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Rangers ride defensemen's goals to big Game 7 win

xxx | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

2011-12 Playoff Game No. 7; Home Game No. 4 Rangers win series 4-3
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

It wasn't easy, and after a home loss in Game 5, it almost wasn't likely. But the Eastern Conference's top-seeded team gutted out a big road win and then made it count Thursday night when the Rangers held off the Senators 2-1 in Game 7 to advance to the second round.

Defensemen Marc Staal and Dan Girardi scored 4:18 apart in the second period, Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves and the Rangers eliminated the eighth-seeded Senators -- completing a rally from a 3-2 hole after losing Game 5.

"We were talking about it in Ottawa that if we could bring it back here, the fans would be behind us," Girardi said. "The way we play all year got us ready for games like this. We came with a great effort (in Ottawa) and another one tonight."

Staal broke the scoreless deadlock, and Girardi gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead with his first career NHL playoff goal. Lundqvist allowed Daniel Alfredsson's power-play goal in the second but stood tall the rest of the way to send the Rangers into a second-round matchup with the seventh-seeded Washington Capitals.

The Rangers hadn't hosted a Game 7 since their Stanley Cup victory over Vancouver in 1994, but they stayed perfect at home in deciding games - winning their fourth. New York is 4-5 overall in Game 7, and the Senators dropped to 0-5.

Lundqvist withstood tons of pressure from the Senators, who spent most of the closing five minutes in the Rangers' end. The win wasn't secure until Sergei Gonchar tripped Carl Hagelin as he skated toward the empty net with 36.2 seconds remaining.

The Rangers rallied from a 3-2 series deficit for just the second time in team history, building off the momentum of its 3-2 victory in Ottawa on Monday night.

"It was a hard series against a very good team," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "I thought both teams went toe to toe in all areas of the game. Sometimes the first round is the hardest round. That's all this is, one round. We found a way"
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
This was the first time in team history that the Rangers had multiple goals scored by defensemen in Game 7 of a playoff series. Prior to Thursday, only three Blueshirt defensemen had tallied a goal in a Game 7 –- Muzz Patrick (1939 Series A-Semifinals at Boston); Allan Stanley (1950 Stanley Cup Finals at Detroit); and Brian Leetch (three times; 1992 Division Semifinals vs. New Jersey, 1994 Conference Finals vs. New Jersey and 1994 Stanley Cup Finals vs. Vancouver). The Blueshirts’ win was also the first time since 1950 an NHL team won a Game 7 without having a forward score a goal in the contest.

THREE STARS
(selected by the local media)
1. Lundqvist 2. Girardi 3. Staal


THE BIGGER PICTURE
It seems only fitting that this truly hard-working group of Rangers should become  the first Blueshirts team to win a Game 7 since the 1994 Stanley Cup championship game. The door is wide open once again this year with so many top NHL teams already out.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Staal (26:44)
Shots -- Kreider (4)
Hits -- Callahan (5)
Blocks -- Three players tied (3)
Takeaways -- Callahan, Hagelin (2)
Faceoffs -- Richards (16)

NEW YORK RANGERS' GAME 7 LINEUP VS. OTTAWA
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Carl Hagelin Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Chris Kreider Derek Stepan Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko Brandon Dubinsky Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp Artem Anisimov John Mitchell
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: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Hagelin, Richards, Gaborik.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky Artem Anisimov Carl Hagelin
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Brad Richards Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto Dan Girardi
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Ryan Callahan Brandon Dubinsky
Brandon Prust Derek Stepan
Ruslan Fedotenko Artem Anisimov
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Michael Del Zotto
1st2nd3rdT
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Scoring Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
04:46NYR Marc Staal (1) ASST: Ryan Callahan (2), Derek Stepan (3) 1 - 0 NYR
09:04NYR Dan Girardi (1) ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (1), Brandon Prust (1) 2 - 0 NYR
11:34OTT PPG - Daniel Alfredsson (2) ASST: Chris Phillips (1), Sergei Gonchar (3) 2 - 1 NYR
3rd Period
NONE
Penalty Summary
1st Period
16:08NYR Brandon Dubinsky  Holding against  Jason Spezza
2nd Period
09:59NYR Michael Del Zotto  Cross checking against  Chris Neil
18:36OTT Filip Kuba  Interference against  Ryan Callahan
3rd Period
03:51OTT Jared Cowen  Hi-sticking against  John Mitchell
19:23OTT Sergei Gonchar  Tripping against  Carl Hagelin
shots by period
PeriodOTTNYR
1st108
2nd812
3rd99
Total2729
Team Stats
CategoryOTTNYR
Power Plays1/20/3
Hits2329
Faceoff Wins2527
Giveaways79
Takeaways36
Blocked Shots823
Penalty Minutes64
  • OTTAWA
  • NY RANGERS
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