Senators at Rangers Game 5 tonight


2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game 5 (Series tied 2-2)
Saturday, Apr. 21, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Rangers (Regular Season): 51-24-7 (109 pts), 1st in East
Senators (Regular Season): 41-31-10 (92 pts), 8th in East
* All information through NHL games on Apr. 19

The Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG Network; Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio), in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup. The series is tied, 2-2, following a 3-2 overtime loss in Game 4 on Wednesday at Scotiabank Place. The Rangers enter the contest with a 200-218-8 record all-time in 426 playoff contests (111-84-2 at home; 89-134-6 on the road). New York has posted a 23-31 record all-time in Game 5 of playoff series.

New York entered the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference having posted a record of 51-24-7 overall (27-12-2 at home; 24-12-5 on the road) for 109 points. The Rangers’ 51 wins ranked second in franchise history, while their 109 points tied for second all-time. The Blueshirts finished second in the NHL overall, tied for first in wins and led the league with 47 wins in regulation and overtime. New York is one of four Eastern Conference teams to have posted 40 or more wins in at least six seasons since 2005-06, and one of four teams in the East to have advanced to the playoffs in six of the last seven years.

Overall — 200-218-8
Home — 111-84-2
Away — 89-134-6
Goals for — 1,184
Goals against — 1,180

The Rangers and current Senators franchise are meeting in the playoffs for the first time. The Blueshirts had previously met the original Ottawa Senators franchise in the 1930 playoffs. New York won that two-game, total goals Quarterfinal matchup, 6-3 (Mar. 20, 1930 at OTT, 1-1; Mar. 22, 1930 vs. OTT, 5-2).


  • All-Time (Regular Season)33-35-3-3 overall (14-21-0-2 at home; 19-14-3-1 on the road)
  • 2011-12: New York was 1-2-1 overall (0-1-1 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). Two of the four meetings were decided by one goal. Marian Gaborik led the Rangers with three goals and five points, while Derek Stepan tallied a team-high, three assists to go along with a one goal. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-1-1 with a 2.92 GAA and .905 Sv%, and Martin Biron was 0-1-0 with a 3.08 GAA and .857 Sv%.
  • Three Rangers have previous playoff experience against the Senators: Brad Richards (5 GP, 3-5-8), Ruslan Fedotenko (12 GP, 1-0-1) and Mike Rupp (8 GP)
  • The Rangers are 8-5-2 in the last 15 regular season games against the Senators
  • The Blueshirts have won six of their last seven regular season games in Ottawa, out-scoring the Senators, 20-12, in those contests
  • Martin Biron’s start on Mar. 8 at Ottawa ended Henrik Lundqvist’s streak of 26 consecutive appearances against the Senators, dating back to Dec. 26, 2005
  • New York lists no former Senators on their roster
  • Ottawa lists two former Rangers on their roster: Alex Auld (2009-10); Matt Gilroy (2009-10 – 2010-11)

Henrik Lundqvist
 — 26 GP, 11-12-2, 2.05 GAA, 1 SO
Martin Biron
 — 31 GP, 14-10-2-2, 2.80 GAA, 2 SO
Brad Richards
 — 35 GP, 13-13-26
Marian Gaborik
 — 16 GP, 8-10-18
Derek Stepan
 — 8 GP, 3-4-7


  • The last playoff series the Rangers began at home was their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup against Montreal in 1996
  • The Rangers have won their last five playoff series in which they held home-ice advantage
  • The Blueshirts have won seven of their last 10 first round playoff series
  • The Rangers have posted an 18-12 series record against Canadian teams
  • New York has posted a 30-11 series record when winning Game 1
  • The Rangers’ 1-0 win in Game 3 was the 200th playoff victory in franchise history
  • The Blueshirts’ win in Game 3 was the 38th postseason shutout in team history; It was the 11th time New York won a playoff game with a final score of 1-0, but only the second time since the 1940 playoffs
  • Prior to Game 3 on Monday, the Rangers’ last playoff game in Canada was on Apr. 28, 1996, a 5-3 victory at Montreal in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series

The Blueshirts posted a record of 25-2-4 in games when tallying a power play goal, and 34-13-3 when not allowing a power play goal this season.

  • Power Play:  The Rangers tallied two goals in seven power play attempts (10:35) in Game 4, and are now 3-18 (16.7%) in four playoff contests. Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
  • Penalty Killing:  The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Senators in five shorthanded situations (9:02) in Game 4, and are now 13-15 (86.7%) in four playoff contests. Shorthanded goals for (0).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation in Game 4. The Rangers are even in two four-on-four situations (3:33). Four-on-four goals for (0). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).

The Rangers have tallied the first goal in each game this series, having held the lead for 133:46 while being tied for 110:13  through four games. New York has yet to trail in the series during game play.

Six Rangers have made their playoff debut in the series. Five of those players debuted in Game 1 – Stu Bickel, Michael Del Zotto, Carl Hagelin, John Mitchell, and Anton Stralman. Hagelin and Stralman each tallied their first career postseason point with one assist apiece in Game 1. With the assist, Hagelin became the first Rangers rookie to record a point while making his playoff debut since Lauri Korpikoski on May 4, 2008, in Game 5 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals at Pittsburgh (goal). Anisimov (two assists) also registered his first career playoff assist in the contest, while Boyle notched his first career playoff point with the game-winning goal. In Game 2, Del Zotto tallied his first career playoff point with an assist, and Stralman added his first career playoff goal. Chris Kreider, the Rangers’ first round pick in 2009, made his NHL debut in Game 3, becoming the first Rangers player to do so since Korpikoski in 2008. He is also the first NHL player to win the NCAA National Championship and make his NHL debut in that year’s playoffs since Tony Hrkac with St. Louis in 1987.

Henrik Lundqvist continues to climb the Rangers’ all-time playoff leaders list in several goaltending categories. He posted a 39-save shutout, his fourth career in the playoffs, in a 1-0 win in Game 3, passing Andy Aitkenhead for fifth place on the Rangers’ all-time playoff shutouts list and tying Dave Kerr for third all-time with 17 playoff wins. Lundqvist passed John Vanbiesbrouck for third in franchise history with his 39th career playoff appearance in Game 4.

Henrik Lundqvist has posted 30 or more saves in the playoffs 13 times, posting a 6-7 record with a 1.85 GAA, .945 Sv% and two shutouts in those contests.

Henrik Lundqvist became the third goaltender in NHL history, and second in as many days (Jonathan Quick, LAK), to post 39 or more saves in a 1-0 shutout victory in a non-overtime playoff game. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

The Blueshirts’ 51 wins this season ranked second in franchise history, while their 109 points tied for second all-time. The Rangers also tied the franchise record for most road wins in a season with 24 victories away from MSG. The Rangers reached the 50-win mark for the third time in franchise history with a 4-1 victory vs. Montreal on Mar. 30, and eclipsed the 100-point mark for the seventh time with a 4-3 shootout win at Toronto on Mar. 24. The Blueshirts reached the 40-win mark in 61 games, which tied as the second fewest games to reach 40 wins in team history.

New York ascended to the top position in the Eastern Conference following games played on Dec. 26 (game #34), and held that position for two days before reclaiming the top spot for good following games played on Dec. 30 (game #36). The Blueshirts clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 5-3 win on Apr. 3 at Philadelphia. It is the first time since 1993-94 the Rangers finished atop the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference standings.

QUICK HITS (Regular Season):

  • The Rangers posted a combined record of 19-4-5 in back-to-back games, including a 9-2-3 (3-1-0 at home, 6-1-3 on the road) record in the first game and a 10-2-2 (6-0-0 at home, 4-2-2 on the road) mark in the second
  • New York was 21-3-3 when leading after the first period and 30-0-3 when leading after the second
  • The Rangers ranked fifth in the league with a .208 win% when trailing after two periods (5-18-1)
  • New York led the NHL with a .682 win% when out-shooting their opponent (30-13-1)
  • The Rangers ranked third in the league with a 35-5-3 record (.814 win%) when scoring first


  • Brian Boyle — three goals in the last four games
  • Dan Girardi — three assists and 22 blocked shots in the last four games
  • Anton Stralman — three points (two goals, one assist) in the last four games
  • Ryan Callahan — three points (two goals, one assist) in the last four games


  • Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 4
  • Steve Eminger (injured, 3/15) — 4
  • Mats Zuccarello (fractured wrist, 3/23) — 4
    Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 237
    Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 12

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  1. The defense has to stop backing in and stand up at the blue line and the forwards have to get shots on net. Let’s go Rangers!

  2. "Fragile" Frankie Merman on


    Hey Carp, what was the story about the food in the press box in Ottawa? Stray piece of carcillo in a chicken sand?

  3. Good morning, boneheads!

    Important game, indeed. But what else is new?
    Must win? Not really. But must find their regular season swagger, stop play timid game, for sure.


  4. So, are you three that beat me here this morning insomniacs? pulling partying all nighters? or going to work this morning? I am sadly, going to work. But it is FINALLY MSG GAMEDAY!!!! We bring it home tonight! THe only arena selling lobster roll sandwiches at a stand for $19.50!Carnegie Deli corned beef sandwiches! Madeline’s cupcakes!! Only at the worlds most famous arena! Tonight, it will be loud!!LGR!!!!

  5. Actually decided to sell my tix to tonight and did so for a small profit (so used to selling for a loss). Figured odds of a 7th game are there and I’ll go to that like I did games 1 and 2. Ya can’t go to everyone unless your the one and only famous Carpy!

    Rangers in 6!!! LGR!!!

  6. New term, getting WICkiED!! This is the act of making a post and not getting any significant response (at all) to it. It can be a well thought out question, comment, statement, etc.

    Wickie, I get WICkiED all the time. Bud, don’t get pissed about it. Just seems most here are intent on posting their own comment and then there is a small group that just mostly talks to themselves.

    You are still needed here, Wickie. Stick around and don’t get dissuaded!!!


  7. I’m at work today too Matty. Feeling a little nervous about tonight. Rangers need to get it together!!! LGR!!!!

  8. Squid tail
    Gauze vest
    Clam poke
    Grim lock
    Tasty satchel
    Satchel of tastes
    Cream wipe
    Lick pawn
    Pawn liquor
    Snake twist
    Pawn piper
    Sweat craun (crown)
    Leather mouthing
    Museum Benaki (Athens 2000)
    Unlucky belts & wallets
    Pippy hole
    Cradle candle candycandy candle craypawn

  9. Wicky© Where have all the NOOGIES gone?? LGT!!! on

    Morning ILB, mattyboy, Tony, and all!!

    lol, thanks. I was just kidding around and I guess I owe everyone an apology. Like I said last thread, I have a pretty arid sense of humour and I think most missed the attempted levity in my post.

    And I actually don’t deserve to have that situation carrying my “moniker” if you will. I think LW actually brought that up last year about that always happening to him (I think it was him anyhow). But I do appreciate the shot out so to speak.

    Have a great gameday all! I’m off to work and hopefully am home earlier enough to catch the game!

    LGT and LGR!!!

  10. LGR!! Gosh I can’t wait for the game . . . . . . . . . I’m not gonna make it till seven :-(

  11. Wasn’t me, Wicky. My Brodeur fat jokes and pining for Brendan Witt always get a reaction.

    Is Salty starting a list of Emrick phrases?

  12. LGR’s!!

    We need to get back to playing #therightway!

    The way we have contained The Flyers this year has been to cycle and use puck possesion in the offensive zone. The more time we spend in their zone, the less time their high powered offense can hurt us.

    The Flyers/Pens series is a quandry. I have such passionate hate for both teams and their fan bases. I still think that if the Rangers can advance, that they would have a MUCH better chance against the Flyers than the Pens. We do not match up well against those Whinny pieces of carcillo!

  13. I don’t know, Yev. Sometimes the Rangers do too much cycling and not enough shooting. There have been times when it appeared that the puck carrier had an open lane to the goalie and instead of putting the puck on net sent it around the boards. Put the puck on net. Even if the goalie makes an easy save, there might be a rebound for somebody to put home.

    In the same vein, they play too much dump and chase for my liking, also. Especially when they are on the power play, I don’t see where dumping and chasing is a better alternative to carrying the puck into the zone and attacking the net.

  14. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    Matty – huge game tonight. I think the rangers come out like gang busters….hoping Hank pitches a shutout…. I don’t care how many we score just so long as it’s one more than them..

  15. Close your eyes and pray.

    This team is going down like the titanic.

    It’s going to be ugly tonight.

  16. Well, I agree Cross Check that the Rangers have to shoot more! But, with teams that are more offensively talented than they are, the best defense seems to be when they cycle in the offensive zone and keep the puck deep. This creates shots and scoring chances. They need to do this tonight!

    I have tickets for game 7 and I want NO PART of a game 7. Rangers need to wrap this up in 6!

  17. Yev, me too. You also have half season plan? Of course I have games1 and 5 in round 2 and I’m getting married next weekend. No honeymoon, so I can def catch game 5

  18. iWicky "Rupp yours". LGT on

    Sorry, my bad. Not sure who it was then….don’t forget the subway magazine stand jokes as well.

    Eddie x3
    What’s up bro?

  19. Blogmama Go Tony!!!! on

    Good morning all! Wicky?

    LGR!!!!! This is gonna be a looooooong night!!!!! LGT!

  20. My mom is standing right behind me and she’s fuming about the complete lack of urgency that these no-talent clowns are demonstrating.

    Even she – who can’t tell the difference between polo and ice hockey – knows that these amateur-hour fools are going to stink-up the joint tonight.

    She’s predicting a 5-0 Rangers loss, with Queen Lundqvist being pulled in the 2nd period for his complete lack of puck control.

    She’s also predicting that the loser Gaborik will cry at some point of the game. And that Callahan will score an own-goal to give the Senators the lead, less than 1 minute into the game.

    In addition, she’s predicting that the Garden crowd will boo the team before even the 1st intermission.

    She knows her stuff.

  21. Torts – after a win or loss tonight:

    “We played well. Some of our players still need to step up, but I thought we played well for the most part.”

  22. Sather – after we lose the series:

    “This team is built for the long haul. I’m just glad I now get more time to do my gardening.”

  23. I’m surprised that detroit got knocked out so early, even though Nashville is a good team and stocked up for the playoffs.

    Many of the other series are knotted up as well. Pitt is crawling back into the series.

    Rangers have to take care of home ice tonight and win this game.

  24. Thank God, no potential for a Joe Louis Arena visit for me!! YaY!!!

    I’m flattered, guest bloggers.

    Good morning, Sally!

  25. ANF:

    I no longer have season tickets. But, one of my partners at my law firm has a partial plan and has all the games for the playoffs. He took me to game one and just offered game 7 if it comes to that…

  26. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Well done shanaban! 25 games – it fits the act, intent, repeat offender status, and outcome of the hit! Good job. Now lets start working on player’s intent – esp star players going out to hurt other players (Malkin countless slew foots! Neal headshots! Crosby starting melee’s that result in third man in’s and hair pulling! Weber pile-drivers into glass!)

  27. Lev, I don’t know if it’s as much a matter of a “going” preference as it is a matter of “returning” odds.

  28. FREE HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    Carpy, if the potential exists for you to be in Nashville, you know I”ll be there to buy you a drink or two after the game!!

  29. FREE HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    True Fans! From your typing fingers to the eyes of common sense. Unfortunately, with the current administration, that will most likely NOT be the case anytime soon.

  30. Let’s Go Rangers!! Huuuuuuge game tonight!!

    Torres should never be allowed to play again. 25 games? Seens like a lot. How many more times does he have to cheap shot a player in order to get a lifetime ban?

    How is Hossa doing? More concerned about him than Torres. Will he be back in 25 games?

  31. Carp,

    Not sure if this has been asked before – but since you’ve been covering the game, what has been you favorite NHL arena to visit?

    It could be because of the nice press box, the environment, the food :)… but I’m curious which ones you have enjoyed more than others.

  32. iWicky "Rupp yours". LGT on

    Cally’s pregame speech?

    “Three weeks from now, I will be playing in the eastern conference finals! Imagine where you will be and it will be so. Hold the line! Stay with me. If you find yourself alone, playing golf with the sun on your face, do not be troubled for you and the rest of us were not expected to get this far. What we do in the playoffs echoes in hockey eternity.”

  33. When I watched it a second time and saw him leave his feet, I knew Torres would get a big suspension. But, at least this was a hockey play.

    Shea weber took his gloved hand at the end of a game in frustration and slammed zetterbergs head into the glass! IMHO, this act was worse than the Torres hit. The only difference, Zetterberg was fine and Hossa was injured. The NHL needs to get its act together!!

  34. High Desert Roberto on

    Anderson has been playing out of his mind. Tonight is the night that he craps the bed

  35. yes. detroit is a dreadful city and the arena working conditions are horrible.

    Matt L, my favorites are all gone … Forum, Boston Garden, Chicago Stadium, Maple Leaf Gardens. Now they’re all pretty much the same. … so now I go by favorite city, and proximity to hotel.

  36. Let’s see if I have understand this correctly – Colin Campbell makes a public statement regarding his disappointment over an offsides call against the Penguins, however, he has no public statement regarding that both refs AND both linesmen missed a hit that earns a 25 game suspension? AND has the cookesticles to fine Quenneville $10,000 for being upset by it?

  37. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    cookesticles! lmao great word scott.

    I am telling you, until Bettman, Campbell and their ilk are gone, crap like this will keep going on $10, 000 to the Stache for being upset by a non call with the official standing right there? Kinda like Torts getting fined $20, 000 for ‘language’ kids here from their parents and friends EVERY SINGLE DAY.

  38. You got it, Scott.

    The NHL wants to protect the true stars of the game and the officials. Even if they don’t deserve it. They don’t care about the integrity of what they are doing. They care about marketable star players to put on the cover of NHL ’13…and sell jerseys, etc…$$$$

    Weber is a top D Man in the League. He has special permission from Uncle Brendan to smash heads when he feels like it.

  39. Matty'"Rangersin6"boy on

    Scott, the long list of inequities with the NHL systems established for fines and suspensions is truly upsettingly random. It’s more of a ‘make the rules as you go along’ system than any set, logical, finite set of consequences.

  40. nice to see the NHL finally get it right. Torres is a dirty player and made a truly awful hit. I think 25 games was certainly fitting…

  41. Matty'"Rangersin6"boy on

    I’m really glad to read in the NY Post today that Sather has a tan and that “I was out gardening. I’ve always enjoyed that.” And that, “I landscaped my house in Banff myself”.

    Anything you’d like, oh, ‘Take-As-Long-as-you-like-even-if-we’re-allready-up-to-11-years-and-counting” Sather. I’m sure you have a lot more time since you have found other people to do work that you should be doing, too. Things like evaluating potential draft picks. Let’s think a bit about the crap you considered good picks that one after another wilted like a dead sunflower.

    While you know a lot about hyacinths and marigolds, I’d suggest many of the good moves you’ve made lately have probably not been your conceived notions but suggestions from others.

    You might finally consider some ridiculously long-term needs like a big stopper of a defenseman, for one. Are you convinced yet that while your d-men have some good offensive ability, only Bickel can push people out of the crease, and not easily? Speak of leaving your star goalie out to dry! Remember Jeff Beukeboom? How many years do we have to continue to wait for that? Roses, by the way, would do well, in Banff…..

    If this team was in the hands of a real NHL GM, we would have gotten to where we are 5 years ago. To think of the mistakes you have made and been allowed to continue with the Dolan tenure you’ve been granted. Watch how quickly Detroit gets back to the cup finals. How long have you had?

    Sickening. Hydrangia’s anyone?

  42. Torres getting 25 games basically means he’s done with the Coyotes, if not that his NHL career is over. His own GM said he crossed the line of what is acceptable in the league.

  43. Matty'"Rangersin6"boy on

    Olga, you and me = seeing it the same way.

    Fire Sather

    We win tonight.

  44. Matty'"Rangersin6"boy on

    Eminger not playing tonight, ‘day to day’. Like he’s our savior.

    We win tonight.

  45. On the train from MD. For my first of the season. Big night for Gabby and Hank, we will win, no doubt. Got Caps tix for tomorrow, can I get there with no divorce?

  46. 25 games and yet no penalty on the play. Perhaps the referreering and not just Shanny should be getting a much closer look.

  47. Is anyone else worried about Holtby’s life after that hit on Thomas? Seems like Lucic has to pull a “gutless……gutless” special on Braden.

  48. Carlson hit Tim Thomas in his goal. My caps friend txted me, “that’s BS – should have been matching penalties.” Which it should NOT have been.

  49. Doc is so predictable. How did I know he was going to shout “hit the pipe with the shot!”


  50. don’t have a problem with the suspension but it’s like did he get all the games that weren’t given to all the other head hunters in the last few weeks?

  51. “Krejci did what he’s been doing all series, shooting wide and missing from the slot.. could be why he’s having a hard time scoring.”

    Really, Pierre?

  52. Geez I was trying to look at tickets for Thursdays game but there is no way to search for cheapest possible so it is only coming up with expensive tickets . . .

  53. Hedberg,

    The game is in Florida tonight. Not that it would be full if it were in Newark.

  54. Torres should have got 15, Neal should have got 4, Hags 3 is right, backstrom 1 is right, carkner should have got 4, weber should have got 4

  55. Olga Folkyerself on

    That’s a lot of fishnagles… I can drink for weeks on that kind of money.

  56. I don’t have a printer so download and print tickets is no good for me . . . does stubhub do do box office pick up? 2-2

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