WSH
42-32-8
NYR
51-24-7

17 SOG
36 SOG

Rangers fall to Caps in regular-season finale at home

newyorkrangers.com | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

2011-12 Game No. 82; Home Game No. 41 Rangers' Record: 51-24-7
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Washington scored three first-period goals and third-string goaltender Braden Holtby made 35 saves Saturday night to help the Capitals beat the Rangers 4-1, spoiling the Blueshirts' chance to clinch the Presidents' Trophy.

Despite the loss, Rangers head coach John Tortorella chose instead to focus on myriad positives for the Rangers (51-24-7), who finished with 109 points for the third time in franchise history and placed second to Vancouver for the league's top spot.

"I'm glad the 82 games are done because now is when the real stuff starts," said Tortorella, who coached Tampa Bay to the Stanley Cup in 2004. "I am really excited and I know our guys are too. Our team will be ready to play."

The Rangers will host the Ottawa Senators in the opening round of the playoffs, the first time since 1996 that they will have home ice in a postseason series.

The Capitals quieted The Garden crowd quickly as Alex Ovechkin and Mathieu Perreault scored on Washington's first two shots against Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

Washington (42-32-8) finished with 92 points and will be the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Capitals will face the defending champion Boston Bruins in the opening round.

Brian Boyle scored for the Blueshirts with 7:16 left in the second on a wraparound past Holtby. It was Boyle's 11th of the season.

"It's been a fun year, but I hope, and everyone else hopes, the best is yet to come," said Lundqvist. "It will be exciting."
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STATS OF THE GAME
The Rangers posted a record of 51-24-7 (109 pts) overall, including a 27-12-2 mark at home and a 24-12-5 mark on the road. The Rangers’ 51 wins rank second in franchise history, while their 109 are points tied for second all-time. The Blueshirts also tied the team record with 24 road wins.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Boyle 2. Staal 3. Del Zotto


THE BIGGER PICTURE
The outcome of this game really wasn't the issue. Finding out who the Rangers will play in the first round of the playoffs was. Given a choice between Ottawa and the Washington team of Saturday night, they likely got the more favorable opponent.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Staal (23:56)
Shots -- Gaborik (6)
Hits -- Del Zotto (5)
Blocks -- Staal (6)
Takeaways -- Three players tied (1)
Faceoffs -- Richards (17)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP VS. WASHINGTON
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Carl Hagelin Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Ryan Callahan
Brandon Dubinsky Brian Boyle Ruslan Fedotenko
Mike Rupp John Mitchell Brandon Prust
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqivst, Staal, Stralman, Anisimov, Stepan, Callahan.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky Brian Boyle Artem Anisimov
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Derek Stepan
McDonagh/Stralman Dan Girardi
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan
Carl Hagelin Artem Anisimov
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Staal/Stralman Michael Del Zotto
1st2nd3rdT
WSH
NYR
Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:32WSH Alex Ovechkin (38) ASST: Brooks Laich (25) 1 - 0 WSH
02:18WSH Mathieu Perreault (16) ASST: Roman Hamrlik (10), Keith Aucoin (8) 2 - 0 WSH
18:13WSH PPG - John Carlson (9) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (30), Marcus Johansson (32) 3 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
05:58WSH Nicklas Backstrom (14) ASST: Alexander Semin (33), Roman Hamrlik (11) 4 - 0 WSH
12:44NYR Brian Boyle (11) ASST: Stu Bickel (9), Brandon Dubinsky (24) 4 - 1 WSH
3rd Period
NONE
Three Stars of the Game
Braden Holtby
1st
Braden Holtby
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 26-27
PIM: 0PP: 6-6
SV%: .972SH: 3-3
Nicklas Backstrom
2nd
Nicklas Backstrom
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 18:24
Roman Hamrlik
3rd
Roman Hamrlik
D
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 16:38
Penalty Summary
1st Period
14:34NYR Brad Richards  Hooking against  Nicklas Backstrom
16:41NYR Ryan McDonagh  Delaying Game - Puck over glass against  Marcus Johansson
2nd Period
09:43WSH Jason Chimera  Slashing against  Brandon Prust
13:41WSH Nicklas Backstrom  Roughing against  Ryan Callahan
13:41NYR Ryan Callahan  Roughing against  Nicklas Backstrom
3rd Period
07:45WSH Matt Hendricks  Slashing against  Brandon Prust
09:40NYR Brian Boyle  Interference against  John Carlson
16:53WSH Roman Hamrlik  Interference against  John Mitchell
shots by period
PeriodWSHNYR
1st711
2nd712
3rd313
Total1736
Team Stats
CategoryWSHNYR
Power Plays1/30/3
Hits1522
Faceoff Wins2327
Giveaways106
Takeaways23
Blocked Shots910
Penalty Minutes88
  • WASHINGTON
  • NY RANGERS
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
6D. WidemanD0002023:39
8A. OvechkinR1012016:21
19N. BackstromC1113218:24
20T. BrouwerR0001017:44
21B. LaichC0110018:12
23K. AucoinC010007:44
25J. ChimeraL0012213:25
26M. HendricksC0000213:41
27K. AlznerD0002020:34
28A. SeminR0111016:37
42J. WardR0001010:04
44R. HamrlikD0220216:38
52M. GreenD0020019:50
74J. CarlsonD1002020:25
81D. OrlovD0000019:44
83J. BeagleR0000017:09
85M. PerreaultC100107:38
90M. JohanssonC0110014:11
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
70B. Holtby3536.97260:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4M. Del ZottoD0012023:51
5D. GirardiD00-12021:17
8B. PrustL0001010:50
10M. GaborikR00-16018:07
17B. DubinskyC0101013:59
18M. StaalD00-24023:56
19B. RichardsC00-14219:47
21D. StepanC00-12020:06
22B. BoyleC1004215:15
24R. CallahanR00-11219:23
26R. FedotenkoL0000010:28
27R. McDonaghD00-11219:50
32A. StralmanD00-21015:58
34J. MitchellC000209:05
41S. BickelD0110010:30
42A. AnisimovC00-10016:02
62C. HagelinL00-13015:46
71M. RuppL000208:20
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30H. Lundqvist1317.76559:58