Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR:
Game 6: Rangers 3, Penguins 1.
– The Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-1, tonight in Game 6 of the Metropolitan Division Finals at Madison Square Garden. The best-of-seven series is tied at three games apiece.
– The Blueshirts have posted a 7-6 record in the playoffs this year, including a 4-3 record at home.
– New York has forced a Game 7 for the second time in franchise history after trailing three games to one in the series. The only time the Rangers had previously forced a Game 7 in a series which they trailed 3-1 was the Semifinals against Boston in 1939.
– The Rangers have won nine of their last 11 games when facing elimination, dating back to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 23, 2012 at Ottawa. The Blueshirts have also won each of their last seven home games when facing elimination, dating back to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 1, 2008 vs. Pittsburgh. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers’ seven-game winning streak at home when facing elimination is tied for the NHL record. The only other NHL teams to win seven consecutive home games when facing elimination were Detroit (twice; from 1934-1940 and 1949-1955), and Montreal (1941-1950).
– The Blueshirts have won at least one game at home in 13 consecutive playoff series, dating back to the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2007 vs. Atlanta. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers have the second longest active streak for consecutive playoff series with a home victory (Boston – 15). New York has posted a 13-7 record in its last 20 playoff home games, dating back to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 26, 2012 vs. Ottawa.
– The Rangers’ penalty kill was 4-for-4 (6:03) in the contest. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 20-for-21 (95.2%) over the last seven games, and is 18-for-19 (94.7%) in the series against the Penguins.
– New York was credited with 31 hits in the contest, as 14 different skaters recorded at least one, and five were credited with at least three. At the conclusion of the game, the Rangers rank second in the NHL in hits (398) in the playoffs (30.6 per game).
– The Rangers blocked 22 shots in the game, as 10 different skaters were credited with at least one. Following tonight’s game, the Rangers lead the NHL in blocked shots (229) in the playoffs (17.6 per game).
– Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves in the contest, a playoff-high for him this year, to record his seventh win of the playoffs. The Rangers goaltender has posted a 9-2 record with a 1.35 GAA, a .955 SV%, and 2 SO in his last 11 games when the Rangers have faced elimination, and a 7-0 record, with a 0.98 GAA, a .967 SV%, and 2 SO in his last seven games when the Blueshirts have faced elimination at home. Lundqvist has posted a 4-1 record, along with a 1.39 GAA and a .959 SV% when making 30 or more saves in a playoff game this year. Lundqvist appeared in his 80th career playoff game, becoming the 23rd goalie in NHL history to appear in 80 playoff games, and the 18th goalie to do so with one team. The Rangers goaltender also started his 79th consecutive playoff game with one team, tying Marc-Andre Fleury for the third longest streak in NHL history. At the conclusion of tonight’s game, Lundqvist is tied for first in the NHL in wins (seven), ranks third in GAA (2.07) and second in SV% (.926) in the playoffs this year.
– Martin St. Louis tallied a goal and recorded four shots on goal in 18:09 of ice time. The Rangers forward leads the team with five points (two goals, three assists) in seven playoff games at Madison Square Garden this year. St. Louis is tied for third on the team in goals (three), is tied for fourth in points (seven), and ranks fourth on the team in shots on goal (28) in the playoffs.
– Carl Hagelin registered the game-winning goal and posted a plus-two rating in 14:14 of ice time. Hagelin has established playoff career-highs in goals (four) and points (seven) in one playoff year during the 2014 Playoffs, and is tied for the team lead in goals (four) and is tied for fourth in points (seven). The Rangers forward has tallied eight points (five goals, three assists), along with a plus-six rating in his last 11 playoff games at Madison Square Garden. Hagelin’s game-winning tally was the first of his career in postseason play.
– Derick Brassard recorded a goal and posted a plus-one rating in 16:30 of ice time. The Rangers forward has tallied four points (three goals, one assist) in the last two contests, and leads the team in goals (four) and points (five) in the series. Brassard is tied for the team lead in goals (four) and is tied for fourth in points (seven) in the playoffs.
– Anton Stralman registered an assist and posted a plus-one rating in 21:10 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman has tied a Rangers’ playoff-high this year, and established personal playoff career-highs with a three-game assist streak and a three-game point streak (three assists over the span). Stralman is tied for the team lead in assists (five) and is tied for second in plus/minus rating (plus-six) in the playoffs.
– Benoit Pouliot tallied an assist, posted a plus-one rating, and recorded four shots on goal in 16:35 of ice time. Pouliot has tallied an assist in consecutive games, and has recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in seven playoff games at Madison Square Garden this year. The Rangers forward is tied for the team lead in assists (five) and points (eight) and is tied for fourth on the team in plus/minus rating (plus-five) in the playoffs. Pouliot has established playoff career-highs in goals (three), assists, and points this year.
– Derek Stepan recorded an assist and registered two shots on goal in 21:32 of ice time. The Rangers forward ranks third on the team in shots on goal (29) in the playoffs, and has four points (one goal, three assists) in seven playoff games at Madison Square Garden this year.
– Kevin Klein recorded an assist, posted a plus-one rating, and was credited with three hits in 9:12 of ice time. Klein has tallied points in consecutive games (one goal, one assist). The Rangers defenseman leads the team in plus/minus rating (plus-seven), and at the conclusion of tonight’s game, is tied for first in the NHL in plus/minus rating.
Alain Vigneault on tonight’s game… “We wanted to give ourselves a chance and we did that and we have a Game 7. Our guys stuck to the process tonight. I think what helped us along was scoring the first goal. It’s Marty and the fans were chanting his name. I thought that was real good for our team and a real strong emotion moment with what our group has been through.”
Martin St. Louis on his feelings after his goal… “Mother’s Day, my dad’s here, my sister’s here. It’s been a tough time for my whole family. To be able to get the lead in the first period, it was a good one.”
Ryan McDonagh on scoring early… “It’s a great start. That’s what you want to do in your own building – get the crowd in it and get them behind us. Everybody was feeding off each other and rolling all four lines and three pairs. We’ve done it all year that way and there’s no reason we should change.”
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