April 30, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Mike Rupp (71) takes a shot on Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) during the second period in game two of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Nothing To Fear


The Rangers lost a tough game last night going down 3-2. Yes the Capitals evened the series, but the Rangers weren’t awful by any stretch. The first goal the Capitals scored was completely on Bickel giving a perfect pass to break out a Capitals 3 on 2, and the second goal was a combination of poor things and poor puck handling by Henrik Lundqvist.

Being able to tie the game impressed me though. Last year’s Rangers team probably couldn’t have tied this game, but the Rangers dug deep and managed to tie it. Then Ovechkin decided  to actually use his insane wrist shot that went top shelf on Lundqvist.

The Rangers played good enough to win on most nights and put together a good effort. The game was there for them to grab, but the two penalties they took came back to haunt them. My feeling was if the game went into overtime at 2-2 the Rangers would have won the game. That’s just me, but I was confident the Rangers would have won.

The only thing the Capitals did better than the Rangers yesterday in my mind, was block more shots. To me that’s what separated the Rangers and the Capitals in game 2.  Rangers will be right back at it tomorrow, and hopefully Coach Tortorella has made some minor adjustments.

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Tags: Capitals Henrik Lundqvist John Tortorella Rangers Stu Bickel