In Game 2 against Ottawa, Pavel Buchnevich played 5:46 and Oscar Lindberg played 5:07.
Those two were the only Rangers to play less than 16:45.
On Saturday, Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers felt they had a few guys who were "playing pretty good" and that shortening the bench was the "right thing to do."
Buchnevich played 3 minutes in the first, 2:13 in the second and only 33 seconds in the third, which was on the PP.
Buchnevich played 3:59 at even strength and 1:47 on the PP.
Lindberg played 1:03 in the first period, 1:59 in the second period and 2:05 in the third period.
He played all of his time at even strength and didn't takea shift in the final 5:37 or either OT period.
On Sunday, Vigneault spoke on a conference call and said that the two main reasons for shortening his bench were because of the "urgency" of the game and because certain young players "didn't seem to have it."
For Ottawa, Clarke MacArthur only played 7:39 but he left the game injured and Tommy Wingels only played 10:19, but did skate 2:23 of that in OT and was on the ice for the game winner.
Adam Rotter: Even if Lindberg and Buchnevich didn't have it yesterday, those two players still possessed something in OT that no other Ranger did: fresh legs. I can't guarantee that if either or both of those players saw a shift in OT that the Rangers would have won but fresh legs can make a huge difference in a game like that. Buchnevich has the skill set to take advantage of a tired player and with how Lindberg forechecks and goes after pucks, he could have won an extra battle, kept the puck in the zone and create another opportunity. It's all hypothetical but it just seems odd that a coach like Alain Vigneault, who preaches four line depth so much, would send either of those guys out for a shift to see what could happen.