by Patrick Hoffman on 04/19/12 at 12:10 PM ET
That is exactly what the first round Stanley Cup Playoff series is between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators after last night’s 3-2 overtime victory for the Senators.
The Rangers let an early 2-0 lead slip away as well as a 2-1 series lead and now, they will head back to Madison Square Garden for Game 5 tied up thanks to Senators’ forward Kyle Turris, who scored the game winner in overtime for his hockey club. Everyone knew that this series was not going to be easy for the Blueshirts and right now, the team is proving just that.
With that said, the Senators are doing everything right when it comes to their game. They are throwing plenty of pucks on Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist,l creating lots of traffic in front of the net, playing a physical brand of hockey and for the most part, doing a good job of allowing their netminder Craig Anderson to see the puck.
What’s concerning is the Rangers’ inability to hold a lead in this series. They struggled with it in Game 2 and now again last night, something that they did not do much of in the regular season.
In the first period, the Rangers did everything right. They were able to connect on the power play twice, were able to score early to somewhat quiet the crowd and were also to keep the puck deep in the Senators’ zone.
Unfortunately, the Blueshirts were not able to sustain any of that for the rest of the game. The Senators had them on their heels, were able to kill off five straight penalties while also being able to tie the game to send it to overtime.
The Rangers have today and tomorrow to get their game back in order before a huge Game 5 at MSG on Saturday night. Just like the series is, the Rangers’ will need to have even attitudes to win this series.
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