Ryan McDonagh wants to see his team be a bit more patient in the Boston Bruins' zone.
"You see them, they're pretty good at waiting for help, waiting for guys to come into the zone," McDonagh said, "and I think we can use that, too, wait for second or third guys to come into the zone, and look for guys as opposed to throwing it to an area and try to skate onto it." The Rangers are down 3-0 in their second-round series and have only scored five goals in that span.
It would be very beneficial for the Rangers if Marc Staal were able to return for Game 4 Thursday night.
He skated Wednesday and hasn't played since Game 3 versus Washington. The Rangers probably won't have Anton Stralman available when they face elimination from the playoffs after he was injured in Tuesday's contest.
Matt Gilroy may re-enter New York's lineup in Game 4 Thursday night.
It doesn't look like Anton Stralman will be available to play after getting injured in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to Boston. Gilroy hasn't played since April 25 and he suited up in just 15 games during the regular season. Roman Hamrlik could be an option as well.
Brian Boyle was upset with himself for his poor night in the faceoff circle Tuesday night.
"We were in our zone way too long because I couldn't win a freaking draw," Boyle said. "I could have contributed more, and that's infuriating." He won just four of his 21 draws and he hasn't registered a point in his last five contests.
Chris Kreider was struck in the face by a high stick Tuesday night at the 5:05 mark of the third period and didn't return to the game.
The Rangers didn't update his status after the contest. It's possible he was just getting repairs though, so we'll leave him as active for now, but he did appear to be in some pain as he lay on the ice. If his status changes then we'll let you know. Kreider skated on a line with Rick Nash near the end of his night, but he ended up with just 7:06 of ice time. He has one assist in six playoff appearances.