Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR; interview transcripts from the NHL/ASAP Sports:
Game 5: Rangers Kings.
- The Rangers were defeated by the Los Angeles Kings, 3-2, in the second overtime tonight in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at STAPLES Center. The Rangers are eliminated from the playoffs after losing the best-of-seven series four games to one.
- The Blueshirts posted a 13-12 record in the playoffs this year, including a 6-7 record on the road.
- The contest, which ended at 14:43 of the second overtime, was the longest game the Rangers have played in the Stanley Cup Final in franchise history.
- The Rangers played a single-year franchise record, 25 playoff games this year. The Blueshirts have played 57 playoff games over the last three seasons, the most of any team in the Eastern Conference over the span.
- Four of the five games in the Stanley Cup Final were decided by one goal.
- New York posted an 11-3 record when facing elimination over the last three seasons. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers’ 11 wins when facing elimination are the most any team has recorded over a three-year span in NHL history.
- Five of the Rangers’ final nine games were decided in overtime, including three of five games in this series, dating back to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. Montreal on May 22. The Blueshirts played three overtime games – and two games that went to the second overtime – in a playoff series for the first time since the Eastern Conference Finals in 1994 against New Jersey. For the first time in franchise history, New York played three consecutive road playoff games that were decided in overtime in one playoff series and in one playoff year. Prior to this series, the only time the Blueshirts had played three consecutive playoff games on the road that were decided in overtime was from Game 5 of the 1940 Stanley Cup Final on Apr. 11, 1940 against Toronto to Game 1 of the Quarterfinals on Mar. 20, 1941 against Detroit. The Rangers established a franchise record for playoff games decided in overtime in one year (six).
- New York tallied a power play goal and a shorthanded goal in the game, the first time they had done so in a playoff contest since Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 26, 1996 vs. Montreal.
- The Rangers were 3-for-4 (5:31) on the penalty kill, and tallied a shorthanded goal in the contest. The Blueshirts registered three shorthanded goals in the playoffs, the first time they had done so in one playoff year since they recorded three in the 1992 playoffs. New York tied for first in the NHL in shorthanded goals in the playoffs. The Rangers were 57-for-63 (90.5%) on the penalty kill over the final 19 games, and were 49-for-54 (90.7%) on the penalty kill over the final 16 contests.
- The Blueshirts were 1-for-5 (8:44) on the power play in the contest. The Rangers tallied a power play goal in seven of their final 14 games (10-for-59; 16.9% over the span).
- Henrik Lundqvist made 48 saves in the contest. The Rangers goalie finished the playoffs with a 13-11 record, including a 6-6 mark on the road. Lundqvist, who established franchise records for career playoff appearances and career playoff wins this year, posted a 5-1 record, along with a 1.22 GAA and a .964 SV% in six games in which the Rangers faced elimination in the playoffs this year. Lundqvist stopped at least 40 shots for the second consecutive game, the third time in the last five contests, and the fourth time this postseason. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lundqvist is the first goaltender in Rangers history to make at least 40 saves in consecutive playoff games since the stat was first compiled in the late 1950s, and is the first Blueshirts goaltender to make at least 40 saves in four playoff games in one year. In seven career playoff games in which he has made at least 40 saves, Lundqvist is 3-4 with a 1.71 GAA and a .950 SV%. The Rangers goaltender ranked second in the NHL with a playoff career-high 13 wins this year. He also ranked second in the NHL in GAA (2.14) and SV% (.927) in the playoffs.
- Chris Kreider tallied a power play goal, recorded two shots on goal, and was credited with three hits in 27:40 of ice time. The Rangers forward recorded a point in eight of the final 14 games, registering 13 points (five goals, eight assists) over the span. Kreider led the team in power play goals (three), and tied for fourth on the team in goals (five) and points (13) in the playoffs.
- Brian Boyle tallied a shorthanded goal, posted a plus-one rating, recorded three shots on goal, and was credited with five hits in 17:49 of ice time. The Rangers forward tallied four points (one goal, three assists), including three shorthanded points (one goal, two assists), in the final eight games. Boyle tied for first in the NHL in shorthanded points (three) in the playoffs. He also tied a playoff career-high in goals (three) and established a playoff career-high in points (eight) this year. Boyle ranked second on the team – and eighth in the NHL – in hits (69), and led all NHL forwards in blocked shots (32) in the playoffs.
- Ryan McDonagh recorded a power play assist, posted a plus-one rating, and was credited with four hits in a game-high, 42:12 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman registered a point in eight of the final 11 games (three goals, 11 assists over the span), and posted a six-game assist/point streak on the road (three goals, nine assists over the span). McDonagh tied for first among NHL defensemen in assists (13) and ranked second among NHL defensemen in points (17) in the playoffs this year. McDonagh is tied for fourth in franchise history in assists during one playoff year (Don Maloney – 1978-79), and he ranks third in franchise history in points by a defenseman in one playoff year. McDonagh also ranks among the top 10 in career assists and points by a defenseman in franchise history (20 assists – tied for seventh; 25 points; ranks ninth). The Rangers’ 2013-14 MVP led the team in assists, points, average ice time (26:48), power play assists (five), and power play points (seven) in the playoffs.
- Brad Richards registered a power play assist, and tied for the team-high with four shots on goal in 21:26 of ice time. The Rangers’ alternate captain tallied seven points (three goals, four assists) in 13 playoff road games this year. Richards tied for fifth on the team in assists (seven), tied for sixth on the team in points (12), ranked second on the team in shots on goal (74), and tied for fourth on the team in power play points (five) in the playoffs.
- Carl Hagelin tallied a shorthanded assist in 22:55 of ice time. Hagelin tied for the NHL lead in shorthanded points (three) in the playoffs. The Rangers forward also led the NHL in shorthanded goals (two), ranked second on the team in goals (seven), and tied for sixth on the team in points (12) in the playoffs.
- Marc Staal led all skaters with five blocked shots and was credited with two hits in 31:05 of ice time. The Rangers’ alternate captain ranked second on the team – and third in the NHL – in blocked shots (53) in the playoffs. Staal also tied for third among defensemen on the team in points (five) in the playoffs. Staal skated in his 68th career playoff contest, tying Adam Graves and Steve Vickers for 10th on the team’s all-time playoff games played list.
COACH ALAIN VIGNEAULT
THE MODERATOR: Questions for Coach Vigneault.
Q. Can you, I guess, describe how you’re feeling, how the team is feeling, what you take away from an effort like that.
COACH VIGNEAULT: Well, obviously everybody’s very disappointed in the outcome. That being said, I think in a couple of days, you know, we’re going to reflect.
You go into this hoping that you don’t regret anything. We put it out there. We gave our best shot, best effort. Three games here all went to OT. What can I say?
Q. I guess a few words about the game Hank played, keeping you in there.
COACH VIGNEAULT: Yeah, I mean, during the regular time, I mean, he made some big saves. I thought in the overtime, though, that’s when we played our better hockey of the night. Had some real good looks. Both goaltenders were outstanding.
Q. Obviously you have talked about luck throughout this whole thing. With as many posts that were hit tonight, does it make it tougher, a tougher loss?
COACH VIGNEAULT: I mean, any loss in the Stanley Cup Final is going to be a real tough loss, so…
Tried our best. Everybody laid it out there. I’m very proud of our group, very proud of their effort. We’ll see what happens.
Q. Being that you’re proud, you get all the way here, can you tell yourself that it’s a successful season?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Yeah, I’m not going to get into that tonight. Take a couple days here to reflect on what happened and we’ll go from there.
Q. Just watching as a fan, it almost seemed a shame the game had to end the hockey was so good. Did you have that sense?
COACH VIGNEAULT: I mean, it was a hard?fought game. I mean, every inch on the ice was contested real hard. You know, both teams were battling at an unreal level.
All three games here, when you look at it, they all went to overtime. Tough loss. Thanks guys.
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