Forward Carl Hagelin set a new career-high with a goal and two assists in Game 4, to go along with four shots and a plus-3 rating in 16:14 of ice time. He now has two goals and two assists in the four-game series. Hagelin had three points in 17 postseason games last year, including no goals. He has seven points in 21 career postseason games.
Brassard Stays Hot
Forward Derick Brassard notched two assists and won 8-of-9 faceoffs in 17:29 of ice time in Game 4, giving him five points in his last two games. His five points put him in a tie for fifth in the NHL this postseason.
Stepan Notches Game-Winner
Derek Stepan notched his second game-winner in as many days. He finished with six shots on goals and won 10-of-18 faceoffs in 20:43 of ice time. He’s recorded a point in nine straight games at Madison Square Garden dating back to the regular season. He’s tied for first in game-winning goals with Boston’s Nathan Horton, Chicago’s Patrick Sharp and Los Angeles’ Slava Voynov.
For his career, Stepan has 11 points in 29 postseason games. He’s already surpassed his goal total from last postseason, when he finished with one goal in 20 games.
Girardi Cashes in on Power Play
Defenseman Dan Girardi gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead on a power play goal in the third period. He added three hits and five blocked shots in 29:35 of ice time. It’s the third straight game Girardi has blocked five shots, and his 19 blocks overall leads the NHL in the playoffs. His 29:35 of ice time was the most he’s had this postseason, and the most since he had 44:26 against the Capitals in Game 3 of last season’s playoff, though that game went to triple overtime.
Girardi has 16 points in 56 career playoff games.
Richie Gets in Goal Column
Forward Brad Richards broke through in Game 4 with his first goal of the postseason in the first period. He added four shots in 14:51 of ice time. He now has five goals and four assists in 17 career postseason games against the Washington Capitals. The goal was his first playoff tally since Game 7 against the Capitals a season ago. He now has 16 points in 24 postseason games as a Ranger.