The rangers have been scraping out wins all year through the regular season, and now the postseason. As we look ahead towards game two of the Eastern Conference Finals lets take a look at how the defensive machine of the Rangers have been holding down the leagues best guns.
Three names are responsible for the majority of the Ranger’s success, Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, and Henrik Lundqvist. The three-headed defensive monster is anchored by a star goalie in Hank, who has made big save after big save since he stepped back between the pipes this year. Of course, a goalie is only as good as his defensemen in front of him. Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi have been drawing the top matchups this post season, making Hank’s job as easy as they can against the best talent in the east.
This series, vs the Tampa Bay Lightning the power duo defensmen have focused their ice time away from the highly star studded first line of Steven Stamkos towards the “Triplets”. Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, and Nikita Kucherov have been the key to the Lightning’s success this offseason, which warrants their attention from the Ranger’s best defensmen. Their line has accounted for 18 goals and 15 assists this postseason.
As for game 1 of the series, the Rangers held the Lightning and the Triplets to just one goal on a power play. Tonight will prove to be a true test for the Rangers defense as they try to fend off a stingy offensive effort that averaged over 3 goals per game over the course of the season.
We are in the midst of the best time of the year for hockey fans as all the games are top notch in terms of quality and gamesmanship. Every team who has made it this far in the postseason plays low margin-of-error, physical hockey that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.
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