Game 3: Rangers 4, Flyers 1 … post-game notes


Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Game 3: Rangers 4, Flyers 1.

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Team notes:

–        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.

Player notes:

–        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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  1. When is THE going to return to the line-up? Disapointed that he’s going to let a little hand cramp keep him out. Avery would have played and scored 4 goals per game.

  2. also, they would never mock a Rangers (or Knicks) player for anything they said. Cliches fly out of MSG’s lockerroom at a pretty good rate.

  3. Jay Riemenscheider on

    – In a continuation of their record breaking season, the officiating crews have moved to 5 – 168 in getting the call correct on the ice, dating back to the start of the 2013-2014 playoffs.

  4. Olga Folkyerself on

    Why is EJ Hard-On on the post game? He’s an Isles fan. Get him out of there!

    EJ needs something else to do every April.

  5. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Almost forgot, you guys asked about the translation of vl and brass…

    They were exchanging beignets recipes

  6. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Al seems fixated on the voracek vs Hagar thing…I think he is worried about hagars hair.

  7. I wonder if Dooogay will be so giddy and overcome with emotion to meet me on the cruise as he is with the guy in the commercial.

  8. also, if my lazy butt doesn’t both to put up a new post after the game, or the next morning, the number can get pretty high.

  9. For cripes sake, Al, there is no momentum or carry over from game to game in any playoff series ever. Each game stands on its own. Very often won by the team that needs it more.

  10. Classic, Pickle. I noticed that live. Like to see how brave that scungilli would be under less protected circumstances. Like two punk kids taunting a Rhino from behind a 10 foot cement wall at the zoo. :)

  11. remember when ORR was gone for like half a year and i was the temporary Voice? glad that’s over with :)

    Nash sucked because he didnt score. Emery didnt outplay Lundqvist today. AV wasnt outcoached. :)

  12. Al is available, too, at Home Depot. Hate to sound like a curmudgeon with all these lame talking heads, but if they have the nerve to collect a large paycheck, they know what they’re in for from me. :)

  13. Rich Clune ?@richcluneshow 4m

    Kids even sticking your middle finger up at Dan Carcillo is not ok.

    lol that’s the Nashville goon that KO’ed Wey from the Capitals.

  14. Stranger Nation on

    _What time is it in South Dakota? What are you, a milkman_

    Literally LMFAO on that one – thanks Olga. Tell Mama I said hello.

    Tell Juana she needs to call me and tell Haywood he still owes me.

  15. towards your wife maybe coos coos.. Im pretty sure my father told me, Dugay was swinging way back in the day. My dad used to frequent CBGBs and 54 a lot as a youngster. Im pretty sure these stories were about dugay and another players wife or another ny athletes wife.

  16. Been watching so much hockey, when I go to sleep, I see a three-on one coming down on me.

  17. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Sharks up 3-0. They will represent the west in finals. A dominating team.

    Book it

  18. eddie is such a dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker, I often wonder if Californians always know what he’s talking about. :)

  19. I’ve said it multiple times and I’ll say it again…Carcillo is more of an impact player than Dorsett.

  20. Za'rat (TheOtherGuysGreed) Jones on

    Pozy Pozy Pozy!!!

    We will win the next game too!

    Get yer pozy undies on!

  21. It is SO sad that we (out of market) cannot get Sam Rosen’s great work. The next big game we will probably go to “radio silence ” and watch MSG on replay. LETS GO RANGERS!

  22. just got back from Philly and though the Rangers offensive output was limited to about 30 total seconds in the game, still a big win

    a few things:

    1) The Philadelphia crowd was as embarrassing as you probably already thought they would be, especially the large group that had no idea Steve Mason had replaced Ray Emery and proceeded to jeer Mason every time he touched the puck because they couldn’t tell the difference.

    2) The Philadelphia crowd is as classless as you probably already thought they would be, and the endless booing when Carcillo was motionless on the ice, followed by even louder boos when he got up and skated off should put to rest whatever nonsense people try to use to cite how “passionate” the Philly fanbase is. They’re not passionate; they’re belligerent, violent trash who are afforded an opportunity to vent their bile at a sporting event.

    3) Have to wonder how the officials managed to completely miss the blatant elbow Read through to the head of Carcillo when most of the crowd managed to see it (including the several pieces of drunken white trash around me who took turns offering variants of, “Atta boy, Mattie, take his f’ing head off.” True class, those Philly folks. Anyway, that elbow should result in a suspension as even a blind man will see looking at the replay that Read completely telegraphed his intention to elbow Carcillo in the head. That the officials somehow didn’t see it but then saw Carcillo take a hooking penalty he didn’t come close to actually taking means those officials shouldn’t be doing playoff games.

    4) The Ranger team I saw tonight looked a whole better at blocking shots than controlling the puck or generating offense. Reminded me of the halcyon days of John Tortorella.

    5) That said, the Flyers simply aren’t very good or creative with the puck. and it’s no better away from the puck. And like with every Flyer team for the last 500 years, they have no goaltending. If the Rangers could get even a little bit of an offensive outburst from the dry humps they dress nightly who seem to suffer from amnesia where scoring is concerned could manage to apply the skills they have, they could bury this Flyer team.

  23. jpg's sister on

    Yeah for the win, didn’t see the game @ springsteen, but from what jpg’s mom said Carcillo deserves a star

  24. Carcillo losing his mind after the combination non-call for blatant-elbow-to-head & utterly bogus penalty was fantastic

    add that to his celebration after scoring and he’s now probably my favorite Ranger

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