Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
Post-game Xtra: Quotes, stats from Kanata. Back at it soon
Hello from Ottawa….Rangers skating at 2 on Tuesday. I’m taking a quick tour of the National Gallery first. Will catch you all up later. In the meantime, couple select post-game things:
Henrik Lundqvist on Brian Boyle (3 in the series, eight goals in last 12 games): “He’s been red-hot in practice the last few weeks. He’s been doing all the things he’s been doing all year: using his size, protecting the pucks down low, and right now he’s finding the back of the net.”
Paul MacLean: “He’s scored in every game, we’ve got to make sure we pay attention to him.”
Read Arthur Staple's piece on Boyle, from villain to hero, on newsday.com, too
Sometimes taken for granted, but far from underappreciated here: Dan Girardi.
Assist on Boyle's goal, five blocked shots in 26:10. Has assist in each game of the series (three assists over the span), and 17 blocks.
Brad Richards: “It opened up a little in the second period. We had so much more zone time, but they did a really good job of clogging up the front of the net. The first period we did a great job of weathering their strom. To come in on the road, zero-zero, is what we wanted.”
Blueshirts’ last playoff win in Canada? Apr. 28, 1996, a 5-3 victory at Montreal in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
Each team was 0-3 on the PP: Paul MacLean: “I think the penalty killers on both sides have done a really nice job. If we can get the power play going…it’s been the difference for us… Certainly we missed Alfie in the game, he’s still day to day.”