by Patrick Hoffman on 04/23/11 at 11:59 AM ET
That is the attitude that the New York Rangers have to take heading into this afternoon’s Game 5 against the Washington Capitals down 3-1 in the series.
Based on the way the Blueshirts have played this series, the series could be tied at two apiece or even 3-1 Rangers. Unfortunately, two overtime losses and a shutout loss have done the Rangers in this series.
This afternoon, the Rangers will need to figure out how to get a lead and then, of course, actually hold it this time. Before Wednesday night’s loss, the team had been 29-0 heading into the third period, which shows that the Rangers know how to play with a lead.
With that said, the team has had difficulty doing so in this series and even had trouble in Game 3 when they won 3-2. If this Stanley Cup Playoffs have shown anything, it is that no lead is safe and unfortunately, the Blueshirts are a victim of that.
So now, everyone’s attention should turn to this afternoon’s Game 5. Everything else that has happened in this series is in the past and the Rangers’ players know that.
It’s up to the team to show the Capitals that they are still in this series and that they will not go down without a fight because this series is not over yet.
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