The Rangers looked to stay perfect in this second round matchup against the Penguins, but astonishingly, Marc-Andre Fleury would not allow that to happen. At the CONSOL Energy Center last night in Pittsburgh, Fluery stopped all 22 shots that came his way, recording his seventh career playoff shutout to take the win 3-0. The Rangers look to rebound tonight as the series returns to New York, less than 24 hours after last night’s contest.
The tight scheduling of both of the Rangers two series so far, the back-to-back games might prove to hurt them. Tonight will be the Blueshirts 5th game in the last 7 days. Game 2 started out as a pretty even bout, slowly the Penguins began to take control and it showed when the Rangers went 0-for-4 on the powerplay for the second straight game. The Rangers also went the final 11:38 of the game without a shot on goal.
“The power play had some looks and it could have given us some momentum, but we didn’t finish,” explained Vigneault. “The power play ultimately is my responsibility, and I have to find the right trigger points here to make it work.”
Needless to say, the powerplay needs to improve if the Rangers want to keep up with the Penguins and continue to stay alive in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.