A few notes you may have already seen from me on Twitter (and won’t find in the Rangers’ game notes):
• Marian Gaborik was benched for a good portion of the third period. He failed to clear the puck, then failed to block Bryce Salvador’s shot that was deflected for the tying goal by Ryan Carter late in the second period.
“On the second goal, I didn’t get the puck out, I guess,” Gaborik said. “You’ll have to ask him.”
That, of course, meant John Tortorella, who, of course, would not comment on the benching. Gaborik returned with about eight minutes remaining but failed to register a point for the second straight game and for the eighth time in 16 games this postseason.
• Chris Kreider matched Gaborik’s goal output in these playoffs when he scored his fourth on a deflection. That matched an NHL record for the most goals scored before having ever skating in a regular season game.
• Ryan Callahan has now gone without a goal in six straight games, matching his longest streak of the season. He also has just one goal in his previous 12, which is his quietest 12-game stretch of 2011-12.
Of note: The captain has just that one goal (and three points) since he appeared to injure his hand blocking a shot in Game 6 against Ottawa.
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