Game 4, Must-Win For Rangers

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Rangers-Ryan McDonagh: Should Anton Stralman not be able to play in Game Four due to injury, the Rangers already depth-challenged defense corps will suffer another major blow. That would mean even more minutes, and even more responsibility, placed on the broad shoulders of the 23 year-old defenseman Ryan McDonagh. The Mac Truck helped shut down Alex Ovechkin in the first round of these playoffs, and has been a rock against Boston in Round Two. And McDonagh has contributed offensively from the blueline, as well. He scored a goal in Game One last week, and assisted on Taylor Pyatt's goal in Game Three on Tuesday, giving him points on two of New York's five goals in this series. It is just further proof of the quality player, person, and teammate McDonagh is that he has been so good in the post-season, even after his painful delay of game penalty in overtime led to the Rangers Game Two first-round defeat in Washington.

 

Bruins-Jaromir Jagr: At age 41 Jagr is no longer playing at the Hall of Fame level he began with 22 years ago in Pittsburgh. But the former Rangers captain did score 16 goals this season while splitting the campaign between Dallas and Boston, and in Game Three against the Blueshirts he had a pair of quality chances against former teammate Henrik Lundqvist. Somehow Jagr is without a goal and has totaled just four assists despite receiving significant ice-time as a Top Six Bruins forward through ten post-season games. You just expect a big moment, a big game, a big goal from him at some point soon in these playoffs. In 190 career playoff games, the two-time Stanley Cup winner has notched 78 goals and 193 points. He may not be the same player, but he has a hunger to win another Cup this spring. That will drive him to some special moments before this run is complete for Boston.