Resilience is key in the NHL playoffs. The Lightning showed it in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, and now it’s the Rangers’ turn to respond yet again.
In the conference finals, Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi have drawn “The Triplets,” instead of the Lightning’s more well-known line featuring star Steven Stamkos. Scratching your head? Don’t.
The Bolts dominated the Rangers during the regular season. But that was a long time ago. Let’s take a look at both teams heading into the Eastern Conference finals.
Ordinary clubs crumble when their backs are pressed against the wall. Not the panic-less Rangers. They chip away.
I don’t care that the Lightning swept their season series against New York. Wasn’t that like … five months ago?
It would seem there are two certainties ahead for the Rangers. First, they will see some very familiar faces in the lineup of their opponent in the Eastern Conference finals. Second, they will play lots of one-goal games.
The Rangers have won their last five Game 7s dating to 2012, including a win in Pittsburgh last season that capped a rally from a 3-1 deficit.
In a thrilling series featuring two of the NHL’s top goal scorers and two of the league’s best goaltenders, Chris Kreider is stealing the spotlight.
This is why King Henrik is paid the big bucks. He just continues to find new levels of concentration and coolness.
Chris Kreider scored in the first minute and final second of the opening period, Rick Nash and Dan Boyle added goals in the third, and the New York Rangers held on to edge the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Sunday night and force a Game 7 in the second-round playoff series.
Being on the brink is familiar territory for the Capitals and Rangers. The Caps have a history of being in position to advance in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and finding a way to squander it.
The Blueshirts are squeezing so hard, they’re on the verge of popping blood vessels.
Without Mats Zuccarello, New York’s scoring issues have become exposed. Case in point: Wednesday’s Game 4 loss to the Capitals.
Washington leads the best-of-seven series 2-1, in part because goalie Braden Holtby has allowed a total of four goals, one fewer than counterpart Henrik Lundqvist.
Rick Nash is an easy target. That will happen when you’ve scored five goals in 45 playoff games with the Rangers. But fans need to begin appreciating his all-around game.