Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves in the 1-0 overtime loss in Game 2. Lundqvist has allowed one goal or fewer in 19 of his 57 career postseason games, including six shutouts.
Dorsett Debuts In Blue
Forward Derek Dorsett made his Rangers debut on Saturday after missing 26 games with a broken clavicle. Dorsett was acquired at the trade deadline, along with Derick Brassard and John Moore from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Marian Gaborik. He was credited with seven hits in a playoff career-high 15:17 of ice time.
It was his first playoff game since April 23, 2009, when he faced the Detroit Red Wings as a member of the Blue Jackets.
Cally Gets Physical
Rangers captain Ryan Callahan tied for a game-high eight hits and a team-high five shots on goal in 26:05 of ice time. His five shots were one fewer than his playoff career-high of six, which he set on April 17, 2007 against the Atlanta Thrashers, while his ice time was the most he’s logged since his 41:48 on May 2, 2012 against the Capitals, though that game went to triple overtime.
Stepan Strong in the Faceoff Circle
Center Derek Stepan won a game-high 17-of-32 faceoffs (53 percent) in 25:52 of ice time. The 53 percent was Stepan’s highest playoff percentage since Game 1 of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils when he won 56 percent of his draws. His ice time was his highest since he had 37:50 last season, against in the triple overtime game against Washington.
Girardi Blocks More Shots
Defenseman Dan Girardi finished with a game-high five blocked shots in 26:01 of ice time. Through two games, he has nine blocks, which is third in the NHL, two behind both Mark Eaton of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Jared Spurgeon of the Minnesota Wild.
The last time Girardi logged less than 20 minutes in a playoff game was Game 5 against the Washington Capitals in 2011.
Stralman With Strong Game
Defenseman Anton Stralman registered four hits and three blocked shots in 23:35 of ice time, which was the second-highest playoff total of his career behind his 28:00 he logged in the triple overtime game against the Capitals last season.