Hartnett: Rangers Can’t Allow Mistakes To Linger Into Game 3

CBS New York

By Sean Hartnett
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The Rangers will enter the lion’s den when they take the ice at Consol Energy Center for Game 3 of the conference quarterfinals on Monday night.

Smelling blood, the hosting Penguins will look to take advantage of charged-up atmosphere and deliver a blow to a Rangers team that suddenly appears vulnerable.

Everything went wrong for the Rangers in Game 2. Don’t let the 4-3 final score fool you. All the things that worked for the Rangers in the series opener turned sour on Saturday night. It all starts with puck management. The Rangers were able to dominate their territory in Game 1, pinning the Pens deep and working the cycle to perfection.

Puck management betrayed the Rangers. Their cohesiveness evaporated, they stopped making smart decisions while in possession. Worse of all, their hands turned to stone on the power play. The Penguins kept…

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