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Rangers, Lightning take East Final to Game 7

by NHL Public Relations / NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning will decide the Eastern Conference Final in Game 7 Friday night at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m., ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA). The winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Final and face the winner of the Western Conference Final between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks.

The Rangers and Lightning both will make their second appearance in a Game 7 this postseason. New York eliminated the Washington Capitals in the Second Round with a 2-1 overtime victory at Madison Square Garden on May 13, while the Lightning blanked the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 at Amalie Arena to complete the First Round on April 29.

The Rangers have posted six consecutive Game 7 wins, tied for the longest such streak in NHL history with the Red Wings, who won six consecutive Game 7s between 1949 and 1964, and the Boston Bruins, who captured six straight between 1983 and 1994. The Rangers also have won seven all-time Game 7s on Madison Square Garden ice, a streak dating to 1992.

Henrik Lundqvist's active six-game winning streak in Game 7s is a League record for goaltenders, as is his goals-against average (0.97) and his feat of allowing one or fewer goals in each of those contests. His six career victories are tied with Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy for the most in NHL history among goaltenders.

Six other Rangers have posted six career Game 7 wins: defensemen Dan Girardi (6-1) and Ryan McDonagh (6-0) and forwards Carl Hagelin (6-0), Dominic Moore (6-1), Derek Stepan (6-0) and Martin St. Louis (6-1). Three more New York forwards are undefeated in at least four appearances: Chris Kreider (5-0), Derick Brassard (4-0) and Rick Nash (4-0).

The Lightning's victory over Detroit in the First Round lifted the club's lifetime Game 7 record to 4-1, with their only loss coming in a 1-0 decision at Boston in the 2011 Eastern Conference Final. Tampa Bay defenseman Anton Stralman is undefeated in Game 7s (6-0), as is forward Brian Boyle (5-0) and defenseman Matt Carle (4-0).

Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop stopped all 31 shots he faced in the series-deciding win over Detroit in the First Round, becoming the first goaltender to record a shutout in his first career Game 7 appearance since Montreal’s Carey Price did so in the 2008 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Boston.

Other Game 7 Notes

* Home teams are 94-65 (.591) all-time in Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including 3-0 in 2015.

* The team that scores first is 117-42 all-time (.736), including a 2-1 mark in 2015.

* Forty Game 7s have required overtime (40-of-159, 25.2%). Home and road teams each have 20 wins.

Individual Game 7 statistics:

NY Rangers GP W-L G A Pts.
Dan Boyle 6 4-2 1 2 3
Derick Brassard 4 4-0 0 3 3
Jesper Fast 1 1-0 0 0 0
Dan Girardi 7 6-1 1 1 2
Tanner Glass 4 2-2 0 0 0
Carl Hagelin 6 6-0 0 2 2
Kevin Hayes 1 1-0 1 0 1
Matt Hunwick 1 0-1 0 0 0
Kevin Klein 3 3-0 0 1 1
Chris Kreider 5 5-0 0 1 1
Ryan McDonagh 6 6-0 0 1 1
J.T. Miller 1 1-0 0 1 1
Dominic Moore 7 6-1 2 2 4
Rick Nash 4 4-0 0 1 1
James Sheppard 3 1-2 0 1 1
Marc Staal 6 5-1 1 0 1
Derek Stepan 6 6-0 1 2 3
Martin St. Louis 7 6-1 0 2 2
Keith Yandle 2 1-1 0 1 1
Mats Zuccarello 3 3-0 1 1 2

GP Mins W-L GAA SO Sv%
Henrik Lundqvist 7 431 6-1 0.97 1 .966

Date Score Dec.Shots
5/13/15 WSH 1 at NYR 2 (OT) Win36
5/13/14 NYR 2 at PIT 1 Win36
4/30/14 PHI 1 at NYR 2 Win27
5/13/13 NYR 5 at WSH 0 Win35
5/12/12 WSH 1 at NYR 2 Win23
4/26/12 OTT 1 at NYR 2 Win27
4/28/09 NYR 1 at WSH 2 Loss24

NY Rangers Head Coach

Alain Vigneault (5-1)

Date Score Dec.
5/13/15 WSH 1 at NYR 2 (OT) Win
5/13/14 NYR 2 at PIT 1 Win
4/30/14 PHI 1 at NYR 2 Win
6/15/11 BOS 4 at VAN 0 Loss
4/26/11 CHI 1 at VAN 2 (OT) Win
4/23/07 DAL 1 at VAN 4 Win

Tampa Bay GP W-L G A Pts.
Brian Boyle 5 5-0 1 0 1
Ryan Callahan 5 4-1 1 2 3
Matt Carle 4 4-0 0 1 1
Braydon Coburn 5 4-1 2 1 3
Valtteri Filppula 7 4-3 1 5 6
Jason Garrison 2 1-1 0 1 1
Victor Hedman 3 2-1 0 0 0
Tyler Johnson 1 1-0 0 0 0
Alex Killorn 1 1-0 0 1 1
Nikita Kucherov 1 1-0 0 0 0
Brenden Morrow 3 2-1 0 0 0
Vlad. Namestnikov 1 1-0 0 0 0
Nikita Nesterov 1 1-0 0 0 0
Ondrej Palat 1 1-0 0 0 0
Cedric Paquette 1 1-0 0 0 0
Steven Stamkos 3 2-1 0 0 0
Anton Stralman 6 6-0 1 1 2
Andrej Sustr 1 1-0 0 0 0

GP Mins W-L GAA SO Sv%
Ben Bishop 1 60 1-0 0.00 1 1.000

Date Score Dec.Shots
4/29/15 DET 0 at TB 2 Win31

Tampa Bay Head Coach

Jon Cooper (1-0)

Date Score Dec.
4/29/15 DET 0 at TB 2 Win

Team Game 7 results:

New York Rangers (9-5)

5/13/15, Eastern Conference Second Round vs. Washington (WSH 1 at NYR 2, OT)

5/13/14, Eastern Conference Second Round vs. Pittsburgh (NYR 2 at PIT 1)

4/30/14, Eastern Conference First Round vs. Philadelphia (PHI 1 at NYR 2)

5/13/13, Eastern Conference QF vs. Washington (NYR 5 at WSH 0)

5/12/12, Eastern Conference SF vs. Washington (WSH 1 at NYR 2)

4/26/12, Eastern Conference QF vs. Ottawa (OTT 1 at NYR 2)

4/28/09, Eastern Conference QF vs. Washington (NYR 1 at WSH 2)

6/14/94, Stanley Cup Final vs. Vancouver (VAN 2 at NYR 3)

5/27/94, Eastern Conference Final vs. New Jersey (N.J. 1 at NYR 2, 2OT)

5/1/92, Patrick Division SF vs. New Jersey (N.J. 4 at NYR 8)

5/5/74, Semifinal vs. Philadelphia (NYR 3 at PHI 4)

5/2/71, Semifinal vs. Chicago (NYR 2 at CHI 4)

4/23/50, Stanley Cup Final vs. Detroit (NYR 3 at DET 4, 2OT)

4/2/39, Semifinal vs. Boston (NYR 1 at BOS 2, 3OT)

Tampa Bay Lightning (4-1)

4/29/15, Eastern Conference First Round vs. Detroit (DET 0 at TB 2)

5/27/11, Eastern Conference Final vs. Boston (TB 0 at BOS 1)

4/27/11, Eastern Conference QF vs. Pittsburgh (TB 1 at PIT 0)

6/7/04, Stanley Cup Final vs. Calgary (CGY 1 at TB 2)

5/22/04, Eastern Conference Final vs. Philadelphia (PHI 1 at TB 2)

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