The Rangers face-off against the Washington Capitals tonight at Madison Square Garden in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (7:00 p.m.). On Monday, the Rangers were defeated by the Capitals, 4-0, in Game Three, to drop their series lead to 2-1. New York enters tonight's game with a 196-209-8 all-time record in its previous 413 playoff contests, including a 108-81-2 mark at home. The Blueshirts have posted a 38-28 record all-time in Game Four's of post-season series, including a 25-17 mark at MSG.Download complete game notes >>
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Rangers vs. Capitals Pre-Game Notes
* The Rangers have won the first two games of a playoff series on the road, then lost Game Three at MSG, two other times in franchise history; the first time was in 1973 vs. Boston (won the series, 4-1) and the second was last season vs. New Jersey (won the series, 4-1).
* Entering tonight's contest, New York has posted a 196-209-8 record in 413 post-season contests, including a 108-81-2 mark at MSG.
* The Blueshirts have posted a 38-28 record all-time in Game Four's of post-season series, including a 25-17 mark at MSG.
* The Rangers have notched two goals in 15 power play opportunities (13.3%) in the first three games of the series.
* In the first three games of this series, the Rangers have surrendered four goals in 16 times shorthanded (75.0%).
* New York has blocked 63 shots through three games in the series, including 29 blocked shots in Game Two; the last time the Rangers blocked 29-or-more shots in a game was on November 1, 2007 vs. Washington (30).
* The Blueshirts have out-hit the Capitals, 91-71, through three games in the series.
* Through the first three games of the series, the Rangers have held the lead for 65:26, the Capitals have led for 54:12 and the score has been tied for 60:22.
* Henrik Lundqvist
has posted a 2-1 record, along with a 2.33 goals against average, .936 save percentage and one shutout in three post-season appearances; Lundqvist has started the last 25 playoff contests for the Rangers.
* Ryan Callahan
leads the Rangers with 13 hits in three playoff games; Blair Betts ranks first on the Blueshirts with 10 blocked shots.
* Michal Rozsival ranks first on the club in average icetime, logging 25:08 per game during the post-season; Scott Gomez leads the Rangers in power play icetime, skating in 16:11 with the man advantage, while Marc Staal
has logged a team-high, 14:57 of icetime in shorthanded situations.
* The following members of the Rangers have won a Stanley Cup: Gomez (New Jersey - 2000, 2003) and Chris Drury (Colorado - 2001).
* The following members of the Rangers have played in the Stanley Cup Finals: Gomez (New Jersey - 2000, 2001, 2003), Drury (Colorado - 2001) and Wade Redden
(Ottawa - 2007).
* Michael Del Zotto
, the Rangers' first round selection (20th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, has registered three goals and 16 assists for 19 points in 13 playoff games with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL); the defenseman leads London in post-season assists (16) and is tied for third in playoff scoring (19 points).
* The Rangers have no former Capitals on their roster.
* The Capitals roster lists three former Rangers; Alexandre Giroux (2005-06), Michael Nylander (2005-06 to 2006-07) and Tom Poti (2001-02 to 2005-06).
* 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 13-12-0 mark in 24 post-season contests.All Time – Rangers Playoff Record
GA: 1,188Series Schedule
(Rangers lead series 2-1)
April 15 Rangers 4 at Washington 3
April 18 Rangers 1 at Washington 0
April 20 Washington 4 at Rangers 0
April 22 Washington at Rangers, 7 p.m.
April 24 Rangers at Washington, 7 p.m.
• Complete Series Schedule 2008-09 - Rangers vs. Capitals Regular Season
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 MSG Recent New York Rangers Playoff Games
Last 5 NYR games: 2-1
Last 10 NYR games: 2-1 Injuries
* The Rangers have lost one manpower game due to injury or illness this postseason. Highlights from Hartford
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The Wolf Pack suffered its first loss of the 2009 postseason Monday night, a 3-2, double-overtime defeat at Worcester (San Jose affiliate) in Game Three of their Atlantic Division Semifinal series. The Wolf Pack still lead the series, two-games-to-one, after taking the first two games at home despite being outshot by a combined margin of 85-42. Game Four of the best-of-seven set is tonight (6:35) in Worcester, before the series shifts back to the XL Center in Hartford for Game Five tomorrow night (7:00). If a Game Six is necessary, it would be Saturday night (7:05) in Worcester, and if it goes the full seven games, Game Seven would be Monday (7:00) in Hartford.
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