Game 5: Post-game notes


Courtesy of the Rangers:

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Game Five
New York Rangers at Washington Capitals, April 23, 2011

Team Notes:

–         The Rangers were defeated by the Washington Capitals, 3-1, today at Verizon Center, in Game Five of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal match-up.  The Capitals won the series 4-1.

–         New York is now 198-216-8 all-time in 422 playoff contests, including a 88-133-6 record on the road.  The Rangers are 15-19 all-time in 34 postseason contests vs. Washington.

–         The Blueshirts have posted a 23-31 record all-time in Game Fives of playoff series, including a 17-24 mark on the road.

Player Notes:

–         Wojtek Wolski notched the Rangers’ lone goal at 19:28 of the third period and led all skaters with six shots on goal in 18:23 of ice time.  The goal was his first in the playoffs as a Ranger.  Wolski finished the playoffs tied for the team lead in scoring with three points and two assists.

–         Bryan McCabe tallied the primary assist on Wolski’s third period goal and was credited with three blocked shots in 18:36 of ice time.  The assist is his first even strength point recorded as a Ranger since being acquired from Florida on Feb. 26.  McCabe finished the playoffs tied for the team lead with two assists, and third in scoring with two points.

–         Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves in net to finish his playoff campaign with a 1-4 record, along with a 2.25 goals against average and a .917 save percentage in five games.  His 2.25 goals against average ranks sixth in the NHL, while his .917 save percentage ranks seventh in the league.  Lundqvist appeared in each of the Rangers’ final 31 games dating back to Feb. 11 at Atlanta, and has started in each of the Rangers’ last 34 playoff contests.

–         Sean Avery registered one assist, and has now recorded three assists in 10 career playoff contests vs. Washington.

–         Marc Staal was credited with a game-high, six blocked shots and logged a team-high, 22:51 of ice time.  He finished the playoffs with a team-high, 28:01 of ice time per game (currently ranked second in the NHL), and ranked second on the Rangers with 15 blocked shots.

–         Brian Boyle registered five shots on goal and logged 19:27 of ice time.  He finished the playoffs ranked first on the team with 25 shots on goal, and is currently ranked third in the NHL in shots.

–         Brandon Dubinsky led the Rangers in playoff scoring with three points and two goals, and he currently leads all NHL forwards with 24:56 of ice time.  During the regular season, Dubinsky led the Rangers with career-highs in points (54), goals (24), assists(30), road points (26), and avg. ice time among forwards (20:13).

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  1. Stop posting so fast, Carp. LOL

    Jimbo, there are NO good free agents this summer, save for Richards. Darth needs to re-sign his own RFA’s before delving inot the UFA pool

  2. CArped too:
    Rangers had a lot of positives this year; the rookies and a lot of negatives too: but-chin, ec and the wookie. Hard to watch today I’ve been a fan since the early ‘70s but I picked the craps in 5. Who do you guys root for now? Maybe baby buffalos?

  3. eddie eddie eddie on

    i cant say i would re-sign prospal….as good as he was in his return, i cant see him playing on this team next year…looked way too tired in open ice

  4. JimboWoodside on

    Carp hates me!! I’m convinced!

    If Richards is the only good one available (and I don’t necessarily think he should be signed -I just don’t know, especially after he was concussed) then you can be certain that Glen will be in the hunt to get him signed.

    An eighth place finish and a 4-1 drubbing in the first round will not allow Glen to stand pat. And with all due respect to our guys, I don’t see a single player that we’ve had this year who could develop into a 40-50 goal scorer.

    Our only 40 goal scorer turned into a 22 goal scorer this year, so I’m afraid that Glen will be shopping in July.

  5. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Stick a fork in us !!!"...says Greg L. on

    thanks Mao on that other thread over there . We are out…

  6. I think NYR fans overrate MZA, and expect a little too much from him. But, he has a lot of talent. He wont be a dominant forward, but he could be a crafty playmaker for us. He’s still young. Anything can happen.

  7. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " What a Messier !!!"...says Greg L. on

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!! Rangers are outsky!!

  8. eddie eddie eddie on

    orr – if hockey were a half-court game, i agree regarding prospal…but he really looked old, slow, and tired in open ice…he has great hands and still passes well, but he cant skate anymore

  9. Vinny might retire, all depends on what he feels his knee can handle.

    Definite resign: Cally, Dubi, Artie, BB, Gilroy(he really showed me something this series) and Feds, who is young enough to still fit in with the youth, yet has won 2 cups.

    Drury… look, I respect what he has done in his career and how hard he apparently works, but he really has no place on this team.

  10. Nashville/Tampa Bay finals. Wouldn’t THAT be a great big ‘Byfuglien You’ to Bettman.

  11. JimboWoodside on

    I don’t think I’m over that one yet either, e3 – that one’s gonna take a long time to fade into the mist…

  12. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " What a Mess-eh !!!"...says Greg L. on

    nobody left to root for …all gone . Done ,kaputt ,vamoooshed,ousted, eliminated , kick to the curb ,the party is over ,wiped out , shot outta our misery , golf coursed ,hog ties , horn swaggled , Bush leagued , clean out the locker time….

  13. eddie eddie eddie on

    mickey – agreed on Drury…he is a mere shell of the player he once was…sure happened quickly….he went from ok (not in terms of salary/production caveat)-to below average-to terrible in 3 short years

  14. Yeah, to be honest, I don’t care as much. Not like in the past. I didn’t have expectations, and never expected them to win this game.

    I’m over it.

    Mickey, I’m willing to take him back on the 4th line, instead of buying him out. It’s one year, no harm. Either way, I wouldn’t care though.

  15. eddie eddie eddie on

    jimbo – yeah, that game 4 will last quite awhile, I’m afraid….unbelievable, really,,,

  16. they should use Fedotenko to take faceoffs. when he did it today he had the best move of them all. he just jams his body into the opponent, and then kicks the puck back to the Rangers dmen

  17. JimboWoodside on

    I think all of us, despite all of the “whistling past the graveyard” attitude, really knew that the game 4 collapse was going to seal our doom in this series.

  18. eddie eddie eddie on

    however, i think next year, as i mentioned a few weeks ago, we wont be waiting until game 82 to know we made the playoffs…..onward and upward… year should be much better….

  19. LOL! I’m so glad we gave up Kennedy for McCabe.

    We still have our 1st round pick, and two 2nd round picks. Good stuff. Despite this supposedly not being a deep draft, it’s still good to have those picks.

  20. JimboWoodside on

    McCabe is through…..he couldn’t even get his “patented” big shot off during this whole series.

  21. honestly, the better team won the series. There was a reason Washington finished with a better record than us and it showed in all 5 games this series.

    Other than today, the Rangers were competitive all series and considering our best forward was injured, that was all we could hope for. Washington was just too deep offensively for our team to keep up with and we lacked the offense weapons to get those big goals…

  22. The thing about MZA is he needs top-6 minutes…we’ll see if he wins a spot…Rangers may not be able to give him that opportunity, I hope the do…he’s not a 3rd or 4th liner…I am hoping he takes Prospal’s spot…

  23. For Mccabe(ock) yea but i was really surprised at a)his lack of speed b)he made a bunch of real dopey passes

  24. Orr, yeah, I could live with Drury for another year, I suppose.

    McCabe’s lack of foot speed was exploited all series long.

    And with that, I have to change and leave for church. Might be back later, depends on how long the service is. Have a good night all.

  25. eddie eddie eddie on

    jimbo – game 1 was fairly devastating…but after the late game 3 win…and to play 40 minutes the way they did, you just dont come back from that kind of defeat unless you are a very wise, experienced, mature, and dare say a better team…..this team is too young – heck – i am merely a fan…and i havent recovered…and what’s in it for me?

    I do know about such things personally…a long time ago….I was in the final of a tennis tournament – Open section – and at 6-6 in the first set, we play a tiebreaker….first to 7 win by two….i am up 5 love…..lost the tiebreaker 11-9, and lost the second set 6 love in about 15 minutes…i was never the same again….

  26. So true, Jimbo, but it’s Easter Vigil and I LOVE this service. More than any other one during the year. :)

  27. JimboWoodside on

    I hear you, eddie – sometimes something inside just “dies”, and you know that no matter how hard you try that you aren’t going to be able to overcome the tide.

    This series, with the 2 goals that were scored after the whistle should have blown the play dead, and that awful overtime blunder, I think it was too much for the young kids to get past. I hope it toughens them up for future campaigns.

  28. The thing is, if MZA wants more time, he needs to earn it. Torts can’t give him more time because the fans think he has a lot of potential. If he’s being outplayed, then he loses time. That’s just how Torts coaches, and it’s the right way. He needs to be more of a factor next season.

    And he needs to stay away from the physical part of the game. It’s nice to see him getting physical, but he needs to worry aboot offense. Leave the physicality to the Elves, Men, Wizards, etc.

    Lobster, NYR were horrible. The best player of the series was Hank. NYR were garbage, and were lucky to even win one game.

  29. JimboWoodside on

    Yes, Mickey, I figured that – we are on the same wavelength – have a blessed Easter!

  30. I don’t care what anyone else says, but Girardi really regained my respect this year, and in these playoffs. The whole not sticking up for Gabby last year was a low point for him as a Ranger, but man, he really stepped to the plate this year. Staal was banged up down the stretch and in these playoffs, but still played very well. I am glad we have those two locked up already.

  31. I’m glad he didn’t step up for Butt-Chin, because it was the right thing to do, and I enjoy watching it now :P

    But, you’re right. Danny G was pretty amazing in the playoffs. Probably our second best player behind Hank.

  32. Tree Rangers stars of the playoff: 3. Gilroy, 2. Fedotenko, 1. Hank. Honorably mentioned – Torts for establish team’s character and for squeezing maximum from injuries plagued, young, talent- deficient and mediocre team. Unfortunately, adorable by fans hard work, efforts and even mentioned above character, not a substitute for collective skill set and talent needed for playoffs, but is absolutely necessary base to build a Team. Hence, look forward to the next season with optimism. Needed Iginla/Nesh type of forwards, thou…Worse in the team by discrepancy in expectation/pay and performance, is by far impotent Gaborik. Kind of fell from this team wagon and got lost in wilderness.

  33. Tom Pyatt and Lauri Korpikoski have both turned out to be pretty useful players. Hmm…

  34. You know what, Gilroy may have earned himself another contract in these playoffs. He even had a little bit of a snarl to him. I liked his play a lot.

  35. Well, boys and girls, this is it for me. This is my last posting for the season. Through all the ups and downs … and downs … you guys stuck by my side. Called me to “pour it on” and to “give it to them!”. And I did. I did, whenever I could, give it to the clowns. I gave them the “amateur-hour”. I gave them the “mickey-mouse”. And, most often, I gave them the infamous “bush-league”.

    Thanks to CARP and thanks to all for letting me be a part of this community. And for allowing me to tell you exactly how I feel about this good-for-nothing squad. Can’t wait for next season … at which point we’ll all waste our time watching these overpaid pieces of Carcillo take countless hours away from our lives and, come April, make us once again question whether we should step in front of a freight train.

    Lose and Let Lose.

  36. Mrs. Eminger on

    No Steven=Rangers lose. Coincidence? I think not!

    Hats off to Girardi. Say what you want about the dude, but he’s taken a pounding with the puck and got up off the deck every time.

    As far as 2010-11 NYRs go….for the most part this is pretty much what was expected going into the season. They played hard just about every night…and right to the end today.

    My smile goes upside down when I think about all the days between now and training camp.

    This is as good a time as any to thank Carp and all you smart and diehard NYR fans. This is always the first place I go for Ranger news and opinions.

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