Kinda feel like there a games that a team needs to experience to get better, and since the new guys arrived I think that game was up in Toronto. Cant have a breakdown like that after you finally tie up the game in the third.
Hopefully theyll apply that lesson tonight and split the home and home.
I think for the Rangers it is extremelyimportant to score first tonight.
It seems to calm them down and allows them to think less. When you get to 12, 16 minutes of the first and then into the second period without a goal - they fall into that zone where they can't score, even if they get good chances.
They may be the team most effected by the first goal in the entire NHL:
• When scoring first the Rangers are tied for 3rd in the NHL with a .800 winning % (12-2-1)
• Other than San Jose (10), there's no other team in the top 10 in SC 1 winning% that has a lower GPG average of 2.6 (Rangers have a 2.38, SJ 2.36)
• When leading after the first period, the Rangers are tied for 2nd in the NHL with a .889 winning% and have not lost in regulation (8-0-1)
• The Rangers have been scored on first in 24 out of their 39 games (62%) and are 7-14-3 in those contests.