Game 7: Rangers 2, Penguins 1 … post-game notes and audio


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

Game 7: Rangers 2, Penguins 1.

Click here for boxscore.

Team notes:

–      The Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1 tonight in Game 7 of the Metropolitan Division Finals at CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers won the best-of-seven series, four games to three.

–      The Blueshirts have an 8-6 record in the playoffs, including a 4-3 record on the road.

–      The Rangers improved to 8-5 in 13 Game 7s in franchise history. The Blueshirts have won eight of the last nine Game 7s they have played, dating back to the Patrick Division Semifinals in 1992 against New Jersey. Five of the last six Game 7s the Rangers have played have been decided by a 2-1 score (4-1 record in those contests), including both Game 7s the Blueshirts have played in the 2014 Playoffs.

–      New York won a playoff series against Pittsburgh for the first time in franchise history. The series was the fifth time the Rangers and Penguins have faced off against each other in the playoffs.

–      The Rangers are advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in the last three seasons. Since the NHL expanded to a four-round playoff format in the 1974-75 season, this is the second time that the Blueshirts have reached the third round of the playoffs twice in a three-season span (1979-1981; advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1979 and the Semifinals in 1981).

–      The Blueshirts have rallied to win a playoff series after trailing three games to one for the first time in franchise history. Prior to this series, the only time the Rangers had forced a Game 7 in a series when they trailed three games to one was the Semifinals in 1939 against Boston.

–      The Rangers are the first team to win two Game 7s on the road in a four-series span since Montreal won Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2010 Playoffs.

–      New York has won 10 of its last 12 contests when facing elimination, dating back to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 23, 2012 at Ottawa.

–      The Blueshirts posted a 3-1 record on the road in the series, and won consecutive road games in the playoffs for the first time since Game 1 and Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Washington in 2009. The last time the Rangers won three road games in one playoff series was the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2008 against New Jersey.

–      New York posted a 4-0 record in the series when recording the first goal of the contest. The Rangers are 7-2 when tallying the game’s first goal in the playoffs.

–      The Blueshirts are 6-0 in the playoffs when leading after two periods.

–      The Rangers were 1-for-2 (2:01) on the power play in the contest. New York tallied three power play goals in the final three games of the series, going 3-for-11 (27.3%) over the span.

–      New York was 1-for-1 (0:50) on the penalty kill in the game. The Rangers’ penalty kill is 21-for-22 (95.5%) over the last eight games and was 19-for-20 (95%) in the series.

–      The Blueshirts were credited with 33 hits in the contest, as 14 different skaters recorded at least one hit and nine skaters were credited with at least two. The Rangers rank second in the NHL in hits in the playoffs (431; 30.8 hits per game).

Player notes:

–      Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves to record his eighth win of the playoffs. The Rangers goaltender has established a new NHL record with his fifth consecutive victory in a Game 7. Lundqvist is 5-1 with a 1.00 GAA, a .965 SV%, and one shutout in six career Game 7s, including a 5-0 record with a 0.80 GAA, a .973 SV%, and one shutout in his last five Game 7s. Lundqvist has also posted a 10-2 record, along with a 1.32 GAA, a .957 SV%, and two shutouts in his last 12 games when the Rangers have faced elimination. The contest was Lundqvist’s 80th consecutive playoff start. Lundqvist is the third goalie in NHL history to make 80 consecutive playoff starts with one team (Martin Brodeur – 194 with New Jersey; Patrick Roy – 133 with Colorado). As of the conclusion of the Rangers’ contest tonight, Lundqvist ranks first in the NHL in wins (eight), second in GAA (1.99), and second in SV% (.931) in the playoffs.

–      Brad Richards registered the game-winning goal with a power play tally and recorded two shots on goal in 15:10 of ice time. The Rangers alternate captain has tallied two power play points (one goal, one assist) in the last three contests, and leads the team with two power play goals and four power play points in the playoffs. Richards’ game-winning goal was the ninth of his career in the playoffs, and his first in a Game 7. Richards is tied for ninth among active NHL players, along with Martin St. Louis and Evgeni Malkin, in game-winning goals in the playoffs. The Rangers forward is tied for the team lead in goals (four) and assists (five), and leads the team in points (nine) in the playoffs.

–      Brian Boyle tallied the first goal of the contest, led the team with five hits, tied for the game-high with four blocked shots, and won four of six faceoffs (67%) in 15:15 of ice time. The Rangers forward has recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in his last eight playoff games on the road. Boyle is tied for the team lead in hits (46) and leads all forwards on the team in blocked shots (20) in the playoffs.

–      Martin St. Louis registered an assist, recorded two shots on goal, was credited with two hits, and blocked two shots in 16:11 of ice time. The Rangers forward has recorded a point in consecutive games (one goal, one assist). St. Louis is tied for the team lead in assists (five) and is tied for second on the team in points (eight) in the playoffs.

–      Derek Stepan recorded an assist in 17:13 of ice time. The Rangers forward has tallied a point in consecutive games (two assists over the span), and ranks seventh on the team in points (six) in the playoffs.

–      Dominic Moore recorded an assist, recorded two shots on goal, and won eight of 16 faceoffs (50%) in 12:32 of ice time. Moore has tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in six career Game 7s, including three points (one goal, two assists) in three career Game 7s against the Penguins. The Rangers forward leads the team in faceoff win percentage (53.1%; 77-for-145) in the playoffs.

–      Derek Dorsett registered an assist and posted a plus-one rating in 9:08 of ice time. The Rangers forward has tallied two points (two assists) in three career Game 7s.

Post-game audio:

Alain Vigneault: Vigneault

Sidney Crosby: Crosby

Dan Bylsma: Bylsma

Photo by Getty Images.


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  1. Wow! I’m speechless!
    What a performance by the whole team. No passengers! And, yes, we got the best goaltender to play in game 7.

    Congratulations, boneheads!

  2. No, I hope not, Gravy.

    I think you would surmise wrong there, Admiral.

    Matty, I meant the Penguins would be leading the series in five. :)

  3. I don’t mean this to be disrespectful at all. But I wonder if this is possible without the Martin St. Louis tragedy.

  4. Richards is a leader. He leads by example off the ice and with his performance on the ice. His clutch goals are things of beauty. Thanks Richards for sending the Rangers to the East Finals. If Richards is on the team next year, he should garner serious consideration for the captaincy.

  5. I agree with Bulldog, rather play the bruins. Bruins are looking slow these days and we all know how well the rangers play in Montreal and since it is Montreal will get all the phantom calls. Rangers will have incentive against the bruins since they lost to them last year.

  6. Admiral Akbar on

    Richie is right there with him, Carp.

    As much as I loved his play, I can’t come to grips with a guy who allowed himself to be traded from a team he is the supposed captain of.

    I’m sure he is enjoying watching the success of his former mates.

  7. Carp

    It’s not possible. I’ve hit on that for days. They were a dead team walking before the tragedy. We win the cup she’s the reason.

  8. Was thinking the same, Carp. Hard to say. Certainly influenced their level of play in game 5. I think they started to believe in themselves after game 5.

  9. carp, I agree, rangers came together as a team when they saw St. Louis play game five after his mother past. There is no doubt in my mind it had a affect on the rangers. Hockey is a emotional game.

  10. Kenneth is a leader. He leads by example off the blog and with his posts on the blog. His clutch math is a thing of beauty. Thanks Kenneth for sending Rangers fans to the East Finals. If Kenneth is on the blog next year, he should garner serious consideration for blog captaincy.

  11. Boyle d Moore pouliot need contracts.

    They are partying in Tampa tonight.

    Guess we don’t have to. Watch draft next two years.

    Who needs draft pucks lets just trade for e Kane.

  12. Matty"Rangersin5!!"Boy on

    Yes. THere are players that didn’t hit the score sheet that had brilliant games. Nash was really good. THE was SO important. The whole Brass line was awesome, two way. D and J Moore. Stralman. Just everyone.

    Only one stupid (yes, it was) penalty. And, a few more that should have been called.


  13. Have you noticed how Marty is trying to not break into tears? It’s alright, Marty, there is nothing wrong with crying.

  14. I’m hoping for Habs. It will ruin my very successful bracket (up to this point) but I don’t think we can beat Boston.

  15. For the final time, the Richards decision will not be based on his performance or his leadership. And yes, if he’s not bought out, there’s a very good chance he’s the captain.

  16. _I sure would like NYR to avenge their loss to the Bruins from last year._

    It just leaves me so polar. Nothing would make me happier, nothing could make me sadder. I hate them a lot.

  17. Boyle and Moore were solid tonight but in the end we had the Swedish Meatwall!!!!!

  18. I don’t think its possible without the passing of MSL’s mother. After game four we were all thinking, well Carp was right.

    But here we are.


  19. I don’t understand why every opponent we play you guys say the refs will be on their side…ridiculous IMHO

  20. Matty"Rangersin5!!"Boy on

    I hope Step is out there tomorrow practicing 20 foot shots on the fly. Geez. How the heck do you miss the net there?

    Think of the collective high blood pressure in thousands of people he caused by that stupid miss?

  21. Richards was good, but they would not win this series without Hank.

    Bylsma is going to coach elsewhere next year. MAF may play in the West next year too.

  22. Rangers win 8 more games and Richards will get Conn Smythe consideration. If he was bought out prior to this season would the Rangers still be playing this season?

  23. I think the reason the Rangers won the last three hockey games was mostly about Henrik Lundqvist. That and scoring more goals than the other team during those games. Note: GAMES. Mrs. St. Louis has died a real death, no game there.

  24. Its pretty disrespectful to call her “Mrs.” like she doesn’t have a name beyond her hockey playing son.

  25. Matty"Rangersin5!!"Boy on

    I don’t think we can complain about the reff’ing tonight.

    I counted more missed calls against us than Pitt. Nice for a change!!!!

  26. Sioux per game 7 WIN!!! on

    Eric – The Rangers are half way there!

    Marty France St. Louis has to go on the cup WHEN they go the distance :)

  27. I’m going to read Go Time thread tomorrow morning. I’m sure it’ll be fun:).
    Don’t forget to give AV the credit. He managed this team exceptionally well, kept rolling 4 lines, that made a big difference at the end, considering the brutal schedule they had to go through.

  28. Wow sick series!
    The ledge is empty tonight and Boyle is a hero…
    Boyle can turn haters into lovers…

  29. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Hank is the best big game goalie to ever play. That is not an exaggeration.

  30. Richards has been integral to the team’s success. Series winning goal tonight. Richards for captain.

  31. These last three games have been such a pleasure to watch.

    They did it. They tapped into it, and they took control of that series and won it… I think what helped tap into it was the reality shock of one of the guys losing their parent so suddenly. But now that they’ve tapped into it and realize they can shape their reality, they can make things happen.

    They are gonna be a tough out. They’ve made me proud again.

  32. Mrs. is a sign of disrespect? Not where I come from. And Martin has her name, not the other way around.

  33. _Mrs. is a sign of disrespect? Not where I come from. And Martin has her name, not the other way around._

    I trust if any of our mothers passed away, they’d get referred to by their first names, not “Mrs”. Bigger than the game, Norm.

  34. “What are Ryan Callahan and John Tortorella thinking tonight?”

    Torts should be proud

    callahan torn

  35. Hey, look everybody, the one-trick pony learned a new trick because he can’t say crap about the goalie.

  36. I would like Paul Stastny from the Colorado Avalanche. The Colorado Avalanche.

  37. BickelsPickle on

    Things to consider: Media frenzy over Hank’s performance at the Bell Centre.

  38. Please Mr. Bettman – Give us an extra day off.
    Love your reviews Carp.
    Also love “NEW POST!”

  39. HockeymanRangers on

    Ok b/c of the new post I am reposting, Yea Baby got get my 2 cents in. I thought for sure Pierre McGuire was going to jinx us talking about Lundqvist “not going to let anything through tonight”. And he said it multiple times.

  40. I think Kenneth is nice, Carp, and I don’t think the time he spends here is an indictment of him as a person who doesn’t have “real” things going on.

  41. iWicky — dead on about Klein. The D has been solid overall, and you’d expect Klein to be OK in his end, but he’s been rotating into the offense well, too.

  42. @MolinariPG

    Defenseman Paul Martin recorded two assists in each of the Penguins’ first four playoff games, but did not get any in the final nine.

    Funny! Pens writers calling him “one of the best d-men in the league”

    HAhaha! Can’t wait until these fools are out of the widget!

  43. Matty"Rangersin5!!"Boy on

    Sather: “See, I always wait till free agency to re-sign my free agents. Call me stubborn. Once again, it was the right move with Brian Boyle. ”

    Boyle’s Agent: “Thank you very much. Kah-ching!!!”

    Boyle: “I’d rather stay, but I can’t now!”

  44. yeah please remove them from the widget before the glut of articles start streaming in

  45. leetchhalloffame on

    Carp – please don’t get carried away here. Richards not bought out and captain next year? Not a palatable scenario.

  46. For real carp, from the looks of this playoff season, Stralman has played better then any of the Flyer or Penguin defensemen.

  47. If he’s not bought out, he could be the captain, leetch. He is the captain right now.

    but it would be a colossal reckless franchise-dooming decision to keep that contract.

  48. Matty"Rangersin5!!"Boy on

    There are some of us that have appreciated all the things Boyler gives to a team. Now, the hockey world sees it.

  49. Still *NO POSTSEASON* talk :-).

    ‘Night, folks. Early morning again.

    Hey, Carp, I’ll see at MSG during the ECF after all :-).

  50. Matty"Rangersin5!!"Boy on

    Yep, he has been quite solid, too.


    I coud see not re-signing 6 and 67. Boyle has been there for the taking. Just silly stubbornness that will, either way, sign him for more or let him go, hurt the team.

    Taylor Pyatt, anyone? John Mitchell??

  51. It’s only a matter of time before Kenneth is booted. Again. So he should do the honorable thing and leave.

  52. Matty"Rangersin5!!"Boy on

    Wait a minute!! We have Powe in the AHL. He’s just as good, no? Aasem? Haley?

    Ok, sorry.

    We have time to discuss this….after the ECF and the SC FINALS!!!!

  53. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Down 3-1 to the penguins, winning in 7, an absolute masterful coaching performance by AV. Incredible.

  54. Are there ledges in Pittsburgh or do they just move closer to steel furnaces when their upset?

  55. Matty"Rangersin5!!"Boy on

    Wow. We have 3 full days off!!! It’s a vacation for the boys!!! Rest up!! No more fugging 6 games in 9 ridiculous nights!!!! How bizarre, Gary, but we won anyway!!!!!!!!

  56. pay the man his 4yr 10million. with the personnel changes the last two years, I think Boyle role in the locker room is important. Again, a lot of the PK guys have left through personnel changes, he’s big on the PK. He’s trusted in d-zone face-offs and late game situations. And him/dmoore/dorsett and carcillo have made for one of the best 4th lines in the league. Boyle also extremely durable. its a big difference between him and Prust. Prust has bad hands and shoulders, rangers felt the last two years of that deal he wouldn’t be as effective. I dont have that worry with boyle.

    Sign the man.

  57. _Are there ledges in Pittsburgh or do they just move closer to steel furnaces when their upset?_

    They order sandwiches without fries and just assume that’s how it all ends.

  58. AV has done a tremendous job after being handcuffed by the schedule and his GM right out of the gate … calmness, confident. Gets his point across, and his guys bought it. Got a lot out of a lot of guys, put guys in the right roles, pushed buttons with guys like Pouliot and Stralman and the fourth-liners.

    Too bad he couldn’t get Nash going.

  59. Sign Boyle. I was won over by the series that Boyle had. Tonight he displayed everything it takes for a hockey player to be successful, goal not withstanding.

  60. Alain, in his first year as coach of the Rangers, had advanced as far as Tortorella ever did as coach of the Rangers.

    Alain is a masterful coach.

  61. iManny-O-War on

    Here’s my goal: Win ONE cup before the next lockout.

    If Richards is the leader and crucial then screw it. Keep him and let him lead us there.

  62. i heard thats what he’s looking for carp. i would be if i were him. he had 3yr 1.7 per his last deal.

    looking for one more year and 700k more per.

    4yr. 2.5million per 10million total.

    maybe they compromise on 5yr 10million. 2 mill per.

    But if the rangers dont hit that number, Im not confident they can keep him.

  63. Clap along if you feel like that’s what you want to do.

    No offense…. etc…..:)


  64. Matty"Rangersin5!!"Boy on

    Do you mean Nash scoring or going?

    As I see it, he is going. Did a lot of things away from and with the puck. Just didn’t score.

  65. AV in December: “We are a .500 team”

    WOW! How things have changed! Club AV is working!

  66. First time in franchise history, comeback from three one deficit.

    Glad to share it with youse.

    Thanks Carp and all boneheads for enhancing my ranger passion/ addiction. Seriously.

  67. WOW….just WOW!

    Kenny Albert ?@KennyAlbert 32s
    Dominic Moore has won 3 Game 7s in Pittsburgh in last 5 years with 3 different teams, and has a point in each game @NYRangers @MSGNetworks

  68. Matty"Rangersin5!!"Boy on

    JR: “Henrik stopped everything including squirting Crosby with his water bottle”

  69. _They won’t give him $10M for four years, though._

    “Brian … sorry … but that’s the kind of money only a zero effort Brad Richards is worth. Good luck elsewhere.”

  70. On everything I love, I predicted 2-1 Rangers to all of my family and friends, because that’s always the score, except for 5-0 in Washington last year…but knew when Richards scored that was gonna be final score

  71. _I consider constant disagreement for the sake of disagreement to be harassment._

    I consider it the sign of a sad boy who I want to make feel happier.

  72. I am glad to have shared it with all of you as well.

    I am a Bjorn skeptic, but a die-hard Rangers fan like the rest of you.

    Thanks Carp and all Rangers fans for enhancing my Rangers passion and Bjorn skepticism. Seriously.

  73. Rob in Beantown on

    If we win the Cup Richards can come back and be captain and I’ll be okay with it.

  74. Don’t worry be happy now….

    Goodnight guys

    Thank You boys.

    Visions of crosby shaking his head dancing in my dreams.

  75. The Rangers just ended an era for the Penguins organization. They also eliminated Pennsylvania from the playoffs.

  76. hey Alain, do yourself a favor. Start being authentic somewhere. your whole tone comes across like your a fraud.

    And it seems like you get a kick out of the fact, that if you tow a certain line and dont go over it, Carp isn’t going to or doesn’t have a legal right to ban you.

    But your infringing on my free will to just read this blog and the other posters comments without having to either disregard your comments or I have to read other people react to you.

    I dont really appreciate it, and I dont think its very funny. Maybe your getting paid for doing this, I dont know why anyone would pay you to be here. But I certainly understand everyone is forced to pay bills.

    Either way though. What your doing, is basically like playing with yourself, and getting a kick out of yourself.

    Your time is worth more then that. Come on man.. Peace bro

  77. You’ll be OK with it next year, Rob. You won’t be happy in ’17-18, ’18-19 and ’19-20 when he’s gone and his cap hit is still here. It will be like 1998 after 1994 all over again, and you know how that went.

  78. Johnny"we arent built for this" boy on

    Now that Eric and the ledgers have calmed down.. I sense it is safe to come back in and enjoy some legitimate Ranger gab.

  79. The amazing and interesting thing about the ’98 Rangers is that they were the first NHL team to employ a corpse as a head coach…

  80. Ooh — sneak peek at tomorrow’s C&C. Off to bed, gotta be ready for it…

  81. I guess this is our own little Stanley Cup isn’t it? Totally EPIC.

    Congratulations, fellow Ranger fans. This series will last a very long time. Enjoy it, enjoy it, enjoy it…this is precious. NYR hockey was and will ultimately be behind the CRUCIFIXION of one of our most hated teams.

    Long after this season is over, we will get to SAVOR THE FALLOUT in Pittsburgh. DAN BYLSMA THE BIGGEST HACK IN HOCKEY will be lucky to ever SNIFF the playoffs again, and the worst fans in hockey will be tasting the choke of this bitter, bitter, bitter acid for a long time.

    Congrats everyone. This is a special one.

  82. NBC with no postgame whatsoever….wow….did they even show the handshake line?

  83. also showed some of the post-game interviews, and had Boyle on the bench with Pierre. And St. Louis, I think.

  84. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Pierre – “even though my team lost, I still want to kiss Kristopher LeTang on the mouth”

  85. I’ll have to save my posting of Slats Revere and the Cigars’ “Free Man in Banff” for another day! LGR!

  86. CARP with the Jimbo by/from Woodside-esque creepy wink face. What ever happened to ol’ Jimbo?

  87. Was very impressed by MIN this postseason – knocking out the Avs and hanging with the Hawks with Universe in net. They’ll be around for a while. Hawks are just damn good. Think we’ve witnessed the twilight of PIT unless Pepe Le Pew acts swiftly.

  88. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Pierre – “I’m still in shock. I thought for sure Kristopher LeTang would tie the game at 2″

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

    People still want Richie bought out , Nash traded and Sather fired . Funny these Arm Chair General Managers are looking like fickle confused fans. So be it. Worrying about a contract for years to come is OCD in my opinion. Who cares if Richie bailed on us and made 10million , who cares. Talk about over analizing.

  90. Also didn’t notice, when AV approached the Pens bench, Bylsma was starring into space and didn’t even notice him. AV was standing there for a few seconds. He must have been thinking aboot which team he’s going to coach next.

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

    Yeah 7 – 0 for Richie in game 7’s.

    First time ever the Rangers come back 1 -3 and win.

    Hank 5 – 0 ( stated earlier) in game 7’s NHL record.

    All our eggs are in the Richie,Hank and Nash basket ( 34 million around) is it worth it? On paper , no . On paper Penguins look better ( As Carp and the rest of the world stated )What does this mean? Paper means absolutly Nothing.
    Cry about a salary or who makes what , fixing the paper to look like the Penguins is n’t really what we need. Ask the Penguins. To vioce an opinion about who should be traded is a risky thing cuz it could make a fan look like a fool.


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

    yeah loved it , good stuff. I hate Bob Cole , complete Pitts homer and can’t call games right anymore. Sorry but your too old BOB COLE!!! ….and saying the Rangers are done a few games back. That’s a fool , old fool I used to respect . If you would of heard him a few games ago when we were getting shut out. He was saying its all over for the Rangers playing thier last game . WE STILL HAD ANOTHER game and he wa saying that..I think he got confused and thought that was the last game? Oh well …WRONG!!

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

    Yeah Orr I felt sorry for that one Penguins fan after the game, she was hot eh?

  94. ALAIN AmOUR,

    please quit while you ahead, this thing with BJORN ain’t flying, his middle name is Jean-Pierre,bwahahahahah

  95. I’ve said it before. I’ve seen every NYR netminder for the last 50+ years and I trust Lundqvist with a 1 goal lead more than any of them. They used to say that Gerry Cheevers and Billy Smith were “Money Goaltenders”. We finally have our “Money Goaltender”, but he needs much more support from the so called scorer’s on this team.

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