NYR2324 - Playoffs Matchup R3G2 - DL (1)


  • The New York Rangers look to even the series when they play Game 2 of the ECF against the Florida Panthers on Friday night (8:00 PM ET - TV: ESPN - Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). All-time in Game 2’s at home, the Blueshirts are 16-13 and have won their last four Game 2s dating back to the 2022 postseason.
  • 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 Rangers have a 90.2 penalty kill percentage, the second highest in the NHL in these playoffs. The Blueshirts have now killed off 30 of their last 32 penalties dating back to Game 3 of the First Round against Washington. New York has allowed a power play goal in only three of 11 games in these playoffs.. The Rangers’ four shorthanded goals are their most in a postseason since 1991-92 (5)
  • The Blueshirts are 8-3 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.
  • Against the Panthers in the regular season, the Blueshirts had points in seven of their last eight home contests (6-1-1).
  • At home in the postseason, the Blueshirts are 4-2. At MSG in the regular season, New York finished with a 30-11-0 record for 60 points, tying the franchise record for the most home wins (1970-71). Its 30 wins were the second most in the NHL in 2023-24.
  • New York has power play goals in six of its last 10 games and multiple power play goals in four of 11 playoff games this year. The Blueshirts’ 11 power play goals rank tied for second in the NHL behind Edmonton’s 15.
  • The Rangers have 33 comeback wins, their most in a single regular season and playoffs combined. They are the second team in the last 30 years to record 33 or more comeback wins (regular season & playoffs combined), joining the 2005-06 Hurricanes (33).
  • When scoring four or more goals in the regular season and playoffs combined, New York is 40-0-1.
  • 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).



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.


Mika Zibanejad has 14 points (3G-11A) in 11 playoff games, ranking tied for the sixth most in the NHL. He has multi-points in four of his last 10 games.

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).

Zibanejad has 16 multi-point playoff games in his Rangers career, tied with Rod Gilbert for the third most in franchise history.

He has the third most points per game (1.00) among Rangers skaters who have played 25 or more playoff games.

With 36 playoff assists, Zibanejad ranks third all-time in Rangers history.


Igor Shesterkin is the third goaltender in Rangers history to post eight or more wins in multiple postseasons, joining Henrik Lundqvist (3x; most: 13 in 2014) and Mike Richter (2x; most: 16).

His next appearance will mark the 40th of his career in the playoffs, the fourth most in Rangers playoff history.
He has allowed three or fewer goals in 33 of his last 34 playoff games dating back to Game 5 of the First Round in 2022.

Shesterkin’s 21 playoff wins of his career are the fourth most playoff wins in team history. Since 2021-22, his 21 wins are second most among goaltenders in the playoffs (Bobrovsky leads with 24).

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).

In the First Round, Shesterkin stopped 94 of 101 shots for a .931 save percentage and 1.75 goals-against average. He allowed two or fewer goals in three of the four games in the opening series.

In the regular season, Shesterkin finished tied for third in wins (36), tied for fifth in save percentage (.913), and seventh in GAA (2.58). He posted his third consecutive 30-win season. Only two other goaltenders in franchise history have had three 30-win campaigns in their career: Henrik Lundqvist (11) and Ed Giacomin (5). He also finished 16-5-1 in his last 22 games of the year.


Vincent Trocheck has points in eight of 11 playoff games and multiple points in six contests. 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.

Trocheck’s six goals rank tied for seventh in the NHL while his 14 points rank tied for sixth.

Trocheck is one of three players to score at least six goals through 10 games of a postseason for New York over the past 20 years, following Chris Kreider (6 in 2024, 2023 & 2022) and Michael Nylander (6 in 2007).

He had six points (3G-3A) in the Rangers’ four First Round games, leading the team in goals and ranking second in points.

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.”


Chris 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.

Kreider (10G-11A in 26 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 10 goals and 21 points are tied with Vic Hadfield (27 GP) for the second most by a Rangers player in the round before the Final; Rod Gilbert (15G-14A in 31 GP) leads both categories.

Kreider has points (7G-3A) in seven of his 11 playoff games this year. His 47 playoff goals rank tied for eighth place on the NHL’s all-time list among U.S.-born players with Chris Drury.

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

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 had eight points (2G-6A) in six games during the Second Round against Carolina. He has 131 points (53G-78A) in the regular season and postseason combined, the most all-time among Rangers skaters.

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. Fox (36 GP) became the second- fastest defenseman in NHL history to 30 playoff assists, trailing only Brian Leetch who reached the mark in 34 games.

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.”


Alexis Lafreniere has 10 points (4G-6A) in 11 playoff games, including three multi-point games (R1G2, R2G2, R2G3).

When he scores a goal, the Rangers are 23-2-1 in the regular season and playoffs combined (21-1-1 in reg. season, 2-1 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.



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).