Game 4: Rangers 4, Bruins 3 (OT): Post-game notes & quotes


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Rangers post-game notes
Eastern Conference semifinals
Game 4: Madison Square Garden
Rangers 4, Bruins 3 (OT) – BOS leads 3-1

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the Boston Bruins, 4-3, in overtime tonight at Madison Square Garden, in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. The Blueshirts now trail in the series, 3-1.

–        New York has posted a record of 213-232-8 overall in postseason action, including a 120-89-2 mark at home.

–        The Rangers improved to 5-6 all-time in Game 4 when trailing 3-0 in the series.

–        The Rangers tallied one goal in four power play opportunities (7:05), to improve to 3-0 in games when registering a goal on the man advantage in the playoffs.

–        The Blueshirts out-hit the Bruins, 40-24, in the contest, led by Ryan Callahan’s game-high, seven hits.

–        With the win, Head Coach John Tortorella passed Colin Campbell for third on the Rangers’ all-time playoff coaching wins list, recording his 19th postseason victory behind the Blueshirts’ bench.

Player Notes:

–        Chris Kreider notched the game-winning goal at 7:03 of the overtime period, and registered three shots and a plus-two rating in 13:50 of ice time. The goal was his first of this postseason.

–        Derek Stepan registered an unassisted goal at 1:15 of the third period, and added a power play assist in 24:00 of ice time. He has now recorded three points (two goals, one assist) in the last four games, and leads the Rangers with four goals in the playoffs.

–        Derick Brassard tallied two assists, including one on the power play, and won a team-high, 11-17 faceoffs (65%) in 25:29 of ice time. He leads the team and ranks fourth in the league in assists (10), and is tied for fifth in the NHL in scoring with 12 points in 11 playoff games.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves to post his 30th career playoff victory, and improved to 30-36 in 66 career postseason contests. He improved to 5-0 with a 0.98 goals against average, .966 save percentage, and two shutouts in the last five playoff games at MSG in which the Rangers faced elimination.

–        Lundqvist has posted 30 or more saves in the playoffs 21 times, posting a 10-11 record with a 1.61 GAA, .951 Sv% and four shutouts in those games.

–        Brian Boyle tied the score at three goals apiece with a power play goal at 10:00 of the third period, and registered two shots and two hits in 16:25 of ice time. He is now tied for second on the team with three goals in the playoffs.

–        Rick Nash recorded the primary assist on the overtime, game-winning goal, a team-high, five shots, was credited with three hits, and posted a plus-two rating in 22:59 of ice time. He has registered a point in four of the last five games (one goal, three assists over the span).

–        Ryan McDonagh tallied an assist on the overtime, game-winning goal, was credited with three blocked shots, and logged a team-high, 29:43 of ice time. He has now registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games, and leads all team defensemen in playoff scoring with four points (one goal, three assists).

–        Carl Hagelin notched a goal and registered three shots in 20:24 of ice time. He is now tied for second on the team with three goals and six points in the playoffs.

–        Roman Hamrlik recorded his first point as a Ranger with an assist, and logged 10:55 of ice time while making his playoff debut as a Blueshirt. He has now registered 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in 26 career playoff games against Boston.

–        Micheal Haley was credited with two hits and logged 7:56 of ice time, while making his NHL playoff debut.

Post-Game Quotes:

–        John Tortorella on tonight’s game… “I still think we need to keep on getting to another level. We certainly did in the third period. Step made a huge play for us early on and I thought it gave us some life. They are a tough team and are defending pretty hard. We stuck with it and found a way to win a game. Hank (Henrik Lundqvist) was tremendous and I thought their goalie played really well, too.”

–        Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “We did show some character.  It was tough though, probably the ugliest goal I have ever seen turned it around for us, and that’s hockey.  A save or a goal or one shift can change everything.  Tonight, it was an ugly goal.  Sometimes that’s all you need to get us going, to get the building going.  We kind of lowered our shoulders a little bit and started playing our game.  It’s a lot of pressure, these games, and it’s tough when things aren’t going your way.  We’re playing a really good team, but sometimes you just need to feel like maybe you can get one good bounce, and then it just turned around for us.  I thought we played really well the second half of this game.”

–        Derick Brassard on tonight’s game… “I think the atmosphere of the game was totally different because we had nothing to lose.   We just played tonight, and all four lines and all the defensemen played solid.  Hank was Hank again, and gave us the chance to win.  We just need to play that way all of the time.”

Team Schedule:

–        The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, May 24, is 12:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center.

–        The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Boston Bruins on Saturday, May 25, at TD Garden (5:30 p.m. – TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup.



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  1. “I thought Tortorella was looking right at me when he was talking about “kiss my ass” regarding Brad Richards.” – Carp

    Ha! LMAO! One of these days you need to pull that suit jacket, that Tort’s bought in the Boys Department at EJ Korvettes, over his head and pummel him! That would be epic!

  2. the Lundqvist quote about the Hagelin goal is priceless. Wish I had my microphone close enough to pick it up. It’s in the post-game notes.

  3. That was a really weird goal. Didn’t it seem like Rask could have have swatted the puck with his stick, or at least try to dive at it? It looked like he had no urgency at all. He just sat there and watched the puck go by him. Bizarre!

  4. When Steps took that puck away from Chara, he was super aided by Nash nonchalantly taking Chara’s pass option away. Little things that too often go unnoticed.

  5. That was a very Gretzky-like play by Stepan. TGO used to do that kind of stuff all the time.

  6. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    What a great game by Stepan!!! Hank!! MacD!!!

    And, that Hags goal!! Wow!!! Thank you, Tukka!!!!

  7. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Manny, I agree with you. That Torts presser was great. I give him a lot of credit for doing what had to be done. That could not have been an easy decision and phone call for him. THen, in the presser, he defends his decision, but moreover, his love for Richards as a person and player.

    Great, great emotion. He did the right thing.

  8. Admiral, your 11:49 will be the back page headline on the Boston Globe. Readers will not realize that Torts was talking to Carp. :)

  9. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    That was the kind of assist only great players can make. He’s got vision that is extraordinary. They gave him a little room tonight.

    Imagine if we actually had a couple of other creative goal scorers that actually diverted attention. Could you see Nasher scoring buckets? He’s being keyed on all the time.

    And, hey, a sweet deflection by Kreider. That’s a special talent, too. Difference between this year and last is he is coming on and it is for real. Last year it was good fortune. He played well 2 games ago and got hurt. He is more involved and two way. It’s great to see!

  10. Stranger Nation on

    That last goal was a hockey play – haven’t seen too many of those from the Rangers this series.

    Step’s pass to BB pretty nice as well and great finish by BB

  11. Kreider on cell: “Hello, Ma, you see that?”

    Mom: “You played tonight, dear?”

  12. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    You can see a pretty good nucleus on this club. We need additions and some subtraction, too. A big decision is going to be the Richards decision. If they clear space with cutting him, this team can be a good club. There will be full year reinforcements by Kreider (this guy needs to be here to stay) and Miller. A 4th line is imperative. Another good scorer in addition to Kreider imperative.

    The D scares me. There was a stint in OT, don’t know if they showed it on tv, with Eminger and Hamrlik on the ice for over 1.5 minutes??? OMG. Bad enough one of them is out there!! But, both of them?? iN OT?????

  13. Stranger Nation on

    Thought Girardi played a very physical game

    No-berries with 4 hits – needed every one.

    McD = Monster, played a little PP and looked good

    Need Moore over MDZ on PP; it is so obvious MDZ makes absolutely HORRIBLE decisions with the puck

  14. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Thanks, Coos :)

    Stranger, so true. Step may not be a true #1 center, but he was darn good tonight. Great vision and hustle on the Boyler pass!! Agreed!! Just love the kids smile when he scores or assists.

  15. Admiral Akbar on

    Coos —

    They’ll make the quote on the backpage of the Herald beneath Torts’ yearbook picture they dug up. Jack wagons.

    Good for Torts!

  16. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    The people around my seats were talking up Kreider from the midpoint of the first on. He was noticeably important in this game. None of this stuff could he do last year. Some wall play, checking, back checking (still needs to work on it). What a great thing for him to score an important goal.

    Both he and Nash are gonna have some fun next year.

  17. Strange, I like McD on the PP. He finds angles, keeps the puck in, can stick handle slyly, and he can get back need be. But, how many minutes can he possibly handle before he passes out? Moore, as you say, is another option, with quality speed. Eminger scares me to death every time he comes over the boards.

  18. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Coos, agreed. MacD is the choice if we have a balanced D. Otherwise, he’s playing too much.

  19. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Great MSG moment tonight: After Hank let’s in 3rd goal, place is dead quiet. Most of us thinking OMG, season could be over. What do the fans do? Let’s go Rangers chant (which is the norm in big games)?? No, instead, MSG chants:
    H-E-N-R-I-K!!! H-E-N-R-I-K!!!

    The guy has to know he is appreciated. The fans get how he has worked his butt off for his team. If anything gets him to think about staying here, tonight, for a number of reasons, went a long way in doing so.


  20. Czechthemout!!! on


    With all due respect, nothing Kreider did last year was by accident. He was one the best forwards in the playoffs. In fact, he was the best forward in the Devils series. His wall play was great, he was physical and he scored big goals and set up some real nice ones too. Particularly a goal by DannyG. His back checking needed work than, it still needs some work. So what! Very few players on this team have his ability. Demoting him and playing him with scrubs all year did nothing for his development. He should have been playing with Nash and Step from game one of the season. You can teach a player to back check. But you cant teach them to score.

  21. Carp, would love to know what Torts was screaming about (and to who) late in the 3rd when the boys got called for icing. You could hear someone (the referee, the linesman) say to Torts “F*** you, you had your say!” The ridiculous Strader on the CNBC coverage doesn’t explain but instead apologizes to the viewers for the language that was picked up. Ridiculous!

  22. eddie eddie eddie on

    torts was pissed that icing was called. He was screaming that the bruins could have played the puck…the linesman and torts then F-bombed each other,,,

  23. Eddie: Thanks. I figured that’s what must’ve happened but couldn’t tell who he was arguing with.

  24. Hope Nicklas Backstrom cashed a nice check for that dumbdumb commercial which unclosets him as a primo nitwit.

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