Last night in Game 1 of the 2nd round of the NHL playoffs between the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins, it was the road team Rangers that captured the Game 1 victory by winning 3-2 in overtime.
The Rangers would start off with two quick goals in the 1st period to go up 2-0, then squander the lead in the 2nd period as the Penguins scored two unanswered goals, and then completed a scoreless 3rd period. On to overtime, the most exciting and nerve-racking aspect of playoff hockey, but luckily for the Rangers, it ended quickly, just around three minutes in. The Rangers attacked, attacked, and attacked some more in overtime, knowing that they needed to score and end this game as soon as possible, with the Penguins gaining momentum, and that is exactly what they did. The Rangers, on a game-winning goal in overtime by Derick Brassard, 3:06 into the overtime period, capped off a very impressive Game 1 victory over the Penguins.
The only question is now, can the Rangers build upon this impressive Game 1 win vs. the Penguins?
Well, if history is any factor, it is definitely not on the Rangers’ side. The Rangers have lost a record-high 12 games in a row when having a one game series lead in the playoffs. Since the Penguins do not want to lose both games in Pittsburgh before having to go to Madison Square Garden in New York City, I would say more likely than not that the Rangers’ ugly streak will indeed be extended to 13 games with the conclusion of Game 2 on Sunday. If not, then that would be even more impressive from a Rangers’ standpoint.
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