Forward Brian Boyle scored the Rangers lone goal of the night just 53 seconds into the game. He added four hits and four blocked shots in 21:44. He has two goals and an assist in the last three games of the series, and has logged more than 20 minutes in three of the four games he’s played this series, including three straight.
Brassard Extends Streak
Derick Brassard continued his strong play in Game 5, picking up the primary assist on Boyle’s goal, to extend his point streak to three games — one goal and five assists over that span. He logged a career-high 23:55 of ice time, eclipsing his previous total of 23:30, which came on Nov. 26, 2008 with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Brassard’s six points in the playoffs leads the team, and is tied for seventh-most in the NHL.
Girardi Adds Assists, More Blocks
Defenseman Dan Girardi picked up an assist on Boyle’s goal and added three hits and two blocked shots in 29:13 of ice time. He has a goal and an assist in the last two games, and is tied with Boston’s Johnny Boychuk and Washington’s John Carlson for first in the playoffs with 21 blocked shots. Girardi has logged more than 29 minutes of ice time in three of the five games this series.
Lundqvist Strong in Loss
Despite the loss, goalie Henrik Lundqvist was exceptional, making 33 saves on the night. It was the 17th time in his 60 career postseason starts the posted 30 or more saves, and is 8-9 with a 1.56 goals against average, .952 save percentage and three shutouts in those games.
Mac, Cally Play Physical, Block Shots
Defenseman Ryan McDonagh was credited with five hits and a team-high six blocked shots in 29:11 of ice time. McDonagh is tied for fourth in the playoffs in blocked shots with 15, along with St. Louis’ Barret Jackman.
Captain Ryan Callahan, meanwhile, had a team-high six hits and led all forwards with 26:28 of ice time. Callahan is sixth in the playoffs with 26 hits. He’s logged more than 26 minutes of ice time in two of the five games this series.
Moore Sets Season-High
Defenseman John Moore had five blocked shots in a season-high 25:04 of ice time. His previous high came on Feb. 2 against the Detroit Red Wings as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Moore’s career-high is 26:37, which came on Feb. 3, 2012.