Courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
April 3, 2012 (Game 80, Away Game 40)
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
1st 2nd 3rd OT F
New York Rangers 4 1 0 – 5
Philadelphia Flyers 0 2 1 – 3
– The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-3, tonight at Wells Fargo Center, and are now 7-2-0 in the last nine games. With the win, the Rangers have clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference. It is the first time since 1993-94 the Rangers finished atop the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference standings.
– New York improved to 51-22-7 (109 pts) overall, including a 24-11-5 mark on the road. The Rangers currently hold a two-point lead over Vancouver atop the league standings. The Canucks are in action tonight against the Anaheim Ducks.
– The Blueshirts’ 51 wins are the second most in franchise history, while their 109 points are tied for second all-time in team history (1970-71, 1971-72).
– The Rangers completed a sweep of their season series against the Flyers (6-0-0). It is only the second time in franchise history the Blueshirts swept the season series against the Flyers (1971-72, 6-0-0), and is the first time New York swept the road series in Philadelphia since 2006-07 (4-0-0). The Rangers out-scored the Flyers, 24-11, including a 10-4 advantage in the third period. New York converted 8-25 (32.0%) on the power play, while finishing 23-26 (88.5%) on the penalty kill.
– The Rangers extended their winning streak against the Flyers to eight games, dating back to a 7-0 win at MSG on Mar. 6, 2011. The Blueshirts have out-scored the Flyers, 34-13, during the streak.
– 18 different Rangers tallied a point against the Flyers this season, including 12 different goal-scorers.
– The Blueshirts’ power play was 3-6 (8:24), while the penalty kill finished 7-8 (12:48) in tonight’s contest. The Rangers’ power play has tallied seven goals in the last four games (7-18, 38.9% over the span), and are 12-47 (25.5%) in the last 13 games. New York’s penalty kill is 49-56 (87.5%) in the last 18 games.
– The Rangers tallied four goals in the first period, including two power play goals in a span of 36 seconds. The four goals ties their season-high for most goals in a single period.
– New York was credited with 20 blocked shots in the contest, led by Marc Staal and Artem Anisimov who tied for the game-high with three blocked shots.
– Marian Gaborik notched a power play goal and added an assist in 20:11 of ice time to extend his point streak to a season-high, six games (six goals, four assists over the span), including a goal in three straight. He has tallied 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) in the last 14 games, and completed the season series against the Flyers with a team-high, nine points (four goals, five assists) in six games.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves to record his career-high, 39th win of the season, and is now 39-17-5 overall with an 18-8-3 mark on the road. He has won seven of the last nine games, and is 12-5-1 with a 2.08 GAA, .941 Sv% and two shutouts in 18 games when registering 30+ saves this season. Lundqvist’s 39 wins rank second all-time on the Rangers’ single season wins list.
– Ryan McDonagh tallied two points (one goal, one assist), was credited with five hits and two blocked shots, and logged a game-high, 28:13 of ice time. He has tallied five points (one goal, four assists) in the last five games.
– Brad Richards recorded two assists, including one on the power play, and was credited with two blocked shots in 19:21 of ice time. He has tallied a point in five of the last six games (one goal, eight assists over the span), and has registered 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in the last 15 games. Richards surpassed the 40-assist mark for the 10th time in 11 NHL seasons.
– Ryan Callahan notched the game-winning goal while on the power play, and was credited with two blocked shots in 22:26 of ice time. He has tallied 18 points (12 goals, six assists) in his last 23 games, and is now one goal shy of 30 on the season and two points shy of 200 career NHL points.
– Artem Anisimov tallied a power play goal and tied for the game-high with three blocked shots in 18:03 of ice time. The Rangers improved to 18-4-4 when he registers a point.
– Brian Boyle recorded one goal, was credited with three hits and won a game-high, 15-23 (65%) faceoffs in 19:15 of ice time. He has tallied four goals in the last seven games, and the Rangers are now 20-1-1 when he registers a point.
– Dan Girardi registered a power play assist and was credited with a team-high, six hits in 26:27 of ice time. He has tallied two assists in the last three road games.
– Marc Staal tallied a power play assist and tied for the game-high with three blocked shots in 19:48 of ice time. The assist was his first on the man advantage this season.
– Anton Stralman recorded the primary assist on Gaborik’s power play goal at 10:09 of the second period, and was credited with two blocked shots in 16:35 of ice time. He has tallied six assists in his last 12 games.
– Brandon Dubinsky tallied a power play assist and registered two shots on goal in 11:41 of ice time. He has tallied six points (two goals, four assists) in the last nine games, and the Rangers improved to 20-2-3 when he records a point.
– Derek Stepan registered a power play assist and logged 19:59 of ice time. He has recorded 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 12 career games against Philadelphia, and is now four points shy of 100 career NHL points.
– Ruslan Fedotenko tallied an assist and three shots on goal in 12:55 of ice time. He has tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in the last five games, and the Rangers improved to 15-1-1 when he registers a point.
– Please note the Blueshirts do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, Apr. 4.
– The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, Apr. 5, at CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m.), in their final road game of the regular season. The game will be televised live on MSG 2 and can be heard on Bloomberg Radio.