Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR; post-game quotes courtesy of the Flyers:
Game 6: Flyers 5, Rangers 2.
- The Rangers were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2, tonight in Game 6 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals at Wells Fargo Center. The best-of-seven series is tied at three games apiece.
- Four of the Rangers’ last six playoff series have gone to seven games. The Blueshirts have a 6-5 record in Game 7s in franchise history, including a 5-0 record in Game 7s at Madison Square Garden.
- The Blueshirts recorded 36 shots on goal in the contest, as 17 of 18 skaters registered at least one, and 10 skaters were credited with at least two. The Rangers have registered at least 30 shots on goal in four of the six games in the series.
- New York was credited with 30 hits in the game, as 14 different Rangers were credited at least one, and eight had at least two.
- Carl Hagelin tallied a goal, led all skaters with a playoff career-high, seven shots on goal, and was credited with two takeaways in 14:50 of ice time. The Rangers forward is tied for the team lead in goals (two) and tied for third on the team in points (four) in the playoffs.
- Mats Zuccarello registered a goal, recorded three shots on goal and was credited with three blocked shots in 16:54 of ice time. Zuccarello is tied for the team lead in goals (two), and ranks third in shots on goal (15) in the playoffs.
- Anton Stralman recorded an assist and was credited with two hits in 17:39 of ice time The Rangers defenseman is tied for third on the team in plus/minus rating (plus-three) in the playoffs.
- Brad Richards recorded an assist, registered three shots on goal and was 6-for-11 (55%) on faceoffs in 16:19 of ice time. The Rangers alternate captain leads the team, and is tied for third in the NHL in shots on goal 26 in the playoffs. Richards is tied for the team lead in goals (two), assists (four), and points (six) in the playoffs.
- Benoit Pouliot recorded an assist, was credited with a game-high, six hits, and won all four faceoffs he took in 15:15 of ice time. The Ranges forward is tied for fourth on the team in assists (two) and sixth in points (three) in the playoffs.
- J.T. Miller tallied an assist, posted a plus-one rating, and was credited with three hits in 12:00 of ice time. The Rangers forward has recorded a point in each of his first two NHL playoff games, and is tied for second on the team in plus/minus rating (plus-two) in the playoffs.
- Dan Girardi was credited with two hits and two blocked shots in 18:03 of ice time. Girardi skated in his 70th career playoff game, becoming the eighth Ranger to play in 70 playoff contests with the team. The Rangers defenseman is tied with Mark Messier and Jeff Beukeboom for sixth on the Blueshirts’ all-time playoff games played list. Girardi leads the team in blocked shots (16) and is tied for the team lead in hits (20) in the playoffs.
- Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves in the contest, and now has a 3-3 record in the playoffs. The Rangers goalie appeared in his 73rd career playoff game, including his 72nd consecutive playoff contest, moving into sole possession of 26th place on the NHL’s all-time playoff appearances list. Lundqvist is four games shy of passing Mike Richter for first on the Rangers’ all-time playoff appearances list.
- Cam Talbot stopped all five shots he faced in his NHL playoff debut.
Rangers C Brad Richards
On tomorrow’s game.
“We’re in a great position on home ice to win a series and this is over with.”
What does it mean to play a Game 7 in your own building?
“I’ve been part of it here with the Rangers. There’s no better game to be a part of. You always want to close a series out, but when you’re on home ice with your fans in a must-win game, those are great days to be part of. We’re going to embrace it.”
Is this what’s it’s all about for a player since you were a little kid looking forward to playing a Game 7?
“Always. Game 7’s are what brings the best out in people. It’ll be a hard-fought battle. We’re going home. We’ve had success in Game 7’s, especially a lot of these guys in this room. That’s why we battled hard right to the end to get home ice.”
You came out with a nice [chance], just couldn’t poke one home?
“We couldn’t score, but we couldn’t do a lot of things. You never want to have those nights, but it wasn’t lack of focus. We wanted to play well, we just didn’t execute in many areas tonight.”
Rangers Coach Alain Vigneault
Coach, can you talk about the push you guys had in the first period and how you kind of took the momentum a little bit and then they got the goal?
“We had a good start. We had some good looks, obviously didn’t score. They had a power play, we had an opportunity to ice the puck, we didn’t ice it, they made us pay for it. I thought we still came out of there in pretty good shape, and obviously we picked a bad time to have a bad period in the second.”
Coach, what needs to improve on the power play?
“Need to execute. I’ve been saying that for a couple of games now, and we’ve got one more game that if we get a power play to prove that we can execute.”
AV, you’ve talked all series about how there’s nothing separating these teams. Are you surprised at all then that this is going seven?
“Two good teams, two good teams that are battling hard. We’ve got home ice so we’ll go home and get ready.”
How difficult was [Steve] Mason to solve tonight? It seemed like you guys attacked him and attacked him and he came up with save after save?
“Obviously he played really well. He had a really good period in the first, gave his team a chance to come out of there one goal ahead. He’s a good goaltender. We’ve got a good goaltender also, and we’ll be ready for tomorrow.”
How do you turn the page quickly?
“Do we have a choice? We play tomorrow night.”
Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist
With the opportunity that you guys had tonight, how frustrating is it to come out of here with a loss?
“It’s definitely disappointing, but it’s over. We have to move on quickly. Go back to New York, get some rest and get ready for tomorrow. You don’t want to analyze this too much. They just felt better today in all areas. We will move on quickly here.”
How can you as a team get your confidence right back after a loss like this?
“Playoffs are all about having short memory, so you move on and don’t think too much about this game. They did pretty much everything better than us, even goaltending. We all have to step up tomorrow and play our best to try to beat this team.”
Does having so much recent Game 7 success over the last couple of years help going into tomorrow?
“I don’t know, we’ll see. I think and I hope we can go out there and enjoy it and play our best game of the series. We’re going to need it.”
Game 7, Madison Square Garden. Is there anything like that?
“Game 7 at home – I hope we can enjoy it. But it starts with playing a strong game. That’s when you really enjoy it and you have success at home. There’s no better feeling. We’re going back home to play a much better game and to respond the right way here.”
Did you spend the third period thinking about tomorrow, or just trying to purge tonight? What was that like for you?
“I already started thinking about tomorrow. You don’t want to analyze this too much. There were a couple of tough plays. I think I made a bad read on the breakaway, but the other goals, it is what it is. I felt like they were a little hungrier. We just have to respond the right way and go out tomorrow and enjoy a Game 7 at home. It’s going to be great.”
Is it a challenge to forget a Game 6 loss when it’s as one-sided as it is?
“Every loss hurts. But I think we should see it as a great opportunity instead to go home and play Game 7 in New York. That’s very special. Let’s focus on that. It’s over. We can’t change this now. So see it as a great opportunity instead.”
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