Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR; Interview transcripts from ASAP Sports/NHL:
Game 4: Rangers 3, Canadiens 2 (OT).
– The Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 3-2, in overtime tonight in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers lead the best-of-seven series, three games to one.
– The Blueshirts have posted an 11-7 record in the playoffs this year, including a 5-4 record at home.
– New York has posted a 12-1 playoff series record in 13 all-time best-of-seven playoff series in which they led three games to one after Game 4.
– The Rangers have won at least one home game in 14 straight playoff series, dating back to the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2007 against 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).
– Each of the Rangers’ last two contests has gone to overtime. The last time the Blueshirts played two consecutive playoff contests that went to overtime was Game 1 and Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Philadelphia on May 21-22, 1995. The last time the Rangers played consecutive playoff games that went to overtime at home was Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 27, 1994 vs. New Jersey and Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on May 31, 1994 vs. Vancouver.
– The Rangers defeated the Canadiens for the first time in a playoff game in overtime since Game 5 of the Quarterfinals on Apr. 16, 1974 at Montreal (Ron Harris – 4:07 of overtime).
– The Rangers were 7-for-8 (14:33) on the penalty kill, and registered a shorthanded goal in the contest. The Rangers had successfully killed off 27 power plays prior to allowing the goal with the man-advantage. New York is 37-39 (94.9%) on the penalty kill in its last 12 games. The shorthanded tally was New York’s first in the playoffs since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 9, 2008 at New Jersey (Ryan Callahan), and the Blueshirts’ first shorthanded goal at home in postseason play since Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 23, 1997 vs. Philadelphia (Esa Tikkanen).
– The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in 13 of 18 games in the playoffs this year, and in six of nine playoff games at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts rank first in the NHL in goals against per game in the playoffs (2.11)
– The Blueshirts were 48-for-79 (61%) on faceoffs in the contest. Three of four Rangers who took at least 15 faceoffs won 50% or more of draws, and two players won at least 75% of faceoffs they took.
– Martin St. Louis tallied the game-winning goal in overtime and led the team with five shots on goal in 21:01 of ice time. St. Louis’ goal was his first playoff overtime goal since Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals on June 5, 2004 at Calgary as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. St. Louis is tied for seventh among active players with 10 career game-winning goals in the playoffs. The Rangers forward has tied a playoff career-high with a six game point streak (four goals, three assists over the span), and leads all skaters with three goals in the Eastern Conference Finals. St. Louis is tied for the team lead in goals (six) and game-winning goals (two), and leads the team in points (13) in the playoffs.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to record his 41st career playoff victory and improve to 11-7 in the playoffs this year. The Rangers goaltender has also posted a 5-4 record at home in the playoffs this year. Lundqvist’s 11 playoffs wins are the most he has had in one year in his career, and he is tied with Mike Richter for first on the team’s all-time playoff wins list. Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in 14 of 18 playoff games this year, and leads the NHL in wins, GAA (1.98) and SV% (.931) in the playoffs. The Rangers goaltender tallied his first career playoff point with an assist in the contest.
– Carl Hagelin opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal, tallied an assist on the game-winning goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 23:44 of ice time. The tally was Hagelin’s first career shorthanded goal and point in postseason play. The Rangers forward has registered 11 points (seven goals, four assists) and a plus-eight rating in his last 13 playoff games at Madison Square Garden. Hagelin has recorded the first goal of the contest in consecutive games. The Rangers forward is tied for the team lead in goals (six), and is tied for fifth on the team in points (10) in the playoffs. Hagelin has established playoff career-highs in goals, assists (four), and points in the playoffs this year.
– Derick Brassard recorded a goal, and led all skaters with 18 faceoffs wins (18-for-24; 75%) in 14:37 of ice time. Brassard has tallied five points (four goals, one assist) in his last five games. The Rangers forward is tied for third on the team in goals (five) in the playoffs.
– Brian Boyle recorded an assist, posted a plus-one rating, and recorded two shots on goal in 14:53 of ice time. The Rangers forward has won 34 of 53 faceoffs (64.2%) in the Eastern Conference Finals.
– Ryan McDonagh registered an assist, posted a plus-two rating, and blocked three shots in a team-high, 30:13 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman leads all skaters with seven points (two goals, five assists) in the series. McDonagh leads the team in average ice time (25:08), is tied for second on the team in assists (seven), is tied for fifth on the team in points (10), and is tied for second on the team in blocked shots (39) in the playoffs.
– Dan Girardi recorded an assist, tied a single-game playoff career-high with a plus-three rating, and was credited with three hits in 27:57 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman has registered an assist in consecutive games, and ranks second among defensemen on the team in assists (six) and points (seven) in the playoffs. Girardi also leads the NHL in blocked shots (48) in the playoffs. Girardi skated in his 82nd career playoff game, tying Brian Leetch for fourth on the team’s all-time playoff games played list.
– Brad Richards tallied an assist and posted a plus-one rating in 16:26 of ice time. The Rangers forward is tied for fifth on the team in assists (six) and is tied for second on the team in points (11) in the playoffs.
Q. After these last two days with the talk back and forth, is this as satisfying a win as you’ve had in quite a while?
COACH VIGNEAULT: I mean, it’s a win in our quest to win four. I mean, it was a real competitive game. We put ourselves behind the 8?ball a few times by taking, I think it was five penalties 200 feet from our net. We’re going to have to do a much better job than that.
But give credit to our killers and our goaltender. They did a real good job. The goal they had on the power play was deflected, but for the most part I thought we did a pretty good job killing those penalties, but we’re going to have to be better than that.
Q. Why do you think you guys have had so much success on the penalty kill especially of late here?
COACH VIGNEAULT: You know, I don’t think it’s one thing specifically. I think our guys do a good job whether it be on the forecheck coming back in the right positions and trying to create those battles where we have a chance to make a couple plays and get it out. When we don’t, goaltender stops the puck.
Q. You talk about Marty always working on his shot in practice, again this morning, and he comes through in overtime.
COACH VIGNEAULT: It looks like a goalie score tonight is exactly what you see him practice every time he’s on the ice, like a hundred pucks. He’s trying to put it right there. Made obviously a great shot on that goal.
Q. When you guys were down 3?1 Brad (Indiscernible) said these chances don’t come around that much. How do you guys get refocused to get that one?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Well, what we’re going to do is reenergize. Today was a really tough game, especially with the penalties that we took, there wasn’t a lot of flow. We’re going to reenergize. We’re going to travel to Montreal tomorrow, have a good meeting tomorrow night, have a good meeting Tuesday morning, have a morning skate, and get ready for the game at night.
Q. Couple of nice stretch passes from those opportunities early on. Is that guys being opportunistic or a point of emphasis for you guys?
COACH VIGNEAULT: You know, I would say it’s in the middle. If you look at Brass’s goal and they dump it in and we’re able to go north?south real quickly where we’re sort of half interchange. You know, one of the things that we’ve talked about is being able to play a north?south game real quick, and that was one of the times we were able to do it.
Q. Boyle got the assist on the shorthanded goal. Can you talk about his role on the P.K.?
COACH VIGNEAULT: He’s one of the first guys I send out with Hags every time. Big body, blocks shots, good on face?offs, and he made a great play on that first goal.
Q. Was (Indiscernible) available?
COACH VIGNEAULT: I got out of the flow so much that didn’t risk it.
Q. What would you attribute the number of penalties do you think? Were they calling it extra close? Was it the emotion?
COACH VIGNEAULT: It was us. It was us. They were penalties. Can’t do that.
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Q. What can you say about the work that the penalty kill did
HENRIK LUNDQVIST: Well, they played a huge part in this one. I
think the timing and the way they work together has been really good the
whole playoffs. But tonight they really had to step up. We put ourselves
in a really tough spot by taking so many penalties. You know, there were
some questionable calls, but in the end we put ourselves in a tough spot
where they might call that.
It’s one of those games where they just have to step up and play
really well. Sooner or later when you take that many penalties something
bad is going to happen. That shot hit their guy in the slot there, so.
But overall, we played really well. Five-on-five, we played a really
strong game again, and it’s going to come down to some balances. You have
to be really sharp when you try to stay focused.
The way they play, they try to throw pucks in the crease and have
some deflections there or go for rebounds, and that is the way the game has
been played, and it’s going to be played like that. The bounces in front
of both nets are going to decide this.
Q. Can you describe the emotions when Marty’s shot goes in in
HENRIK LUNDQVIST: That’s a good feeling. I know we’re here, a
couple days ago, same situation, going into overtime. You try not to think
too much, but it’s hard. It’s an important game, and you try to be
focused. I had a feeling going into the overtime, okay, let’s not take
another penalty, and that’s what we do right away.
So we had to step up big there on the P.K. and get the job done, and
that was huge. I think after that, it gave us some confidence for sure,
especially when he scores. It’s a big relief and exciting at the same time
to get the job done at home. A win is a win, but the experience to win in
OT at home is always a great feeling.
Q. Do you remember the sequence in the third period when they were
peppering you pretty good and they had an opportunity there? You remember
HENRIK LUNDQVIST: Well, they had a few chances, obviously got a
little lucky there. It hit my stick and then the cross bar. I wasn’t sure
if I got enough of the shot. But, again, they have some skilled players
that are going to make some plays. That time I had that locked, but
thereâ€™s been some weird goals if you look at the couple of games where
we’re hitting guys or some weird bounces.
But that’s the way it goes. It’s a quick game. They create a lot by
coming in with the guys in front and throwing pucks at the net. So they’re
going to probably keep getting those bounces. But in the third it felt
tough when they scored on the power play there. It felt like five-on-five
we were playing so well, but, again, we put ourselves in a pretty tough
spot by taking all those penalties.
Q. You did get an assist tonight. How did it feel to help out on
the offensive end?
HENRIK LUNDQVIST: I didn’t do much in that. But it feels good. I
think the last — even actually in the entire playoffs. We talked about me
playing the puck more and help the “D” out. I think that part has been
really good, you know? I think they’re more and more comfortable with me
playing the puck, and we know where to go and where to place the puck. I
don’t know. I should not take too much credit on that assist, but
just the actual play worked out well where Danny went to the side, and I
knew he was there and going to fake them. Went reverse, and again, to play
around the net is something that I worked on a lot this year. We spent a
lot more time. We practiced to work on it for me with a lot of different
plays. So it was something I definitely had to improve, so that feels
Q. Going back to the breakup day last year when you said you felt
the team took a step backwards from being two games away from the Final.
One game away from the Final, what is the mindset going to Montreal?
HENRIK LUNDQVIST: Probably not thinking that you’re one game away.
You just have to keep the same mindset that you had for the first four or
five games, and then in the last series, you don’t change anything. You
don’t think about what’s ahead. You’re just going in and trying to do your
job here. It’s going to be a tough game. They’re coming and they’re
building, and I look forward to that challenge. But it’s exciting too, to
know that you’re one game away. I mean, you have to motivate yourself to
get to a level where you’re helping the team, and that’s pretty good
motivation right there.
Q. I guess you’re hitting a bit of a personal milestone today with
the win, most playoff wins in franchise history. I realize there are a
couple of moving wheels going on right now, but in the context of the
franchise, what’s that mean for you to sort of be in that place in history
HENRIK LUNDQVIST: Well, it’s always a proud feeling, I know that.
But it’s always a proud feeling when you’re up there with those guys.
There are so many great goaltenders that played for this organization, and
earlier this year I beat a couple records, and it means a lot to me. This
organization, I’ve been part of it for nine years, and I’m going to be part
of it for a long time, I hope. Yeah, I’m just really proud to be out there
with those guys and hopefully can keep it going a little more.
Q. When you see the play develop, the game-winner develop at the
other end of the ice, are you thinking like a goaltender? Are you saying
this is what the other goaltender has to do and he maybe not quite get
HENRIK LUNDQVIST: No, I think in that situation, I’m more in Marty’s
head, what he sees and what he’s thinking. In a situation like this, you
just hope for a goal. I mean, you’re on edge. You’re going out and you
try to be calm about it. You try to be in the right place mentally by
playing OT in the Conference Finals. Of course you’re going to be on edge.
So to see that play develop and him getting that much time, you just
hope for a great shot, and we got it. That’s a big one.
Q. Can you review the two goals you did allow tonight and what
happened on those?
HENRIK LUNDQVIST: Yeah, it was a 2 on 1. I tried to be patient, and
he just beat me with a pretty good shot. But I think I can — I actually
haven’t seen the goal. I’m probably going to look at it tomorrow to learn
from it. But maybe I made the first move and came down a little too fast.
On the second one, his shot was going wide — not quite, but it was
going for my left side, and then it hit the guy in the middle and went back
five hole, so overall it felt like a good game. I try to be in good
position. I try to be smart with the rebounds because they create a lot
from rebounds by throwing pucks. So it was a good win. It felt pretty
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