Every point counts.
That was Henrik Lundqvist's postgame message after the Rangers beat the Hurricanes, 2-1, in a shootout Thursday night.
"Right now, you need every point you can get," said Lundqvist, who believes that the Rangers gain confidence when he steps up. "Just because we had a great comeback last year, it doesn't mean it's going to happen this year. We need to be on our toes and start getting points and stay in the race from the get-go."
Derick Brassard, who scored the tying goal in the third and led all Rangers forwards in ice time (20:32), said to earn that extra point, the Rangers "need to find some good moves" in the shootout. Lundqvist has 49 career shootout wins, second among all NHL goalies. "We know our goalie is really good at it,'' Brassard said. "At the end of the season, the points you lost in the shootouts are obviously huge."
Marty back at right wing?
Has the Martin St. Louis experiment at center ended? Maybe.
Alain Vigneault, who moved the career right wing to injured Derek Stepan's spot on the first line to start the season, switched St. Louis to right wing during Thursday night's game. "I'm going to watch the tape and I'll get back to you on Saturday," Vigneault said when asked about the possible switch before Sunday's game against the Sharks.
St. Louis, who has four assists but has not scored a goal in five games, played 20:14 without putting a shot on net and won only 5 of 13 faceoffs. The Rangers won only 23 of 67 draws (34 percent). Dominic Moore went 6-for-12.
Ryan McDonagh led all skaters with 30:19 of ice time. It was the fourth time in his career that he passed the 30-minute mark in the regular season.