Two minutes and forty-one seconds into the third period last nigh Brian Boyle scored to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead.
On the next shift the Rangers had three shots. The Rangers next shot came about four minutes later (12:56 left) and didn’t have another shot until there were under three minutes to play.
In between those two shots for the Rangers, Ottawa had 7 shots on goal, missed five more and had six blocked.
Following Boyle’s goal, the Rangers had four icings throughout the rest of the game and lost three of the four ensuing faceoffs including the one that led to the game winning goal.
John Tortorella said on MSG after the game that the Rangers were defending too much late in the game and Marc Staal and Brian Boyle agreed.
They all said that the Rangers needed to do a better job attacking with the lead.
Brad Richards told Ranger Rants, “We were leading with whatever left and we just started playing on our heels a little bit, retreating. They started coming down the ice with speed.”
Playing with a lead has been something the Rangers have been good at all season, but being conservative and just trying to clear the zone cost them last night. With their structure and with Henrik Lundqvist the Rangers have to be confident in their ability to close a team out, but they needed to keep pressing and get another goal because they had to know that Ottawa was going to press and do everything they could to go back home tied at 1.