The Ottawa Senators defeated the Rangers by a score of 2-1 in the opening game of the Eastern Conference Semi Finals. Check out Blueshirt Bullet Points for details from the loss. Here’s a look at the Blueshirts’ Game Score chart from the loss.
1.) Henrik Lundqvist | 2.60
Hank made 41 saves in a 2-1 loss, and once again was the Blueshirts’ best player on the ice. He fell victim to two goals out of his control. The first goal was on a power play during the end of the second period in which he had no chance after the team collapsed in front of him. The second goal was a seeing-eye shot that deflected over his head as he peered around a screen. Lundqvist was the only reason the Blueshirts were in the game, and the rest of the team needs to pick up their play if they want to get past the Senators.
2.) Nick Holden | 1.07
Holden had one of his better playoff games as a Ranger and did a great job managing possession of the puck. The Rangers’ rearguard played just under 15 minutes and led the team with a 5v5 Corsi differential of +14. Additionally, he tallied four shots on goal and blocked one for good measure. He struggled against the Montreal Canadiens in the first round, and it would be amazing if his play this series was similar to what he displayed at the beginning of the 2016-17 season. At that time Holden was contributing offensively and playing smart with the puck. If he can do that then the Blueshirts will be in good shape.
3.) Rick Nash | 0.91
Nash has been one of the Rangers’ best forwards during the playoffs, and he got off to a great start to the series vs. Ottawa. Nash logged just about 17 minutes and led forwards with a 5v5 Corsi differential of +13. The veteran winger recorded three shots on goal and blocked one on the evening. Nash has been maligned for poor playoff performance during his time in New York, but in recent years he has found his game. Look for Nash to be a difference maker this series on both sides of the puck, and help push the Rangers to the Eastern Conference Final.
Game 2 is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Eastern on Saturday April 29 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.