Last Monday night was quite the frustrating night for the New York Rangers. Having come into the Washington D.C. with the series tied at 1, the team had good vibes heading into Game 3. They seemed to dominant the first period of play and outshoot the Capitals 30-22, but could not find the back of the net.
The final score was 1-0, and the Rangers were shut out for the first time this postseason and the first time since the Stanley Cup Finals last season against the Kings in Game 3. Holtby made 30 saves in his team’s win and had stellar defense to help him out. Even though the Rangers outshot the Capitals, they were kept to the outside the entire night and did not have many quality chances up close.
Henrik Lundqvist, who played in his 100th NHL playoff game, made 21 saves and was tremendous between the pipes. He gave the Blueshirts a chance to win all night. It was just an unfortunate bounce off of Keith Yandle’s skate and then Lundqvist’s skate that put Washington up 1-0 with thirteen minutes left to play in the second period.
Despite the loss, it was an entertaining hockey game. The momentum changes back and forth all night with both team make pushes in the offensive zone. The Rangers will just need to get more traffic in front of the net and get some puck luck. It has been a difficult series with a new look Capitals team, but adversity is something the Rangers have overcome all season.
The team and players know they have to be better, but the playoffs are no time for dwelling on past mistakes. You learn from them and quickly shift focus to the next game. The Rangers have been able to bounce back from tough losses all season long and know what it takes to win. Game 4 will be Wednesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.