While the Blueshirts possess a good amount of team speed and skill, they do not have the firepower necessary to beat the Lightning skill for skill.
Sure, Henrik Lundqvist surrendered six goals for the second straight game … but how many were truly his fault?
Following Game 2, Vigneault made it clear that he believes the Rangers will turn the page quickly. After all, this team has done so throughout their entire playoff run and since Vigneault took charge last season.
Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan are two of a kind — two aces in the Rangers’ winning hand. And now they’re seven wins away from lifting the Stanley Cup.
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.
“We let them talk,” Hagelin said of the Caps. “We’re gonna do everything we can to focus on (ourselves) and what we can do to win the game.”
This is why King Henrik is paid the big bucks. He just continues to find new levels of concentration and coolness.
Captain Ryan McDonagh is looking to breathe life into the Rangers by bringing his best performance in a win-or-go-home Game 5.
Without Mats Zuccarello, New York’s scoring issues have become exposed. Case in point: Wednesday’s Game 4 loss to the Capitals.
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.
Like fire and ice, Alex Ovechkin and Henrik Lundqvist are two forces of nature colliding in an Eastern Conference semifinal showdown currently knotted at 1-1.
Once the bitterness wears off, New York fans might realize that Game 1 should be remembered for the show put on by Ovi.
Barry Trotz has molded the Caps into a rugged group. But soon, the Rangers will teach them that you can’t hit what you can’t catch.
Standing between the Rangers and a trip to the Eastern Conference finals is reborn Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin.