Out classed, out hustled and out played all night, the New York Rangers failed to deliver in a must win Game 3 at home in The Garden on Tuesday night. In a blue collar. no flash grind it out style of play the Blueshirts just didnt have an answer for Boston’s relentless attack that managed to take the crowd out of it early and had the MSG faithful eerily quiet all night.
Even with another spectacular game by Henrik Lundqvist the Rangers were simply dominated from start to finish on the boards and in the offensive zone. The forecheck New York counted on all season and critical to keeping the puck in the Bruins defensive zone failed to deliver tonight and had Tortella’s squad playing cat and mouse all night. New York’s high powered offense was once again non-existant, and without their offensive stars stepping up they couldnt manage to sustain any pressure on Tuukka Rask even after jumping out a 1-0 second period lead on Taylor Pyatt’s first goal of the playoffs.
Midway through the second period the Bruins grabbed the momentum back, fired 11 consecutive shots on Lundqvist and the Rangers simply didnt have an answer for Daniel Paille and the rest of Boston’s no frills fourth line. With the Bruins routinely getting out of their zone easily and continuously penning the Rangers in, the beaten, battered and bloody Rangers simply played like a team with no life left in them.
Down 3-0 in the series, the Rangers now face a tough task of digging themselves out of a deep hole and are on the verge of being swept in a playoff series for the first time since facing New Jersey in 2006.
“You can’t look at it that we have to win four games,” Lundqvist said. “You have to focus on the next one. Season’s on the line, so you have to leave everything out there. Preparation and the effort has to be there and see if it’s going to be enough.”
Bottom line is…if New York doesnt regain some of the swagger they had coming out of the Washington series and start teeing up some shots on net, the only thing they will be teeing up next week will be their first 18 holes of the offseason.