The New York Rangers needed to a win a game at home to not only get into their series with the Boston Bruins, but extend it to save their playoff lives. That’s exactly what happened Thursday night at Madison Square Garden when the Rangers powered back from a 3 goal deficit to top the Bruins and force a Game 5 in New York this weekend.
Chris Kreider ended up firing a laser shot past Tukka Rask and kept the Rangers season alive for at least one more game.
“It is so surreal,” Kreider said after the game, via ESPN. “It’s not something that can really be explained. It is something that just has to be felt, but it was awesome. I’m just excited to give these guys an opportunity to play another game.”
The series has been a tough one for the Rangers as after beating the 2-seeded Washington Capitals in the first round they’ve been quickly and viciously taken to the brink by the Bruins. But while the series is far from being tipped in New York’s favor, they showed in Game 4 why they’re a dangerous team that shouldn’t be slept on.
One of the reasons they’re so dangerous is because of netminder Henrik Lundqivt and his ability to make the team as good as he is. Put a lesser goalie in and the Rangers are likely out of the playoff entirely but Lundqvist males the Rangers a solid team and a real threat every game to come out ahead.
“It is time for us to win an overtime game,” Lundqvist said after . “This was a big one. It was such a great feeling to see that puck go in.”
What Lundqvist is referring to is the Rangers inability to win overtime games this postseason. They failed to win a game in overtime against Washington and it was proving to be a problem against the Bruins.
But the Rangers have a game under their belt, and while they desperately need four more, winning the first one was a huge step towards gaining the confidence to pull off the incredible feat of knocking off the Bruins in the position they currently sit.