While Tortorella didn’t want to use injuries as an excuse, the Rangers were severely hampered by a number of key injuries.
“We’ll meet (Wednesday), practice, and we’re going to try to win a game,” Tortorella said. “That’s all you can do. Down 3-0, it’s a very tough situation, but I have full faith in our athletes. They will be ready to play another game.”
The Rangers played like a group of brainless zombies Thursday night, only lacking a lust for flesh — or in their case a lust for goals.
Brad Marchand scored with 4:20 left in the first overtime and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in the first playoff game in 40 years between the Original Six teams.
Putting the puck past Henrik Lundqvist is a huge challenge for the Bruins. Of course, they have to get it to him first and that’s a tough task against the Rangers.
The Rangers’ woeful 2-for-21 power play can be pinpointed to the underwhelming play of Brad Richards and Rick Nash, their two highest paid players.
Let’s face it, the Rangers have a lot of positives going for them right now. And they’re playing the sort of gritty hockey typical of a John Tortorella-coached team.
While the Capitals stayed off the ice on Tuesday to recover, the Rangers held a full practice. They were without forward Rick Nash, who was given a “maintenance day,” and Darroll Powe, who was injured on Monday and is unlikely to play in Game 4.
Hope never dies with the New York Rangers. Surviving and advancing in the postseason may seem like a desperate wish, but it’s also realistic. That’s primarily because of Henrik Lundqvist.
Less-heralded Braden Holtby is looking to continue outperforming Henrik Lundqvist as the series shifts to Madison Square Garden.
Things are finally clicking for the 32-year-old veteran briefly nicknamed “Broadway Brad.”
While Gaborik is thriving in Columbus, the Blueshirts landed a haul of their own. Derick Brassard and John Moore are flourishing under the Madison Square Garden lights.
Question the collective talent of this team? Go ahead, be my guest. That’s entirely fair. Question their collective desire? That’s a different story altogether.
Mats Zuccarello scored the lone goal in the shootout, and the New York Rangers overcame another two-goal performance by Toronto’s Phil Kessel to beat the Maple Leafs 3-2 on Wednesday night.
In the last 48 hours, the Rangers have completely revamped their team — not only for the playoff push, but moving forward for next season.