Lundqvist struggles as Rangers lose

The New York Rangers played their best game of the postseason against the New Jersey Devils. Unfortunately, it was a night Henrik Lundqvist played his worst

Call it bad timing. Whatever.

The bottom line is the regular season’s best team in the Eastern Conference is on the brink of elimination in the conference finals.

Lundqvist gave up a postseason-high four goals on only 16 shots and the Devils rode a late goal by fourth-line center Ryan Carter to a 5-3 victory that put them within a game of reaching the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 2003.

The Rangers task is simple. Win the next two games, starting Friday night on the road at the Prudential Center, or watch their rivals face the Los Angeles Kings for the Cup.