by Patrick Hoffman on 04/14/11 at 10:37 AM ET
That would be the exact way to describe the New York Rangers’ play in their Game 1 2-1 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals.
The Blueshirts grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third when defenseman Matt Gilroy scored his first career playoff goal. Unfortuantely, the Capitals washed that out late in the third period when Alex Ovechkin forced one in at the side of the net passed a helpless Henrik Lundqvist.
This was definitely a game that the Rangers’ could have won by at least a 1-0 score. The team had done a terrific job of shutting down the Capitals’ big guns until Ovechkin tied it and Alex Semin won it in overtime.
With that said, this Blueshirts’ hockey team did not generate enough offense. Sure, the team took 25 shots but not enough of them were of the quality variety, which is something that the team will need to change going forward if they want to win this series.
The team got solid performances from Lundqvist (31 saves on 33 shots) along with the team’s defense. The defense broke up a lot of plays, blocked a lot of shots, were physcial when they had to be and did everything they could to give their offense a chance to get it going.
It’s only one game folks. In fact, it was a game that the Rangers could/should have won.
It is time to look forward to Game 2 and hope for a different outcome.
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