The Rangers were defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 2-0. Alex Killorn scored on a backhand shot from the slot through a screen about 2 minutes into the third period, and Palat scored with a nice shot on a 3-on-2 with about 9 minutes left in the period. Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves, the Rangers took 22 shots on goal.
-Well, that was a tough one. After an impressive showing in game 6, along with the Rangers history in game 7’s at home, I was feeling very confident going into this game. Unfortunately for the Rangers, Tampa executed their game plan perfectly and won the game.
48 hours after dropping Game 3 in overtime, the Rangers responded with a 5-1 win to even the Eastern Conference Final at two. The score line is a bit deceiving, as the Rangers were outplayed at even strength by a large margin. It was a good night for the Rangers’ big names; not only did Rick Nash score twice and add an assist, Martin St.Louis got his first goal of the playoffs, and Keith Yandle tallied a goal and two assists. Henrik Lundqvist also bounced back with a strong 38 save performance.
The Rangers lost Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals by a 6-5 score.
The Rangers got an early powerplay 26 seconds into the game when Cedric Paquette capped off a post-whistle shoving match with a gloved to Jesper Fast’s face, resulting in a roughing penalty.
The Rangers produced their usual playoff output of two goals in Game 2, but at the other end they gave up a bunch of Tampa Bay goals, including three from Tyler Johnson, en route to a disappointing 6-2 defeat.
Special teams ruled the night; six of the game’s eight goals came at less than full strength, and one of the even strength goals came just seconds after an expired penalty.
Power play goals from Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan kept the Rangers within striking distance into the third, but Tampa’s high-end offensive weapons shone through on numerous good looks to pull away.
The Rangers won Game 7 in overtime by a 2-1 score. Derek Stepan scored the overtime winner 11:24 into the first overtime period. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 35 of 36 games.
After dominating the first periods for much of the series, the Rangers were outplayed in the first period tonight. Alex Ovechkin opened the scoring after Ryan McDonagh got caught up high in the zone and didn’t recover, leaving him some space to fire the puck over Lundqvist’s glove. After a period, the Capitals led in shots on goal 15-10.
Despite a ferocious comeback attempt by the Capitals, the Rangers managed to hold on for a 4-3 win in Game 6, forcing a Game 7 on Wednesday. Chris Kreider scored twice, while Rick Nash and Dan Boyle added goals in the 3rd to make it 4-1 before the Capitals stormed back, leading to a nervy ending. Henrik Lundqvist was superb, stopping 42 of 45 shots in the victory.