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Lundqvist after Game 3 loss: It’s not over

May 5, 2014, 10:41 PM EDT

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If Henrik Lundqvist‘s reaction to a 2-0 loss in Game 3 represents the rest of the locker room, the New York Rangers’ mood could be described as “positive, if puzzled.”

The Rangers carried much of the play (including firing 35 shots to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 15) in Monday’s defeat, yet they couldn’t get the job done. Lundqvist expressed some mixed emotions after the game, as New York Newsday’s Steve Zipay reports.

“I’m sitting here trying to figure out how we lost this game,” Lundqvist said. “We did a lot of good things. It’s not over.”

There are plenty of reasons why the Rangers lost, even if they played well during significant stretches of this game.

Sidney Crosby finally scored and the Penguins nailed both of their biggest breakaway opportunities. Marc-Andre Fleury was both fantastic and lucky. There’s also the fatigue factor that Alain Vigneault & Co. finally acknowledged after the game. (One may also point to that squalid power play, too …)

Vigneault agreed that his team played well and hopes they can carry that over into Game 4:

It has to be deflating to fall down 2-1 in a 48-hour period after gutting out a Game 1 win on short rest, but Lundqvist is correct: the Rangers are still very much in this series. They could even things up at 2-2 in Game 4 on Wednesday, so it’s understandable that the Blueshirts are optimistic through the frustration and exhaustion.

  1. whammy71 - May 5, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Then Hank ain’t paying attention.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - May 5, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    I like how AV was crying to the media about the schedule. It’s called arena availability mostly and TV play a factor.

    • 7mantel - May 6, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      With 2 major sport teams that play at MSG the May dates were open ,MSG was dark most nights.

    • billiam55 - May 6, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      u have the gayest username on here. r u like a lil kid with that name?

  3. bcisleman - May 5, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    What I saw of the game (late 2nd, 3rd period), the Pens looked to be in control and the Rangers rarely got a sniff. In fact, the HNiC broadcast team kept noting over and over and over again how totaly the Pens were controlling the play….and now I notice this is an O’Brien piece. Mystery solved!

    • bcisleman - May 6, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      Worth noting that most Ranger shots I saw were from the perimeter or from impossible angles and there was rarely any traffic in front of Flower SOG total was deceptive. Pens controlled the play and the fans showed they knew it by their booing.

    • jonnyhammersticks - May 6, 2014 at 1:21 AM

      Late 2nd and 3rd period Pens dominated? They had one SOG in that span…

  4. qball59 - May 5, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    I don’t know what game Hank was watching but the Penguins skated circles around the Rangers all night. Pittsburgh simply continued what they did yesterday; i.e. keeping turnovers to a minimum, giving up almost no odd-man rushes, and generally playing lights out defense.

    I won’t be the least bit surprised if the Pens win again on Wednesday and close it out Friday at home. For the Rangers, just scoring a goal would be a moral victory at this point. Since the first period of Game 1, the only goal Fleury has given up was the OT winner. That’s no accident, and if it continues, the Rangers will be playing golf this weekend…

  5. pittsburghmohawk - May 5, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Why is it the goaltender is the lucky one when someone hits the post? Those shots would not have went in even if Fleury was not on the ice. It’s not the goaltender’s job to protect the posts and crossbar, he’s to stop pucks from going in the net.

    • qball59 - May 5, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      As any goalie will tell you, the pipes and the crossbar are part of his equipment… :-)

    • c9castine - May 6, 2014 at 12:01 AM

      yeah, its just this perception that somehow they got robbed by the bar. its just as close as you can get

      but in reality, id feel much closer and more robbed if the goalie makes a great save. it means the shot could have actually gone in.

  6. sorroundedbyidiots - May 6, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Hey Hank, I think I know the answer here, you let in two goals and fleury didn’t let in any.

    • billiam55 - May 6, 2014 at 8:48 AM


  7. timothybsmith2014 - May 6, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    Maybe you lost because Marc Staal has not yet perfected the cheap shot to the back of Crosby’s head play yet. Maybe he needs to go back and watch more film from the 90s and the cheap shots the Rangers took at number 66.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 6, 2014 at 1:14 AM

      I understand Staal was trying to cross check Sidney in the back and that’s hockey and the refs were letting em play. However, when he missed and hit him in the back of the neck, especially with that kinda force since he was aiming for his back, it should have been a penalty. Dangerous accident. He doesn’t have a history of those violent dirty hits.

      Missed call there.

  8. bleedrangerblue - May 6, 2014 at 4:58 AM

    They went like 18 mins without a shot…

  9. brandontroutman - May 6, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    Talk SOG all you want, Pens 2/15, Ranger 0/35 – you can have all the chances in the world, but if you don’t cash them in by 0:00 at the end of the third, they are meaningless, and you lose. The Pens have destroyed the Rangers PP, Flower has been solid but with some luck obviously, but you look at the end’s of Games 2 and 3, especially last night fending off a two-man advantage, it’s impressive, and it’s the reason the Pens are up 2-1.

  10. billiam55 - May 6, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    its the playoffs. ANYTHING can happen. dont count a team out. looks at san jose and la.

  11. khar9 - May 6, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Would you rather have 1 shot and 1 goal or 50 shots and 0 goals ?

  12. Florio's Lawyer - May 6, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    “..I’m sitting here trying to figure out how we lost this game…”

    Not scoring any points might have had something to do with it.

  13. joerevs300 - May 6, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    “..I’m sitting here trying to figure out how we lost this game…”

    How about a power play that hasn’t scored a goal since goalies were wearing leather helmets…

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