Game 1: Rangers 4, Flyers 1 … post-game notes & quotes


Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:

Game 1: Rangers 4, Flyers 1.

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Team notes:

–        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).

Player notes:

–        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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  1. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Defense men would clear the puck over the glass every time they get pressured.

  2. Olga, still must be scary to watch CHI in OT, but marginally less so when that feeling of inevitable doom is absent, right?

  3. AV asked by some bright light in Presser if he sent out the 4th line late in 3rd in case there was rough stuff, (or something to that effect.) Boyle and DMoops? lol

  4. Berube has only another half hour to get his ill-fitting dress shirt and jacket back to Kohl’s 8 hour Rentals.

  5. This team has the WORST slogans or mottos of whatever.

    Above and Beyond. Earn it.

    Fresh slate. Grab it.

  6. Carp, if you’re still around, was the crowd tonight as loud as it seemed to be on TV?

  7. Olga Folkyerself on

    Latona – the feeling is still the same, be it Rangers or Hawks. Playoff overtime is so intense. you can’t turn away, watch every move, emotions rise and fall with the change in possession. Win (hopefully) or lose I’m so into the game and so cranked up that it’s fantastic.

  8. :) Thought of Robert Hall, Papa, but decided that, except for a few of us, they would ask: Robert Who(m)?

  9. MSG, in its infinite and unyielding quest for the pecuniary, eschewed the National Anthem. I listened to it on the radio and Amirante was suitably drowned out late, like the olden days. In a big game, you want to hear the Anthem and the crowd!

  10. It’s fascinating how goaltending has changed over the last 20-25 years. What once was an aggressive move out-of-the-crease and cut down the angle style has morphed into a passive, make the shooter commit and stay back in the net, drop and spread style.

    A significant difference in the way the game is played today compared to a generation ago.

  11. “Hey, Ref, I got your whistle right here!”

    “Two minute bench penalty for obscene trouser grab.”

  12. Stranger Nation on

    Reeves jacked Toes – looked legal, but I guess the impact caused a roughing penalty to be called.

  13. Ria( the silent bonehead) on

    ” Does your shoe have a boy inside what a funny place for a boy to hide, does your shoe have a dog there too a boy & a dog & a foot in a shoe”. Finish it off guys LMAO

  14. ‘Hi, that’s my dog Tige, he lives in a shoe;
    I’m Buster Brown, I live in there, too.’

    When I was a tyke, I said to my Mom, “THAT’S the shoe for me!” (And one of those suede Indian Fighter jackets with fringes that Clyde likes to wear).

  15. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I figured several people might…too much stastny hate around here. He’s a very good player!

  16. Stranger Nation on

    can’t even remember the hat trick. What were the other questions besides Stastny – which i got right BTW

  17. Danger in winning the Sioux contest is that you might get a bloody baby buffalo head in the mail.

  18. Heavy weights, protein pills, lots of eggs, long sleeps! One day you wake up and you’re Ahnold.

  19. I sometimes picture Milbury and Jones in Summo diapers, circling each other, looking for an effective hold.

  20. Olga Folkyerself on

    I’m supposed to go trout fishing tomorrow. I hope there’s an autopilot or something.

  21. No other postseason rivals the intensity you get in the NHL playoffs from the drop of the puck to the lifting of the Cup.

    Papa, where in NJ did you see that buffalo farm if you don’t mind sharing?

  22. Wick, I’m not a Statsny doubter….. Just figured I’d vote 1 yes, 1 no and a Sharks win.

    But, Statnsy did suck a big one playing for USA in the Olympics.

  23. Olga Folkyerself on

    Oh, Johnnyboy, I spent a lot of my youth fishing the upper Chenango above Norwich. Now I spend my time a little farther west on the Cohocton, west of Bath NY

  24. Balsma is a way overrated coach. I blame him for the Olympics and his inability to change strategy on the fly.

  25. Lats, re: the Buffalo Farm in NJ……

    I was riding with my Harley boys.

    I think It was in in the vicinity of Flemington, somewhere on County Road 523

  26. This could be a very important win for the Blues. If all goes well, they’ll have some fresh, healthy players back in the line-up soon.

  27. Olga Folkyerself on

    I still have most a beer left. When you get to 3OT’s it was anybody’s game. I guess fishing is my consolation prize.

  28. CCCP:

    “I ? to rinaldo every morning.”

    Make sure you also ♥ to wipe & shower every morning too!

  29. Olga Folkyerself on

    Johnnyboy, north of Whitney Point is the Otselic? We fished that heavily all the way up to Georgetown in the old days. Maybe I need to make a trip back there this summer for old times sake.

  30. I bought ‘Trout Fishing in America’, by Richard Brautigan years ago but there ain’t hardly a fish in it. I think he was on drugs.

  31. Matty"BubbleWrapRitchieRocket!!!!!!"Boy on

    Might of been interference, but few better sights that seeing ‘Piece of Cooke’ looking in wonderment watching Stastny score winning goal. Uh, Matt?? You missed your assignment BIG TIME!!

  32. ORR, to me it looked like Barrie just ran straight into a Wild in the slot. It did look accidental, however.

  33. Olga Folkyerself on

    Well, I gotta get up tomorrow. Bright and early. I can’t decide which.

  34. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Regular season might have been a penalty, in playoff overtime you practically have to commit murder to get a call.

  35. Olga.. if your still on, yes its the Otselic, some great feeder streams run off that also. Last couple times out it was way too high until mid june.

  36. Matty"BubbleWrapRitchieRocket!!!!!!"Boy on

    Just back from the game. Gotta say, score or not, Richie Rocket had serious jump (for him). He battled along the boards (for him), took the body (for him) and had a number of good shots on net, obviously good passes.

    Also coughed up the puck twice. and had that great breakaway which he ended up getting caughtt by 3 Phlyers players. Kind of like a $6 claimer against $120k claimers.

    However, he had a good game.

  37. Breakaway was at the end of a full shift. Hagelin would’ve been caught there as well. He had a great game.

  38. I love Ryan McDonugh. I think he is the best Ranger D Man since Brian Leetch and before him, Brad Park.

    However, I would resign Marc Staal and name him team Captain.

  39. ORR

    You get them for your grandma?! That’s so awesome! I used to buy these all the time. I got Gretz, Mess with the cup, Jags and Bure… love them all.

  40. Another aspect of this series which really hasn’t been talked about at all (although I bet Carp touches on this in the review) is the coaching matchup. Philly has a rookie head coach who got absolutely slammed in the matchup dept. AV’s been doing this for over a decade.

    Wayne Simmonds is probably their 2nd best player (and #1 Ranger killer) and he played under 13 minutes. Vinny Lecavalier played under 8 min and why he’s playing on the 4th line and Akeson is on the 3rd is very odd.

  41. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Olga just stick your head in the water and scared some fish up dead!!!!

    GO BLUEEEEEES , Great game , lots heart from St>Louis Blues tonihght!!

    Rangers rule!!!!!

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