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Game 7 Histories: Rangers franchise & player records, stats

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Henrik Lundqvist would set an NHL record by winning his seventh career Game 7 on Friday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Garden.Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Henrik Lundqvist would set an NHL record by winning his seventh career Game 7 on Friday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Garden.

The Rangers and Lightning will decide the Eastern Conference finals in Game 7 Friday night at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m., ET, NBCSN). The winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Final and face the winner of the Western Conference finals between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks, who also will play a Game 7 on Saturday night at Anaheim’s Honda Center.

The Rangers and Lightning both will make their second appearance in a Game 7 this postseason. New York eliminated the Washington Capitals in the second round with a 2-1 overtime victory at the Garden on May 13, while the Lightning blanked the Detroit Red Wings, 2-0, at Amalie Arena to in the first round on April 29.

The Rangers have posted six consecutive Game 7 wins, tied for the longest such streak in NHL history with the Red Wings, who won six consecutive Game 7s between 1949 and 1964, and the Boston Bruins, who captured six straight between 1983 and 1994. The Rangers also have won seven all-time Game 7s at the Garden, a streak dating to 1992.

Henrik Lundqvist’s active six-game winning streak in Game 7s is a league record for goaltenders, as is his goals-against average (0.97) and his feat of allowing one or fewer goals in each of those contests. His six career victories are tied with Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy for the most in NHL history among goaltenders.

Six other Rangers have posted six career Game 7 wins: defensemen Dan Girardi (6-1) and Ryan McDonagh (6-0) and forwards Carl Hagelin (6-0), Dominic Moore (6-1), Derek Stepan (6-0) and Martin St. Louis (6-1). Three more Blueshirts forwards are undefeated in at least four appearances: Chris Kreider (5-0), Derick Brassard (4-0) and Rick Nash (4-0).

The Lightning’s victory over Detroit in the first round lifted the club’s lifetime Game 7 record to 4-1, with their only loss coming in a 1-0 decision at Boston in the 2011 Eastern Conference finals. Tampa Bay defenseman Anton Stralman is undefeated in Game 7s (6-0), as is forward Brian Boyle (5-0) and defenseman Matt Carle (4-0).

Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop stopped all 31 shots he faced in the series-deciding win over Detroit in the first round, becoming the first goaltender to record a shutout in his first career Game 7 appearance since Montreal’s Carey Price did so in the 2008 Eastern Conference quarterfinals against Boston.

Other Game 7 Notes

* Home teams are 94-65 (.591) all-time in Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including 3-0 in 2015.

* The team that scores first is 117-42 all-time (.736), including a 2-1 mark in 2015.

* Forty Game 7s have required overtime (40-of-159, 25.2%). Home and road teams each have 20 wins.

CAREER INDIVIDUAL GAME 7 STATISTICS – RANGERS

Dan Boyle: six games, 4-2 record, one goal, two assists, three points

Derick Brassard: four games, 4-0 record, no goals, three assists, three points

Dan Girardi: seven games, 6-1 record, one goals, no assists, one point

Tanner Glass: four games, 2-2 record, no goals, no assists, no points

Carl Hagelin: six games, 6-0 record, no goals, two assists, two points

Kevin Hayes: one game, 1-0 record, one goal, no assists, one point

Matt Hunwick: one game, 0-1 record, no goals, no assists, no points

Kevin Klein: three games, 3-0 record, no goals, one assist, one point

Chris Kreider: five games, 5-0 record, no goals, one assist, one point

Ryan McDonagh: six games 6-0 record, no goals, one assist, one point

Dominic Moore: seven games, 6-1 record, two goals, two assists, four points

Rick Nash: four games, 4-0 record, no goals, one assist, one point

James Sheppard: three games, 1-2 record, no goals, one assist, one point

Marc Staal: six games, 5-1 record, one goal, no assists, one point

Derek Stepan: six games, 6-0 record, one goal, two assists, three points

Martin St. Louis: seven games, 6-1 record, no goals, two assists, two points

Keith Yandle: two games, 1-1 record, no goals, one assist, one point

Mats Zuccarello: three games, 3-0 record, one goal, one assist, two points

Henrik Lundqvist: seven games, 431 minutes played, 6-1 record, 0.97 GAA, one shutout, .966 save %

May 13, 2015: Capitals 1 at Rangers 2, OT, 36 shots faced

May 13, 2014: Rangers 2 at Penguins 1, 36 shots faced

April 30, 2014: Flyers 1 at Rangers 2, 27 shots faced

May 13, 2013: Rangers 5 at Capitals 0, 35 shots faced

May 12, 2012: Capitals 1 at Rangers 2, 23 shots faced

April 26, 2012: Senators 1 at Rangers 2, 27 shots faced

April 28, 2009: Rangers 1 at Capitals 2, 24 shots faced

Head coach Alain Vigneault (5-1)

May 13, 2015: Capitals 1 at Rangers 2, OT

May 13, 2014: Rangers 2 at Penguins 1

April 30, 2014: Flyers 1 at Rangers 2

June 15, 2011: Bruins 4 at Canucks 0

April 26, 2011: Blackhawks 1 at Canucks 2 (OT)

April 23, 2007: Stars 1 at Canucks 4

ALL-TIME FRANCHISE GAME 7 RESULTS – RANGERS (9-5)

May 13, 2015: Eastern Conference second round vs. Capitals – Capitals 1 at Rangers 2, OT

May 13, 2014: Eastern Conference second round at Penguins – Rangers 2 at Penguins 1

April 30, 2014: Eastern Conference first round vs. Flyers – Flyers 1 at Rangers 2

May 13, 2013: Eastern Conference quarterfinal at Capitals – Rangers 5 at Capitals 0

May 12, 2012: Eastern Conference semifinal vs. Capitals – Capitals 1 at Rangers 2

April 26, 2012: Eastern Conference quarterfinal vs. Senators – Senators 1 at Rangers 2

April 28, 2009: Eastern Conference quarterfinal at Capitals – Rangers 1 at Capitals 2

June 14, 1994: Stanley Cup Final vs. Canucks – Canucks 2 at Rangers 3 (WON STANLEY CUP)

May 27, 1994: Eastern Conference Final vs. Devils – Devils 1 at Rangers 2, 2 OT (MATTEAU!)

May 1, 1992: Patrick Division semifinal vs. Devils – Devils 4 at Rangers 8

May 5, 1974: Semifinal at Flyers – Rangers 3 at Flyers 4

May 2, 1971: Semifinal at Blackhawks – Rangers 2 at Blackhawks 4

April 23, 1950: Stanley Cup Final vs. Red Wings – Rangers 3 at Red Wings 4, 2 OT

April 2, 1939: Semifinal at Bruins – Rangers 1 at Bruins 2, 3OT

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