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Rangers might have exhausted their chances

Eastern Conference Finals – Game 6

Canadiens at Rangers, 8 ET (Rangers lead series, 3-2)

Overworked? The New York Rangers have already played 19 games this postseason, and that could spell trouble for them. Since all series went to a best-of-7 format in 1987, no eventual Stanley Cup champion has played more than 18 games through the first three rounds. For comparison sake, the Los Angeles Kings have also played 19 games this postseason, while the Chicago Blackhawks have played 17 and the Montreal Canadiens, 16.

* Canadiens: 3-0 in potential elimination games this postseason (won Game 6 & 7 vs Bruins in second round & Game 5 of this series)

* Canadiens: 2-12 on power play in last 2 games of series (0-9 in 1st 3 games)

* P.K. Subban (MTL): tied for lead in points by defensemen (14) in 2014 playoffs; has points in each of last 2 games of this series (1 G, 1 A) after having 0 points in 1st 3 games

* Rene Bourque (MTL): had 1st career playoff hat trick in Game 5; has 6 points (4 G, 2 A) in this series (had 5 points [4 G, 1 A] in 1st 11 games of 2014 playoffs)

* Rangers: 2-2 in potential series-clinching games this postseason (both wins were Game 7s – vs PHI in first round & vs PIT in second round)

* Rangers: won last 3 home playoff games with chance to clinch a series; last home loss in a potential series clincher: Game 6 of 2009 conference quarterfinals vs Washington Capitals (lost that series in 7 games after holding 3-1 series lead)

* Rangers: 10-1 series record when leading 3-1 in a best-of-seven series (lone loss: 2009 conference quarterfinals vs. Capitals); 2-1 record in such series after losing Game 5

* Rangers: 3-34 (8.8 pct) on power play in 9 home games this postseason (0-5 in this series)

* Henrik Lundqvist (NYR): 10-7-0, 2.12 GAA, .916 save pct, 1 SO (36 GA on 427 SA in 1,019 mins) in 17 total home games (reg. season AND playoffs) vs Canadiens all-time (shutout was Feb. 27, 2007)

* Lundqvist: 41 career playoff wins – tied with Mike Richter for most in Rangers history

* Chris Kreider (NYR): had career-high 4 points (1 G, 3 A) in Game 5; has 8 points (3 G, 5 A) in this series (had 11 points [7 G, 4 A] in 30 career playoff games entering this series)