May 12 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Brad Richards (19) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the first period against the Washington Capitals in game seven in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
That was pretty frustrating. The Rangers outplayed the Devils for the most part and didn’t get the win. I have to agree with John Tortorella in that the Rangers played their best game of the series. They finally forechecked hard and did the little things that win hockey games.
It was the first few minutes that killed the Rangers. The Devils managed to score three goals on five shots, even though the Rangers weren’t playing terrible. The Rangers did come out hard, and actually were outshooting New Jersey. It’s a real head scratcher.
Well we all saw how the Rangers played with their backs against the wall. They actually came back and tied the game. I’m curious to know if Torts let them open up their style of play because they were down three goals. we’ll probably never know but that’s the style of hockey the Ranger need to play.
As bad is it is to be down 3-2 in the series you gotta have some faith. For the players it will be one shift at a time, one period at a time, and one game at a time. This has been their mind set the whole playoffs. It needs to continue for the Rangers to have a chance to win.