Game 2: Penguins 3, Rangers 0 … post-game notes & quotes

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Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR; post-game audio courtesy of the Penguins:

Game 2: Penguins 3, Rangers 0.

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Team notes:

–      The Rangers were defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-0, tonight in Game 2 of the Metropolitan Division Finals at CONSOL Energy Center. The best-of-seven series is tied at one game apiece.

–      The Blueshirts have a 5-4 record in the playoffs, including a 2-3 record on the road.

–      The Rangers have posted an 8-8 playoff series record in 16 best-of-seven playoff series when they split the first two games on the road.

–      New York was credited with 32 hits in the contest, as 13 different skaters had at least one and five registered at least four. The Blueshirts rank fourth in the NHL with 279 hits in the playoffs (31 hits per game).

–      The Rangers were credited with 18 blocked shots in the game, as six different skaters blocked at least two shots. New York leads the NHL with 159 blocked shots in postseason play (17.67 blocked shots per game).

Player notes:

–      Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32 of 34 shots in the contest, and made 15 saves in the second period. Lundqvist has a 5-4 record in nine playoff games this season. The Rangers goaltender has posted a 1-1 record, along with a 1.96 GAA and a .943 SV% in the series against Pittsburgh. Lundqvist has also posted a 2-2 record, with a 1.68 GAA, a .950 SV%, and one shutout in his last four playoff appearances against the Penguins, dating back to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 1, 2008. Lundqvist appeared in his 76th career playoff game – including his 75th playoff contest in a row – tying Mike Richter for first on the franchise’s all-time playoff appearances list. The Rangers’ all-time wins leader is tied for second in the NHL in wins (five), ranks fifth in GAA (2.07), and fourth in SV% (.926) in the playoffs.

–      Brad Richards led the team and tied for the game-high with six shots on goal in 16:53 of ice time. The Rangers alternate captain ranks second on the team and is tied for third in the NHL in shots on goal (35) in the playoffs.

–      Benoit Pouliot tied for the game-high with five hits and three blocked shots in 13:49 of ice time. The Rangers forward is tied for third on the team in hits (24) and fifth among forwards on the team in blocked shots (seven) in the playoffs.

–      Rick Nash recorded three shots on goal and was credited with one takeaway in 15:30 of ice time. Nash leads the NHL in shots on goal (37) in the playoffs.

–      Dominic Moore was credited with four hits and won five of nine faceoffs (56%) in 12:09 of ice time. Moore leads the team in faceoff win percentage (56%; 47-for-84) in the playoffs.

Audio:

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  1. Did we set the record for most PP without a goal? Just curious, not ragging. Though I reserve the right.

  2. You know your team is in trouble when Dan Carcillo is one of your best forwards. Stepan was just brutal tonight. Stopped skating on the empty netter when he though Girardi would beat Malkin to the puck.

  3. Stepan hasn’t exactly been the second coming of Butch Goring in terms of clutch playoff performers

  4. ThisYearsModel on

    Nash….what else can be said? he is simply not what I thought he was going to be. For such a big guy, he is so weak on the puck and, of course, seems to play without any emotion. He is a great penalty killer for $7.8MM though. St. Louis was nowhere to be found in this game either. Honestly, Pittsburgh should put their top D out against the Brassard line. The #1 line was useless. We finally got the moronic pro Pittsburgh ref calls in the 3rd. Girardi and McD were horrible. Staal and Sralman are the first pair now. Crosby and Malkin were out there a lot against Moore and Klein. Yikes. Henrik was outstanding and was probably pissed at the weak effort by his teammates. He has every right to be.

  5. AV stresses that for Game 3 in front of MSG crowd “we’re going to need their support.”

    andrew gross

    yeah if i could afford a decent seat

  6. Someone posted earlier (Draxen?) that he thinks Nash is playing scared.

    If one is scared, the ice during an NHL Playoff game is not the place to be.

  7. McDonuts channeling his inner DelZotto so far in the playoffs. Very shaky, seems to be getting beat wide and fighting the puck.

    Let’s hope it’s due to injury and not nerves.

  8. jpg's sister on

    Papa,
    Nash may not be playing scared, but playing not to get hurt again.

    He didn’t play that way against blue jackets. hoped the second round was against them.

  9. Nash trade value?

    At this point, the value is getting him off the team. Anything else coming back in return is extra.

  10. #27, even playing hurt, is still twice the defenseman of any we have here or in Hartford.

  11. Carp….I think the Rangers best scoring chance was in the 1st period when they almost pulled off the “Inverted jack-in-the-box” play……

    This is when the Rangers have the power play, and the penguins kill off the full 2 minutes and then their player comes out of the box and its now 5 on 5 and the Rangers get their best scoring chance!

  12. Coos, McDonuts is twice Staal, Stralman & Girardi?

    Not in these playoffs. Not even close.

  13. Unbelievable headline in NY News: PENGUINS GET THE BOUNCES IN GAME 2, BEAT RANGERS 3-0.

    Does it get any funnier than that?

  14. Who will AV put out there night after night after night against the opposition’s top snipers? It’s just a fact, even if a recently unpopular fact.

  15. If we played the Jackets, at least we’d get to see Carcillo and Dorsett drop leather with Dubi. Seems like right now, and for some extended time, they aren’t allowed.

  16. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Game 3 is huge. Let’s hope for major zone time. Pens are beatable.

  17. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    McDunner is a shell of himself. He’s just not right. Stepan’s line is useless.

  18. AV is wrong to force #13 and #15 to woosiefoot around and take dummy penalties instead of letting them take “stars and semi-stars” off the ice with them.

  19. From what we have seen from #27 for so long, there can be no doubt that he is now ailing. Rangers keeping it quiet.

  20. Unless we find the miracle cure, we’ll be done in by our lack of a PP.

    At least in round 1, we won a game with the PP.

  21. At least the game should be electric at the Anthem, Papa. Have a great time.

  22. With me in the house tomorrow night, expect Nash to break out with a hat trick!

    If so, I will stand and cheer.

    However, after the game, I’ll revert to hoping he’s gone by draft day.

  23. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Strange about McDunner tho….his shoulder was hurt, but it’s his skating that’s way off….must be really bad so as to affect his balance….

  24. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    CBJ smacked the Pens at every chance….the rangers not so much….

  25. Carp :))

    eddie: Kind of silly, but it’s happened in the past that teams say upper body when it’s lower body, and vice-versa. In the case of #27, wouldn’t be surprised if it’s both. I’ve heard him recently interviewed and he’s very sharp mentally.

  26. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Nash had the a Rangers best scoring chance but he decided to pass instead…

  27. If McD has a lower, then he has both, because I heard his shoulder was separated … and we all saw it when it happened. He also might have a wrist issue thanks to your pal Simmonds.

  28. jpg's sister on

    Isn’t there a stat somewhere that Nash is leading the playoffs in shots? I know means nothing when they don’t go in, but he’s shooting he needs play like he did against CBJ

  29. Carp had a cogent remark earlier that lately it’s our “unskilled” skaters who are putting the puck on net, not so much our “stars.”

  30. Richie can be dangerous when he’s unchecked and the puck comes his way, but a goal every four games and little backchecking doesn’t cut it for me.

  31. jpg's sister on

    coos coos isn’t that typical of the playoffs, it’s the guys you least expect who do a lot of the scoring?

  32. jpg's sister on

    stars definitely need to make their presence known in the playoffs, too, but for some reason, seems to me that a lot of guys who typically don’t score do so in the playoffs

  33. Carp, I have been watching the Rangers playoffs. Enjoying the games. Obviously I get negged out if we lose but then I go upstairs and look @ my two beautiful and healthy daughters sleeping and it reminds me that life is just great. Basically I am turning into my Dad circa 1983 when he would say before even the Bronx Tale came out, “Do you think the Rangers players care as much for you as you do them?”…..He was just sick of seeing them lose all the years so he forewarned me….Haha

    At any rate, I think the Penguins are beatable. If you look at their teams in the past, especially the 2008 team that crushed us in the Playoffs….they are not that deep. Guys like Ryan Malone, Brooks Orpik, Pascal Dupuis (out for season), Sergei Gonchar….A younger Crosby and Malkin…….That team was to be feared…..Even Jordan Staal who is heads and shoulders better than Brandon Sutter.

    The only problem with the Rangers is that they are inconsistent. They are world beaters one night and then disappear the next game…..

    As far as McDonagh’s injury….we need Mr. Miagi to do that clap and rub hands trick on him to fix the injury ASAP…..Unfortunately….Pat Morita is dead… :-(

    Monday nights game will be tough with this silly back to back……Rangers need to keep playing hard but try to kick it up a notch like Emeril in 2003.

    Hope all is well… Let’s Go Rangers!

  34. Oh I forgot about Maxine Talbot, Fedetenko (Rosy cheeks), Tyler Kennedy (Pig nose), Peter Sykora (he had 25 goals that year!), and the infamous career ender Mr. Matt “Your goose is” Cooke……………That is a Penguins powerhouse……The 2013-14 Ice Chickens……they are beatable…..The Bruins and the Hawks would fry them up and make some good ole’ Penguin stew.

  35. Penguins taste like fish but nastier. meat thats tastes like fish.

    Ranger better step it up tomorrow.

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