Game 2: Rangers at Bruins today (3 p.m.) … pre-game notes


Courtesy of the Rangers:

2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference Semifinals – Game 2
Sunday, May 19 (3:00 p.m.) – TD Garden
BOS leads 1-0

The Rangers will face-off against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden (3:00 p.m. — TV: NBC; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. The Blueshirts trail in the series, 1-0, following a 3-2 overtime loss in Game 1 on Thursday at TD Garden. The Rangers enter the contest with a 212-230-8 record all-time in 450 playoff contests (119-88-2 at home; 93-142-6 on the road). New York has posted a 45-50-2 record all-time in Game 2s.
Overall — 212-230-8
Home — 119-88-2
Away — 93-142-6
Goals for — 1,236
Goals against — 1,227
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 18-23-2 mark in 43 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%). Rick Nash led all skaters with three assists, while 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 three power play opportunities (5:35) in Game 1, and are now 2-31 (6.4%) 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 surrendered one goal to the Bruins in four shorthanded situations (7:21) in Game 1, and are now 16-20 (80.0%) in the playoffs. Shorthanded goals for (0).
Four-on-Four: The Blueshirts did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (0:25) in Game 1, and are now even in three four-on-four situations (4:25) in the playoffs. Four-on-four goals for (0). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).
Prior to Game 1, the last time the Rangers and Bruins played an overtime game in the playoffs was Mar. 27, 1958 (L, 3-4)
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 22 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 19 times, posting a 9-10 record with a 1.54 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) — 56
Marc Staal (injured, 5/6) — 5
Darroll Powe (injured, 5/6) — 5
Ryane Clowe (injured, 5/10) — 3
Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 134
Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 28

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  1. First? Yikes!! Off to go bird watching. LGR!! Tort’s is not always the smoothest when talking about his players. Didn’t like that comment to the press about Hags (Hags “stinks” on the power play)

  2. Those bruins in the bee hives again…when will they learn to avoid the rangers?

  3. Onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    Anemic PP spells disaster.
    Rangers need the 1st goal and more.
    Historically, the rangers are lousy in afternoon games especially playoff games.
    Bruins have the luxury of 1-0 series lead can’t fall into the trap.
    I expect the ledge to be SRO

  4. Power play gets on track today! The fourth line of Ritchie, the Kreider and Ash become the new GAG line the rest of the way and Hank notches his third SO of the playoffs. Who put kool aid in my coffee?

  5. Norm Merton on

    Tortorella stinks. Seriously, you don’t talk about your players that way — maddening, indefensible.

  6. Cross Check Charlie on

    “Tort’s is not always the smoothest when talking about his players.”

    He’s pretty strange. He wouldn’t talk about Richards’ struggles or about Nash saying that he doesn’t talk about individual players then he says something like that. What about during the season when he called one of the players dumb.

  7. Norm Merton on

    What’s even more maddening is the media buy-in that Torts is an old school coach who takes the heat so his players don’t have to. What a load of garbage, and let’s see if anyone has the guts to call him on that — they say they’re not afraid of him. Well, man up. Is Hagelin the problem with the PP, or is it, gee… Tortorella?

  8. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    It’s really game day? I forgot. What sport? Oh, hockey? Oh, Rangers? Ah, yeah, that’s right, it’s still the playoffs!!!!!!

    “been so long forgot it’s going on….”

  9. Stranger Nation on

    Hags is not a great passer (or shooter) and gets most of his production 5v5 by keepign puck possession behind goal – not our challenge with PP.

    More Kreider, More Moore, More Zucc on wing (not on pt)
    Get Nash in front for tip ins/screeen (particularly if his wrist is hurting)

    No Richie, No Girardi, No Boyle, No Richards…wait…already said that…

  10. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    This Jeremy Jacobs slow down of the PO, has to be perfect for HIS team. Chara overworked last game making up for playing 38 min to cover for the ‘kids’? No problem, ‘Z’, take 2 days off to rest. We can get you that.

    Seidenberg, Ference, Redden (PLEASE BRING HIM BACK!)…rest up boys. We’ll get you almost a week to cover the first 3 games. How’s that?

    What BS this delay is. Totally benefits the hurting ‘B’s’ and it has to be contrived by ‘THE BOSS’.

    Looks like nothing will bring back Staal, Clowe, or Powe, in these PO’s, so it only allows us to work on our PP. Torts better have been doing that.

  11. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Torts, on the PP:

    Here’s a hint:

    When they pressure the points, your points have to move the puck down low. Then you have a 3 on 2. It’s really THAT simple.

    Seriously, if the PP fails, we will not get by this team. Today would be a nice day to have it work. This is a ‘nice to have’ win.

  12. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Agreed, Stranger. Putting Girardi on point is senseless as he hits the net with a12% accuracy rating. Need Moore, seemingly the ONLY guy that can actually shoot with accuracy.

    Richards played 9:59 last game. I thought the ONLY thing he still did well last game was to bring the puck into the zone on the PP. THen once he was there, he sucked.

    Just trying to give him credit where credit is due!!

  13. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    The strange hypocrisy about Richie Rich. If this were a regular season, he would be in game 57. He was a slow starter.

    Being that he missed the entire preseason and training came was not as helpful for him because he was pre-occupied with contract talks, should the Rangers give him one more year with a full training camp and pre-season, to give him the benefit of the doubt? Torts said he was worried about his older guys that were inactive in September.

    I would dump the bastard, but in listening to one commentator, there is a case to give him a shot. He is signed until 2020. Brilliant move there.

  14. Send out regular lines & D pairs to play the PP.

    Why continue with a hybrid PP unit? Its not even close to getting the job done.

  15. Moore and McDonagh on the pts on the PP.. PLEASE!

    still praying for Staal to come back. He is the key here. McMonster and Girardi are so much better when together. But, absence of Staal makes it necessary to split them up.


  16. Czechthemout!!! on


    The funny thing is that as bad as Girardi is at getting his shot to the net, MdZ is worse. In fact, he may be the worst at getting his shot to the net that I have ever seen. Yet , there he”ll be today on the point again while Moore watches.

    Torts is full of of it about Hags. Hags played very well in Umich on the PP. the difference is that they had their players move and not stand still.

    Four years we have watched the putrid PP and still nothing changes. Same players, same system,same results.

    Change it up already! Make them move! Stop doing the same thing!

  17. Onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    The rangers should come out CRASHING the bruins rookie D men into making mistakes..

  18. Doodie Machetto,7.5 on

    I think we win today. Just a hunch, but I really think we win today.

  19. Doodie Machetto,7.5 on

    CTO, what’s funny about MDZ is that at even strength, his shots from the point get through at a much higher percentage than those on the PP.

  20. Stranger Nation on

    Funny thing about MDZ is the one goal he scored against Craps was deflected off Craps Dman skate – it was going wide! HA!

    Papa – agree on lines for PP, but exchange Kreider for Hags and use 2nd and 3rd D pairs (and NO 4th line out on PP)

  21. Doodie Machetto,7.5 on

    Funny thing about Nash is the “one goal” he was supposed to provide us with to get us over the hump.

  22. There is nothing funny about he way Nash aka Mr Softie, has played in the playoffs.

  23. Nice of the arena to play Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” for Paul Stastny who was spawned in Quebec City.

  24. Paul in sunrise on

    That YouTube video of rangers power play to Benny hill music is classic. Only thing missing is torts patting sully on the head.

  25. Paul in sunrise on

    I have a take in BRich. If the rangers could find another team that has a buyout candidate with multiple millions due over long term…cough depietro…cough. Then maybe one could swap buyout candidates and be free to resign the once upon a time property for a deep discount.

    But if the game has slipped too far that even at $1m per would not be good justification to keep then time to cut sooner rather than later.

    I don’t expect Clowe to be signed based on concussions. Buy out brad and next years club has lots of cap room. Maybe Lindbergh comes in to be the fourth line center. Maybe miller and Kreider get full season with varsity club.

  26. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Morning all!!

    So the one day I’m off work at an early time, the game is even earlier so I’m still going to miss it, so LGR and LGD!!!

    Does webleedblue have clowe shirts?

    I think NHL Game Center is doing free radio feeds again for both teams in the playoffs.

    Off to work, later!!


  28. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    ” the rangers have tied the series and it’s back up the garden for game 3″

  29. Wasn’t this exchange about Hagelin stinking on the PP laced with more than a little humour, or are did the people so upset by it hear something that the beat writers didn’t?

  30. Paul in sunrise on

    LW. Agreed. Torts likes to deflect away from his under performing stars. So… And he repeatedly stated he loves hags. It’s just another smoke and mirrors tactic. Same with the “off ice adjustments”. Keeps the microscope on himself. He is good at that.

    Lets go rangers.

  31. PP can EASILY be fixed by explaining to the players that they need to KEEP MOVING …

    Keep moving, keep the puck moving, and don’t let the opposition have several seconds to not only figure out your plan, but get in the path of it.

    The Rangers stand still, can’t handle passes, and rarely EVER shoot one-timers. It’s always “he takes the pass, waits…wrist shot”

    And having a big body like Rick Nash standing off to the side instead of getting in front of the goalie, like was said during Game 1, is indefensible.

    Mike Sullivan is obviously a horrific PP coach. You almost have to TRY to be this bad

    That being said, we tie the series up today.

    Go Rangers!!

  32. Norm Merton, yes you do talk to your players in particular ways, as you speak to children or employees.

    Some folks require a pat on the back others a verbal kick in the but to provide motivation.

    As long as no physical abuse occurs or the motivation is not personal there should not be a problem.

    What I would agree with is all motivation should be private.

    Far too often today we see too much of the “everybody gets a trophy” approach to life and an attitude that verbal criticism is a negative.

    Successful enterprises from countries to businesses to sports are not built by coddling people or concern about their feelings when a constructive critique is warranted

    If you’ve been in the military you know this to be true as a means of “motivation”! “Ten hut” soldier! ;)

  33. “Wasn’t this exchange about Hagelin stinking on the PP laced with more than a little humour?”

    Yes, it was, which to me makes it even worse. Comnsnse hits the nail on the head — you can and should rip your players new ones in the locker room, and that’s where it stops. You certainly don’t mock contributors such as Hagelin in public. When this Torts experiment ends, he’ll find his true comfort zone in the booth, where the snide wisecracks work better.

  34. Got a mean hangover and Mrs. Is This Real? is not exactly happy about last night’s antics. However a little rangers magic can make everything right again

  35. ‘Look at me, I’m as helpless as a kitten up a tree;
    And I feel like I’m clingin’ to a cloud,
    I can’ t understand
    I get Musky just holding your hand.
    Walk my way,
    And a thousand violins begin to play,
    Or it might be the sound of your hello,
    That music I hear,
    I get Musky, the moment you’re near.

  36. Wow. Reading just a little too much into the Hagelin remark, are we?

    Nanny, did you see Pat Leonard used the Musky yearbook thing in the Daily News today?

    Did some snooping, kids. Yes, Nash hurt himself in the mid-late season. No, it’s not a factor in the way he’s played. From somebody who knows. Trust me on this.

  37. Wow, dying to give Torts a pass every time he burps out one of his tone-deaf remarks, are we?

  38. I didn’t see that, Carp. That’s great. I have been trying REALLY hard to get #whereismusky trending on twitter. I failed. Maybe he can succeed.

  39. The way some of these Cro Magnons continue to slash (unpenalized) at Nash’s hands intimates a (scouted) hand injury.

  40. Hey, I’m not saying he was right or wrong to say it, but that’s the way he is … but, it’s pretty clear that Hagelin is one of his absolute favorites and that’s how he treats those guys.

  41. Hagelin will get a LOT of PP time today. You can bet on that. Kreider, who saw some time on the 2nd unit last game, should see some time on it today. Especially over Pyatt. Even though Pyatt has been PHENOMENAL in the playoffs, he isn’t much of a PP guy.

  42. BickelsPickle on

    Why is this Richards fiasco too similar to Drury?
    we saw this already. SAME thing.

  43. Well, I am saying he was wrong to say it. Not that hard a call, really, especially when you read the following sentence: “He was right to say it.”

  44. USA/FIN is headed to OT if anyone cares. It’s the Bronze Medal Game.

    Because it’s the Bronze Medal.

  45. my brother in law who travels for work monday-thursday and flys home every thurs night from detroit was on a plane on thursday later afternoon and who was 2 rows in front of him in 1st class RYANE CLOWE. they talked and basically clowe was flown to detroit by ranger team doctors to see some specialist over there.

    when they got off the plane they talked more at baggage claim and clowe looked dazed says my brother in law.

    dont expect to see him is my point from there conversation

  46. Norm, I’ve already sent my resume to MSG for the booth job.

    I do great snide, and wait until I roll out my Nosen schtik! ;)

  47. Carp, ….interesting and also a little disturbing that Nash’s injury has not been “a factor in the way he’s played.”

    I’m having serious concern with his make-up. Is he another nice guy with skills who lacks grit, jam, effort, mind-set and psyche to be successful in the playoffs?

  48. Damn it, Commonsense, you beat me to it, though I’m making a tape of what hope I will become Norm’s Greatest Snide Hits.

  49. Wow, eric. Awesome insider info. That’s sadly pretty much what I was expecting on the Clowe front. really sad.

  50. USA gets the yellow ribbon in the world JV championships! Wait, was that too snide?

  51. Ok, but why would a twice concussed player be flown, and flow to Detroit, of all places? Paucity of medical talent in NY?

  52. Coos, how dare you! :-)

    But seriously, not trying to make a definitive statement, just voicing concern over what he’s shown in the playoffs to this point. I have not seen the eye of the tiger and was hoping it was injury related, which apparently it isn’t. But for sure, the jury on Nash is still out for me.

    I have trouble buying into the theories which attribute his lack of succes to “closer checking” in the playoffs or because he hasnt been here before. Plenty of less skilled players as well as superstars have overcome closer checking and playoff inexperience. He 28, and a veteran of 10 NHL seasons, a top 5 $ payed player in the league, acquired to to perform in this very situations.

    Really hope he gets it going, but haven’t seen it yet.

  53. Aha, Aha, Pacers! Just in time for NYR’s return home!

    Need a big win by our boys today, then stay undefeated at home, and we’re in business!

    BTW, I bet my left nut Hags will score a PP goal today. This will be just like when Torts said NYR wont beat the Nucks 1-0.

  54. And too add, if he doesn’t get it going consistently, the Bruins are not the Caps. We’ll be cooked.

  55. Rob in Beantown on

    Thanks for sharing your insider info eric. That’s too bad but not really unexpected :(

  56. Nothing there I can disagree with, Papa, except that I see effort and checking that with Richards, for example, are ephemeral. That said, you’re right in that he’s paid the big bucks to net the puck. I think his seemingly casual attitude belies what lies beneath. At least I still hope so.

  57. Jeez…they sent Clowe to Detroit to see doctors? Wow, I didn’t think it was that serious…Are we still signing this guy?

  58. If I had a headache, the very last place I would go to correct it is Detroit.

  59. OMG!!!!
    so now the Torts haters are going after him
    for the Hags stinks on the pp remark??!?!

    go listen to the full presser
    Torts is being blunt honest about it
    and then goes on to say how much he
    loves the guy’s play overall
    but for some reason it isn’t working on pp
    then admit that pp “stinks” so Hags may
    end up getting a chance.

    it’s the honesty that players have said that
    they LIKE from him rather than a two-faced coach
    doing things behind players’ backs

  60. as far as Nash
    now i’m REALLY worried
    if he’s not injured!!!

    i know that this is his first taste of
    playoff hockey in a looooong time
    but i’m hoping that
    he’s not becoming the
    next Mike Gartner

  61. iDoodie Machetto, 7.5 on

    Gartner still scored in the playoffs, even if it was at a slightly slower pace (about .33 g/gp in playoffs as opposed to about .5 g/gp in the regular season). His teams usually just stunk.

    Nash isn’t scoring at all. He is the skater equivalent to Marc-Andre Fleury.

  62. BickelsPickle on

    What do you mean mid-season though? Wasn’t the slash in Toronto late-season?

  63. It’s obvious something is wrong with Nash. Kenny and Dave were saying Game 1 vs. Boston was his best game of the playoffs. Good game, no doubt. Fine, you could say that because the guy’s work in o-zone created ONE goal. But, he has to do that a few times a game…right?

  64. I do remember Gartner having some horrid playoffs earlier in his career.

    yes, I thought Nash was injured (maybe reinjured) in the Toronto home-and-home. I’m just telling you what I was told.

  65. iDoodie

    let me clarify
    now that i have the chance
    was a FAN of Gartner’s
    and felt bad that he got that non-factor in playoffs tag
    don’t have stats around at a moment’s notice
    so i’ll just go with what you said
    just using the name as a frame of reference for
    someone who was viewed as not getting it done in the
    Nash has had some assists but he still needs to
    figure out a way to get free for a shot or
    bullrush the net and SCORE!!!

  66. iDoodie Machetto, 7.5 on

    I hear you on Gartner’s rep. I just always felt it wasn’t justified.

    Nash needs to score today. Desperately. Forget the team needing him. HE needs it.

  67. _It’s obvious something is wrong with Nash_

    Aha it’s called severe big-name-o-bust rangeritis

    Typical broadway disease.

  68. Norm Merton on

    The PP looked OK — not a lot of goals mind you — towards the end of the Caps series. It resembled an NHL power play. Game 1 Bruins, back to five guys standing around waiting for something good to happen. If the Bruins come after them today, as they should, the PP will get another opportunity. Unfortunately.

  69. SufferingSince79 on

    Had a thought…lets stop calling it a Power Play or Man Advantage and call it the “EM” (Extra Man). We’ll keep our expectations low and soon any connection to Power or Advantage will fade. Maybe it won’t seem so bad.

    Still optimistic . Lets Go Rangers!

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