Courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, Game 6
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers 1, Capitals 0
- The Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 1-0, today at Madison Square Garden, in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. The series is now tied at three games apiece.
- New York has posted a record of 211-229-8 overall in postseason action, including a 119-88-2 mark at home.
- This was the 12th time in franchise history the Rangers posted a 1-0 victory in the postseason, and is the third time Henrik Lundqvist backstopped a 1-0 playoff win.
- Each of the last five games have been decided by one goal, including two that required overtime.
- The Blueshirts did not allow a power play against in the contest, improving to 3-0 in the playoffs when not allowing a power play goal.
- The Rangers won 27-45 faceoffs (60%) in the contest, led by Derek Stepan’s game-high, 11 faceoff wins (11-16, 69%).
- With the win, Head Coach John Tortorella moved into fourth place on the Rangers’ all-time playoff wins list, passing Mike Keenan with his 17th postseason victory behind the Blueshirts’ bench.
- Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to post his seventh career playoff shutout, and improved to 28-33 in 61 career postseason contests. He is now 8-3 in his last 11 playoff games at Madison Square Garden, posting a 1.92 goals against average, .920 save percentage and two shutouts over the span. Lundqvist is now tied with Dave Kerr for second on the Rangers’ all-time playoff shutouts list.
- Derick Brassard notched a goal to extend his point streak to four games (two goals, five assists over the span), and won 8-14 faceoffs (57%) in 19:48 of ice time. He leads the Rangers and is tied for seventh in the league in playoff scoring with seven points.
- John Moore tallied his first career playoff point with an assist and logged 12:19 of ice time.
- Mats Zuccarello recorded an assist and was credited with two hits in 20:55 of ice time. He has now tallied four assists in the last four games.
- Michael Del Zotto was credited with a team-high, five hits, along with two blocked shots in 21:35 of ice time.
- Anton Stralman registered a team-high, four blocked shots in 21:57 of ice time.
- John Tortorella on Game 7…
“You make your legacy as a player in these types of situations. A number of our guys last year had a blast playing in these games. Some guys handle it and some guys don’t, but that’s what you play for, to get yourself in this type of situation and see what type of character you have, as a player, individually and as a team.”
- Henrik Lundqvist on Game 7 in Washington…
“If you lose two in overtime, you’re close. It’s just a bounce and you win it, so we know we can do it. We have to play a really hard and smart game. I feel like they always come a little harder in their home building, but we can build on this one. From the get-go we did all the things we talked about – forechecked, played physical. It was fun.”
- Ryan McDonagh on playing at Madison Square Garden…
“It’s humongous. To see them recognizing blocked shots and hits and second efforts, that’s what you appreciate a lot. We are trying to score goals and get pucks through and shoot the puck, but they’re a similar roster, blocking a lot of shots like we are trying to do. It’s a pretty back and forth game and we were able to come out on top.”
- The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Washington Capitals tomorrow, May 13, at Verizon Center (8:00 p.m.), in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup. The game will be televised live on MSG Network, and can be heard on ESPN 98.7.