Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist Thursday allowed his first goal since Game 5 against the Washington Capitals, setting a new career-best scoreless streak of 152:23. His 45 saves were the third time in his playoff career he posted 40 or more saves, and the first since Game 3 against the Washington Capitals last season. He’s finished with 30 or more saves in four of his eight games this postseason. Lundqvist is 3-11 in overtime in the postseason.
McDonagh Scores First Playoff Goal
Defenseman Ryan McDonagh scored his first career playoff goal on Thursday night when his wrist shot found the back of the net with just 1.3 seconds remaining in the second period. He added five hits and three blocked shots in 31:50, marking the fourth time in his career — and second this postseason — he has logged more than 30 minutes of ice time in a playoff game.
McDonagh became the fourth Ranger to score his first playoff goal this season, along with Carl Hagelin, Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello. McDonagh has a goal and five assists and is a plus-3 in 33 career postseason games.
Stepan Adds Another Goal
Forward Derek Stepan notched his third goal of the playoffs, all of which have come in the third period. His three goals leads the team. He added two blocked shots in 25:18 of ice time. Stepan has four goals and 12 points in 33 career postseason games.
Brassard Remains Red Hot
Center Derick Brassard registered his eighth assist of the postseason, giving him 10 points total, both of which are tied for third in the NHL. The assist also extended is point streak to six games, dating back to Game 3 against the Washington Capitals.
Nash Gets Second Helper in Two Games
Forward Rick Nash picked up his second assist in as many games Thursday when he assisted on Stepan’s third period goal that gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead. He finished with a team-high six shots in 20:54. He now has three assists in eight postseason games as a Ranger, and is ninth in the NHL in shots on goal with 28.
Hagelin, Cally Pick Up Assists
Forward Carl Hagelin tallied an assist, four shots and three hits in 19:43 of ice time, and is now tied for second on the team in points with five. He leads the Rangers with a plus-5 rating in the postseason.
Captain Ryan Callahan also added an assist in Game 1 giving him points in the last two games. He was also credited with three hits and two blocked shots in 26:37 of ice time. Callahan ranks third in the NHL in hits with 38, just three behind Matt Martin of the New York Islanders, while his 20 blocked shots at most among forwards in the NHL.