Game 5: Rangers 5, Penguins 1 … post-game notes and quotes

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

Game 5: Rangers 5, Penguins 1.

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Team notes:

–      The Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-1, tonight in Game 5 of the Metropolitan Division Finals at CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers now trail the best-of-seven series, three games to two.

–      The Blueshirts have a 6-6 record in the playoffs, including a 3-3 record on the road. The Blueshirts have won two road games against the Penguins in one playoff series for the first time in five all-time playoff series between the two teams.

–      The Rangers have posted an 8-2 record in their last 10 games when facing elimination, dating back to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 23, 2012 at Ottawa. New York has also won a game when facing elimination in six of its last seven playoff series. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers are the third team in NHL history to win an elimination game in at least six series of a seven-series span (Detroit – six of seven series from 1937-1941; Toronto – six of seven series from 2002-2013).

–      New York was 2-for-2 (1:34) on the power play in the contest, as Chris Kreider and Ryan McDonagh each tallied a power play goal. The Blueshirts have tallied two power play goals in a game twice in this year’s playoffs (Game 1 vs. Philadelphia on Apr. 17).

–      Two Rangers – Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello – tallied three points in the contest. The last time two Blueshirts recorded at least three points in a playoff game was Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 17, 2007 vs. Atlanta, when Michael Nylander (three goals, one assist) and Jaromir Jagr (four assists), each tallied four points in a 7-0 victory over the Thrashers. The last time two Rangers recorded at least three points in a playoff game on the road was Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 18, 1997 at Philadelphia, when Wayne Gretzky (three goals) and Mark Messier (one goal, two assists) each tallied three points in a 5-4 victory over the Flyers.

–      Four different Rangers tallied a goal, and nine different Blueshirts recorded a point in the contest. Fifteen different Rangers have registered a goal in the playoffs. The last time at least 15 different Blueshirts recorded a goal in one playoff year was 1994 (16 Rangers tallied a goal in the 1994 playoffs).

–      The Blueshirts recorded 35 shots on goal in the contest, as 16 of 18 skaters registered at least one shot on goal, and 11 different skaters recorded at least two shots on goal. New York has registered at least 35 shots on goal in four of 12 playoff contests during the playoffs, and at least 30 shots on goal in seven contests.

–      The Rangers were credited with 28 hits in the contest, as 12 different skaters recorded at least one hit. At the conclusion on the contest, the Blueshirts rank second in the NHL in hits (367) in the playoffs (30.59 hits per game).

Player notes:

–      Derick Brassard recorded two goals, including the game-winning goal, added a power play assist posted a plus-two rating, registered a team-high, five shots on goal, and tied for the game-high with six hits in 13:47 of ice time. Brassard posted his first career multi-goal game in the playoffs, and his three points tied a single-game playoff career-high, which he established in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on May 6, 2013 vs. Washington (one goal, two assists). Brassard’s two goals are also the most a Ranger has had in one playoff game this year. The Rangers forward leads the team in goals (three) in the series, and is tied for the team lead in goals (three) in the playoffs. Brassard also leads the team in game-winning goals (two), is tied for fourth in points (six), and is tied for fifth on the team in shots on goal (24) in the playoffs. Brassard is the first Ranger to record two game-winning goals on the road in one playoff series since Adam Graves registered the game-winning goal in Game 3 and Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 1996 against Montreal. Brassard has tallied a point in six of nine regular season and playoff games against the Penguins this season, recording eight points (five goals, three assists) during the span.

–      Mats Zuccarello tallied three assists and posted a plus-two rating in 15:14 of ice time. The Rangers forward established a single-game career-high for assists and points in one playoff game, and a Rangers’ playoff-high for most assists in one game this year. Zuccarello ranks is tied for the team lead in goals (three), assists (five), and points (eight), and is tied for fourth in plus/minus rating (plus-four) in the playoffs. Zuccarello has registered a point in six of nine regular season and playoff games against the Penguins this season, tallying 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in the nine contests.

–      Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves to record his sixth win of the playoffs. The Rangers goaltender has posted an 8-2 record, along with a 1.38 GAA, a .953 SV%, and two shutouts in his last 10 games when facing elimination. Lundqvist has also posted a 3-2 record, with a 1.60 GAA, a .948 SV%, and one shutout in his last five games when facing elimination on the road. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, Lundqvist is tied for second in the NHL in wins (six), ranks fourth in GAA (2.16), and third in SV% (.921) in the playoffs.

–      Ryan McDonagh registered a power play goal, added a power play assist, recorded four shots on goal, was credited with three hits, and blocked two shots in a game-high, 26:53 of ice time. McDonagh’s goal and assist were the first power play points of NHL career in postseason play. The Rangers defenseman has recorded an assist in consecutive games for the third time in his career during the playoffs, and has tallied three points (one goal, two assists), in the last two contests. McDonagh leads the team in average ice time (25:03) and ranks second on the team in blocked shots (28) in the playoffs. At the conclusion of tonight’s game, McDonagh ranks sixth in the NHL in blocked shots in the playoffs.

–      Chris Kreider tallied a power play goal, added an assist, posted a plus-one rating, and tied for the game-high with six hits in 11:55 of ice time. Three of Kreider’s seven career playoff goals have been power play tallies. Kreider’s two-point game was the third multi-point game of his career in the playoffs, and his first on the road.

–      Brad Richards recorded a power play assist, and registered three shots on goal in 14:58 of ice time. The Rangers forward is tied for the team lead in goals (three), assists (five) and points (eight), and ranks second on the team in shots on goal (42) in the playoffs. Following tonight’s game, Richards also ranks second in the NHL in shots on goal in the playoffs.

–      Benoit Pouliot registered an assist, posted a plus-two rating, and was credited with two hits in 12:59 of ice time. Pouliot has tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in his last four playoff road games, and five points (two goals, three assists) in his last seven playoff games. The Rangers forward is tied for the team lead in goals (three), is tied for fourth on the team in assists (four), ranks third on the team in points (seven), is tied for second in plus/minus rating (plus-four), and ranks fourth on the team in hits (28) in the playoffs. Pouliot has recorded a point in five of nine regular season and playoff meetings against the Penguins this season, and has registered seven points (three goals, four assists) in the nine contests.

–      Anton Stralman recorded an assist and posted a plus-two rating in 20:00 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman has registered an assist in consecutive games for the second time in the playoffs (Game 6 at Philadelphia on Apr. 29 and Game 7 vs. Philadelphia on Apr. 30). Stralman is tied for second on the team in plus/minus rating (plus-five), and is tied for fourth on the team – and tied for first among defensemen – in assists (four) in the playoffs.

–      Kevin Klein tallied an empty-net goal and posted a plus-one rating in 13:02 of ice time. Klein’s goal was his first playoff tally as a Ranger. The Rangers defenseman leads the team in plus/minus rating (plus-six), ranks fourth on the team in blocked shots (17), and sixth in hits (23) in the playoffs.

–      Rick Nash recorded an assist, posted a plus-one rating, and registered four shots on goal in 13:46 of ice time. The Rangers forward is tied for the team lead in assists (five), and leads the team in shots on goal (49) in the playoffs. At the conclusion of tonight’s game, Nash leads the NHL in shots on goal (49) in the playoffs.

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  1. ORR, I remember a Zucker scoring for MIN in OT against CHI last year. Dunno what happened to him.

  2. Granlund, Neiderreiter, Coyle. Good young players.

    They also have that kid they drafted 7th overall, Matt Dumba.

    Latona, I looked at his stats on NHL.com, it says he only played 21 games. Maybe he’s injured or Whaled?

  3. iManny-O-War on

    Yu Darvish within gone out of no hitting the Sox. Gives up a base hit to Ortiz into the shift.

  4. He’s still listed on Hockey’s Future, ORR, which means he hasn’t officially “graduated” as a prospect. So he’ll probably resurface. This Haula kid has come out of nowhere to be a pretty effective checker. Reminds me of Jere Lehtinen.

  5. Olga Folkyerself on

    You’re giving “momentum” too much credit. There ARE other factors in any sporting contest. Doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist…

  6. Granlund, half a foot shorter than Nash, going to the net more on this shift than Nash has all postseason.

  7. Carp! You KNEW there would be a game six with your typo in your column about game 4. You’re psychic!! LOL

  8. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" We Love MSL!!!"...says Greg L. on

    iCCCP

    Hey…I’d like to welcome back all of you who jumped the ship last few days… Welcome back, losers :)
    —————————————————————————-

    whoa talk about rubbin it in birthday boy!!!!!! YEAH!!!

    Carp too , 5 games , hmmmmmphht Just think the guy watches our team all year and only says 1 game?

    Yeah CCCP last thread I sang ya happybday!!!

  9. Stranger Nation on

    Nef-net: The 3rd/1st line, THE, McD & Henk raised their play to carry the supposed stars.
    Do I spend a grand to bring the fam on Sunday?
    They owe us a home win this series…

  10. ThisYearsModel on

    Nino Neiderreiter for Cal Clutterbuck huh? Did the Tire Fires consult Mike Milbury before making that trade?

  11. That tweet about Brass being the first NYR since Graves with 2 GWG in a playoff series….WOW!

  12. Admiral Akbar on

    There are ex-Tire Fires littered around all over these playoffs.

    What a joke!

  13. Olga Folkyerself on

    Would Dean Youngblood be a 30 goal scorer in today’s game?

    Yes, Up until Cooke took his knees out.

  14. ThisYearsModel on

    Milbury praising the Rangers tonight. Pretty rare. THE KREIDER got it done.

  15. Definitely needs to improve next season. But
    so far, we can count on THE to score in the playoffs. A good sign.

  16. ThisYearsModel on

    THE sure has a ton of potential. He shows it like he did tonight. If he ever gets it together consistently he will be a real force. It will be interesting to see what happens after the season. Pouliot, Zucc and a couple others will be due significant raises. Pouliot finally found a coach that could get through to him. He is a nice player for a signing off the wire.

  17. Well on my way to my 2nd hat-trick in as many nights. SeeeDubbb, watch your back!

  18. THE uses his size, and is not afraid to take a hit to make the play.

    I don’t get why The Good One can’t play like that.

    I really thought he’d have a big game tonight. Backs against the wall, but it didn’t happen.

  19. It’s amazing how silent the Pens “reporters” aka fans are after a loss. Wonder what that hipster starbucks drinking Dejan Kovawhatever thought about the game.

  20. “Dejan Kovacevic ?@Dejan_Kovacevic

    Nice gesture by @Penguins to award Marty St. Louis official third star.”

    I thought CARP told us the writers vote on the three stars.

  21. Za'rat (TheOtherGuysGreed) Jones on

    Impressive victory! This will go to Game Seven!

    POZY POZY POZY :)))

    I was losing faith in EL POZY. Nope. It’s still magical!

  22. Matty"Rangersin5!!"Boy on

    Man, congrats to the Rangers entire team. A gutty win. A cause to rally around brought out some emotion and, looky here!! This team can play a bit.

    While it was a great win, let’s not believe that was the REAL Pen’s. They can be much better.

  23. Matty"Rangersin5!!"Boy on

    Hanka Hanka.

    Absolves himself from ridicule. What a great game he played. When you earn what he does it is expected. But, wow. Great game.

    We all need to remember this.

  24. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    Mats – he had the night off.

    But did you watch Parise vs Toews?

    What a stud. IF ONLY the “RANGER IN CHARGE” would have drafted Parise.

    Rangers in 7 ……. are you with me?

  25. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    So……… Sunday is MOTHERS DAY!

    How BIG is MARTY going to play for MOM?

  26. ThisYearsModel on

    Another home game……another $3MM in Dolan’s pocket……..another raise for Glen Sather.

  27. Czechthemout!!! on

    Where the hell was this for the last three games? They played like someone lit their behinds on fire!
    THE Kreider was missed big time. He always steps up in big games. Just some consistency and he will be a star! That great play to prevent a clear and than to score was special. His exuberance even spread to Nash who played hus best game of the series and maybe the playoffs. The guy scores in bunches so if he can get one early on Sunday we may yet have another game 7.

    The real McD showed up tonight and boy what a difference. Maybe that is also the start of his great play again.

    And more can you say about Zucc? Best forward on the team. Also the toughest. Pleasure to watch him play, something that would have never happened if the old coach was still here. Kudos to that whole line!

    Hank was great when needed.

    I saved this for last but wanted mention it for the record. I have been very critical of Boyle over the years and not so much because of him but more because of his overuse by Torts. But boy oh boy was he excellent tonight and all throughout these playoffs. His pk play tonight was brilliant.

  28. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    Czeck – Everyone stepped up for Marty.

    Just imagine how Sunday is going to PLAY OUT.

    Win it for #Marty’sMOM

    HUGE HUGE HUGE game.

  29. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    So I’m watching the post game and see Sid walk up and shake Marty’s hand, just to go out of his way, BEFORE the game.

    Class act Sid!

  30. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    How many times did you watch Marty in the post game coverage.

    Geeeeeez

    Mothers Day on Sunday…… does Pittsburgh even have a chance.

    MSG and EVERY MOTHER in the world will be pulling for Marty.

    You can see the signs in the stands already, “Win it for Marty’s MOM!!!”

  31. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    One final thought for the night Boys…….

    Rangers are 5-0 AT HOME in an elimination game.

    Rangers win on MOTHERS DAY!!!!

  32. very sweet win…shows you that this PIT team is so ripe to be beaten again… what a crime that our big money players are doing so little, this series could have been a sweep if the Rangers had showed UP to each game.

    and BOY OH BOY do I really hope the fans and media keep milking the narrative of St. Louis’ mother passing away as some sort of “good luck charm”. Let the guy do his thing…dont try to keep milking a story from his loss.

  33. I’ve been saying I’ll take brassard and his $$$$ over Stepan and whatever $$$$ he ends up making any day of the week and twice on Sunday!

    Brassard all the way

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