New York Rangers Lose in Familiar Spot
The Rangers have lost two of their last three games, both in familiar spots, and this will likely not be any different. Despite the loss in Game 3, the Rangers were still up 2-0 midway through the third period. Then, the Tampa Bay Lightning scored three times in the third period to tie the series. This loss also means that the Rangers are 2-7 so far this postseason on the road. If the Rangers want to move on in this series, they must get more physical and create more scoring chances against Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Landeskog leads the Avalanche by example
Gabriel Landeskog has earned a reputation as one of the game’s elite leaders. A second-round pick in 2011, Landeskog is a prolific scorer, with 512 points and 38 game-winning goals. His tenth goal this season tied him for third in the league, and he helped set up Nathan MacKinnon’s first post-season goal. Moreover, he also topped the league with 20 third-period tallies.
As captain of the Colorado Avalanche, Landeskog has learned a lot in his decade with the team. He has shown his patience in practice, when his team’s players were acting like two-year-olds. In the spring, he was a coach for his daughter’s soccer team, and he learned valuable leadership lessons from his young teammates. He has also shown his commitment to his teammates, and it shows in the way he treats them.
Avalanche fans are also aware of Landeskog’s impressive play on the ice. He averaged 9.5 points in the regular season and added a whopping 14 points in the playoffs. That was enough to give him third-best status on the team and a potential first-round selection in the next draft. But that is not all Landeskog has to offer. The Avalanche should be aware of his play and consider his contribution in the team’s success.
Despite his limited role in the game, Landeskog made a statement in Game 2 by assisting MacKinnon’s empty-net goal. Landeskog’s presence on the ice sent a message to the Blues. After the game, Landeskog congratulated MacKinnon on his record-breaking goal. The game’s final outcome set the tone for the series and helped make the team one of the most successful in NHL history.
Rangers play more physical
The New York Rangers will be hoping to continue their hot postseason with a victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5. It will be their second of three home games against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. Game 5 is set for 8 p.m. EDT on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers will look to rediscover their offense after being outscored nine-4 in the first two games. However, the Rangers were outscored 7-3 in the two games played in Tampa.
The Tampa Bay Lightning showed signs of rust when they started the series against the New York Rangers, but the team tightened its defensive scheme in this series to force the Rangers to shoot from outside the crease. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy also shut the door on Rangers’ close-range attempts. The Rangers’ offense has been lacking this season, so this series is a test for the team.
Lightning’s defensive performance
The Lightning’s defensive performance in a familiar spot was a bit disappointing, but not unexpected. The defense did not play as well as expected in Game 2, but it was still an improvement from their last outing. The Lightning have improved their goaltending, which is part of their game plan. But they need to improve their defensive play. The defense can only improve with a better effort from Vasilevskiy.
While the offense was not able to convert on their power play, the defense played better. For example, a player took a shot and the goalie committed to the right side of the net. The left side is wide open and someone needs to battle for the rebound. This is where the Lightning have to dig deep. It’s not easy, but they can’t afford to be complacent. As a result, they should dig deep for the rebound.
The Lightning’s top line played better than it had in previous weeks. Joseph played the entire game, including the power play and penalty kill, and the Lightning took most of the shots when Joseph was on the ice. While the Lightning had the third-lowest offensive rating with Joseph on the ice, he had the best Corsi against of all the skaters in Tampa Bay. His ice time ranged from eight to ten minutes per game. He did not register a shot in seven of those games.
The Tampa Bay Lightning’s defensive performance in a familiar spot has been a huge positive for the team. Victor Hedman was a key contributor during the 2011-12 season, playing a significant role in the team’s success. Hedman is a pillar in the defensive zone, despite the lack of help on the blue line. In fact, he has eight points in eight games in the postseason.
Gabriel Landeskog scored his first NHL goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 12, 2011 at the age of 18 years and 324 days. Landeskog set the record for the youngest player to score a goal in the National Hockey League at that age. Elias Lindholm broke this record a few months later. Landeskog had a stellar postseason, scoring six goals and five assists in nine games and earning a plus-six rating.
Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog’s third-period goal capped a wild game in which the Avalanche scored three goals in the span of two minutes. The game was won by the Avalanche, but the Rangers were missing two important players, first-line center Nazem Kadri and second-line winger Kailer Yamamoto. Both players were injured during the first period, but have since recovered and are back in the lineup.
The young Swedish center has played in the NHL since 2001 and has won the Stanley Cup twice. He became the youngest captain in NHL history on Sept. 4, 2012, just 11 days older than Sidney Crosby. On May 5, 2016, Landeskog passed Crosby by one day, and Connor McDavid passed him by 20 days. In addition, Landeskog’s rookie season ended in a sweep of the Plymouth Whalers in a seven-game series.
Despite losing two games on the road this postseason, the Rangers have had similar situations in the playoffs before. In the first round, the Rangers trailed the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 before winning Game 5 at home and Game 6 in Pittsburgh. On Thursday, they’ll hope to turn the tables on the Lightning in the Eastern Conference final. If they do, Landeskog’s tenure with the Rangers will be over.