The Senators have a real chance to take a commanding 3-0 lead over the Rangers on Tuesday. However, New York is back in Madison Square Garden for the next two games and will look to even the series.
Game 2 ended in a barnburner after Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s four-goal evening ended with the double overtime winner. The Senators scored three times in the third period, but were almost out of it when the Rangers scored three in the second.
After a first round where Craig Anderson and Henrik Lundqvist helped their teams to the semifinals, Game 2 blew the doors off both netminders. Quite the fun, surprising series this has turned out to be.
But damn, in Game 3 against Milwaukee, they didn’t look it. Let Raptors HQ’s Daniel Reynolds take it from here.
In the fourth quarter of the Raptors soul-crushing Game 3, 104-77 loss to the Bucks, TSN broadcaster Jack Armstrong, having already veered from mystified to angry and back again, turned philosophical. “Do the Raptors believe they can beat the Bucks?” he asked, as the Raps clanged another jumper (I assume).
It was a difficult question to answer, coming as we watched Toronto’s squad get ripped apart in their every effort (or lack thereof) the entire night. The Raptors started slow (a 19-4 Bucks run closed the 1st quarter), couldn’t shoot (34 percent from the field), couldn’t stop anybody (Bucks shot 53 percent for the game), couldn’t find a lineup that worked, couldn’t finish at the rim, couldn’t hit threes (27%!), couldn’t hold onto the ball (15 turnovers), couldn’t meaningfully pass the ball (11 assists, to Milwaukee’s 29) — am I missing anything? The result felt like more than a loss. It felt like the kind of game that could Cheap NFL Jerseys China have a jovial TV personality questioning whether there would even be Raptors games to watch past Monday. Things got dark.