NEWARK, N.J. - The New York Rangers say they want no part of a third series that goes the distance.
But actions are louder than words and three Game 2 losses, all by 3-2 scores do not add up to success. Once more, the Blueshirts need to win on foreign ponds to restore the home ice they fought so hard for in regular season.
They could be looking to re-establish some physicality here on Saturday afternoon, after coach John Tortorella gave a run-through to a menacing-looking line of Brian Boyle. Michael Rupp and Artem Anisimov at Friday’s practice. They would be a handful for the Devils.
“Big, small or medium build, we play hard along the boards,” Tortorella said. “Obviously that was void the other night. So no matter who it is, when you’re at this point in the season against Jersey, and the other two teams playing in the West - that’s a big part of playoff hockey.”
Devils such as Martin Brodeur have been forecasting a seven-game series, perhaps to lull the Rangers into thinking how tired they could be by the time Game 5 and perhaps a sixth rolls around.
“We were down after Game 1 and we’re on a high now, so you just have to cope with these things,” Brodeur said of the Devils’ own travels from sixth seed to three wins from the conference title. “No one knows what the first period of Game 3 will bring us, or in any other game. We have to be open minded and trust in our system.”
Coach Peter DeBoer said reinforcements could come in the form of the injured defencemn Henrik Tallinder and forward Jacob Josefson, both practising after injuries.