5 Incredible Stats from New York Rangers' Postseason

Jeremy Fuchs@@jaf78Correspondent IIIMay 14, 2014

5 Incredible Stats from New York Rangers' Postseason

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    The New York Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 in Pittsburgh, capping off a dramatic three-game comeback.

    Now, they find themselves in the Eastern Conference Finals, awaiting the winner of the Montreal-Boston series.

    It's a good time to look back at the postseason and see what the Rangers have done—or haven't done—to get to this point.

    What are five of the most incredible stats from the Rangers' postseason?

    Read on to find out. 


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    The Penguins had the best power play in the regular season, converting on 23.4 percent of their chances.

    Against the Rangers, however, the Pens scored just once in 20 tries.

    It's a main reason that the Rangers won this series. By neutralizing the Pens' best facet of their game, the Rangers badly damaged their opponent.

    Led by the top unit of Brian Boyle and Carl Hagelin, the Rangers have a number of penalty-killers who can get the job done. Dominic Moore, Derek Stepan, Marty St. Louis, Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello all do a great job of blocking shots, pressuring the shooters and clearing the zone.

    The Rangers will need their penalty kill to come up big again if they want to make the Stanley Cup Finals. 

52 Shots

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    Rick Nash has 52 shots in 14 playoff games this season.

    He has zero goals. Yes, he's averaging nearly four shots a game, but that doesn't matter if the puck doesn't go in.

    Last season, Jaromir Jagr did not score a goal on 58 postseason shots, although that was spread out over 22 games. He also had 10 assists. Nash has five, but had only one against the Penguins.

    It sounds like a broken record, but it's true. The Rangers need Nash to start scoring. They have done a good job of perservering without his offense.

    But it will be harder to do that for much longer. 

102 Saves

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    In the last three games of their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Henrik Lundqvist made 102 saves on 105 shots.

    He is a ridiculous 5-1 all-time in Game 7 matches and continues to come up big when it matters most.

    It's hard to remember that Lundqvist was unable to stop a beach ball early in the season.

    Now, he's the best he's ever been and the main reason the Rangers are playing for a chance to go to the Stanley Cup Finals. 


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    The Rangers have a 2.14 goals-against average in the postseason.

    That's due to the fantastic play of not only Henrik Lundqvist, but also the defense.

    The Rangers can really roll out six defenders. All six—Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Anton Stralman, Kevin Klein and John Moore—are capable of playing shutdown roles.

    The 2.14 mark is the second-best in the postseason, behind only the Boston Bruins. 

26 Goals

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    Much has been made of the Rangers' inability to score on the man-advantage.

    But lost in that is the fact that the Rangers are tied with the Minnesota Wild for the most 5-on-5 goals with 26.

    That's a main reason why they are where they are. Even with the power play faltering, the Rangers didn't let it affect their overall offense.

    It also means that if, and when, the Rangers' power play comes around, the Rangers will be even more dangerous.