Game 1 Facts & Stats: Rangers-Habs

Elias Sports Bureau conducted a Twitter takeover on MSG Networks’ official handle throughout Game 1 of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs!

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Here’s the complete breakdown, courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau:

First Period

  • Rangers are facing an Original 6 team in playoffs for the third time in last five years … they did so only once from 1987–2012, beating MTL (1996).
  • Derek Stepan’s 86th playoff game for the Rangers. He will pass Don Maloney into sole possession of 5th place in team history.
  • Trivia for trivia’s sake: The Rangers have played 10 previous playoff games on April 12 and won them all.
  • Henrik Lundqvist’s 1.61 goals-allowed average in the 1st period of playoff games is the lowest in NHL history (min: 20 games).
  • Lundqvist has started every Rangers playoff game since Game 3 vs. Devils in 2006.
  • What’s at stake: The team scoring first won 19 of last 21 regular-season Rangers-Canadiens games and nine of their last 11 playoff meetings.
  • The Canadiens were 0-for-19 on the power play in their last six regular-season home games against the Rangers.
  • The Canadiens scored only two power-play goals in their last 11 regular-season games against the Rangers.

Second Period

  • Over past three seasons, the Rangers have 17-6 record when leading playoff games at the first intermission.
  • Most assists by rookie Rangers defenseman: Brian Leetch 48 (1988–89), Reijo Ruotsalainen 38 (1981–82), Ron Greschner 37 (1974–75), Brady Skjei 34 (2016–17).
  • The only men to serve as head coach of both the Rangers & Canadiens were Alain Vigneault & Bernie Geoffrion.
  • Shea Weber: 17 goals this season, tying the Canadiens record for a defenseman in his first season with the team.

Third Period

  • Lundqvist: 11–8 with a 2.30 goals-allowed average (one shutout) in Game 1 of a playoff series.
  • Since 1996, the Rangers have a 26-4 record after leading by one goal at the 2nd intermission.
  • Most third-period goals this season: 13–Grabner (Rangers), Max Pacioretty (Canadiens), and Nikita Kucherov (Lightning).
  • The Rangers have won only one shutout in a playoff game at Montreal: by Chuck Rayner in the clinching game of the 1950 semifinals.
  • Lundqvist has won four playoff games by a 1-0 score, including Game 6 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Final vs. Montreal.
  • No visiting team has won by shutout at Montreal in the Canadiens’ postseason opener since Buffalo in 1983 (Bob Sauve in goal).

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