Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:
Game 7: Rangers 2, Flyers 1.
– The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1, tonight in Game 7 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts won the best-of-seven series, four games to three, and will play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Metropolitan Division Finals.
– New York has posted a 6-0 record in Game 7s at Madison Square Garden in franchise history. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers are the only NHL team to be undefeated at home in Game 7 with a minimum of three Game 7s at home. The Rangers have won each of their last three Game 7s at home by a 2-1 score, and four of their last five at home, dating back to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 27, 1994 vs. New Jersey. Each of the last five Game 7s at MSG has been decided by one goal. New York has won seven of its last eight playoff series that have gone seven games.
– The Rangers are advancing to the second round of the playoffs for the third consecutive season. The Blueshirts are the only Eastern Conference team to reach the second round of the playoffs in each of the last three seasons. The last time the Rangers won a playoff series in at least three consecutive years was a four-year span from 1993-94 – 1996-97.
– The Blueshirts have won 12 of their last 17 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 three playoff games at home in three of its last five series.
– The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in 18 of their last 26 regular season and playoff games, and 20 of their last 27 regular season and playoff games at Madison Square Garden. New York has allowed 49 goals in their last 26 games (1.88 goals against per game) and 51 goals in their last 27 home games (1.89 goals against per game).
– The Rangers have won 11 of their last 12 regular season and playoff games against the Flyers at MSG. New York has outscored Philadelphia, 43-17, over the span. The Blueshirts have scored at least four goals in seven of the 12 contests, and have allowed two goals or fewer in all 11 victories over the span. The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in 19 of their last 24 regular season and playoff matchups with the Flyers.
– Eleven different Rangers recorded a goal in the series, while 17 different skaters tallied a point.
– The Rangers were credited with 32 hits in the game, as 13 different skaters had at least one. Dan Girardi, Rick Nash, and Marc Staal tied for the game-high with five apiece.
– New York was credited with 22 blocked shots in the contest, as four skaters blocked at least three shots.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves to improve his record to 4-3 in the playoffs, including a 3-1 record at home. In five career Game 7s, Lundqvist is 4-1 with a 1.00 GAA, a .963 SV%, and one shutout. He has allowed two goals or fewer in all five games. In his last nine games when the Rangers have faced elimination, Lundqvist is 7-2 with a 1.43 GAA, a .951 SV%, and three shutouts, including 6-0 record with a 0.98 GAA, a .965 SV%, and two shutouts in six games at MSG when the Blueshirts have faced elimination. Lundqvist appeared in his 74th career playoff contest – his 73rd in a row – and is three games shy of passing Mike Richter for first on the team’s all-time playoff appearances list.
– Daniel Carcillo tallied the game’s first goal and recorded two shots on goal in 11:32 of ice time. Carcillo has registered five goals in eight career regular season and playoff games against the Flyers, including two goals in three games in the series.
– Benoit Pouliot registered the game-winning goal, posted a plus-one rating, recorded two shots on goal, and was credited with two blocked shots in 14:50 of ice time. The Rangers forward recorded points in consecutive games for the second time in the series (one goal, one assist), and the third time the playoffs in his career. The tally was Pouliot’s first career game-winning goal in postseason action. Pouliot has established single-season playoff career-highs in goals (two) and points (four). The Rangers forward tied for the team lead in goals and third in assists (two) and points in the first round.
– Mats Zuccarello recorded an assist, posted a plus-two rating, recorded two shots on goal, and was credited with two hits in 16:10 of ice time. The Rangers forward registered a point in four of seven games in the series (two goals, two assists). Zuccarello tied for the team lead in goals, and third in assists and points in the first round. He also is tied for fourth on the team in shots on goal (17) and third in hits (21).
– Kevin Klein registered an assist, posted a plus-one rating, and was credited with two hits in 13:00 of ice time. Klein’s assist was his first playoff point as a Ranger. The Blueshirts defenseman ranks second on the team in plus-minus rating (plus-five), fourth in blocked shots (14), and second among defensemen in hits (12) in the playoffs.
– Derick Brassard recorded an assist, posted a plus-two rating, and won eight of 11 faceoffs (73%) in 14:17 of ice time. The Rangers forward has tallied a point in each of the two Game 7s he has played in NHL career (three assists). Brassard has recorded 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in nine career playoff games at MSG. The Rangers forward is tied for fourth on the team in assists (two) in the playoffs.
– Anton Stralman tallied an assist, was credited with two hits, and blocked three shots in 22:09 of ice time. Stralman has recorded an assist in consecutive playoff games for the first time in his career (two assists), and has registered a point in consecutive playoff games for the first time since his first two career playoff contests on Apr. 12 – Apr. 14, 2012 vs. Ottawa. The Rangers defenseman is tied for third on the team in plus/minus rating (plus-three) and fourth in assists (two) in the playoffs.
– Dan Girardi was credited with a game-high five blocked shots and tied for the game-high with five hits in 22:15 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman leads the team in hits (25) and blocked shots (21) in the playoffs. Girardi skated in his 71st career playoff game, passing Mark Messier and Jeff Beukeboom for sole possession of sixth place on the team’s all-time playoff games played list.
Alain Vigneault on the series… “In Game 7 like this, I would rather go with experience and he (Daniel Carcillo) had been in those situations before. He came up and did a good job, obviously scored that big goal for us. That and the fact that we got great fan support tonight – they were behind us from start to finish and really helped us along. With four games in six nights it was a tough grind for both teams and they have some real quality players.”
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “It is a relief and it’s a proud feeling too. We talked about it during the series, it doesn’t matter if you feel like you’re the better team, it’s about finding ways to win hockey games, and that’s what we did today. We played outstanding. We created so many chances and we played really smart. We knew they were going to push in the third and they came pretty hard, but the puck management was really good. It’s just exciting, that last minute is so intense and you’re nervous but at the same time you just want to see what’s going to happen next. The final second, that’s probably the best feeling.”
Mats Zuccarello on bouncing back after Game 6 to win the series… “Everyone was disappointed after yesterday (Game 6). We just wanted to come back and redeem ourselves and I think we did a good job today. It was a great win for us. It was a tough team we played. Philly is really good and it was seven tough games so it was a really good feeling.”
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