We all know the deal here. It’s quite simple.
The Rangers win tomorrow and this series has new life.
The Rangers lose? Well, both they and I will be focusing on golf sooner rather than later.
It’s only one game that matters at this point, or at least that is the way the Rangers see it.
â€œWe know we can pull it off. We beat this team a couple of times during the year so the difference is not great between us,â€ Henrik Lundqvist said. â€œSo letâ€™s put all our focus and energy on tomorrow to get one win. A lot of things can change and the momentum can change in a series.â€
It was an upbeat tone at practice today amidst the cluster of camera crews wondering what went wrong in Pittsburgh. The Rangers obliged those questions, but they also made clear they were moving on.
â€œI think we made that transition this morning before we came in here,â€ center Brandon Dubinsky said. â€œWe woke up and we knew that (Sunday) was (Sunday). What was done was done. We canâ€™t dwell on what happened and beat ourselves up over it. Itâ€™s a seven-game series. Two games doesnâ€™t decide anything. So we just came back here and talked about the positives, and talked about how much character and leadership we have in this locker room and how many guys have been through this before.â€
As players said, it would be one thing if the Rangers dropped two straight at home before venturing out on the road. But in coming back to the Garden, where they won all four games against the Pens this year, they’re expecting a boost.
“We have great fans,” Martin Straka said. “Every time we play at home, we feel like there’s another guy in our lineup. So we just have to give them something to cheer about and play hard and I’m sure they’re going to help us out.”