The Rangers have the second best record in the playoffs when scoring first with 6 and 2. The only team with a better record is the Washington Capitals who are 7-1 when they score the first goal.
Following the game on Wednesday night, the Rangers made it known on MSG that they need a quick start tonight.
Dan Girardi said, “It’s going to be who has the better start and who comes out flying. We are lucky we have the garden faithful behind us.”
Ryan Callahan added, “we just have to make sure we get off to a good start.”
Brian Leetch, who knows something about scoring first in game sevens, said on MSG, “I believe the first goal is always important in game seven, especially for the Rangers at home so the crowd can get into it.”
John Tortorella said repeatedly yesterday, “we will be ready to play.”
Adam: The Rangers really need to get the first goal tonight. They have had trouble scoring the last few games and it’s going to be a tense crowd that they are going to need to relax with an early goal.