The Rangers find themselves down 3-2 in yet another best-of-seven series, and look to continue their improbable success in such situations. Of their last five times being down 3-2 in a playoff series dating back to the first round in 2012 against Ottawa, the Rangers have came back to win four of the series.
While its impressive that the Rangers have overcome such deficits at a high frequency in recent history, it would of course be more impressive if they were to not get in the deficits at all. But here we are.
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.
Up 1-0 for the third straight series, the Rangers look to take their first 2-0 series lead of the 2015 playoffs. Last year, the third time was the charm for the Rangers as they grabbed a 2-0 lead in the Conference Finals against Montreal after failing to do so against Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
The Rangers won game 1 by a 2-1 score after a fortunate bounce of Dom Moore’s knee. Though the game decider was fortunate, it was a strong overall game from the Rangers. They had a 54-37 edge in total shot attempts at 5-on-5, and an 18-13 edge in scoring chances.