Three weeks ago in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series with the Washington Capitals the Rangers dropped the first two games of the series in Washington before heading home to New York where they were victorious in Game 3 and Game 4. With the next two games in New York, the Bruins hope to avoid mimicking the Capitals.
The Capitals took Game 5 back at home before the Rangers won in Game 6 and Game 7 showing the league that the Rangers are at their best when their backs are up against a wall.
History though is on the Bruins side, as no team has ever won back-to-back series when trailing two games to none in each series, the Bruins will try and make sure history is not made.
Because they’ve been here before, the Rangers know exactly what it takes to get themselves back in the series and avoid failing into a 3-0 hole.
“Listen, we don’t want to lose two games here. No one does” said Rangers head coach John Tortorella after his team’s Game 2 loss.
“But there’s no give in the team. There will be no give in this team. Again, we need to go win a game. Not look anywhere else, just try to win our first home game this series.”
If the Rangers need any sort of a boost in the series, playing in front of their home fans in Madison Square Garden will surely give them one. The Rangers are 3-0 at home this postseason after going an impressive 16-6-2 on home ice during the regular season.
“I’m very optimistic as far as where we’re going as a team,” said Tortorella after Monday’s practice. “I’m looking forward to Game 3.”
In order for the Rangers to get themselves a victory in Game 3, they have to go back to Game 3 against the Capitals and find whatever it was that worked for them on the night. Rangers Captain Ryan Callahan thinks being in this situation just a round ago will help the Rangers climb out of a 2-0 hole once again.
“Yeah I think it does. It lets us know that it’s still a series” said Callahan. ”We’ve got to win one game at home and we’re right back at it here. This is, like you said, we’ve been here before so now it’s just going to take care of business at home.”
The Rangers know that just because they’ve done it once, they’re got guaranteed to do it again. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist knows winning the next two at home won’t be so easy this time.
“We have to look at it that way; we’ve done it before. But I think we are playing a better team now so it’s going to be tough to do it” said Lundqvist who carries a 2.10 goals-against average into Game 3.
“They’re a solid team and you can’t give them too much. They work hard and they pay attention to all the details in the game and that’s why they have been so successful so far in these two games.”
The majority of the Bruins taking the ice for Game 3 tonight are very familiar with erasing a 2-0 series deficit as they did it twice in 2011 en route to their Stanley Cup championship. The Bruins know they can’t take the Rangers lightly, something the Canadiens and Canucks may have done to the Bruins in 2011.
“They were down 2-0 in their last series and we know we can’t take them lightly,” said Bruins forward Brad Marchand. “We got to make sure we go to New York very hungry and ready to go out hard.”
Madison Square Garden will be rocking Tuesday night. The Bruins know that, and the Rangers know that. If the Bruins can get a quick lead to silence the crowd and strike fear into the hearts of the Rangers faithful it could be a difference in the game.
The Rangers will come out buzzing, that’s for the sure. The Bruins hope to match the intensity the Rangers will bring.
“It’s about realizing the series is not over until you win that fourth game. We know that,” said Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron.
“We know (Tuesday) is going to be a huge game. They’re going to try to bounce back, and we’re expecting them to come out really hard. We need to make sure we match that.”
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