Courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, Game 1
Verizon Center – Washington, DC
Capitals 3, Rangers 1
- The Rangers were defeated by the Washington Capitals, 3-1, tonight at Verizon Center, in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.
- New York is now 208-227-8 overall in postseason action, including a 92-139-6 mark on the road.
- The Rangers out-shot the Capitals, 36-30, in the contest, including a 28-16 advantage after the first period.
- The Blueshirts out-hit the Capitals, 41-32, with 16 of 18 skaters registering at least one hit in the contest.
- Carl Hagelin opened the game’s scoring with his first career playoff goal at 16:44 of the first period. He also registered four shots on goal and logged 17:15 of ice time. Hagelin has now recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in eight career playoff contests against Washington.
- Ryan Callahan tallied the primary assist on Hagelin’s goal, was credited with three blocked shots, and logged 21:09 of ice time. He has now registered a point in eight consecutive games (five goals, seven assists), including a seven-game point streak to end the regular season.
- Ryan McDonagh recorded an assist and was credited with two hits in 23:33 of ice time. He has now registered nine points (two goals, seven assists) in the last 15 games, including eight points (two goals, six assists) in the final 14 games of the regular season.
- Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves and is now 25-31 in 56 career postseason contests.
- Rick Nash led all skaters with a playoff career-high, eight shots on goal, and logged 23:04 of ice time in the contest.
- Steve Eminger was credited with a team-high, seven hits, while Mats Zuccarello led all team forwards with six hits.
- Dan Girardi led the Rangers with four blocked shots, was credited with three hits, and logged a game-high, 29:00 of ice time.
- Derick Brassard, John Moore, and Kris Newbury each made their playoff debut tonight.
- The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, May 3, is 12:00 p.m. at Verizon Center.
- The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Washington Capitals on Saturday, May 4, at Verizon Center (12:30 p.m.), in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup. The game will be televised live on NBC, and can be heard on ESPN 98.7.
Postgame quotes courtesy of the Washington Capitals:
Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on the 5-on-3 being a momentum changer…
“Big kill. I thought the breakaway that Holts [Braden Holtby] stopped on [Carl] Hagelin was the big one though. Penalties… we killed them well. Every little thing matters.”
Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on winning tonight…
“It’s one game. Obviously you want to win them all, but it’s one game. We are still holding serve at home and we’ve just got to get ready tomorrow for Saturday.”
Washington Capitals forward Martin Erat on the importance of killing the 5-on-3 penalties…
“It’s a momentum thing. The momentum is going to change so many times in a series. But they came up strong and we played 60 minutes of hockey. That’s what we need to do if want to move on.”
Washington Capitals forward Martin Erat on the importance of winning game one…
“They have to come back and they will come back stronger. We just have to expect it and raise our level for the next game.”
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin on his power play goal…
“Right away after we had no success on a couple of power plays, we were saying we have to play it simple and just come down and play our game. It was a big goal for us.”
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin on winning the first game of the series…
“It’s important. We get the lead and right now we have to forget it and get ready for the next game.”
Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson on protecting the two goal lead…
“We just stuck to what we were doing and kept it a little more simple. When we play the game the way we are supposed to for 60 minutes, that’s when we really get it.”
Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson on the Capitals drawing a number of penalties on the Rangers…
“I think we were working hard and moving our feet out there. Sometimes they had no choice but to. That’s the way it is sometimes.”
Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby on the Capitals penalty killing…
“We’ve been good lately. It’s hard to come back percentage-wise when we were where we were at the start of the year. Our penalty kill is right up there with the league’s best now.”
New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella on the importance of the 5-on-3…
“You are trying to get something there, we didn’t. I thought after, in the 5-on-4, we had some chances. But you like to get something there.”
New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella on taking penalties…
“We can’t take that many penalties in the game. They [the Capitals] did get a good bounce off the boards. You can’t take two in a row. Hopefully, we will discipline ourselves next game.”
New York Rangers forward Ryan Callahan on the Rangers 5-on-3 power play…
“We had a couple good looks [on the 5-on-3], obviously you want to score on that opportunity in that chance. After that, it seemed to swing a little bit their way, the momentum but we had some chances on it, it’s just a matter of putting [the puck] in.”
New York Rangers forward Ryan Callahan on how the swing in momentum was a huge factor…
“There’s that five, 10 minute span there in the second period where [the Capitals] grabbed on to [the momentum] and ended up getting a couple goals off of it, and that’s what the playoffs is about, momentum swings and handling it and trying to grab it back when you lose it and not trying to get hurt and tonight. It hurt us.”
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on the third Capitals goal…
“I have to be more solid on the ice there. I probably expected a pass and maybe I was a little slow to react but it doesn’t matter, I have to stop that. It was just those couple minutes there [in the second period] where they hurt us a little bit, a couple big plays for them and if you take away those five to 10 minutes, we played a pretty strong game.”
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on the Capitals killing off the 5-on-3 and responding…
“It’s a big play in the game. [The Capitals] kill it off and then they get a couple quick goals so obviously it changed a lot, it really did but we didn’t give up. We kept working really hard. We’ll sit down tomorrow and talk about a few things but they got the first one.”