Game 5: Capitals 2, Rangers 1 (OT) … post-game notes and quotes


Courtesy of the Rangers:

Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, Game 5
Verizon Center – Washington, DC|
Capitals 2, Rangers 1 (OT)

Team Notes:

–      The Rangers were defeated by the Washington Capitals, 2-1, in overtime tonight at Verizon Center, in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. The Blueshirts now trail the series, 3-2.

–      New York has posted a record of 210-229-8 overall in postseason action, including a 92-141-6 mark on the road.

–      Each of the last four games have been decided by one goal, including two that required overtime.

Player Notes:

–      Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves and is now 27-33 in 60 career postseason contests. He has posted 30 or more saves 17 times in his playoff career, registering an 8-9 record with a 1.56 goals against average, .952 save percentage, and three shutouts in those contests.

–      Brian Boyle opened the game’s scoring 53 seconds into the first period, and was credited with four hits and four blocked shots in 21:44 of ice time. He has now recorded three points (two goals, one assist) in the last three games.

–      Derick Brassard tallied an assist to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, five assists), and logged a career-high, 23:55 of ice time. He leads the team and is tied for seventh in the league in scoring with six points in the playoffs.

–      Dan Girardi recorded an assist, was credited with three hits and two blocked shots, and logged 29:13 of ice time. He has now registered a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist).

–      Ryan McDonagh was credited with five hits, a team-high, six blocked shots, and logged 29:11 of ice time.

–      Ryan Callahan registered a team-high, six hits, and led all forwards with 26:28 of ice time.

–      John Moore was credited with five blocked shots and logged a season-high, 25:04 of ice time.

Team Schedule:

–      The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, May 11, is TBD.

–      The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, May 12, at Madison Square Garden (4:30 p.m.), in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup. The game will be televised live on MSG Network, and can be heard on ESPN 98.7.

Courtesy of the Washington Capitals:

Postgame Quotes:

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on the play of Mike Ribeiro…

“It’s obviously a very big goal for him. He’s played pretty good hockey for us. He’s played well in the series and just hasn’t gotten one to go his way. Obviously a huge goal.”

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on looking forward to Game 6…

“We talked about trying to have a better start, which we didn’t really have again tonight. Obviously it’s going to be their barn, their building, their people. It’s going to be electric. We’ve got to handle the first 10 minutes of the game, once we get into the game we’re okay. It’s good hockey, as you saw tonight, but we’ve got to have a good start.”

Washington Capitals center Mike Ribeiro on staying positive and keeping the gas…

“The way I play is that the next shift is a new one. You make a mistake or you get mad at the refs one shift; during the year you stay soggy a bit, but in the playoffs you don’t have time to waste your energy on the shift that just passed.”

Washington Capitals center Mike Ribeiro on the difference tonight…

“I felt good right away. Last game I had a bad game in the circle, and a lot of times when you have good games in the circle, your focus is better. You start with the puck, you’re not chasing as much. It was important for me to bounce back.”

Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson on his first day in the NHL…

“I was pretty nervous. I was at the rink and I wasn’t that nervous. Then I got back to the hotel room, had some down time, and it kind of set in. But, I was able to nap pretty well so it was good.”

Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson on the experience on the ice…

“It was everything I imagined. It was just unbelievable. The fans, you could hear them, everyone could hear them. It was just the best support we could have. And to have a finish like that; it was just a dream come true and everything I imagined.”

New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella on how his team played after the first period…

“The second period, really neither team developed a whole bunch. [The Caps] scored on a power play but for our team it did go downhill [after the first period]. We had a couple chances in overtime, third period we didn’t have much; that’s the way it worked out.”

New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella on how he looks at Game 6…

“I don’t consider it an elimination game, we’re trying to win one game. I’m not going to even use that word. Again, we’ve bounced back. Guys that haven’t been in it, it’s an opportunity; that’s the way they have to look at it. So we’ll go home and try to win a game.”

New York Rangers forward Derek Brassard on the Caps game-winning goal…

“I got the rebound in the slot and I just tried to put [the puck] out there and gave it to [Caps defenseman Mike Green] right away. [The Caps] went D-to-D and they got a shot on net and a quick rebound and it’s in the net. It’s a tough situation…next time I’ve got to make sure [the puck] is out and if the puck is out there, it’s probably a different situation right now.

New York Rangers forward Derek Brassard on how he’s looking toward getting home for Game 6…

“We bounced back from 0-2, I don’t see us going down there. We’re going to try to feed off the crowd and it’s going to be a big game for us and like I said this morning, we’re going to eventually need to win a game on the road to win the series and that’s what we’re going to do.”

New York Rangers forward Brad Richards on what went wrong tonight…

“We didn’t have a forecheck which means our [defense] faced a lot tonight. [The Caps] were coming hard and we didn’t do enough to keep the puck in their end and take the pressure off.”

New York Rangers forward Brad Richards on the team’s outlook for Game 6…

“We’ve just got to win a game on home ice; it’s a good opportunity for everybody. Like I said, we all have confidence that we play good [at home], forget quick and move on to that.”



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  1. dammit – I just broke in the old thread and now I have to start on a new one?

    Fine, get me the shoe horn

  2. LOL Fat Guy. Current drug de jour is Special K, (Ketamine) which is a horse tranquilizer. Uh oh. There goes my Preakness bet.

  3. Final language warning for all, and that includes substituting punctuation marks for vowels in your curse words.

  4. keep sendin boston butt buddy boyle out there, rather go down with him then my 80 billion dollar guys, btw self proclaimed king 2-10 all time playoff ot record. Torts doin a great job though don’t fire him we did get moore, brassard and some dope for a 40 goal scorer

  5. Stranger Nation on

    nothing more fun then watching the Rangers chase the Caps all night and never have the puck

  6. Except for the good ole ‘wrap it around the boards’ and the forecheck, we too often play like a rag tag field hockey team. And we’re not the only ones.

  7. Carp puffing up the blog’s post count for his bosses, by adding multiple posts of his own

  8. – Nash should pay me to watch him play
    – Boyle is an idiot…thanks for the dumb penalty
    – Moore was smoked in OT
    – Torts runs our top guys into the ground
    – Clowe might be dead…dont expect to see him again…
    – Game 6 = Lights out…

  9. Stranger Nation on

    We look like an AHL team out there – cannot possess the puck, no break out, no passing, on creativity.
    Anyone who thinks this was a great hockey game enjoys waterboarding

  10. Hagerstown Md Rangers Fan on

    This series reminds me of the series against the Sabres in 07. I hope the similarities end on sunday. Nash has got to score. Richards needs to score. They have let Hank down for years with enemic offense despite having Jagr and then Gabby and now Nash. They better shoot the puck early and often on sunday. Holtby had enough time to go to the snack bar tonight.

  11. I agree Strange on the Nash spin move. But, lets hope the next time he tries it is sometime next season, as member of the defendinfg Stanley Cup Champion New York Rangers!

  12. Oh man, citing Lundqvist’s playoff OT numbers, as if this loss or most of those losses had anything to do with him, is just too much for me. “WAY TO BE IN THE GAME WHEN THE TEAM ISN’T SCORING AND ISN’T PREVENTING CHANCES EITHER YOU LOSER!!!”

    I’m going to bed.

  13. Stranger Nation on

    You can’t just blame the offense, when the caps break out there is no D in the neutral zone.
    You cannot establish a forecheck and not have your D support or you have huge gaps the a good skating team like the Caps will expose.

  14. Stranger Nation on

    Papa – figure law of averages 0 if he is successful 10% of the time and he has already tried it nine times…

    As you said earlier – just rip it big boy, good things will happen

  15. Chris from Albany on

    Hagerstown..thought the exact same thing. Just hope the series doesn’t end on mothers day.

  16. I make the Nash trade 10 out of 10 times in the regular season….2 out of 10 times in the playoffs. :)

  17. Za'rat "The OTHER GUYS Greed" Jones on

    Players are asked to compare this year’s two-game deficit to last years two-game deficit.

    Hank = We don’t think about last year, we just try to win the next game. We do not even worry about that, we concentrate and play our game and try and win that game.

    Cally = oh yeah, we did it last year. We can do it again.

    Do these guys ever talk to each other?

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