NEW YORK RANGERS vs. LOS ANGELES KINGS
Monday, June 9, 8:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 12-10 (0-2)*
Kings: 14-9 (2-0)*
*Record in the playoffs (record in the series)
The Rangers will face off against the Los Angeles Kings tonight, June 9, at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m. ET — TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Blueshirts trail the best-of-seven series, two games to none, following the Kings' 5-4 win in double overtime in Game 2 on Saturday night at STAPLES Center. New York enters tonight’s contest with a 225-243-8 record all-time in 476 playoff contests (126-93-2 at home; 99-150-6 on the road).
The Rangers entered the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the second seed in the Metropolitan Division, having posted a 45-31-6 record (20-17-4 at home; 25-14-2 on the road) for 96 points. The Blueshirts are one of four teams, along with Detroit, Pittsburgh, and San Jose, to make the playoffs in eight of the last nine years.
ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORDS - RANGERS vs. KINGS
The Rangers and Kings are meeting in the playoffs for the third time, and the first time since the Preliminary Round in 1981. The Rangers have posted a 2-0 playoff series record against Los Angeles, and are 5-3 all-time in eight playoff contests against the Kings following Game 2. New York is facing Los Angeles for the first time in the Stanley Cup Final.
STANLEY CUP HISTORY
The Rangers are playing in the Stanley Cup Final for the 11th time in franchise history, and for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 1994. New York has posted a 4-6 series record in the Stanley Cup Final, and is 22-30 all-time in 52 Stanley Cup Final contests following Game 2.
RANGERS vs. KINGS (Regular Season):
All-Time: 66-44-16-1 overall (37-19-6-0 at home; 29-25-10-1 on the road)
2013-14: New York was 1-1-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) this season. Both contests were separated by two goals or less, and the Rangers held the Kings to one goal in each of the two games. Brad Richards led all skaters with two goals, while Rick Nash led the team and was tied for first among all skaters with two assists. Henrik Lundqvist posted a 1-1-0 record with a 1.01 GAA and a .966 SV% in the two contests.
New York was 20-17-4 at home during the regular season (6-4 in the playoffs); Los Angeles was 23-14-4 on the road (7-5 in the playoffs)
Los Angeles lists one former Ranger on its roster: Marian Gaborik (2009-10 - 2012-13)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. KINGS (Regular Season):
Henrik Lundqvist – 8 GP, 3-4-1, 2.47 GAA
Rick Nash – 35 GP, 15-16—31
Brad Richards – 26 GP, 9-20—29
Martin St. Louis – 15 GP, 6-9—15
Dan Girardi – 8 GP, 0-3 —3
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-5 (8:03) in Game 2 at Los Angeles. The Blueshirts are 10th in the NHL overall (12-89, 13.5%), and are 15th at home (3-38, 7.9%) in the playoffs. New York has allowed two shorthanded goals in the playoffs: 5/7 vs. PIT (Sutter); 5/17 at MTL (Eller). The Rangers have tallied a power play goal in six of their last 11 games (9-45; 20%). New York ranked 15th in the NHL overall (48-264, 18.2%), and 24th at home (20-132, 15.2%) in the regular season.
Penalty Killing: The Rangers were 3-4 (7:19) in Game 2 at Los Angeles. The Blueshirts are second in the NHL overall (62-72, 86.1%), and are seventh at home (27-31,87.1%) in the playoffs. The Rangers are 49-53 (92.5%) on the penalty kill over the last 16 games and 41-44 (93.2%) over the last 13 games. The Blueshirts have recorded two shorthanded goals in the playoffs: 5/25 vs. MTL (Hagelin); 6/4 at LAK (Hagelin). New York ranked third in the NHL overall (198-232, 85.3%), and sixth at home (89-105,84.8%) in the regular season.
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/allow a goal in one four-on-four situation (0:37) in Game 2 at Los Angeles. The Blueshirts are -1 in 27 four-on-four situations in the playoffs (33:03), allowing a goal in Game 3 at PHI on 4/22 (Streit). The Rangers were -2 in 85 four-on-four situations (131:26) in the regular season.
The Rangers have won 15 of their last 23 playoff home games, dating back to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 26, 2012 vs. Ottawa. Entering the Stanley Cup Final, the Blueshirts have won at least one home game in 14 straight playoff series, dating back to the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2007 against Atlanta.
Henrik Lundqvist has established numerous franchise and league records during the regular season and playoffs this year. Lundqvist became the Rangers' all-time wins leader with his 302nd career victory on Mar. 18 at Ottawa, and the team's all-time shutouts leader with his 50th career shutout on Mar. 22 at New Jersey. Lundqvist appeared in his 77th career playoff game in Game 3 of the Metropolitan Division Finals on May 5 vs. Pittsburgh, passing Mike Richter for first on the team's all-time playoff appearances list. The Rangers goalie set an NHL record with his fifth consecutive win in a Game 7 on May 13 against Pittsburgh. Lundqvist stopped all 18 shots he faced in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 29 to record his 42nd career playoff win and his ninth career playoff shutout. With the victory, Lundqvist passed Richter for first on the team's all-time playoff wins list and tied Richter for first on the team's all-time playoff shutouts list. The Rangers goalie has started a franchise-record, 88 consecutive playoff games, dating back to Apr. 26, 2006 vs. New Jersey. Lundqvist is the third goalie in NHL history to start at least 80 consecutive playoff games with one team (Martin Brodeur - New Jersey, Patrick Roy - Colorado).
Ryan McDonagh enters the contest with a playoff career-high, five-game assist/point streak (one goal, six assists), and has tallied a point in seven of the last eight games (three goals, 10 assists). McDonagh is the first Rangers defensemen to register a five-game assist streak in the playoffs since James Patrick from Apr. 23, 1992 at New Jersey to May 1, 1992 vs. New Jersey. McDonagh is also the first Blueshirts defenseman to register a five-game point streak in the playoffs since Sergei Zubov from May 14, 1995 at Quebec to May 24, 1995 vs. Philadelphia. The Rangers' 2013-14 MVP is tied for first among all defensemen in the NHL in assists (12) and ranks second among NHL defensemen in points (16) in the playoffs. McDonagh is the first Blueshirts defenseman to record at least four goals in one playoff year since Brian Leetch registered six in the 1995 playoffs. He is also tied for fifth in franchise history in assists in one playoff year, and ranks third in franchise history in points by a defenseman in one playoff year.
DAN'S THE MAN
Dan Girardi leads the team in hits (71) and blocked shots (57) in the playoffs. The Rangers defenseman is also tied for the NHL lead in blocked shots and ranks fifth in the NHL in hits in the playoffs. Girardi will finish the playoffs second on the team's all-time playoff games played list.
The Rangers have outscored the Kings, 4-1, in the first period during the Stanley Cup Final, and have outscored their opponents, 16-5, in the first period over the last 11 games. New York has notched at least one goal in the first period in 10 of the last 11 contests, and has recorded two goals in the first period of a game in six contests during the stretch. The Blueshirts have outscored their opponents, 25-11, in the first period during the playoffs this year, and their plus-14 goal differential is the best any team has in one period in the playoffs.
Four of the Blueshirts’ last six contests have been decided in overtime, including each of the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. It is the first time that the Rangers have played two overtime games in the first two contests of a playoff series since Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Philadelphia on May 21, 1995 and May 22, 1995. New York has tied a franchise-record with five overtime games in one playoff year (1979, 2012). The Blueshirts have played four overtime games in a six-game span for the first time in one playoff year, and for the first time since they played four overtime games in a five-game span from Mar. 22, 1938 vs. the NY Americans to Mar. 23, 1939 at Boston.
Nine different Rangers have tallied at least 10 points in the playoffs this year. It is the first time in franchise history that nine Blueshirts have recorded at least 10 points in one playoff year.
FIRST TIME IS THE CHARM
Four of the last six Rangers teams that have reached the Stanley Cup Final, including each of the last three Blueshirts squads, have had a head coach in their first year with the team (2013-14 – Alain Vigneault; 1993-94 – Mike Keenan; 1978-79 – Fred Shero; 1939-40 – Frank Boucher). Lynn Patrick also guided the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final in his first full season as the team’s head coach in 1949-50 after beginning his tenure as the head coach of the Blueshirts in the middle of the 1948-49 season.
INJURIES (18 Man-Games Lost - Playoffs):
Cam Talbot - injured - 2
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