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Eastern Conference Final Game #3

Canadiens vs. NY Rangers

Madison Square Garden – May 22, 2014 – 8:05pm

 

Game Notes

….The last time the Rangers held a 2-0 lead in a series was 2009 vs. Washington. They lost in seven games.

….The Rangers are one of four teams to have beaten the Canadiens in the playoffs six times in a row. No team has ever won seven in a row.

….Their win at the Bell Centre in Game Two was their fourth in a row on the road, their best playoff stretch since a five game streak over two playoff years in 1972 and 1973.

….In the series the Rangers have dominated special teams. New York is 4-for-10 on the power play, the Canadiens 0-for-7.

….Rangers forward Rick Nash leads the playoffs with 56 shots on goal. After failing to score on his first 54, he has goals on each of his last two.

….Max Pacioretty leads the Canadiens with 47 shots on goal. Rene Bourque is second on the Habs with 44.

….Mike Weaver has the playoffs best plus/minus record at plus-8. His average ice time is 15:11.

….Tomas Plekanec has the playoffs worst plus/minus record at minus-7

….P.K. Subban leads the playoffs with ten minor penalties.

….Thomas Vanek had 14 shots on goal in the six playoff games prior to taking a blow to the head in the middle of that P.K. Subban check on Reilly Smith at 12:38 of the first period in Boston Series Game Three. In the six games plus two periods since the incident he has 8 shots on goal and only 17 attempts.

….Vanek practiced with Daniel Briere on the fourth line Wednesday. Vanek and Briere combined for 25 points in 16 games during Buffalo’s playoff run in 2007.

….Henrik Lundqvist leads playoff goaltenders with ten wins and a 1.93GAA. Among goaltenders with more than seven starts he also leads with a .934 save percentage.

….In the Rangers five straight wins Lundqvist has stopped 162 of 168 shots. He’s stopped 60 of 63 in the two games against the Canadiens.

….Defenseman Ryan McDonagh leads the sereis with two goals and four assists through the first two games.

…..According to Ticketmaster, tickets for this game were going for as high as $7,200 on the secondary market, with the cheapest seat at $360.00. Tickets for Sunday’s Game 4 are topping out at $11,144.04 with the cheapest seats going for $420.00.

…..Outside of naming Dustin Tokarski his Game Three starting goaltender, Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien refused to reveal what, if any lineup changes he would make. In practice, along with dropping Vanek to the fourth line, he also moved Gionta back up to the Plekanec line. Here was the way he practiced the team Wednesday.

Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher

Galchenyuk – Plekanec – Gionta

Bourque – Eller – Weise

Vanek – Briere – Prust

Gorges – Subban

Markov – Emelin

Beaulieu – Weaver

Extras – Bournival, Moen, White, Parros, Tinordi, Murray

Playoff Canadiens/Rangers Comparison

Montreal

New York

3

Goals Per Game

2.75

2.77

Goals Against Per Game

2.06

30.62

Shots on Goal Per Game

28.88

30.54

Shots Against Per Game

28.75

9.62

Penalty Minutes Per Game

8.44

10

Power Play Goals

10

22.2%

Power Play %

15.4%

9

Power Play Goals Allowed

7

74.3%

Penalty Kill %

85.4%

2

Shorthanded Goals

0

1

Shorthanded Goals Allowed

2