Courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game 5
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
(OTT leads 3-2)
- The Rangers were defeated by the Ottawa Senators, 2-0, tonight at Madison Square Garden, in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup. Ottawa now leads the series 3-2.
- New York is now 200-219-8 overall in postseason action, including a 111-85-2 mark at home.
- The Rangers out-shot the Senators, 41-30, including a 15-9 advantage in the third period. The 41 shots were the most by the Blueshirts in a playoff game since they registered 46 shots in a 2-1 double overtime win against Buffalo on Apr. 29, 2007, in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals series. The last time the Rangers registered at least 41 shots in a playoff game that ended in regulation was Apr. 20, 1997, when they registered 44 shots on goal against Florida in a 3-0 win in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
- The Blueshirts out-hit the Senators, 41-22, led by Dan Girardi and Brandon Prust who tied for the game-high with six hits apiece. New York was also credited with 19 blocked shots in the contest, behind Ryan McDonagh’s game-high, four blocked shots.
- Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28 of 29 shots, including each of the last 24 shots he faced, while making his 40th career playoff appearance. He has posted a record of 17-23 all-time in the postseason, including a 9-10 mark at home.
- Brad Richards tied for the game-high with seven shots on goal, won a game-high, 13 faceoffs (13-26, 50%), and led all forwards with 24:41 of ice time.
- Derek Stepan tied for the game-high with a playoff career-high, seven shots on goal, and was credited with two blocked shots in 18:51 of ice time.
- John Tortorella on the team’s confidence… “Things happen for a reason and these types of situations, as you continue to go further in the playoffs, help you. I couldn’t be happier as far as how hard we played. I thought we re-identified ourselves as a team. Obviously both power plays were a wash, but we just couldn’t find a way to score a goal.”
- Henrik Lundqvist on the series… “It’s been a tight series all along, so we have to regroup and we have to sit down tomorrow and talk about a few things and get ready. This is far from over.”
- Ryan Callahan on tonight’s game… “You’re going to run into hot goalies and some good defense in the playoffs. It just comes down to one game and we have to go to Ottawa and win the hockey game. We have a resilient group and we have confidence. We have to win that one and come back here and see what happens.”
- The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, Apr. 22, is 1:30 p.m. at MSG Training Center.
- The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Ottawa Senators on Monday, Apr. 23, at Scotiabank Place (7:00 p.m.), in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. The game will be televised live on MSG Network, and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.