It is simply amazing that there has been 20 blown two-goal leads in the 2013-14 NHL postseason, and the New York Rangers were one of the latest victims last night vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the second round. Luckily for the Rangers, they were able to overcome their blown two-goal lead and win 3-2 in overtime, but this epidemic needs to be cured fast for the Rangers’ sake.
In the first round of the playoffs against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Rangers had a 2-0 lead in Game 2, which they blew and ended up losing 4-2, so two of those 20 blown two-goal leads in the playoffs have come from the Rangers and in my eyes that is two too many.
The best way to play with any lead, whether it is a one-goal lead or a four-goal lead, is to not relax and take the foot off the gas pedal under any circumstances. Always attack and keep the pressure on because, more times than not, if you apply constant forecheck pressure on your opponent, you will force them into mistakes which you can capitalize on, either by scoring a goal or maintaining puck possession. No team can score if they do not have the puck, and the Rangers play their best hockey when they are constantly forechecking, controlling the puck and dictating the pace.
At all costs, the Rangers must not let up. It is the playoffs and there is no time for sitting back and relaxing if you want to even have a chance at winning the ultimate prize in June.