by Patrick Hoffman on 04/20/11 at 10:00 AM ET
This is exactly what New York Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said prior to Game 3 against their First Round playoff opponent, the Washington Capitals. At the time, the Blueshirts were down 2-0 in the series.
Fast forward to today and the tide has turned a bit as the Rangers find themselves down 2-1 with a chance to tie the series. Should the Rangers do that, it will be a whole new series and the Capitals will more than likely start to feel the pressure.
With that said, the Rangers obviously need to win first. To do that, the team will need to continue to neutralize Alexander Ovechkin while also keeping others like Alex Semin, Mike Knuble, Nicklas Backstrom, etc. quiet as well.
While the Rangers have not been able to put the puck in the net a lot this series (4 goals in three games), the Capitals haven’t been exactly lighting thr lamp either having scored just 6 goals on Lundqvist. As I mentioned in a previous blog, Lundqvist has not had to be the focal point of this series. The team’s defense has made sure of that.
Like I was for Game 3, I will be at the Garden tonight hoping for the same result. I’ll also be hoping that it is twice as loud so Capitals’ head coach Bruce Boudreau can hear how passionate Rangers’ fans can be.
What are your thoughts on tonight’s big tilt on Broadway?
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