Rangers bounce back...Preds in control

Rangers bounce back...Preds in control

Rangers bounce back...Preds in control

From the get-go, this was the New York Rangers' game to lose.

"That extra day is huge", center Derek Stepan said. NY has struggled in recent months when getting the nod at the sportsbooks, going 5-11 in its past 16 overall, but has shown signs of a turnaround while favoured on home ice, going 4-1 in its past five.

The U.S., just after winning an off-ice fight with USA Hockey for better wages, opened the tournament last week with a 2-0 win over the Canadians and followed that up with a 7-0 rout of Russian Federation and a 5-3 victory against Finland.

"We're still up 2-1 in the series", winger Clarke MacArthur said.

"He's got a skillset, but his best skillset is his competitive nature", Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said of his forward who led the team with 59 points in the regular season.

It was a big statement by New York's smallest player, who was shorter than most of the reporters gathered around him at his locker after the game. I thought we played well too.

The Blueshirts will look to even the series at 2-2 in Game 4 on Thursday night at MSG.

"It nearly feels like a different season when you play the playoffs", he said. "Now we have to win another one". Their veteran core is just two years removed from a conference finals berth and three removed from almost winning the Stanley Cup. NY is outscoring its opponents 12-4 in the second periods this postseason.

In the first round last month against Montreal, the Rangers trailed 2-1 before also winning three in a row to advance to this round. "We're going to need a complete game from start to finish, and that's what we talked about". "When you have it you try and keep it".

Derick Brassard, who spent four years with the Rangers before being traded to Ottawa last summer, knows his former teammates will come out with increased intensity from the start in front of their home crowd in Game 3.

"We had to come out with a good start, play a strong 60 minutes", NY forward Derek Stepan said.

We've heard that plenty of times whether it be a bad breakup, a loss of someone close or, on a more trivial level, when one's favorite sports team loses in heartbreaking fashion.

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist deflects a shot as the Ottawa Senators' Viktor Stalberg watches during the first period of Game 3 of their Stanley Cup second-round playoff series on Tuesday in New York. Although Zibanejad may have only earned a single assist in this game, he put up six shots on goal.

Ottawa could never catch up, Senators coach Guy Boucher said. He wasn't very good at all in Game 3, finishing with a minus-2 rating and also was called for two penalties.

Lindberg pushed the advantage to 4-0 with his first career playoff goal with 1:43 left in the second, 32 seconds before Pageau scored to spoil Lundqvist's shutout bid. "You can't really ask for more".

"I think a lot of guys on Wall Street really like hockey, and the game is early, at seven o'clock". The Rangers have scored first in each game this series.

Through nine postseason contests, Ryan is tied for first on the Senators with eight points (four goals, four assists). The Senators were outshot 30-27 and out-attempted 56-54 by the end of the game.

During the two days between games, Senators coach Guy Boucher warned that it would be hard to manufacture the desperation the Rangers were sure to offer while facing a 2-0 series deficit.

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