The fans calling in or posting about benching Lundqvist are fools. They should go jump off a cliff. Those aren't real fans. Hank was bad last night. At least three of the goals could've been prevented including the first where he just sticked it right to Stamkos. He also should've had Killorn's second where he abused Staal. The winner was a disaster. He said he didn't pick it up for some reason. I don't know. It was a late change with McDonagh leaving too much gap.
Overall, the D has been awful. They're exposed against the much quicker Bolts transition. During the season series, they got torched by Johnson, Palat and Kucherov. So, it's no surprise they've dominated the series. The Rangers cannot match their speed and must slow things down. That requires better puck management. Stop throwing pucks away in the middle of the ice. It also means chipping pucks behind the Tampa D and working them behind the net. Similar to last round. They can be forechecked. Stepan's line has been the most effective. The fourth line has done a good job too. They're not getting anything out of Brassard or Nash and St. Louis continues to be a disaster. Brassard's taken some costly penalties and Nash has been MIA. St. Louis' line had some sustained forecheck including the OT chance for Moore. But the production isn't there. Hagelin has no goals since his Game 5 winner in Round 1. I'd change it up. Move Hayes back to center Hagelin and St. Louis. Or keep Moore at center and demote St. Louis to the fourth line with Sheppard and Glass.
Also, you can't do what Kreider did on that fifth goal in a tie game. Going for the big hit as retribution with basically six minutes left. Brutal. Sometimes, he doesn't think the game. He can be great but needs to be smarter. That hit took out Girardi and resulted in Palat finishing. That's really where they lost the game. Kreider also didn't take Johnson on his gimme on that 4-on-4. Vigneault made one good move sticking Miller with Brassard and Nash. No coincidence he was in front on Boyle's tying goal getting a piece of it to force a Bishop rebound. Miller is the one guy who plays with edge. He can be utilized on any line to provide energy and can take draws.
No complaints about Boyle or Yandle. Boyle scored atoning for his mistake which still shouldn't have resulted in a goal. Yandle was their most effective defenseman assisting on two goals in less than 17 minutes of ice-time. If he's not ailing, he should play more. He should be on the first power play unit. Demote St. Louis to the second power play unit and put Nash on the top one. He needs a confidence boost. Maybe he scores finally if they try him there. For the most part, hard to complain about the power play but they had two big fails when they were nursing a 2-1 lead. Score on either and it's probably a different outcome.
Game 4 is a must win. This isn't the Pens or Caps. They can't win three straight against the Bolts. They're just too explosive. I would stand up at the blueline and force more dumps. Clog the neutral zone. Yep. I said it. If that means trapping, so be it. You can't allow them to come with that much speed. Their transition is too good. This is the one opponent I didn't want to see. Even with Bishop. They're a match-up nightmare because their speed gives our D trouble. Especially Staal, who has had two poor games in a row. McDonagh hasn't been good either despite his PPG and helper. He can be better as can Danny G.
I would expect Lundqvist to bounce back tomorrow. I don't know about the rest of the team. That could depend on Vigneault. Can he make the necessary adjustments to get the series back to MSG even? We'll see.