Boucher expects Ryan to play Game 4

Boucher expects Ryan to play Game 4

Rangers Henrik Lundqvist, left, Ryan McDonagh, center, and Dan Girardi defend against the Ottawa Senators during Game 3 of the teams' second-round playoff series, on May 2, 2017 at Madison Square Garden.

"There was nothing different that they did", said Boucher. "Or else we have no chance".

"As Alain Vigneault said simply: "(Thursday's) the most important game of the season for us". "They started a lot more desperate than us".

With a three goal lead firmly in their possession, the Rangers completely shut down the game in the third period, and kept the Senators off of the scoreboard. It seemed inevitable that NY would take a big lead early in the game, and that's exactly what they did.

The Senators have done an autopsy and now it's time to move on. "We're still up 2-1, we're happy about that and we're going to take the good parts of this game and try to figure out the stuff we weren't doing good enough". None of them are greater than Clake MacArthur and Craig Anderson. That's good for them.

"We were looking for certain matchups and sometimes within a game's flow and the matchups, sometimes certain players get lost for a couple of shifts or a couple of minutes and that's what happened", Vigneault said at the time. "I feel like we're chasing the game way too much", defenseman Joel Edmundson told reporters.

Ottawa did get a little bit more wind in their sails toward the end of the frame, however, courtesy of none other than Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who has now scored the last four Senators goals.

The Senators headed into NY on an emotional high, after thoroughly dominating game one of their second round series, and stealing game two in spectacular fashion. The Rangers are only one loss way from being pushed to the brink of elimination, so they're not out of the woods yet. This should serve as a nice wake up call.

Boucher expects Ryan to play Game 4
Boucher expects Ryan to play Game 4

"It nearly feels like a different season when you play the playoffs", he said.

"That was by far the hardest game of the series", Ellis said. Though NBC said that the Ottawa Senators had five shots on goal in the first period, it certainly did not seem like it was that many. They were first on pucks and they won their battles. We wanted those games badly. Yet, barely a month into his new start he crashed into the boards during a game against the Florida Panthers and suffered a broken left leg.

Also of note was that the Rangers were 29-for-57 (51%) in the face off circle after winning just 42% of them in Game 2.

Guy Boucher spoke calmly.

Boucher wasn't as sure about Zack Smith's status.

The Rangers take on the Senators in a Game 4 at MSG today.

Ottawa forward Bobby Ryan, who left in the third period with a lower-body injury, is expected to play. He hasn't played since Game 2 of the series against the Bruins and hasn't even been skating with the team. Brady Skjei became the first NY defenseman to record a multi-goal performance in the playoffs since Brian Leetch registered a hat trick in Game 2 of the 1995 Eastern Conference semifinals against Philadelphia. He's listed as doubtful. "I think everybody understood the importance of this one and we came out in the first period and set the tone". "Coming into this series one of my concerns was that we didn't really hate this team".

"They were good right off the bat", Anderson said. They continued to push, and they continued to push, and we couldn't catch up.

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