Game 2: Kings 5, Rangers 4 (2OT) … post-game notes & quotes

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Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR; post-game interview transcripts from the NHL/ASAP Sports:

Kings 5, Rangers 4 (2OT).

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Team notes:

–        The Rangers were defeated by the Los Angeles Kings, 5-4, in double overtime tonight in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at STAPLES Center. The Rangers trail the best-of-seven series, two games to none.

–        The Blueshirts have posted a 12-10 record in the playoffs this year, including a 6-6 record on the road.

–        Four of the Blueshirts’ last six contests have been decided in overtime, including each of the first two games of this series. It is the first time that the Rangers have played two overtime games in the first two contests of a playoff series since Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Philadelphia on May 21, 1995 and May 22, 1995. The Rangers have tied a franchise-record with five overtime games in one playoff year (1979 and 2012). It is the first time New York has played four overtime games in a six-game span in one playoff year, and the first time they have done so between two playoff years since they played four games decided in overtime over a five-game span from Game 1 of the Quarterfinals vs. the New York Americans on Mar. 22, 1938 to Game 2 of the Semifinals at Boston on Mar. 23, 1939.

–        The Rangers outscored the Kings, 2-0, in the first period tonight. New York has outscored Los Angeles, 4-1, in the first period this series, and has outscored its opponents, 16-5, in the first period over the last 11 games. The Blueshirts have outscored their opponents, 25-11, in the first period during the playoffs this year, and their plus-14 goal differential is the best a team has in one period in the playoffs this year.

–        New York was 1-for-5 (8:03) on the power play in the contest. The Rangers have tallied a power play goal in six of their last 11 games (9-for-45; 20%), including six of their last seven road games (9-for-30; 30%).

–        Nine different Rangers have tallied at least 10 points in the playoffs this year. It is the first time in franchise history that nine Blueshirts have recorded at least 10 points in one playoff year.

Player notes:

–        Ryan McDonagh registered the first goal of the game, tallied an assist, and was credited with seven hits in a team-high, 37:48 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman has established playoff career-highs with a five-game assist/point streak (one goal, six assists), and has recorded a point in seven of the last eight contests (three goals, 10 assists over the span). McDonagh has also posted four multi-point efforts over the eight-game stretch. McDonagh’s five-game assist streak is tied for the team-high in the playoffs this year, and he is the first Rangers defenseman to tally a five-game assist streak in the playoffs since James Patrick did so from Game 3 of the Patrick Division Semifinals at New Jersey on Apr. 23, 1992 to Game 7 of the Patrick Division Semifinals vs. New Jersey on May 1, 1992. He is also the first Rangers defenseman to post a five-game point streak in the playoffs since Sergei Zubov recorded a point in five consecutive contests from Game 5 of Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Quebec on May 14, 1995 to Game 3 of Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Philadelphia on May 24, 1995. McDonagh has posted 13 points (four goals, nine assists) over his last seven road games, the second-highest total for a defenseman over seven straight games on the road in one playoff year. McDonagh is the first Blueshirts defenseman to record at least four goals in one playoff year since Brian Leetch registered six in the 1995 playoffs. The Rangers’ 2013-14 MVP is tied for first among NHL defensemen in assists (12) and ranks second among NHL defensemen in points (16) in the playoffs. McDonagh is tied for fifth in franchise history in assists during one playoff year (Phil Esposito – 1978-79; Alexei Kovalev – 1993-94), and ranks third in franchise history in points by a defenseman during one playoff year. McDonagh leads the Rangers in assists, points, and average ice time (26:02) in the playoffs.

–        Derick Brassard tallied a goal, registered an assist, posted a plus-two rating, and recorded two shots on goal in 23:47 of ice time. Brassard has recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in the last five contests, and has tallied eight points (five goals, three assists) in his last nine games. The Rangers forward has recorded at least 10 points in the playoffs in each of the last two years, and has registered 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 32 career playoff games. Brassard ranks third on the team in goals (six) and is tied for fifth on the team in points (11) and plus/minus rating (plus-four) in the playoffs.

–        Mats Zuccarello registered a goal, tallied an assist, posted a plus-two rating, recorded three shots on goal, and was credited with six hits in 23:47 of ice time. The Rangers forward has recorded nine points (three goals, six assists) in 12 road contests during the playoffs this year. Zuccarello ranks third on the team in assists (eight), is tied for fourth on the team in goals (five), and ranks fourth on the team in points (13), and ranks third on the team in plus/minus rating (plus-seven) in the playoffs.

–        Martin St. Louis notched a power play goal and was credited with three blocked shots in 22:19 of ice time. The Rangers forward has tallied eight points (five goals, three assists) in the last 10 games. St. Louis is tied for the team lead, and is tied for seventh in the NHL, in goals (seven), is tied for the team lead in power play goals (two) and power play points (six), and is tied for second on the team in points (14) in the playoffs.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves in the contest. The Rangers goaltender has posted a 12-9 record in the playoffs, including a 6-5 mark on the road. Lundqvist has stopped 79 of 87 shots he has faced in the series. The Rangers’ all-time wins leader in both regular season and postseason play ranks second in the NHL in GAA (2.16) and SV% (.925) in the playoffs.

–        Derek Stepan tallied a power play assist and led the team with 21 faceoff wins (21-for-41; 51.2%) in 27:17 of ice time. The Rangers forward has registered 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his last nine contests, and has recorded a point in five of his last six road games (three goals, five assists over the span). Stepan is tied for first on the team in power play assists (four) and power play points (six), ranks second on the team in assists (nine), and is tied for second on the team in points (14) in the playoffs.

–        Chris Kreider registered a power play assist, recorded five shots on goal and tied for the game-high with nine hits in a playoff career-high, 24:28 of ice time. Kreider has recorded 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the last 11 contests and has notched a point in five of seven playoff games on the road during the playoffs (three goals, seven assists over the span). The Rangers forward is tied for fourth on the team in assists (seven) and power play points (four) in the playoffs.

–        Dominic Moore recorded an assist, posted a plus-one rating, registered three shots on goal, and led the team in faceoff win percentage (63.2%; 12-for-19) in 19:23 of ice time. The Rangers forward has tallied a point in two of the last three games (one goal, one assist). Moore leads the team in faceoff win percentage (56.7%; 153-for-270) in the playoffs.

–        Dan Girardi led all skaters with six blocked shots and recorded two shots on goal in 36:18 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman skated in his 86th career playoff contest, passing Don Maloney for second on the team’s all-time playoff games played list. The only Blueshirt who has played more playoff games than Girardi is Walt Tkaczuk (93). Girardi is tied for the NHL lead in blocked shots (57) in the playoffs.

–        Alain Vigneault coached his 100th career NHL playoff game, becoming the 23rd head coach in NHL history – and the seventh active – to do so.

Quotebook:

ALAIN VIGNEAULT

Q. Second straight game you’ve given up a two-goal lead. You seemed
to be better in the third period. How do you get past that?
COACH VIGNEAULT: We played a good game tonight. We had a good third
period also. I mean, if you look at the scoring chances in the third, they
were 3-2 because their third goal I guess was a chance because it ended up
in the back of our net.
But we played well. We gave ourselves a chance to play. They’re a
good team. We had some looks in overtime. Just couldn’t score.

Q. How frustrating is it to have two really good starts and come out
of this barn with no wins?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Well, I mean, I think we’ve played close to nine
periods now. For the most part I’ve liked a lot of things about our game.
Our guys are trying real hard. We’re going to continue to try.
I mean, both games we had opportunities. We didn’t get it done.
We’re going home in front of our great fans. We’re going to be ready for
the next game.

Q. The Dwight King goal that you referenced, is that interference in
your mind?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Ask the NHL.

Q. You forced a ton of turnovers tonight. What is it going to take
to keep that rolling as the series goes on?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Well, they’re a real good team. You got to try and
take away their space and time. We’ve done I think a fairly decent job
against that high skill level.
You know, we’re going to get ready for the next game and try and win.

Q. What did you think of Zuccarello? He was all over the ice
tonight.
COACH VIGNEAULT: His line played well. They had some good looks.
Trying real hard. They’re going to continue to try.

Q. Why do you think you lost tonight?
COACH VIGNEAULT: They scored one more goal than we did.

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20 Comments

  1. Bad officiating is one thing, but that non-goalie interference call was down right criminal. Dan O’Halloran is lucky he isn’t a soccer ref in south america with that level of incompetence.

    During the series again Pittsburg anytime Crosby or Malkin got a little space, I got nervous. Does anyone think any fans of the Flyers, Penguins, Canadians or Kings get nervous when Rick Nash has the puck and some space?

    I would seriously consider putting MSL with THE and Stephan, moving Nash to the 3rd line with Hamelin, scratching Richards. You could put Miller or Dom Moore with them.

  2. Za'rat (TheOtherGuysGreed) Jones on

    Quitters! How can you quit on our beautiful boys? You people make me sick! They played they butts off for us! You don’t appreciate anything. Don’t watch anymore. You guys clearly have quit.

    I have not! POZY POZY POZY!!!!! We will win the cup this year AND next year!

  3. AV doesn’t have the balls to sit Neigh. It will never happen. He’ll just pat him on the back and tell him to try harder next time.

    He should be on the fawth line with limited ice time.

    I can say this every minute of every day, I can’t wait until he’s gone.

    Hopefully he’s the last of those big dumb contracts. Redden, Gomez, Drury, Richards. Enough! It never works.

  4. eddie – Today’s Belmont winner’s time puts him 23 lengths behind Secretariat.

  5. ORR!!!

    i mentioned thornton because i think it was Brooks who brought the name up as pairing with Nash.
    not saying i want him.
    not saying i don’t.
    just mentioning it.
    that is all.

  6. London Broil on

    The anger from this wont subside for a long time. It’s not incompetence or blindness when it’s always us thats the recipient of the referee cheatjobs. How many more times to substantial calls go against us than our opp. and how many more penalties against our opps. are just missed or dismissed like the Prust hit on Step than against us??? Never changes, never will change. The whole complexion of the game changed after that non goal, the referees stole this game away from us. Aside from that, this was Nash’s best game of the playoffs. Brad made too many mistakes but so did the rest of the team. McD & Girardi fell a boatload of times. Our team couldnt stay upright. On twitter, the excuse was bad ice but none of the Kings kept falling for no reason. Terrible. Stanley Cup Finals. 20 years. Cant stay upright.

  7. All the big trades, the big signings. They don’t work. They’ll never work. It’s the NY curse. They can’t handle the big stage.

    Even Gaborik. A couple of 40 goal season, but never played well enough in the playoffs when he was needed the most.

  8. Forget skating during play, Richards even ‘skates’ to the bench like he was on a Mediterranean vacation, holding up his anxious replacement.

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