by Patrick Hoffman on 04/21/11 at 05:26 PM ET
From great friend of the blog Rob Simpson at MSGNetwork.com:
Because of the severe momentum change, New York didn’t have a chance to re-establish their grinding style. There was no more punch, counter-punch by the two teams as seen earlier; it was more upper cut, left jab, right cross from the road team, as the ice tilted in their favor. Their opportunities mounted, and at the 12:07 mark of the third, rookie Marcus Johansson scored his second goal of the night and his second career playoff goal to knot the score at 3-3.
The tally came just moments after a Washington power play ended, moments after Sean Avery came out of the penalty box for slashing Alex Ovechkin.
Minutes later, the Rangers received their sixth power play of the night, and like all of the others, it appeared somewhat lacking. This man advantage did feature one great chance by Marian Gaborik, and resulted in Caps goalie Michal Neuvirth’s best save of the night.
Click here for more great thoughts on last night’s Rangers’ loss from Simmer.
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