Courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. BOSTON BRUINS
2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference Semifinals – Game 4
Thursday, May 23 (7:00 p.m.) – Madison Square Garden
BOS leads 3-0
The Rangers will face-off against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: CNBC; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. The Blueshirts trail in the series, 3-0, following a 2-1 loss in Game 3 on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. The loss ended New York’s nine-game winning streak at home, dating back to Mar. 24 vs. Washington. The Rangers enter the contest with a 212-232-8 record all-time in 452 playoff contests (119-89-2 at home; 93-143-6 on the road). New York has posted a 40-32 record all-time in Game 4s.
ALL-TIME RANGERS PLAYOFF RECORDS:
Overall — 212-232-8
Home — 119-89-2
Away — 93-143-6
Goals for — 1,239
Goals against — 1,234
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 18-25-2 mark in 45 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%). 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)
Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in two power play opportunities (4:00) in Game 3, and are now 2-38 (5.3%) 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 did not yield a power play opportunity against in Game 3, marking the second time that has happened in these playoffs. The Rangers are now 17-21 (81.0%) in the playoffs. Shorthanded goals for (0).
Four-on-Four: The Blueshirts did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (2:00) in Game 3, and are now -1 in five four-on-four situations (10:25) in the playoffs. Four-on-four goals for (0). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): J. Boychuk (5/19 at BOS).
The Rangers are 4-6 all-time in Game 4 when trailing 3-0 in the series
Prior to Game 1, the last time the Rangers and Bruins played an OT 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 an Original Six opponent in the playoffs was in the 1996 Conference Quarterfinals against Montreal (NYR won 4-2)
The Rangers have lost only six times in regulation over their last 24 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 GA/game, 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.
The Blueshirts lead the league with 219 blocked shots during the playoffs. Dan Girardi leads the team and ranks second in the league with 31 blocked shots, while Ryan McDonagh is tied for fourth in the NHL with 25 blocked shots. Ryan Callahan (21) and Brian Boyle (17) rank first and second among NHL forwards, respectively, in blocked shots.
COOL UNDER PRESSURE
Henrik Lundqvist has posted 30 or more saves in the playoffs 20 times, posting a 9-11 record with a 1.56 GAA, .953 Sv% and four SO in those games.
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.
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) — 58
Marc Staal (injured, 5/6) — 7
Darroll Powe (injured, 5/6) — 7
Ryane Clowe (injured, 5/10) — 5
Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 134
Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 36
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