The Blueshirts posted a 10-3-1 record in April, and out-scored their opponents 52-28, with two shuts by Lundqvist.
Bring on the Caps
The Rangers 4-0 win — along with the Ottawa Senators loss to the Philadelphia Flyers — locked up the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, which sets up a first round matchup with the Washington Capitals. This will mark the fourth time in five seasons the two teams will meet in the playoffs, with the Rangers winning the most recent matchup in seven games last season in the Eastern Conference Semi Finals.
The Rangers are 1-2 against Washington since 2009, and 3-4 all time.
Since the April 3 trade deadline, the Rangers are leading the NHL in goals per game with 3.6. In comparison, the Rangers tallied 2.4 goals per game prior to their deadline moves. Overall, the Rangers finished 15th in the NHL with a 2.62 average.
The Rangers finished 3-1 this season against their rival from New Jersey, and are now 14-7-2 since March 30, 2009 against the Devils at Madison Square Garden. Overall, the Rangers are 23-9-3 against New Jersey since the 2007-08 campaign.
Perfect Penalty Kill
The Rangers held the Devils scoreless on four power play opportunities, and finished the season 17-4-2 when not allowing a power play goal. The team finished 15th on the penalty kill with an 81.1 success rate. Callahan led the team with two shorthanded goals, while Nash, Stepan and Michael Del Zott had one each.
Streak In Tact
The Rangers improved to 86-0-6 when taking a lead into the third period dating back to Feb. 4, 2010. The Blueshirts were a perfect 16-0-0 this season when entering the final period up by at least a goal.
Rangers Get Physical
The Blueshirts out-hit the Devils 30-21 Saturday afternoon, led by Chris Kreider’s career-high five checks. The Rangers finished third in the NHL behind only Toronto and Los Angeles with 1,413 hits over 48 games. Callahan led the team with 154 checks, which was good enough for 11th in the NHL.
The Rangers finished with 21 blocked shots Saturday, with six players registering two or more. As stated, Girardi led the league in blocked shots, while the Rangers as a whole finished sixth in the NHL with 773.