Game 3: Post-game notes, quotes


From the Rangers:

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Game Three
Madison Square Garden, April 17, 2011

Team Notes:

-The Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 3-2, today at Madison Square Garden, in Game Three of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal match-up.  New York trails in the series 2-1.

– New York improved to 198-214-8 all-time in 420 playoff contests, including a 110-82-2 record at home, and are 15-17 in 32 postseason contests vs. Washington.  The Rangers have now posted a 33-42 record all-time in Game Threes of playoff series.

– The Blueshirts out-shot the Capitals, 35-25, including a 27-18 advantage in the final 40 minutes.

– The Rangers were credited with 41 hits in the contest, and won 45 of 80 faceoffs (56%).

– New York notched one power play goal in seven attempts (10:33), and tallied one goal in three, four on four situations (2:42).

Player Notes:

– Brandon Dubinsky notched the game-winning goal (unassisted) with 1:39 remaining in regulation, added an assist, was credited with a game-high, seven hits and led all skaters with 25:45 of ice time.  It is his fourth career multi-point performance in the postseason, and his second career playoff game-winning goal.  Dubinsky also posted a game-high, plus-two rating.

– Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves in net to earn First Star honors, and improve to 1-2 with a 1.84 goals against average and a .921 save percentage in three playoff games.  He has now appeared in 29 consecutive games dating back to Feb. 11 at Atlanta, and has started in each of the Rangers’ last 32 playoff contests.

– Vinny Prospal notched one goal at 8:01 of the third period, and was credited with three hits and four shots on goal.  He has now recorded a team-high, 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 17 career playoff contests vs. Washington.

– Erik Christensen opened the game’s scoring with a power play goal at 5:30 of the second period, and won six of nine faceoff attempts (67%).  During the regular season, the Rangers posted a record of 9-1-0 when he tallied a goal and 15-4-0 when he registered a point.  The goal was Christensen’s first career playoff tally.

– Marc Staal registered the primary assist on Prospal’s third period goal, and was credited with two blocked shots in 23:10 of ice time.  He has now recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in 10 career playoff contests vs. Washington.

– Wojtek Wolski tallied the primary assist on Christensen’s power play goal at 5:30 of the second period, and has now registered a team-high, two assists in the series.  Including the final three games of the regular season, Wolski has now recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in the last six games.

– Bryan McCabe recorded one power play assist and three shots on goal, and led all skaters with 9:01 of ice time on the power play.  Since being acquired from Florida on Feb. 26, each of McCabe’s seven points (two goals, five assists) have been tallied on the power play.

– Dan Girardi led all skaters with five blocked shots, and was credited with five hits in 21:59 of ice time.  Girardi, who led all NHL skaters during the regular season with 236 blocked shots, ranked third in the league with nine blocked shots in the playoffs entering today’s contest.

– Brian Boyle led all skaters with a career-high, nine shots on goal, and was credited with four hits in 18:31 of ice time.  He currently leads the league with 15 shots in three playoff contests.  Boyle led the team with a career-high, 218 shots on goal during the regular season.

– Chris Drury won a game-high, 15 faceoffs in 19 attempts (79%), and now leads the league with a 77.1% faceoff winning percentage in the playoffs (27-35).

– Brandon Prust was credited with five hits, and is now tied for the team lead with 14 hits in three postseason contests.  Entering today’s game, Prust was tied for 14th in the NHL with nine hits in the playoffs.

Post-Game Quotes:

– John Tortorella on today’s game… “We scored some goals.  I don’t think we did much different.  I thought we got to the blue much better today.  Again, it was a tight checking game.  The chances were hard to come by for both teams.  We found a way to score a couple of goals.  There is no magic potion.  We found a way to score three goals and they scored two.”

– Henrik Lundqvist on playoff hockey at Madison Square Garden … “It is so fun to come back to New York and play playoff hockey – to feel the atmosphere and excitement is great.  That is what you work so hard for all year.  It was great.  We just have to keep it going.”

– Brandon Dubinsky on today’s game… “I thought we were better than we were in the first two games.  We got our forecheck going and we were able to make more plays, get more shots, bring our bodies more than we did in the first two games of the series.”

– Chris Drury on the team… “It is a gutsy group of guys.  Another example of not giving in, or getting down and a huge goal by Dubi (Brandon Dubinsky).”

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  1. billybleedsblue on

    ORR, watch the hockey, then the last 2 minutes of the hoops competition. Those are the only minutes that really count anyways! :D

  2. Ria (the silent bonehead) on

    Thank you for the post game notes Carp thats more than MSG or ESPN radio gave us after the game . They continue to behave like jackwagons putting the thugs aka knicks on both of their stations.

  3. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Interesting to be blessed with a quote from Drury as regards “gutsy” play. What the puck would he know about that?

  4. Mao April 16th, 2011 at 10:53 pm
    GREG!! MY BUDDY!!!! how is you???? LGR!!!!! DUBI GOING TO GO WILD TOMORROW!!


  5. I’d just like to say for all the chatter about people giving up and selling their tix, there were hardly any caps fans in the stands tonight. Some people seems to have just wanted increased traffic on their blogs/websites.

  6. amazingly pathetic for ANYONE
    to sell their tickets for game 3
    unless they had really good excuse
    such as

  7. Good night, Carp!

    Unfortunately I was working all day and I missed the big win and the big mustache.

  8. That could wait too, jpg… It may take a bit longer to recover, but, hey, it’s just pain!

  9. jpg's sister on

    just a story about the win, I was at Palm Sunday Mass and my Mom (jpg and my Mom) turned to me towards the end of mass and said do you think the game is over? Mom’s a blueshirt fan, too.

  10. Callad, totally agree. There were small pockets of Caps fans but you surely didn’t notice them when Washington scored…

  11. Calad – I sure hope that was the case. It didn’t sound like the atmosphere was up to snuff though.

    Really sucks the game won’t be replayed on MSG.

  12. Hey – remember earlier when we won that game? Remember when we scored a goal that didn’t count but then didn’t get all down on ourselves and continued to play hard? Remember when Brandon “Luigi” Dubinsky scored an amazing PP goal with under 2 minutes remaining in the game? That was awesome……

  13. It might have been NBC because the atmostphere from my perch in 102 was pretty awesome. It was loud but there was a fair amount of tension throughout. Down 2-0 in the series and knowing that scoring goals has been really difficult, it almost felt like OT from the opening faceoff.

    Was also impressed after Knuble tied the game, there was about 30 seconds of silence and shock before the crowd started going again but within a minute they were back with Lets Go Rangers chants…

    Also an afternoon game and what you don’t get is the buzz from a weeknight in NYC…

  14. Ok grind out the win – so what really? Do the Dolans realize that we had a game today? This team is DEAD in the water without a scoring threat – a cup wont be won with goals going off the goalie mask and down his neck into the goal (with a little help from another team mate).

    GREAT to win – but boy, some of these guys better start showing up or this is over fairly quickly.

    Now – CARP – u were in the building – is the Stash on Dubi real? Seriously, it looked so fake and 70s porn star ish that it was hard to take him seriously. That has to be the most awful looking stash in the history of the playoffs, maybe even the world.

  15. Forgot to add – I was wrong on Avery, at least for today. He played with Jam, better in first than in second and third – butoverall, he was the cataylst for getting them going –

    And that shot by Christianson – OMG – what the Bufgulien? Where did he get that from?

  16. Everything that can be said about the game has been said, so I’m gonna wander a bit and ask a simple question.

    How do the Mets have the audacity to put that ridiculous bundle
    of players in the park, game after game, and try to pass them off as major league players?

    And this is the new coaching set up?

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