For the most part of game one in the series I think the Rangers did what they wanted to do. They kept the Senators to the outside and played a defensive minded game and pounced on mistakes and turnovers. With that being said, there was a long stretch in the second period where the Rangers could not control the puck. They were greatly outplayed in this portion of the game and the Senators could have buried maybe three goals if not for Henrik in net.
The Rangers have to avoid this again, and the players know it. Here’s a quote from Brad Richards:
“They played really well last night,” Richards said. “There was a momentum swing in the game we were able to grab, but they could’ve grabbed it too. We have to realize we’re going to have to be a lot better.
“They had the puck a lot in the second period. If they score a goal and make it 1-1, it might be different.”
Brandon Dubinsky also added the Rangers “Need to match Ottawa’s intensity”.
They’re saying all the right things and let’s hope we don’t see Ottawa play a game of “keep away” with the puck tonight again.
Be sure to follow me on twitter @Matt_J1. Quotes were taken from Dave Lozo’s article over at NHL.com.