Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR; interview transcripts from the NHL/ASAP Sports:
Game 3: Kings 3, Rangers 0.
- The Rangers were defeated by the Los Angeles Kings, 3-0, tonight in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers trail the best-of-seven series, three games to none.
- The Blueshirts have posted a 12-11 record in the playoffs this year, including a 6-5 record at home.
- The Rangers outshot the Kings, 32-15, in the contest, and held an 11-2 shot advantage in the third period. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 15 shots on goal the team allowed in the contest are tied for the fewest the Blueshirts have given up in a playoff game since 1974. New York has allowed 15 shots on goal in three playoff contests this year (Game 1 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals vs. Philadelphia on Apr. 17; Game 3 of the Metropolitan Division Finals vs. Pittsburgh on May 5). The Rangers are the first team to hold their opponents to 15 or fewer shots on goal in at least three playoff contests in one year since the New Jersey Devils did so four times during the 2001 playoffs.
- New York has held its opponents to less than 30 shots on goal in 10 of 11 playoff games at Madison Square Garden this year, and has held its opponents to less than 20 shots on goal on four occasions in the playoffs at MSG. The Rangers’ opponents have averaged 23.5 shots on goal in the playoffs this year at MSG.
- The Rangers were credited with 25 hits in the contest. Twelve different Rangers recorded at least one hit, and six different Blueshirts had at least two.
- Fifteen different Rangers recorded at least one shot on goal in the contest, and six different Blueshirts registered at least three.
- Henrik Lundqvist stopped 12 of 15 shots in the contest. Lundqvist has posted a 12-10 record in the playoffs this year, including a 6-5 mark at home. The game was Lundqvist’s 90th career playoff appearance. The Rangers’ all-time wins leader in both regular season and playoff action is the 13th goalie in NHL history to appear in 90 playoff games with one team. Lundqvist is also the second Blueshirt (among skaters and goalies) to appear in 90 career playoff games with the organization (Walt Tkaczuk – 93). The Rangers goaltender ranks second in the NHL in GAA (2.20) and SV% (.922) in the playoffs.
- Brian Boyle won six of seven faceoffs (86%), was credited with three hits, and blocked one shot in 10:29 of ice time. The Rangers forward has won 59.6% of faceoffs he has taken (56-for-94) over the last 11 games. Boyle ranks second on the team – and eighth in the NHL – in hits (62) in the playoffs. Boyle also leads all NHL forwards, and ranks fourth among all skaters on the Blueshirts, in blocked shots (29) in the playoffs.
- Mats Zuccarello recorded four shots on goal and was credited with a game-high, six hits while leading all forwards in the contest with 21:36 of ice time. The Rangers forward is tied for third on the team in hits (51) and ranks fourth on the team in shots on goal (50) in the playoffs.
- Ryan McDonagh tied for the team lead with two blocked shots, tied for the game-high with two takeaways, and was credited with two hits while skating in a game-high, 26:56 of ice time. McDonagh leads the team in average ice time (26:04), and ranks second on the team in blocked shots (47) in the playoffs. The Rangers defenseman also ranks sixth in the NHL in blocked shots, and 10th in the league in average ice time in postseason play this year.
- Derick Brassard registered a game-high, five shots on goal and was credited with one hit in 20:13 of ice time. The Rangers forward has recorded 13 shots on goal in the last four games.
THE MODERATOR: Questions for Coach Vigneault.
Q. How concerned are you with Richards’ game in Game2? Do you feel changes might be necessary as far as the forward alignment?
COACH VIGNEAULT: I mean, I’m sure Brad, with his experience, knows that their whole line needs to be better. If you look at the stats on that night, it obviously wasn’t one of their better nights.
But they’re veteran guys. They’ve been around. They can evaluate their game real well. I’m sure they’re going to have a good bounce?back game tonight.
Q. Take a look at the success of the fourth line, the way they got the puck in, cycled. Is that a message if you keep it simple you’ll have more success?
COACH VIGNEAULT: I would say to you that our three lines ? Step, Brass, and Dominic Moore ? last game did exactly that. They got pucks below the top of the circles. We spent a lot of time in their end cycling pucks, getting pucks on the net, getting opportunities.
Chance?wise we’re right there with them. We played some good hockey. We got a little bit unfortunate in that last third period. But, you know, we’re right there. We feel real good about our game. Going to be a great night to be hockey fans tonight.
Q. Marty St.Louis said it took him a while to get comfortable in this lineup. When did you see him get comfortable and what did that look like to you?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Marty is real dominant on himself. When he got here, offensively he wasn’t producing to the pace he was used to, the way he wanted to.
He was doing a lot of other things real well. He was playing, in my estimation, the right way. When you play the right way, you give yourselves a chance. Even though he wasn’t on the score sheet, our team was doing what’s important: we were winning a lot of hockey games.
When we got into the playoffs, he was still playing the right way, found a way to get on the score sheet. Obviously you only get to this stage if your top players are doing that.
Q. After the way Game1 ended, was Girardi’s Game2 even more impressive?
COACH VIGNEAULT: I personally wasn’t impressed in the sense that I knew that’s how he was going to respond. Dan’s got a lot of mental capabilities. He got unfortunate there.
We seemed, in the first two games, to have a couple of those bounces not go our way. Things always even themselves out.
With the right effort, the right attitude, they say if you work hard, luck will come with you. Well, we’re working hard, working our butts off here. Very confident we’re going to have that same type of effort tonight and are going to be real good.
Q. If you’re down 2?0, coming home, sometimes the urge is to do too much. What is your message to the guys, not to do too much out of their element?
COACH VIGNEAULT: We have to hold serve, and we know that. But we know our game and we know the way to play. When we do that, we’re a good team.
We have done that for the most part throughout this series. But even though we’re playing hard and we’re playing the right way, they’re a great hockey team.
I mean, it’s been nine periods of real good hockey so far. Could have gone one way or the other. They’re up 2?0. Give them full credit. We’re going to try to make this a series tonight.
Q. It was a tough a game for Brad Richards. Do you have the same expectations you have for Dan in Game 2?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Without a doubt, Brad is a veteran player. I know he’s going to respond real well. I’m confident that’s what he’s going to do.
Q. Did you have any more communication with the league about the Dwight King goal?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Yeah, I did. It will just be between me and the league.
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