The New York Rangers came into the night hoping for a last gasp effort to make some final noise in the playoff race. Unfortunately, this depleted Rangers team dropped this game 6-3, and the Bruins got a point meaning the Rangers are officially eliminated from playoff contention. However, it was fun being able to see this team play meaningful games down the stretch.
Rangers Fall Behind Early
The Capitals applied the pressure early on. They were outshooting the Rangers by about double before they found the back of the net. Nic Dowd got the goal on a shot that Igor Shesterkin probably should’ve stopped. Shortly after, Conor Sheary put one home to make the Capitals lead 2-0. The Rangers again found themselves behind early and had to fight out of a hole.
They would help that problem though. With exactly 2 minutes left in the period, Mika Zibanejad got an important goal for the Rangers. This cut the deficit in half heading into the first intermission down 2-1.
Much Better Second Period
The Rangers came out in the second period with a different step in their game. They looked a lot better for the majority of the period. Mika Zibanejad got his 2nd of the game a little over 2 minutes into the period on the power play. They weren’t done scoring yet, as Kaapo Kakko put one home a few minutes later. The Rangers quickly dug themselves out of the hole that they dug, now it was a matter of holding onto the lead, or adding on.
The exact opposite of this happened from here on out. The Rangers had a brief 5 on 3 after Tom Wilson thought he was a UFC fighter for a minute. The Rangers would not convert on the power play, and the Capitals eventually tied it. Garnet Hathaway made it 3-3, and that was the score going into the 3rd period.
Rangers Outplayed In The 3rd
The Rangers were completely outplayed in the 3rd. They couldn’t find the stride they had in the 2nd. They also were playing without Artemi Panarin who was hurt after going at it with Tom Wilson. the Caps made it 4-3 early in the period with a Daniel Sprong goal. The Blueshirts could not do anything offensively, and Nicklas Backstrom eventually made it 5-3 Caps.
By this point, the game looked like it was seemingly over. Tom Wilson of all people put home the empty-net goal to seal the deal. The Rangers would end up dropping this game by the score of 6-3.