Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
Game 3: Rangers 4, Flyers 1.
– The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1, tonight at Wells Fargo Center in Game 3 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
– The contest was the Blueshirts’ first playoff game in Philadelphia since Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 25, 1997, and their first playoff victory since a 5-4 win in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 18, 1997.
– Four different Rangers tallied a goal in the contest and eight different skaters registered a point. Eight different Blueshirts have recorded a goal, and 13 different skaters have tallied a point in the first three games of the series.
– The Rangers have won 24 of their last 34 regular season and playoff road games this season, dating back to a 3-2 overtime victory on Oct. 26 at Detroit. New York allowed two goals or fewer for the 24th time in its last 37 road games, and has given up just 76 goals over the span (2.05 goals against per game).
– The Blueshirts have won six of the last seven Game 3s they have played in a playoff series, dating back to the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2011 against the Washington Capitals. New York has won 11 of the last 14 Game 3s it has played when the series was tied 1-1 entering the contest. The Rangers have won four of the last five playoff series in which they’ve taken a 2-1 series lead after winning Game 3 on the road.
– The Rangers have won 29 of 32 regular season and playoff games this season when they’ve led after two periods.
– The Rangers penalty kill was 5-5 (7:19) in the contest. The Rangers have successfully killed off 55 of the last 59 power plays against them (93.2%) over the last 24 regular season and playoff games.
– New York was credited with 39 hits in the game, as eight different skaters delivered at least three hits. Derek Dorsett, Brian Boyle, and Mats Zuccarello tied for the game-high with five hits apiece.
– The Rangers blocked 28 shots in the contest, as 15 different skaters were credited with at least one, and seven different Blueshirts blocked at least two. Dan Girardi led all skaters with five blocked shots in the game.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves to improve to 2-1 in this year’s playoffs and record his 32nd career postseason win. The Rangers’ all-time wins leader has also posted a 1.68 GAA and a .930 save percentage in the first three playoff contests this year. Lundqvist is 6-1 with a 1.14 GAA, a .963 SV%, and two shutouts in the last seven Game 3s he has played in a playoff series, dating back to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 17, 2011 vs. Washington.
– Martin St. Louis registered the game-winning goal, tallied an assist, and recorded two shots on goal in 17:26 of ice time. St. Louis extended his personal playoff point streak against the Flyers to six games (two goals, seven assists) over the span, and has tallied 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in his last 13 playoff games. The Rangers forward leads the team in points (five), is tied for first in goals (two), and tied for second in assists (three) in the playoffs.
– Dan Girardi tallied his first goal of the playoffs, registered the primary assist on Martin St. Louis’ goal, led all skaters with five blocked shots, and was credited with three hits in 22:42 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman has tallied a point in three consecutive road playoff games (two goals, two assists over the stretch), dating back to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 19, 2013 at Boston, and has recorded 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his last 14 playoff games on the road. The contest was Girardi’s second career multi-point game in the playoffs, and his first since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 14, 2012 vs. New Jersey. Girardi played in his 67th career playoff game tonight, passing Murray Murdoch and moving into sole possession of 11th place on the Rangers’ all-time playoff games played list. The Rangers defenseman is tied for the team lead in blocked shots (nine), and leads all defensemen on the team in goals (one) and points (two) in the playoffs.
– Rick Nash recorded two assists, posted a plus-two rating, was credited with three blocked shots, and tied for the game-high with five shots on goal in 17:08 of ice time. The Rangers forward posted his second career multi-point game during the playoffs – his first as a Ranger – and extended his assist/point streak to three games (four assists over the span). Nash’s three-game assist streak is a playoff career-high, while his three-game point streak ties a career-high, which he established last season between Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on May 13, 2013 at Washington and Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 19, 2013 at Boston. Nash leads the team in assists (four) and shots on goal (18), and is tied for second on the team in points (four) in the playoffs.
– Derek Stepan tallied the game’s first goal, posted a plus-two rating and recorded two shots on goal in 17:50 of ice time. Stepan extended his playoff point streak to three games (two goals, one assist over the span). The Rangers forward has recorded six points (four goals, two assists) in his last eight playoff games. Stepan is tied for the team lead in goals (two) and ranks fourth on the team in points (three) in the playoffs.
– Daniel Carcillo tallied a goal, posted a plus-two rating, recorded two shots on goal and was credited with two hits in 8:57 of ice time in his Rangers playoff debut. The Blueshirts forward has four points (two goals, two assists) in his last 10 playoff games, including two points (one goal, one assist) in his last three playoff contests.
– Brad Richards recorded the primary assist on Dan Girardi’s goal, recorded three shots on goal, was credited with two hits, and won eight of 13 faceoffs (62%) in 14:47 of ice time. The Rangers forward is tied for second on the team in assists (three) and points (four) in the playoffs
– Carl Hagelin tallied an assist, was credited with three hits, and blocked two shots in 16:16 of ice time. The Rangers forward has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last 12 playoff games.
– Brian Boyle recorded his first point of the playoffs with an assist, posted a plus-one rating, was credited with two blocked shots and tied for the game-high with five hits in 12:12 of ice time. The Rangers forward has registered a point in three of his last five playoff contests (one goal, two assists over the span). Boyle leads the team in hits (15) during the playoffs.
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