Game 4: Flyers 2, Rangers 1 … post-game notes & quotes

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Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR; post-game quotes courtesy of the Flyers:

Flyers 2, Rangers 1.

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Team notes:

–        The Rangers were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1, tonight in Game 4 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals at Wells Fargo Center. The best-of-seven series is tied at two games apiece.

–        Five of the Blueshirts’ last six playoff series have been tied 2-2 after the first four games. The Rangers have won six of the last nine playoff series in which they were tied at two games apiece after Game 4, dating back to the Patrick Division Semifinals vs. New Jersey in 1992.

–        The Blueshirts allowed two goals or fewer for the 25th time in their last 38 regular season and playoff road games this season, and the ninth time in their last 12 overall road games. New York has allowed 78 goals in those 38 contests (2.05 goals against per game). The Rangers have held the Flyers to two goals or less in 17 of their last 21 regular season and playoff matchups, dating back to Mar. 6, 2011.

–        New York outshot Philadelphia, 38-25, in the contest. The Rangers had more shots than the Flyers in each period of the game, including a 16-6 advantage in the first period. The Blueshirts have outshot the Flyers, 130-97, in the first four games of the series, and have recorded more shots than Philadelphia in nine of the 12 periods.

–        Fifteen different skaters recorded at least one shot on goal in the game, while seven skaters had at least three shots on goal. Brad Richards registered six shots on goal, while Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello were credited with five shots on goal apiece in the contest.

–        The Rangers were credited with 33 hits in the contest, the second consecutive game in which the Blueshirts recorded at least 30 hits. Fourteen different skaters registered at least one hit, and five skaters had at least three.

–        New York was credited with 21 blocked shots in the game, as nine different Blueshirts blocked at least one shot, while four different skaters had at least three.

Player notes:

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves in the contest, and now has a 2-2 record in this year’s playoffs. Lundqvist has also posted a 1.76 GAA and a .927 SV% through the first four games of the series, while allowing two goals or fewer in three of the four contests. The Rangers goaltender started his 70th consecutive playoff game for the Rangers, dating back to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 26, 2006 vs. New Jersey. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the seventh time in league history that a goaltender has started at least 70 consecutive playoff games for one team (Martin Brodeur – New Jersey, Patrick Roy – Montreal and Colorado, Marc-Andre Fleury – Pittsburgh, Ed Belfour – Dallas, Jacques Plante – Montreal). Lundqvist is six games shy of passing Mike Richter for the franchise record in all-time playoff appearances.

–        Dominic Moore registered the game’s first goal, recorded three shots on goal, posted a plus-one rating, and won three of six faceoffs (50%) in the contest. Moore’s goal was his first postseason point as a Ranger. Six of Moore’s eight career NHL playoff goals have been tallied on the road.

–        Brian Boyle recorded an assist, posted a plus-one rating, was credited with one hit and blocked three shots in 10:57 of ice time. Boyle has registered an assist in consecutive playoff games for the first time in his NHL career. The Rangers forward has tallied a point in four of his last six playoff contests (one goal, three assists), dating back to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 23, 2013 vs. Boston. Boyle leads the team in hits (16) in the playoffs.

–        Dan Girardi was credited with a game-high, seven hits, and tied for the game-high with five blocked shots in 23:17 of ice time. Girardi skated in his 68th career NHL playoff contest, tying Adam Graves and Steve Vickers for ninth on the team’s all-time playoff games played list. The Rangers defenseman leads the team in blocked shots (14), and is tied for third on the team – including first among defenseman – in hits (14) in the playoffs.

–        Brad Richards led all skaters with six shots on goal, and led the Rangers in faceoff wins (nine) and faceoff win percentage (56.3%; 9-for-16), in 21:59 of ice time. Richards led all forwards in ice time in the contest. The Rangers alternate captain leads the team in faceoff win percentage (54.5%; 30-for-55) and ranks second on the team in shots on goal (20) in the playoffs.

–        Mats Zuccarello recorded five shots on goal, was credited with four hits, blocked two shots, and posted a plus-one rating in 18:14 of ice time. The Rangers forward ranks second on the team in hits (15) and third in shots on goal (11) in the playoffs.

Quotebook:

Mats Zuccarello

We didn’t score today. I made a bad read on our PK and they get a goal. That’s how playoffs are won. I think for sure we had enough chances to win this game and I didn’t think we played a bad game but you’ve got to score goals to win hockey games and we didn’t do that today.

What did you see on the Giroux hit?

It’s a normal hit. He jumps and I don’t think it’s a bad hit. I just went for his body so I don’t know.

Was there more post whistle stuff that you guys were going to have today?

It’s the playoffs, it’s always like that. I think we stayed calm and obviously there is going to be a little bit in the heat of the moment but it’s a rivalry. It’s two tough teams, two good teams playing against each other. I think we played a good enough game to win tonight but we didn’t come through today and that’s frustrating but at the same time we have to take the positive with us and go back home.

What needs to change on the power play?

A lot. We had some good looks today but Philly is playing great and we just have to look and see what we can do better. We are trying as hard as we can out there but they’re playing pretty well. We have to get better on that for sure. Even though I think we created enough chances 5 on 5 today to win this hockey game but we don’t score goals.

Rangers Goalie Henrik Lundqvist

Henrik, did you feel like despite losing this game that this was a game that was winnable for you guys, especially after the first period you guys played?

Absolutely. I felt like we did a lot of good things but the difference tonight is special teams. They beat us with one goal in that department and that’s the difference. It’s a game where it’s hard to create the big chances so when you get an opportunity on the power play or trying to kill their power play, it’s going to be huge in this series. It’s been the difference in a couple games already.

The first goal, that’s a very lively dashboard there. Did you sense that that was where that puck was going, out the other side?

I didn’t expect it to come out that fast and on his stick he came faster so it was hard for me to get across. Your reaction is to kind of turn to your right first and and then you realize it’s coming out on your left side. It was close that I got it but it was not enough. But again, I felt like we played very well, especially in the first and second period. In the third, they shut it down pretty good. We have to take advantage of when we get the big opportunities to really put it in there. We had a few chances but they played well. We just have to go back to New York and regroup here and go for a big one on Sunday.

Is their aggression on the penalty kill noticeable to you and do you think that was a difference in why you guys weren’t able to get as many shots on goal during the power play?

I don’t think I am the right person to answer that. When it comes to the penalty kill, they move the puck well and they are looking for sticks a lot. They are going for a lot of deflections. You try to fight through screens and be as big as you can but they made a good play on the goal.

You mentioned the big game on Sunday. Is there more frustration that you didn’t grab the bigger lead down here or optimism that you still have the home ice advantage?

It’s definitely a disappointment to not get the win here. I felt like we played good enough but at the same time we talked about going into this, special team within the game, that game, is so important. They beat us 1-0 there and that was the difference. We had our opportunities but in a game like this you can’t afford too many mistakes.
Rick Nash

Will you just discuss the battle on the ice all night? It seemed like just a heavily contested game, 60 minutes.

“It was a heavy game. It was a physical battle and it was a playoff-type game.”
How different was it with [Braydon] Coburn the way he was playing you tonight? He seemed to be trying to get extra physical. Do you think that made a difference?

“I thought he’d been playing like that all series. All their D-men have been finishing their checks, playing physical. We’ve got to hold on to pucks and bump off them.”

Rick, did you feel like with amount of shots you had in the game that you made [Steve] Mason’s life difficult enough in his first game in two weeks?

“No. I don’t think it was difficult enough. Get more traffic, more primary scoring chances. We had a lot of stuff from the outside.”

When you assess the power play situation, it seemed like it was difficult to get shots through. What made tonight’s power play difficult for you?
“I don’t know exactly what it was. We’ll have to watch it on video, but I can say it was definitely a game breaker. It was the deciding factor in the game. They score on their power play and we couldn’t get the job done on ours.”

So what, you go back to New York now, it’s a best of three, what emotions? What feelings do you take back to New York after this one?

“It’s a battle of three now and we need a huge game on home ice on Sunday. We need our fans as loud as usual and the Madison Square Garden rocking.”

Ryan McDonagh
Question inaudible
“Yeah there was a lot of back and forth.. They had surges, we had surges….[inaudible].”
It seemed like there were very few opportunities to shoot on the power play. Were they doing a real good job closing up the lanes or were you guys just trying to find the perfect shot?
“Sometimes you get thinking a little bit too much, trying to look for a pretty play but I don’t think we established the shot like we talked about but we had some pretty good looks. Just like I said I think the biggest thing was we didn’t get to second and third opportunities on Mason and didn’t make his first game back too tough as far as traffic and screening.”
Did you get your hand caught in a hold there and did it hurt your hand?
“Yeah, and no.”
What do you think now best of three, two games at home, what’s the emotion? Is there still the sense of optimism here?
“Absolutely, we believe in ourselves here. We’ve got to just take it day by day, get ready for practice, look at a few things, correct a few things, but have faith. Play the way we know we’re capable of and we’ll be alright and just take care of business here in game five and focus on that one.”

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  1. Filthy has an AHL worthy Defense.

    We were flying and definitely owned the puck in the 1st period.

    But, I really don’t recall whether we had any open shots from the slot area?

    We scored on a wrap around.

    It seems that no one passed or carried the puck into the slot.

    That’s weak.

  2. I’d just as soon have Bickel standing in front of the net on the PP as have Richie tossing the puck around the outfield.

  3. Now all of them, including the coach, have picked up on Nash’s mantra. “We played good.”

  4. don’t know what to make of this game, was mason that good or a lot of the rangers shots weren’t high percentage chances or the rangers just are offensively challenged.

  5. Hey Coach AV, How good did they play?

    They didn’t have an open shot from the slot all night long.

  6. “don’t know what to make of this game, was mason that good or a lot of the rangers shots weren’t high percentage chances or the rangers just are offensively challenged.”

    The last two. Mason was fine, not spectacular.

  7. Love reading the notes provided pre and post-game from the NYR: “Since 1897, the Rangers have compiled a 17-11-5 record in games in which they led after the second period by four or more goals, incurred a game misconduct, and went at least one for six on the power play.”

  8. Lol, Coos. I believe you refer to that stuff as pap. I love the recurring Rick Rolling pap they continue to put in the pregame notes.

  9. When Nash came on board I thought we were getting a top 10 NHL player.

    There are 30 Teams in the NHL.

    I don’t think he’s in the top 90.

  10. Coos, 11:16… I had that thought during the 3rd period when AV started revising his line combos. Very out of character.

  11. Right now Dubinsky is in the running for the Con Smythe.

    And Nash should be running for cover.

  12. By talent alone, we could still sneak through this series, but unless things change drastically, (and I can’t possibly see HOW they will change, other than by a solid month of lucky bounces,) the handwriting is on the wall against Boston, for example. And they’re not the only ones.

  13. They’re not the only ones.

    No, you could pick any of the eight teams that made the playoffs in the west and we would be in big trouble, huge.

  14. AV’s answer to muggery and thuggery: ‘Keep running, boys, we’re faster than they.” (I had him use proper English there; see what I did?)

  15. Teams were 2 points apart but everyone expects a sweep …Rangers should still win series

  16. Coos, I’m usually hitting the road sometime between 9 and 10.

    It’s good to be King.

  17. I’m all-
    Ready starting
    to start getting ready
    To get nice and
    POZY for Sunday’s game.

    (See what I didn’t do there?)

  18. “Sweetheart, the King’s throne is stopped up. See what you can do about it, I have to be off.”

  19. Loved our 4 on 3. Tinkers to Evers to Chance, back to Tinkers, over to Chance, around the boards to Evers, over to Richie…Oops, Richie can’t keep it in, times up!

  20. Nice to see some people I’ve never heard of crawling out of the woodwork after a loss.

  21. Not nice to see some people I’ve unfortunately heard of crawling out of the lair after a loss.

  22. Whoah. Crosses. Can you make upside down crosses? Being crucified upside down is Hella metal. Way worse death.

  23. BickelsPickle on

    I always wonder why would anyone want to play as hard as some hockey players do? That’s why the Europeans come to America and get these huge paychecks and they’re safe. that money is theirs. they don’t need to play as hard as those Americans and Canadians do. In the case of Nash, he’s just a nice and humble guy who can score snipe a shot past some goalies sometimes. He’s tall and can do some long reach arounds around goalies. But that even rarely works out. And still, we’ll take em. It’s just personality. You gotta have that personality to be as ‘ruggish’ and ‘thuggist’ as those big bad bruins :(… and well, some don’t have that. That’s not how our team is built. Side note: What was the last year that this club was the TOUGHEST in the league?

  24. Did any of us expect this team to win the cup? No.

    Will we be devastated when they get booted from the playoffs? Yes.

  25. Upside down cross is the symbol of St. Peter! It’s how he was crucified.

    I don’t get why Satanists are Into it.

  26. “ruggish?” You mean carpet-like, like a carpet, like a throw rug, or a thick bath mat, or something? Or you mean like a little doggie in an Acura, like a car pet? Or you mean just nappy or wall-to-wall, or what?

  27. Za'rat (TheOtherGuysGreed) Jones on

    Shame on all of those who are making bad words for Rick Nash. He’s OUR GUY! What don’t you guys get?

    Last I looked, this series is tied 2-2.

    I know Nash will score for us in the fifth game. He’s so hot!

    Pozy Pozy Pozy!

    Always remember.
    Cheer! Cheer! Cheer!
    Never Boo! Boo! Boo!

    Yay for all the Pozy peeps!!!
    Boo for all the Negy creeps!

  28. That game was a sickening lack of effort / attention to detail. I counted at least six times when un-contested passes were missed or not on target by the passer by the Rangers…not to mention the play where St. Louis had his stick raised in shooting position and Nash passed it to him St. Louis looked surprised to get the pass and it went right by him and out of the zone.

    And how do we not generate more chances in the 2nd and 3rd when the Flyers are down to 5 defenseman? Also, should we start to decline power plays- what the heck was that out there tonight….slow, sloppy and not forcing the issue at all. Also, this is on the coaches- all five shooters on one unit with lefthanded shots; effectively telegraphing where we could shoot from / no righty took away an entire side of the ice.

    The “sky isn’t falling” – but this Rangers team is playing below what it should be on paper and making the Flyers look good or better than they are. Turned on the Ducks vs. Stars for a bit and either one of those teams absolutely destroys us.

    Finally, agreed with a lot of the comments on Nash not using his size- and while he had a great shift at the end of the game…where was that earlier (or ever).

    I think AV switching up lines was as much to do with getting guys rest after he double shifted Nash as anything else like finding a good combo- and, if I’m right about that, where’s our conditioning?

  29. We have now lost 11 straight games when we’ve had the series lead- an ALL-TIME NHL record. That’s not a record you want any part of.

  30. TrueBlue, I don’t take any of that as negative, but rather a fan’s legitimate questions.

  31. Thanks Coos, not trying to be negative, but that game left a lot to be desired.

    Just makes me mad.

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