5 Things to Know: Rangers vs. Canadiens – Game 6

BY: DAVID KOLB

GAME 6: NEW YORK RANGERS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS
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Rangers Lead the Series, 3-2

The Rangers will attempt to close out the Habs tonight at The Garden.

1 Where They Stand

April 16, 2017: The New York Rangers face the Montreal Canadiens during the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
  • The Rangers host the Canadiens tonight at Madison Square Garden in Game 6 of their first-round series.
  • Prior to this year, the Rangers have won each of their last 14 playoff series in which they earned a win in Game 5, dating back to the Patrick Division Semifinals against the  Flyers in 1986.
  • The Blueshirts have won 14 of their last 17 playoff games at The Garden in which they have had a chance to close out a series, dating back to the Patrick Division Finals against Washington in 1986.
  • The Rangers’ win Thursday in Montreal was the 12th time in franchise history that the club won Game 5 to take a three-games-to-two lead in a best-of-seven series. The Rangers own a 10-1 series record in the previous 11 playoff series in which they earned a win in Game 5 to take a three-games-to-two lead.

 

2 Who's Hot

  • Mika Zibanejad recorded two points in Thursday’s Game 5 win in Montreal, including the dramatic game-winning goal in overtime.
  • The 24-year-old center has three points in his last three games and has 11 points in 21 career playoff games.
  • Zibanejad has played 16 of his 21 career NHL playoff games against the Canadiens and has recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in his last seven playoff contests vs. Montreal.

3 Say What?

“I just tried to whack it to the net and then I kind of blacked out. I can’t remember much after that.”

 — Zibanejad after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime Thursday in Montreal

4 Did You Know?

April 18, 2017: The New York Rangers face the Montreal Canadiens during the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
April 18, 2017: The New York Rangers face the Montreal Canadiens during the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The last time the Rangers faced the Canadiens in a Game 6 at Madison Square Garden was the 2014 Eastern Conference Final on May 29, 2014. New York won, 1-0, behind 18 saves from Henrik Lundqvist and a goal from Dominic Moore.

5 Must-See Video

Mats Zuccarello on How the Rangers Battled Hard to Win Game 5