The Rangers are being chased instead of doing the chasing down the stretch this time, being pursued by the rampaging Penguins for first place in the East and in the Atlantic rather than chasing myriad clubs for the final playoff spot as has been the norm the previous five seasons.

The Blueshirts operate under the mantra, "Attention to detail one game at a time" as preached by John Tortorella, the maharishi behind the bench. But make no mistake about it, this team covets the regular-season conference title.

"I think it's good to stay on top," Henrik Lundqvist said after last night's 2-1 overtime victory over the Red Wings re-established a three-point lead on the Penguins, who will make up their game in hand at home tonight against the Predators. "We definitely want to be in first."