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New York Rangers No. 1 goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been a lifesaver for them during the regular season and into the postseason, but he cannot bear the burden alone.
He single-handedly kept them in the game during Game 3 and I believe won it for them, because Ottawa had a whopping 39 shots on goal.
It is their inability to protect their leads that has been a contributing factor heading into OT, which they have unsuccessfully gotten out of in both loses to the Senators this series.
These are not good odds, especially considering we can expect more of the same tight style of game throughout the remainder of the series.
They need to: a) create more scoring chances, b) not sit back on their leads and c) find a way to win in overtime.
It is no secret that the Rangers and Lundqvist have struggled in overtime in the postseason with a 1-7 record dating back to the 2007 playoffs.
In fact, the only time that Lundqvist has won an overtime game in the playoffs was in Round 2 of the playoffs against the Buffalo Sabres on April 29th, 2007 at Madison Square Garden.
These stats need to change.
It is especially ironic considering the Rangers' success in overtime/shootouts during the regular season, where they were eighth in the league with 12 overall (seven OT wins and five in shootouts).
Whatever the case, if they want to win this series, they need to find ways to win in overtime, because that could be the determining factor in who moves on and who signs up for tee times.
In fact, it already has been to some extent, because if the Rangers had won in both overtimes thus far in the series, they would already have advanced to Round 2.