Courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, Game 2
Verizon Center – Washington, DC
Capitals 1, Rangers 0 (OT)
- The Rangers were defeated by the Washington Capitals, 1-0, in overtime today at Verizon Center, in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. The Blueshirts now trail in the series, 2-0.
- New York has posted a record of 208-228-8 overall in postseason action, including a 92-140-6 mark on the road.
- The Rangers out-hit the Capitals, 58-50, with all 18 Blueshirt skaters registering at least one hit in the contest.
- New York was credited with 21 blocked shots in the game, compared to 13 blocked shots by Washington.
- Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves and is now 25-32 in 57 career postseason contests. He has recorded 30 or more saves in 16 playoff games in his career, posting a record of 8-8 with a 1.55 goals against average, .953 save percentage, and three shutouts in those contests.
- Ryan Callahan tied for the game-high with eight hits, and registered team-highs with five shots on goal and 26:05 of ice time.
- Derek Stepan won a game-high, 17-32 faceoffs (53%), and logged 25:52 of ice time in the contest.
- Derek Dorsett was credited with seven hits in 15:17 of ice time, while making his Rangers debut after missing the previous 26 games (14 games with the Rangers) with a broken clavicle sustained on March 7 vs. Vancouver.
- Dan Girardi was credited with a game-high, five blocked shots in 26:01 of ice time.
- Anton Stralman was credited with four hits and three blocked shots in 23:35 of ice time.
- Darroll Powe was credited with seven hits and two blocked shots in 8:02 of ice time.
- The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, May 5, is 11:00 a.m. at MSG Training Center.
- The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Washington Capitals on Monday, May 6, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup. The game will be televised live on MSG Network, and can be heard on ESPN 98.7.
Post-game quotes courtesy of the Washington Capitals:
on the Capitals penalty kill…
“The penalty kill did a great job tonight. I think both teams played very good hockey tonight. Not a lot shots, 0-0, both goalies played good. Really good hockey.”
on the play of defenseman Mike Green…
“He’s obviously a huge part of our team. We talk about this a lot. It’s a reason why I don’t want Mike to try too hard to be a scorer during the game because we need him to have the poise back there at a key moment when it’s a big power play, place is going crazy, there’s electricity. You need guys out there who are calm. That’s one of his gifts.”
on the flow of the game…
“They [Rangers] had moments too during the game but I think we did a great job weathering that and I felt we controlled a lot of the game and we knew it was going to come down to one bounce either way and fortunately we got it.”
on the importance of winning both games at home…
“It’s huge. In any series you want to take both games at home to start the series. Get a 2 – nothing lead. Obviously MSG [Madison Square Garden] is a tough building to play in and we are going to head in there pretty focused and keep doing what got us here.”
on the play of Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist…
“He played really great. We had a couple of really good quality chances, but he made some great saves. I think it’s strong of us that we won anyway even when they played well. Obviously [Braden] Holtby played well for us too.”
on the key to the Capitals penalty kill…
“We’ve been working hard and working together. That’s the biggest key, I think. They have really good players on their team, so you’ve got to make sure to take away all those options.”
on his game winning goal…
“He [Mike Ribeiro] does such a great job drawing guys to him and obviously they are on Ovi [Alex Ovechkin], so I just happened to be open and my goal was to get it by the first guy and try to hit the net.”
on Rangers forwards Dan Boyle and Derek Dorsett stepping into the lineup…
“They played well, they played well. We changed the lines to try to create some more offense and also due to some matchups.”
on his team’s power play…
“We’re just too stagnant, we’re almost paralyzed.”
on the power play for both teams deciding the game…
“I think it comes down to they score on the power play and we don’t. We had a couple chances on our [power play] to capitalize late in the game and then again in overtime and we don’t get it done.”
on the emotional factor of dropping a game like this…
“It’s tough. It’s tough to lose in overtime especially in a game like this but at the same time, we’ve got two [games] at home now. We have to take care of business at home. We lost two [games] on the road and we’ve just got to take care of business in our building now.”
on how the Rangers couldn’t get the job done on the power play…
“I think those last two power plays have to better chances [and] we’ve got to execute on them and score a big goal. We had the opportunities and we didn’t get the job done.”
on how difficult it feels to be on the losing end with a great goaltending effort…
“It’s a tough one. [Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist] was unbelievable, we have to get goals for him; there are no excuses. We go home now and the next game is a huge game.”