Game 7: Rangers 2, Flyers 1 … post-game notes & quotes


Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:

Game 7: Rangers 2, Flyers 1.

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Team notes:

–        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.

Player notes:

–        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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  1. Farhan Lalji ?@FarhanLaljiTSN 9m
    BREAKING – John Tortorella will be fired by #canucks tomorrow

  2. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    Nice goal by Av’s. I guess they ‘put their balls on the table’, as Patrick Roy said it was time for them to do!

  3. After the game I drooped a Rinaldo and wiped my Ja Roo with some Hartnell before I flushed it all down the Simmonds.

  4. who puts their balls on the table
    then what happens?

    because it sounds like some video i’d see on Tosh.0 or Ridiculousness

  5. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    Wonder what the ratings were for the game tonight. No baseball games anywhere. Just the Brooklyn Nets.

  6. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    Yea, I know. It’s what Roy said, though, during a press conference of all places!

  7. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    Speaking of which, did Simmonds play tonight? Big time player he is…..

  8. That broadcaster in the wild game sounds like an idiot now. He was laughing and saying the goalie embellished and was acting, and that he wasnt touched, when the goalie clearly had his head hit and neck whiplashed.

    At least when the goalie came out, he acknowledged it.

  9. Eric,

    Torts in washington. I could see that. I could see it being really successful and I could also see it being an epic fail.

  10. Billy Joel MSG concert every Saturday night all summer. Sunday Nights, John Tesh. Fridays, Arthur Godfrey.

  11. cooscoos.

    I said that to varlavmov at the rangers avals game at msg this year. he gave up 5 that night haha

  12. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    YA BABY!!! This team doesn’t give up!! (against Av’s, that is!)

  13. Would be interesting when Torts tries teaching Ovi to backcheck and block shots.

  14. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    Torts: “Now, Alex, you drop to your knees, turn your head, cover your crotch and take the puck.”

    Ovie: ” I don’t drop to my knees for $*(#)_#ing nothing.”

  15. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    If Torts does get canned, he still has, what, $16M on his current contract? Why not just walk his dogs for a while?

    Dale Hunter did a good job with that team. Torts would mess up big time with Ovie. Speak of oil and water!!

  16. Torts: “Take one for the team, you overpaid, Frankenstein looking ogre!”

  17. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    Wow, I’m pretty sure I picked Minnie (not so sure they can win in OT, we’ll see) in 7 and LA in, not sure. Lucky guesses.

  18. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    Man, what a goal that was. Makes Pullout’s look pedestrian.

  19. That’s a cool idea about Messier coaching the Caps with Gretz as GM. LOL…good practice for them before they come here…

  20. Parise- Wild

    Stastny- Avs

    I hope Wild win.

    Time for some shakeup in San Jose if they choke away another great season?

  21. What are these brackets everyone is talking about? And how weren’t the old playoffs seeding and set-up not a ‘bracket’?

    the ironic part is, Brzy is totally validated in being awed by the scope of the universe, or the creation. Im telling you, I bet you is really intelligent and goes over a lot of his teammates heads with stuff

    Dale Hunter did do a good job with that team. I was surprised when he didn’t return but remember thinking he probably didn’t want to coach Ovie

  22. iManny-O-War on

    The Caps should just make Ovechkin coach. He’s the only thing they care about.

    But my real pick for them is Guy Boucher. Marks sense since Boucher ran a successful offense with Stamkos.

  23. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    I am not so sure Sharks are choking. This LA team is awesome. Them against Chicago would be a classic.

    The two of them and Boston are the best teams in the league, to me.

  24. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    Yes, Ovie can teach the entire team how to lose your man in the defensive zone, how to glide 30 feet in the middle of a shift, how to upstage any coach and how to only care about how many goals you score, not the team total!!

    He’d be a GREAT coach!!

  25. Slats stepped in something when he (probably reluctantly, but had to – with Dorsett hurt) inked CarBomg for 850.

  26. manny
    are you stealing my boucher to caps thunder from a week ago??


  27. serves philly right for being so disrespectful and not playing the national anthem

  28. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Torts – “turn the ******* radio up, I ******* just heard my ******* name mentioned. Mutha ******”

  29. iManny-O-War on

    Exactly, Matty.

    But, “lose your man” he definitely never had him because he’s still cherrypicking in the offensive zone.

  30. Dale Hunter to Ovi: “Who’s your man?”

    “I ain’t got no stinking man.”

  31. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    There are about 60 fans in the nosebleed seats that are chanting “Let’s Go Sharks” that actually think this isn’t over.

    Speak of ‘killer instinct’. THIS is ‘killer instinct’.

  32. sorry everyone
    i never had a problem with Bryz’s musings.
    it was some waaaaaaaay deep stuff
    and some of it
    was just funny

    i can like the guy now that he’s not a flyer
    good luck to him even though i like the avs a bit more

  33. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    JPP, that is one of the funniest hockey videos I have ever seen!!!

  34. A friend of mine is a HUGE Sharks fan…I can only imagine the pain, anger and misery he’s going through tonight.

    How many years now has it been that the Sharks were supposed to be a Cup contender? 5? 6?

    I’m not sure what’s worse; having a team that you know doesn’t have a chance to win a Cup or having one that’s supposed to be a top contender come up short EVERY SINGLE YEAR

    No way to spin it for the Sharks, it’s obviously not working for them. As good as the Kings are, you should NEVER lose 4 in a row after being up 3-0 in a series.

    Then again, it sure taught Boston a lesson they didn’t forget. lol

  35. Classic video. Richards is at least sort of gliding bent over with a semi – athletic posture on a play like that.

  36. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    E3, looking like it’s not gonna happen this year, brutha!! Lookin’ like the Rangers end up going further than the Sharks this year. Who woulda thunk it???

  37. iManny-O-War on

    Torts should end up with the Maple Leaves. Young tough team that needs help defending.

  38. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    Wow, just wow. Experience wins out….again. Nice Wild win.

  39. omg i was gonna call neidderetter. i swear it. he made a strong play on his goal and I liked his play when the wild went down 4-3. Sweet shot

  40. iManny-O-War on

    On a sad note, that’s probably the last time JS Giguere suits up.

    Last standing Hartford Whaler

  41. wild scored an Esa Tikkanen playoff goal (ala against panthers) puck hit middle of net so hard it popped out so quick it didn’t look good til replay

  42. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    AV’s fans have to be proud of this team. They are only going to get better. This is a first step.

  43. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Matty – werd. I’ll still fly out and go to a game with you if they make the finals ;)

  44. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    Perhaps next year or so, San Jose could use some more scoring? Maybe they’ll call the cigar chomper? Man, I know a big ‘power’ forward that might be available for …oh…just a little…….

  45. iManny-O-War on

    We should make a call to Joe Pavelski. He probably want to one day play in the second round.

  46. Loved the Wild’s mindset in OT. Parise recalled and brought up Rangers-Devils game 6. The Wild drove the net immediately in OT and until they scored. The wild almost ended that on the first shift ala Game 6 2012 ECF

  47. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    Lol, Manny!!

    I might consider a trade of Nash, let’s say, for Pavelski……..

  48. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    Orr, it was over a period ago.

    This is one incredible effort by LA. Make not mistake about it they are for real. Totally for real.

    Quick started it. THe rest of the team came along for the ride. Uber-impressive.

  49. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I can’t fathom being up 3 games to none and losing the series…..that is just too much

  50. Well this was one helluva fun night as a hockey fan. Rangers close out Filthy, a great OT game in Colorado, and LA completes the comeback from 0-3 down.

    Greatest sport on earth showed it tonight.

    So….Torts to San Jose?

  51. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    CJP, been thinking that all night. There is NO other sport on earth close to this one.

    Great night. Agreed!!

  52. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    Orr, good point. And, that makes LA how good? Miraculous feat. This SJ team is awesome, too.

  53. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    Having a hard time deciding, because it’s always hysterical. But I can’t stay awake for the Sutter press conference!

    Is it on Comedy Central????

  54. A deserving end for Joe Thornton, who purposefully dogged it on the ice to get traded out of Boston back in ’06 and then got handed the Hart Trophy that year over Jagr who definitely deserved it over him.

  55. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    Joe Thornton spends the off-season trying to figure out new expressions of disappointment for the inevitable first round loss.

    This year’s edition is pretty darn impressive!!!!

  56. LOL, on Joe Thornton’s wikipedia page:

    “On January 24, 2014, Thornton signed a 3-year contract extension with the Sharks through the 2017 NHL season.[21]

    On April 30, Joe Thornton choked.
    this is happening.”

  57. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    Seriously, Thornton looked like a cross of John Kerry and Bozo the Clown after the game. Classic!!

  58. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    Great first round because we won tonight. Otherwise would have sucked.

  59. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Reporter – “coach, were you worried after dropping the first three?”

    Sutter – “Babba sabba bubba wubba rubba tubba wibby tibby”

  60. Matty"BackInGoodOleUSA!!"Boy on

    Much easier being the underdog in these series. Two of them won tonight. The third one, our boys, held on with the win.

    Our next series we are the underdogs.

  61. Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. First they did it with the Flys. Now with the Kings…

  62. @Russostrib

    I’ll tell you what, if Suter doesn’t go talk to Kuemper, then skate to the bench to basically get Bryz, #mnwild may not win that game.

    Good point. Kuemper was playing through an apparent head injury. Had he stayed in net, who knows.

  63. Everybody complaining about the refereeing in this series. That was just a warm-up. Wait till you see what happens against Sydney and Geno.

  64. ThisYearsModel on

    Jumbo Shrimp and his band of Guppies choke big time…..again. Unreal. I feel badly for their fans, who are great fans. They deserve better.

  65. Was kinda busy … Was there ever an explanation for the Jumbo Shrimps going to a backup goalie in game 6?

  66. Hahaha! I can’t stop laughing at Jumbo Shrimp’s misery. Someone should ask him what he thinks of the Rangers this year.

  67. Rangers West on

    This series killed my tempered optimism that this team could upset the Pens. The only spot of hope is that Fleury could self-destruct.

  68. The NHL is screwing the Rangers with this playoff schedule. Friday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday after this week’s Sunday, Tuesday Wednesday??? Are they kidding? Talk about the tail wagging the dog – Bettman just let’s NBC do whatever they want.

  69. Rangers West on


    It’s called freedom. If you don’t like NBC’s freedom of speech, then you don’t love America. I think.

    Yes the Rangers did get the short end of the stick here. However, it would be cool if they shot into Pittsburgh high on adrenaline and stole two games. That would shake Fleury’s foundation. Oh, dreams. Goodnight.

  70. I will say this, the Rangers are partly to blame … not only for failing to win in less than 7 … but the Billy Joel concerts and the Liberty games forced the Sunday-Monday schedule.

    Though you can surely and rightly blame NBC for the three-in-four to end this series, including the back-to-backs 6&7.

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