PITTSBURGH – With Ryan Lindgren still up in the air in Game 4 on Monday, with the defender missing games 2 and 3 with a lower body injury, Justin Brown gets a chance to show why his playoff experience is so valuable to Rangers. .
It’s been a long time since Brown made his National Hockey League playoff debut in 2011 with the Sharks when he was 24.
“It was my first game against L.A. and he was exhausted,” Brown said. “A guy got hurt and I played my only game in that playoff round. It was just a blur. The match was fast, the hits were plenty. Every game mattered and there was extra pressure to not let your teammates down and not leave the guys on the ice. That kind of height.”
“But I think the guys get a couple more games and you kind of settle in.”
The 35-year-old, who has 102 playoffs under his belt, clearly relates to what many of his new Rangers teammates are going through in their first experiences after the season.
“Just try to calm them down,” Brown said of how he could share his knowledge of qualifying with the Young Rangers. “They have played well all year. There is no reason to be overly nervous because they can play at this level. They are good. Even talking to [rookie Braden Schneider] Last night, you know, “Don’t worry about it man, just go on, you’ll get your chance, and get two goals in this streak.” Unfortunately, he’s had two great opportunities.
“You have to take a breath and not get too nervous because of the loud crowd and the power of everything. You just have to go in there and make the plays you have to do.”
Brown, who played Lindgren on the other side, left, alongside Adam Fox, was relatively consistent in games 2 and 3. While frustrated that he was a healthy scratcher in Game 1, Brown came to Rangers on a final trade deal from the Flyers, the team that He did not qualify for the playoffs in the past two seasons. For these reasons, Brown is grateful to have him in office.
Gerard Gallant didn’t have much of an update on Lindgren. The Rangers coach said he hopes the defender can skate on Monday before Game 4, but it’s still considered day in and day out.
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Striker Tyler Mott, who suffered a “major” upper body injury at the end of the regular season, has not traveled to Pittsburgh. However, he is still skating and working his way back.
Another deal-breaking acquisition in Andrew Cobb has scored a goal in every game for Rangers this post-season.
“That’s what we replaced it with,” Gallant said. “He played great. He plays in the first two streaks in the National Hockey League, he plays often in the third streak, so he gets more chances. And he takes advantage of them. That’s what he did for our team and he’s played really well every night.”