Girardi Gets PPG, 11 Make Playoff Debuts

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Girardi Scores on the Power Play

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Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi scored the team’s only goal on Saturday, on the power play in the first period. He added two hits and finished with 25:59 of ice time, marking the seventh time in the postseason he finished with more than 25 minutes. He scored a goal and an assist in the team’s final two road playoff games, while his two goals were the most by a Rangers defenseman, and his four points were tied with Ryan McDonagh for the lead among blueliners.

Zuccarello, Boyle Pick Up Assists

Forwards Mats Zuccarello and Brian Boyle each picked up power play assists on Girardi’s goal in Game 5. Zuccarello added two blocked shots in 14:57 of ice time, marking the the eighth time Zuccarello finished with more than 14 minutes of ice time in the postseason. Zuccarello had three points in the team’s final four road games, and finished second on the team with six assists and seven points in 12 games.

Boyle, meanwhile, was credited with four hits and won 11-of-18 faceoffs in 20:07 of ice time. It was the fifth time this postseason Boyle finished with more than 20 minutes after never doing so in the regular season. He tied for fourth on the team in scoring with five points in 11 postseason games, after he posted five points in 38 regular season games.

Strong Numbers of Lundqvist

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves in the team’s 3-1 loss in Game 5, and is now 30-37 in 67 playoff games. He finished the 2013 postseason with a 2.14 goals against average, a .934 save percentage — which ranked fourth in the NHL — and two shutouts — which was second-best.