Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Stopped Short

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Stopped Short

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NEW YORK -- No matter how well Henrik Lundqvist plays, the Rangers can't win if play always is in their zone.

And though it's one thing to rally from a two-games-to-none series deficit, as the Rangers did in the first round, only three teams in NHL history have come back from a 3-0 deficit, as the Rangers now face.

The Bruins won Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, 2-1, after winning the first two games at Boston.

Game 4 is Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

Lundqvist stopped 32 shots but the Rangers' game stopped in its tracks after they took the lead early in the second period. There was no forecheck, there was no ability to clear the puck. And the power play went 0-for-2, leaving the Rangers 2-for-38 in the postseason and scoreless in their last 21 tries dating back to Game 4 of the first round against the Capitals.

The Rangers lost at the Garden for the first time since March 24.

Daniel Paille scored the winner at 16:29 of the third period, knocking in an oddly bouncing puck with backspin after Shawn Thornton tried to tip in Gregory Campbell's initial shot.

Tuukka Rask made 23 saves for the Bruins.

The Bruins tied the score at 1 at 3:10 of the third period as the Rangers' sloppy and passive second-period play that began after they took the lead, carried over.

Lundqvist misplayed the puck behind the net, defenseman John Moore turned it over, the makeshift line of Brad Richards with Arron Asham and Mats Zuccarello couldn't clear the zone and defenseman Johnny Boychuk sent a shot through traffic from the right.

The Rangers played the third period with five defensemen. Anton Stralman played just one more shift in the second period after Milan Lucic crunched him into the boards in the Rangers' zone at 13:06.

Not surprisingly, after the Rangers' third-period defensive meltdown in Sunday's 5-2 loss in Game 2, John Tortorella reunited his top pair of Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh. …

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