Game Notes: Rangers vs. Washington
Game 6 of 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
The Rangers face-off against the Washington Capitals today at Madison Square Garden in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (2:00 p.m.). On Friday, the Rangers were defeated by the Capitals, 4-0, in Game Five, and now hold a 3-2 series lead. New York enters tonight's game with a 197-210-8 all-time record in its previous 415 playoff contests, including a 109-81-2 mark at home. The Rangers have posted a 13-16 record all-time in the sixth game of a post-season series, and are 9-3 when Game Six is a potential series clincher for the Blueshirts.
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Rangers vs. Capitals Pre-Game Notes
* Entering tonight's contest, New York has posted a 197-210-8 record in 415 post-season contests, including a 109-81-2 mark at MSG.
* The Blueshirts have posted a 13-16 record all-time in the sixth game of post-season series, including an 8-8 mark when Game Six is played at MSG.
* New York has posted a 9-3 record when Game Six is a potential clincher for the Rangers.
* The Rangers have notched two goals in 22 power play opportunities (9.1%) in the first five games of the series.
* In the first five games of this series, the Rangers have surrendered four goals in 29 times shorthanded (86.2%).
* New York has blocked 90 shots through five games in the series, including 29 blocked shots in Game Two.
* The Blueshirts have out-hit the Capitals, 153-125, through five games in the series.
* Through the first five games of the series, the Rangers have held the lead for 111:31, the Capitals have led for 109:14 and the score has been tied for 79:15.
* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 3-2 record, along with a 2.57 goals against average, .926 save percentage and one
shutout in five post-season appearances; Lundqvist has started the last 27 playoff contests for the Rangers.
* Chris Drury tallied his 17th career playoff game-winning goal on Wednesday at MSG, and is now tied for sixth on the NHL's all-time playoff game-winning goals list.
* The following members of the Rangers have won a Stanley Cup: Scott Gomez (New Jersey - 2000, 2003) and 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).
* 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
April 15 Rangers 4 at Washington 3
April 18 Rangers 1 at Washington 0
April 20 Washington 4 at Rangers 0
April 22 Washington 1 at Rangers 2
April 24 Rangers 0 at Washington 4
April 26 Washington at Rangers, 2 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: 3-2
Last 10 NYR games: 3-2
* The Rangers have lost one manpower game due to injury or illness this postseason.
Highlights from Hartford
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The Wolf Pack saw their season come to an end on Saturday night, with a 5-3 loss at Worcester (San Jose affiliate) in Game Six of their Atlantic Division Semifinal series. The Sharks came back to win four straight games in the series, after the Wolf pack had captured the first two. Worcester had posted a 3-1 win in Game Five in Hartford Thursday, one night after thumping the Wolf Pack, 6-1, Wednesday night in Worcester in Game Four. Game Three produced a 3-2, double-overtime win for the Sharks at home, after the Pack had defended their home ice with a 5-3 triumph in Game Two and a 2-0 shutout in Game One.
For more Wolf Pack news, visit www.hartfordwolfpack.com.