Courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
Eastern Conference Final, Game 1
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
(NYR lead 1-0)
- 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%).
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.