Overtime has not been kind to the New York Rangers over the past few years. There inability to win overtime games has been a struggle that cost them another game in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Rangers have dropped 11 of their last 13 overtime games in the playoffs dating back to Michal Rozsival‘s overtime goal against the Buffalo Sabres in the 2007 playoffs. The only two games they won were in last year’s Eastern Conference Semifinal against the Washington Capitals. Marian Gaborik scored a triple OT winner in Game 3 and Marc Staal scored the overtime winner in Game 5.
Overtime might even be worse for star goalie Henrik Lundqvist. He is now 3-11 all-time in overtime games in the playoffs. Now these overtime losses are not always Lundqvist’s fault. I might go as far as to say none of them are especially the loss to the Boston Bruins in this year’s Eastern Conference Semifinals. Lundqvist was constantly under siege facing 15 shots in the extra period. The Bruins also hit four or five posts the entire game.
The way the Rangers play is dangerous in overtime. If they are not getting constant forecheck pressure they are usually stuck in their own end. This combined with sagging wingers allows opposing an team’s point men to fire at will on Lundqvist. A team like the Bruins gets lots off traffic around the net so when Lundqvist kicks out rebounds he is sometimes left to make remarkable saves to stop those second chance opportunities.
The Rangers have said that their overtime troubles have not gotten in their head yet. But one or two more overtime losses and it’s sure to creep into the back of their minds.