NEW YORK, N.Y. — The scoreline read 3-1 as the Pittsburgh Penguins took Game 3 against the New York Rangers following 60 minutes of suffocating hockey.
The Rangers finished with only 17 shots, making Matt Murray’s NHL playoff debut a fairly easy one. He wasn’t tested much, with the best Rangers chances shot directly into the logo on the Penguins netminder’s jersey.
Pittsburgh had 47 shot attempts to New York’s 33, with most of the Rangers’ coming from outside the high-danger areas in front of Murray.
(M: missed shot, S: saves, B: blocked shot)
According to Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy, keeping the Rangers’ shots to the perimeter was discussed ahead of Game 3 by making New York work for them and winning the neutral zone battle.
“I think we were smarter with our puck decisions,” Lovejoy said. “Our goal is to make their defense turn. We want to do everything we can to make life for their defensemen difficult. We were able to clean up our possession through the neutralRead More »from Rangers looking for better execution, neutral zone play in Game 4