The New York Rangers finished out the regular season with a 3-2 victory on Steven McDonald night. Magnus Hellberg picked up his first NHL victory. Ryan McDonagh recorded two points in his return to the lineup. For all the details check out Blueshirt Bullet Points.
Here’s a look at how the team performed through the lens of Game Score.
1.) Ryan McDonagh | 2.10
The Blueshirts’ captain returned to the lineup after a short absence and ended his regular season on a good note. McDonagh tallied a goal and an assist in just under 20 minutes of ice time while also recording four shots on goal with one blocked shot.
The Rangers’ top defender also drew a penalty for his team and finished with a neutral 5v5 Corsi rating. McDonagh ended the season with six goals and 36 assists for 42 points in 77 games, a point shy of his career high.
2.) Mika Zibanejad | 1.11
Zibanejad had a hell of a first season with the Rangers that was unfortunately shortened by 25 games after suffering an injury early in the season. Once the Rangers’ pivot returned he picked up where he left off and finished the season with 14 goals and 23 assists for 37 points in 56 games. Against the Penguins Zibanejad tallied two assists and recorded two shots on goal. He is a player the Blueshirts will lean on during the playoffs.
3.) Derek Stepan | 1.05
The Blueshirts’ alternate captain finished the season third overall in team scoring with 17 goals and 38 assists for 55 points in 81 games played. Stepan continued to show why he is one of the team’s top players, and he ended his regular season on a good note. Against the Penguins Stepan scored a goal on the power play and finished with a 5v5 Corsi rating of -1.
The Rangers are set to take on the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Be sure to follow @NYRBlueBulletin for schedule updates.