The Rangers played a valiant Game Four last night against the Penguins at MSG and finally put it all together, shutting down the potent Pittsburgh offense with a 3-0 victory. The all around solid effort featured fine penalty killing, a power-play goal (for a change) and most importantly, superior goaltending. Henrik Lundqvist recorded his second playoff shutout and for the first time this series, showed just how good he can be when at the top of this game.
Now trailing three games to one, the series resumes Sunday in Pittsburgh where the Rangers will try to stay alive once more, but it’s not going to be easy. Playing severely shorthanded with injuries to Sean Avery, Blair Betts and Chris Drury (who is playing in spite of his infirmities), the Blueshirts have a long way to go. They must concentrate on one game at a time, but it’s more than unrealistic to think they will advance.
Jaromir Jagr once again played as if he turned back the clock one decade. It was his inspirational play that energized the entire team last night. He must continue at the highest level in order to keep the Rangers competitive, because it’s obvious that others on the team are unable to do so at this time.