Going into last night’s game I wasn’t very optimistic about the Rangers chances. Then after they went down a couple goals I really didn’t like their chances. I didn’t think they showed, grit, or any determination to get back into it.
Then Carl Hagelin’s goal was the turning point. Up until then the Rangers really didn’t get anything going offensively. The fluke goal boosted their confidence and had a snowball effect for the rest of the game. I had a feeling that after Tyler Seguin scored the Rangers would find a way to get a goal. The Bruins were going to be on their heels a bit, and 12 minutes can feel like hours when you’re defending a lead in an elimination game. The Rangers couldn’t have picked a better time to get their lone Power Play goal of the series by the way, and Brian Boyle of all people scored it. Really, great timing on that one. Rick Nash and Chris Kreider did the rest and now the Rangers are off to game 5.
I just like how the team crawled back into this game. Sure they got some bounces, but they’ve been denied a few of those throughout the series. They were down by two goals at one point and managed to draw level, then went down another goal and equalized again. They never led the game until the overtime goal.
Next on the agenda is a tough game 5 in Boston. The Rangers have nothing to lose at this point and should play a loose game. That being said, this will probably be the toughest game to win. Boston definitely does not want a game six, and the Rangers will need to fight tooth and nail to pull out a victory. Still though, if the Rangers win tomorrow the floodgates open up. All the pressure will be on Boston to close out the series, and the media will act like 2010 is happening all over again.
Still have a long way to go, but just take it one game at a time. Oh, and can somebody stop Torey Krug from scoring?
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