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Rangers coach on fatigue: If Lundqvist isn’t tired, no one else should be

May 4, 2014, 10:57 PM EDT

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Scheduling can vary in the postseason, but teams generally play games every other day when they’re not awaiting their next opponents. With that in mind, it’s difficult to deny the notion that the New York Rangers might be fatigued going into Game 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Rangers will go into Monday’s game with less than 24 hours of rest after losing to the Penguins 3-0 in Game 2 on Sunday. It’s the bigger picture that makes it especially taxing, however; While the Penguins waited for their second-round opponent from April 28 to Friday’s Game 1, the Rangers have been doing a lot of battling. Tomorrow’s contest will be the Blueshirts’ sixth playoff game in just nine days. They also faced a back-to-back set in Game 6 and 7 against the Philadelphia Flyers on this past week.

If you’re looking for excuses from the Rangers themselves, head coach Alain Vigneault won’t bite.

Henrik Lundqvist was indeed excellent in Game 2, stopping 32 out of 34 shots in defeat. Whether you blame fatigue or the Penguins’s strong play (or a combination of the two factors), New York only made Marc-Andre Fleury face 22 saves in a shutout performance.

Vigneault might try to deny the rest factor, but Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma absolutely acknowledges that his team hopes to press the advantage.

If nothing else, the Rangers have shown that they often excel in difficult situations. They’ll also hope for a boost from the crowd at MSG.

It should be an interesting test for both teams.

  1. cheesesteak75 - May 4, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    They better get a power nap with game 3 in less than 24 hours. Should be another great game!

  2. President Charles Logan - May 4, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    got me a sneaky suspicion that the pens are going to take off with this and run

    • chanceoffleury - May 4, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      A Pens fan can only hope, President. But they’ve done this before. They can’t get complacent. They’ve gotta keep the momentum and drive flowing. Don’t let the Rangers have even an inch. If they give me 3 or 4 games in a row like this maybe I’ll think they’re really onto something.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - May 4, 2014 at 11:57 PM

      You’ll be wrong….again. Beach Ball Fleury will slide into his usual self.

      • President Charles Logan - May 5, 2014 at 12:06 AM

        when am i ever wrong?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 5, 2014 at 12:08 AM

        In your own mind, never.

      • President Charles Logan - May 5, 2014 at 1:12 AM

        i said the rags wood beat ya’ll they did
        i said the kings wood go further then all wood . they have
        i said lecavilier wood score at least 20 goals this year, he did

        oh and i said the pens wood go further then ya’ll.. and they have …

        last but not least i said there are 3 sure things in life .. death, taxes and the flyers choke in the playoffs…. and well… guess im right again!

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 5, 2014 at 1:45 AM

        Like I said. Legend in your own mind. Will your beloved Pens choke again this year as well? Oh, and please spare us the Switzerland routine m’kay. We know you spank to 87.

      • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 12:57 AM

        so your saying hes fat? i dont think hes fat…i mean he plays hockey hes pretty fit.

  3. dmfc1112 - May 5, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    AV, you forgot that you pulled your goalie in game 6?. Need some gingko?

  4. durila1 - May 5, 2014 at 4:23 AM

    Philly blows.the whole world knows it

  5. jaybyrd99 - May 5, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    You know what fatigues me ? The Rangers lack of power play . Absolutely caught up with them last night .

  6. johnstone17 - May 5, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Rangers looked a step & a half slower than the Penguins. They didn’t look interested in taking the body. And they looked content to play on the perimeter. All signs of fatigue.

  7. steelcity333 - May 5, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Glad to hear them not use it had an excuse. That’s why you want to end series as soon as possible. New York missed their chance when they lost to philly in game 6.

    • johnstone17 - May 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      Without a doubt they have no one to blame but themselves. but they still looked slower than the Penquins last night.

  8. buckhome - May 5, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    tonight’s game is the great equalizer. Both teams are playing on back to back nights. From now on no talk of itred teams being the advantage

  9. jcuervo962002 - May 5, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    The Rangers PP has been abysmal and was before this recent stretch of games, so tired is not an excuse. Thats the long and short of yesterdays game- 3 PP’s early and nothing to show for it -not on the board,not in momentum, and not in confidence. In fact i think it was so bad that it did just the opposite – it sucked the life from them and energized the pens and they never recovered. one PP goal there and that is an entirely different game.

    If we found out anything about the Rangers and during the regular season and so far in the playoff, its that they are inconsistent and momentum driven. That showed against Philly from period to period, and game to game. When they look like they are ready to take off, they stall and sputter. When thy look like they are all but out if it and ready to implode they come back like gangbusters and give a strong effort.

    There is no rhyme or reason to it. Its why they let Philly hang around last series, because that series should have been done in 5. And its why they are gonna go 7 with the pens and why I expect this to go back to Pitt 2-2.

    And the the Pens are basically the same type of momentum driven team as we saw against Columbus.

    And its why Boston is gonna beat the snot out of either of these teams, because you cant play that way against the top teams.

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