History favors teams that have taken 3-2 series leads. And history hasn’t been kind to the Rangers. Since 1994, teams trailing three games to two have rallied to win their series less than 20 percent of the time. In addition, the Rangers have only overcome 3-2 series odds just once in seventeen (!!) tries. However, hockey fans saw first hand that the Boston Bruins (who were down 3-2 in their series), rallied for a huge road playoff win to force a Game 7 back in Boston. The Rangers will try to unlock their inner Bear and force this thing back to MSG.

As we’ve seen in the playoffs, teams facing elimination become very, very desperate. Bodies are thrown at the net, fights frequently break out, and players try to force the issue on offense. For the Rangers to be successful, they need to do something they failed to do in Game 5–attack the net. The Rangers did way too much passing in the offensive zone with many possessions ending with Richards or Boyle simply dumping the puck around the boards. The Rangers did out-shoot the Senators, 41-30, but the majority of the shots were not high quality.

The Rangers will have to find a way to win without center, Brian Boyle, who left with a concussion in Game 5. Carl Hagelin’s suspension is over and he will rejoin the team for Game 6. 

With their backs pushed up against the proverbial wall, the Rangers must play tenacious, fearless hockey. Bodies need to start flying around the net and the Ranger skill position players need to take quality shots. Henrik Lundqvist needs to turn in another high quality effort like he did in Game 5 and the Rangers will have a great chance to win. 

Alike the record books, history is meant to be rewritten. The Bruins are 60 minutes away from overcoming a 3-2 series deficit. With a strong showing tonight, the Rangers will be in the same boat.