After a tough overtime loss in Game 1 in Boston followed by an almost embarrassing blow out in Game 2, the New York Rangers once again have their backs against the wall in this years Quest for The Cup.
Facing Boston in a must win Game 3 tonight back at The Garden, the boys in blue have to quickly rekindle some of the magic they used squeak to past Ovechkin and the Caps or be faced with digging out of a 3-0 hole and possibly another early round playoff exit.
With Lundqvist hoping to continue his brilliance in net after putting together an already stellar posteason, the key to the Rangers getting back in the series is to take the next 2 games at home one period at a time and start controlling the puck in the offensive zone. With only 20 goals (5 of which came in Game 7 vs. Washington) this postseason and little production coming from their top offensive talent, the built to win now Rangers can’t rely on the great play of Giradi, McDonaugh and the rest of the defensive unit if they have a chance of staying alive this series.
An already tough challenge of keeping a red hot Boston team at bay won’t matter much if Rick Nash and the boys can’t put a few pucks behind Tuukka Rask early and quickly regain some momentum in the series. Everyone knows this Rangers team has the potential fire power to put up some big numbers, but without some help from Callahan, Stepan and Richards (who we may be seeing the last of in a Rangers uniform), it appears as Rask will quickly make Boston fans easily get over the Tim Thomas era.