This series is tied and we’re going back to the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey with the Devils having a chance to push the Rangers to the brink of elimination. Just a friendly reminder if you have forgotten, the New York Rangers won both games at the Prudential Center 5-1. They outscored the Devils 10-2 and there should be some hope ahead of what is going to be a decisive game 5.
New York started this series strongly and just faded the second they got back to Madison Square Garden. Road teams have won all four games in this series to this point. New Jersey is a far better road team than the home team, that is fair to say, but the Rangers did not look like the New York Rangers we watched for 82 games this season when they were on home ice and that is not good enough.
So, this series is tied and the Rangers now have to find a way to redo all the hard work they did to take a series lead away from New Jersey the last time they visited the Prudential Center. To not be able to capitalize on a major advantage by winning both games away from home by failing to take a single win on home ice is just not good enough. We know this series is coming back to Madison Square Garden.
There are reasons the Rangers stunk the Garden out. There are more reasons than I think anyone would like to read about and I think there are more reasons than anyone would like to admit that bleeds New York Rangers blue. But sometimes, it is therapeutic to torture yourself by pointing out the flaws of an NHL team. Anyway, here are just a few of the reasons that the New York Rangers were unable to take anything from the games at home.