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Three goals in third lift NYR over Devs: Post-Game Xtra
All of Newsday's coverage, game-story, sidebars, a column, is at http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers?qr=1, and here's some more from me...
Selected stats and quotes:
The three-goal win was the largest margin of the playoffs for the Rangers, and the three goals were a playoff high for a period.
The PK was 4-for-4.
The Rangers outshot the Devils 28-21, led by Del Zotto’s six, and outhit the Devils 35-21.
Blueshirts dominated faceoffs, 59 percent to 41, with Brad Richards winning 14 of 21, John Mitchell 3 of 4, Derek Stepan 9 of 16
Chris Kreider, who played 15:39 and scored on his only shot:
“If I get complacent, next thing you know, I’m minus -2 and giving Ovechkin a one-timer in the slot. I have got to stay extremely focused. That’s pro hockey right?
“It’s good to come off an emotional high. That team was waiting and rested…we kept the energy level up in the third and got it done.”
“It’s a total different game with the pressure they bring compared to Washington, so we had to get a handle on that, get a feel for it.”
“It’s going to be a tight series, it will probably be a lot different the next game.”
Girardi on his goal: “I saw him (Kreider) coming up the wall, I was delaying, and saw no one go to the point and I stepped into it, got it through.” (Brodeur by the way, said he was not interfered with.)
Lundqvist on McDonagh’s breakups on the two Devils breakaways: “It looked like he was pretty far behind but he would catch up pretty fast and made a great play…he’s really quick to recover if something happens.”
More Lundqvist: “I expect it to be a big war out there for I don’t know how many games.”
Brian Boyle: “Artie’s been good, Feds has been really good, I was slowing them down a little bit until the third.”