Rangers hope for luck to turn in Game 3

April, 17, 2011
4/17/11
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NEW YORK -- New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella said Sunday the same lineup would be on the ice in the hopes of breaking their goose egg against the Washington Capitals. And he's hoping for some of the good fortune that the Caps have enjoyed in taking a 2-0 series lead to come the Rangers' way.

Tortorella pointed to the second goal in their 2-0 loss in Game 2, a power-play marker by Jason Arnott who was standing at the side of the Rangers' goal when a Mike Green shot deflected off Rangers defenseman Matt Gilroy onto his stick.

"I'm hoping something like that happens for us because I'll tell you, we're not far off," Tortorella told reporters before Game 3.

If there is a concern with the Rangers playing their first home game of the postseason and needing a win to avoid falling behind 3-0, it might be getting too revved up.

"It's a matter of keeping it under control," Tortorella said of his team's emotions.

Meanwhile, Washington head coach Bruce Boudreau said he's not worried about rookie netminder Michal Neuvirth getting a sudden case of the nerves playing in his first road playoff game.

"I doubt it. He's just a pretty calm guy," Boudreau said.

Plus, he suggested Madison Square Garden isn't likely to be any louder than the Verizon Center in Washington.

Neuvirth has allowed just one goal in 138:24 in these playoffs.

Boudreau also had high praise for newcomer Arnott, who has scored and added an assist in the first two games. Boudreau likened Arnott's role with the team to that of Russian great Sergei Fedorov who helped the Caps make the jump to the playoffs back in 2008.

"He's been like a mentor, a calming influence," Boudreau said of the Arnott, acquired at the trade deadline from the New Jersey Devils.

"It's made for a good marriage so far."

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