Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the NYR:

Eastern Conference Semifinals, Game 5
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
(NYR lead 3-2)

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 3-2, in overtime tonight at Madison Square Garden in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series.  The Rangers lead the series 3-2.

–        The final three goals of the game were tallied on the power play, including Brad Richards’ game-tying goal with 6.6 seconds remaining in regulation and Marc Staal’s game-winning goal at 1:35 of overtime.

–        New York is now 205-221-8 overall in postseason action, including a 114-86-2 mark at home.

–        The Rangers out-shot the Capitals, 38-18, in the contest, including a 17-4 advantage in the first period.  According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Blueshirts’ 17 shots are a franchise record for most shots on goal in a single period during a playoff game, and the 13-shot advantage is the most for the Rangers all-time in a single period of a playoff game.

–        The Blueshirts won 28-49 faceoffs for a 57% success rate.  Brad Richards won a game-high, 12-18 faceoffs (67%), while Brian Boyle won 10-18 (56%).

–        The Rangers out-hit the Capitals, 29-14, including five players who were credited with at least three hits in the contest.  Stu Bickel, Derek Stepan and Dan Girardi tied for the game-high with four blocked shots apiece.

–        The team that has scored first in each game this series has won.

–        Nine of the Rangers’ 12 playoff games have been decided by one goal, including four that were decided in overtime.

Player Notes:

–        Marc Staal notched the game-winning goal, while on the power play, at 1:35 in overtime, and added the primary assist on the game’s opening goal to earn first star honors.  It is his second career multi-point performance in a playoff game, and his first career overtime game-winning goal in the postseason.  Staal has now recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in the last two games.

–        Brad Richards tallied the game-tying goal, while on the power play, with 6.6 seconds remaining in regulation and won a game-high, 12-18 faceoffs (67%) in 22:59 of ice time.  He has registered nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last nine games.  Richards leads the team and is tied for fourth in the NHL in playoff scoring with 10 points (five goals, five assists).

–        Anton Stralman notched the game’s opening goal at 10:44 of the first period, and logged 17:37 of ice time.  He now leads all NHL defensemen with three goals in postseason action.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 16 saves to improve to 22-25 overall in the playoffs, including a 12-11 mark at home.

–        John Mitchell tallied the lone assist on Staal’s overtime, game-winning goal, registered three shots on goal and won all four of his faceoffs.  The assist was his first career playoff point.

–        Ryan Callahan recorded the primary assist on Richards’ game-tying goal, and registered five shots, three hits and a team-high, three blocked shots in 23:44 of ice time.  He has tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in the last three games.

–        Michael Del Zotto registered an assist on the game-tying, power play goal, and was credited with three hits in 20:28 of ice time.  He has tallied five points (one goal, four assists) in the last seven games.  Del Zotto is now tied for second among NHL defensemen in playoff assists (five) and third in playoff points (six).

–        Derek Stepan recorded one assist, three shots on goal, and tied for the game-high with four hits in the contest.  He has tallied seven points (one goal, six assists) in the last seven games, and is now tied for sixth in the NHL in playoff assists (six).

Post-Game Quotes:

–        John Tortorella on overtime in the playoffs… “They’re all emotional games.  It’s a kick in the gut when you lose because it happens so quickly and it’s pretty exciting when you win because it happens quick.”

–        Henrik Lundqvist on Marc Staal… “He’s getting better and better – more physical. He made some great plays in the third period, two breakups – big opportunities for them. That’s the Marc we want. He’s all over the ice. In our own end making big stops, then he’s joining the rush. He adds a lot to our game.”

–        Ryan Callahan on the atmosphere in the Garden… “It’s awesome. They supported us all night. Twenty seconds left, they’re standing up chanting “let’s go Rangers.” That fuels you. That makes you feel good. To be able to get that one for them and hear the Garden explode – I haven’t heard it that loud since I’ve been here.”

Team Schedule:

–        The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, May 8, is 1:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, May 9, at Verizon Center (TBD), in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series.

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  1. Double CARP’d. Third time is a charm?

    Fun story for you guys. Long read, but entertaining:

    So I’m at the game with my pops, and we’re feeling pretty down. We still have hope, but you know how it is. Anyway, with 2 minutes left, we decide to wait in the concourse and just watch it on the TVs. If the Rangers didn’t pull it off, we didn’t want to sit in traffic for hours. Would have made it so much worse, so by being in the concourse, we could bolt out and beat the traffic.

    So we’re standing in the concourse watching it on the TV and more and more people start leaving. I could tell my pops is getting anxious (he drove us both in and he HATES traffic) so we walk down the escalators, and I keep checking my phone, telling him to HOLD ON, HOLD ON!

    We reach the final exit and I said JUST WAIT. IT’S NOT OVER.

    But he was not hearing it.

    So we left, and as we reach the parking garage, we hear a rumble. Then the streets of New York EXPLODE. Car horns, people cheering, the works. “THEY TIED IT” I scream to him. So I say, “LETS GO ACROSS THE STREET, THERE ARE BARS ALL OVER LETS GO!”

    He goes, “Let’s leave the city first! We have 20 minutes, we’ll leave the city and find a bar in Hoboken or Secaucus.

    So we leave. We exit the Tunnel and we keep driving and we are finding NOTHING. Overtime starts on the radio. We keep driving and I see an Outback Steakhouse. I scream to him to pull in! We pull in. We can’t find parking and park in a security spot. We run into the EMPLOYEE BACK ENTRANCE of Outback Steakhouse.

    10 seconds after we run into the restaurant, we see the game on TV, and we see the game winning goal. We both scream so loud as the restaurant looks on in utter fear and confusion.

    Let’s. Go. Rangers.

  2. Gravy, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles and on

    Carped. I knew they would win because I never stopped drinking beer.

  3. Carped

    so, even some players aren’t always positive.
    from Puck Daddy write up:

    “And just like that, the Rangers had stolen Game 5 right back. Nobody expected it. According to Elliotte Friedman, Henrik Lundqvist admitted he was already thinking about going to Washington down 3-2 when Richards scored.”

  4. and carped


    if you get to watch the reaction from the bench again
    let me know if it’s Boyle or Kreider who jumps so high
    that his left leg goes over the boards and quickly climbs over to the ice and

  5. Czechthemout!!! on


    Czechthemout!!! May 7th, 2012 at 11:44 pm
    Huge huge win. But I Think Torts did not do a good job of coaching tonight. The lines were awful and should be put back. Despite Mitchell’s face win which really was a fortunate bounce of of Hendricks leg, he has no business anywhere near a power play.

    Rupp sucks! No two ways about it. Just an awful awful player and lazy too.

    MDZ was brutal all game long tonight.

    But they still won and that is all that matters.

    Oh yeah, and Brad Richards is a big time money player!

  6. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    Who’s Justin Tuck?

    You got it, Mickey – let’s not give ourselves “The Evil Eye”, AKA “Il Malocchio”….How’s that, jpg!??

  7. Lloyd Braun on

    that hooking call on Rupp looked like b.s. to me. not that I was close enough to get a great look at it, but it just seemed like the marginal sort of crap these officials use to screw the Rangers time and time again.

  8. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    Duker, I agree with Carp – *fire* your dad!!! (just kidding, of course!)

  9. I was ABOUT to fire him, but we found the Steakhouse, and celebrated it together. A win I’ll probably never forget.

    I told my dad he learned a valuable lesson tonight: BELIEVE!

  10. An incredible win.. But……

    We NEED offense! I know that the Kreider made some rookie mistakes, but he has also showed that he can make things happen on offense. The Cally-Step-Kreider line had some chemistry. Put it back together and let us get some more offense.

  11. oh Jimbo
    i’ve been giving the evil eye to ovi and other players all series long

  12. Duker
    GREAT story!!!!
    each and every time!!
    your dad sounds like my (jpg’s sister’s) dad

  13. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    +1, Yev – and by the way, the Hags “bleeding line” was mine! ;-D

  14. Blogmama Go Tony!!!! on

    Duker, you should have never left…But awesome story….

    Niters alll. TA!

  15. Duker with all due respect.. I just don’t understand how anyone can leave a playoff game with a one goal deficit. Tonight was the perfect example. The people in front of us left with 5 minutes to go and by doing so, missed being inside MSG for a historic win.

    I know traffic can be a drag, but it is time to have a long sit down talk with your Dad! ;-)

  16. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    >>>I told my dad he learned a valuable lesson tonight: BELIEVE!

    All’s well that ends well, Duker!

  17. Gravy, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles and on

    Rangers 28-21 on faceoffs, including a couple of huge ones on the last two goals.

  18. JIMBO… I Didn’t just write it.. I actually LAUGHED OUT LOUD!

    GREAT LINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Lloyd Braun on

    Washington’s success in this series is attributable to one thing: for several of these games (including a big chunk of tonight’s game), they’ve been able to out-Ranger the Rangers. When you add in the advantage they’ve got in talent, it’s a bit troublesome. I was concerned about Washington in the final month of the season because I thought if they ever put it together, they’d be dangerous. Given how successful a defensive team they are now, I think they’re even more dangerous than they seemed like they could be several weeks ago. If they do manage to get past the Rangers, it wouldn’t surprise me if they came pretty close to winning it all.

  20. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    >>>oh Jimbo
    i’ve been giving the evil eye to ovi and other players all series long

    Good!! Just make sure your aim is perfect!!! ;-D

  21. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    >>>JIMBO… I Didn’t just write it.. I actually LAUGHED OUT LOUD!

    Excellent!! Glad it “got to you”!! :-)

  22. Hey, Lloyd and everyone. Yea, I thought the same thing. And I was sitting there thinking about game 6…again, being down again, 3-2. Talent, smalent.

    This team finds a way.

    That was finding a way!!!

    What a great night at the Garden. One of the 2 or 3 best eruptions of a crowd I have seen in my 26 years. Not even Henrik’s Mother thought they’d pull this one off!!!!

  23. Washington can counter attack so fast. Great talent. We have heart and some talent. They have a lot of talent.

    All I was thinking with 5 minutes to go was another freaking wasted opportunity with those darn PP’s. I hope next year we have a real PP.

    What do they do? Score 2 PP goals. And, to boot, what was the myth about Henrik’s overtime playoff record? Oh, yeah, he won his second straight playoff OT, too.

  24. Lloyd Braun on

    Hey Matty.

    At no point in that Ottawa series did I doubt the Rangers would win. But when the Rangers were down to the felt with about 20+ seconds left tonight, I had some serious doubts about the Rangers being able to pull of two straight against this team. It just seemed like the Rangers were getting beaten at their own game by a more talented team.

    Then, the Rangers tied the game with 7 seconds left and won it a buck thirty-five into OT. Two shots, two power play goals after not coming up with a single shot on the previous three power play. Really, who the hell knows what it going on with this team

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