While the passing of Martin St. Louis’ mother and the return of Chris Kreider are widely regarded as the main reasons the Rangers were able to bounce back from a 3-1 series hole against the Penguins, most Blueshirt players are quick to remind us that their players-only meeting after the Game 4 debacle was also very instrumental.
Well, it looks like the Rangers went back to the well after Monday night’s devastating Game 3 loss seemingly put the Blueshirts in an insurmountable 3-0 hole…
“A couple of guys talked after last game, I was one of them,” Henrik Lundqvist noted after the 2-1 Game 4 victory last night. “We said ‘whatever happens, we’re winning [Game 4]. We’re not losing two at home.’”
…while his goaltending ability is second-to-none, it’s his leadership qualities that separates him from the pack.
…i don’t think I’m overstating that Lundqvist’s performance last night after virtually guaranteeing a victory to his teammates two days earlier is in Messier Game 6 territory.
…while I feel rah-rah speeches are over-rated, the rhetoric coming from the Rangers leadership seems to be resonating with their teammates because they’ve immediately responded with spirited performances following both these pep talks.