If the New York Rangers fail to advance to the Eastern Conference Final, they're going to look back at Game 2 as a missed opportunity to put the Pittsburgh Penguins on the mat. The Blueshirts were badly outplayed through long stretches of the first and second periods, yet only trailed by a goal heading into the final frame.
Henrik Lundqvist was outstanding, making 24 saves in the first 40 minutes alone, and the Rangers only needed a single tally to hijack a game from the Penguins. They failed to convert on four power-play chances for the second game in a row and only came up with five shots in the third, thus allowing Pittsburgh back into the series.
The different between a 2-0 lead heading back to Madison Square Garden and a 1-1 tie is dramatic. The Rangers are still playing with house money after winning Game 1, but Game 2 was winnable for them.
This is still a choppy, penalty-filled series, and both squads have plenty to work on as the contests shift to the Big Apple for Games 3 and 4.
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