Courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game 1
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
(NYR leads 1-0)
- The Rangers opened their 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs by defeating the Ottawa Senators, 4-2, tonight at Madison Square Garden, in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup.
- New York improved to 199-216-8 overall in postseason action, including a 111-83-2 mark at home. The Rangers are now 42-47-5 all-time in Game 1s of playoff series.
- The Blueshirts have posted a 30-11 series record when winning Game 1.
- The Rangers were credited with 20 blocked shots, led by Dan Girardi who registered a game-high, four blocked shots in the contest.
- Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves to improve his career playoff record to 16-20 overall, including a 9-8 mark at home. He is now tied with John Davidson for fourth all-time on the Rangers’ playoff wins list. Lundqvist has posted a 5-7 record with a 1.98 goals against average, .940 save percentage and one shutout when registering 30+ saves.
- Ryan Callahan notched the game’s opening goal at 12:01 of the first period and was credited with a game-high, seven hits in 20:34 of ice time. The goal was his seventh career in the playoffs and his 10th career playoff point.
- Artem Anisimov led all skaters in points with two assists and posted a plus-two rating to earn third star honors. His assist on Callahan’s goal at 12:01 of the first period was his first career playoff assist.
- Brad Richards notched one goal and registered a game-high, six shots on goal in 19:21 of ice time. The goal was his 22nd career playoff goal and 63rd point in 64 postseason contests. Richards has now recorded four goals and nine points in six career playoff games against Ottawa.
- Brian Boyle tallied the game-winning goal, was credited with six hits and two blocked shots, and won a team-high, 13 faceoffs (13-25, 52%) in 17:49 of ice time. The goal was his first career playoff point.
- Marian Gaborik registered an unassisted goal at 16:24 of the second period, and four shots on goal in 19:50 of ice time. The goal was his 14th career playoff tally and his 25th point in 35 postseason contests. Including the final eight games of the regular season, Gaborik has tallied seven goals and 11 points in the last nine games.
- Dan Girardi recorded an assist in the game-winning goal, was credited with a game-high, four blocked shots and led all skaters with 26:41 of ice time.
- Anton Stralman tallied the primary assist on Callahan’s first period goal and posted a game-high, plus-three rating while making his NHL playoff debut.
- Carl Hagelin registered the lone assist on Richards’ third period goal, and was credited with two hits and two blocked shots while making his NHL playoff debut. The last Rangers rookie to record a point while making their playoff debut was Lauri Korpikoski on May 4, 2008, in Game 5 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Pittsburgh Penguins (goal).
- John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “Big plays at key times. We got a big goal from Brian Boyle. He’s in good defensive position, the puck comes to him and he scores a big goal. I thought a number of guys, not just the big guys, but I thought a number of guys contributed. We didn’t lose ourselves. We were forechecked pretty good, they pinched hard, they had us bottled up, but we stayed within ourselves and found our game, the way we play. We found a way.”
- Henrik Lundqvist on the playoffs… “It’s exciting; it’s fun. You go out there and feel the support [from the fans], that’s why you play. It’s really fun to go out there, especially after you pull off a big win in the first game.”
- Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “There’s going to be surges throughout game, throughout a series, throughout the game there’s going to be momentum swings and I think the team that wins is the team that handles them the best. Hank made some big saves during that and gives us a chance to make it 2-0.”
- Brian Boyle on the team… “We have trust in everyone, not just him (Henrik Lundqvist). Obviously, he’s been phenomenal for us throughout the whole year, but it goes down the line. We have great leadership and great rookies that have bought in. Right down the lineup, we trust each other and we know that that everyone is going to put it on the line for us, so I just try and do the same.”
- The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Apr. 13, is 2:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center.
- The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, Apr. 14, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup. The game will be televised live on MSG Network, and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.