Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Boucher: We Got Slapped in Face

The New York Rangers produced a huge bounce-back effort on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden to avoid going down three games to none against the Ottawa Senators.

Sens' head coach Guy Boucher summed up the loss aptly.

"We got a good slap in the face and we have to get up and get going again."

The Senators entered Tuesday with a 4-0 record when their opponent scores first, but there was no catching the Rangers on this night. New York built a 2-0 lead in the first on goals by Mats Zuccarello and Michael Grabner, and they tacked on in the second with goals by Rick Nash and Oscar Lindberg to make it 4-0.

The Rangers, who blew a two-goal lead late on Saturday in Ottawa before losing 6-5 in overtime to fall behind two games to none to the Senators, were a more focused, intense and speedy team on Tuesday -- and it showed.

Call it playoff poise? Could be.

“It was important not to overreact,” said Henrik Lundqvist, who pitched in a 26-save performance for New York. “As a group we kind of agreed not to change too much. We put what happened in Ottawa behind us. We were very focused.”

"They were ready, they were hungry, they were desperate, and we didn't match that at all," said Boucher. "That's it."

Game 4 is Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.