Rangers Return Home Seeking Game 3 Win

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Rangers-Rick Nash: After finally breaking through with his first post-season goal on Sunday, Nash will be looking to become his usual force offensively, knowing that the Rangers desperately need him to fill that role moving forward. Nash was much more assertive in the offensive zone on Sunday, even before his second period goal, though especially afterwards. John Tortorella saw his star forward beginnning to play with renewed confidence and double-shifted him, which led to a more aggressive and more physical Nash out on the ice. After struggling against Washington, and consistently going to his backhand, Nash has been far more of a threat against Boston, and has been using his wicked forehand shot much more often---which is exactly the shot he used to beat Tuukka Rask after skating past Zdeno Chara in Game Two. With the Rangers' backs against the wall, Nash is needed to provide a major boost, to carry his teammates for long stretches, starting tonight at The Garden.

 

Bruins-Tuukka Rask: The final score may have read 5-2 Boston on Sunday and many observers would have credited that victory solely to Boston's offensive outburst against Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers. But in reality, Rask was as important to that win as any Bruin. The Finnish goaltender more than earned his stripes with some outstanding play in the first two periods when the game was still tight. His best work came in a second period the Rangers felt they were far superior in, but Rask denied them at every turn, stopping 15 shots including point-blank tries by Ryan McDonagh and Carl Hagelin. He has stopped 64 of 68 shots through two games against the Rangers, raising his level of play from where it was in the opening round against Toronto. If Rask continues to play on par, or better, than Lundqvist, this could be a quick series.