The situation facing the New York Rangers is exactly the same as it was two weeks ago, but goalie Henrik Lundqvist has identified one problem that ruins the comparison between trying to dig out of an 0-2 hole against the Washington Capitals and climbing out of the same ditch against the Boston Bruins. "I think we are playing a better team now, so it's going to be tough to do it," Lundqvist said. The Rangers will give it a try starting with Game 3 Tuesday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS, TSN), where they are 3-0 in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. "There will be no give in this team," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "Again, we need to go win a game, not look anywhere else, just try to win our first home game of this series." They did that in Game 3 against Washington, but it seemed easier considering they were coming off a 1-0 overtime loss in Game 2 at Verizon Center, not a 5-2 loss to Boston at TD Garden after giving up the final three goals of the game. Though the Rangers got a near transcendent performance from Lundqvist in Game 2 in D.C. (37 saves), he gave up five goals on 32 shots in Game 2 in Boston. "This game was about tracking down pucks and it was tough," Lundqvist said. "A lot of late guys coming in, dragging the puck through the slot with guys in front of me. You have to try to work hard to find pucks. It was definitely a tough game to play, no question." The Capitals had several quality scoring chances throughout regulation in Game 2, but the play in front of Lundqvist was solid enough to not come under criticism. It was far less desirable and far more under fire in Game 2 against the Bruins, when defenseman Dan Girardi was on the ice for all five Boston goals. "I think we gave them a bit too many chances," forward Rick Nash said. "We can't leave that many chances on our goalie." They did and it burned them, but despite the differences in opponents and in Game 2s, the Rangers still feel they can pull back into this best-of-7 because they've done it before.
Rangers know what it takes to overcome 0-2 hole
NHL.com | May 19