NHL Playoffs: Grades for Night 22

Henrik Lundqvist attempts to make a save for the Rangers in Game 3.(USATSI) Henrik Lundqvist attempts to make a save for the Rangers in Game 3. (Getty)

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D The Rangers scored first and gave Henrik Lundqvist a rare lead in this series, and then decided it would be a good idea to sit back in a shell and try to win 1-0. That is never a good strategy. The Bruins ended up scoring two goals in the third period to get the win and push the Rangers to the brink of elimination. The Rangers received the only two power plays of the night, and as has been the case for the entire postseason, they did nothing with them.
B+ Even though they had to come from behind in the third period, the Bruins still controlled most of the game, especially after the Rangers scored first. That was actually the big turning point. After the Rangers put that goal on the board early in the second period, the Bruins attempted 29 of the next 38 shots over the remainder of the period. That attack carried over to the third period and resulted in two goals from the fourth line.


This one is for rookie Bruins defenseman Torey Krug as he gets an A for the night. In his 18 minutes of ice time, the Rangers managed to get just four shots on goal. Krug had four by himself. In total, the Bruins outshot New York 10-4 with Krug on the ice, while the rookie finished with a team-best plus-15 Corsi (plus-minus for shot attempts). Huge performance by the rookie.
A The Sharks came out flying in this one and were able to tie this series 2-2 as it shifts back to Los Angeles this week. Joe Thornton continued to play at a Conn Smythe level on Tuesday night and was the best player on the ice for most of the night for a second consecutive game.
C- The Kings had a great push in the third period, but it was too little, too late. They were pretty bad through the first 40 minutes, and even though they were robbed of what would have been a pretty big goal they still didn't play well for two thirds of the game.
F The Kings also get an F for turning their Twitter account over to a radio show host, a decision that forced them to delete several Tweets, apologize, and made themselves look pretty dumb.
F Come on, NHL referees. You. Did. It. Again. The referees, for a second straight game, put themselves at the center of the discussion for an obviously blown call in the second period. In a game that was decided by one goal, that quick whistle was a pretty big one.
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Adam Gretz has been writing about the NHL and taking an analytical approach to the game since the start of the 2008 season. A member of the PHWA since 2015, he has spent more than three years covering... Full Bio

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