Game 1: Rangers at Bruins tonight (7:30 p.m.) … pre-game notes


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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR (includes some new and pretty cool stuff, IMO):

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.
Overall — 212-229-8; Home — 119-88-2; Away — 93-141-6;  Goals for — 1,234; Goals against — 1,224
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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  1. 4 Things that have me Excited for Boston.

    1. Hank coming in at the TOP of his game.
    2. Boyle & Kreider playing “at home” in the playoffs. I think they are going to be fun to watch.
    3. My Son plays for the Bruins the high school hockey team in Fargo, lots of banter going on in the house. He is begging me to let him wear the signed Chara Jersey we have hanging on the wall.
    4. New “season/series” for Nash & Richards. Can’t wait for one of them to wake up and score some goals.

    Manny says Rangers in 5.

    Bostons fans are worried that the “sleeping giant” has woken up. I think they have too.

    Believe in the Blue.

  2. 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.

    With those type of numbers, and he’s 9-9? WOW.

    Get the man some goals!!! It should be 16-2.

    4 more wins this series!!!

    I got a feeling.

  3. I remember being bummed for days after the Rangers lost in the finals to the Bruins in 1972. Everything was going great until Ratelle got hurt near the end of the regular season and wasn’t the same in the playoffs. Really thought that was our year. Had to listen to Marv Albert do the games on radio every night because only Manhattan had cable at the time. I believe NBC would broadcast games, but only on Sundays.
    Giacomin and Villemure were almost interchangeable…Emile Francis never hesitated to put Villemure in when Eddie was shaky. Some may remember that Villemure was also into harness racing and was a jockey….remember many pics of him in the sulky in Daily News.

    The Rangers had some great fowards back then
    Hadfield – Ratelle – Gilbert

    Fairbairn – Tkuckuk – Balon (later Steve Vickers)

    Irvine – Stemkowski – McGregor

    Every line had a tough guy on it..Hadfield, Vickers, Irvine

    On D…after Brad Park not a lot of toughness.

    Hated all the Bruins but especially Mckenzie, Sanderson and Cashman.
    Can’t believe it’s been 40 years….sad in a way that you can never have those classic match ups in the Cup Final anymore like Rangers – Bruins, Rangers- Canadiens, etc

  4. Doc on the p x p tonight. I should have started drinking 10 minutes ago in preparation.

  5. Manny did you call me a Ribiero? Thanks a lot. I just lost ten pounds developed an awful complexion and will never score a meaningful point in a game of recreational hockey ever again.

  6. torts testy already geez.

    im sure we all could agree though now we cant afford to fall behind 2-0 in this series as well. need a split. we will not come back from 0-2 hole two series in a row.

    with there injuries on d tonight may be the game we need to steal in 1st 2

  7. Doc is gonna have one of those ridiculous statements of information tonight while he does play by play I can feel it….

    “along the outside of the Willowdale state forest.. live the parents of Chris Kreider. ASHAM with a shooooooooot IT goes wide and back comes Boston!”

  8. Second round brings out the ornery Torts. The Torts that would go to a dog walking event to stomp on innocent puppies while grinning maliciously through his graying beard. <3 me some second round Torts comments.

  9. Stranger Nation on

    ARTICLE ON RASK V. LUNDQVIST – Discusses their depleted D issue – aw, too bad for the bruins…

    “Problem for him is he’ll be starting the series without three of his best defensemen, leaving him with a Kiddie Korp barely in need of a shave in front of him.
    You look at 19-year-old Dougie Hamilton and immediately think: “You want jimmies with that?”
    You meet 22-year-old Torey Krug, a reinforcement just arrived from Providence, and you think: “I hope he got the paper on the porch.”
    The situation is such that 24-year-old Matt Bartkowski is now the fourth most experienced backliner in front of Rask, leading him to remark stoutly, “They wouldn’t have us here if they didn’t think we could play.”
    True, but they also wouldn’t have them here if Andrew Ference, Wade Redden and Dennis Seidenberg were here. Where that leaves Rask time will tell, but when asked about how the youth of half his defense might change things, he said calmly: “If I was in their shoes, I’d be very excited.”

    5-0 Blue win tonite boys, the train has left the station…who’s on board???

  10. Stranger Nation on

    4 things that scare me

    1. Loud Thunder
    2. Mean dogs
    3. Ghosts
    4. Scary Monsters

  11. Can’t wait for all the people to clog up the chat having Carp respond to stupid questions and comments!

    I wish he’d select only good questions and give longer answers to people that put thought into the questions they ask, rather than have to respond to every single waste of time.

  12. Or something like this from Emrick…

    “They call it the Commonwealth of MAssachusetts…and the 17,565 at TD Banknorth Garden have one common purpose…to cheer their Bruins…OFF THE POST WITH THE SHOT!”

  13. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    _Pat Leonard ?@NYDNRangers_
    Delay in Julien presser causes Torts to have to wait to talk. Reporter then asks Julien for advice on asking questions Torts will answer.

    “Well he wanted to come in here before me, so I don’t know what to tell you. I’m sure he’s excited about answering your questions.” “Good luck guys.”

    1st question to Torts on his being from Boston. “Don’t ask me questions about me. Ask me about the team. Plz.

  14. That Salty sure is Salty.

    This is the dance…you don’t have to come to this dance, but if you do, these are the songs you have to dance to.

  15. Salty
    Ryan Borque annoys me.

    No problem, I doubt we’ll ever see him in a Ranger uniform.

    Just don’t read his tweets.

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