Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR; interview transcripts courtesy of the NHL/ASAP Sports:
Game 5: Canadiens 7, Rangers 4.
– The Rangers were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens, 7-4, tonight in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Bell Centre. The Rangers lead the best-of-seven series, three games to two.
– The Blueshirts have posted an 11-8 record in the playoffs this year, including a 6-4 record on the road.
– New York has posted a 14-2 playoff series record in 16 all-time best-of-seven playoff series in which they held a three games to two lead following Game 5. The Rangers have won 10 of 16 Game 6s when holding a 3-2 lead in the series.
– The line of Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash combined for eight points (four goals, four assists) in the contest. Each player recorded at least two points in the game.
– The Rangers were 1-for-7 (10:59) on the power play in the contest. New York has tallied a power play goal in five consecutive road playoff games (8-for-22; 36.4% over the span). The Blueshirts have recorded a power play goal in five straight road games for the first time since an 11-game streak from Game 3 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals on June 4, 1994 against Vancouver to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 28, 1996 against Montreal.
– The Rangers and Canadiens combined for six goals in the second period of the contest (three for New York, three for Montreal). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Blueshirts and their opponent combined for at least six goals in one period in a playoff game was Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 20, 1997 vs. Philadelphia (seven goals in the third period; three for the Rangers, four for the Flyers).
– New York was credited with 27 hits in the contest, as 13 different skaters recorded at least one hit and five skaters tied for the team-high with three hits.
– Chris Kreider recorded a single-game playoff career-high, four points (one goal, three assists), and led all skaters with a single-game playoff career-high, six shots on goal in 18:13 of ice time. Kreider’s three assists are also a single-game playoff career-high. Kreider recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in the second period. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kreider became the first Ranger to tally three points in one period in a playoff game since Jaromir Jagr registered three points (three assists) in the first period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 17, 2007 vs. Atlanta. The Rangers forward has tallied a point in four of the last five games, and has recorded 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the last eight contests. Kreider has established playoff career-highs in assists (six) and points (10) this year. Kreider is tied for the team lead in goals (three) and ranks second on the team in points (eight) in the series. Kreider is also tied for sixth on the team in points in the playoffs.
– Derek Stepan tallied two goals, posted a plus-two rating, and recorded two shots on goal in 19:41 of ice time. The contest was Stepan’s first career multi-goal game in postseason play. The Rangers forward has registered a point in each of his last six games (three goals, six assists over the span). Stepan is tied for the team lead in goals (three) and ranks third on the team in points (seven) in the series. The Rangers forward is also tied for the team lead in points (13) in the playoffs.
– Ryan McDonagh tallied two assists, recorded three shots on goal, and tied for the team-high with three hits in a team-high, 25:50 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman leads all skaters in assists (seven) and points (nine) in the series. McDonagh is the first Rangers defenseman to register seven assists and nine points in one playoff series since Brian Leetch in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Quebec Nordiques in 1995. McDonagh leads the team in assists (nine) and ranks third on the team in points (12) in the playoffs.
– Rick Nash registered a goal, added an assist, and recorded four shots on goal in 16:14 of ice time. The Rangers forward has tallied five points (three goals, two assists) in the last five games, and has posted two multi-point games over the span. Nash is tied for the team lead in goals (three) in the series. Nash is tied for third on the team in assists (seven) and is tied for sixth on the team in points (10) in the playoffs.
– Marc Staal registered an assist and was credited with two hits in 21:19 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman has established a playoff career-high in assists (four) this year.
– Derick Brassard tallied an assist and was credited with one hit in 13:48 of ice time. The Rangers forward has registered six points (four goals, two assists) in his last six games.
– Dan Girardi tied for the team-high with three hits and was credited with one blocked shot in 20:53 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman skated in his 83rd career playoff game, passing Brian Leetch for sole possession of fourth place on the team’s all-time playoff games played list. Girardi leads the team in hits (61) and blocked shots (49) in the playoffs.
– Dominic Moore won 11 of 14 faceoffs (79%), recorded two shots on goal, and was credited with one hit in 12:32 of ice time. Moore has won 35 of 48 faceoffs (73%) in the last three games. The Rangers forward leads the team in faceoff win percentage (56.4%; 127-for-225) in the playoffs.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 15 saves in the contest. The Rangers’ all-time wins leader is tied for first in the NHL in wins (11) in the playoffs.
– Cam Talbot made six saves in relief of Henrik Lundqvist. Talbot made his second career playoff appearance in the contest (his first since Game 6 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals on Apr. 29 at Philadelphia).
Q. How do you explain what happened, particularly in the second,
just the structure, I guess?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Well, it was, to say the least, a strange game.
You know, we tie it up 1-1 in the first and couple minutes later they make
it 2-1. They make it 4-1. We tie it up 4-4. Couple minutes, next scoring
chance, they put it in the back of our net to make it 5-4. It was a
different game than what we’ve had so far in this series, and we’re going
Q. Obviously the hit by John, laid Dale out. Any expectations of
what the league might do there?
COACH VIGNEAULT: The league will do what it has to do. I think he
was penalized on the ice. John is definitely not the type of player to try
to hurt someone, but it was a late hit and it was the right call on the
Q. Did pulling Lundqvist have as much to do with how the team was
playing as how he was playing? And did you consider bringing him back out
for the save?
COACH VIGNEAULT: I pulled him because I thought at that time we
needed a little momentum shift, and I thought it might catch everybody’s
attention. It did for a while. Obviously it didn’t work out.
Q. Just a follow-up on that, did you consider going back to
COACH VIGNEAULT: No, no.
Q. Talk a little bit about Step’s game. Obviously, coming back,
getting two goals, if there was a positive, I guess?
COACH VIGNEAULT: If there was a positive, the fact that he was able
to, under those conditions, play such a strong game. That whole line was
good tonight, and we need to get the rest of our group to play the same
Q. Lundqvist is healthy? He’s not injured?
COACH VIGNEAULT: No.
FastScripts by ASAP Sports
Q. Your take on the John Moore hit on Dale Weise?
COACH THERRIEN: First of all, I thought it was the right call on the ice. We all saw it. We all saw it on the ice and saw the different angle on the TV after the game. They’ll decide what they’re going to do after.
Q. After such a crazy second period, why do you think your guys were able to compose themselves and have a strong start to the third?
COACH THERRIEN: Well, you know what? I told the players between the second and third period, pretty simple, we tied second period score with the goal of Bourque late in the second. So it gave us the confidence to play, to approach the team, this is what we did, and we got that possession and got the lead and got through the third period. Our team was comfortable to play that type of game.
Q. When Moore hit him, Weise was groggy after. Can you just run through the team’s process of allowing him back on the ice for the rest of the game?
COACH THERRIEN: Well, he went to the quiet room and saw a doctor and they felt that he was good to go.
Q. When and how did Alexei Emelin get injured? Was it upper or lower body, and what is the status?
COACH THERRIEN: First of all, he got injured last game, and it’s a body injury.
Q. Bourque is like your secret weapon, except you never know when he’s going to go off, and when he does, it’s a big explosion like it was tonight?
COACH THERRIEN: Yeah, you know what? Rene Bourque played a great game. He was a force out there, you know? On the forecheck, he took the man. He was moving his feet. He was going hard to the map mat. He’s a very good scorer, so definitely that was a great performance by him.
Q. I believe in French you explained why you didn’t call a timeout after they tied the game. Could you answer that in English?
COACH THERRIEN: The reason I didn’t call timeout is because I felt our attitude on the bench was good. When they tied the game, attitude was sharp and we scored not too far after, so we didn’t decide to call a timeout because as a coach you had a feeling that your team is losing confidence, but that was not the case.
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