Monday, May 20, 2013
Torts confident, despite another 2-0 hole
By Mike Mazzeo
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The New York Rangers already have come back from one 2-0 series deficit this postseason, but if history is any indication, they won’t do it again.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no NHL team has overcome a pair of 2-0 series deficits to win consecutive best-of-seven series in a single season.
John Tortorella likes the Rangers' chances, despite a 5-2 loss in Game 2.
Still, Rangers coach John Tortorella feels confident his team can turn it around against the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 11-12 all-time in Game 3s when trailing 2-0 in the series.
“I thought we played a much better game in the second game,” Tortorella said after practice Monday. “I thought we forechecked better. I’m very optimistic as far as where we’re going as a team here, so we’re looking forward to Game 3.”
In the 5-2 loss in Game 2 on Sunday, the Rangers were done in by a few breakdowns in their end, something Tortorella believes can be corrected.
“Some of the mistakes we made … were surprising, and a lot of it was off the rush, but I think these things can be fixed because I think that’s one of the strengths of our game,” Tortorella said. “And that’s why I’m encouraged. I think we’re going to be OK here. Like I said [Sunday] night, you don’t want to be down 2-0. We know the hole we’re in, but by no means is this a really bad thing. We need to win a game and get the momentum back on our side.”
In the first two games of the series, the Rangers were 0-for-8 on the power play, and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has allowed eight goals.
“You definitely don’t look back. You look ahead now,” Lundqvist said. “What happened last week or yesterday is gone, and you focus on tomorrow.”
Tortorella figures the Rangers have done this in the past, so why can’t they do it again?
“We’ve been in this situation before the last couple years, so I’m not worried about that,” Tortorella said. “I just want to correct a couple things that we need to correct, and I think we’ll be OK.”
Added Lundqvist: “You have to believe in yourself and your teammates that you can do it, but we’re not looking too far ahead.”