The Rangers face-off against the Washington Capitals tonight at Madison Square Garden in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (7:00 p.m.). On Saturday, the Rangers defeated the Capitals, 1-0, in Game Two, marking the third consecutive season that the Blueshirts have taken a 2-0 lead in a post-season series on the road. New York enters today's game with a 196-208-8 all-time record in its previous 412 playoff contests, including a 108-80-2 mark at home. The Blueshirts have posted a 32-41 record all-time in Game Three's of post-season series.Download complete game notes >>
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Tonight's game will be televised on MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN New York and on satellite radio at XM 206.Rangers vs. Capitals Pre-Game Notes
* The Blueshirts return to MSG with a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the third consecutive year, having accomplished the feat vs. Atlanta in the 2007 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and vs. New Jersey in the 2008 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals; the last time before that the Rangers returned to MSG with a 2-0 lead in a playoff series was 1983 when they swept the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 in the best-of-5 Division Semifinals.
* Entering tonight's contest, New York has posted a 196-208-8 record in 412 post-season contests, including a 108-80-2 mark at MSG.
* The Rangers have posted a 32-41 record all-time in Game Three's of post-season series.
* The Rangers have notched two goals in nine power play opportunities (22.2%) in the first two games of the series.
* In the first two games of this series, the Rangers have surrendered two goals in 10 times shorthanded (80.0%).
* Henrik Lundqvist
has posted a 2-0 record, along with a 1.50 goals against average, .957 save percentage and one shutout in two post-season appearances; He is tied for first in the league in shutouts (one), tied for second in wins (two), ranks fifth in save percentage (.957%), and is tied for fifth in goals against average (1.50).
* The Rangers and Capitals are meeting in the playoffs for the fifth time overall and the first time in 15 years. The clubs' last post-season encounter was an Easter Conference Semifinal series in 1994, won by the Rangers 4-1. Overall, the Blueshirts have a 2-2 playoff series record vs. the Capitals, posting a 13-11-0 mark in 24 post-season contests.
All Time – Rangers Playoff Record
2008-09 - Rangers vs. Capitals
Nov. 8 Rangers 1, Capitals 3 at Washington
Dec. 23 Rangers 4, Capitals 5 (OT) at MSG
Jan. 3 Rangers 1, Capitals 2 at Washington
Feb. 11 Rangers 5, Capitals 4 (SO) at MSGSeries Schedule
April 15 Rangers 4 at Washington 3
April 18 Rangers 1 at Washington 0
April 20 Washington at Rangers, 7 p.m.
April 22 Washington at Rangers, 7 p.m.
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Recent New York Rangers Playoff Games
Last 5 NYR games: 2-0-0
Last 10 NYR games: 2-0-0 Injuries
* The Rangers have lost 31 manpower games due to injury or illness this season. Highlights from Hartford
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Despite being outshot by a combined margin of 85-42, the Wolf Pack took both of the first two games of their first-round series against the Worcester Sharks (San Jose affiliate), both at home. The Wolf Pack, the Atlantic Division regular-season champions, were outshot by a 38-23 margin in Game One Thursday night, but blanked the Sharks, 2-0. Then in Saturday night’s Game Two, Worcester enjoyed a 47-19 shots advantage, and came back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game at three in the second period, but the Wolf Pack eventually prevailed by a score of 5-3, going 12/13 on the penalty-kill. The series resumes tonight (6:35) in Worcester, and Game Four is set for Wednesday night (6:35), also in Worcester. If a Game Five is necessary, it would be Thursday (7:00) in Hartford, a Game Six would be Saturday night (7:05) in Worcester, and if it goes the full seven games, Game Seven would be next Monday (7:00) in Hartford.
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