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The Rangers will face-off against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. — TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. New York is coming off a 5-0 win on Monday at Verizon Center, in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Washington Capitals. The Rangers enter the contest with a 212-229-8 record all-time in 449 playoff contests (119-88-2 at home; 93-141-6 on the road). New York has posted a 44-48-5 record all-time in Game 1s.
ALL-TIME RANGERS PLAYOFF RECORDS: Overall — 212-229-8; Home — 119-88-2; Away — 93-141-6; Goals for — 1,234; Goals against — 1,224
ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORDS —RANGERS vs. BRUINS
The Rangers and Bruins are meeting in the playoffs for the 10th time overall, and the first time in 40 years. Their last postseason encounter was in the 1973 Quarterfinals, a series won by New York 4-1. Overall, the Blueshirts have a 3-6 playoff series record vs. the Bruins, posting an 18-22-2 mark in 42 postseason contests.
RANGERS vs. BRUINS:
All-Time (Regular Season): 249-283-97-2 overall (143-119-55-0 at home; 106-164-42-2 on the road)
2012-13: New York was 2-1-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). Two of the three contests were decided by one goal, including one game that required overtime and another decided in the shootout. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 15-16 (93.8%) in the series. Rick Nash led all skaters with three assists, while Brad Richards, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin, Taylor Pyatt, and Anton Stralman each notched a goal. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-0 with a 2.93 GAA and .913 Sv%.
The Rangers have won 11 of their last 15 regular season games against the Bruins, including seven of their last nine meetings, and are 22-7-2 against Boston since 2005-06
The Rangers are 12-3-0 in their last 15 regular season games against the Bruins at MSG, dating back to a 3-2 win on Nov. 20, 2005
The Blueshirts are 5-1-0 in their last six regular season games at TD Garden, having out-scored the Bruins, 15-10, over the span
Henrik Lundqvist has started in 27 consecutive regular season games against Boston, dating back to Jan. 13, 2007
The Blueshirts have three players with previous playoff experience against the Bruins – Arron Asham (9 GP, 1-2-3), Roman Hamrlik (25 GP, 1-8-9), and Darroll Powe (11 GP, 0-1-1)
New York lists no former Bruins on their roster
Boston lists three former Rangers on their roster: Jaromir Jagr (2003-04 – 2007-08); Wade Redden (2008-09 – 2009-10); Marc Savard (1997-98 – 1998-99)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. BRUINS (Regular Season):
Henrik Lundqvist — 30 GP, 21-7-2, 1.67 GAA, 6 SO
Martin Biron — 31 GP, 12-12-2-1, 2.66 GAA, 1 SO
Brad Richards — 37 GP, 8-23-31
Ryan Callahan — 22 GP, 5-6-11
Michael Del Zotto — 13 GP, 2-5-7
The Blueshirts are 2-0 in games when tallying a power play goal during the playoffs, and are 4-0 when not allowing a power play goal against
Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in two power play opportunities (4:00) in Game 7 at Washington, and are now 2-28 (7.1%) in the playoffs. New York is 0-2 in five-on-three situations (3:17; last – 5/12 vs. WSH), and 0-2 while skating four-on-three (0:23; last – 5/8 vs. WSH). Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Capitals scoreless in two shorthanded situations (4:00) in Game 7, and are now 13-16 (81.2%) in the playoffs. Shorthanded goals for (0).
Four-on-Four: The Blueshirts did not skate in a four-on-four situation in Game 7 at Washington, and are now even in two four-on-four situations (4:00) in the playoffs. Four-on-four goals for (0). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).
Four of the remaining eight teams in the playoffs are Original Six teams, marking the second time this has happened since the NHL adopted the current playoff format in 1994 (2010)
All Original Six teams qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1996
The last time the Rangers faced-off against an Original Six opponent in the postseason was in the 1996 Conference Quarterfinals against Montreal (NYR won 4-2)
The Rangers have lost only four times in regulation over their last 21 contests, including the final 14 games of the regular season
Henrik Lundqvist is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender for the fifth time
The Blueshirts were the least penalized team in the NHL this season with 183 penalties and 9.2 penalty minutes per game
New York ranked third in the NHL with 1,413 hits, and sixth in the league with 773 blocked shots this season
The Rangers held opponents to 2.25 goals against per contest, which ranked third in the East and fourth in the league overall
The Rangers and Bruins have been separated by one goal in 19 of their last 24 regular season meetings, including eight games that required extra time and six that went to the shootout, dating back to Mar. 24, 2007. Four of the other five games during the stretch were decided by two goals, while one was decided by three goals (3-0 win on Feb. 14, 2012 at BOS). New York is 12-5-2 in one-goal games against Boston over the span.
COOL UNDER PRESSURE
Henrik Lundqvist has posted 30 or more saves in the playoffs 18 times, posting a 9-9 record with a 1.49 GAA, .941 Sv% and four shutouts in those contests.
EAST QTRS RECAP vs. CAPITALS:
The Rangers held the lead for 183:13, were tied for 219:48, and trailed for 34:23 in the series. The Blueshirts tallied the first goal in five of the seven games.
Games 2-6 were each decided by one goal, including two games that required overtime.
The Blueshirts’ 5-0 win in Game 7 was their largest margin of victory in a Game 7, and is the first Game 7 shutout in franchise history. It is only the eighth shutout by a road team in Game 7 in NHL history. It was also the Rangers’ first Game 7 victory on the road in team history.
The Rangers came back from a 2-0 series deficit to advance in the playoffs for only the second time in franchise history, having previously done so in the 1996 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Montreal. It is the first time the Blueshirts advanced after losing the first two games in a playoff series on the road.
The Blueshirts have 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.|
The home team won Games 1-6 before the Rangers’ Game 7 victory in Washington. It is only the third time the road team won Game 7 of a playoff series after the home team won Games 1-6 in the series since the NHL adopted the current playoff format in 1994.
Henrik Lundqvist completed the first round ranked first in the NHL with two shutouts, and ranked fourth with a 1.65 goals against average and .947 save percentage.
Derick Brassard led all skaters in the series with seven assists and nine points, and completed the first round tied for third in the NHL in playoff assists and points. His nine points tied Pentti Lund (1950) for second most by a Ranger all-time in their first playoff series with the team.
CLOSING THE DOOR
Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves in Game 7 at Washington to post his second straight shutout and eighth career in the playoffs. He passed Dave Kerr for second on the Rangers’ all-time playoff shutouts list, and moved to within one of Mike Richter for first in franchise history. Lundqvist also posted a shutout in Game 6 against the Capitals, becoming 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. It is also the fifth time a Rangers goalie posted shutouts in consecutive playoff games, and the first time since Mike Richter in 1994 playoffs.
Derek Stepan notched the game-winning goal in Games 3 and 4 to become the first Ranger since Adam Graves in 1997 (May 8, May 11) to tally the game-winner in consecutive playoff games.
FINISHING THE JOB
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 92 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 85-0-6 over the span. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. WSH). New York posted a 16-0-0 record when leading after the second period this season.
Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 55
Marc Staal (injured, 5/6) — 4
Darroll Powe (injured, 5/6) — 4
Ryane Clowe (injured, 5/10) — 2
Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 134
Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 24
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