Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Rangers, Red Wings and Kings come back as the Bruins press on

The New York Rangers fought to come back during Game 3 after they suffered a scoreless Game 2 against the Washington Capitals, who still lead the series 2-1 after last night’s game. The Capitals opened up scoring and after two power plays the Rangers put themselves up on the board as well tying up the first period.  Heading into the second period the Rangers took the lead 2-1 against the undisciplined Capitals who could not stay out of the penalty box.  The Capitals suffered 6 consecutive minor penalties but the Capitals turned it around late in the second and tied the game at 2-2. Historically the Rangers, have not been able to score in the 3rd period during any of their 5 games played against the Capitals this season but that all changed last night.  The Rangers got their game going during the 3rd period as they took a 3-2 lead, this was the turning point for the Rangers and it seems Game 3 could be the come back game in this series for the New York Rangers. Not ready to let the Rangers have a come back, the Capitals kept the pressure on Goaltender Lundqvist and tied the game 3-3.  This series is finally getting interesting as the Rangers have fought to make this a one goal game.   The Rangers were on fire as they recaptured the lead 4-3 to win Game 3. Last night the Rangers gained the victory that they needed at Madison Square Garden where Lundqvist made 28 saves as the Rangers inch closer to bridge the gap in the series lead that the Capitals have gained. The Rangers are not out of the woods yet as the Capitals still lead this series 2-1 going into Game 4 on Wednesday.
The Detroit Red Wings chased down the Anaheim Ducks during Game 4 last night. The Ducks held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 with the Red Wings responding twice each time tying the game. The Ducks, who lead the series 2-1, took the game to over time with tied game at 2-2 as they defended their series lead. And the Red Wings had their come back last night in over time to tie the series at 2-2. The Red Wings worked hard for their overtime break away winning goal. This is the second playoff game in this series taken to over time with the Wings beating the Ducks.  This is a strong come back for the Wings who were dropped in Game 3 with a score of 4-0. Now going into Game 5 at home for Anaheim Ducks, who are the overall favorite in this match up, the pressure is on as they take home ice on Wednesday.
The L.A Kings wrapped up the underdog come back night to tie their series with the St Louis Blues. The Blues came back in Game 4 after a scoreless Game 3 to open up scoring with ease and speed early in the first period and dominated shots on goal early earning a 2 point lead on a power play goal. The L.A Kings, still strong from Game 3 answered, cutting the Blues lead in half. Late in the first period the L.A Kings tied the game at 2-2. The Blues, not willing to give this game up came back strong in the second period to hold a 1 point lead for remainder of the second period and into the third. The Kings bounced back in the third period tying the game 3-3, and then a minute later claimed a 4-3 lead over the Blue who suffered a bad shift where the Kings were able to win the puck twice in a row.  Winning Game 4, the L.A Kings tied the series at 2-2 going into Game 5 on Wednesday.
 Over view on last nights match ups: the Detroit Red Wings and the L.A Kings came back to tie up their series, the New York Rangers finally made it on the board in their series against the Washington Capitals, where as the Toronto Maples Leafs continue to struggle against Boston Bruins who lead the series 2-1. The Boston vs Toronto series so far is unfolding as predicted, with the Bruins leading and Toronto suffering from too many giveaways, which dictate a win or loss for the team.  There is still more hockey to be played as the pivotal games begin in the quarterfinal match-ups for the Eastern and Western Conferences.

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