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


Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:

Game 3: Penguins 2, Rangers 0.

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Team notes:

–        The Rangers were defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-0, tonight in Game 3 of the Metropolitan Division Finals at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts trail two games to one in the best-of-seven series.

–        The Blueshirts have posted a 5-5 record in the playoffs, including a 3-2 record at home.

–        New York has allowed two goals or fewer in 20 of its last 29 regular season and playoff contests, giving up 56 goals in the 29 games (1.93 goals against per game). The Rangers have allowed two or fewer goals in 12 of their last 19 playoff contests, giving up 39 goals over the stretch (2.05 goals against per game).

–        The Rangers outshot the Penguins, 35-15, in the contest, including a 9-1 shot advantage in the third period. Fourteen different Blueshirts recorded at least one shot on goal, while seven had at least three in the game. New York has registered at least 35 shots on goal in five of 10 playoff games this season.

–        The Blueshirts allowed 15 shots on goal in a game and one shot on goal in a period for the second time in the postseason (Game 1 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals vs. Philadelphia on Apr. 17). Prior to this postseason, the last time the Rangers allowed 15 shots on goal in a playoff game was Game 3 of the Semifinals on Apr. 25, 1974 at Philadelphia, and the last time New York allowed one shot on goal or less in a period was Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 7, 1994 at Washington (zero shots on goal allowed in the third period).

–        The Rangers were credited with 32 hits in the contest, as 12 different skaters recorded at least one and nine were credited with at least two. At the conclusion of tonight’s contest, the Blueshirts rank second in the NHL in hits in the playoffs (311; 31.1 hits per game).

–        New York was credited with 17 blocked shots in the game, as 11 different skaters blocked at least one shot. At the conclusion of tonight’s game, the Rangers lead the NHL in blocked shots in the playoffs (176; 17.6 blocked shots per game).

Player notes:

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 13 saves in the contest. The Rangers goaltender has posted a 5-5 record during the playoffs, along with a 2.08 GAA and a .922 SV%. Lundqvist has posted a 3-2 record in five home games during the playoffs, along with a 1.82 GAA and a .916 SV%. Lundqvist appeared in his 77th career playoff contest, passing Mike Richter for the most playoff appearances by a Rangers goaltender in franchise history. The Rangers’ all-time wins leader ranks fourth in GAA and SV% in the playoffs this year.

–        Raphael Diaz led all skaters with a playoff career-high, six shots on goal, was credited with one hit, and blocked one shot in 19:30 of ice time in his Rangers playoff debut. Diaz is the eighth Blueshirt to skate in his first playoff game as a Ranger during the 2014 playoffs, joining Daniel Carcillo, Jesper Fast, Kevin Klein, J.T. Miller, Benoit Pouliot, Martin St. Louis, and Cam Talbot.

–        Dan Girardi recorded three shots on goal, was credited with a game-high, six hits, and blocked two shots in a team-high, 25:19 of ice time. At the conclusion of tonight’s game, the Rangers defenseman ranks second in the NHL in blocked shots (27), and tied for fourth in the NHL in hits (35) in the playoffs.

–        Brad Richards registered three shots on goal, was credited with three hits, and won nine of 16 faceoffs (56%) in 18:49 of ice time. The Rangers alternate captain ranks second in the NHL in shots on goal (38) and ranks second on the team in faceoff win percentage (51.3%; 59-for-115) in the playoffs.


Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “We had some chances but couldn’t make them pay. We made a couple of mistakes. That’s hockey.”

Henrik Lundqvist on preparing for Game 4… “It’s first to four wins, we just need to take a deep breath here and regroup tomorrow and just get ready for the next one.  That’s going to be a very important game for us.  This is definitely not over.  We’re playing well and creating chances.  There are a couple things we can probably do better.  Let’s not over think this, just take a day here tomorrow to reload and get ready for a very big game.”

Ryan McDonagh on playing from behind… “They do a good job playing with the lead, but we have to find ways to bring pucks to the net a little bit more. They do a good job of blocking shots. We just have to throw pucks off to the side and try to jam. Especially when he’s (Marc Andre Fleury) on his game, really seeing it, not giving up a lot of rebounds either. In those situations we have to take a read and try to bring one to the net and get an ugly one.”

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  1. Olga Folkyerself on

    Lot of shots. Lot of hits, lot of saves. Lot of chances. Lot of blocked shots.

    No goals. Can’t win.

  2. lot’s of trade this guy, lots of trade that guy, lots of bring this guy back, lots of bring that guy back, lots of what ifs…lots of…oh, forget it.

  3. Olga Folkyerself on

    Of course we can. Remember the Alamo? We won that.

    Otherwise why would we remember it?

  4. Whether we win this series or not, Nash needs to go.

    He’s not going to change. What you see is what you get. They have to work out a trade this summer. I wonder what Whyzerman would offer for him, since he’s such a fan.

  5. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    You don’t know about the Alamo? A lot of Tennesseans died to make the nation of Texas a part of America. I can’t explain it any better than that.

  6. Something like what’s happening now in Ukraine… Ukrainians die so the rest of alive ones could forcefully join Russia?

  7. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Sather’s next movement will be a bowel cutting loose. I hate that guy.

  8. Sioux-per-man on

    AV has a ridiculous game schedule. The rangers need rest, and a couple goal scores :)

    Not to mention Fast And Miller are in way over their head.

    Diaz did look good!

  9. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Slatsko is multi-national. A little this, a little that… well rounded.

  10. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Lotta sadness in the world. Pittsburg cries piteously, except when they are on the giving end…

  11. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Give ZUCCO the C !!!"...says Greg L. on

    We play one hell of a game and could n’t score. We had GLORIOUS chances.

    Fluery had an amazing night.

    Don’t blame the GM or anyone. SUCK IT UP and accept that Pittsburgh won cuz of Flurey.

    We could not score and had crazy open shots. No one on our team screwed up to lose it for us. We just ran into what other teams run into playin us…a hot goalie.

    Wayne Gretzky wouldn’t of scored either , so knock off all the whinning baby crap. Im sick of it. Trade NO ONE FIRE NO ONE , I like our chance you negative idiots.

  12. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    No score. No win. Twice. You like those chances?

    You’ve got a great mind Greg. Too bad your mind is in your head and your head is up your Aasen.

  13. Za'rat (TheOtherGuysGreed) Jones on

    Stop it!!! You people are terrible fans!! I’m ashamed of your behavior! No Pozys! Only Negys?

    How about this. WHEN they boys win on Wednesday nigh, I don’t wanna see one of you Negy Pathetics celebrate. I wanna see you continue all the doom and gloom. Cause that’s what your made of.

    I, along with some of the other Pozys here will celebrate Wednesday night as our handsome boys beat down Pittsburgh and watch all their fans get super Negy and wanna fire this guy, trade that guy, bench the other guy etc…

    You guys don’t deserve the good taste of a hard fought victory.


    IM A POZY!!

  14. Nice going AV. Sit 2 of your only heart and soul grinders in favor of 2 irrelevant players who skate up and down their wings without doing anything. That couldn’t have sat well with the players. Hopefully he didn’t lose the team, although I wouldn’t be surprised if he does.
    Unnecessary. S-T-U-P-I-D

  15. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Give ZUCCO the C !!!"...says Greg L. on

    I give nothing , Im keepin it all to myself.

    Slatko your an idiot. Shut the hell up you moron. You would n’t know what being a real fan is. You fair weather HATER.

    Screw your idiot comments , I really don’t feel like answering to Firetrucking trolls. Oh btw your mind compared to mind…bring it troll.

  16. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Give ZUCCO the C !!!"...says Greg L. on

    Pritty sick using the F word int your title name.

    I’d toast slatko in 2 sec..would n’t even be a match.

    Rangers played thier hearts out , don’t need goofs yappin ’bout GM’s. Talk about an idiot.

  17. ThisYearsModel on

    Waaaahhhh. Whining and crying from the team that brought you Matt Cooke. It sure is easy to hate them.

  18. Rangers West on

    So I listened to the last two games. The last game sounded as if the Rangers were had no chance, they were playing to not get blown out because winning was not an option. However, tonight it sounded as if they could have won and were a worthy opponent. True? How were Miller and Fast?

  19. Alain Amour on

    Marc Staal is a piece of poop. With his concussion history, he should know better.

  20. The only time I noticed Fast was when he took a stick to the mouth.

    Miller didn’t stand out at all.

    Would have rather had Carcillo and Dorsett in the lineup.

    The only smart move AV made was putting Diaz in. That’s it.

  21. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Give ZUCCO the C !!!"...says Greg L. on

    The Rangers out shot , out chanced and out played the Penguins tonight. Fluery played so well , he was in FLUKE MODE and then late in the 3rd we were just clutching our sticks.

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