The New York Rangers looked absolutely awful in game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Boston Bruins. From the first shift of the game, they looked flat and now find themselves in a 3-0 hole in the series.
The Rangers are going to face elimination Thursday night in game 4. They must make some big changes if they want their Stanley Cup dreams to stay alive.
First off, the Rangers have to get off to a better start. The first shift of the game was pinned in the Rangers for a minute and they were on their heels the rest of the game. In order for the Rangers to get off to a better start, they must establish their forecheck. Too many times they get pinned in their end and waste time just keeping the puck there for minutes.
Next, the Rangers have to forecheck better. For anyone who has been watching, you see how easily the Bruins break out of their own end. No one puts a body on the defenseman and they easily chip the puck past the Rangers crashing defenseman.
Finally, the Rangers have to continue to pressure the Bruins if they have the lead. Twice in this series, the Rangers got a one-goal lead and felt satisfied to sit back on it. This leads to numerous point shots and rebounds out in front. Henrik Lundqvist can only make so many saves before the second and third opportunities are put in.
The Rangers are facing a deficit that only three teams have ever come back from in the history of the NHL. If they want to come back, they have to take it one game at a time and it starts with game 4 on Thursday night.