Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the NYR:

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game 5
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
(OTT leads 3-2)

Team Notes:

–        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.

Player Notes:

–        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.

Post-Game Quotes:

–        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.”

Team Schedule:

–        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.

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  1. Blogmama Go Tony!!!! on


    C3, been quoting him all night!!! OMG…his beard! and Doogie’s jacket…..this night is enough for me….overload!!! TA!!!!!

  2. Blogmama Go Tony!!!! on

    holy hartnell, I got first and have been wickying all night long….awesome!

  3. can’t believe I’m reading complaints about the defense. What in holy Hell? on the checklist of problems, that’s gotta be way, way, way down there. And Del Zotto has played with Neil in his face almost every minute, and has physically engaged him very well, even aggravated him more than a few times.

  4. Sat front row and 25 feet away from Boyle hit. It is suspendable, Gabby get a elbow right in front of me and Cally gets a penalty. AA, Staal Dubi awful. MDZ bad. Mcmonster best player on the ice. Need more urgentcy, long train ride home, believe it not still confident. BTW Ed Norton sat right by me good fan stayed all night, paid attention not a poser.

  5. Carp, I love MDZ more than most, but it not his job to aggravate Neil or be on is face, it’s his job to keep the puck in and join the rush. C- tonight Staal was worse and AA takes the prize

  6. JimboWoodside on

    Carped again – my own fault for not checking…

    Eddie3, I could not believe what I was hearing those guys say – I doubted my own ears for a moment, but then I realized that those guys are all Mr. Snider’s employees, at least when they work for NBCSN.

    Liam – chi-wah-wah indeed! ;-D

  7. John Tortorella’s strategy/obsession with defense, shot blocking and simple, straight line hockey is seriously weak garbage in the playoffs. Every team worth a damn does those things in the playoffs, anyway, but that’s all these Rangers know. They are so clueless setting up a power play or getting something happening on the rush you wonder how they even made the playoffs in the first place. It’s astounding.

    These are the last three goalies who’ve knocked Torts’ Ranger teams out of the playoffs or playoff contention:

    Semyon Varlamov
    Brian Boucher
    Michal Neuvirth

    And now maybe Craig Anderson.

    But will Tortorella change? Nope. He’ll sink on that ship of his with his unskilled grit guys. 3 minutes left in the game and we’re seeing lines of Mitchell, Rupp and Fedotenko!! Absurd.

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