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