Courtesy of the NYR:
New York Rangers post-game notes
Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, Game 7
Verizon Center – Washington, DC
Rangers 5, Capitals 0 (Rangers win the series, 4-3)
- The Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 5-0, tonight at Verizon Center, in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. The Rangers won the series, 4-3, to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals for a second consecutive season.
- New York has posted a record of 212-229-8 overall in postseason action, including a 93-141-6 mark on the road.
- The 5-0 win is the Rangers’ largest margin of victory in a Game 7, and is the first Game 7 shutout in franchise history. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is only the eighth shutout by a road team in Game 7 in NHL history.
- The Rangers improved to 6-5 all-time in Game 7, including a 6-1 mark in Game 7 since 1992. Tonight’s win was the Blueshirts’ first in a Game 7 played on the road in franchise history.
- This is the second time in franchise history the Rangers came back from a 2-0 series deficit to advance in the playoffs, having done so in the 1996 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Montreal.
- The Blueshirts have now come back from a 3-2 series deficit to advance in the playoffs three times in franchise history, having also done so in the 2012 Conference Quarterfinals against Ottawa and the 1994 Conference Final against New Jersey.
- This is the third time the road team won Game 7 of a playoff series after the home team won each of the previous six games in the series since the NHL adopted the current playoff format in 1994. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
- The Blueshirts held the Capitals scoreless in two shorthanded situations (4:00), and are now 4-0 when not allowing a power play goal against in the postseason.
- The Rangers were credited with 27 blocked shots, compared to nine by the Capitals, led by Rick Nash’s game-high, four blocked shots.
- With the win, Head Coach John Tortorella tied Colin Campbell for third on the Rangers’ all-time playoff coaching wins list, recording his 18th postseason victory behind the Blueshirts’ bench. Coach Tortorella also improved to 5-1 all-time in Game 7 of playoff series, including a 3-1 mark with the Rangers.
- Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves to post his second straight shutout, eighth career in the playoffs, and improved to 29-33 in 62 career postseason contests. It is the 18th time he has posted 30 or more saves in a playoff game, registering a 9-9 record with a 1.49 goals against average, .941 save percentage, and four shutouts in those contests. Lundqvist passed Dave Kerr for second on the Rangers’ all-time playoff shutouts list, and is now one postseason shutout shy of Mike Richter for first in franchise history.
- Lundqvist improved to 3-1 with a 1.00 goals against average, .963 save percentage, and one shutout in four career Game 7s. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lundqvist’s 1.00 goals against average is tied for first in the NHL all-time among goalies who have appeared in at least three career Game 7s.
- Lundqvist is the first goalie to post shutouts in Games 6 and 7 of a playoff series since Dominik Hasek with Detroit in the 2002 Western Conference Final against Colorado. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
- It is the fifth time a Rangers’ goalie posted shutouts in consecutive playoff games, and the first time since Mike Richter in the first round of the 1994 playoffs.
- Derick Brassard recorded two assists to extend his point streak to five games (two goals, seven assists), and posted a plus-two rating. He led all skaters in the series with seven assists and nine points, and is tied for third in the NHL in assists and points during the postseason. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Brassard’s nine points are tied for second most by a Ranger all-time in their first playoff series with the team.
- Arron Asham opened the game’s scoring with his second goal of the series at 13:19 of the first period. The goal was Asham’s first point in his third career Game 7.
- Taylor Pyatt notched his first playoff goal as a Ranger to give New York a two-goal lead at 3:24 of the second period, and was credited with three hits in 16:16 of ice time. Pyatt has now registered two goals in four career Game 7s.
- Michael Del Zotto tallied his first goal of the playoffs at 5:34 of the second period, and posted a plus-three rating in 20:40 of ice time. Del Zotto has now recorded three points (two goals, one assist) in three career Game 7s.
- Ryan Callahan notched his first goal of the playoffs 13 seconds into the third period, and tied for the team-high with seven hits. The goal was Callahan’s first in a Game 7, and he has now recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in four career Game 7s.
- Mats Zuccarello registered his first career playoff goal, tied for the game-high with five shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 17:57 of ice time. He has now tallied five points (one goal, four assists) in the last five games.
- Steve Eminger registered two assists, including his first playoff point as a Ranger and first career playoff assist. He was also credited with three hits and two blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 17:10 of ice time.
- Derek Dorsett registered his first career playoff point with an assist, and recorded four shots on goal in 15:32 of ice time.
- Rick Nash tallied an assist, was credited with a game-high, four blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 18:12 of ice time.
- Chris Kreider recorded an assist and was credited with five hits in 7:53 of ice time.
- Please note the Blueshirts do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, May 14. The Rangers’ practice schedule for Wednesday, May 15, is TBD.
- The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Boston Bruins on Thursday, May 16, at TD Garden (7:30 p.m.), in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup. The game will be televised live on NBC Sports Network.
Postgame quotes courtesy of the Capitals:
Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on what happened on the ice tonight…
“Quite honestly, it’s tough to explain. It’s funny how over the years the seventh game turns into some form of blowout. I wish I had an answer for that. Obviously, we pushed very hard in the first period, even made a lot of great saves. They got a lucky one and every bounce seemed to go their way after that.”
Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on keeping pressure on Henrik Lundqvist…
“I think we did a decent job. He made a lot of great saves. They protect him [Henrik Lundqvist]. That’s kind of how they [the Rangers] are designed. We try and get in there and get the shots through and they are very good at it.”
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin on the play of the Capitals….
“They got momentum after the second goal. Got the third. We tried. Everyone was trying. Everybody was doing their best. Even after the second period we were saying ‘we can do it.’”
Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr on the frustration level of the Capitals…
“It’s peaked. It’s as tough as it gets right there. It’s really disappointing. We played a hard series and we’re not even sure what happened tonight. It wasn’t good.”
Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr on the play of the Rangers…
“It’s really tough. They did exactly what they needed to do to stop us and we couldn’t counter it. They were strong in front of the net and they stopped the pucks.”
Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner on the play of Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby…
“We had the goaltending. We had the goaltending to go far, we just didn’t fill the rest of the gaps. It was great what he did for us again. It would have been nice to have been able to go a little further for him, for all of us, but he did everything we asked him to do.”
Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby on the play of the Capitals…
“Everyone was up for the game, we just needed to play better, myself especially. We had a chance to win, but it’s in the past now.”
New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella on tonight’s game…
“I think it was probably our best game of the series. [Rangers goaltender] Henrik [Lundqvist] was really good early to give us a chance and then I thought we played really well in front of him, right on through our lineup. I didn’t think it was going to be a 5-0 win, the way this series has gone, but it was our best game of the series.”
New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella on how his team and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist responded after being down two games to none…“We have a good group, we just stay with it. It’s a group that I think totally understands just taking one day at a time. Down 2-0, I just didn’t think we were that far off. I think a number of people thought down 2-0, you’re not going to get this done. It’s a tall hill to climb but we just went about our business, tried to take one day at a time. [Rangers goaltender] Henrik [Lundqvist] was, obviously, fantastic through the series and we found a way to get some momentum, win three out of four going into this game and we felt good about it.”
New York Rangers forward Rick Nash on it being important getting off to a good start…“It was obviously a goal of ours to score that first goal. I think a bigger thing – we wanted to come out in the first five minutes and really dictate instead of letting them dictate to us with them being at home, so it was a huge start to get that lead.”
New York Rangers forward Rick Nash on the team having four goal-scorers tonight who scored their first of the series… “That’s what we need. If you look at this team, everyone chips in, everyone helps. It’s not one guy, you know, obviously besides your goalie [Henrik Lundqvist] who’s amazing every night. But other than that, everyone chips in, everyone helps. We win together, we lose together; it’s a good team.”
New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh on coming out with a purpose to start the game tonight… “Especially when you’re a road team [in game 7], the home team wants to get the momentum on their side by being physical and we responded really well with our own big hits and blocked shots. We were pretty disciplined as well and didn’t retaliate which was something I think was a key in the series, trying to keep them off the power play which we found out early on that they can strike at will. It was just a good job by everyone.”
New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh on Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist… “Anything is possible with Henrik [Lundqvist] back there. He stands tall, he competes so hard and it’s great to see guys willing to block shots and he really respects that and honors that, and recognizes that. For everybody, it’s a good feeling here but we want to continue to roll with it.”