The New York Rangers returned to Madison Square Garden after two games in Ottawa and trailed in the series 2-0. After two games back home the Rangers are now back in the series after posting a pair of 4-1 victories. The Rangers once again dictated terms and were even able to chase Craig Anderson out of the game after he allowed three goals in two periods. The Blueshirts’ fourth goal was scored against backup goalie Mike Condon.
The Rangers are in a groove right now and are starting to look like the team that came out of a 2-1 hole vs. the Montreal Canadiens in round one. If the Rangers keep up their level of play on Saturday then there is a good chance the next game at MSG will be an opportunity for the Blueshirts to close out the series.
With all of that said, here’s a look at the Game Score chart from the 4-1 victory.
1.) Oscar Lindberg | 1.84
Lindberg has been clutch for the Blueshirts during the playoffs and now has three goals over his last two games. During the regular season the nickname of Mr. Efficiency was given to Lindberg during these write ups because he has a knack for accomplishing a lot while playing just about 10 minutes a game.
In Game 4 Lindberg found the net twice and drew a penalty. He had a rough go in terms of 5v5 Corsi, but the Blueshirts’ entire fourth line struggled in that regard.
2.) Henrik Lundqvist | 1.45
Hank had a relatively easy night in which he stopped 22 of 23 shots. It was the second game in a row in which “the King” allowed a lone goal and it is clear he has his confidence back after struggling a bit during a Game 2 loss than saw him surrender six goals.
3.) Nick Holden | 1.35
Holden has received his fair share of criticism in recent weeks for making bonehead plays with the pucks, and he drew some significant flak after an atrocious Game 2 in Ottawa. While this may be the case, Holden was fine in Game 4. In the words of former bench boss John Tortorella, “let’s call a spade a spade.”
His goal was one of the better by a defender on the Rangers in quite some time, and he looked like the defender who tallied 11 goals and 34 points during the regular season.
HM: Tanner Glass | 0.80
Glass deserves some kudos for a solid performance. He finished Game 4 with two secondary assists and was physical throughout the evening. He dropped the gloves late in the third with Kyle Turris and generated a nice reaction from the crowd for his efforts.
Tanner Glass with a pair of helpers tonight and the crowd erupts when his name is mentioned over the PA system, same folks butchering him
— Jim Cerny (@JimCerny) May 5, 2017
Statistically, Glass doesn’t usually accomplish a lot. He has over the last two games and that is great. If he were this type of player all the time, I can guarantee that there would be little to no complaint about him being a fixture in the lineup.
Game 5 is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Saturday May 6th at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.