When the Los Angeles Kings closed out the 2011-12 NHL season by winning the Stanley Cup Monday night, it also finalized several Rangers' places among the league's post-season statistical leaders.
Not surprisingly it was Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist who was listed most often among the NHL leaders during the Stanley Cup playoffs this spring. Lundqvist ranked second among all goalies with a terrific 1.82 goals against average---trailing only Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick, who finished with a microscopic 1.41 GAA. Lundqvist also tied Quick and Coyotes goalie Mike Smith for the NHL post-season lead with three shutouts, was third with 10 victories (Quick-16, Martin Brodeur 14), and ranked fifth with a .931 save percentage.
Brad Richards and Ryan Callahan---who both scored six goals in the playoffs---were just two shy of seven players who led the league with eight goals in the post-season. Among those seven players were three Kings---Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, and Jeff Carter---and Philly's Claude Giroux, who netted his eight in only ten games.
Richards also tied for sixth in points with 15; and he and teammate Dan Girardi were both tied for eighth with nine assists. In addition Girardi tied for the NHL post-season lead with three game-winning goals (all of his goals in the playoffs were game-winners).
Among defensemen, Girardi ranked third in points with 12, while Michael Del Zotto was fourth with 10 points. And they ranked 3-4 again in assists by defensemen with Girardi notching nine and Del Zotto recording eight.
Chris Kreider tied for the goal-scoring lead among all NHL rookies in the playoffs with five, while his two power play goals also tied for the league lead, and his two game-winning goals tied for second among all rookies, trailing only Devils freshman Adam Henrique who scored three.