Courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
Eastern Conference Final, Game 3
Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
(NYR lead 2-1)
- The Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils, 3-0, today at Prudential Center in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Blueshirts tallied three goals in the third period for the second time in three games to take a 2-1 series lead.
- New York improved to 208-223-8 overall in postseason action, including a 92-136-6 mark on the road.
- The Rangers remain undefeated at Prudential Center in the playoffs, posting a record of 4-0 including three wins during their 2008 Easter Conference Quarterfinal series.
- The Blueshirts tallied one power play goal in two attempts (3:08), while the penalty kill held the Devils scoreless in five shorthanded situations (10:00). The Rangers power play is 4-10 (40.0%) in the series, and 13-67 (19.4%) overall in the playoffs. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 11-12 (91.7%) in the series. New York improved to 5-2 in games when out-scoring their opponent on special teams in the playoffs.
- The Rangers out-hit the Devils, 24-15, while posting a 19-6 advantage in blocked shots. The Blueshirts had nine players credited with two or more hits, led by Carl Hagelin’s game-high, four hits in the contest. Five Rangers recorded two or more blocked shots in the game, behind Ryan McDonagh’s game-high, four blocked shots, and Brian Boyle’s game-high among forwards, three blocked shots. McDonagh has registered 15 blocked shots through three games in the series.
- Dan Girardi (goal) and Ryan McDonagh (assist) each registered a point in today’s contest to increase the Rangers’ league-leading totals to a combined 11 goals and 34 points by defensemen in the playoffs.
- Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 36 shots faced to post his league-leading, third shutout of the playoffs, and second shutout in the series. He improved to 25-27 overall in the playoffs, including an 11-15 mark on the road. Lundqvist became the first Rangers goaltender to post multiple shutouts in a single playoff series since Mike Richter registered two shutouts against New Jersey in their 1997 Conference Semifinals series. The shutout was the sixth of his career, moving him past Ed Giacomin and John Ross Roach into third on the Rangers’ all-time list, and he is now tied for third on the Rangers’ single season shutouts list.
- Lundqvist has now recorded 30+ saves in 15 career playoff contests, posting a record of 8-7 with a 1.60 goals against average, .951 save percentage and three shutouts.
- Dan Girardi opened the game’s scoring with a power play goal at 3:19 of the third period, was credited with three hits and posted a plus-two rating in 27:23 of ice time. He is currently riding a three-game point streak (two goals, two assists over the span), and has tallied seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last eight games. He increased his league-leading total in playoff scoring among defensemen to 11 points, and is now tied with teammates Marc Staal and Anton Stralman for first among NHL blueliners with three goals. Girardi has now registered seven points (two goals, five assists) in eight career playoff games against New Jersey.
- Chris Kreider notched a goal to extend his goal/point streak to three games (three goals, one assist over the span), and logged 16:14 of ice time in the contest. The goal established a new NHL record for most playoff goals (five) and points (seven) by a player before skating in a regular season game. Kreider is now tied for seventh in the NHL, and first among league rookies, with five goals in postseason action.
- Ryan Callahan tallied an assist and added an empty net goal to post his second career multiple-point effort in a playoff game. He also registered three shots and three hits, and posted a plus-two rating in 19:58 of ice time.
- Ryan McDonagh recorded an assist, was credited with a game-high, four blocked shots, posted a plus-two rating, and led all skaters with 28:01 of ice time. He has registered 15 blocked shots in the series, and now leads the NHL with 54 blocked shots in postseason action.
- Brad Richards tallied the lone assist on Girardi’s power play goal and logged 17:17 of ice time. He leads the team and is now tied for fourth in the NHL in playoff scoring with 13 points (six goals, seven assists).
- Brian Boyle recorded an assist on Callahan’s empty net goal, led all forwards with three blocked shots and was credited with two hits in 14:47 of ice time. He has tallied two assists in the series.
- Ruslan Fedotenko also recorded an assist on the empty net goal, was credited with three hits and two blocked shots, and won each of his two faceoff attempts in 13:17 of ice time. He has tallied two assists in the series.
- John Tortorella on Henrik Lundqvist’s compete level … “It’s a bit of our personality. I’ve always said that about [Henrik], that’s a bit of who we are. And I think Henrik displays that, how he does compete. And he’s a great competitor as far as his preparation and as far as what he does for this hockey club.”
- Henrik Lundqvist on getting the shutout … “I mean, I’m really happy we won. That means so much to me to win every game here and it’s so important to me and to the group. But on Monday it’s not going to mean anything. You have to start over and earn that respect again, and hopefully you say the same thing after that game.”
- The Blueshirts have an optional practice scheduled for 12:00 p.m. tomorrow, May 20, at Madison Square Garden.
- The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Monday, May 21, at Prudential Center (8:00 p.m.), in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final. The game will be televised live on NBC Sports Network, and can be heard on ESPN Radio 98.7FM.