Game 3: Rangers 4, Capitals 3 … post-game notes & quotes


Courtesy of the NYR:

Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Game 3
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Rangers 4, Capitals 3

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 4-3, tonight at Madison Square Garden, in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. The Blueshirts now trail in the series, 2-1.

–        New York has posted a record of 209-228-8 overall in postseason action, including a 117-88-2 mark at home.

–        The Rangers improved to 11-12 all-time in Game 3 when trailing 2-0 in the series.

–        The Blueshirts held the Capitals scoreless in three shorthanded situations (5:54), and are now 8-10 (80.0%) in the playoffs.

–        The Rangers out-hit the Capitals, 33-22, in the contest, led by Ryan Callahan’s game-high, six hits.

–        New York was credited with 19 blocked shots, led by Dan Girardi’s game-high, five blocked shots. Callahan led all forwards with three blocked shots in the contest.

–        With the win, Head Coach John Tortorella moved into a tie with Fred Shero for fifth on the Rangers’ all-time playoff wins list with 15 postseason victories.

Player Notes:

–        Derick Brassard notched a power play goal, added two assists, and was credited with five hits in 16:29 of ice time. His assist on Brian Boyle’s goal at 12:50 of the first period was his first career playoff point.

–        According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Brassard’s three points were the most by a Ranger in their home playoff debut since Sergei Zubov on Apr. 17, 1994 vs. the NY Islanders (one goal, two assists).

–        Brian Boyle registered a goal, added a power play assist, and won a game-high, 14-21 faceoffs (67%) in 20:42 of ice time. The two points are a single-game career high for Boyle in the playoffs.

–        Derek Stepan tallied the game-winning goal with 6:25 remaining in the third period, and registered three shots on goal in 23:57 of ice time. The goal was his second career playoff tally, and he has now registered a point in eight straight games at MSG (six goals, five assists over the span).

–        Mats Zuccarello recorded two assists, including one on the power play and one on the game-winning goal, and logged 11:13 of ice time. His power play assist at 1:23 of the second period was his first career playoff point.

–        Arron Asham notched a goal and was credited with two hits in 6:31 of ice time. The goal was his 10th career playoff tally, and his first playoff point as a Ranger.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves to improve to 26-32 in 58 career postseason contests. He is now 6-3 in his last nine playoff games at Madison Square Garden, posting a 2.01 goals against average, .913 save percentage and one shutout over the span.

–        Rick Nash tallied the primary assist on the game-winning goal and registered a team-high, four shots on goal in 19:31 of ice time. The assist was his first playoff point as a Ranger.

–        Taylor Pyatt registered his first playoff point as a Ranger with an assist, and two shots on goal in 13:03 of ice time.

–        Michael Del Zotto recorded an assist, was credited with four hits and two blocked shots, and logged 17:02 of ice time. He has now registered seven points (two goals, five assists) in 10 career playoff contests against Washington.

Post-Game Quotes:

–        John Tortorella on the team… “As I’ve told you all along here, it’s a good group of guys. It’s just trying to get momentum on your side and finding a way to win the hockey game and we got it done tonight.”

–        Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “There was a lot of determination going into this game. We knew we had to win this one, it was a must win. We really stepped up as a group and they kept coming. They’re a good team and you have to respect that, but we scored some big goals tonight.”

–        Marc Staal on returning to the lineup… “I thought I would be more nervous than I was. I felt pretty good going into the game and I think the confidence is going to grow the more I’m out there and the more I’m in the game situations. I’ll feel a lot better next game.”

Team Schedule:

–        The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, May 7, is 12:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center.

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, May 8, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup.  The game will be televised live on MSG Network, and can be heard on ESPN 98.7.


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  1. And congrats to Ash, who is often underrated and under-sung. He serves his too limited ice time well.

  2. I have no problem with asham being in the lineup but still don’t really understand the infatuation with pie-hat. It’s not like he serves important pk functions.

    Any word on Powe? If he has a concussion, we likely see newbury back in the lineup right?

  3. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    Czech, I once watched a Rangers/ Hartford game at the sports bar in the Adams Mark with Pat Burns and his colleagues.

  4. I’d like Torts to answer what Pysie contributes that no one else can. And, of course, Richards.

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    I’m reposting this about Nash because I feel rather strongly about it (feel free to complain afterwards):

    I don’t agree at all coos. He doesn’t even look for his linemates when he goes in like that. He only does so very infrequently. Either way, he needs to quit it because all he ever accomplishes is turning the puck over to the Craps.He hadn’t looked like his early season self in a long time. He rarely uses his body to shield the puck and also fails at that often. He doesn’t seem to have the same stickhandling he put on display in the first half of the season.I don’t know If it’s because opponents are more familiar with him now or if it’s something physical, but he hasn’t looked as dominant as he had for a long time. I first noticed it when he started having trouble on shootout shots. But whatever the reason he better get it together or change the way he approaches the game in the meantime.

  6. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    So Powe was brought here for the pk and the only game the Craps don’t score on the pp is the one in which he’s injured. Somebody do the math here.

  7. I know what you’re saying, Evrock. I think the way Torts juggles lines is often disadvantageous to the rush because no one gets used to the moves, tendencies, and speed of their line-mates.

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    Bros-hard really competed tonite. Very impressive.
    John Moore is an island on to himself!

  9. Without Clowe and Powe, somebody has to pound, and it won’t be Kreider. I’m beginning to think he’s either obstinate or stupid, or both. (The author of this paragraph ducks as he says this)

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    Does Pie-hat have the same skating instructor as Mike Rupp?
    Dude is slow. How slow is he?

  11. Considering Gabby’s contract and lack of production (of any kind) and considering our backcourt with Sauer out and Staal still iffy, and DelZ not improving, getting just Moore was a sound trade financially and need-wise. Dorsett and Brassard are icing.

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