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Rangers vs. Senators (Game 4): Postgame Notes

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Team Notes

  • LEADING THE WAY - Over 262:54 of game time through the first four contests of the Second Round, the Rangers have led for 149:56, have been tied for 108:47, and have trailed for 4:11.
  • SPLITTING THE DIFFERENCE - Since the start of the 2012 Playoffs, eight of the 15 playoff series the Rangers have played have been tied at two games apiece through the first four games. The Blueshirts have posted a 5-2 series record in series which were tied at two games apiece over the span. Both of the Rangers' two playoff series this year have been tied through four games.
  • HIGH FIVE - All of the top five Rangers in playoff games played in franchise history (skaters and goaltenders included) are on the current roster: Henrik Lundqvist (126), Dan Girardi (120), Marc Staal (102), Derek Stepan (95), and Ryan McDonagh (94).
  • DOWN, BUT NOT OUT - The Rangers have won eight of the last 11 playoff games they have played when trailing in a series, dating back to Game 5 of the Second Round against Washington in 2015.
  • FOUR SCORE - New York has tallied four or more goals in each of the last three games, registering 13 goals over the span. The Blueshirts have recorded at least four goals in three consecutive playoff games for the first time since Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against New Jersey in 2008 (Apr. 16, 2008) to Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Pittsburgh in 2008 (Apr. 25, 2008). In addition, the Rangers have registered four or more goals in three straight games in the same playoff series for the first time since the first three games of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Quebec in 1995.
  • FINISHING STRONG - Since the start of the 2013 Playoffs, the Rangers have posted a 23-12 record in Games 4-7 of a playoff series, including a 15-4 record in Games 4-7 of a playoff series at home. New York has posted a 4-0 record in Game 4 or later in a series during the 2017 Playoffs.
  • CORE FOUR - The Blueshirts have won Game 4 in six of their last eight playoff series, dating back to the Eastern Conference Final against Montreal in 2014. In addition, the Rangers have posted an 11-3 record in Game 4 of a playoff series at home since the start of the 2007 Playoffs.
  • TWO GOOD - The Rangers have earned at least two wins in 12 of 15 playoff series since the start of the 2012 Playoffs and in 16 of 21 playoff series since the start of the 2007 Playoffs.
  • PLAYOFF PERFORMERS - The Rangers lead the NHL in playoff games played since the start of the 2012 Playoffs (91), and the Blueshirts also lead all Eastern Conference teams in playoff wins over the span (46). The only NHL team that has earned more playoff wins than the Rangers have over the span is Chicago (48).
  • HOME COOKING - New York has won four of five games at MSG during the 2017 Playoffs, including each of the last four playoff contests at home. The Blueshirts have outscored their opponents, 13-4, over the last four games at MSG. The Rangers have earned at least two home wins in nine of 15 playoff series since the start of the 2012 Playoffs, including each of their first two playoff series in 2017, and the Blueshirts won all of the previous eight playoff series in which they earned at least two home wins over the span.
  • SHUTTING THE DOOR - The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in six of the last seven games and in seven of 10 playoff contests in 2017. In addition, the Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in each of their six playoff wins in 2017 and in 29 of their 31 playoff wins since the start of the 2014 Playoffs.
  • SPECIAL TEAMS - The Rangers outscored Ottawa, 1-0, on special teams in tonight's game. The Blueshirts have either outscored or tied their opponent in special teams scoring in nine of 10 playoff games this year.
  • POWER SURGE - The Blueshirts have recorded a power play goal in three of the last five contests.
  • KILL ZONE - Dating back to the regular season, New York has not allowed a power play goal in 11 of its last 15 games.
  • FIRST IN SCORE - The Rangers have tallied the first goal of the game in all four games thus far during the Second Round.
  • SECOND HELPING - The Blueshirts outscored Ottawa, 2-0, in the second period of tonight's game. Through 10 playoff games in 2017, the Rangers have outscored their opponents, 14-4, in the second period.

Three Stars on Broadway

  • Oscar Lindberg posted his first multi-goal/point game in the playoffs in his NHL career by registering two goals, tallied the game-winning goal, and posted a plus-two rating. He has tallied a goal in each of the last two games (three goals over the span), and he is tied for fourth on the Rangers in goals in the playoffs this year (three).
  • Tanner Glass posted his first multi-assist/point game in the playoffs in his NHL career by recording two assists, led all skaters with seven hits, and posted a plus-one rating. Glass has tallied an assist/point in each of the last two games (three assists), and he has recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in five playoff games this year.
  • Michael Grabner tallied an assist and posted a plus-two rating. Grabner extended his point streak to three games (two goals, one assist), and he is tied for third on the Rangers in points in the 2017 Playoffs (five). He has registered 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his last 16 playoff contests.

Blueshirt Breakdown

  • Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves to earn the win. Lundqvist registered his 61st career NHL playoff win in tonight's contest, tying Tom Barrasso for 13th place on the league's all-time playoff wins list. He leads all active NHL goaltenders in career playoff appearances (126) and career playoff wins (61).
  • Nick Holden tallied the first goal of the game, was credited with six hits, and recorded three blocked shots. He tallied his first playoff goal as a Ranger, and he has recorded six points (four goals, two assists) in 16 career NHL playoff contests.
  • Chris Kreider registered a power play goal and recorded three shots on goal. He tallied his 22nd career playoff goal with the Rangers, tying Vic Hadfield, Don Maloney, and Anders Hedberg for seventh place on the franchise's all-time playoff goals list.
  • Ryan McDonagh tallied an assist while skating in a team-high, 25:14 of ice time. McDonagh skated in his 94th career playoff game with the Rangers in tonight's contest, passing Walt Tkaczuk for sole possession of fourth place on the franchise's all-time playoff games played list (among skaters).
  • Derek Stepan registered an assist, recorded five shots on goal, and won 11 of 21 faceoffs (52.4%). He tallied his 48th career playoff point as a Ranger, passing Ron Duguay for sole possession of eighth place on the franchise's all-time playoff points list.
  • J.T. Miller notched an assist and posted a plus-one rating. Miller has recorded an assist/point in each of the last two games and in three of the last five games. Miller has also notched an assist/point in each of the last three games at MSG.
  • Kevin Hayes registered an assist and recorded one shot on goal.
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