Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:
Game 1: Rangers 4, Flyers 1.
- The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden in Game 1 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals, to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
- The last time the Blueshirts defeated the Flyers in a playoff game at MSG was on Apr. 12, 1987, in Game 4 of the Patrick Division Semifinals.
- The Rangers extended their winning streak against the Flyers at Madison Square Garden to nine games, dating back to Mar. 6, 2011. New York has outscored Philadelphia, 35-10, over the span, tallying at least four goals in six of the nine victories, and allowing two goals or less in all nine contests.
- New York has won each of the last four Game 1s they have played at home, dating back to a 4-2 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 12, 2012 vs. Ottawa. The Rangers have won 10 of their last 14 Game 1s at home, and have won 21 of 27 playoff series in their history when winning Game 1 at home.
- The Blueshirts were 2-6 (8:23) on the power play in the contest, and tallied a goal on both halves of a double-minor penalty in the third period. The last time the Rangers registered goals on both halves of a double-minor was Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 7 vs. Washington (Brad Richards – 19:53 of the third period; Marc Staal – 1:35 of the first overtime period).
- New York outscored Philadelphia, 3-0, and outshot the Flyers, 13-1, in the third period. The last time the Rangers scored three goals in one period in a playoff game was Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 19 at New Jersey. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time New York allowed one shot or less in one period in a playoff game was May 7, 1994 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Washington (zero shots on goal against in the third period).
- The Blueshirts outshot the Flyers, 36-15 in the contest. The 15 shots on goal against were the fewest the Rangers have allowed in a playoff game since May 23, 2012 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. New Jersey (17 shots on goal against).
- The Rangers penalty kill was 1-1 (2:00) in the game. The Blueshirts are 49-52 (94.2%) on the penalty kill in the last 22 overall games, and haven’t allowed a power play goal in their last eight overall games (17 times shorthanded).
- Henrik Lundqvist made 14 saves to record his 31st career playoff victory. The Rangers’ all-time wins leader has posted a 4-0-0 record, along with a 1.00 GAA and a.953 save percentage in his last four Game 1s at MSG. Lundqvist is 9-0-0 with a 1.12 GAA, a .959 SV%, and 2 SO in his last nine games against the Flyers at MSG, and has allowed two goals or fewer in each of the nine contests.
- Brad Richards recorded the game-winning goal on the power play, added two assists, and recorded six shots on goal in 19:03 of ice time. The last time Richards tallied three points in a playoff game was a four-point effort (one goal, three assists) in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Apr. 27, 2008, as a member of the Dallas Stars. Richards has recorded four power play points (three goals, one assist) in his last four overall contests.
- Martin St. Louis recorded two power play assists, including one on Brad Richards’ game-winning tally, in 19:18 of ice time in his Rangers playoff debut. The Blueshirts forward has tallied 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in his last 11 playoff games, and has registered nine points (one goal, eight assists) in eight career playoff games against the Flyers. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time that St. Louis assisted on a goal by Brad Richards in the playoffs was on Apr. 16, 2007 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. New Jersey, when the two were teammates with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
- Mats Zuccarello tallied a goal and registered three shots on goal in 16:30 of ice time. The Rangers forward has recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in six career playoff games at Madison Square Garden. Zuccarello has registered a point in 43 of his last 71 overall games (regular season and playoffs), dating back to Oct. 26 at Detroit, registering 60 points (20 goals, 40 assists) over the stretch. Zuccarello has tallied a point in seven of his last 11 playoff games, dating back to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on May 6, 2013 vs. Washington (two goals, six assists over the span).
- Derek Stepan recorded a power play goal, and registered two shots on goal in 19:22 of ice time. The Rangers forward has tallied 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in his last 24 overall games. Stepan has also recorded four points (three goals, one assist) in his last six playoff games.
- Carl Hagelin tallied a goal, recorded three shots on goal, was credited with two hits and blocked two shots in 13:22 of ice time. The Rangers forward has six points (three goals, three assists) in his last 10 playoff contests.
- Jesper Fast recorded an assist, posted a plus-one rating, and tied for the team-high with four hits in 11:32 of ice time in his NHL playoff debut. Fast’s assist was his first career NHL playoff point.
- Benoit Pouliot registered an assist, posted a plus-one rating, and recorded four shots on goal in 15:03 of ice time in his first playoff game as a Ranger. Pouliot has recorded a point in nine of his last 11 overall contests, tallying 10 points (three goals, seven assists) over the span.
- Marc Staal recorded an assist, and led the team with four blocked shots in 19:03 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman has three assists in his last eight overall games.
Alain Vigneault on the team’s play… “When we play fast, like when we go north, south quick, we are tough to handle. We have a few guys that have good speed and they don’t mind going on the outside. That’s what we did tonight and that’s why we were able to have a pretty good game.”
Brad Richards on tonight’s game… “I think we controlled play, didn’t give them much but probably played a little too much on the outside at times, but that happens. There was no other thought than to keep controlling the puck and keep trying to get it behind them. In a series sometimes having the puck and wearing them out can benefit you later in the game. That was our main goal. We would like to get more pucks to the net and we’ll try to do that.”
Martin St. Louis on the double minor power play in the third period… “I think we understand once we get the power play that it’s a big part of the game. You have to make a difference there. You have to make it count.”
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