Courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Game 3
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Rangers 4, Capitals 3
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.