Rangers at Capitals Game 3 tonight


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semifinals, Game 3 (Series tied 1-1)
Wednesday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.
Verizon Center – Washington, DC
Rangers (Regular Season): 51-24-7 (109 pts), 1st in East
Capitals (Regular Season): 42-32-8 (92 pts), 7th in East
* All information through NHL games on Apr. 30

The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center (7:30 p.m.; TV: NBC Sports; Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio), in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. The series is tied at one game apiece following the Blueshirts 3-2 loss to the Capitals in Game 2 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. The loss ended New York’s three-game winning streak, which included victories in Games 6 and 7 against Ottawa. The Rangers enter the contest with a 203-220-8 record all-time in 431 playoff contests (113-86-2 at home; 90-134-6 on the road). New York has posted a 34-42 record all-time in Game 3 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 — 203-220-8
Home — 113-86-2
Away — 90-134-6
Goals for — 1,194
Goals against — 1,189

The Rangers and Capitals are meeting in the playoffs for the seventh time overall and the third time in four years. Their last postseason encounter was in last year’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, a series won by Washington 4-1. Overall, the Blueshirts have a 2-4 playoff series record vs. the Capitals, posting a 16-20 mark in 36 postseason contests.

All-Time (Regular Season): 85-86-18-5 overall (47-38-9-2 at home; 38-48-9-3 on the road)
2011-12: New York was 2-2-0 overall (1-1-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). The Rangers out-shot the Capitals, 129-87, including a 47-24 advantage in the third. Ryan Callahan led the team with four assists and five points, while Brian Boyle and Ruslan Fedotenko tied for the team-high with two goals. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA, and Martin Biron was 0-1-0 with a 4.01 GAA.
The Rangers have won five of their last seven regular season games against the Capitals, out-scoring Washington, 26-14
The Blueshirts have 16 players with previous playoff experience against the Capitals, led by Brandon Dubinsky (12 GP) and Ruslan Fedotenko (18 GP) who have both tallied three goals and four assists entering the series
New York lists one former Capital on their roster: Steve Eminger (2002-03 – 2007-08)
Washington lists two former Rangers on their roster: Mike Knuble (1998-99 – 1999-00); Tom Poti (2001-02 – 2005-06)

Henrik Lundqvist — 22 GP, 13-7-2, 2.77 GAA, 3 SO
Martin Biron — 23 GP, 11-9-1-2, 2.56 GAA, 1 SO
Brad Richards — 50 GP, 8-27-35
Ryan Callahan — 18 GP, 8-7-15
Brian Boyle — 13 GP, 5-5-10

Power Play:  The Rangers tallied one goal in three power play attempts (4:56) in Game 2, and are now 6-39 (15.4%) in nine playoff contests. New York is 1-1 in five-on-three situations (0:40; last – 4/23 at OTT), and 0-1 while skating four-on-three (0:30; last – 4/23 at OTT). Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
Penalty Killing:  The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Capitals in three shorthanded situations (4:04) in Game 2, and are now 28-33 (84.8%) in nine playoff contests. New York is 1-1 in three-on-five situations (0:33; last – 4/28 vs. WSH). Shorthanded goals for (0).
Four-on-Four: New York tallied one goal in one four-on-four situation (2:00) in Game 2. The Rangers are plus-one in seven four-on-four situations (9:47). Four-on-four goals for (1): Richards (4/30 vs. WSH). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).

Rangers rookie Chris Kreider notched his first goal at Madison Square Garden with the game-winner, and added his first career assist in Game 1 on Saturday. He became the youngest Rangers player to record two points in a playoff game since Niklas Sundstrom on May 11, 1996, and the first Blueshirt rookie to register a multi-point effort in the postseason since Brandon Dubinsky on May 1, 2008. Kreider is tied for first in the NHL with two game-winning goals in the playoffs, and is the first New York rookie to register two game-winning goals in the postseason since Mike Allison in the 1981 playoffs.

Henrik Lundqvist has held opponents to two or fewer goals in six of nine games this postseason, including four games in which he has held opponents to one goal or less. He has allowed eight goals total in the last five games, posting a 3-2 record with a 1.61 GAA and .937 Sv% over the span.

The Rangers lead the NHL with 184 blocked shots in the playoffs, paced by Dan Girardi (36) and Ryan McDonagh (25) who rank first and third in the league, respectively.  The Blueshirts also have three forwards who rank in the top five in blocked shots among forwards, including Ryan Callahan (T-1st, 14), Brad Richards (T-3rd, 12) and Ruslan Fedotenko (T-3rd, 12).

The Rangers have won their last six playoff series in which they held home-ice advantage, including a 4-1 series win against Washington in the 1994 Conference Semifinals.

New York has posted a 31-11 series record when winning Game 1, including wins in six of the last seven playoff series in which the Rangers won the opening game.

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 of the Conference Quarterfinals at Ottawa, to pass Andy Aitkenhead for fifth place on the Rangers’ all-time playoff shutouts list. Lundqvist passed John Vanbiesbrouck for third in franchise history with his 39th career playoff appearance in Game 4 at Ottawa, while his 25-save effort in a 3-2 win in Game 6 at Ottawa moved him past Dave Kerr for third all-time with 18 playoff victories.

Six Rangers have made their NHL playoff debut this year – Stu Bickel, Michael Del Zotto, Carl Hagelin, John Mitchell, Anton Stralman, and Chris Kreider (NHL debut)
Seven Rangers have registered their first career playoff point this year – Brian Boyle (goal), Anton Stralman (assist), Carl Hagelin (assist), Michael Del Zotto (assist), Derek Stepan (goal), Chris Kreider (goal), and Ryan McDonagh (assist)
Five Rangers have notched their first career playoff goal this year – Brian Boyle, Anton Stralman, Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, and Dan Girardi
Seven Rangers have tallied their first career playoff assist this year – Artem Anisimov, Anton Stralman, Carl Hagelin, Michael Del Zotto, Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh, and Chris Kreider

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.

The Blueshirts’ 2-1 win in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against Ottawa was the first time in franchise history the Rangers had multiple goals scored by defensemen in Game 7 of a playoff series. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was also the first time since 1950 that any NHL team won a Game 7 without having a forward score a goal in the contest.

New York became only the second team since 2005-06 to win Games 6 and 7 of a playoff series after losing Games 4 and 5, following Philadelphia in the 2011 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Buffalo. Teams in that situation are now 2-15 over the span. It was also just the second time in franchise history the Rangers have come back from a 2-3 series deficit to advance in the playoffs, having also done so in the 1994 Conference Finals against New Jersey.

Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 9
Mats Zuccarello (fractured wrist, 3/23) — 9
Brandon Dubinsky (injured, 4/26) — 2
Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 237
Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 30

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  1. Yev Kassem on


    Good morning to all….

    Shift by Shift..

    Period by Period…

    Game by Game…

    RANGERS IN 6!!

  2. Doom and Gloom on

    Got a bad feeling. Ovie will light us up tonight…Panick on the way.

  3. wildplaces on

    LGR!! They have convinced me they can win it all, and I’ll be disappointed if they don’t win tonight. They have the right attitude and the right coach.

  4. Doom and Gloom on

    Is Torts the right coach? I think he is a great coach when things go well, but when they start to get tough, he gets crazy, and has the team playing on pins and needles…playoff loses in the past, he was a train wreck, and only after they were eliminated did he have any hint of calm..

    Must win tonight..Torts is a front runner, not a come-from-behind.

  5. “Is Torts the right coach?”

    Hmm. Tough one. I’ll give him two more games. If the series isn’t won by then, fire his Aasen.

  6. Um, Doom and Gloom, game 6 against Ottawa? Did he look crazy to you? Did they look like they were playing on pins and needles? His team went to 7 many times in 2004. Get your facts together, will ya?

  7. nyrmessier011 on

    Morning boneheads. Just left charlotte for dc. Nice seven hour drive ahead of me then continuing to ny. Carp, you making the trip to dc?

  8. FiveFootZero on

    Is it wrong to pray for rain? My son has baseball at 7:30…I could DVR the game, but gonna be hard to not hear anything at the field. Although, last Saturday, his game coincided with the game and I did the DVR thing, watch after, and we won…hmmmmmmmm.

  9. ibleedrangersblue on

    ok todays my birthday…1st time i remeber a Rangers game falling on my birthday….theres only ONE birthday gift i want tonight….a RANGERS WIN! LGR!

  10. Miami Pimp on

    Couple of possibilities for tonight:

    1) NYR comes out they way they did last game, minus mistakes, and emerges victorious.

    2) NYR plays a scared away game, gets lit up like a Christmass tree, stages a failed comeback.

    Knowing these clowns, it’s more than likely we’ll resort to the latter.

  11. Stranger Nation on

    Did the Rangers fire torts yet?

    Just keep him away from water bottles on the bench in DC.

    Boyle takes loss on his back – character fellas – time for the Cally & Co to continue the beat down on Mr. Green and old man Hammer-lick

  12. CTBlueshirt on

    It was Mr. Green in the defensive zone with a turnover that killed the Caps.

  13. Blogmama Go Tony!!!! on

    Good morning all! Happy 26th ibleed!!!

    C3, that tune last night was the best of the best!!!


  14. Doom and Gloom on


    Any chance the press could make a pact that the entire group will ask Torts “ZERO,” questions at his next press conference? It would certainly be a moment to remember as he gladly gets up and walks out.

  15. McShanny (discp Czar) on

    Can someone please, please, please post a very clear way to listen to Maloney & MSG team call the game while watching those losers on Mute.

    Thank you in advance.

  16. Rangers will win one of two or both in Washington. This is a classy team we are playing. They have good snipers and can score quickly. But if they continue to try to match us at what we do best, Torts originated this system, and he will figure it out. We will beat them. Period.

  17. McShanny – NY Rangers website has links to the Radio broadcasts for every game. You can hear it there for *FREE*

  18. For the moaners, a long series is a double edged sword. It keeps us sharp, but if it’s physical it can tire you out. This team thrives on hard work . They should be ok. That being said, it would be nice if the Flyers and Devils could check each other just a bit. Like maybe once a game. Why do the Devils not get pummeled by anyone?


    Genius idea – to get every reporter to refrain from asking Torts questions.

  20. Is Torts the right coach?

    Are these yellow dot red socks im wearing the right socks?

    Does my clown nose match my new clown wig?


  21. Excuse me for any ignorance but what is the story with Dubinsky? All i keep seeing is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
    Thankfully Kreider has stepped up in his absence but still whats the story?

  22. Pimp – i think we need some specific Boyle-hate to help get him going again…..

  23. CARP

    I think you guys (reporters) need to form a pact and ask Torts questions that are utterly cynical.

    After the last game, for instance, you could have asked: “Torts, we all clearly understand why you switched Kreider and Gaborik off their original lines, but could you please explain your reasoning for sticking Bickel to the bench after the first period? That’s a real head-scratcher.”

    Or: “The refs really seemed to have control of this game. Boyle and Richards were well-deserving of their third period penalties. I’m sure you agree, so the question is: Do you plan to have a chat with both players tomorrow on how they can be more respectful of their opponents?”

  24. Doom and Gloom on

    Question for Torts:

    “What do you think of the L.A Kings?” “Have you seen Ovechkin’s rap video?”

  25. Good morning, Sally!

    i would ask torts those dumb questions, but if they fall behind at any point tonight he’ll probably be fired before the press conference because they’ve been playing on pins and needles for 91 games now.

    for all intensive purposes i could care less.

  26. Lol, Carp!

    On tge good news front, Tony is making a good progress in his rehab. Working hard and said:” Let’s go Rangers!”. His wife wanted everyone to know.

  27. I’m very happy that ESPN 1050 AM is now broadcasting on 98.7 FM, too. 1050 was very difficult to get a clear signal here in North NJ. My son has hockey practice tonight so I’m actually looking forward to hearing our announcers on the radio and not whoever NBCSports assigns to root for the Caps……um I mean announce the game.

  28. Stranger Nation on

    Just wanted to give a little *shout out* to Feds who has proven in the first 9 PO games that he is a perfect checking winger for the 3rd line. Good skater – takes the body – doesn’t get fancy with the puck (don’t know if he even can)

    Dime a dozen…

  29. Manny, i am going to need to listen on Rangers app on Saturday. That rower is graduating. i downloaded that app to my iphone but i dont see anything where it says “listen live” or anything like that….are you up to speed on it? I’m not too swift on this technology stuff….how do I listen?? Will something appear at game time to click onto?

  30. What kind of boot?

    Oh Shore – you’re in bad shape. The NY Rangers APP doesn’t have live audio. It’s insane, I know. You have to go to the NY Rangers website through your browser and get on from there.

  31. 5 straight losses at the verizon center in the playoffs for the rangers. last win game 2 3 years ago.

    survive the first period tonite and let the game settle in. need gabby to hit the score sheet hes judged by goals not cute passes.

    much like game 3 in ottawa hank may have to steal this one. hate to say it by losing game 2 the only chance i see us winning this series is in game 7 again. dont fall behind 3-2 heading to dc for game 6.

    with all the personal issues my family going through i dont need this ranger heartache as well but they are the rangers and they never make it easy and never will

  32. CARP…any word on DUBI? No information from the Rangers which is the usual M.O. We know that Torts would never answer that question anyway. Need Dubi to win!!!!!

  33. eric – Stats…Schmats. This is a new and different Ranger team. This team breaks losing streaks. Whip off another three-in-a-row and we are moving on to round 3.

  34. Stranger Nation – every good team needs a player like Fedotenko to be one of the glue guys. There’s a reason he has a few Cups. Nobody ever talks about Greg Gilbert on the ’94 team but he was the same way. Gilbert provided about 6-8 minutes a game of solid fundamental hockey and nothing bad happened 99% of the time he was on the ice. He’d go off and turn the game back over to the big boys.

  35. Per Larry Brooks’ column, did we ever get a reason that AA played so little in the 3rd period? He’s seemed pretty good this series, I think.

  36. Manny, i asked what time the ceremony is over on saturday and the text i got back was “graduation ceremony or virgin sacrifice for the Cup?”

  37. bull dog line on

    AA has earned his way to the 4th line center spot. 4th line centers do not get a lot of ice time. 4th line centers do not play a lot in the 3rd period when team is trailing. does that answer the question as to why AA did not get a lot of ice time?

  38. Manny, he went to the same high school that VanRiemsdyke went to for 2 yrs before JVR went to the national development team. So one time i texted him and told him JVR just scored against the Rangers. Figured he would cut his former schoolmate a break. He comes back “fug JVR” bwahahha!

  39. Bull dog,

    Not really. That line, and AA in particular, has generated some decent offensive chances this post-season. They should be getting looks. Torts’ habit of shortening up never seems very effective.

  40. Miami Pimp….I will go one further..Caps in five. This team doesn’t have what it takes……

  41. for those with iphones/ipod touch you can download the espn app (for a fee unfortunately) and listen to all radio stations in espn network including 1050/98.7. they carry the games “live”. timing is off by as much as 5-30 seconds or more between tv (live) and radio signal though but it is well worth not listening to the carcillo of nbc

  42. Six Million $ Man on

    Rangers come out tonight smelling blood and hit everything that moves, including Caps’ wives and girlfriends. Get the puck in deep and survive the Caps’ initial surge & counterattack. We win 4-2. I hate the Caps since John Druce lucked out, but I have to admit that I love seeing games in their rink with all the red, and it should also fire up our killers.

  43. does not sound like the yare putting Emminger in for Bickell. Why not? give him a shot.

    dubi over mitchell would be a good thing…..dubi does not sound like he is close to coming back….

    rangers will win tonight, they are the better team……….

  44. bull dog line on

    AA played with Rupp and Mitchell, correct? Rupp and Mitchell have averaged about 5 minutes of ice time a game. Anisimovs previous games have led him to be on that line. who did you want Anisimov on the ice instead of? which center? which LW? Torts has shown that if you play well, you play a lot. if you don’t, you won’t.

  45. Gravy, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles and on

    How am I supposed to make it to the end of the work day with NO CHAT?

  46. Gravy, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles and on

    Pimp, I know you also said that those who don’t score get scored upon, but that didn’t seem to work during my awkward teen years.

  47. MANNY, good point.

    CARP, stop bumming around and set up a live chat for this afternoon. Chop, chop.

  48. Nobody that’s on here has ever had to go through chemo treatment?! (I mean, good, but I’m surprised)

  49. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    I still say rangers sweep.

    Dubi is rolled and ready for the puck to drop.

    Fire torts and hire either John muckler or his corpse – whichever is available. Muckler may be 200 years old and a dead ringer for Phil Donahue, but he totally knows how to infuse the kids into the lineup. Moreover, his in game strategy is unmatched. His first brilliant move would be to move McD to a forward to go heads up with Ovie.


  50. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    Pimp – my Brutha – I know several people who have…… Please tell me you do not have the big C

  51. carp – quick question – does the new lohud subscription plan apply to this blog? looks like subscriptions run $14 for unlimited access …

  52. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    Let’s go rangers

    Lets go Tony

    Let’s go Eric and Mrs Eric

    Lets go lil doodie fetus

    Let’s go everyone else I didn’t mention

  53. Not at this point, ava. I don’t know enough about it to really answer any questions about later on.

    *new post.*

  54. I do and went through my first treatment tomorrow. Just wanted to know if anyone shared similar post-1st treatment symptoms.

    Don’t you guys even worry, I’ll be fine.

    The larger worry is this team and it’s clear lack of talent.

  55. Um…Pimp!? Are you OK? Jesus christ man. Good thing you have a good sense of humor. That stuff helps.


    *NEW POST*

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