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


Courtesy of the Rangers:

Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, Game 4
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 4 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. The series is now tied at two games apiece.

–        New York has posted a record of 210-228-8 overall in postseason action, including a 118-88-2 mark at home.

–        The Rangers tallied one goal in four power play opportunities (4:59), and are now 2-0 in the playoffs in games when recording a power play goal (2-17, 11.8%).

–        The Blueshirts held the Capitals scoreless in two shorthanded situations (3:37), and are now 10-12 (83.3%) in the playoffs.

–        The Rangers out-hit the Capitals, 38-20, including 10 players with two or more hits.

–        New York was credited with 33 blocked shots in the contest, including five players who registered three or more blocked shots.

–        The Blueshirts won 34-53 faceoffs (64%), led by Brian Boyle’s game-high, 11 faceoff wins (11-16, 69%).

–        With the win, Head Coach John Tortorella moved into a tie with Mike Keenan for fourth on the Rangers’ all-time playoff wins list with 16 postseason victories.

Player Notes:

–        Carl Hagelin registered a playoff career-high, three points, including one goal and two assists, four shots on goal and a plus-three rating in 16:14 of ice time. He has now tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in four games this series.

–        Dan Girardi notched the game-winning, power play goal, was credited with three hits and five blocked shots, and logged 29:35 of ice time. This is his third consecutive game with five blocked shots, and he now leads the league with 19 blocked shots in the playoffs.

–        Derick Brassard registered two assists, including one on the power play, and won 8-9 faceoffs (89%) in 17:29 of ice time. He has recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in the last two games.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to improve to 27-32 in 59 career postseason contests. He is now 7-3 in his last 10 playoff games at Madison Square Garden, posting a 2.11 goals against average, .912 save percentage and one shutout over the span.

–        Derek Stepan tallied a goal, tied for the game-high with six shots on goal, and won 10-18 faceoffs (56%) in 20:43 of ice time. He has now registered two goals in the last two games, and has recorded a point in nine straight games at MSG (seven goals, five assists over the span).

–        Brad Richards notched a goal and registered four shots on goal in 14:51 of ice time. He has now recorded nine points (five goals, four assists) in 17 career playoff games against Washington.

–        Ryane Clowe tallied an assist and was credited with four hits in 12:19 of ice time, in his return to the lineup after missing the previous four games due to an injury sustained on Apr. 25 at Carolina.

–        Mats Zuccarello tallied an assist on the game-winning, power play goal, and was credited with three hits in 12:18 of ice time. He has now recorded three assists in the last two games.

–        Ryan Callahan registered an assist, led all skaters with seven blocked shots, was credited with five hits, and tied for the game-high with six shots on goal in 23:31 of ice time. He now leads all league forwards with 13 blocked shots in the playoffs.

–        Taylor Pyatt recorded an assist, and was credited with four hits and two blocked shots in 10:04 of ice time. He has now tallied an assist in each of the last two games.

–        Ryan McDonagh was credited with five blocked shots and logged a game-high, 31:29 of ice time. It is the third time in his playoff career McDonagh has logged 30:00+ of ice time.

Post-Game Quotes:

–        John Tortorella on tonight’s game … “I think we’ve done better as the series has gone on. I thought tonight’s game was a game of momentum swings for both teams. One thing I like about our team the past couple of games is that we certainly have bent at times but didn’t break. I think our resiliency has really shown in these past two games and we are going to need that when we go to Washington. They are going to surge there and we just need to find a way to keep our heads above water and find a way to win a game.”

–        Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “It was close again. A big win for us though – much, much needed. I thought again we played a great game. They just kept coming back, but we did so many good things. You can see the confidence; we made a lot of good plays and I thought we deserved this one.”

–        Ryan Callahan on the series… “These are two big wins here.  We have to keep the momentum and keep the confidence rolling.  It’s a tough building to play in, they play good there, but we feel good now.”

Team Schedule:

–        The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, May 9, is 11:00 a.m. at MSG Training Center.

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Washington Capitals on Friday, May 10, at Verizon Center (7:30 p.m.), in Game 5 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. A lot more good minutes than bad minutes out of this team, two games in a row. I’ll take that in just about any game.

    Four goals in two playoff games in row? That didn’t happen last year, did it?

  2. Related Posts: Sean Avery headed to the Nutmeg State? Tortorella wants Kreider soon?

  3. Width Gabby and without his replacements, we’d have to be winning these games 7-6. Not very likely.

  4. Well, they now do have two car seats on the ice, so back to back seems appropriate.

  5. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    I apologize ahead of time for the length of my next post and the fact that, knowing Carp’s propensity for putting up new posts rather often after a game, I’m sure I’ll have to repost it.
    And yes I’m a glass half empty guy so I have a tendency to play the devils’ advocate. Enjoy! lol

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    Unbelievable. Two games in a row in the blues series that the team that trailed pulled the goalie and scored in the last minute. just…. wow. Go Blues!

  7. Ha. But I’m serious. They had such an unbelievable run to end the season they probably haven’t lost back-to-back games in over a month.

  8. awesome win!

    Caps with a few flukey deflections. Rangers could’ve been up three goals in the last period.

    But……………….. The RAngers insistence on packing it in tight and only covering Ovechkin closely scares me. The Caps keep it in the zone a lot ands get a lot of shots off.

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    Continual Problems:

    1. Always backing up when the opponent skates the puck in which leaves almost no reason for the opposition to dump it and hence entering the zone uncontested with control of the puck.

    2. Absolutely no idea how to clear the zone. The fact that every player playing defense has the unnerving urge to hold the puck as long as they can until their opponents are right on top of them. This leads to stupid turnovers in the defensive zone and as evidenced in this game also results in goals against.

    3. Literally no killer instinct. Yes, they played hard with the lead but had trouble putting it away. The biggest example being their inability to put a puck in the empty net even with opportunities. Also when players like Boyle get a pass perfectly set up in the the slot and pass it back out. That tic-tac-toe goal was almost a pass too many. Holtby still got his stick on it.

    4. Wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too much respect for the opposition. When the craps skate in at 5 on 5 and the Rangers back off them I constantly have to look at the clock to make sure the craps didn’t have a power play.

    5. Nash is the new Pyatt.

    6. Snow angels and acting like they’re playing on a slip’n’slide. No better example than the first Crapital goal. Yes, Emminger’s overzealous hit left him entirely out of the play but Del Zotto flopped like he was having an epileptic fit. Almost the exact same play as his tripping penalty which was due to him flopping too early and aimlessly sweeping his stick around to make up for it.

    7. I know it’s been beaten to death, but the power play still needs mountains of work. Even though they scored a power play goal in the game and had 3 shots on net during their 5 on 3, they still don’t move and try to get open for the man with the puck to pass it somewhere productive. They still play 2 guys and sometimes 3 high at the blueline. Move the hell in! How difficult is that? They make each pass have to travel a mile and that’s not fooling anyone. They give Holtby all the time in the world to move side to side to stop one-timers. At least they finally put bodies in front of Holtby on their last power play and, lo and behold….the puck flies right by the screened goaltender. Betcha they go right back to (crappy) business as usual on any early power plays in game 5. SMH

    In the positive department while Lundqvist hasn’t between at his best in the two wins, the rest of the team is finally taking care of their end of the deal. If Lundqvist plays like himself and this team continues to score, there’s no limit to what they can do. They just have to be willing to play like that all of the time and not take any time off because that’s when the craps have taken advantage of them.

  10. The non-aggression on checking the puck carrier is killing me. ESPECIALLY on the PK.

    Rangers breakouts are an absolute joke. Watch a youtube video guys. Jesus.

    I think Nash is injured, Evrock.

    Del Zaster will never learn how to defend against a 2-on-1 properly.

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    Manny, the 10th and 12th of March. The Rangers beat them 4-1 on the 10th and Carolina best them 4-0 on the 12th. That was the last time. I guess it’s fitting that we were involved.

  12. So what’s wrong with Nash?

    I was at the game and if it was clear to me that his skating/effort sucked it was surely apparent to everyone in the Caps organization that he’s not 100% or even close.

    If I recall, he got a maintenance day already in this series – so he’s hurt. Any chance we get some real journalistic insight into the obvious?

  13. Eminger plays with intensity and grit, but is an AHL talent. Too dangerous to play.

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