Rangers Toughen Up During Playoffs
The Rangers finished the series with 285 hits, the second-most the team has recorded in one playoff round since the NHL began tracking hits in the 1997-98 season. It was just two behind the franchise record 287 the Blueshirts racked up against Washington in 2013.
In addition to the body checks, the series saw three fights – including unlikely foes Jimmy Vesey and Max Pacioretty in Game 6 – which is another anomaly from both these squads from the regular season. According to HockeyFights.com, the Rangers were 25th in the NHL in fighting majors with 16 in 82 games, two spots and three fights behind Montreal’s 19.