Game 5: Rangers 4, Flyers 2 … post-game notes & quotes


Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:

Game 5: Rangers 4, Flyers 2.

Click here for boxscore.

Team notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, today in Game 5 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals at Madison Square Garden to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

–        New York has posted a 13-2 playoff series record all-time in best-of-seven series when leading a series three games to two after Game 5.

–        The Blueshirts have won 11 of their last 16 playoff games at Madison Square Garden, dating back to a 2-1 victory in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 26, 2012 vs. Ottawa. New York has won at least two playoff games at home in four of its last six playoff series, and has recorded at least one playoff win at home in 12 straight playoff series, dating back to the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2007 vs. Atlanta.

–        The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in 17 of their last 24 regular season and playoff games, and 19 of their last 26 regular season and playoff games at Madison Square Garden. New York has allowed 43 goals in their last 26 games (1.65 goals against per game) and 50 goals in their last 26 home games (1.92 goals against per game).

–        The Rangers have won 10 of their last 11 regular season and playoff games against the Flyers at MSG. New York has outscored Philadelphia, 41-16, over the span. The Blueshirts have scored at least four goals in seven of the 11 contests, and have allowed two goals or fewer in all 10 victories over the span. The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in 18 of their last 22 regular season and playoff matchups with the Flyers.

–        New York allowed 26 shots on goal in the contest. The Rangers have allowed less than 30 shots on goal in four of the five contests against the Flyers in this series, and lead the NHL in shots on goal against per game in the playoffs (24.6).

–        Four Blueshirts tallied a goal in the contest, and nine different skaters registered a point. 11 different Rangers have recorded a goal in the series, while 15 different skaters have tallied a point.

Player notes:

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves to improve his record to 3-2 in the playoffs. Lundqvist has posted a 1.81 GAA and a .926 SV% in the playoffs, while allowing two goals or fewer in four of the five contests. The Rangers’ all-time wins leader has won 10 of his last 11 regular season and playoff games against the Flyers at MSG, posting a 1.37 GAA, a .949 SV%, and two shutouts in those contests. Lundqvist has appeared in 72 career playoff contests – including 71 in a row – for the Rangers, and is five games shy of passing Mike Richter for first on the Rangers’ all-time playoff appearances list.

–        Dominic Moore tallied the game-winning goal, added an assist, and won six of seven faceoffs (85.7%) in 12:36 of ice time. Moore has tallied goals in consecutive playoff games for the first time in his career (two goals over the span). The Rangers forward is tied for the team lead in goals (two), is tied for fifth in points (three), and has won 62.5% of faceoffs taken (25-for-40) in the playoffs.

–        Marc Staal tallied the game’s first goal and posted a plus-two rating in 18:56 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman has registered five points (three goals, two assists) in his last nine playoff games at Madison Square Garden. Staal leads the team in plus/minus rating (plus-six) in the playoffs.

–        Brad Richards registered a goal, recorded three shots on goal, and was credited with three hits in 15:13 of ice time. The Rangers alternate captain has tallied a point in three of five games in the playoffs, and has recorded 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 12 career playoff games against Philadelphia. Richards is tied for the team lead in goals (two), and ranks second on the team in points (five) and third in assists (three) in the playoffs.

–        Martin St. Louis recorded an assist and recorded a team-high, four shots on goal in 20:01 of ice time. St. Louis has tallied a point in four of five games in the playoffs, and has 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in his last 15 playoff contests. The Rangers forward has recorded a point in seven of his last eight playoff games against the Flyers, and has registered 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 12 career playoff games against Philadelphia. St. Louis leads the team in points (six) and is tied for the team lead in assists (four) in the playoffs.

–        Brian Boyle tallied an empty-net goal, posted a plus-one rating, and was credited with two hits in 13:37 of ice time. Boyle has a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists), which is tied for his career-high in the playoffs. The Rangers forward has recorded a point in five of his last seven playoff games (two goals, three assists over the span). Boyle is tied for second on the team in plus/minus rating (plus-three) and fifth in points (three) in the playoffs.

–        Derek Stepan registered an assist in 19:42 of ice time. Stepan has recorded a point in four of five games in the playoffs, and has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his last 10 playoff games. The Rangers forward is tied for third on the team in points (four) in the playoffs.

–        J.T. Miller recorded his first career playoff point with an assist, posted a plus-two rating, and was credited with two hits in 10:22 of ice time in his NHL playoff debut. Miller is the second Blueshirt in this year’s playoffs to tally a point in his NHL playoff debut (Jesper Fast).

–        Carl Hagelin registered an assist, posted a plus-one rating, and tied for the team lead with two blocked shots in 14:39 of ice time. The Rangers forward has recorded six points (three goals, three assists), along with a plus-five rating in his last seven playoff games at MSG. Hagelin is tied for fifth on the team in points (three) in the playoffs.

–        Dan Girardi recorded an assist and was credited with a game-high, four hits in 25:59 of ice time. Girardi leads all defensemen on the team in points (three) in the playoffs, and is tied for the team lead in hits (18) in the playoffs. The Rangers defenseman skated in his 69th career playoff game, moving into a tie with Ron Duguay for eighth on the team’s all-time games played list in the playoffs.


Alain Vigneault on today’s game… “I thought we played a good game. Each game, obviously, plays itself out differently. Today there wasn’t a lot of room in the first period and we took two penalties that we had to kill off. I thought that was real important for us and we got a little bit of momentum off of that, but saying that, because we had to kill those two penalties the flow of our game was a little different. In the second we were able to pick it up and capitalize on a few mistakes.”

Henrik Lundqvist on killing two penalties in the first period… “I felt like the penalty kill was really good today. It just had a tough bounce on their goal, but overall it was a really strong performance and we are going to need it moving forward as well. It’s a big part of winning right now, to get it done on the special teams.  I thought we played a really good game, good energy. Looking back at the game in Philly, we did a lot of good things as well.  The difference is today we scored a couple goals and that brings a lot of confidence to the group. It’s easy to play patient and not overdo a lot of things.”

Brad Richards on the mindset going into Game 6… “Same as it was today, same as it was in Game 4. We came out and played a really good period. We need to execute and play the game plan. Obviously, we would like to get a lead. They have been a way better team both times leading in the third period. It’s harder to get through the neutral zone and harder to get chances. We have to stick to the game plan and try to execute it the best we can all series.”

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  1. Since she’s doing well, I’ll make this joke.

    Can they keep her there till Tuesday?

  2. That hit by Moore on Boyle has been the hardest hit of the series.

    Seriously you cant not be happy for anything positive that happens to Dominic Moore.

    Also, Nash sucked since he didnt score, Richards didnt suck because he scored, AV wasnt outcoached (didnt use his timeout so he sucks today), Emery outplayed Lundqvist allowing 0 goals, MSL is now tied with Callahan for 1 non-goal in the playoffs but has the 6 other points that count. Lets sign Hal Gill (s).

  3. ThisYearsModel on

    Need to win one at the F-U Center……always the best name for that place. So fitting.

  4. Cooscoos.

    a very funky girl once put to me as ‘maybe we’re in the fishbowl’ and I looked at her and told her AHO

  5. Stranger Nation on

    Cannot believe Sather didn’t sign Gill. No need as we have Justin “Father Knows Best” Faulk waiting to play that role

  6. Happy for you Boreale!

    Can we all send good wishes to Miami, who is also dealing with his own bush league carcillo….(oops, yes, I said it…)

  7. I think Miami had a wedding or a bachelor’s party today, ergo he’s not here. Good wishes, MP!

  8. D. Moops deserved it today, but giving the kid the hat for a point and overall solid play in his first playoff game isn’t so bad. Plus, with the off-ice drama, it might send a “hey, kid, you’re one of us” message.

  9. I made that comment before I knew that Carcillo gave it to him. Carcillo probably said something like “you took my spot, jerk.”

  10. ThisYearsModel on

    Maybe Carcillo thought AV;s media trashing of Miller was inappropriate. Maybe he is trying to help the kid build some confidence.

  11. Well my, my, Carcillo is St. Francis of -Assisi- Padua in disguise. Didn’t mean to call him Assisi.

  12. hey ‘heads, had to miss the game today cuz there was a memorial for my g’pa. Followed on twitter, good to see we pulled it out, will be watching again tuesday

  13. Minny got itself robbed last night by the zebras. Somebody better investigate soon.

  14. Carcillo to Dorsett: ‘Wanna fight?’

    Dors: ‘Not until you get traded to Buffalo.’

  15. Carcillo to Cally in Buffalo: “We had a guy looked like you with the same name last year in NY.”

  16. Not many other Cup contending teams need a starting goalie.

    Saint Louis or Minnesota.

    Capitals another team, though I don’t consider them Cup contenders.

    If he wants to win a Cup, Saint Louis is his best chance.

  17. iManny-O-War on

    Home is behind, the world ahead,
    and there are many paths to tread
    through shadows to the edge of night, until the stars are all alight.

  18. ORR, the question I have is he the guy to get them there? From this years performance, I’d have to say, no. No?

  19. Coos, I have a feeling if you had a bocce ball team, you would want the same trio. ;)

  20. I haven’t been impressed with Miller since the silver medal in Vancouver … granted, he’s had some crap in front of him in Buffalo. Still …

  21. He’ll be 34 soon, still has a few good years left with a good team in front of him.

    Maybe some of that Baby Buffalo filth was still lingering in his mind. A summer of nice weather, getting laid, and eventually getting paid will clear that.

  22. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    No way Hank loses game 6:

    Rangers 5
    Filthy 0

    GWG Brassard.

    Nah Na nah Na hey hey Goodbye

  23. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Who was moaning and groaning about MSL before the playoffs? Who was that fella?

  24. MSL looks pretty good, no, KEEEVI?

    New AV video up top. Please click early and often. Please. Please. OK, that sounds like begging.

  25. Always thought Miller a little over rated, real good not great. Philly got a goalie with emotional problems imagine that. Peters, Snow, Hextall, universe, Emery, and Mason. Head cases

  26. I clicked, then clicked again. Ain’t buyin’ no Chevy, but I clicked. Everybody click. Get Pozy!

  27. jpg's sister on

    speaking of NYR’s Miller, jpg’s sister’s mom just called they did have a segment on the 6 o’clock news sports about him

  28. Boston vs Habs way tougher than some think, hot teams great goalies, big rivals, should be great.

  29. If Nash ever had Zuc’s onions he would have a way stronger back from carrying them around instead of the sunflowers seeds he’s got.

  30. Off to Indy for work for a week. Hope my hotel has nbcsn Tuesday. Do they know what hockey is in Indy. Can’t believe I won’t be at game 7 Wednesday night.

  31. Can’t believe Indianapolis is still called Indianapolis. Should be NativeAmericanapolis.

  32. NHL.COM has Nash leading in several playoff statistical categories:
    – most harmless shots on goal (23)
    – most shots originating from an area code different from the goalie (20)
    – least amount of time spent in the slot and corners per ice time. (.01%)
    – shortest average shift (23.2 seconds)
    – least # of ice bags required post game due to soreness from contact (0)

  33. Papa, I heard they updated his ice bag stat to (-1) after he gave McD one after the game.

  34. I have a business meeting in the city of Brotherly Love on Tuesday afternoon. It should conclude around 4:00 PM. Could probably land a couple of Tickets to the game.

    Hmm. As Joe Strummer once asked, “Should I stay or should I go now?”

  35. JT Miller should start again in Philly. Great team effort today. Really played with some passion. Lundqvist superb. Need to go forthe jugular tues. Team needs the rest.

  36. Don’t get the big magilla about Miller. He really hasn’t proven anything much yet. I root for him, but don’t understand the accolades.

  37. One of the networks rolled video of the Schultz / Rolfe massacre today. I forget which Network.

    They love showing Schultz trying to pull Rolfe’s hair out of his head.

    Reminds me of my Catholic school education. As far as hair pulling goes, Schultz ain’t got nothing on the Dominican Sisters of Charity who taught at my school.

  38. Coos Need his speed and quite frankly I don’t think he’s been given enough minutes. Continue to route for him

  39. I had the Ursuline nuns in grammar school, then the Oblates in Texas for three years of HS, then the Irish Christian Brothers to top it off my senior year. Still bruised up.

  40. There was a knock on JT about showing up for camp out of shape, but after pretty much a full year at Hartford, don’t see how he could still be. Lots of unspoken mystery surrounds him, it seems. Even when he was drafted, I remember reading that he was problematic. Problematic how? Don’t know.

  41. I’ll take a yardstick to the back of my legs any day over a violent, helicopter motion hair pull by a frustrated Nun.

  42. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Ricardo – MSL is one sly fox, I love his defensive ploy of lowering his stick parallel to the ice stealing space from the opposition. He is playing huge. Tremendously gifted. Defensively, they aren’t where the were pre-McDunner’s injury but well played today. Stepan had a big game. 4th line playing extremely well – all three zones. Dom Moore is uber clutch….

  43. It wasn’t until years later that I realized when they kept you after school, they really WERE trying to help you, because they had to stay, too, and no overtime.

  44. Maybe a tad too cocky, coos. Then the commitment thing. That’s what you hear. There sure were eyebrows raised when he no-showed pre-camp with the other rooks, especially if he wasn’t in good shape.

  45. Want to enjoy all the old foods again that you used to enjoy? Get the new, plastic Untuckit Choppers from Richards Industries. Call within the next 30 minutes and we will throw in the bottom parts and a complimentary carrot!

  46. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Stars vs Ducks: two team that have taken nasty to a whole new level.

  47. Mom said today how many periods are there in the hockey game?

    I said in the 35 yesrs of my life watching this sport you never picked that up?

    “Who was that cute goalie who your sister pretended to be when you guys played roller hockey”

    Mike richter

    “I remember him.”

    We all do mom, we all do.


  48. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Boreal – if you told my wife that the lakers were playing the pirates for the cup, she pull for the pirates…

  49. ‘Cocky,’ Carp. Now I remember – part of his baggage was supposedly not taking instruction well as a kid.

  50. My maternal Grandmother was 1 of 12 children which included 3 nuns and 2 priests. I remember as a young lad having major anxiety during holiday gatherings thinking that the nuns at my school were talking to my family nuns about my behavior in school.

  51. Papa, the old Irish wanted a priest, a doctor, and a lawyer, in that order. Secondary jobs were the FBI, Secret Service, Mayor. Tertiary jobs were the cops, A&P Manager, and Sanitation.

  52. That Richards goal is proof that you should throw every piece of garbage at the net in the playoffs especially against a somewhat shakable goalie. Gotta close it out in Philly

  53. Irish Chrisian Brothers carried flat, floppy black jacks for the knuckles. Literally.

  54. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Kooz – I was asked “one lump or two?” And we weren’t talking coffee,,,

  55. The Brothers called it “in loco parentis” a Latin phrase that meant they enforced discipline in place of the parents, the Latin affording the beating a semblance of intellectual legitimacy.

  56. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Garden seemed loudest for game 1. Crowd level not as high as I’d have hoped today

  57. “My maternal Grandmother was 1 of 12 children which included 3 nuns and 2 priests. I remember as a young lad having major anxiety during holiday gatherings thinking that the nuns at my school were talking to my family nuns about my behavior in school.”

    My maternal grandmother took a job at the town library in her golden years, although she stopped working there once I was school aged. There was a library book I had kept in a magazine rack, and my mother must have discarded the book when she got rid of the old magazines. I spent probably three years of my life avoiding the library and worrying that my grandmother would find out and hate me forever.

  58. Guess they were the North Stars. What’s the North Star doing in Minnesota? Shouldn’t that be in Bethlehem?

  59. Several complaints noted in Go Time thread about Brassard’s play today.

    I thought he was good, and not Nash good. .

    Funny game, this hockey is.

    Different eyes see different things during the same game.

  60. MSG was like a funeral home compared to Dallas right now. But at least we got to see Spike Lee and Jim Carrey wearing fresh Rangers gear while sitting a suite.

  61. Before the playoffs started, I had no idea Dallas could play like they have in this series.

  62. If an NHL awards also considered playoff performance, Dubinsky would be in the running for the Selke. The kid is in Crosby’s head (and his grill)

  63. Really hope the jackets extend the crosbies tomorrow.

    You guys know team USA under 18s beat the Czech Republic 5-2 to win gold. Outshot them 41-17. Sonny Milano first star. Sonny Milano, future NHLer from Massapequa NY with a huge tournament.

  64. leetchhalloffame on

    Carp – Any word or speculation when and if THE Kreider will be available?

  65. Why does NBC keep playing an M&M song that doesn’t have M&M in it? Or does he sound like a woman now?


    BC its probably the most digestible portion of the song.

    Somehow, someone in the Garden contracted a band named Lettuce, to allow MSG to use their material for the Knicks. Its a really good band, I remember being shocked when I first heard them on a Knick broadcast.

    I remember the days of Pearl Jam’s Hail, Hail before the start of the game, and STP’s trippin on a hole in a paper heart at the beginning of the second.

    There’s a certain type of up tempo rock music, that I think is cool at hockey games. But just like the Garden I knew, those days are gone.

    And Im only 30.

  66. Oh and Papa Bear and anyone else.

    Ill be in philly on tuesday. section 105 row 17. 2 seats left for sale next to me. If you dont mind a guy with a deep voice, who bellows lets go boys all game long. Its gonna be fun

  67. This is what annoys me aboot the officiating! The refs miss Andersson tripping Cole, but they call Cole for swatting his stick away from him.

    Now they score on the PP. 2-1

    Just let it go. You don’t have to call that. All you have to do is give a warning, that’s it.

  68. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Brassard had a shakey first period but was better than good thereafter…

  69. I watched the last 44.6 seconds of the train-wreck earlier today. I was in Key Largo by the dock.

    I see NASH was up-to-par once again.

  70. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Love STP. Favorite song: Interstate love song

    Waiting on a Sunday afternoon
    For what I read between the lines,
    Your lies…….

  71. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    George Clooney finally tying the knot. He and Matt Damon have announced they are engaged, Leo DiCaprio cannot be happy about this….

  72. You mean Damon has enough time during shooting of “We Bought an Aquarium” to tie the knot?

  73. Naw, I’ll live. You guys will have to put up with by obliteration of this team for years to come, don’t worry.

  74. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Pimp – good to hear ….someday we’ll all be dead and hanging at that big MSG in the sky anyway….

  75. Ps. Friday night, in Key West, some Flyers douches saw my NYRangers hat and said something like “how does it feel to have a tied series?” and apparently I said “how does it feel to be a clown?”

    And $hit – I mean, Rinaldo – hit the fan.

    One of them lunged at me and I yelled “just like the no-talents on your favorite team, no?” “You guys are bush league”. And then other guy lunged before by friend intervened.

    Needless to say there were drinks involved.

    Good times always.

  76. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Rangers are a very good road team. They end filthy’s season Tuesday night.

  77. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Rangers were crashing the net much better today….get traffic in front of Masonic Temple

  78. Ranger-on-the-Isle on

    Anyone know how to log back in to the Hat trick challenge? The site won’t let me use my user name.

  79. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Just had a crystal clear vision….Nash is going to light it up in Game 6

  80. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    I think Miller will be a consistent 20+ goal scorer for many years. ..

  81. Refs quick to break up Cogliano and Chiasson but will let Voracek pummel Hagelin unimpeded.

  82. _”Just had a crystal clear vision….Nash is going to light it up in Game 6″_

    A bong?

  83. You’re telling me the ref can track that puck, but the loser in NY couldn’t see the pill laying behind Mason?


  84. I dont want this series to end so I hope Dallas wins.

    If it wasnt for Selanne i think id be completely on the Stars bandwagon right now. Still am probably.

  85. Admiral Akbar on

    Geez, and we thought blowing a 2 goal lead in the first period was bad… Tough for Dallas.

  86. wow. I slept through the first period. watching the replay…

    Its NBC, the pre-game is all about the Flyers. pretty one-sided.

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