Courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
Eastern Conference Final, Game 5
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
(NJD lead 3-2)
– The Rangers were defeated by the New Jersey Devils, 5-3, tonight at Madison Square Garden in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Devils lead the series 3-2.
– New York is now 208-225-8 overall in postseason action, including a 116-88-2 mark at home.
– The Rangers have come back from a 3-2 series deficit to advance in the playoffs twice before – in the 1994 Conference Final against New Jersey, and in the first round of this postseason against Ottawa.
– The Rangers out-hit the Devils, 40-26, in the contest. Sixteen of the Rangers’ 18 skaters registered at least one hit, and six Blueshirts were credited with three or more hits.
– New York won 37-62 faceoffs (60%) in the contest. Brian Boyle led all skaters with 13 faceoff wins in 14 attempts for a 93% success rate.
– Ryan Callahan tallied a goal and led all skaters with six hits in 20:01 of ice time. He has recorded three points (two goals, one assist) in the last three games, and is now tied for 10th in the NHL with five goals in postseason action.
– Brandon Prust notched his first career playoff goal, and was credited with four hits in the contest.
– Marian Gaborik registered an unassisted goal at 0:17 of the third period, and was credited with two hits in 15:24 of ice time. The goal was his 18th career in the playoffs and 35th career playoff point.
– Brandon Dubinsky recorded an assist and was credited with three hits in 15:38 of ice time, while making his return to the lineup after missing the previous 11 games due to an injury sustained in Game 7 of the first round series against Ottawa. He has now tallied seven points (three goals, four assists) in six career playoff games against New Jersey.
– Ruslan Fedotenko tallied the primary assist on Prust’s first period goal to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists over the span), and posted a plus-two rating in 15:18 of ice time. He has now recorded a point in four of five games in the series (one goal, three assists over the span).
– Artem Anisimov registered an assist, three shots on goal, and was credited with two blocked shots in 19:16 of ice time. He has now tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in the series.
– Derek Stepan recorded an assist and was credited with two hits in 16:22 of ice time. He is now tied for first on the team and sixth in the NHL with eight assists in postseason action.
– Henrik Lundqvist stopped 12 of 16 shots faced, and is now 25-29 overall in the playoffs with a 14-13 mark at home.
– Ryan McDonagh led all skaters with six blocked shots, registered three hits and a plus-two rating in 25:46 of ice time. He now leads the league with 60 blocked shots in the playoffs.
– Marc Staal was credited with three hits and three blocked shots, and logged a game-high, 26:50 of ice time.
– John Tortorella on Ryan Callahan… “He played well. He found a way to score a goal. Got unlucky on another one on the power play. Did all the things he needed to do as a leader to try to get us a win, right to the bitter end. And he’ll do the same thing our next game.”
– Brad Richards on the team’s experience in games when facing elimination… “We’ll have to rely on it. We’ve been here twice already. In the first round we faced elimination (going into Game 6). If we go back (to New Jersey) and play like we did most of this game and keep pushing it that way, we’ll have a chance.”
– Ryan Callahan on the team’s momentum in the second period… “I thought we gained a little more momentum towards the end of the first, scoring that goal. And then there wasn’t too much said in the room. We knew the situation we were in. We knew we had to try to claw our way back, and we did that. To our credit, we showed a lot of character and we’ve got to find a way to get that next one.”
– The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, May 24, is 1:45 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.
– The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Friday, May 25, at Prudential Center (8:00 p.m.), in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final. The game will be televised live on NBC Sports Network, and can be heard on ESPN Radio 98.7FM.