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Post-Game Xtra: Quotes, stats, comments

Can you say backs to the wall?

First, some quotes:

Coach John Tortorella: “Things happen for a reason and these types of situations, as you continue to go further in the playoffs, help you. I couldn’t be happier as far as how hard we played. I thought we re-identified ourselves as a team. Everything about our game was good except our power play struggled, but that’s why it’s a series and they have to win four.”

Jason Spezza: “I know we’re going to get their best (Monday). One thing you learn is that the toughest game is to put the team out of the playoffs. So we can enjoy this for all of ten minutes and then get refocused because we know they’re the best team in the East. We’re looking forward to going home though.”

Dan Girardi: “We didn’t get frustrated, we just kept throwing things at them. We’re fine in here; we’ve just got to win one game in Ottawa. You can’t lose sleep over it.”

Ryan Callahan:  “We had opportunities, threw 40 shots on net, and the end of the day we’ve got to bury one. We’ve got to go to Ottawa, win one game and go from there. They’ve got a lot of skill, they grind it too. You’re gonna run into hot goalies and good defenses.”

Marian Gaborik:  “We have to take it game by game. We generated a lot of scoring chances, we just have to score some goals. On the power play, we just have to keep it simple and keep shooting the puck….We have to go to Ottawa and bring it back to New York.”\

Henrik Lundqvist (29 saves) on Craig Anderson: “He’s been playing well. It’s a challenge for us to win this. We have to keep working, have to keep pushing ourselves.”

And some stats

On the first goal, John Mitchell had Spezza covered, then left him…The Rangers doled out 41 hits to Ottawa’s 22….they were second in faceoffs again, 56 percent to 44….The Blueshirts are 0-for-9 on the PP after the two man-advantage goals in the first period of Game 4…Chris Kreider had one shot in 7:34

And some comments:  Boy, will the Rangers welcome back Carl Hagelin in Game 6, but missing Brian Boyle is damaging. Kreider deserves more time, no?... The failure to finish  illustrates why the Rangers needed some scoring depth at the trade deadline. Okay, the price was too high for Rick Nash, but John Scott?….And however this shakes out now, the need for more top-line talent (Zach Parise, Bobby Ryan?) shifts to the off-season…  Against the odds: The Blueshirts had been tied 2-2 in a best-of-seven series 22 times in their 86-year history. The Game 5 winner went on to capture the series 20 times (91 percent)...The Rangers skate at 1:30 tomorrow before jetting to Ottawa.

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