Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR; post-game audio courtesy of the Penguins:
Game 1: Rangers 3 (4), Penguins 2 (OT).
– The Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2, tonight in Game 1 of the Metropolitan Division Finals at CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers lead the best-of-seven series, 1-0.
– The Blueshirts have a 5-3 record in eight games the playoffs, including a 2-2 record on the road.
– New York opened a playoff series with an overtime victory for the first time since Game 1 of the Patrick Division Finals on Apr. 17, 1986 at Washington (Brian MacLellan – 1:16 of the first overtime period).
– The Rangers have won eight of the last 10 playoff series in which they won Game 1, including four of the last six playoff series in which they won Game 1 on the road.
– New York defeated Pittsburgh in Game 1 for the first time in five all-time playoff series. The Rangers’ victory was their first in the playoffs in Pittsburgh since Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 5, 1996. The Blueshirts defeated the Penguins in overtime in a playoff game for the first time since Game 3 of the Patrick Division Finals on May 7, 1992 (Kris King – 1:29 of the first overtime period).
– Five of the Rangers’ last 12 playoff games on the road have gone to overtime. New York has played at least one overtime game in 10 of their last 12 playoff series, dating back to the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Buffalo in 2007.
– New York has scored the first goal of the game in six of eight playoff games this season, including five of the last six contests. The Rangers are 4-2 in the playoffs when tallying the game’s first goal.
– The Rangers allowed two goals or fewer for the sixth time in eight playoff games, including the third time in four road playoff games. New York has given up two or fewer goals in 26 of its last 40 regular season and playoff road games, allowing 85 goals in the 40 contests (2.13 goals against per game).
– The Blueshirts tallied at least three goals in a game for the fourth time in eight playoff contests. The Rangers are 4-0 when recording at least three goals in the playoffs.
– New York was credited with 15 blocked shots in the contest, as 10 different skaters blocked at least one shot. As of the conclusion of the Blueshirts’ game, they lead the NHL in blocked shots in the playoffs (141; 17.6 blocked shot per game).
– The Rangers were credited with 26 hits in the contest, as 14 different skaters were credited with at least one, and eight recorded at least two.
– The Blueshirts won 35 of 67 faceoffs (52.%) in the game. Four of five Rangers who took a faceoff in the contest won at least 50% of the faceoffs they took.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 34 saves to record his 35th career playoff victory. The Rangers goalie improved to 5-3 in the playoffs, along with a 2.08 GAA and a .923 SV%, and has posted a 4-2 record, with a 2.10 GAA and a .929 SV% in his last six playoff contests. Lundqvist is two games shy of passing Mike Richter for first on the Rangers’ all-time list in playoff appearances.
– Derick Brassard tallied the game-winning goal at 3:06 of overtime, posted a plus-one rating, and recorded two shots on goal in 15:55 of ice time. The goal was Brassard’s second career game-winning tally in postseason play, and his first career playoff overtime goal. The Rangers forward has tallied in points in consecutive games (one goal, one assist).
– Benoit Pouliot tallied the game’s first goal, added an assist on the game-winning goal, posted a plus-one rating, and recorded two shots on goal in 15:39 of ice time. The Rangers forward extended his point streak to three games, a career-high in postseason play (two goals, two assists over the span). Pouliot posted the first multi-point game in the playoffs in his career in the contest. The Rangers forward has also tallied goals in consecutive playoff games for the first time in his career. Pouliot is tied for the team lead in goals (three), ranks second on the team in points (six), is tied for fifth in assists (three) and plus/minus rating (plus-three) in the playoffs. Pouliot has also established playoff career-highs in goals, assists, and points this year.
– Brad Richards registered a goal, recorded two shots on goal, and won seven of 13 faceoffs (54%) in 15:51 of ice time. The Rangers forward has tallied a point in three of the last four games (two goals, one assist over the span), and in five of eight playoff games this season. Richards leads the team in points (seven), is tied for the team lead in goals (three) and assists (four) in the playoffs.
– Dan Girardi recorded two assists, was credited with a game-high, four blocked shots and recorded three hits in 20:51 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman posted the third multi-point game of his career in the playoffs – his second in this year’s playoffs – and his first multi-assist game in postseason action. Girardi is tied for the team lead in assists (four) and fourth in points (five), and leads the team in hits (28) and blocked shots (25) in the playoffs. He also leads all Rangers defensemen in both categories. The Rangers defenseman has registered 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in his last 17 playoff games on the road.
– Carl Hagelin tallied an assist, recorded one shot on goal, was credited with one hit, and blocked one shot in 13:10 of ice time. The Rangers forward has tallied a point in three of the last four games (one goal, two assists over the span), and in five of eight playoff games this season. Hagelin is tied for fourth on the team in points (five) and shots on goal (19) and fifth in assists (three) in the playoffs.
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