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Post-game notes … and a Live playoff chat tomorrow

Posted By Carp On April 16, 2012 @ 11:14 pm In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 73 Comments

Don’t forget, the plan is for us to do our second playoff Live Chat at noon Tuesday. I hope to be at the arena with a decent internet connection by 12 … the Rangers practice at 2, so we can go a while. Be there.

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Courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game 3
Scotiabank Place – Ottawa, ON

(NYR leads 2-1)           1st     2nd     3rd     T
New York Rangers        0       0       1       1
Ottawa Senators         0       0       0       0       

Team Notes:

– The Rangers defeated the Ottawa Senators, 1-0, tonight at Scotiabank Place in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup, and now lead the series 2-1.  The win was the Blueshirts’ 200th playoff victory in franchise history. – New York is now 200-217-8 overall in postseason action, including an 89-133-6 mark on the road.  The Rangers are 34-42 all-time in the third game of playoff series. – It was the 38th postseason shutout in Rangers history, and the 11th time the Blueshirts won a playoff game with a final score of 1-0. – The Rangers have tallied the first goal of the contest in each game this series. – New York’s last playoff game/win in Canada was on Apr. 28, 1996, a 5-3 victory at Montreal in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.

Player Notes:

– Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 39 shots he faced to post his fourth career playoff shutout, and improved to 17-21 overall in postseason action with an 8-12 mark on the road.  He passed Andy Aitkenhead for fifth on the Rangers all-time playoffs shutouts list, and moved into a tie with John Vanbiesbrouck for third in team history with 38 career postseason appearances.  The 39 saves represent a career-high for Lundqvist in a playoff shutout, and he improved to 6-7 with a 1.83 GAA, .945 Sv% and two shutouts when posting 30+ saves in the postseason. – Brian Boyle tallied the game’s lone goal at 7:35 of the third period to extend his goal streak to three games (three goals over the span).  He also tied for the game-high with five shots on goal, was credited with three hits and two blocked shots in 18:55 of ice time.  Boyle now leads the Rangers with three playoff goals, and is tied for the team lead in playoff scoring with three points.  Including the final nine games of the regular season, he has recorded eight goals and 10 points in the last 12 games. – Dan Girardi registered the primary assist on Boyle’s goal, tied for the game-high with five blocked shots and led all skaters with 26:10 of ice time.  He has tallied an assist in each game of the series (three assists over the span), and has recorded 17 blocked shots in the series.  Girardi is now tied for the team lead with three playoff assists and three playoff points.  Including the final three games of the regular season, he has tallied five assists in the last six games. – Ryan Callahan recorded an assist and was credited with two hits in 17:37 of ice time in the contest.  It was his fourth career playoff assist and 11th playoff point in 30 postseason games.  Callahan is tied for fourth on the team in playoff scoring with two points (one goal, one assist) in the series. – Chris Kreider registered one shot on goal and was credited with a hit in 11:11 of ice time while making his NHL debut.  The last time a Rangers player made his NHL debut in the playoffs was Lauri Korpikoski on May 4, 2008, in Game 5 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals at Pittsburgh (goal).  Kreider, who signed with the Rangers on Apr. 10 after winning his second NCAA National Championship with Boston College on Apr. 7, is the first player to win an NCAA title and make his NHL debut in that year’s playoffs since Tony Hrkac in 1987 (University of North Dakota and St. Louis Blues).

Team Schedule:

-        The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Apr. 17, is 2:00 p.m. at Scotiabank Place.

-        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, Apr. 18, at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m.), in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup.  The game will be televised live on MSG+, and can be heard on Bloomberg Radio.


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