I don't know what it is about this Rangers team, but they seem to enjoy falling behind in their playoff series, looking dead in the water to fans, and then turning it on decimating their opponent. It happened last series with the Montreal Canadiens, now the Rangers are doing the same to Ottawa. The Rangers were down 2-0 in this series after blowing game 2 in brutal fashion. When the Rangers lost in double OT after blowing a 2 goal lead in regulation, I figured that was the fatal blow. This Rangers team apparently isn't the past Rangers teams though, because they're getting it done even after tough losses. The home ice advantage might be what helps.
It seems like every time the Rangers needed a big win this post season they've gotten it at home, and then carried the momentum back on the road. Well, they got a big first win in this series on Tuesday, winning 3-1 controlling for the majority of the game. Tonight, they did the same. The Rangers just looked like the better team, and that's because they are. Lundqvist was unbelievable, he was making saves on point blank shooters, stoning anyone trying to shield and deflect in front of the net, and he shut the Senators out up until the final 5 minutes of the game. At that point the Rangers had a 4 goal lead, so it wasn't a big deal that he got beat short side high in garbage time.
For the Rangers, Tanner Glass was probably player of the game. He had 2 assists and 7 hits, setting the Rangers up offensively, all the while setting the tone defensively, great job on both ends of the ice. He also beat the shit out of some Senators player as regulation was running down, which is always a good look. Oscar Lindberg, was a big piece on the offensive end of the ice tonight with his 2 goals on 3 shots. J.T. Miller also played well adding an assist and couple hits to the stat sheet. Nice to see players other than Staal, McDonaugh Nash, Stepan, Krieder, and Zucc putting in the work, makes them way more effective. The result is a clear indicator of that.
The Rangers can go all the way, I've said that from the get go. With Pittsburgh taking out the Capitals, barring any crazy comeback from Washington, the Rangers will match up with a beat up Penguins squad. It'll be a rematch of last year and you know the Rangers are seeking revenge. With all the injuries to Pittsburgh the Rangers would be the favorite in my opinion going in if Crosby is still out. The Rangers still need two more wins, based off the way the Senators looked at end of this game they're dead. The Rangers are in their head and at this point, I think Ottawa knows the Rangers have them beat. Rangers in 6 then it's off to Pittsburgh, calling it now.