It has been a while since goaltender Craig Anderson had to contend with the glare of the sun at a hockey practice.

Welcome to the Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers in New York City, one of the few available slabs of ice for a visiting NHL club like the Ottawa Senators; a second-story rink with giant glass panels and a view of the skyline while players whirl about on a sheet that rents for $700-an-hour in prime time.

To reach the rink, players walked through the lobby in full gear Friday afternoon, like kids in a minor hockey tournament instead of Stanley Cup performers looking to rebound from a 4-2, Game 1 loss to the New York Rangers.

"I hope we're real lousy today, so we save it for (Saturday)," Senators general manager Bryan Murray said, cracking a smile. It's an old superstition in hockey, if not theatre — poor rehearsal, great show when it counts.

While the Senators were trying to be gracious about the Rangers' performance in the series opener, they didn't feel they held up their end of the bargain, sensing they lost it more than the Rangers won it.

Head coach Paul MacLean said his team can't "hand them free goals," and centre Jason Spezza referred to an eight-minute span in which Ottawa "gave them the game."