Courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
Eastern Conference Semifinals, Game 7
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
(NYR win 4-3)
– The Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 2-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden, in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. The Blueshirts won the series, 4-3, to advance to the Eastern Conference Final against the New Jersey Devils.
– New York is now 206-222-8 overall in postseason action, including a 115-86-2 mark at home.
– The Rangers remain undefeated in Game 7s played at Madison Square Garden, having posted a record of 5-0 in those contests. New York improved to 5-5 all-time in the seventh game of playoff series.
– Eight of the Rangers’ 10 Game 7s in franchise history have been decided by one goal.
– The Rangers out-hit the Capitals, 37-33, led by Brandon Prust’s game-high, seven hits. The Blueshirts lead the league with 453 hits in postseason action.
– Eleven of the Rangers’ 14 playoff games have been decided by one goal, including six of seven games against Washington. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, New York and Washington were either tied or separated by one goal for 91.1% of the total playing time in the series.
– The team that scored the first goal of the game in the series was undefeated.
– The Rangers out-shot the Capitals, 31-23, including a 23-15 advantage after the first period. New York held a 212-179 advantage in shots on goal in the series, and out-shot Washington, 149-113, after the first period.
– New York out-hit Washington, 33-27, in the contest, and held a 19-15 advantage in blocked shots. Michael Del Zotto, who notched the game-winning goal, led all skaters with a playoff career-high, eight hits, while Marc Staal was credited with a game-high, five blocked shots.
– The Rangers registered a 54% success rate on faceoffs, winning 27 of 50 draws. Brad Richards led all skaters with 14 faceoff wins in 24 attempts (58%).
– Head Coach John Tortorella improved to 4-1 all-time in Game 7s.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves to improve to 23-26 overall in the playoffs, including a 13-11 mark at home. His eight playoff wins are tied for fourth on the Rangers single season wins list, while his 14 appearances are tied for fifth in a single postseason.
– Brad Richards notched the game’s opening goal at 1:32 of the opening frame, registered four shots on goal, won a game-high, 14-24 faceoffs (58%) and posted a plus-two rating in 22:03 of ice time. He is tied for fourth in the NHL in playoff scoring with 11 points, and tied for third in the league with six goals. Richards has now tallied 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in the last 11 playoff games in which his team faced elimination.
– Michael Del Zotto tallied the game-winning goal at 10:05 of the third period, added an assist and was credited with a game-high, eight hits in 23:16 of ice time. He has now recorded seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last nine games, and leads all league defensemen in playoff scoring with eight points (two goals, six assists).
– Carl Hagelin recorded a career-high, two assists, and posted a plus-two rating in 18:21 of ice time. He ranks third in the league among rookies with three assists in postseason action.
– Marian Gaborik tallied the primary assist on the game-winning goal, registered a game-high, six shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 19:32 of ice time. He recorded a point in six of seven games against Washington, and led all players with seven points (three goals, four assists) in the series.
– Ryan McDonagh led all skaters with 29:37 of ice time, and was credited with three blocked shots in the contest. He led all skaters in average ice time per game in the series with 28:33 of ice time per game.
– John Tortorella on the Richards-Gaborik-Hagelin line… “We doubled them up right away. With Richie, we’ve talked about shooting the puck right away and not hesitating. They block shots very well and we needed to try to get more shots through. The first goal of the game was a very important goal. Hags doesn’t end up with many points, but he ends up with a couple tonight. He’s been very good this series as far as chasing down pucks and I thought that was key tonight. And Gaby was skating tonight, so to get a lead against that team is very important.”
– Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “They were coming hard. We talked about it going into this game, there will be moments when we have success and we need to capitalize when we have that stretch. The same with them – they are going to have minutes where they are just going to come hard and we need to make sure we don’t get hurt. For me, there, I just try to stay focused and I know we are going to take it over sooner or later.”
– Ryan Callahan on the atmosphere in the Garden… “It was great. It was awesome – MSG, Game 7. Right from the anthem and warm-ups, it was loud. This is what you play for all year. To have that home ice advantage to make sure that if you get to a game seven it’s in your barn.”
– The Blueshirts have an optional practice scheduled for 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, May 13, at MSG Training Center.
– The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Monday, May 14, at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m.), in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final.
*Due to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center, the New York Liberty will play its home opener against the Connecticut Sun on Saturday, May 19, at 4:00 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.