Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR; post-game audio courtesy of the Penguins:
Game 2: Penguins 3, Rangers 0.
– 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).
– 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.
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