Another 1 goal game, another hard fought coin flip of a match, and a different result. Tonight, the Rangers finally got some calls, they finally got some bounces, and, they finally got a W. Give credit right at the top, I thought moving Dubinsky to center was a questionable move tonight, but Torts seemed to pull the right string, as Dubi and Gabby both played like men possessed. While Gabby remains off the goal scoring sheet, he is still generating chances, and moving Dubi to center seems to have re-energized a very important part of our team who, thus far, has been more or less a non factor.
I also mentioned before how the Rangers absolutely had to match the Capitals on the Power Play, and tonight they did, when Christensen absolutely sniped a shot top shelf to even out the power play goals per team. Also, for the first time all series, Neuvirth looked human, his rebound control wasn’t all that great, and as the Versus crew pointed out, he outright refused to leave his net to get to pucks which costed the Caps territorial time for sure. The only way to beat a team that plays the way the Caps do is to dump and chase and win board battles, that is made a hell of a lot easier when the goalie refuses to get to pucks behind the net.
Credit also to Brian Boyle. I have been down on Boyle for a while now, but I felt like he played a monster of a game, generated some scoring chances, and just plain old worked his ass off from start to finish.
Finally of course you have the play of Henrik Lundqvist who has yet to surrender more than 2 goals in a game this series. Without Henrik, this one is easily 0-3 for the Caps. Rangers are still in this, but they absolutely must win game 4, going down 3-1 into Washington is probably a death sentence.