Post-game notes, quotes


Courtesy of the NYR:

Eastern Conference Final, Game 1
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
(NYR lead 1-0)

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers opened the Eastern Conference Final with a 3-0 win against the New Jersey Devils in Game 1 tonight at Madison Square Garden, to take a 1-0 series lead.

–        New York is now 207-222-8 overall in postseason action, including a 116-86-2 mark at home.

–        After 40 minutes of scoreless hockey, the Rangers registered three goals in the third period.  The three goals tied the Blueshirts’ playoff-high for most goals in a single period.

–        The Blueshirts have opened six of their last nine playoff series with a win in Game 1.  New York has posted a 32-11 series record when winning Game 1, including wins in seven of the last eight playoff series in which the Rangers won the opening game.

–        Tonight’s shutout was the 12th by the Rangers all-time in series opening games.  New York is 8-3 in playoff series when posting a shutout in Game 1.

–        The Rangers’ three-goal win was their largest margin of separation in the playoffs thus far.  Prior to tonight’s contest, eleven of the Blueshirts’ 14 playoff games were decided by one goal, including four games that required overtime.  The other three games were decided by two goals.

–        New York improved to 8-2 in games when scoring the first goal of the contest in the playoffs.

–        The Rangers out-shot the Devils, 28-21, led by Michael Del Zotto’s playoff career-high, six shots on goal.

–        The Blueshirts tallied one power play goal in four attempts (25.0%), while holding the Devils scoreless in four shorthanded situations.  The Rangers improved to 4-1 in games when out-scoring their opponent on special teams in postseason action.

–        The Rangers out-hit the Devils, 35-21, including seven players who registered at least three hits in the contest.  New York also held a 26-15 advantage in blocked shots, led by Dan Girardi and Marc Staal who tied for the game-high with five blocked shots apiece.

–        The Blueshirts posted a 59% success rate on faceoffs, winning 36 of 61 draws in the contest.  Brad Richards led all skaters with 14 faceoff wins in 21 attempts (67%).

Player Notes:

–        Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 21 shots he faced to post his fifth career playoff shutout, and his second shutout of these playoffs.  He is now tied for third in franchise history in playoff shutouts, along with Ed Giacomin and John Ross Roach, and passed Dave Kerr for second on the Rangers all-time in total shutouts with 48 in his career (43 regular season, five playoff).  Lundqvist improved to 24-26 overall in the playoffs, including a 14-11 mark at home.  He currently leads all NHL goalies with a 1.57 goals against average, is tied for first in wins (nine) and shutouts (two), and ranks third with a .940 save percentage in postseason action.

–        Dan Girardi notched the first goal of the series at 0:53 of the third period, registered a power play assist, and posted a plus-two rating in a game-high, 25:11 of ice time.  He has tallied five points (one goal, four assists) in the last six games, and is now tied with teammate Michael Del Zotto for the NHL lead among defensemen in playoff scoring with nine points (two goals, seven assists).  Girardi also tied for the game-high with five blocked shots, as he increased his league-leading total to 52 blocked shots in postseason action.

–        Chris Kreider tallied his first career power play goal, added the primary assist on the game-winning goal and was credited with three hits in 15:39 of ice time.  He is one of four players in NHL history to have notched at least three playoff goals before skating in a regular season game, and one of four players to have registered at least five points.

–        Artem Anisimov recorded a power play assist and added an empty net goal with 1:27 remaining in regulation.  He has now tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in the last five games, and is tied for fifth on the team in playoff scoring with eight points (three goals, five assists).

–        Michael Del Zotto registered an assist on the game-winning goal, led all skaters with a playoff career-high, six shots on goal, and was credited with four hits in 22:41 of ice time.  He has tallied eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last 10 games, including three points (one goal, two assists) in the last two contests.  Del Zotto is now tied with teammate Dan Girardi for the NHL lead among defensemen in playoff scoring with nine points (two goals, seven assists).

–        Brian Boyle and Ruslan Fedotenko each tallied an assist on Anisimov’s empty net goal.  Boyle also registered four hits in 15:21 of ice time, and is now tied for eighth on the team in playoff scoring with five points (three goals, two assists).

–        Ryan Callahan led all skaters with five hits and was credited with three blocked shots in 20:51 of ice time.  He leads all NHL skaters with 68 hits, and ranks first among league forwards with 26 blocked shots in postseason action.

Post-Game Quotes:

–        John Tortorella on playing in tight games … “We’ve been in these games all playoffs, with some of the experiences we’ve gone through.  I have a tremendous amount of confidence in our conditioning, and, more importantly, in our mental makeup, as far as handling the situations.  And I looked at our third period in Game 7.  I thought it was probably one of our best periods, eliminate Washington, and I thought tonight’s third period was a really good one also.”

–        Brad Richards on the team’s intensity in the third period … “It was there the whole game. Fans were in it probably a little more, and we scored some goals. It just feels like that. It’s a total different game with the pressure they bring compared to what Washington did, so we had to get a handle on that, and get a feel for that, and we just stayed with it.”

–        Brian Boyle on Henrik Lundqvist … “We want to play well in front of him. He bails us out; it’s huge. You think about the end of the game when you don’t want to have to put him in situations like that. We know what we have in him, and he’s been huge for us all year long.”

–        Ryan McDonagh on Chris Kreider … “It’s awesome. He’s got a lethal shot and if he gets a second to get it off, scary things can happen. We just told him to keep moving his feet and keep moving his legs and get in on the forecheck. Him and Hags (Carl Hagelin) are key guys for us and it’s great for him to score that goal.”

Team Schedule:   

–        The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, May 15, is 2:00 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday, May 16, at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m.), in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final.  The game will be televised live on NBC Sports Network, and can be heard on ESPN Radio 98.7FM.

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  1. Repost:

    Carp, who was the lucky reporter that got chewed out by Torts for their phone ringing?

  2. Per Djoos (Stay thirsty, my friends) on


    I can’t get over how Leetch will not look at Daneyko – wow. It actually makes me uncomfortable.

  3. Braunschweiger on

    Prob Stan, he always leads off with a dumb question….I thought the Maven would know why you call a timeout after an icing.

  4. Per Djoos (Stay thirsty, my friends) on

    Torts is an American hockey icon — or at least he will be in a month!

  5. hard to believe the number of numbskull questions asked at these things. no wonder I have a fight every series.

  6. That video Latona posted is the gift that keeps on giving

    When Brodeur starts chewing out the ref, Resch says, “Marty wouldn’t do this,” in discussing a goalie who has whined more about incidental contact than any player in the history of the sport. And moments earlier he refers to the Hurricanes scoring a go-ahead goal with 0.2 seconds left in regulation (with time actually expiring btw.) as, “the key part of the game.” Thanks, Badger Bob.

  7. That’s two of the last three games where somebody who’s been around hockey all his life asked that question about the timeout … HELLO! DO YOU KNOW THAT 90 PERCENT OF TIMEOUTS ARE NOW CALLED AFTER ICINGS?

  8. Speaking of a lack of respect, Emrick’s annoying tone was matched by his annoying verbiage tonight. Stop using the word FLAILING and Lundqvist in same sentence, Emrick!


  9. Linda:

    Best part is the dummy talking about Boston College. I guffawed at that one.

  10. Hipbone:

    It takes a brass pair to apply the word “flailing” to a goalie without “Brodeur” on the back of his jersey.

  11. Per Djoos (Stay thirsty, my friends) on

    Those Hurricane’s goals against Marty the Whale were amazing! As I was cheering jumping up and down like a lunatic, I asked myself: “why could this be thale Rangers doing this?? He would never be able to live it down!”

  12. exactly Carp! Freakin Stan’s been doing these things for a billion freakin years, how in the blue hell do you seriously ask that question!? If you have nothing better than that to bring, sit down and shut up lol

  13. Braunschweiger on

    There has to be a pool to see who will ask the dumbest question and get Torts pissed.

  14. GregM_section403 on



    Yes, i saw Ryan McD recover on the Parise play. And just before he did, i thought, “holy cow, McD is caught deep…one 1 dman back. this is trouble” i think McD covered 80 feet in 3 strides!

    Every game I go to he seems to do something like that. He recovers so quickly and he has great instincts.

  15. Yeah that question about the TO…how freaking DUMB is that? Maybe Stan asked that question on purpose to see if Torts throw a shoes at him…

  16. Per Djoos (Stay thirsty, my friends) on

    Hipbone –

    The worst Emrick moment tonight wa when he described Girardi (I believe) as “sashaying” into his zone to retrieve a puck…

  17. we haven’t beaten the “Stan Fischler is a doddering old fool” meme into the ground yet

    the guy probably doesn’t remember where he parked his car

  18. Per Djoos (Stay thirsty, my friends) on

    … Or maybe Stan throws a shoe at Torts – and torts does the president GW Bush “evasive maneuver!”

  19. Braunschweiger on

    Doc needs to go back to working with Chico on TV ,he’s the only one that makes Doc look good.

  20. GregM_section403 on

    Carp’s bringing his playoff “game” to these post games!!! Nice.

    I guess you gotta expect a lot of idiotic questions when 90 percent of the people in the room, except for you, Zip, Jessie, Andrew G and Brooks, have just been assigned to cover hockey (ice hockey, not field hockey).

  21. nyrmessier011 on

    If it wasn’t Stan he/she would have seen a lot different of a reaction. Pretty amazing that has happened twice in a few days

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