It’s easy to overreact to a seven-game series by conjuring false narratives, yet it’s difficult to avoid getting caught up in all the talk about the New York Rangers squandering two-goal leads. For the third time in this series, the Rangers managed to build a 2-0 lead against the Los Angeles Kings. It’s already reasonable to ask if they’ll see that margin dissolve once more.
The Rangers opened up scoring with this Benoit Pouliot deflection. Despite some flat stretches of play and a near-goal, New York managed to go up 2-0 in the second period thanks to this Martin St. Louis tally:
Like a horror movie villain, you just knew the Kings wouldn’t stay down. They generated a slew of scary chances, yet Dustin Brown’s breakaway moves helped Los Angeles narrow the deficit to 2-1:
It could be a nerve-wrecking final stretch of Game 4, whether this game or series ends in regulation. Either way, it doesn’t seem like things will come easily for the Rangers.
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.