Rangers forward Brad Richards slides on the ice in front of Capitals forwards Mathieu Perreault (left) and Jason Chimera during Game 4 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal at Madison Square Garden in New York, May 8, 2013. (ADAM HUNGER/Reuters)
NEW YORK - It turns out John Tortorella was simply ahead of his time.
After his New York Rangers dropped the first two games of their first-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals, the coach intimated things were “a hell of a lot closer” than most members of the media thought.
The comment caused plenty of people a to raise an eyebrow at the time, but there's no doubting Tortorella now.
Not after the Rangers earned a 4-3 triumph at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night to even this best-of-seven affair at two games apiece.
Not after a once-sputtering offensive attack has exploded for eight goals in the past two games.