EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: GAME TWO TONIGHT

NY RANGERS vs. NEW JERSEY DEVILS
2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Eastern Conference Final
Game 1
(NYR lead 1-0)
Wednesday, May 16, 8:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY Rangers (Regular Season): 51-24-7 (109 pts), 1st in East
Devils (Regular Season): 48-28-6 (102 pts), 6th in East

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TONIGHT’S GAME:

The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m.; TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7FM), in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Blueshirts opened up their third round series with a 3-0 win over the Devils in Game 1 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. New York has now won six of their last nine opening games of playoff series dating back to the 2007 playoffs. The Rangers enter the contest with a 207-222-8 record all-time in 437 playoff contests (116-86-2 at home; 91-136-6 on the road). New York has posted a 45-48-2 record all-time in Game 2 of playoff series.

New York entered the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference having posted a record of 51-24-7 overall (27-12-2 at home; 24-12-5 on the road) for 109 points. The Rangers’ 51 wins ranked second in franchise history, while their 109 points tied for second all-time. The Blueshirts finished second in the NHL overall, tied for first in wins and led the league with 47 wins in regulation and overtime. New York is one of four Eastern Conference teams to have posted 40 or more wins in at least six seasons since 2005-06, and one of four teams in the East to have advanced to the playoffs in six of the last seven years.

ALL-TIME RANGERS PLAYOFF RECORDS:

  • Overall — 207-222-8
  • Home — 116-86-2
  • Away — 91-136-6
  • Goals for — 1,207
  • Goals against — 1,198

ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORDS — RANGERS vs. DEVILS:

  • The Rangers and Devils are meeting in the playoffs for the sixth time overall and the third time in seven years. Their last postseason encounter was in the 2008 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, a series won by the Rangers, 4-1. Overall, the Blueshirts have a 4-1 playoff series record vs. the Devils, posting a 17-12 mark in 29 postseason contests.

RANGERS vs. DEVILS:

  • All-Time (Regular Season):
    101-84-27-6 overall (56-30-20-2 at home; 45-54-7-4 on the road)
  • 2011-12: New York was 3-2-1 overall (2-1-0 at home; 1-1-1 on the road). Four of their six meetings were decided by two goals or less. Carl Hagelin led all skaters with six assists and eight points in the season series. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-2-0 with a 1.41 GAA, .940 sv% and one shutout, while Martin Biron made 26 saves in his only appearance (4-3 shootout loss).
  • Thirteen of their last 17 regular season meetings have been decided by two goals or less
  • The Blueshirts have seven players with previous playoff experience against the Devils, led by Brad Richards (11 GP) who had registered three goals and eight assists against New Jersey entering the series
  • New York lists one former Devil on their roster: Mike Rupp (2002-03 – 2003-04, 2006-07 – 2008-09)
  • New Jersey lists one former Ranger on their roster: Petr Sykora (2005-06)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. DEVILS (Regular Season):

  • Henrik Lundqvist — 41 GP, 25-11-5, 1.79 GAA, 6 SO
  • Brad Richards — 38 GP, 5-28-33
  • Marian Gaborik — 24 GP, 8-12-20
  • Ryan Callahan — 25 GP, 7-9-16
  • Dan Girardi — 35 GP, 1-13-14

SPECIAL TEAMS:

The Rangers are 4-1 in games when out-scoring their opponent on special teams in the playoffs.

  • Power Play:  The Rangers tallied one goal in four power play attempts (7:36) in Game 1, and are now 10-61 (16.4%) in 15 playoff contests. New York is 1-1 in five-on-three situations (0:40; last – 4/23 at OTT), and 0-1 while skating four-on-three (0:30; last – 4/23 at OTT). Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
  • Penalty Killing:  The Blueshirts held the Devils scoreless in four shorthanded situations (6:38) in Game 1, and are now 42-50 (84.0%) in 15 playoff contests. New York is 1-1 in three-on-five situations (0:33; last – 4/28 vs. WSH). Shorthanded goals for (0).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation in Game 1. The Rangers are plus-one in nine four-on-four situations (10:22). Four-on-four goals for (1): Richards (4/30 vs. WSH). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).

HOME SWEET HOME:

  • The Rangers have won their last seven playoff series in which they held home-ice advantage, including a 4-3 series win against New Jersey in the 1994 Conference Final.

OPENING ACT:

  • The Blueshirts have opened six of their last nine playoff series with a win in Game 1. The Rangers’ 3-0 win vs. the Devils on Monday was the 12th shutout by the Rangers in series opening games all-time. New York is 8-3 in playoff series when posting a shutout in Game 1. Overall, the Rangers have posted a 32-11 series record when winning Game 1, including wins in seven of the last eight playoff series in which the Blueshirts won the opening game.

MILESTONE WIN:

  • The Rangers won their 100th victory all-time against the New Jersey Devils franchise on Feb. 27. The Blueshirts held the Devils to a season-low, 13 shots against in the 2-0 victory, the fewest shots allowed by the Rangers in a game since they held Calgary to 11 shots on goal on Jan. 19, 1981 at MSG. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

SINCE 2007-08:

  • The Rangers are 20-8-3 overall (11-4-1 at home; 9-4-2 on the road) against the Devils in the regular season since 2007-08, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist is 20-8-2 with a 1.96 GAA, .929 sv% and six shutouts in 30 games over the span.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

  • Henrik Lundqvist has faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 34 career regular season games, posting a record of 23-6-5 with a 1.73 GAA, .935 sv% and five shutouts over the span.

IN-KREID-IBLE:

  • Rangers rookie Chris Kreider notched his first goal at Madison Square Garden with the game-winner, and added his first career assist in Game 1 vs. Washington. He became the youngest Rangers player to record two points in a playoff game since Niklas Sundstrom on May 11, 1996, and the first Blueshirt rookie to register a multi-point effort in the postseason since Brandon Dubinsky on May 1, 2008. Kreider is the first New York rookie to register two game-winning goals in the postseason since Mike Allison in the 1981 playoffs. In Game 1 of the Conference Final, Kreider tallied his first career power play goal and added the primary assist on the game-winning goal to become one of four players in NHL history to have notched at least three playoff goals before skating in a regular season game, and one of four such players to have registered at least five points. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

KING HENRIK’S ASCENSION:

  • Henrik Lundqvist continues to climb the Rangers’ all-time playoff leaders list in several goaltending categories. He posted a 21-save shutout in Game 1 of the Conference Final, moving into a tie with Ed Giacomin and John Ross Roach for third in franchise history with five career playoff shutouts. He also passed Dave Kerr for second on the Rangers’ all-time total shutouts list with 48 in his career (43 regular season, five playoff). In the first round, Lundqvist passed John Vanbiesbrouck for third in franchise history with his 39th career playoff appearance in Game 4 at Ottawa, while his 25-save effort in a 3-2 win in Game 6 of that series moved him past Dave Kerr for third all-time with 18 playoff victories.

COOL UNDER PRESSURE:

  • Henrik Lundqvist has posted 30 or more saves in the playoffs 14 times, posting a 7-7 record with a 1.69 GAA, .948 sv% and two shutouts in those contests.

BROADWAY HIT:

  • New York leads the league with 521 hits in the playoffs. The Blueshirts have five players ranked in the top 10 in the NHL – Ryan Callahan (1st, 68), Michael Del Zotto (5th, 51), Brian Boyle (6th, 46), Brandon Prust (T-7th, 45), and Dan Girardi (T-9th, 43).

BLOCK PARTY:

  • The Rangers rank second in the NHL with 293 blocked shots in the playoffs, paced by Dan Girardi (1st, 52), Ryan McDonagh (2nd, 42), Marc Staal (T-7th, 31), and Ryan Callahan (10th, 26). Ruslan Fedotenko (18) and Brad Richards (15) also rank third and sixth, respectively in blocked shots among NHL forwards.

SEVENTH HEAVEN:

  • The Rangers advanced to the Conference Final behind a pair of 2-1 Game 7 victories, defeating the Ottawa Senators in their Conference Quarterfinal series and the Washington Capitals in the Conference Semifinals. New York remains undefeated in Game 7s played at MSG, having posted a record of 5-0 in those contests. The Rangers are 5-5 all-time in Game 7s, with eight of the 10 games being decided by one goal. Head Coach John Tortorella is 4-1 all-time in Game 7s, with the final score of all five contests being 2-1.

KING HENRIK’S ASCENSION:

  • Henrik Lundqvist continues to climb the Rangers’ all-time playoff leaders list in several goaltending categories. He posted a 21-save shutout in Game 1 of the Conference Final, moving into a tie with Ed Giacomin and John Ross Roach for third in franchise history with five career playoff shutouts. He also passed Dave Kerr for second on the Rangers’ all-time total shutouts list with 48 in his career (43 regular season, five playoff). In the first round, Lundqvist passed John Vanbiesbrouck for third in franchise history with his 39th career playoff appearance in Game 4 at Ottawa, while his 25-save effort in a 3-2 win in Game 6 of that series moved him past Dave Kerr for third all-time with 18 playoff victories.

COOL UNDER PRESSURE:

  • Henrik Lundqvist has posted 30 or more saves in the playoffs 14 times, posting a 7-7 record with a 1.69 GAA, .948 sv% and two shutouts in those contests.

BROADWAY HIT:

  • New York leads the league with 521 hits in the playoffs. The Blueshirts have five players ranked in the top 10 in the NHL – Ryan Callahan (1st, 68), Michael Del Zotto (5th, 51), Brian Boyle (6th, 46), Brandon Prust (T-7th, 45), and Dan Girardi (T-9th, 43).

BLOCK PARTY:

  • The Rangers rank second in the NHL with 293 blocked shots in the playoffs, paced by Dan Girardi (1st, 52), Ryan McDonagh (2nd, 42), Marc Staal (T-7th, 31), and Ryan Callahan (10th, 26). Ruslan Fedotenko (18) and Brad Richards (15) also rank third and sixth, respectively, in blocked shots among NHL forwards.

SEVENTH HEAVEN:

  • The Rangers advanced to the Conference Final behind a pair of 2-1 Game 7 victories, defeating the Ottawa Senators in their Conference Quarterfinal series and the Washington Capitals in the Conference Semifinals. New York remains undefeated in Game 7s played at MSG, having posted a record of 5-0 in those contests. The Rangers are 5-5 all-time in Game 7s, with eight of the 10 games being decided by one goal. Head Coach John Tortorella is 4-1 all-time in Game 7s, with the final score of all five contests being 2-1.

FOLLOW THE LEADER:

  • New York has tallied the game’s first goal in 10 games during the playoffs, posting a record of 8-2 in those contests.  In their Conference Semifinal series against Washington, the team that scored the first goal of the game was undefeated.

CLOSE CALL:

  • Eleven of the Rangers’ 15 playoff games have been decided by one goal, including four that were decided in OT. The Blueshirts and Capitals were separated by one goal in six of seven games, with two games requiring OT, and were tied or separated by one goal for 91.1% of the total playing time in their second round series.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET:

  • Brad Richards’ goal with 7.6 seconds remaining in regulation in Game 5 was the latest game-tying goal scored by the Rangers in the playoffs in franchise history, and the sixth game-tying goal tallied by the Blueshirts in the final minute of regulation all-time in the playoffs. Below is a complete list of last minute, game-tying goals by the Rangers in postseason action.

RANGER’S TRIPLE OT GAME THREE WIN NOTES:

  • Was the fifth longest game in franchise history at 114:41
  • Marked the seventh time the Rangers skated in a game that required at least three OT periods
  • Was the longest Rangers game since Mar. 21, 1939 (119:25, 2-1 loss vs. Boston)
  • Was the second longest game resulting in a win for the Rangers all-time (Mar. 26, 1932; 119:32, 4-3 win at Montreal)
  • The last triple OT game for the Rangers was a 3-2 win vs. Chicago on Apr. 29, 1971, in Game 6 of their Semifinals series at MSG. Pete Stemkowski tallied the GWG at 1:29 of triple OT to send that series into a Game 7.
  • Was the longest NHL game since May 4, 2008, when Dallas defeated San Jose, 2-1, at 9:03 of the fourth OT*
  • The last NHL game that required at least three OT periods was on Apr. 22, 2010, when Ottawa’s Matt Carkner tallied the GWG at 7:06 of the third OT in a 4-3 win at Pittsburgh*

*courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

INJURIES:

 

  • Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 15
  • Mats Zuccarello (fractured wrist, 3/23) — 15
  • Brandon Dubinsky (injured, 4/26) — 8

Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 237
Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 48

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

May 14 — Recalled Cam Talbot, Tim Erixon, Dylan McIlrath, J.T. Miller, Kris Newbury, and Casey Wellman from Connecticut (AHL)

(Pre-Game Notes courtesy of the New York Rangers)

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