John Tortorella is calling for unity. His struggling Rangers, who have lost three straight in regulation for the first time this season, return to Madison Square Garden tonight off a brutal 1-3-0 road trip to host the Hurricanes. It starts a stretch of three of four games at home as they teeter between re-inserting themselves into the playoff picture or dropping further in the Eastern Conference standings. "We just have to block everything else out and just stay within ourselves and try to find our game," Tortorella said. Tonight's game was supposed to be a Staal brother reunion with Eric and Jared playing for the Hurricanes. But Rangers defenseman Marc Staal remains out indefinitely after being hit near the right eye by a puck on March 5. Still, it's been the Rangers' offense that has hurt them most. They've scored two goals in their last nine periods after the Penguins beat them, 3-0, on Saturday, and their 63 total goals ranked 28th in the NHL at the start of Sunday's play. So, in the face of adversity, Tortorella is trying to keep his team from fraying internally.
Slumping Rangers need to ride together
Bergen Record | Mar 18