RANGERS TAKE CRITICAL GAME THREE IN OT

  Game Summary                                              NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)  MTL: C. Price (L)   Event Summary

–        HIGH FIVE – Prior to this year, the Rangers won each of their last 14 playoff series in which they earned a win in Game 5, dating back to the Patrick Division Semifinals against Philadelphia in 1986.

–        COMEBACK KIDS – The Rangers have rallied from a two-games-to-one deficit to take a three-games-to-two lead in a best-of-seven series for the eighth time in franchise history (the Rangers also accomplished the feat in the following series: Semifinals vs. Boston in 1940; Stanley Cup Final vs. Detroit in 1950; Semifinals vs. Toronto in 1971; Quarterfinals vs. Montreal in 1974; Patrick Division Finals vs. Washington in 1986; Patrick Division Semifinals vs. New Jersey in 1992; Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Montreal in 1996). The Blueshirts posted a 6-1 series record in those previous seven series in which they rallied from a two-games-to-one deficit to take a three-games-to-two lead.

–        WORKING OVERTIME – The Rangers have earned at least one win in overtime in six of their last 10 playoff series, dating back to the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Boston in 2013. The Blueshirts have played at least two overtime games in 10 of their last 15 playoff series, dating back to the start of the 2011 Playoffs.

–        WINNING HAB-IT – New York has won 11 of its last 15 playoff games against Montreal, dating back to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 1996. The Rangers have also won seven of nine road playoff games against Montreal over the span, as well as seven of nine all-time playoff games at Bell Centre.

–        ROAD WARRIORS – The Blueshirts lead the NHL in playoff wins on the road since the start of the 2014 Playoffs (14). The Rangers have earned at least two road wins in five of their last eight playoff series, dating back to the Second Round against Pittsburgh in 2014.

–        FINISHING STRONG – The Rangers have posted an 11-5 record in their last 16 games which were Games 5-7 of a playoff series, dating back to Game 7 of the First Round against Philadelphia in 2014.

–        PLAYOFF PERFORMERS – The Rangers lead the NHL in playoff games played since the start of the 2012 Playoffs (86). In addition, the Blueshirts rank second in the NHL – and lead all Eastern Conference teams – in playoff wins over the span (43).

–        HITTING MACHINE – New York was credited with 49 hits in tonight’s contest, including 42 in regulation, as 16 of 18 skaters registered at least one hit in the contest.

–        SHUTTING THE DOOR – New York has allowed two goals or fewer in 26 of its 28 playoff wins since the start of the 2014 Playoffs.

–        SHORT AND SWEET – The Rangers were 3-for-4 (7:51) on the penalty kill and tallied a shorthanded goal in tonight’s contest. The Blueshirts recorded a shorthanded goal in a playoff game on the road for the first time since Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in 2014 against Los Angeles.

–        Mika Zibanejad tallied two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-winning goal in overtime, recorded three shots on goal, was credited with four blocked shots, registered four hits, and posted a plus-two rating. Zibanejad registered his first career NHL playoff overtime goal, as well as his first NHL playoff game-winning goal, in tonight’s contest. He is tied for the team lead in assists (two) and points (three) in the playoffs this year. In addition, Zibanejad has recorded nine points (two goals, seven assists) in nine career playoff games on the road against Montreal.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 34 saves, and stopped all 20 shots he faced from the start of the second period through the end of the contest, to earn his 58th career NHL playoff win in tonight’s contest. Lundqvist leads all active NHL goaltenders in career playoff appearances (121) and career playoff wins (58). In the Rangers’ 28 playoff wins since the start of the 2014 Playoffs, Lundqvist has posted a 1.28 GAA, a .957 SV%, and 2 SO.

–        Jesper Fast notched a shorthanded goal, was credited with four hits, registered three shots on goal, recorded two takeaways, and posted a plus-one rating. Fast is tied for the team lead in goals (two), points (three), and plus/minus rating (plus-four) in the 2017 Playoffs. He has recorded a goal/point in each of the last two games, and he has tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in his last six playoff contests. Fast’s goal was the first shorthanded goal/point of his NHL career (regular season or playoffs).

–        Brady Skjei tallied a goal, registered three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating. He is the first Rangers defenseman who has registered at least two playoff goals in his rookie year since Brian Leetch in 1989 (three). Skjei is tied for the team lead in goals in the playoffs this year (two), and as of the conclusion of tonight’s game, he is also tied for first among NHL defensemen in goals in the 2017 Playoffs.

–        Chris Kreider tallied an assist on the game-winning goal in overtime and posted a plus-one rating. Kreider skated in his 70th career playoff game with the Rangers in tonight’s contest, tying Mark Messier and Jeff Beukeboom for 11th place on the Rangers’ all-time playoff games played list.

–        Rick Nash recorded an assist, led all skaters with eight shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in the contest. Nash is tied for the team lead in points in the playoffs this year (three; two goals, one assist). In addition, he has registered 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in his last 14 playoff games.

–        Jimmy Vesey notched an assist, led all skaters with four takeaways, recorded two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating. Vesey is tied for the team lead in assists in the playoffs this year (two).

–        Ryan McDonagh was credited with six hits, registered three shots on goal, recorded three blocked shots, and posted a plus-one rating while skating in a team-high, 30:41 of ice time.

–        Kevin Hayes won 10 of 18 faceoffs (55.6%), was credited with three blocked shots and recorded two shots on goal in 21:58 of ice time.

–        Nick Holden led all skaters with nine hits, registered two shots on goal, and was credited with two blocked shots in 20:40 of ice time in the contest.

–        Next Game: Saturday, Apr. 22 vs. Montreal (Game 6); 8:00 p.m. ET – TV: NBC Network

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