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Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 1: Rangers v. Bruins 5/16

Here ares some notes for those fans getting ready to watch the Eastern Conference Semifinal game between the New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins, to be held in Boston, MA tonight.

New York Rangers

New York Rangers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Rangers are entering into tonights contest on a high, as they won a thrilling Quarterfinal series against the Washington Capitals. On Monday the Blueshirts recorded a 5-0 decision and enter with a 212-229-8 record all-time in 449 playoff games.

New York and Boston are meeting in the playoffs for the 10th time overall and the first time in 40 years. Their last postseason encounter was in the 1973 Quarterfinals, which was a 4-1 victory for the Rangers. Overall the Blueshirts hold a 3-6 playoff series record versus the Burins, holding an 18-22-2 mark in 42 postseason contests.

Blueshirts Bulletins:

  • Four of the remaining eight teams in the playoff are Original Six teams, this marks the second time this has happened since the NHL adopted the current playoff format in 1994.
  • The last time the Rangers took on an Original Six opponent in the postseason was in the 1996 Conference Quarterfinals against Montreal (Rangers won 4-2).
  • New York has lost only four times in regulation over their last 21 contests, including the final 14 games of the regular season

Always a Tough team:

The Rangers and Bruins have been separated by one goal in 19 of their last 24 regular season meetings, including eight games that required overtime and six that went to the shootout. Four of the five games during that stretch were decided by two goals, while one was decided by three goals.

Henrik looks to remain cool in the Cage:

Henrik Lundqvist has posted 30 or more saves in the playoffs 18 times, holding a 9-9 record with a 1.49 GAA, .941 Sv% and four shutouts in those contests.

Game One between the Rangers and Bruins is set to air on the NBCSports Network, with face-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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