FINAL: Rangers 4 Caps 3

11:12PM: The following quotes are from the Rangers:

 John Tortorella on tonight’s game…
“I think we’ve done better as the series has gone on. I thought tonight’s game was a game of momentum swings for both teams. One thing I like about our team the past couple of games is that we certainly have bent at times but didn’t break. I think our resiliency has really shown in these past two games and we are going to need that when we go to Washington. They are going to surge there and we just need to find a way to keep our heads above water and find a way to win a game.”
–        Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game…
“It was close again. A big win for us though – much, much needed. I thought again we played a great game. They just kept coming back, but we did so many good things. You can see the confidence; we made a lot of good plays and I thought we deserved this one.”
–        Ryan Callahan on the series…
“These are two big wins here.  We have to keep the momentum and keep the confidence rolling.  It’s a tough building to play in, they play good there, but we feel good now.”

10:07PM: First Period:

  • Brad Richards 1 (Assists: Carl Hagelin 1, Taylor Pyatt 2)

Second Period:

  • Carl Hagelin 2 (Assists: Derick Brassard 3, Ryane Clowe 1)
  • Mathieu Perreault 1 (Assists: Joel Ward 2, Jason Chimera 2)
  • Troy Brouwer 1 (Assists: Mike Green 2)

Third Period:

  • Dan Girardi 1 (power play) (Assists: Derick Brassard 4, Mats Zuccarello 3)
  • Derek Stepan 2 (Assists: Carl Hagelin 2, Ryan Callahan 2)
  • Karl Alzner 1 (Assists: Joel Ward 3, Mathieu Perreault 3)

Three Stars:

  • Three: Dan Girardi
  • Two: Derick Brassard
  • One: Carl Hagelin



Adam’s Thoughts:

  • Derick Brassard continues to impress. He is making big plays and providing a level of creativity that the team has been lacking. He seems to play well at MSG but the Rangers will need him much more in Washington on Friday.
  • Things got dicey after the Rangers went up 2-0 and the Capitals started pressing. The Joel Ward line did more damage seemed to create more chances than all of the other Capital lines combined.
  • The Rangers showed their resiliency with the power play goal from Dan Girardi and the excellent give and go play between Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin.
  •  The series is now tied at two and it becomes a best of three. The question becomes whether the Rangers can defeat the Capitals in Washington. If the series continues the way it has so far, teams winning at home, it won’t end in the Rangers favor.

Rangers Game Notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 4-3, tonight at Madison Square Garden, in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. The series is now tied at two games apiece.
–        New York has posted a record of 210-228-8 overall in postseason action, including a 118-88-2 mark at home.
–        The Rangers tallied one goal in four power play opportunities (4:59), and are now 2-0 in the playoffs in games when recording a power play goal (2-17, 11.8%).
–        The Blueshirts held the Capitals scoreless in two shorthanded situations (3:37), and are now 10-12 (83.3%) in the playoffs.
–        The Rangers out-hit the Capitals, 38-20, including 10 players with two or more hits.
–        New York was credited with 33 blocked shots in the contest, including five players who registered three or more blocked shots.
–        The Blueshirts won 34-53 faceoffs (64%), led by Brian Boyle’s game-high, 11 faceoff wins (11-16, 69%).
–        With the win, Head Coach John Tortorella moved into a tie with Mike Keenan for fourth on the Rangers’ all-time playoff wins list with 16 postseason victories.
Player Notes:
–        Carl Hagelin registered a playoff career-high, three points, including one goal and two assists, four shots on goal and a plus-three rating in 16:14 of ice time. He has now tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in four games this series.
–        Dan Girardi notched the game-winning, power play goal, was credited with three hits and five blocked shots, and logged 29:35 of ice time. This is his third consecutive game with five blocked shots, and he now leads the league with 19 blocked shots in the playoffs.
–        Derick Brassard registered two assists, including one on the power play, and won 8-9 faceoffs (89%) in 17:29 of ice time. He has recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in the last two games.
–        Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to improve to 27-32 in 59 career postseason contests. He is now 7-3 in his last 10 playoff games at Madison Square Garden, posting a 2.11 goals against average, .912 save percentage and one shutout over the span.
–        Derek Stepan tallied a goal, tied for the game-high with six shots on goal, and won 10-18 faceoffs (56%) in 20:43 of ice time. He has now registered two goals in the last two games, and has recorded a point in nine straight games at MSG (seven goals, five assists over the span).
–        Brad Richards notched a goal and registered four shots on goal in 14:51 of ice time. He has now recorded nine points (five goals, four assists) in 17 career playoff games against Washington.
–        Ryane Clowe tallied an assist and was credited with four hits in 12:19 of ice time, in his return to the lineup after missing the previous four games due to an injury sustained on Apr. 25 at Carolina.
–        Mats Zuccarello tallied an assist on the game-winning, power play goal, and was credited with three hits in 12:18 of ice time. He has now recorded three assists in the last two games.
–        Ryan Callahan registered an assist, led all skaters with seven blocked shots, was credited with five hits, and tied for the game-high with six shots on goal in 23:31 of ice time. He now leads all league forwards with 13 blocked shots in the playoffs.
–        Taylor Pyatt recorded an assist, and was credited with four hits and two blocked shots in 10:04 of ice time. He has now tallied an assist in each of the last two games.
–        Ryan McDonagh was credited with five blocked shots and logged a game-high, 31:29 of ice time. It is the third time in his playoff career McDonagh has logged 30:00+ of ice time.