Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
April 27, 2013 (Game 48, Home Game 24)
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers 4, Devils 0
– The Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils, 4-0, today at Madison Square Garden, to conclude their 2013 regular season schedule.
– The Blueshirts finished the season with a record of 26-18-4 (56 pts) overall, including a 16-6-2 mark at home and 10-12-2 on the road.
– New York will claim the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference if Ottawa loses both of their two remaining games, or if the Senators lose at least one of their two remaining games in regulation. Ottawa hosts the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, and will travel to Boston to face-off against the Bruins in the season finale tomorrow evening.
– The Rangers posted a record of 10-3-1 in the month of April, and have now recorded a point in 11 of their last 13 home games (11-2-1 over the span).
– The Rangers currently lead the NHL in goal scoring since the trade deadline (Apr. 3), averaging 3.6 goals per game. Prior to the trade deadline, the Blueshirts averaged 2.4 goals per contest. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
– The Blueshirts have registered a point in 16 of their last 23 games against the Devils (14-7-2 over the span), dating back to a 3-0 win at Madison Square Garden on Mar. 30, 2009.
– The Rangers are 23-9-3 overall (13-4-1 at home; 10-5-2 on the road) against the Devils since 2007-08, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist is 23-9-2 with a 1.91 GAA, .930 Sv% and seven shutouts in 34 games over the span.
– New York held the Devils scoreless in four power play attempts against (7:04). This season, the Rangers registered a point in 19 of 23 games (17-4-2) when not allowing a power play goal.
– The Blueshirts have registered a point in 92 consecutive games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 86-0-6 over the span. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. WSH). New York posted a 16-0-0 record when leading after the second period this season.
– The Rangers out-hit the Devils, 30-21, in the contest, led by Chris Kreider’s career-high, five hits.
– The Blueshirts were credited with 21 blocked shots, including six players who registered two or more blocked shots.
– Rick Nash notched two goals, including his 20th goal of the season, a game-high, seven shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 14:29 of ice time. He joined Thomas Vanek and Alex Ovechkin as one of three NHL players with an active streak of eight consecutive 20-goal seasons. Nash finished the regular season with 14 points (nine goals, five assists) in 14 games during the month of April.
– Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 20 shots faced to post his second shutout of the season, 45th of his career, and finish the season with a record of 24-16-3 overall (16-6-1 at home; 8-10-2 on the road). With the shutout, Lundqvist passed Ed Giacomin as the franchise leader in career total shutouts (regular season + playoffs), having posted 51 total shutouts in his career.
– Lundqvist has allowed two or fewer goals in 16 of his last 20 games (13-5-2, 1.78 GAA, .930 Sv%, 2 SO over the span).
– Ryan Callahan tallied a shorthanded goal and added an assist to extend his point streak to a career-high tying, seven games (five goals, six assists over the span), and posted a plus-two rating in 19:39 of ice time. He registered 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in the final 14 games of the season.
– Derek Stepan opened the game’s scoring at 2:37 of the first period, added a shorthanded assist, was credited with three blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 20:43 of ice time. He tallied a point in 12 of 14 games in April (eight goals, 11 assists over the span), and recorded 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) in the final 30 games of the season. Stepan finished the season with a career-high, plus-25 rating, and led the Rangers in scoring with 44 points.
– Brad Richards tallied two assists to extend his point streak to six games (five goals, six assists over the span), and posted a plus-two rating in 14:16 of ice time while skating in his 900th career NHL game. He finished the season with 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 14 games during the month of April.
– Mats Zuccarello recorded an assist and posted a plus-two rating in 14:58 of ice time. He tallied six points (three goals, three assists) in the final seven games of the season.
– John Moore registered an assist on the game-winning goal, was credited with a game-high, four blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 16:28 of ice time. He has recorded six points (one goal, five assists) and a plus-nine rating in 13 games as a Ranger.
– Dan Girardi was credited with four hits and three blocked shots in 22:39 of ice time.
– John Tortorella on today’s game…
“You never know how it’s going to work out in these games, but we wanted to keep on playing. We played well, it’s hard for the other team, but we got out of it healthy and win another game. I’m really happy with the past month, five weeks. Now we have to prepare for whoever we play.”
– Henrik Lundqvist on today’s game…
“I think it was an important game for us; it can change a lot moving forward. We’ll see tomorrow what position we’re in. I think we all found that it was important to us to get a good game here. You want to finish strong before the playoffs and feel good about yourself and your game. I think if we move up in the standings it can mean something down the road.”
– Derek Stepan on the team…
“We have kind of found our way in the last 10 games, or so. Just to come in each night and have a different mindset and reset and focus on the game and the start, that credits the leaders in this lockerroom.”
– Please note the Blueshirts do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, Apr. 28.