Courtesy of the NYR:
Rangers post-game notes
Eastern Conference semifinals
Game 4: Madison Square Garden
Rangers 4, Bruins 3 (OT) - BOS leads 3-1
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.