman collected two assists, his first multi-point game since Feb. 23,
2013 (1-1—2) and first multi-assist game since Dec. 22, 2011 (0-2—2).
JAGR CONTINUES TO CLIMB THE RECORD BOOKS
With a pair of assists, Devils forward Jaromir Jagr passed former teammate and Hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux for sole possession of 10th place in all-time assists. He has recorded two assists in consecutive games and now has 2-4—6 during a four-game point streak. A look at where Jagr stands in the NHL record books:
MOST GOALS, NHL HISTORY
6. Mike Gartner: 708
7. Jaromir Jagr: 697
8. Mark Messier: 694
MOST ASSISTS, NHL HISTORY
9. Marcel Dionne: 1,040
10. Jaromir Jagr: 1,035
11. Mario Lemieux: 1,033
MOST POINTS, NHL HISTORY
6. Steve Yzerman: 1,755
7. Jaromir Jagr: 1,732
8. Mario Lemieux: 1,723
NASH CONTINUES TO ROLL
Rangers forward Rick Nash recorded his 11th goal in his past 11 games, extending his scoring streak to five games (7-0—7). He had seven total goals in his first 26 appearances of the season.
VISITORS CONTINUE OUTDOOR GAME DOMINANCE
With the Rangers’ victory, visiting teams improved to 8-1-1 in the 10 regular-season outdoor NHL games to date. The only home clubs to win an outdoor game are the Bruins, who defeated the Flyers 2-1 in overtime in the
2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, and the Flames, who shut out the Canadiens 4-0 in the 2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic.
RANGERS PICK UP IMPORTANT TWO POINTS
The Rangers improved to 28-23-3 (59 points) this season, moving three points ahead of the Blue Jackets (26-21-4, 56 points) for second place in the Metropolitan Division, where the No. 2 through 8 teams are separated by just nine points in the standings. The Devils (22-20-11) remain in sixth place with 55 points.
BRODEUR PULLED AFTER ALLOWING SIX GOALS
In his 100th regular-season appearance versus the Rangers, Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur allowed six goals on 21 shots – the most he has ever given up against New York – before being pulled for the start of the third period. Brodeur fell to 49-31-20 in his 100 regular-season games against the Rangers.
WEATHER CONDITIONS AT PUCK DROP
The temperature at puck drop was announced as 24.9°F/-3.9°C. A look at the weather conditions of the NHL’s 10 regular-season outdoor games:
Weather Conditions at Previous Regular Season Outdoor NHL Games
2003 Molson Canadian NHL Heritage Classic, Edmonton: -2°F/-19°C, clear, severe wind chill
2008 Amp Energy NHL Winter Classic, Buffalo: 33°F /1°C, flurries
2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Chicago: 32°F /0°C, overcast, swirling wind
2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Boston: 39°F/4°C, overcast
2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Pittsburgh: 51°F/10°C, overcast, light rain
2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, Calgary: 16°F/-9°C, clear, wind
2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Philadelphia: 41°F/5°C, partly cloudy
2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Ann Arbor: 13°F/-11°C, snow, swirling wind
2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, Los Angeles: 63°F/17°C, clear
2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, New York: 24.9°F/-3.9°C, partly cloudy
Source: NHL Media