NEW YORK -- The confidence the New York Rangers felt after outshooting the Pittsburgh Penguins 35-15 during their Game 3 loss in the Eastern Conference Second Round series was nowhere to be found following a 4-2 loss in Game 4 Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers head to Pittsburgh trailing 3-1 in the best-of-7 series and will see their season end unless they win Game 5 on Friday night (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN. CBC, RDS).
To do so, they'll have to be a lot better than they were Wednesday. Game 4 seemed to be an endless series of costly errors and lost opportunities. Even when the Rangers did manage to get back into this must-win game, they couldn't get out of their own way.
"It was a combination of them being real good and us picking a bad night in the playoffs to have a bad game," coach Alain Vigneault said. "I don't want to take any credit away from Pittsburgh, but our puck management tonight and our execution weren't very good and ultimately cost us the game."