FINAL: Rangers 4 Capitals 3

11:10PM: The following quotes are from the Rangers:

John Tortorella on the team

“As I’ve told you all along here, it’s a good group of guys. It’s just trying to get momentum on your side and finding a way to win the hockey game and we got it done tonight.”

-        Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game
“There was a lot of determination going into this game. We knew we had to win this one, it was a must win. We really stepped up as a group and they kept coming. They’re a good team and you have to respect that, but we scored some big goals tonight.”

-        Marc Staal on returning to the lineup
“I thought I would be more nervous than I was. I felt pretty good going into the game and I think the confidence is going to grow the more I’m out there and the more I’m in the game situations. I’ll feel a lot better next game.”

10:09PM:First Period:

  • Nicklas Backstrom 1 (Assists: John Carlson 1, John Erskine 1)
  • Brian Boyle 1 (Assists: Derick Brassard 1, Michael Del Zotto 1)

Second Period:

  • Derick Brassard 1 (power play) (Assists: Mats Zuccarello 1, Brian Boyle 1)
  • Mike Green 2 (Assists: Mathieu Perreault 2, Jason Chimera 1)

Third Period:

  • Arron Asham 1 (Assists: Derick Brassard 2, Taylor Pyatt 1)
  • Jack Hillen 1 (Assists: Joel Ward 1, Matt Hendricks 1)
  • Derek Stepan 1 (Assists: Rick Nash 1, Mats Zuccarello 2)

Three Stars:

  • Three: Ryan McDonagh
  • Two: Brian Boyle
  • One: Derick Brassard

Stats:

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Adam’s Thoughts:

  • Well this was an interesting game. The Rangers were badly outplayed at 5 on 5 for most of this game. They were better in the third period and showed the desperation that a team in their position should have. The Caps also helped out by taking all of those penalties.
  • They had plenty of chances on the power play tonight and besides the goal from Derick Brassard, they created some good chances. As they kept mentioning on the broadcast, the best part of the power plays may have been that Alex Ovechkin didn’t get to see the ice.
  • The Rangers had contribution from up and down the lineup with goals from Brian Boyle, Arron Asham, Brassard and the game winner from Derek Stepan. Mats Zuccarello was really good. John Moore was really good and hopefully picking up an assist will get Rick Nash going.
  • It was really encouraging to see Marc Staal back on the ice. He wasn’t perfect, but most versions of Marc Staal are better than not having Marc Staal at all.
  • The Rangers set out to accomplish two things tonight, score and win, and they did both. It’s no coincidence that all four goals for the Rangers were scored close to the net. They are back in the series and get to enter Wednesday’s game with a good feeling.

Stick Salute

Rangers Game Notes:

Team Notes:

-        The Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 4-3, tonight at Madison Square Garden, in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. The Blueshirts now trail in the series, 2-1.

-        New York has posted a record of 209-228-8 overall in postseason action, including a 117-88-2 mark at home.

-        The Rangers improved to 11-12 all-time in Game 3 when trailing 2-0 in the series.

-        The Blueshirts held the Capitals scoreless in three shorthanded situations (5:54), and are now 8-10 (80.0%) in the playoffs.

-        The Rangers out-hit the Capitals, 33-22, in the contest, led by Ryan Callahan’s game-high, six hits.

-        New York was credited with 19 blocked shots, led by Dan Girardi’s game-high, five blocked shots. Callahan led all forwards with three blocked shots in the contest.

-        With the win, Head Coach John Tortorella moved into a tie with Fred Shero for fifth on the Rangers’ all-time playoff wins list with 15 postseason victories.

Player Notes:

-        Derick Brassard notched a power play goal, added two assists, and was credited with five hits in 16:29 of ice time. His assist on Brian Boyle’s goal at 12:50 of the first period was his first career playoff point.

-        According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Brassard’s three points were the most by a Ranger in their home playoff debut since Sergei Zubov on Apr. 17, 1994 vs. the NY Islanders (one goal, two assists).

-        Brian Boyle registered a goal, added a power play assist, and won a game-high, 14-21 faceoffs (67%) in 20:42 of ice time. The two points are a single-game career high for Boyle in the playoffs.

-        Derek Stepan tallied the game-winning goal with 6:25 remaining in the third period, and registered three shots on goal in 23:57 of ice time. The goal was his second career playoff tally, and he has now registered a point in eight straight games at MSG (six goals, five assists over the span).

-        Mats Zuccarello recorded two assists, including one on the power play and one on the game-winning goal, and logged 11:13 of ice time. His power play assist at 1:23 of the second period was his first career playoff point.

-        Arron Asham notched a goal and was credited with two hits in 6:31 of ice time. The goal was his 10th career playoff tally, and his first playoff point as a Ranger.

-        Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves to improve to 26-32 in 58 career postseason contests. He is now 6-3 in his last nine playoff games at Madison Square Garden, posting a 2.01 goals against average, .913 save percentage and one shutout over the span.

-        Rick Nash tallied the primary assist on the game-winning goal and registered a team-high, four shots on goal in 19:31 of ice time. The assist was his first playoff point as a Ranger.

-        Taylor Pyatt registered his first playoff point as a Ranger with an assist, and two shots on goal in 13:03 of ice time.

-        Michael Del Zotto recorded an assist, was credited with four hits and two blocked shots, and logged 17:02 of ice time. He has now registered seven points (two goals, five assists) in 10 career playoff contests against Washington.