Henrik Lundqvist finished with 28 saves to improve to 6-3 in his last nine postseason starts at Madison Square Garden, posting a 2.01 goals against average and a .913 save percentage with one shutout in those games. For his career, Lundqvist is 26-32 in 58 postseason games.
Welcome Back Marc
Marc Staal returned to the lineup for the first time since March 5 after he suffered an eye injury against the Philadelphia Flyers. He finished with 17:17 of ice time in his return.
Nash Picks Up Assist
Forward Rick Nash was credited with the primary assist on Stepan’s game-winning goal in the third period for his first postseason point as a Ranger. He registered a team-high four shots on goal in 19:31 of ice time and now has 15 shots through three games this series.
It was Nash’s first playoff point since April 23, 2009, when he scored a goal and an assist against the Detroit Red Wings as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Pyatt First Postseason Point in Blue
Rangers forward Taylor Pyatt notched his first playoff point as a Blueshirt in Game 3 when he assisted on Asham’s third period goal. He finished with two shots on goal in 13:03 of ice time. Pyatt has 21 points in 60 career playoff games.
MDZ Feasts on Caps
Defenseman Michael Del Zotto picked up an assist and now has two goals and five assists in 10 playoff games against the Capitals in his career. Del Zotto also added four hits and two blocked shots in 17:02 of ice time. In seven games last season, Del Zotto had two goals and four assists against the Capitals, including the game-winning goal in Game 7.