NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers
Mar 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary (43) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers home woes continue as they fall to the Pittsburgh Penguins at MSG while searching for their game before the playoffs.

  • New York Rangers 3 (46-26-6, 98 pts)
  • Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (47-19-11, 105 pts)
  • NHL, Final, Overtime, Boxscore
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

    1a1aRealTalkRangers1400 - New York Rangers Roundup, 4/1/17: Home Woes Continue Against the Pittsburgh Penguins

The New York Rangers have won the 2017 Stanley Cup. April Fool’s.

In reality, the Blueshirts are struggling to win games both home and away. The Rangers are now 3-3-4 in their last 10 and continue to struggle at home losing eight straight in front of the MSG crowd.

In a game that had major playoff implications, the Rangers played a decent game. Henrik Lundqvist looked to be back in form with no defensive help whatsoever.

Having Ryan McDonagh out of the lineup proved to be costly as the defense struggled throughout all three periods. The Rangers battled and played a strong third period where Rick Nash scored to make it 3-2 and Chris Kreider was able to bury the tying goals with eleven seconds left in the third period.

The 3 Vs 3 overtime period proved to be very exiting with great saves on either end by Hank and Matt Murray. Ultimately, the Penguins were able to oust the Rangers in the shootout. An opportunity to boost their confidence at home, and against a potential playoff opponent was spoiled Friday Night in New York. The Rangers will continue to search for their game prior to the playoffs.

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The Rangers will have another chance to defend home ice on NBCSN Sunday night as they battle the Metropolitan division rival Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers (37-32-8, 82 pts) are virtually out of the playoff picture but have been playing better hockey of late with a 6-4 record in their last 10. Regardless of their record, the Flyers will come out playing a physical game that the Rangers will be unable to match. Look for a possibility of a Tanner Glass sighting at MSG on Sunday night.

Other Notes

Shayna Goldman projects the New York Rangers defensive pair for the playoffs

Brett Cyrgalis breaks down why the Blueshirts need Henrik Lundqvist to regain from before it’s too late

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