NYR2324 - Playoffs Matchup R3G6 - DL (1)


  • The New York Rangers try to stave off elimination when they head to South Florida for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final (8:00 PM ET - TV: ESPN - Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). All-time, New York is 25-22 in Game 6s.
  • On the road in the postseason, the Blueshirts are 5-2. It marks the seventh time in franchise history the team has won five or more road games in a single playoff year. The record is 7 in 1994.
  • Chris Kreider has 16 goals in games when facing elimination, tied with Mark Messier for the most in NHL history. He is 20-9 in games facing elimination.
  • The Blueshirts have won 10 games in these playoffs with four of their last five victories coming in overtime. Their four overtime wins are tied for the most in franchise history (2014-15).
  • The Rangers have recorded 34 comeback wins in the regular season and playoffs combined and have set an NHL record for the most in a single year, surpassing the 2005-06 Hurricanes and 1983-84 Oilers.
  • The Blueshirts have tied the franchise record (1978-79) for the most shorthanded goals in a playoff year with six. Only three other teams in the past 26 years (since 1998) have had as many in a playoff year: 2002 Red Wings (7), 2008 Red Wings (6) and 1998 Red Wings (6).
  • The Rangers are in the Eastern Conference Final for the second time in three years and fifth time since 2012. The Lightning (6) are the only other team since 2012 that have made 5-plus Conference Finals/Semifinal appearances.
  • The Rangers are the sixth Presidents’ Trophy winner to advance to the Conference Finals in the past 20 years (since 2004).
  • The Blueshirts are 10-5 in these playoffs. They won each of their first seven games of a playoff year for the second time in franchise history (7-0 in 1994) and are the first team to achieve the feat since the 2008 Penguins (7-0).
  • New York and Florida are meeting in the playoffs for the second time ever, the first occurrence being a Rangers five- game series win in the 1997 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal.
  • When scoring four or more goals in the regular season and playoffs combined, New York is 41-0-1.
  • The Rangers finished the regular season with a 55-23-4 record for 114 points, finishing first place in the NHL standings for the fifth time in franchise history, following 2014-15, 1993-94, 1991-92 and 1941-42.
  • The Blueshirts won the Metro Division and secured their eighth division title in franchise history (Others: 1926–27, 1931– 32, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1993–94, 2011–12, 2014–15). New York set the franchise record for most wins (55) and points (114).
  • The Rangers recorded a 26.4 power play percentage in the regular season, the second best mark in franchise history (1977-78) and third best in the NHL. With a 84.5 clip, the Blueshirts finished with the third highest penalty kill percentage in the NHL.
  • Peter Laviolette (NYI, CAR, PHI, NSH, WSH & NYR) is the first head coach in NHL history to appear in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with six different franchises. His 154 games coached in the playoffs are the most among active NHL coaches and this will be the 14th playoff year for him. Laviolette (NYR, CAR, PHI & NSH) is the third coach in NHL history to appear in the round before the Final with at least four franchises. The others: Scotty Bowman (STL, MTL, BUF, PIT & DET) and Peter DeBoer (NJD, SJS, VGK & DAL).


  • Rangers forward Vincent Trocheck was drafted by the Panthers (2011 – 3rd Round) and played parts of his first seven seasons with Florida. In 2017-18 with Florida, Trocheck set career-highs in goals (31), assists (44), points (75). In 2016-17, Trocheck led the Panthers in points (54) and tied for the team lead in assists (31), earning a trip to the 2017 NHL All-Star Game.
  • Panthers forward Vladimir Tarasenko was a deadline acquisition by the Blueshirts in 2022-23, playing 31 regular season games and an additional seven playoff games.
  • Panthers defenseman Niko Mikkola played 31 games for the Rangers in 2022-23, notching three points (1G-2A).



Chris Kreider started the scoring shorthanded but the Panthers countered with three goals of their own to take a 3-2 series lead. With 35 playoff points at MSG, Kreider surpassed Rod Gilbert (33 in 34 GP) and Mark Messier (33 in 35 GP) for sole possession of the second most in the building during the Stanley Cup Playoffs (Brian Leetch leads with 45 in 41 games at MSG).


New York fell in overtime in Game 4, evening the series at 2-2. Vincent Trocheck tallied the Rangers’ first goal of the game to give him eight in the playoffs while Adam Fox and Artemi Panarin recorded multiple assists. Blake Wheeler returned to the lineup for the first time since February.


Alex Wennberg scored the overtime winner as the Rangers took a 2-1 series lead when the series shifted to Florida. Barclay Goodrow scored twice to give him three goals in the last two games and six this postseason while Alexis Lafreniere also tallied two goals.


New York came away with an overtime victory to even the series. New York improved to 3-0 in the extra session this postseason. It marked the 100th playoff overtime game in franchise history. Barclay Goodrow won the game with his second career overtime goal (Game 7 FR vs. VGK, 2019) and fourth goal of the postseason.


The Rangers fell in the first game of the series, 3-0, on home ice. Igor Shesterkin allowed two goals, giving him 10 games this playoff year allowing three or fewer goals.


Igor Shesterkin has earned 10 wins in a single postseason for the second time in his career (10 in 2022) – a feat only Henrik Lundqvist (3x) has achieved multiple times with the franchise.

Shesterkin has allowed two or fewer goals in seven of 15 playoff games and three or fewer goals in 13 of 15 contests. He has allowed three or fewer goals in 36 of his last 38 playoff games dating back to Game 5 of the First Round in 2022.

Shesterkin’s 23 playoff wins in his career are the fourth most playoff wins in team history. Since 2021-22, his 23 wins are second most among goaltenders in the playoffs (Bobrovsky leads with 27).

In earning the first seven wins for New York, Shesterkin joined Mike Richter (7 GP in 1994) as one of two Rangers goaltenders to win each of his team’s first seven games of a postseason. He is the 10th goaltender in NHL history to record a postseason opening winning streak of seven or more games and the first since Marc-Andre Fleury (7 GP in 2008).


Vincent Trocheck has points in 11 of 15 playoff games and multiple points in eight contests. His eight multi-point playoff games are the second most in franchise history in a single playoff year behind Brian Leetch (9 GP in 1994) and rank second in the NHL this year.

Trocheck’s eight goals rank tied for sixth in the NHL while his and 19 points rank tied for fourth in the NHL.

Earlier in the postseason, he tied a franchise record (Cecil Dillon in 1933) for the longest postseason goal streak with five and established a Rangers record with four consecutive playoff games with a power play goal.

In the 2023-24 regular season, Trocheck posted a career-high in assists (52) and points (77). On New York, he finished fifth in goals, third in assists and second in points. With a 58.7 percent clip in the faceoff dot, Trocheck had the fourth highest percentage in the NHL among players who took 700 or more draws.

Trocheck was named this year’s winner of the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, which is presented annually to the Ranger who, as chosen by the fans, “goes above and beyond the call of duty.”


Alexis Lafreniere has 14 points (8G-6A) in 15 playoff games, including four multi-point games (R1G2, R2G2, R2G3, R3G3).

He is the fifth player in franchise history with seven goals in a postseason before age 23, joining Alex Kovalev in 1994, Filip Chytil in 2022, Don Maloney in 1979 and Don Murdoch in 1979.

Lafreniere (22 pts in 41 GP) has joined Alex Kovalev (32 pts in 33 GP) and Don Maloney (31 pts in 40 GP) as the only players in Rangers history with 20 career playoff points before their 23rd birthday.

When he scores a goal, the Rangers are 24-4-1 in the regular season and playoffs combined (21-1-1 in reg. season, 3-3 in playoffs).

In the regular season, Lafreniere had a career high in goals (28), assists (29) and points (57) in 2023-24 and was one of five players on New York to play in all 82 games. On the Rangers, he ranked second in even strength goals (26) and third in even strength points (51).

With 28 goals and 29 assists, was the first Rangers skater aged 22 or younger since Tony Amonte (1992-93) to have 25-plus goals and 25-plus assists in a single season.


Mika Zibanejad has 16 points (3G-13A) in 15 playoff games. He has multi-points in five playoff games.

He is the first player in Rangers history to record at least 12 assists in multiple postseasons (also 14 in 2022). Zibanejad has 17 multi-point playoff games in his Rangers career, the third most in franchise history.

With 38 playoff assists, Zibanejad ranks third all-time in Rangers history.

Zibanejad began this postseason with a point streak of eight games and tied Adam Fox (2022) for the longest assist streak in team playoff history. He also has tied Mark Messier (8 GP in 1995) for the fewest games in a postseason by a Rangers player to reach the 10-assist mark.

Zibanejad was the fourth player in Rangers history to start a postseason with points in eight straight games. He joined Mark Messier (13 GP in 1994), Brian Leetch (9 GP in 1994), Ron Duguay (8 GP in 1981).


Chris Kreider (11G-12A in 30 GP) leads all players on New York’s active roster in goals, assists and points in the penultimate round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Kreider’s 11 goals and 22 points are the second most by a Rangers player in the round before the Final; Rod Gilbert (15G-14A in 31 GP) leads both categories.

With 122 playoff games played, Kreider ranks tied for second in franchise history.

His 48 playoff goals rank seventh on the NHL’s all-time list among U.S.-born players.

Kreider is the third player in Rangers history with 70 career postseason points, joining Brian Leetch (89) and Mark Messier (80).

Kreider had a historic Game 6 in the Second Round where he had a natural hat trick in the third period. Kreider became the eighth player in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to record a natural hat trick in the third period. Only two other players in NHL history have recorded a third-period hat trick which included the series-clinching goal: Jake Guentzel in Game 6 of 2018 First Round and Jack Darragh in Game 5 of 1920 Stanley Cup Final.

In Game 1 of the First Round, Kreider played in his 108th playoff game, surpassing Marc Staal for the second most among Rangers skaters. Dan Girardi leads all skaters in franchise history with 122 postseason contests. Kreider is in his 10th playoff year with the Rangers, tying numerous players for the second most in the franchise history.

During the regular season, Kreider scored 39 goals and added an additional 36 assists for 75 points. This season, Kreider changed the Rangers record books:

  • Scored his 300th career goal, becoming the third player in franchise history to reach the feat (Rod Gilbert - 406, Jean Ratelle - 336).
  • Surpassed Rod Gilbert (108) for the second most power play goals in franchise history.
  • Played in his 800th career game on Mar. 16, becoming the 10th skater in franchise history to reach the number
  • Surpassed Adam Graves for the third most goals in Rangers history (281)
  • Surpassed Adam Graves for the 10th most points in team history (508)
  • Recorded his 500th career point
  • Surpassed Camille Henry for the fourth most road goals in franchise history (137)
  • Became the fifth Ranger to tally 100 career power play goals
  • Recorded his 166th career goal at MSG (regular season and playoffs) to surpass Rod Gilbert for the most in the building’s history.


Artemi Panarin has 134 points (53G-81A) in the regular season and postseason combined, the most all-time among Rangers skaters. He has 14 points (4G-10A) in 15 postseason games this year.

Panarin had eight points (2G-6A) in six games during the Second Round against Carolina.

Panarin has scored the game-winning goal a league-high four times in these playoffs. His four GWGs tie Frank Boucher (1928), Brian Leetch (1994) and Mark Messier (1994) for the most in a playoff year by a Rangers player.

In the regular season, Panarin tallied a career-high 49 goals, and 71 assists for a career-high 120 points in 82 games this season. His point total was the second most for a Rangers skater in a single season (Jaromir Jagr – 123 points in 2005-06) and the fourth highest in the NHL this year.

He notched a point in 67 of his 82 games this year, establishing the franchise record for the most games with a point. Panarin was named the Rangers MVP for 2023-24 and ranked among the NHL’s best in multiple categories.


Adam Fox has the fifth most points among Rangers defensemen in playoff history (38) and his 33 assists are the second most in franchise history among defensemen. The only blueliner with more is Brian Leetch (61).

During the regular season, Fox set a career-high in 17 goals and posted 56 assists and 73 points. He scored the most goals by a Rangers defenseman since Brian Leetch in 2000-01 (21). Among NHL blueliners, he ranked tied for sixth in goals, sixth in points, and eighth in assists.

Prior to the game on Apr. 11, Fox was named the recipient of the third annual Rod Gilbert “Mr. Ranger” Award, given to the Rangers player “who best honors Rod’s legacy by exemplifying leadership qualities both on and off the ice, and making a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.”



The Rangers came back from down two goals in the third period to take the Second Round series. The Rangers became the second team in NHL history to overcome a multi-goal third-period deficit to clinch a series on multiple occasions (also Game 6 of 1940 SCF). The only other franchise to do so is Montreal (5x). New York was led by Chris Kreider, who posted his first career playoff hat trick and the 16th hat trick in Rangers playoff history. He became the third player in franchise history to record a hat trick in a potential series clinching game, joining Mike Gartner (Game 5 of 1990 DSF) and Steve Vickers (Game 5 of 1973 QF).


Jacob Trouba put the Rangers ahead with a shorthanded goal but the Hurricanes scored four goals in the third to cut the series to 3-2. Trouba scored the second shorthanded goal by a Rangers defenseman this postseason after K’Andre Miller (Game 2 of 2024 R1). This marks the second postseason in Rangers history where multiple defensemen have scored on the penalty kill following 1979 (Dave Maloney & Ron Greschner).


The Blueshirts lost their first game of the playoffs on Saturday night in Raleigh. After trailing 3-1, the Rangers fought back to tie the game before conceding the winner at the end of the third period. In the defeat, Will Cuylle recorded his first career playoff point with his first career playoff goal.


When the series shifted to Carolina, the Rangers earned their third win of the series behind an overtime goal from Artemi Panarin. The winner came 1:43 into overtime marking the eighth fastest playoff overtime goal in franchise history and fastest since Marc Staal (1:35 into OT1) in Game 5 of 2012 Conference Semifinals. Chris Kreider scored his fourth goal of the playoffs and second career shorthanded playoff goal. He became the ninth player to record multiple shorthanded playoff goals with the franchise (Mark Messier leads with 3).


The Blueshirts won their ninth game in franchise history when requiring multiple overtimes with their last victory before tonight coming during Game 3 of the 2012 Conference Semifinals (at Washington). Vincent Trocheck scored his first career playoff overtime goal while Igor Shesterkin made 54 saves, tied for the third most in a single playoff game for a Rangers goaltender.


The Rangers scored 2:46 into the game and didn’t look back as they outlasted Carolina, 4-3, to take a 1-0 series lead. New York improved to 5-0 in the postseason and won their fourth consecutive Game 1. Mika Zibanejad recorded three points in a playoff period (1st) for the second time in his career after doing so in the second period of Game 2 of the 2022 First Round against the Penguins. The only Rangers players with multiple instances are J.T. Miller and Jean Ratelle.


The Blueshirts became the first team in the NHL to advance to the Second Round with their fourth ever sweep of a best-of-seven series (Others: 2007 CQF vs. ATL, 1994 CQF vs. NYI, 1972 SF vs. CHI). Throughout their first round series the Rangers trailed the Capitals for a total of 3:21, marking the least amount of time the club has trailed in a best-of-seven series in franchise history.

New York became just the sixth Presidents’ Trophy winner to sweep its opening-round series. The others: the 2020-21 Avalanche, 2000-01 Avalanche, 1998-99 Stars, 1993-94 Rangers and 1985-86 Oilers.

In the series, Vincent Trocheck led the team with three goals while Mika Zibanejad had a team-high six assists and seven points.


Kaapo Kakko scored 57 seconds into the game to put New York up 1-0. The last Rangers player to score a goal in
the opening minute of a potential-series clinching game was Mark Messier during Game 5 of the 1997 Conference Quarterfinals versus the Panthers (0:39). In the win, the Rangers were guided by multi-point games by Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin as well as three power play goals.


When the series turned to DC, the Rangers earned their third win of the series with strong play on special teams. For a second consecutive game, the Rangers potted a shorthanded goal. It marked just the fourth time in Rangers history they have notched a shorthanded goal in consecutive playoff games (since officially tracked in 1933-34). The others: 4 GP in 1979, 3 GP in 1990 and 2 GP in 1940. The Rangers became the third team on record to score a shorthanded game-winning goal in consecutive contests in the playoffs. The others: Philadelphia (Game 7 of DF to Game 1 of 1989 CF) and Toronto (Game 7 of SF to Game 1 of 1964 SCF).


The Rangers beat the Capitals 4-3 on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, overcoming an early 1-0 deficit. The Blueshirts scored multiple power-play goals AND a shorthanded goal in a playoff game for the first time since Game 2 of the 1995 CQF vs. QUE. Mika Zibanejad scored his seventh career playoff power-play goal and Jack Roslovic also scored on the man advantage for his first career postseason marker. Peter Laviolette coached in his 1,668th game (regular season and playoffs), surpassing John Tortorella for the eighth most in NHL history. It marked his 80th career playoff win.


The Rangers took Game 1 of the First Round series, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon at MSG. The Rangers scored three goals in a span of 2:06 in the second period, the third-fastest three goals in a playoff game in franchise history behind 0:38 in Game 3 of the 1986 Division Semifinals and 1:02 in Game 6 of the 1996 Conference Quarterfinals. Matt Rempe opened the scoring for the Blueshirts. He became the first Rangers player to score a goal in his first career playoff game since Matt Gilroy in Game 1 of the 2011 Conference Quarterfinals (also against Washington).