- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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As we wait to talk to the Rangers Sunday, here are three quick thoughts.
1. Attack, attack, attack: If the Rangers want to make a statement Monday night, the top seed in the Eastern Conference needs to come out swinging. The Rangers can quickly erase any thoughts of there being a hangover effect from Game 4 by having a strong start against Washington. Remember, the Capitals tallied the first goal in Game 4, despite being the team that lost the three-overtime classic.
2. Kreider's toughness will be tested: The rookie has been sensational for the Rangers since joining the team, but he had a gaffe Saturday that led to a goal and then played just one shift in the third period. It was probably the roughest game he's had since becoming a Ranger and how will he respond from that? Playing in the playoffs is certainly not easy, but Kreider is going to have to put it all behind him fast.
3. Time to turn it up: The Rangers have hardly played awe-inspiring hockey to start the postseason, with just a 6-5 record so far. As the top remaining seed in the entire tournament, the Rangers haven't looked like the favorites and frankly haven't played like it. There's still plenty of time left, but the Rangers might want to start showing why they were consistently among the top teams in hockey for the entire season.
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